Gina Cocking returned to Colonnade Advisors as a Managing Director in 2014.
Gina began her career in investment banking at Kidder Peabody, was an analyst at Madison Dearborn Partners and an associate at J.P. Morgan & Co. She was a Vice President at Colonnade Advisors from 1999 to 2003. She left Colonnade to gain operating experience as the Chief Financial Officer of Cobalt Finance, a specialty finance company. She went on to become the Chief Financial Officer of Healthcare Laundry Systems, a private-equity backed company for which she oversaw the successful sale to a strategic acquirer. Gina served as the Line of Business CFO – Consumer Banking and Lending at Discover Financial Services.
Gina received her BA in Economics and MBA from the University of Chicago. Additionally, Gina holds the Series 24, 28, 79 and 99 securities licenses.
Chris Gillock joined Colonnade Advisors as a Managing Director in 2004. Previously, Chris was Executive Vice President – Corporate Development, Marketing and Communications for Transamerica Finance Corporation, the financial services and information services subsidiary of AEGON, N.V. Chris is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Health Charge Corporation, a provider of information technology services, consulting services and financial services to health care providers. Chris also spent several years with Heller Financial, Inc. serving as Executive Vice President – Healthcare Financial Services and Senior Vice President – Corporate Development and Investments.
Chris has advised on more than a dozen merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions totaling in excess of $3.7 billion and has worked on debt and equity financings totaling over $4.5 billion during his career. He served as president of Transamerica Finance’s private equity subsidiary and as a member of Heller Financial’s Executive Credit Committee, which reviewed and approved all equity investments and large loans made by Heller Financial.
Chris holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, a BA cum laude in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and the Series 7, 24, 28, 63 and 79 securities licenses.
Jeff Guylay is a Managing Director of Colonnade Advisors. Prior to joining Colonnade in 2000, Jeff was an investment banker at J.P. Morgan in the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions and Fixed Income Capital Markets groups in New York. He also spent several years in J.P. Morgan’s Chicago office. Jeff has over 20 years of M&A and investment banking experience and has served as lead execution partner on over 25 M&A and financing transactions at Colonnade.
Jeff received an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Master of Engineering Management from the University’s McCormick School of Engineering. Jeff received a BA from Dartmouth College and a BE from Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering. Jeff holds the Series 7, 24, 63 and 79 securities licenses.
Jeff serves as a director of the non-profit Nurture, an organization dedicated to enhancing the nutrition and wellness of children and families.
Jeff hosts business leaders for in-depth conversations on In Search of Insight, a bi-weekly radio show broadcast on station KDPI 88.5 FM Ketchum, ID. Click here for the podcasts.
Jesse Jang joined Colonnade Advisors as an Associate in 2017. Prior to joining Colonnade, Jesse was a manager on the Corporate Strategy and Business Development team at Discover Financial Services, where he evaluated partnership and acquisition opportunities in the financial services sector. He also held other corporate positions at Discover and Baxter Healthcare. Jesse began his career in investment banking at Raymond James in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he spent four years executing M&A and financing transactions for industrial companies. One of the transactions Jesse worked on, the sale of Nuclear Fuel Services to Babcock & Wilcox, was named the 2009 “Middle Market Deal of the Year” by The M&A Advisor.
Jesse holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he was a Kellogg Scholarship recipient, and a BA in Economics from Northwestern University.
Director of Operations
Danielle Flynn is the Director of Operations for Colonnade. Prior to joining Colonnade in 2013, Danielle was a Sales Audit Supervisor for Crate & Barrel. Since 1997, she has been the Office Manager for a family construction company. Danielle began her career at First of America Bank in Mortgage Processing.
Danielle received a BS in Business from Eastern Illinois University.
Willard Bunn III
Willard Bunn III joined Colonnade Advisors as a Managing Director in 2012. Willard has served as chairman, chief executive, and/or director of several commercial banks in the course of his 40 year career.
Willard’s long career in the banking industry began at Chemical Bank in New York before he returned to Springfield in 1978 to serve as Executive Vice President, and eventually Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, of Marine Corporation, a multibank holding company with $1.2 billion of assets. Following Marine’s merger with Banc One, Willard was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Banc One Illinois Corporation, a position which he held until 1994. Willard went on to serve in various management positions with two investment banking firms.
Willard served as a Director of Baytree Bank of Lake Forest, Illinois from its founding in 2000 and as Chairman of the Bank from April 2010 to August 2012.
Willard serves on the Board of Directors of CIB Marine Bancshares, Inc., a bank holding company based in Waukesha, Wisconsin, that operates banking offices in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.
He also serves on the Boards of Midland National Life Insurance Company and North American Company for Life and Health Insurance, insurance subsidiaries of the Sammons Financial Group.
In addition, Willard is Chairman of the Board for the Poetry Foundation, a literary organization and publisher of Poetry magazine. He serves as an advisory director of Chicago-based Campus2Career Transition Services, and a member of the valuation committee of The Banc Funds Company.
Willard holds a BA from Princeton University and an MBA from the University of Virginia. In addition, he holds the Series 79 securities license.
Stanley J. Calderon
Stan Calderon joined Colonnade Advisors as Chairman in 2011. Stan has served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and/or President of several commercial banks in the Midwest and Texas in his 40 year career.
