Our Team

Cohesive team with investing experience through multiple economic cycles.

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    Benjamin Hom

    Managing Partner

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    Benjamin Hom is a Managing Partner of St. Cloud Capital, LLC (together with its affiliates, “St. Cloud”). Mr. Hom is a member of the Investment Committee of St. Cloud and is responsible for sourcing, execution, and portfolio monitoring functions. Previously, Mr. Hom worked in the Investment Banking Group at Bear, Stearns & Company, where his experience included mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, public and private equity offerings, and debt financings. Mr. Hom focused on middle market clients in a variety of industries including business services, restaurants, communications, technology, and health care services. His prior experience also includes working at KPMG and Parnassus Investments. Mr. Hom currently serves as a Member or Observer on the Board of Directors of JibJab, LLC, AR HIIT, LLC (an Orangetheory Fitness franchisee), BigRentz Inc., AleraCare Holdings, LLC, AdvancedOne Legal, LLC and Transom Bravo Holdings, LLC.  Mr. Hom serves on the Western Region Committee for the Small Business Investor Alliance (“SBIA”). Mr. Hom previously served as a Director on the board of Midnite Air Corporation and served as a Board Observer of Tuff Shed, Inc., among others. Mr. Hom is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), Beverly Hills Chapter. Mr. Hom received a Bachelor of Arts in Business & Economics with a minor in Accounting from the University of California, Los Angeles.  He resides in Brentwood, CA with his wife and three sons.

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    Kacy Rozelle

    Managing Partner

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    Kacy Rozelle is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of St. Cloud. Mr. Rozelle is a member of the Investment Committee of St. Cloud and is responsible for sourcing, execution, and portfolio monitoring functions. His middle and lower-middle market corporate finance and investment banking experience also includes an additional ten years at Jefferies & Company, Inc., where Mr. Rozelle served as a member of the firm’s Taxable Fixed Income Executive Committee, and where he participated in the structuring and placement of more than $40 billion of securities, including more than $10 billion of public and private equity. Mr. Rozelle began his career at Houlihan Lokey Howard and Zukin, a Los Angeles-based investment bank, where he assisted on a wide range of services for middle market companies including mergers and acquisitions, financial opinions and valuation, and advisory assignments. Mr. Rozelle currently serves as a member or observer on the Board of Directors of AutoReturn, LLC; Burke Williams, Inc., Apple Montessori Schools, LLC and Renters Warehouse USA, LLC.  Mr. Rozelle previously served on the Board of Directors of: Pipeworks, Inc., Johnson Products Company, Inc.; SAFE Security, Inc.; National Holdings (OTC: NHLD.OB); Frontline Sales, Inc.; and Earl Scheib, Inc.; among others. Kacy Rozelle serves as a Western Region committee member for the Small Business Investor Alliance (“SBIA”). Mr. Rozelle is also an active member of the Santa Monica Bay Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO Gold). Mr. Rozelle earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a BS in Finance from Virginia Tech. He resides in Pacific Palisades, CA with his wife and three children.

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    Robert Lautz

    Managing Partner

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    Robert Lautz is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of St. Cloud. Mr. Lautz is a member of the Investment Committee of St. Cloud and is responsible for sourcing, execution, and portfolio monitoring functions. Mr. Lautz has over 25 years of operating experience as a business owner, entrepreneur, and CEO of both private and public companies. At St. Cloud, he serves as operating partner and, if necessary, turnaround manager. Mr. Lautz’s prior business involvement includes being Chairman and co-founder of REO.com, an internet-based sales mechanism for bank foreclosed properties. Prior to that he served as the CEO of ListingLink, the original Internet-based residential property multiple listing service. Mr. Lautz formed and was Chairman and CEO of Indenet, Inc., a NASDAQ listed private satellite-based network that delivered digital advertisements and programming to the 3000+ national broadcast and cable television networks. Mr. Lautz began his career within Citibank’s Operating Group where he rose to become the Senior Financial Officer, responsible for all financial functions and strategic planning. He ultimately purchased this division from Citibank to form a start-up business named Property Data Services, which he built to the 3rd largest company of its kind domestically. He currently serves as a Member or Observer on the Board of Directors of Morrow Sodali Global, LLC, Apposite Technologies, Inc. and Life Spine, Inc. Mr. Lautz earned a Master’s degree from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird), and a BS in Business Administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

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    Matt Smith

    Vice President

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    Matt Smith is a Vice President at St. Cloud and is responsible for sourcing, execution, and portfolio monitoring functions. Previously, Mr. Smith founded and managed the Structured Finance Group at Banc of California, which focused on origination and structuring of senior credit facilities to middle market companies backed by private equity. Prior to that, Mr. Smith worked in commercial banking and leveraged finance roles at various commercial banks and leveraged finance groups.  He has served as Observer on the Board of Directors of Pipeworks, Inc. and currently serves as an Observer to the Board of Directors of AleraCare Holdings, LLC, AMP Security, LLC, Renters Warehouse, LLC, and Apposite Technologies, Inc.  Mr. Smith was also an Army officer and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan where he earned a Bronze Star Medal.  Mr. Smith earned his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and BA in Economics and Political Science from UC Davis.

