GLOBAL BUSINESS FUNDING GROUP LEADERSHIP

ALAN BRAVERMAN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Alan Braverman is a founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Global Business Funding Group. He is responsible for all day to day activities of the firm, firm oversight, and origination and execution of client engagements. He brings over 25 years of relevant experience working with high growth and middle market companies.


Alan served as:

  • President at NBC Internet (NASDAQ: NBCI), a division of General Electric (NYSE: GE) which had 1,000 employees and a $6 Billion market capitalization;
  • Senior Managing Director for Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank Securities and Bank of America Securities;
  • Senior Partner for US Trust (now Bank of America) private equity and venture capital business;
  • Senior Operating Manager for multiple early and growth stage companies, as well as for Fortune 100 companies.

Alan was selected as a Wall Street Journal #1 ranked research analyst and was named to Institutional Investor magazine's “All American Analyst” team. He has appeared on and contributed to media outlets including CNBC, CNN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and more.

He leverages his experience and relationships for the benefit of GBFG’s clients. He also manages the firm’s investor relationships and develops long-term strategic partnerships with GBFG’s client base.

RICHARD J. VALENTINE, PRESIDENT

Richard J. (RJ) Valentine is a serial entrepreneur and investor with a thirty-year history of business successes and, notably, 18 successful operating company exits. As President of GBFG, he sets strategy and spearheads the company's sales and marketing efforts. RJ is also chairman of The MBA Group and is a principal in all the entities developed by The MBA Group of Companies.


He founded his first business, MBA, in 1969 and expanded that organization to include a wide range of entrepreneurial ventures in diverse industries, all driven to success under his direct guidance and operation. In fact, RJ has built category leaders in insurance and financial services, retail automotive services, corporate investigation services, process automation technology, and kart racing.

Among his many entrepreneurial success stories:

  • Massachusetts Business Association, founded to offer small businesses group rates on health insurance; grew into the largest provider of employee benefits for small businesses in New England with more than 150,000 members; became part of National Financial Partners in 2002, benefitting from NFP’s successful IPO.
  • Lube 495, Inc., founded as the New England area franchisee for Jiffy Lube; grew to become the largest, fastest growing area in the international chain: a $25 million chain of 30 stores, including 6 of Jiffy Lube’s top 10 grossing stores in America; sold to Pennzoil for an unprecedented 18x earnings.
  • LCF Associates, founded, to provide professional investigation services for legal, corporate and financial affairs; grew into a leader in its field, with virtually all Fortune 100 companies on its client list; sold to Decision Strategies.
  • Arrayworks, Inc., a software company that developed a platform to automate business processes; the patented architecture has brought the company extraordinary growth serving national and international companies; it continues to expand today with accelerated revenues and profitability.

RJ has also been an angel investor for 3 decades, becoming an early investor and marketing advisor in success stories like LoJack, Enforsys and ShotSpotter.

Throughout his career as a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, RJ has also been a race car driver, piloting sport cars in SSCA, IMSA, Trans Am Series and since 2002, Grand Am Rolex Series. RJ drove the winning GT car in the 2009 Grand Am Rolex 24-Hours of Daytona, following years of podium finishes in the series.

RJ is a strong leader for the GBFG's branding, marketing and sales. For decades, he has implemented cutting edge marketing techniques to build his businesses rapidly, achieving profitability early and maximizing ROI when the businesses are sold. His organization includes professionals with extensive experience in marketing, sales, operations, and finance.

PETER LAKE, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Peter Lake is responsible for GBFG’s financial strategies and execution. Additionally, Peter is CFO of RJ Valentine’s MBA Group of Companies. Since 1986, he has helped RJ achieve his many entrepreneurial successes.


In his more than 25 years as a business owner, consultant and CFO, Peter has worked with more than 50 different entrepreneurial businesses throughout the United States and England. These have included startup situations, high growth development, mergers and acquisitions. He has an extensive record of success providing entrepreneurs with the resources to achieve business and investment objectives, driving profitability and resolving financial and operational problems.

A graduate of Babson College's School of Management, Peter began his career working with Ernst & Young as a founding member and information technology audit specialist of the Entrepreneurial Services Group in the Boston office.

Peter is available to our clients as a consultant, to help client companies achieve greater success. His specialties include financial reporting, systems analysis/design/implementation, cost reductions, cash management, budgeting & forecasting, new business initiatives, manpower strategy & incentives, compensation and benefit programs, development of internal controls, and the establishment of key performance indicator metrics, compensation and benefit programs, development of internal controls, and the establishment of key performance indicator metrics.

