Charles W. Byrge II ("Chuck")CEO and President
Mr. Byrge has more than 24 years of experience with capital raising and M&A transactions for middle market companies.
Prior to joining Harpeth Capital, he was a Senior Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking at FTN Financial Securities, the investment banking arm of First Tennessee Bank (NYSE:FHN), where he was involved in opening and directing the New York office. Prior to that, he was Managing Director and Co-Head of Mergers and Acquisitions at SunTrust Equitable Securities (now SunTrust Robinson Humphrey), where he was responsible for directing a wide variety of assignments for both public and private companies. Previously, Chuck was a senior member of the Mergers and Acquisitions Department at Morgan Keegan & Co. Before joining Morgan Keegan, Chuck was a Vice President at NationsBanc Capital Markets in Dallas, Texas where he co-directed the M&A practice for the Southwestern U.S.
Chuck received a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. Chuck is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a former Certified Public Accountant with Peat Marwick and Ernst & Young.
Chuck currently serves on the Entrepreneurship Advisory Council of Vanderbilt University's Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization. During the past year he served on the Board of the Nashville Healthcare Council and as a Director of NextGxDx. He recently served on the Owen Graduate School of Management Alumni Board of Directors and is a former Board member of the Boy Scouts of America Middle Tennessee Council and the Nashville Sports Council.
Adam A. LandaManaging Director
Mr. Landa has over 19 years of experience in investment banking, accounting and corporate finance.
Mr. Landa joined Harpeth Capital from FTN Financial Securities, the investment banking arm of First Tennessee Bank (NYSE:FHN), where he was a Vice President in the investment banking group. Prior to FTN Financial, he was an Associate with SunTrust Equitable Securities (now SunTrust Robinson Humphrey). During his investment banking career, Mr. Landa has worked on a variety of M&A assignments for both public and private companies as well as investor groups and management teams, in addition to a range of debt financing and capital raising assignments. Prior to joining SunTrust Equitable, he was a Senior Financial Analyst in the Corporate Finance Department for ClinTrials Research, a publicly-traded clinical research company. Mr. Landa began his career at Arthur Andersen, with a variety of public, private and non-profit companies as clients.
Mr. Landa received a BBA in Accounting from Emory University (Goizueta Business School) and is a former Certified Public Accountant (formerly licensed in Georgia). He holds the Series 7 and 63 registrations.
Ken M. FreemanManaging Director
Mr. Freeman has 15 years of global institutional marketing and fundraising experience.
Prior to joining Harpeth Fund Advisors, Mr. Freeman was a Managing Director at Harbert Management Corporation (HMC). At HMC he was responsible for business development for the firm’s portfolio of hedge fund, private equity and real estate funds across the Western United States and in Asia.
Prior to HMC, Mr. Freeman spent ten years with UBS Investment Bank, Citigroup Investment Bank and Knight Capital where he helped build their private equity distribution platform in the Western United States and in Asia. Mr. Freeman began his career in the media industry where he spent five years in Singapore and Hong Kong helping establish the Discovery Channel in Asia, and with CNET in San Francisco.
Mr. Freeman received a BA with honors from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He holds the Series 7 and 63 registrations and is a registered lobbyist in the State of California.
Mr. Freeman is the proprietor of Freeman Vineyard & Winery and is one of the founding members of the West Sonoma Coast Vintners Association. Mr. Freeman also serves on the board of the Sonoma Land Trust.
George C. Gaines, Jr. Managing Director
Mr. Gaines has 28 years of global institutional marketing and fundraising experience.
Prior to joining Harpeth Fund Advisors, Mr. Gaines founded Orrington Advisors, a boutique advisor to private equity funds. Previously, he was a senior partner at BerchWood Partners, LLC and Managing Director and Global Head of Distribution for the Private Equity Fund Group at Citigroup. Prior to Citigroup, Mr. Gaines was a Managing Director for two institutional advisory/management firms, Heitman Capital Management Corporation and JMB Institutional Realty Corporation. He began his career as an attorney specializing in U.S. securities, tax and corporate law.