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    Brian Chow

    Vice President

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    Brian Chow is a Vice President at St. Cloud and is responsible for sourcing, execution, and portfolio monitoring functions. Previously, Mr. Chow was a Director of Strategic Initiatives for Monte Carlo Resort & Casino where he was responsible for managing the execution of critical tasks and key dependencies to reposition the property as Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas. Prior to Monte Carlo, Mr. Chow worked on strategic initiative projects for MGM Resorts International. Previously, Mr. Chow worked in the Investment Banking Group at Banc of America Securities and in the Audit and Assurance practice at Deloitte. Mr. Chow is a CPA. Mr. Chow received his Masters in Business Administration from Columbia Business School and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Southern California.

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    Sibyl Kavak

    Vice President

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    Sibyl Kavak is a Vice President at St. Cloud and is responsible for sourcing, execution, and portfolio monitoring functions. Prior to joining St. Cloud, Ms. Kavak worked at City National Bank, where she executed, negotiated and managed leveraged and sponsor finance transactions within the middle market.  Previously, Ms. Kavak held positions at Banc of California’s Structured Finance Group, Union Bank’s Merchant Banking Group and FocalPoint Partners.  She began her career in CIT Group’s Healthcare division. She currently serves as an Observer on the Board of Directors of Catawba Research, LLC.  Ms. Kavak earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.  Ms. Kavak is a CFA Charterholder.

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    James Hays

    Chief Financial Officer,
    Chief Compliance Officer

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    James Hays is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of St. Cloud. Previously, Mr. Hays worked in the Audit and Assurance practice as a Supervising Senior Associate at Rothstein Kass & Co., where his experience included audits for financial and commercial service entities. His prior experience also includes working as a Senior Associate in the Audit and Assurance and Tax practice at Meloni Hribal Tratner LLP and as a Financial Analyst at Flint Hills Resources, LP. Mr. Hays is a CPA. Mr. Hays received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Oklahoma State University.

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    Tami Brinson

    Office Manager

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    Tami Brinson is the Office Manager and Executive Assistant for St. Cloud.  Previously, Ms. Brinson worked in the office of the CEO at Docusource and Tatum, LLC.  Her prior experience includes hospitality and restaurant operation management positions at various casinos.

About Us

St. Cloud Capital is a Los Angeles-based private investment firm founded in 2001.

St. Cloud Capital is a Los Angeles-based private investment firm founded in 2001 to provide growth capital to U.S. lower middle market companies (companies with annual revenues between $10 million and $150 million). St. Cloud has made over 70 portfolio investments in companies across a wide range of industries and in every layer of the capital structure, including senior secured debt, subordinated debt, preferred equity and common equity.

We typically invest between $3 million and $20 million in non-control and control situations, acting as both a financial and strategic partner to strong management teams and industry entrepreneurs in fulfilling their long-term growth plans.  We are also able to arrange larger financings through relationships with co-investors.

St. Cloud has managed over $530 million of capital since 2001.  St. Cloud is currently investing out of its $250 million third fund.

Underserved Market

Our typical investment is $3 million to $20 million in size, and focused on lower middle market companies that typically fall “below the radar screen” of larger private equity firms and the broader capital markets.

Opportunities

We seek opportunities to partner with strong management teams who have built the business delivering proven services or products with substantial growth potential looking for non-dilutive capital to facilitate the company going from good to great.  We welcome investment referrals from investment banking firms, brokers, lenders, attorneys, accountants, consultants, business executives and other investors.  All information provided to us is treated confidentially.

Transaction Types

We support a wide array of transaction types, including, without limitation, expansion and growth capital, recapitalizations, refinancings, management buyouts and change of control transactions, and strategic acquisitions to support a company’s growth.

Industries

We invest in a wide range of industries,  including areas where we have demonstrated experience, such as manufacturing, distribution, business services, logistics, consumer, healthcare and financial services.  Our prior experience across a broad range of industries helps us articulate a thoughtful approach toward due diligence and strategic planning.

Investment Approach

St. Cloud provides flexible financing solutions to lower middle market companies including entrepreneur-owned companies, private equity sponsor owned companies, closely held private companies, and micro-cap publicly owned companies.

Investment Structure

We take an opportunistic and flexible approach providing for a diverse range of transactions. We excel in customizing investments to fit the unique financial and strategic characteristics of each transaction. We are long term partners with the experience it takes to succeed.

Our investments are typically structured as a combination of debt and equity securities.  The debt portion of our investments may be structured as senior or junior debt.  Our investments may be in conjunction with other debt or equity investments.

We develop close partnerships with the companies in which we make investments. Typically, one or more St. Cloud principals or advisors will serve on the portfolio company’s Board of Directors. In addition, our support for our portfolio companies can involve additional consulting and advisory services from affiliated or third party sources. Our common goal with each of our portfolio companies is to maximize performance and value creation.

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Investments across the united states since inception.

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Contact

St. Cloud Capital, LLC
10866 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1450
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Tel (310) 475-2700 · Fax (310) 475-0550

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