DENA KAMINSKY, MARKETING DIRECTOR

Dena Kaminsky is responsible for Global BFG’s multi-channel marketing communications program. For 26 years, she headed Kaminsky Advertising, a full service advertising agency dedicated to helping entrepreneurs build their businesses. She has helped RJ Valentine launch all of his businesses since the opening of his first Jiffy Lube service center in 1984. Among the MBA Group businesses she helped RJ build were LCF Associates, United Plans, Arrayworks, F1 Boston, F1 Outdoors, CRG America, F1 Air, F1 Hospitality, and Global BFG.


Dena has a long roster of similar relationships with entrepreneurs. For example, for 10 years she worked with the owner of a specialty process piping contractor to grow his business from $6 million to $60 million annual revenue, building the brand to become the leader in its field. Her strategic plans and creative work has helped numerous clients survive chaotic economic cycles. Her success stories for entrepreneurs date back to 1979, when she launched the Las Vegas computer industry trade show that set that company owner on the path to becoming today’s 8th richest man in the USA. Her career includes positions as Creative Director/Copy for several Boston agencies, with client experience including Marshalls, Purity Supreme Supermarkets, Cain Foods, Colonial Provisions, Le Meridien/Boston, and New England Development's regional shopping centers.

Dena is available as a consultant to Global BFG clients, to share her expertise in marketing strategy, planning, creative direction and copywriting.

GERRY SHERMAN, SENIOR ADVISOR

Gerry Sherman is a 30 year veteran of turnaround management and financial services consulting. He brings Global Business Funding Group clients extensive experience is corporate revitalization and restructuring, commercial banking and entrepreneurial lending. Since 1983, when he left Shawmut Bank to form his first consulting firm, he has worked with more than 550 underperforming and financially vulnerable companies, using his expertise and lending networks to bring positive solutions to the problems.


Gerry is currently a Director of Certified Development Company of New England, which provides junior secured loans for the acquisition of real estate and equipment through the Small Business Administration's 504 program. He is also founder and principal of Pathway Advisors, which specializes corporate restructuring, executive development and financial consulting services to middle market companies throughout the US. Additionally, he is Vice Chairman and Principal of Diamond Business Credit LLC, which provides asset-based lines of credit to companies that don't qualify for bank financing. Earlier, he was a commercial lending officer for Shawmut Bank and Director of Research for Temple Barker and Sloane.

Gerry is an active author and sought after speaker. Formerly a regular columnist for Commercial Lending Review, he speaks frequently on CEO performance improvement, commercial lending training and problem loan management for groups such as The CEO Club of Boston, Babson College MBA program, the Risk Management Association and the MA Banker's Association.

Gerry holds a B.S. in Business Management and an MBA in Finance from Boston University.

MICHAEL J CALLEWAERT, SENIOR ADVISOR

Michael J Callewaert is an investment banker and businessman. He currently manages and invests his private family fund and is also engaged in a number of advisory roles including the Global Business Funding Group.


Mr Callewaert started his career at Salomon Brothers in New York in 1984. He moved to London, England in 1985 and was one of the founding members of the Foreign Exchange trading desk. In 1987, he was promoted to the elite Fixed Income Arbitrage trading desk reporting to John Meriwether (of Liar’s Poker fame). In 1994, Mr Callewaert was appointed Managing Director and shortly thereafter, was elected to the Board of Directors of LIFFE (London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange). Mr Callewaert also managed the LIFFE futures team for Salomon and in 1995 was named a Derivatives Superstar by Global Finance magazine.

SSubsequently, Mr Callewaert held the position of Managing Director at Credit Suisse First Boston where he had responsibility for a $180 million dollar global macro fund. His areas of trading expertise included most government fixed income securities, emerging markets and foreign exchange.

Mr Callewaert served as Global Head of Interest Rate Trading at ABN Amro in London where he was in charge of all of government bond trading, derivatives and structured products. Mr Callewaert was also Global Head of Proprietary Trading for the bank as well as Global Head of Precious Metals. During his tenure at the bank, ABN Amro was named Euromoney magazine’s No. 1 Government Bond Trading House.

Mr Callewaert graduated cum laude from Bowdoin College in 1984 where he was a James Bowdoin Scholar. In 1996, Mr Callewaert was elected to the prestigious Athenaeum Club in London and recently Mr Callewaert was named a Distinguished Friend by the Fellows of St. Hugh’s College, Oxford. He is fluent in Dutch and lives with his wife and three sons in Weston, Massachusetts.

Our success is driven by our people and we are fortunate at GBFG to have assembled a team with unparalleled experience across each aspect of business success…from investment and finance to growth operations and even turnarounds

RJ Valentine