Our Team

 Our clients benefit from direct active involvement of one or more seasoned professionals, each with in excess of fifteen years experience. Collectively, CRP partners have successfully completed over 200 transactions and raised in excess of $2.0 billion in debt and equity financing. 

Thomas Romero
Managing Partner

Mr. Romero founded Capital Research Partners & Co. in 1989, and has over thirty years of corporate finance experience. He began his investment banking career in 1977, as a trainee with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith, and founded Capital Research Partners & Co in 1989. Over the last twenty-six years, Mr. Romero has completed dozens of transactions at all levels of the capital structure including senior debt, mezzanine debt, and equity-linked securities, as well as multiple merger and acquisition related transactions. Mr. Romero holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Finance from St. Michael’s College, was a founder of the Connecticut Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association and served on its Board of Directors for more than 15 years.

Email tromero@crpco.com

Phone : 203-557-4550

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Donald Kittredge
Partner

Mr. Kittredge affiliated with CRP in 2003 and has over 30 years experience in investment and commercial banking, and private equity/mezzanine debt investing.  Prior to joining CRP, he had been with Andersen, Weinroth & Co., LP a private equity and merchant banking firm.  Prior to that, he focused on private placement of debt and equity securities, and direct private equity investments at Loeb Partners, Chemical Bank, and Bankers Trust.  At Signal Capital Corporation’s Merchant Banking Division, he managed a $300 million mezzanine debt, equity, and senior debt portfolio.  

Don Kittredge holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lafayette College and an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago.

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Email dkittredge@crpco.com

Phone : 203-557-4551

Raphael Fahrwald
Associate

Mr. Fahrwald affiliated with CRP in 2018, where he provides strategic advice and execution support on M&A and capital market transactions within a variety of different industries. Prior to joining Capital Research Partners & Co. he was a member of the investment team at Volery Capital Partners, where he focused on industry research, financial modeling and supporting their pipeline development. He began his career in Zurich working on UBS’s equity & derivatives floor. Mr. Fahrwald graduated from the University of St. Gallen with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, during which he received the opportunity to participate in an exchange program at Columbia University. Furthermore, Mr. Fahrwald passed the CFA level 2 exam. 

 Email : rfahrwald@crpco.com

 Phone : 203-957-8757

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Gary D. Mullin
Senior Advisor

Mr. Mullin affiliated with CRP in 2003 and has founded his own commercial real estate and finance advisory firm, FTG Financial. Previously, Mr. Mullin served as President and COO of the Bank of Southern Connecticut. A new commercial bank in New Haven, Connecticut targeting small businesses. Mr. Mullin was a co-founder of Business Lenders LLC, achieving top ten ranking among non-bank SBA lenders nationally. Mr. Mullin was also co-founder of Hamilton Partners, an executive search firm targeting the financial industry sector. At Fleet Financial Group, Mr. Mullin served as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer Fleet Connecticut, Executive Vice President of Bank of New England, and Credit Officer Connecticut Bank and Trust Company. Mr. Mullin holds a BA from Yale University and an MBA from the University of New Haven.

Tom Clark
  Advisor

Mr. Clark recently joined CRP in 2020 as a senior advisor. He spent over twenty years at Morgan Stanley, Co. where he served in various capacities including Managing Director of the U.S. Equity Derivatives, Structured Products and Portfolio Trading Department. He was the Senior Registered Options Principal,  served as a Board member of the Morgan Stanley Trust Company and Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Firm. Mr. Clark was a Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Westchester Bank which he led for over ten years. In addition, he has been involved in over a dozen successful startup ventures in various industries. He was a trustee of the Virginia Tech Foundation serving as head of the investment committee and President of the Pi Kappa Alpha Foundation. Mr. Clark graduated with a B.S. from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Harvard University.      

Geoff Minsky
  Advisor

Geoff, a long-term friend of the firm is a financial services executive who serves as the managing partner of Pelagic Capital based in Fairfield CT. He specializes in Equipment Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Asset Based Lending, Project Finance, and Franchise Finance. Prior to the formation of Pelagic Capital in 2014 he served as the Senior Vice president and group head for North Mill Equipment Finance f/k/a Equilease Financial Services of Norwalk, CT from 2002-2014. Prior, he held corporate financial and real estate positions of increasing responsibility with Merrill Lynch Futures, Pepsico, Boston Chicken, Sonic restaurants, and Payless shoesource. In addition, Mr. Minsky also holds a USCG 100ton Captains license and operates several small businesses in FL. Mr. Minsky holds degrees in Finance and Marketing from the University of Denver and now resides in Palm Beach, FL.

James C. Collins
Senior Advisor

Mr. Collins joined CRP in 1992 and operates a consulting firm, James C. Collins & Associates, Inc., which provides corporate governance and strategic planning services to middle market companies. From 1966 to the founding of his own firm in 1987, Mr. Collins turned around three companies and was President and COO of Red Devil, Inc. He serves on the following Boards of Directors or Advisory Boards: American Tack & Hardware Co. Inc., New York Wire Company, Tingley Rubber Corporation, Sunrise-Frozsun Co., Prototype & Plastic Mold Co., Inc. and Romanoff International Supply Corp. Mr. Collins holds a BA from the University of North Carolina and completed graduate studies at Drexel University.