Stan began his banking career at Purdue National Bank of Lafayette, Indiana, where he ultimately became President and CEO of this $600 million community bank that was acquired by Banc One Corporation in 1986.
In 1991, Bank One transferred Stan to Texas where he served as Director of Community Banking, taking responsibility for 24 community banks throughout the State totaling $4 billion in assets. In 1993, Stan became Chairman and CEO of Bank One-Chicago, a position he held until Bank One’s merger with First Chicago/NBD in 1998. Following the merger, Stan served as Midwest Regional Manager of Middle Market Banking, taking responsibility for Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, including American National Bank in Chicago. Stan elected to take early retirement from Bank One in March 2003.
In April 2004, Stan returned to banking as President and Chief Executive Officer of CIB Marine Bancshares, a troubled $3 billion multi-bank holding company that was successfully recapitalized under his leadership. He relinquished his position as CEO in January 2007 but remained a board member of CIBM until 2009.
In May 2009, Stan became President and Chief Executive Officer of Baytree National Bank of Lake Forest, Illinois. Baytree was operating under a consent order mandating that a new CEO be hired and that a substantial capital injection be attained. Under Stan’s leadership, Baytree was successfully recapitalized by new investors in January 2010.
Immediately prior to joining Colonnade, Stan served as a consultant for two private equity groups, Spring Financial Group, Inc. and LAMB Partners LLC.
Stan is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. He also is a board member of Digital Check Corporation of Northbrook, Illinois and a board member of the Florida Bank and the Florida Bank Group Inc. of Tampa, Florida. Stan has served on the board of several charitable and civic organizations, including Providence St. Mel School, Roosevelt University, the Chicago Historical Society, the Illinois Council for Economic Education, the Banking Research Center at Northwestern University, St. Elizabeth Hospital, and the Lyn Treece Boys and Girls Club.
Stan was awarded a BS in Industrial Management from Purdue University. He has also attended the Graduate School of Management at Purdue University. Stan attended the Naval Officers Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island and served in the U.S. Navy during the Viet Nam War. He holds the Series 79 securities license.
Joe Kaczmarek is a partner at RSM US LLP. He leads the firm’s specialty finance practice in the Great Lakes Region and dedicates his time exclusively to serving clients in the industry. RSM’s clients in the specialty finance industry include on-line lenders, direct and indirect consumer lenders, purchasers of distressed debt, leasing companies, auto dealerships and related finance companies, mortgage originators and servicers, and commercial lenders. Joe has over a decade of experience providing and supervising audit, consulting, and risk management services to entities ranging in size from startup companies to international organizations.
Joe received his MBA and B.S. in Accounting from Eastern Illinois University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Daniel F. Hutchins
Dan Hutchins is currently with Seacor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CKH) where he serves as Assistant to the Chairman and Manager of New Business Development. Since joining Seacor in 2003, Dan has completed over $500 million of lease and secured loan transactions. He originated, structured and managed a high-yield portfolio of equipment leases and loans that has generated substantial earnings and no losses for Seacor. Prior to joining Seacor, Dan was with GATX Corporation (NYSE: GMT), where he served as Managing Director responsible for North American new business development at GATX Financial Corporation. Dan structured and closed over $1 billion of true tax leases, secured debt, operating leases, equipment residual value guarantees and complex multi-party joint ventures.
Dan received a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He received a BS in Accounting from Marquette University.
Jim Schoedinger is the founder of BryteStar Capital, LLC, a business consulting firm. He launched BryteStar in 2006.
Prior to establishing BryteStar, Jim served as President of First Data Corporation’s Card Issuing Services, a $1.5 billion revenue business. He led the turnaround of this major provider of card issuing services to financial institutions in 2004 and 2005. Before joining First Data, Jim held senior executive positions at Transamerica Corporation. He was President of Transamerica Real Estate Information Services, one of the largest providers of real estate tax and flood hazard certification services to the residential mortgage industry. He also was President of Transamerica Distribution Finance, a major provider of supply chain financing and transaction processing to a range of industries (consumer marine, electronics, appliances, etc.). Prior to joining Transamerica in 1996, Jim spent 16 years with GE Capital, including leadership roles in GE’s private label credit card and personal lending divisions.
Jim received his BA in business from the University of Cincinnati.
Russ Swansen is the Chief Investment Officer of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, overseeing more than $70 billion of assets under management. Previously, Russ was a Managing Director of Colonnade Advisors.
From 1990-2000, Russ served as President of PPM America, a U.S. registered investment advisory company established in 1990 as a subsidiary of Prudential Portfolio Managers Ltd. (“PPM”), the investment management subsidiary of Prudential plc (London). As chief executive, Russ managed the growth of PPM America from $10 billion to over $46 billion in assets under management and staff growth to 160 people. Under his leadership, PPM America developed capabilities in twelve asset classes, including private equity, mezzanine financing, private debt placements, special situations/distressed securities, public equity, asset based lending, commercial real estate and syndicated bank loans. Russ served as a member of the Management Committee and Board of Directors of Prudential Portfolio Managers Ltd. (London), the global asset management parent company. He also served as Chairman of Prudential Portfolio Managers (Canada) Ltd. from 1993 to 1998.
Prior to PPM America, Russ served as a portfolio manager and then an executive at Washington Square Capital, a Minneapolis-based investment management company, and the investment management arm of Reliastar. Russ earned an MBA from The University of Minnesota and a BA from Gustavus Adolphus College.