Team Bios

Chad D. Champion – Managing Director

Head of Capital Markets and Investment Banking

  • Over 23 years of Equity Capital Markets structuring and distributing public offerings and private placements in equity and debt securities.
  • Former Managing Director and Head of Equity Capital Markets at National Securities Corporation (B. Riley Securities).
  • Former Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets Syndication at B. Riley Securities (Wunderlich Securities).
  • Former Director of Capital Markets and Syndication at Stifel Financial Corp (NYSE – SF) and head of retail distribution for the Private Client Group.
  • Served in the United States Air Force both Active Duty and Air National Guard.
  • Member of the Bond Club of New York, Syndicate Association of America, Security Traders Association of St. Louis (STASL), and Structured Product Association.
  • MBA from The George Herbert Walker School of Business at Webster University and B.S.B.A. in Finance from Southern Illinois University.

Charles Wanyama – Vice President

Equity Capital Markets Syndicate

  • Over 14 years of Financial Industry experience with concentration in Equity Capital Markets.
  • Former Equity Capital Markets Syndicate Analyst at National Securities Corporation.
  • Former Equity Trader at National Securities Corporation.
  • BS in Business Administration from Westminster College.

Bruce Jordan – Director of Investment Banking

  • Over 20 years of investment banking experience.
  • Former President of Vista 21 Advisors, a business consulting firm focusing on the needs of emerging business entities.
  • Former President of Midtown Partners & Co., LLC., an investment banking firm that consistently ranked as one of the top 10 in number of private placements completed.
  • Former Equity Research Analyst covering the Auto Parts sector, at Merrill Lynch.
  • MBA from Georgia State University, Major in corporate finance; Bachelor’s from Emory University, Major in accounting.

Constantino Gutierrez – Director of Investment Banking

  • Over 15 years of Investment Banking experience.
  • Former Vice President of Investment Banking at Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc., a leading middle-market investment bank.
  • Former Associate of Investment Banking at Maxim Group, LLC, a retail-focused investment banking firm.
  • BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ron E. Ainsworth – Investment Banking

  • Over 35 years of Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Financial Restructuring, and Business Valuations experience.
  • Over 400+ domestic and cross-border transactions totaling over $15 billion in value across an array of industries.
  • As CEO of Trenwith Securities, Inc., Ron partnered with BDO, the world’s fifth largest accounting firm and grew Trenwith’s footprint to over 135 offices across 110 countries.
  • Ran Trenwith BDO for 10 years, working with his partners in Latin America, Canada, India, and China to develop an international M&A and Corporate Finance business.
  • Has conducted hundreds of transactions with prominent Fortune 500 companies and established relationships with a variety of international capital providers.
  • In 2008, Ron sold his interest in Trenwith Securities, Inc. and pursued a variety of personal investment projects. Ron currently resides at Newbridge Securities Corporation, which focuses on providing mergers & acquisitions and capital markets advisory to the middle market.

Joshua Bossuat – Managing Director of Investment Banking

  • Over 15 years experience in Capital Markets, M&A, private placements in debt and equity with a focus on growth stage companies..
  • Former Managing Director of Sutter Securities Group specializing in Tech Media Telecom and Food, Beverage and Hospitality Investment Banking (a division of Boustead Securities)
  • Former Managing Director of Security Research Associates specializing in TMT (acquired by Sutter Securities)
  • Adjunct Professor of Corporate Finance and Competitive Strategies for the graduate program of Food Business School at the Culinary Institute of America.
  • MBA from the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Business, BA in Global Economics from the University of the Pacific.

Michael Henton – Managing Director of Investment Banking

  • Over 40 years of leadership expertise and accomplishments in investment banking and financial advisory services, both as a principal and as an advisor. 
  • Partner and founder of North American Capital Partners.
  • Extensive experience across a broad range of investment markets, products, and services, including securities, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, insurance, real estate, financial planning and asset management. 
  • Past member of the Board of Directors of several public and private companies as well as charitable foundations.
  • Graduated from University of California, Los Angeles. 
  • Holds: California Real Estate Broker License, California Fire and Casualty, Life and Health Insurance Licenses

Scott A. Hunter – Senior Associate

  • 6 years of Investment Banking experience.
  • Supports deal teams in the areas of financial analytics, research analysis, due diligence, and marketing expertise.
  • Graduate of the University of Southern California with degrees in Business Administration and Human Biology with a Pre-Medical emphasis.
  • Holds FINRA series 82, and 63 licenses.