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. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com
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.
Stanley J. Calderon
Stanley J. Calderon spent over 45 years in the financial services industry mostly as a senior executive in the commercial banking industry. Most recently he was associated with Colonnade Advisors, LLC a boutique investment banking firm that specializes in merger and acquisition advisory services. He started his banking career at a community bank in Lafayette, Indiana ultimately becoming President and CEO. Subsequent to that bank’s joining Bank One Corporation, he held senior executive positions with Bank One in Indiana, Texas and Illinois ultimately becoming Midwest Regional Manager of Middle Market Banking for Bank One. Following his retirement from Bank One (now J.P. Morgan Chase) he accepted two consecutive turnaround positions as CEO of CIB Marine Bancshares and Baytree National Bank and Trust. He also currently serves as a board member of Digital Check Corporation.