Keith W. Smith
President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman
Prior to joining Parkview, Keith Smith was a Managing Director with Capital Point Partners from 2009 to 2015, where he invested and/or realized more than $150 million in direct lending 1st lien, 2nd lien and mezzanine investments, as well as complimentary minority equity investments. In addition, Mr. Smith served on the Investment Committee of Capital Point Partners. Prior to Capital Point, he worked for Rabobank International (“RI”) from 2006 to 2009, where he was a Vice President and Portfolio Manager of more than $2 billion in direct lending and structured credit bank assets for one of the company’s special investment vehicles. He played a key role in originating new client transactions as well as managing a book of existing bank clients. Prior to RI, he was an Associate Director in the Structured Finance Group of Standard & Poor’s from 2002 to 2006, where he analyzed and rated transactions across a broad spectrum of asset types. In addition to his credit markets background, Mr. Smith also has over 6 years legal experience as an attorney in both the public and private sectors.
Mr. Smith holds a B.A. in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin; a J.D. from Southern Methodist University; and an M.B.A. from The Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis.
Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer
Charles Jacobson serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Pine Hill Group, LLC ("Pine Hill"), a consulting firm which he co-founded in 2007. Pine Hill provides management level finance, accounting and transaction advisory services to middle market public and private companies. Since 2012, Mr. Jacobson has been serving as Chief Financial Officer of SWK Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded company providing specialty financing solutions to companies in the life science industry. Mr. Jacobson was appointed Interim CFO in 2015 and Interim CEO in 2016 of The PMI Group, Inc. ("PMI") and has been a Director of PMI since 2017. From 2012 to 2013, he served as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Pro Capital, LLC ("Pro Cap"), an investment management business specializing in investments of municipal tax liens. He also served on Pro Cap's board of managers, from 2012 to 2014. From 2008 to 2011, he served as Chief Financial Officer of FS Investment Corporation, a business development company whose shares currently trade on the New York Stock Exchange, pursuant to an agreement between Pine Hill and FS Investment Corporation. From 2001 to 2007, Mr. Jacobson worked for ATX Communications, Inc. ("ATX"), becoming the organization's senior vice president of finance where he was responsible for managing ATX's finance organization.
Prior to working for ATX, Mr. Jacobson held senior managerial audit positions with Ernst & Young LLP from 1999 to 2001 and with BDO Seidman, LLP from 1996 to 1999, where he was responsible for audit engagements of private, pre-IPO and publicly traded companies in a variety of different industries. He began his professional career in 1993 at a regional public accounting firm where he performed audits on governmental entities.
Mr. Jacobson is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.S. in Accounting from Rutgers University.
Adrienne Yost Hart
Chief Compliance Officer
Adrienne Hart has served as a Principal in Pine Street Financial Group, a consulting firm focused on providing compliance services to investment advisers and broker-dealers, since 2014. As the principal of Pine Street Financial Group, Ms. Hart works closely with clients in the securities industry who need assistance meeting their regulatory and risk management compliance requirements. From 2010 to 2014, she served as Senior Vice President – Legal and Compliance for Franklin Square Capital Partners, a sponsor of alternative investment products, including business development companies and closed-end investment companies. From 2001 to 2009, she served as Senior Vice President and Counsel to Sovereign Bank Capital Markets and Sovereign Bank Wealth Management as well as Managing Director, Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel to Sovereign Securities Corporation, LLC. Prior to her time at Sovereign Bank, from 1998 to 2000, she served as First Vice President at the Philadelphia Stock Exchange. She is a seasoned financial services professional with extensive experience managing brokerage, trading and regulatory businesses. Her expertise extends across all aspects of a securities business to include legal, compliance, operations and marketing. Ms. Hart has worked with several start-up ventures creating and implementing processes to integrate compliance into business practices.
Ms. Hart holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and a J.D. from Temple University School of Law.
David M. Abner
Mr. Abner previously served on our board of directors from August 2015 through March 2016. Mr. Abner has practiced law for over 20 years and has partnered with Fortune 500 and growing companies to help them manage the legal issues they encounter, by trying cases and managing risks associated with a variety of commercial and litigation matters. Before starting his own firm, Mr. Abner was Of Counsel at Manion, Gaynor & Manning, LLP from July 2012 to November 2014 where he managed complex litigation and toxic tort matters for a variety of commercial, industrial and agricultural clients. From January 2005 to June 2012, Mr. Abner first served as in-house counsel at Ashland Inc. helping the company to strategically assess, manage, and prevent a variety of risks that threatened the viability and/or profitability of products, services and customer relationships; then focused on providing similar support to start-ups and growing companies. Prior to Mr. Abner’s employment with Ashland Inc., he practiced law at multiple firms and government entities, including Thompson & Knight, LLP from October 2002 to December 2004, White, Sims & Wiggins from March 1998 to October 2002, Shafer, Ramsey & Mueller PC from January 1995 to March 1998 and the District Attorney’s office in Bexar County, Texas from November 1993 to January 1995. Mr. Abner received B.A. in Journalism from the University of South Carolina and a J.D. from the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University.
