SBIA Leadership for 2020-2021
Officers and Board of Governors
October 28, 2020 (Washington, D.C.) – The Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA), the leading association for lower middle market private equity funds and investors, today announced its new 2020-2021 Board of Governors, including our Board Officers, Regional Presidents, At-Large Board Members, and designated Council Chairs. Michael Painter, co-founder and Managing Partner at North Carolina-based Plexus Capital, is the incoming Chair.
The SBIA also would like to recognize the outgoing Board members who have given generously of their time and efforts to support the association: Alexander Abell of RCP Advisors; Charles Cox of LongueVue Capital; Liz Greenwood of BlackRock TCP Capital; Curtis Hartman; Steve Heinen of First Capital Partners, LLC; Tim Rafalovich of Wells Fargo; and Scott Theuerkauf of Fifth Third Bank.

"The SBIA Board of Governors is instrumental to our association's success and we are extraordinarily grateful for the time and expertise of these individuals," said SBIA President Brett Palmer. "I'd like to thank the outgoing members for their dedicated service during an unprecedented year. Going into 2021, we are fortunate once again to have an accomplished group of small business professionals leading the SBIA that represents diverse geographic regions and investment strategies. This group has important stories to tell about how the lower middle market is supporting American jobs as we work to promote policies that will continue to facilitate a post-pandemic economic recovery."
Executive Committee for 2020-2021
Michael Painter
Plexus Capital, North Carolina

Peter Huff

Vice Chair
Gayle Hughes

Caroline Ducas

Brad Triebsch
CVF Capital Partners, California

Immediate Past Chair
Faraz Abbasi
At-Large Executive Committee Members

Jan Bergeson
Ally Bank, Utah

Andrew Panzo
NewSpring Capital, Pennsylvania

Ben Geis
Industry Council Chairs for 2020-2021
LP Chair
David Demeter
Davidson College, North Carolina
SBIA Staff Contact: Alex Frick

BDC Chair
Mike Gerber
FS Investments, Pennsylvania
SBIA Staff Contact: Tonnie Wybensinger 
SBIC Chair
Tyson Smith
Tecum Capital, Pennsylvania
SBIA Staff Contact: Will Gardner

Middle Market Chair
Doug England
SBIA Staff Contact: Tonnie Wybensinger
Venture & Growth Equity Chair
Matt Harbaugh
Mountain State Capital, West Virginia
SBIA Staff Contact: Alex Frick
Regional Presidents for 2020-2021
Southern Regional President
Kevin Benoit

Northeast Regional President
Jamie Donelan
Seacoast Capital, Massachusetts
Midwest Regional President
Stacy Harmsen
Spell Capital, Minnesota

Western Regional President
Eric Sloane

Board of Governors, At-Large for 2020-2021
Joe Alala
Capitala Group, North Carolina

Les Alexander
Jefferson Capital, Louisiana

Melanie Brensinger
Anagenesis Capital, New York

Rodger Davis

Carl Kopfinger
TD Bank, Pennsylvania

John Mickelson

Steven Pickhardt
GarMark Partners, Connecticut

Kevin Prunty

Mark Raterman
LNC Partners, Virginia

Chris Sears
SunTrust Bank, Georgia

Ian Simmonds

Stacey Wittelsberger
Patriot Capital, Maryland
2019-2020 Outgoing Board Members
On behalf of the SBIA's Board and its membership, we thank the following
members who gave generously of their time and efforts to support the
SBIA by serving on the Board and who will be cycling off at the end of
this term. We are beneficiaries of their service.
Alex Abell, LP Chair
RCP Advisors, Illinois

Charles Cox, Southern Regional President
LongueVue Capital, Louisiana

Liz Greenwood
BlackRock TCP Capital, California
Curtis Hartman
Immediate Past Chairman, Texas

Steve Heinen

Tim Rafalovich
Wells Fargo, California
Scott Theuerkauf, Midwest Regional President
Fifth Third Bank, Illinois
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