Chief Executive Officer
As CEO of EquityNet, James quarterbacks the Team to best provide services to small and medium businesses that are underserved by the current suite of traditional financial resources. James is a partner with the Venture Development firm, Proton Enterprises, focused on SMB private equity investing and startup operations. Before that, James spent several years in Haiti & Mexico bringing a private equity approach to working with developing market entrepreneurs. He is a graduate of Yale University and holds series 7 and 63 FINRA licenses.
Head of Operations
Scott ensures the seamless delivery of each team member’s time and talent towards EquityNet’s mission and growth. He began his professional career in management consulting with Arthur Andersen, before working in financial systems analysis and design with Firestone and Sprint. Before joining EquityNet, he served as Chief Academic Officer at Canisius College and Xavier University, orchestrating all faculty, student life, technology, and budget operations for the academic enterprise. He holds his B.S. from the University of Iowa and an M.B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.
Head of Business Growth & Partnerships
Vikal focuses on strategic partnerships and value-added services that positively impact the growth of businesses in the EquityNet ecosystem. He is passionate about EquityNet’s potential to broaden entrepreneurs’ access to new funding and growth opportunities. Before EquityNet, Vikal spent over a decade on Wall Street in fixed income capital markets at JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and Bank of America, after which he moved into private equity and corporate development, helping several small and medium businesses turnaround and grow across the US, Europe and India markets. Vikal holds an MBA from ESADE Business School and dual degrees in Finance and Information Systems from, the University of Maryland, College Park.
Manager, Business Growth
Blake enjoys understanding the ‘why’ of entrepreneurs and working directly with them as a teammate to find creative solutions to grow their business. Before EquityNet, Blake worked in Asset Management focused on analyzing the portfolio impact of geopolitical events and economic policy changes. He holds his bachelor’s degree from Yale University, where he was a member of the Division I Varsity Soccer Team. He also holds Series 7 and 66 FINRA licenses.
Manager, Business Growth
Sunil’s focus on the GROW Team is in fostering affiliate service partnerships that enrich the EquityNet ecosystem and help businesses grow. He believes that a rewarding life comes from losing yourself in serving, and investing in, those around you. Before joining EquityNet, Sunil worked at Morgan Stanley in the firm’s Project Finance group, investing in renewable energy and raising capital for companies in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Sunil earned his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in History.
Head of Investor Relations
Louis loves to help others uncover the hidden value in a story. As Director of Investor Relations, he serves as a guide to investors in the ecosystem, helping them to make quality investments in the private sector and find untapped business opportunities. Before EquityNet, Louis worked as an investment banker and equity analyst with Lehman Brothers. He also worked as a credit analyst at Moody's, a debt salesman at Merrill Lynch, and served as Chief Operating Officer of VisualizeWealth, a maker of analytical software for investors. Louis earned his BA in Economics from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Cornell University, and holds the CFA charter.