Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Darren began his career at Foothill Capital in New York. From 1996-2010, he managed Originations in four national offices and Canada as an Executive Vice President helping to build the Asset Based and Specialty Finance loan portfolios.
Between 2010 and 2015, he led the acquisition of Gibraltar Financial Corporation, a small portfolio of collateralized loans. While at Gibraltar Capital Holdings, he built the company into a diversified commercial finance business comprised of an Asset based lender, Factor, and Merchant Cash Advance platform. As CEO and co-founder of Gibraltar, he developed the growth and product strategy, and built an experienced Credit Team, Operational Group, and a Direct Originations team producing a significant amount of originations across the three business lines.
Darren graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1996 and lives with his wife and three daughters outside of Chicago.
Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer
Tim started his finance career at JP Morgan Chase in 1999 in New York in the Leveraged Finance/Financial Sponsors Group. From 2001-2004, he was a Vice President in investment banking at Mesirow Financial where he focused on M&A and capital raising in the middle market. Following Mesirow, Tim was at Deloitte in corporate finance and later at William Blair where he focused on investment banking for consumer and retail clients. In 2008, Tim joined Cerberus Capital Management as a Senior Vice President – Originations focusing on uni-tranche and second lien specialty lending. Prior to co-founding Stonegate Capital Holdings, Tim was the Assistant Treasurer at CDW Corp.
At Stonegate, Tim manages multiple aspects of the business including Technology and Operations. His main focus is dedicated to strategy, capital raising, and helping direct the lending activities and growth of the business.
Tim, a CFA charterholder, has a BS in engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology (Honors) and an MBA from University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Prior to Ross, Tim served in the U.S. Navy as a Cryptology Officer.
Managing Director & Head of Underwriting
Tony began his career at Wells Fargo Capital Finance in 2008 as a collateral examiner focused on a wide array of industries and loan structures. While there, he worked on more than 120 loans representing over $5B of credit. In 2013, Tony joined Gibraltar Business Capital as a senior underwriter in their asset based lending group. During his tenure, he worked on a number of specialty finance transactions including technology, software, and re-discount loans.
In 2014, Tony became a senior underwriter at First Midwest Bank and enrolled at the University of Chicago – Booth School of Business where he’ll earn his MBA in 2017. As a Managing Director – Head of Underwriting at Stonegate Capital Holdings, Tony is responsible for loan execution, on-boarding of customers, and legal documentation, as well as strategy around growth of the loan portfolio, industry focus, and credit policy.
Tony graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2007 and is active in TMA, CFA, and ACG.
Head of Originations
Andrea is a 15-year investment industry veteran having started her career at Prudential Capital Group in 2001 where she focused on the origination and management of the MidWest region's portfolio comprised of senior unsecured and mezzanine investments. She joined Wells Fargo Capital Finance in 2005 where she was responsible for originating and executing senior secured loans into private equity backed, public, and private owned companies. Her experience spans a significant range of end markets and industries, including manufacturing, consumer products, automotive, technology, and industrials.
As a Managing Director, Originations at Stonegate Capital, she is responsible for originating opportunistic collateral backed credit to primarily private equity backed businesses across the country. Andrea holds a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan, where she also served as captain of the nationally ranked Division I swim team. Outside of the office, she loves staying active by biking, running, and swimming in order to keep up with her son and twin daughters.
Jay Fabian, CFA
Jay began his career at Wells Fargo in 2007 as an internal auditor, a role in which his focus was operational risk consulting and mitigation. He then transitioned to the wholesale banking world in 2011, where he focused on treasury management sales and financial analysis within the middle market banking group covering a portfolio of loans with credit commitments totaling over $1.5 billion. After graduating from the bank’s associate program in 2014, Jay joined Wells Fargo Capital Finance to originate middle market asset-based loans with credit commitments ranging from $5-35 million.
As a Director of Originations at Stonegate Capital, Jay is responsible for covering the national third party referral network to originate opportunistic collateral-backed credits.
Jay is a CFA charterholder, and holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from University of Iowa. Outside of work, Jay is an avid sports fan, and enjoys traveling and dining out with his wife Megan.
Vice President, Originations
Garett began his career in PNC’s Asset Based Lending group, leading due diligence engagements of prospective middle market and large corporate borrowers. From 2014 through 2016, he was a Business Analyst in the London office, conducting business reviews of middle market clients in PNC’s UK portfolio. Upon returning to the US in 2016, Garett joined PNC Business Credit’s Upper Midwest Private Equity Originations team, where he provided support originating, structuring, and closing senior debt facilities to finance private equity sponsor initiated mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, and recapitalizations.
As a Vice President of Originations at Stonegate Capital, Garett is be responsible for sourcing new business within the Private Equity community across Stonegate’s nationwide footprint.
Garett holds a BS in Business Administration & Management from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS & ADVISORS
Former Chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo Capital Finance
A 40-year veteran of the lending industry, Mr. Schwab retired in 2011 as Chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo Capital Finance, a leading provider of traditional asset-based lending and other specialized senior secured financing vehicles to companies nationwide. While at Wells Fargo, he grew the asset base from $100 million to $30 billion. Mr. Schwab was also a member of the Wells Fargo Bank Management Committee. During his 28-year tenure with the organization he served in various senior roles with Wells Fargo Capital Finance and predecessor entities (including Foothill Capital Corporation).
Mr. Schwab currently serves on the Board of Directors of TCP Capital Corp. (NASDAQ: TCPC), a public registered investment company, Rexford Industrial Realty (NYSE: REXR), as well as the boards of several private companies. He additionally serves on the boards of many not-for-profit organizations, which support education, health, and the arts. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education from California State University, Northridge and his master’s degree in education administration from California State University, Los Angeles.
Founding Partner of Goldberg Kohn
Principal at Bridge Investments—a Chicago-based private equity and venture capital firm. Bob has served as a board director and advisor to various Bridge portfolio companies, including currently as a board director to QDiscovery and formerly for FreightWatch and PV Media Group. Prior to Bridge, Bob was a founding partner of Goldberg Kohn, one of Chicago’s premier law firms, and, one of the top asset based lending practices in the US. He received a B.A. cum laude from Cornell University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
President of Lakewest, Inc., Founder of Belgravia Group, Ltd.
and a Principal of Ruttenberg, Gilmartin & Reis LLC.
Mr. Ruttenberg completed his undergraduate course work at Cornell University and received a J.D., cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law. He also pursued post-graduate studies in economics at London University, School of Economics. For more than 40 years, The Ruttenberg family has been actively involved in investing across many industries, serving on an array of boards. Buzz is the President of Belgravia Group, one of Chicago’s leading real estate development companies.
Principal at Bridge Investments
As Principal of Bridge Investments, a Chicago-based private equity and venture capital firm, Daniel has served or currently serves as a Board Director to Stonegate Capital, QDiscovery, Prime Visibility Media Group, FreightWatch International and as a managing member to other Bridge portfolio companies. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan.
Principal at Bridge Investments
As Principal at Bridge Investments, Jason currently serves as a Board Director to Stonegate Capital and QDiscovery.
Prior to joining Bridge, Jason was a Vice President at Red Barn Investments, a Chicago-based private equity/venture capital firm where he served as a Board Director for SCO Logistics, Inc. and CoreXchange, Inc. He holds a BA in Economics and Management from Albion College.