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Benjamin Hom

Managing Partner bhom@stcloudcapital.com

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 Director on the boards of JibJab, LLC, AR HIIT, LLC (an Orangetheory Fitness franchisee), AleraCare Holdings, 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.

Kacy Rozelle

Managing Partner krozelle@stcloudcapital.com

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. Kacy Rozelle’s 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. Kacy Rozelle currently serves as a member or observer on the Board of Directors of AutoReturn, LLC; Burke Williams, Inc; Renters Warehouse USA, LLC; and Pipeworks, Inc. Mr. Rozelle previously served on the Board of Directors of: 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). Kacy 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.

Robert Lautz

Managing Partner rlautz@stcloudcapital.com

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 on the Board of Directors of SecureOne Data Solutions, LLC; Compact Power Equipment Center, LLC; Vestek Industries, LLC; Gen-E Holdings, 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.

Matt Smith

Vice President msmith@stcloudcapital.com 

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 California Bank & Trust, OneWest Bank, and Wells Fargo. Mr. Smith was also an Army officer and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan where he earned a Bronze Star Medal.  He earned his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and BA in Economics and Political Science from UC Davis.

Brian Chow

Vice President
bchow@stcloudcapital.com 

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. He 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.

Sibyl Kavak

Vice President
skavak@stcloudcapital.com 

Sibyl Kavak is a Vice President at St. Cloud and is responsible for sourcing, execution, and portfolio monitoring functions. Prior to joining St. Cloud, Sibyl worked at City National Bank, where she executed, negotiated and managed leveraged and sponsor finance transactions within the middle market.  Previously, Sibyl 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.  Sibyl earned her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.  Sibyl is a CFA Charterholder. 

James Hays

Chief Financial Officer
Chief Compliance Officer jhays@stcloudcapital.com

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.