Team

Petros Partners - Mansoor Ghori

Mansoor Ghori

Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder

Mansoor Ghori is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Petros.

Prior to Petros, he was the President and CEO of Accent Capital and was responsible for the investment and administrative activities of the firm. He was also a Managing Director at Transamerica Technology Finance Corporation, which was subsequently acquired by GE Capital, and a Principal at Sternhill Partners, a $100 million venture capital firm based in Houston.

Prior to joining Sternhill, he was the Founder and SVP/Regional Manager of Imperial Bank’s Southwest Region of the Emerging Growth Industries Group (acquired by Comerica Bank). He was also a VP in the National Accounts Division of Silicon Valley Bank, focusing on investments in high-technology companies in Texas.

Mansoor is a graduate of Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California and holds an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston.

mansoor@petrospartners.com
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Petros Partners - Jim Stanislaus

Jim Stanislaus

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.

jim@petrospartners.com
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Petros Partners - Tommy Deavenport

Tommy Deavenport

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.

tommy@petrospartners.com
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Petros PACE - Rachel Davis

Rachel Davis

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.

rachel@petrospartners.com
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Petros PACE - Michael Wallander

Michael Wallander

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.

mwallander@petrospartners.com
Michael Wallander LinkedIn Profile


Petros PACE - Rob Shear

Rob Shear

SVP – New Markets

Rob Shear is the Senior Vice President of New Markets at Petros PACE Finance.

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.

rob@petrospartners.com
Rob Shear LinkedIn Profile


Petros PACE - Josh Smith

Josh Smith

VP – Legal & Policy

Josh Smith is the Vice President of Legal and Policy of 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.

josh@petrospartners.com
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Petros PACE - Dustin Gabriel

Dustin Gabriel

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.

dustin@petrospartners.com
Dustin Gabriel commercial property assessed clean energy


Petros PACE - Kris McKay

Kris McKay

VP – PACE Originations

Kris McKay is a Vice President of Originations of Petros PACE Finance.  Kris focuses on building PACE transactions in the Mid-Atlantic region and 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.

kmckay@petrospartners.com
Kris McKay on LinkedIn


Petros PACE - Jeff Walter

Jeff Walter, CFA

AVP – Corporate Finance & Treasury

Jeff Walter is a Senior Financial Analyst of Petros PACE Finance. 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.

jeff@petrospartners.com
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Petros PACE - Joe Vaught

Joe Vaught

Underwriting Analyst

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.

jvaught@petrospartners.com
Joe Vaught on LinkedIn


Petros PACE - Sean Leahy

Sean Leahy

Pricing Analyst

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.

sean@petrospartners.com

Petros PACE - Kylie Fitzpatrick

Kylie Fitzpatrick

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.

kylie@petrospartners.com

Petros Partners - Matt Malcom

Matt Malcom

Consultant

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.

matt@petrospartners.com

Petros PACE - Marcia Singleton

Marcia Singleton

Controller

Marcia Singleton is a staff accountant of 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.

marcia@petrospartners.com

Petros PACE - Amy Benavides

Amy Benavides

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.

amy@petrospartners.com

Petros PACE - Laura Golembiewski

Laura Golembiewski

Transaction Specialist

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.

laura@petrospartners.com

Petros PACE - Holly Barnett

Holly Barnett

Executive Administrator

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.

holly@petrospartners.com
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