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SBIA Announces 2022-2023 Leadership

SBIA membership elects new Officers and Board of Governors

October 3, 2022 (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 2022-2023 Board of Governors, including our Board Officers, Regional Presidents, At-Large Board Members, and designated Council Chairs. Gayle Hughes, co-founder and Partner of Merion Investment Partners and a member of the Mellon Growth Finance team, is the incoming Chair. Gayle has over 35 years of lending experience and has spent over half of her career working with entrepreneurial firms providing growth capital via leveraged cash flow and mezzanine. She was first elected to the SBIA Board of Governors in 2012 and has previously served our association as President of the Northeast Region, SBIC Council Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice Chair and Chair-Elect.

The SBIA also would like to recognize the outgoing Board members who have given generously of their time and efforts to support the association: Rodger Davis of Northcreek Mezzanine, Matt Harbaugh of Mountain State Capital, Michael Painter of Plexus Capital, Steven Pickhardt of GarMark Partners, and Ian Simmonds of Sixth Street Specialty Lending.

“We’re pleased to welcome our new Board members, all of whom have shown a strong commitment to SBIA over the years,” said SBIA President Brett Palmer. “We are privileged to have at our helm a group of experienced small business professionals from diverse geographies and representing a range of investment strategies. The SBIA Board of Governors is a powerful component of our association’s success, and we rely on the dedication, service and guidance of our members.”

2022-2023 Officers

Gayle Hughes
Caroline Ducas
Brad Triebsch
Vice Chair
Ben Geis
Tyson Smith
Tecum Capital, Pennsylvania
Secretary | New Officer
Peter Huff
Immediate Past Chair

Industry Council Chairs for 2022-2023

BDC Chair
Dean D’Angelo, Stellus Capital Management, Maryland

LP Chair
David Demeter, Davidson College, North Carolina

Middle Market Chair
Doug England, The Riverside Company, Ohio

Venture & Growth Equity Chair
Brian Luger, Konza Valley Capital, Kansas

SBIC Chair
Patrick Weston, Route 2 Capital Partners, South Carolina

WINC Chair
Ann Ferreira, Lake Country Capital, Minnesota

Regional Presidents for 2022-2023

Southern Regional President
Heather Hubbard, Valesco Industries, Texas

Midwest Regional President
Theresa Mozzocci, Maranon Capital, Illinois

Northeast Regional President
Andrew Panzo, NewSpring Capital, Pennsylvania

Western Regional President
Tim Rafalovich, Wells Fargo, California

At-Large Members for 2022-2023

Melinda Jackson
David Kocen
Steven Lilly
FS Investments, Pennsylvania
Jan Bergeson
Ally Bank, Utah
Carl Kopfinger
TD Bank, Pennsylvania
John Mickelson
Stacey Wittelsberger
Patriot Capital, Maryland
Les Alexander
Jim Barra
Ironwood Capital, Connecticut
Melanie Brensinger
Stacy Harmsen
Lars Hens
Mike Revord
Chris Sears
Kevin Sheehan
Multiplier Capital, District of Columbia
Eric Sloane
Gijs Van Thiel
747 Capital, New York

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About the Small Business Investor Alliance
The Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA) is the premier organization of lower middle market private equity funds and investors. SBIA works on behalf of its members as a tireless advocate for policies that promote competitive markets and robust domestic investment for growing small businesses. SBIA has been playing a pivotal role in promoting the growth and vitality of the private equity industry for over 60 years. For more information, visit or call (202) 628-5055.

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