Gavin E. Stewart
Mr. Stewart has served as a Director of Parkview and a member of its investment committee since June 2015. Among other things, his primary responsibilities include due diligence, portfolio management, and to a lesser extent, deal sourcing. Prior to joining Parkview, Mr. Stewart was Vice-President of Authentidate Holding Corp (“Authentidate”), a leading provider of telehealth solutions, from April 2005 to March 2015, where, during the course of his 10-year tenure with the company, he led their business development and marketing strategy. Prior to Authentidate, Mr. Stewart was Vice-President for CP Baker & Company LTD (“CP Baker”), a private equity firm, from February 2003 to February 2004. With CP Baker, Mr. Stewart led the due diligence effort for new investment opportunities including an equity investment in an entertainment business and the acquisition of a hair care products company. Prior to CP Baker, Mr. Stewart was Director of International Operations for a venture-backed enterprise spend-management company, eWork. Mr. Stewart led the company’s European expansion efforts in Scandanavia and the United Kingdom, where he negotiated and managed all investment activities with the lead European investor, Telia AB. Prior to this, Mr. Stewart worked with Dean Witter and Hewlett-Packard as a software engineer.
Mr. Stewart received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from SUNY at Stony Brook. Mr. Stewart also has a Master of Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
M. Duyen Le
Ms. Le is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in private equity and operational management. Ms. Le was a Partner at Capital Point Partners (“CPP”), an investment management firm, from 2011 to 2014 and, prior to that, served as CPP’s Chief Financial Officer. At CPP, Ms. Le was responsible for due diligence of prospective investments and the management of existing investment portfolios. In such role, Ms. Le was actively involved in the fundraising process, managing the negotiation and documentation processes for any restructurings, refinancings and acquisitions in connection with existing portfolio investments, and providing operational management. Ms. Le was also part of the CPP management team, where she held board positions, provided operational oversight, and guidance to portfolio companies’ management as well as strategic management of these investments. She was also responsible for the management of the investment valuation and reporting process in accordance with GAAP standards.
Ms. Le also served as Chief Financial Officer from 1994 to 2000 of Rice, Sangalis, Toole & Wilson (“RSTW”), a privately held investment firm. As Chief Financial Officer, Ms. Le was responsible for all financial and administrative functions of the firm, which included five funds with over $1 billion under management. Ms. Le designed and implemented back office infrastructure and policies and procedures, managed annual reporting programs, including audited and tax compliance reports, managed all fund accounts, including the evaluation and forecasting of cash needs and availability, managed the investment valuation process, and directed the financial reporting and related investor communications for the five funds.
Prior to CPP and RSTW, Ms. Le served as Chief Financial Officer of MDServe, Inc., and prior to that as a Senior Accountant at TeleCheck Services, Inc. and a Tax Associate at Coopers & Lybrand, L.L.P. (Now PriceWaterhouseCoopers).
Ms. Le is also active with Connect Community, a non-profit collaboration of best-in-class organizations building healthy neighborhoods in Sharpstown/Gulftown, serving as Director of Community Development.
Ms. Le is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas and graduated with a B.B.A. in Accounting and Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.
C. Gabriel Hayes
Mr. Hayes has served as Parkview’s Managing Director since May 2018. Mr. Hayes currently serves on the Texas Southern University JHJ School of Business Advisory Council where he also chairs the Corporate Partnership Committee.
Prior to joining Parkview, Mr. Hayes spent several years executing entrepreneurial and corporate restructure strategies. Mr. Hayes previously served as a Principal and Director of Marketing for Davis Hamilton Jackson & Associates (DHJA) an Investment Management Boutique where he was responsible for revitalizing business development, revenue generation, and client relationship management initiatives. Prior to his engagement with DHJA, he served in several leadership roles with JPMorgan Fleming Asset Management (formerly Banc One Investment Advisors). Mr. Hayes began as Director of Institutional Sales responsible for sales and market development for the Southwest region of the United States, later became National Institutional Sales Manager responsible for restructuring the overall sales and distribution strategy that accomplished aggressive growth projections, and ultimately became Co-Head of Mid Corporate Institutional Asset Management Business Group (post-merger legacy Banc One Investment Advisors organization). As business group Co-Head, Mr. Hayes was responsible for all sales and service functions and led the merger integration process which resulted in a business unit with $14 billion in institutional assets under management. Mr. Hayes served on the JP Morgan Institutional Americas Management Committee and was the primary liaison for the Mutual Fund Company, Investment Bank, Commercial Bank, and other internal product partners. Prior to that Mr. Hayes served as Executive Vice President and Director of Marketing for Smith Graham & Co, a fixed income asset management boutique where he also served on the firm’s management committee.
Mr. Hayes holds a bachelor of science with concentration in Finance degree from Louisiana Tech University.
Prior to joining Parkview, Ms. Chheda served as Co-Founder and Finance Director of Marigold Paper (“Marigold”), a boutique stationery company focused on South Asian inspired designs. Prior to her tenure with Marigold, Ms. Chheda worked for an oil and gas private equity firm, Sheridan Production Partners (“Sheridan”) from 2012 to 2013 where she was involved in the planning and budgeting activities for portfolio assets. Prior to Sheridan, Ms. Chheda worked across several divisions of Shell Oil Company (“Shell”) from 2008 to 2012 where she served as a Senior Credit Analyst and Economic Investment Analyst in the credit and risk management function. As an Economic Investment Analyst, she was instrumental in building and developing a new economic feasibility model. Still within Shell, she ultimately transitioned into a Procurement Manager role where she was in charge of more than $60 million of direct company spend. Prior to Shell, Ms. Chheda worked in valuation services for Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP and Avail Consulting, LLC from 2005 to 2008 where, as a Senior Associate, she conducted fair value analysis across numerous client assignments.
Ms. Chheda holds a B.B.A. in Finance and Management Information Systems from Texas A&M University and an M.B.A. from the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.