Chief Financial Officer & Co-Founder
Jim Stanislaus is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Petros.
Prior to Petros, Jim was the CFO & COO of Enhanced Capital Partners, a national, private asset management and investment firm, specializing in utilizing state and federal tax credit programs to finance lower middle market companies in the United States. While there, Jim structured an array of complex, primarily tax credit-based, transactions with Berkshire Hathaway and other financial partners and secured over $700 million in institutional investor commitments. He started and was the Co-Head of the firm’s Tax Credit Monetization business and he also sourced and managed investments for the firm, primarily in Texas.
Prior to joining Enhanced Capital, Jim worked with Reservoir Capital Group, a New York based private investment firm with over $6.5 billion currently under management. Prior to Reservoir, Jim held senior positions at Fortune 50 companies, Dell and Procter & Gamble.
Jim holds an Engineering undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from SMU in Dallas.
Chief Operating Officer
Tommy Deavenport is Chief Operating Officer of Petros PACE Finance.
Tommy has over 30 years of experience in the financial services sector. Prior to Petros, Tommy was on the founding team and a Managing Director of Square 1 Bank (acquired by Pacific Western Bank).
Prior to Square 1 Bank Tommy served at AV Labs, an accelerator fund of Austin Ventures.
Prior to AV Labs, Tommy held an SVP role at Imperial Bank (acquired by Comerica). Tommy was also co-founder of VCFO, a leading fractional accounting firm headquartered in Austin.
Tommy holds a BBA in accounting from Texas State University and is a Texas CPA.
SVP – Sales
Rachel Davis is a Vice President of Originations of Petros PACE Finance. Rachel is based in Texas and focuses on building our PACE business in Houston and in other select PACE markets throughout the country.
She began her career at Reliant Energy, a Houston based provider of electricity and smart energy services. As a Marketing Manager, she spent 12 years working with customers and consultants managing commodity price risk through electricity contracts in Texas and the Northeast. Most recently, Rachel led a national business development team for NRG Energy, a Fortune 200 energy company, where along with her team, she pursued partnerships for onsite/offsite solar, wind, community solar, energy efficiency and combined heat and power systems with Fortune 500 clients. Additionally, she worked with strategic partner firms in the energy efficiency sector to develop and implement sales acquisition strategies for thermal energy storage and evaporative pre-cooling solutions for utility programs in California. Most of her experience is with clients in the commercial real estate, retail, hospitality, and banking sectors.
Rachel graduated with honors from Texas A&M University with a BBA in Marketing.
SVP – Solar Finance
Michael Wallander is the Senior Vice President of Solar Finance for Petros Energy Solutions.
He joined Petros upon its acquisition of Demeter, which he cofounded in 2010 to provide cost-effective financing of solar and distributed energy projects. Demeter was selected for a U.S. Department of Energy SunShot award for its pioneering PACE PPA financing vehicle, which lowers the cost of commercial solar projects by improving credit assessment and risk mitigation.
In addition to his role as founder and president of Demeter, Mike previously co-founded EcoCity Partners, a Florida PACE administrator that was acquired by Renew Financial in 2015.
Prior to Demeter and EcoCity, Mike maintained a Florida-based legal practice and was an attorney for the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig based in the Palm Beach office.
Mike graduated with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center with an LL.M. in Securities & Financial Regulation and earned his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Florida.
SVP – Florida and New Markets
Rob Shear is the Senior Vice President of Florida and New Markets at Petros PACE Finance. He leads efforts to build new C-PACE markets and is currently focused on opening the market in Florida for Petros.
He has more than 30 years of experience as a successful builder and operator of businesses, primarily focused on innovative financing products and solutions.
Prior to that, he spent 20 years as a pioneer and leader in the viatical and life settlements industry, the secondary market of life insurance in the U.S, where his leadership experience included selling and buying back a settlement provider, managing a subsidiary of NYSE-listed municipal bond insurer, and serving as the industry association president.
He attended York University.
VP – Legal
Sarah is a Vice President of Legal. She is responsible for coordinating Petros’ advisor services for New Market, Historic and Investment Tax Credits.
She joins Petros from Baker Botts, L.L.C., where she represented borrowers, guarantors, financial institutions and agent banks in financings dealing with senior and subordinated debt, credit and hedge facilities, restructurings and acquisitions, bridge loans, and term lending as well as high-yield debt offerings and private placements of securities. Before beginning her career in law, Sarah worked as Chief Financial Officer of a privately held electrical contracting firm.
She earned a J.D. with honors from The University of Texas School of Law in 2014 and graduated magna cum laude with a Master’s in Taxation and a Bachelor’s in Accountancy from Mississippi State University in 2003 and 2002, respectively.