Mr. Gaines is Vice Chairman of the Board of Cryo-Cell International, Inc. (symbol: CCEL) and a Board member of Kastan Mining PLC and Chart-Tech, Inc. He is former Board President of Baker Demonstration School, an independent preK-8th grade school in Wilmette, Illinois and current Board President of Wolcott School, an independent high school in Chicago.
Mr. Gaines received a BA in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and a JD from the University of Virginia Law School. He holds the Series 7, 24 and 63 registrations.
Angela R. StanleyManaging Director
Ms. Stanley has ten years of global institutional marketing and fundraising experience.
Prior to joining Harpeth Fund Advisors, Ms. Stanley spent eight years with BerchWood Partners, LLC. After five years in the New York office, Ms. Stanley relocated to San Francisco to open and operate BerchWood Partner’s west coast office where she focused on west coast and Asian investor coverage as well as managing fund engagements.
Prior to BerchWood Partners, Ms. Stanley was a Sales Analyst for Echo Design Group in New York and worked on the Sales & Trading desk at George K. Baum & Company in Denver.
Ms. Stanley serves on the board of MidSouth Alternative Investment Association.
Ms. Stanley received a BS in Business Administration – International Finance Concentration from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She holds the Series 7, 24 and 63 registrations.
Charles K. WoodworthManaging Director
Mr. Woodworth has over 25 years of corporate finance and global institutional marketing and fundraising experience.
Prior to joining Harpeth Fund Advisors, Mr. Woodworth co-founded BerchWood Partners, LLC, a global private equity placement firm with clients headquartered in the U.S., Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Previously, he was a partner at Brittany Capital Group and a partner at Lens, a shareholder activist fund. Prior to joining Lens, he co-founded North Bridge Capital, a financial advisor and placement agent for private companies seeking early stage venture financing as well as management groups seeking acquisition financing. Mr. Woodworth’s experience also includes working at Intercontinental Capital Associates, a New York and San Francisco based boutique investment banking firm, and Goldman Sachs & Co. where he worked as an institutional sales professional.
Mr. Woodworth is a Director on the Board of GlacierWorks, a non-profit organization that vividly illustrates the changes to Himalayan glaciers through art, science, and adventure.
Mr. Woodworth received a BA in American History from Harvard College. He holds the Series 7, 24 and 63 registrations.
Chris DeckerVice President
Mr. Decker joined Harpeth Capital in 2008 from Goldleaf Financial Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:GFSI) where he served as a Vice President of Sales and Operations in the commercial lending group. Prior to joining Goldleaf, Mr. Decker was an Associate in the capital markets and corporate banking groups at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, serving both public and private companies in a variety of industries. Prior to joining SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Mr. Decker held various accounting and corporate finance positions with The Dana Corporation (NYSE:DAN) and International Paper Company (NYSE:IP).
Mr. Decker holds a BS in Finance and Logistics and Transportation from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Dave SwensonSenior Advisor
Mr. Swenson has over 30 years experience in venture capital investing and board representation.
Mr. Swenson was a founding general partner with the private investment firm Coleman Swenson Booth Inc., which raised and managed four venture funds totaling $188 million and specialized in early stage healthcare companies. He has served as a guest lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Business and the Owen Graduate School of Business, Vanderbilt University, as well as serving as guest speaker/moderator at several Nashville Healthcare Council Meetings.
Prior to founding Coleman Swenson Booth, Mr. Swenson served as Treasurer and Investment Manager for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). He also previously served as the Chief Financial Officer for HCA’s Center for Health Studies. Prior to HCA, Dave spent eight years serving his country in the United States Navy.
Mr. Swenson has a MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Business and a BS from Austin Peay State University.
Susan HansonOffice Manager / Executive Assistant
Susan joins Harpeth Capital from the Nashville Healthcare Council where she served in multiple roles. Prior to that, Susan served as events manager at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.