VP – Legal & Policy
Josh Smith is the Vice President of Legal and Policy for Petros PACE Finance.
Josh has considerable experience in the C-PACE industry, having previously served as Senior Transaction Counsel to CleanFund. Prior to CleanFund, Josh worked as a commercial loan administrator for Umpqua Bank. While there, he helped restructure the Commercial Real Estate Servicing Team and processed the following for commercial real estate transactions: Loan extensions, modifications, and workouts. After law school, Josh worked as a law clerk for the Hon. Scott A. Oravec, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Alaska.
Josh received a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Loyola University Chicago in 2007, and a J.D. from the University of the Pacific (McGeorge School of Law) in 2010, where he was a member of the Roger Traynor Honor Society and a research assistant for Professor Miriam Cherry.
Managing Director Petros Connecticut Investment Fund
Barry Schwimmer is Managing Director of the Petros Connecticut Investment Fund, Petros Partners’ Stamford Connecticut based investment fund. He is also Founder and Managing Partner of the Stamford Innovation Center. The iCenter is a small business incubator whose mission is to create jobs and provide training while developing the entrepreneurial community throughout the State of Connecticut. Utilizing funding from Connecticut Innovations to augment its private resources, it serves as a hub in the CTNext Innovation Ecosystem under the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development.
Previously Mr. Schwimmer founded Stoneybrook Capital, a private investment firm. Stoneybrook’s activities included leading the acquisitions of several private companies including Computer Shopper (SX2 MediaLabs), The Corporate Presence, Distance Learning Co., Litespeed Titanium Components, Inc., and Dynamic Graphics, Inc. (Creatas LLC). Stoneybrook also participated in several acquisitions/recapitalizations which were organized by larger institutional investors.
From 1989 to 1994, Mr. Schwimmer was a Managing Director of Commonwealth Capital Partners, a $68.5 million private equity fund. While at Commonwealth, he helped to organize the acquisitions of NFO Research and Coast Community News and served as a Director of those firms as well as ACX Pacific. During 1989, he also helped to organize the acquisition of Aldila, Inc. and served as a Director of the firm until its sale in 1994 to Forstmann Little and Co.
In 1984, Mr. Schwimmer co-founded Chemical Venture Partners and served as an original General Partner of the firm. His responsibilities at CVP included directing and overseeing venture capital, growth equity and leveraged buyout investments in 12 separate transactions including PTN Holding Corp., Boys Market, Inc., Eric Chandler Holding, Inc. and PT Components. During this period, Mr. Schwimmer developed direct investment expertise in several industries including; specialty retailing and supermarkets, media, basic manufacturing and a variety of service providers. Prior to joining CVP Mr. Schwimmer worked as a Senior Consultant for Arthur Andersen & Co and a Securities Analyst at Value Line Investment Survey.
Mr. Schwimmer received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Master in Business Administration degree from The Booth School of The University of Chicago.
VP – PACE Originations
Dustin Gabriel is a Vice President of Originations of Petros PACE Finance. Dustin is based in Dallas and focuses on building the PACE business in the Dallas area and in other select PACE markets throughout the country.
He joins Petros from Bank of the Ozarks, where he oversaw the construction and operations of a national loan portfolio for 7.2 million square feet valued at $2.3 billion in commercial real estate. Prior to Bank of the Ozarks, he worked at Commercial Real Estate Investment Management where he was responsible for commercial real estate asset management, leasing, disposition, finance and operations.
He is also a former strategy and research consultant at Cicero Group.
Mr. Gabriel is a graduate of Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management and holds an MPA with an emphasis in finance from the Romney Institute.
VP – PACE Originations
Kris McKay is a Vice President of Originations of Petros PACE Finance. Kris is based in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States and focuses on building PACE transactions in that area in other select PACE markets throughout the country.
Kris joins Petros PACE Finance from NorthMarq Capital, where he served as Vice President of debt and equity capital markets. Prior to NorthMarq Capital, Mr. McKay worked at C.H. Kauffman & Associates, where he sourced, placed and closed commercial mortgage loan, mezzanine and equity packages on multifamily, office, retail and hotel investments.
Mr. McKay is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary’s College and holds a Master of Business Administration from American University.
Joe Vaught is an Underwriting Analyst of Petros PACE Finance. Prior to Petros, Joe was a Senior Associate with AIC Ventures, a private real estate investment trust, specializing in the acquisition of industrial real estate assets throughout the United States through net lease and sale-leaseback transactions. In his tenure there, Joe was a member of a team that sourced and closed over $200 million in industrial investments for the firm’s funds. Prior to AIC Ventures, Joe was an Acquisitions Agent with New Western Acquisitions, a residential and multi-family investment firm, specializing in the acquisition of single-family and multi-family investments for high net worth individuals in the greater Austin, Texas area.
Prior to New Western Acquisitions, Joe was an analyst with Integra Realty Resources, a nationwide commercial appraisal firm. Joe provided support in the creation of commercial appraisals for primarily office, industrial, and multi-family assets throughout South Florida.
Joe holds a dual-degree from the University of Central Florida, with a Bachelors in both Legal Studies and Real Estate.
Jeff Walter, CFA
AVP – Corporate Finance & Treasury
Jeff Walter is a Senior Financial Analyst of Petros. Prior to joining Petros, Jeff was a Portfolio Manager at Wells Fargo. While there, he underwrote a variety of credit and treasury management products for middle market companies. He was also a Financial Analyst at Wells Fargo and successfully completed their Financial Analyst Program.
Jeff holds a BS in Finance from Illinois State University and is a CFA Charterholder.
Sean Leahy is a Pricing Analyst of Petros PACE Finance. Prior to joining Petros, Sean was an analyst for Capsa Ventures, LLC. While there, he worked on evaluating real estate development and investment opportunities in asset classes, including residential, office, industrial and self-storage. Sean also worked for Landmark Dividend, LLC as a senior financial analyst in Los Angeles and a financial associate for The Blackstone Group in New York.
Sean holds a BA in Finance from Michigan State University and got his MS in Investment Management from Boston University.
Public Relations Manager
Kylie Fitzpatrick is the Public Relations Manager of Petros PACE Finance.
Kylie joins Petros from The University of Texas at Austin, where she worked as a media relations specialist in the Office of the President helping promote the university’s reputation as a leader in higher education and research through earned and owned media. While there, she worked on a broad range of communications projects, from media outreach and issues management to content creation and PR analytics.
Kylie holds a Bachelor’s of Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin.
Matt Malcom is a consultant with Petros and a certified public accountant, licensed in Maryland and Texas.
Prior to working with Petros, Matt worked for Reznick Group, a national accounting firm, for fifteen years. During that time, Matt worked with all types of tax credit transactions, including New Market Tax Credits (NMTC), historic tax credits (HTC), renewable energy credits, including the Section 1603 grant program, and other credit programs.
Beginning in 2005, Matt became extensively involved in the NMTC program, working with over 40 Community Development Entities (CDEs) to help structure transactions as well as provide tax and audit services. He has worked with well over 250 transactions in the NMTC program, including projects that involved non-profits, entertainment facilities, hotels, office buildings, health and wellness facilities, retail, charter schools, and numerous other transactions. In addition, some of these transactions have included the combination of NMTC with HTC to increase community and economic impact as well as create additional benefit for NMTC investors.
Matt graduated from Towson State University in Towson, Maryland with a B.S. in Accounting. He is currently an executive board member of the Austin Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs (TSCPA) and a director at the state level of TSCPA.
Marcia Singleton is a staff accountant for Petros PACE Finance.
Marcia has over 25 years of accounting experience in both private and public accounting firms. Prior to joining the Petros team, she worked at Carr Riggs & Ingram LLC, focusing on financial services, client training and support, and tax preparation.
Marcia holds a degree in Accounting from Merrick College in North Andover, MA and is a Certified QuickBooks Pro-Advisor.
AVP – Transaction Manager
Amy Benavides is an Assistant Vice President and Transaction Manager at Petros PACE Finance. She works closely with customers, program administrators, and the Petros legal and finance teams to ensure smooth and efficient transaction closings. Amy manages the due diligence, processing, closing, and post-closing process for Petros across multiple lines of business, including PACE, New Market Tax Credits, and CAPCO transactions. Using her background as a paralegal, she ensures that each transaction is appropriately documented, including meeting Petros’ internal requirements, any external legal requirements, and preparing transaction files for rating agencies and investors.
Prior to her work with Petros, Amy was a paralegal for Joseph Brophy, and Amanda G. Taylor of Hohmann, Taube & Summers, LLP, an Austin-based law firm focusing on litigation and complex corporate transactions.
Laura Golembiewski is a Transaction Specialist of Petros PACE Finance. Prior to joining Petros, Laura was an Escrow Accounting Coordinator for Reliant Title. While there, she supported multiple title offices, completed audit transactions and ensured compliance with state, federal and underwriting audit requirements. Laura also worked as a Sales Director for Milestone Management and as a Closing Officer for Howard Hanna Real Estate.
Laura holds a BA in Economics from Allegheny College.
Holly Barnett is the Executive Administrator of Petros PACE Finance.
Holly brings more than ten years of administrative experience to the team, joining Petros from a position managing office and executive assistant duties for chief executives at Keller Williams. Prior to that, she handled administrative functions in the pharmaceutical and consumer advocacy industries.