Michael G. Chieco
 Senior Advisor

Mr. Chieco affiliated with CRP in 2017. He is a financial and operational consultant with diversified industry and international experience. He started at Price Waterhouse as an auditor, and then transitioned to being President and CFO of Vopak N.V., a Dutch company, where he executed North American business strategy including multiple acquisitions and divestitures. From 2007-2012, Mr. Chieco was CFO for GGCP, the majority owner of GAMCO Investors. In 2012, Mr. Chieco began work as a consultant. His projects included special assignments for Vopak N.V., being an investor and CFO in an early stage software company with products used by the NBA, and being an advisor to an ESOP owned specialty chemicals distributor in California. Mr. Chieco is a CPA and graduated from Lehigh University with Honors majoring in Finance and Accounting.

Michael Kalman
 Advisor

Michael Kalman is the Founder and CEO of MediaCrossing, a leading digital advertising agency serving b-to-b and b-to-c companies of all sizes in verticals. Michael brings a record of success and expertise in achieving complex business objectives, raising capital from accredited investors and family offices and orchestrating dramatic turnarounds for struggling business units. Most importantly, Michael is known for building an organizational culture and assembling highly functional leadership teams. Prior to MediaCrossing, Michael served as vice president, business development for ICON International (An Omnicom Group Company). During his 13 years with ICON, Michael was named #1 in business development for seven consecutive years, with the company leading performance in new business, recurring business, revenue, and profit. Michael received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Communications from the University of Southern Maine. He also completed a two-year management program through Omnicom University at Babson College. 

Richard Hehman
  Advisor

Mr. Hehman is a seasoned financial professional and data scientist with a broad range of finance, technology and financial markets experiences. Mr. Hehman built a noteworthy 15+ year investment banking career on Wall Street where he worked at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Merrill Lynch, and JP Morgan. His experience covered a medley of activities from private equity transactions of industrial businesses, cross-border merger and acquisition to technology IPOs and leveraged financings.  Mr. Hehman extended his knowledge and experience founding QRT where he developed novel ways to use statistics to mine market data and manage risk exposures. Mr. Hehman graduated with a B.S from Northwestern University and a MBA from University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business

Robert G. Donavan
In Memoriam

Our good friend and trusted senior advisor Bob Donovan passed away on May 8th, 2018. He was 79. Mr. Donovan affiliated with CRP in 1995 and was previously a senior level executive at Sandoz Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer Corporation, with a special focus on strategic business management and creative marketing. At Sandoz, he had P&L responsibility for the $250 million Senior Consumer Pharmaceuticals business, led the strategic planning initiatives and was responsible for Geographical Indications products sector marketing and new business development. As a leader in the industry, he was elected chairman and served as interim president of the Consumer Health Products Association, and was elected president of the Council on Family Health, the industry’s educational organization based in Washington, D.C. Born in Boston, he attended Boston Latin, the College of the Holy Cross, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Bob is survived by his wife Katje, his children John, Laura, Mark, and Matthew, and by eleven grandchildren. As a trusted and valued advisor to our firm, his thoughtful guidance, brilliant intellect, unparalleled decency, and friendship will be terribly missed.​

 

 

Our Interns

Cassie Chung
  Intern

Ms. Chung affiliated with CRP in 2020, where she provides research and support on M&A and capital market transactions within various industries. Prior to joining Capital Research Partners, she was an equity research analyst at Bradley Foster & Sargent Investment Management in Hartford, CT. Cassie graduated from of the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, and was the captain of the Women’s Tennis team, receiving Dean’s List, Scholar Athlete, and All-Academic Team honors. 

 Email : cchung@crpco.com

 

Marcus Russell
  Intern

Mr. Russell joined CRP in February 2020 as an Analyst Intern. He is a senior at the University of Connecticut where he’s majoring in financial management and minoring in economics. At Capital Research Partners & Co., he assists with buy-side and sell-side M&A engagements and with current or prospective financing engagements. Specifically, he assists with the due diligence process of researching industries and prospective buyers and sellers, conducting valuation comparables, and creating marketing materials.

 Email : mrussell@crpco.com

 

Matthew Bober
  Intern

Mr. Bober joined as the CRP Analyst Intern in February 2020. He is a recent graduate from  Southern Connecticut State University where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing. He is a self-motivated and team-oriented person who has a strong background in financial modeling, investment management, and accounting. During the period of his internship, he is working on the current CRM system and assists with potential sell side and buy side M&A deals. He also has a passion for learning new languages such as Spanish, Mandarin, and Polish. 

 Email : mbober@crpco.com

Spencer Carey
  Intern

Spencer Carey affiliated with CRP in 2020 as a high school intern from Staples High school. He assists in organizing the CRM and other technical duties. While in high school  Spencer was a tutor, varsity squash captain, president of the Connecticut chapter of Joshua's Heart Charity, and verger at his local church. He plans to attend NYU in the class of 2024 for a dual major in Mathematics and Economics.

 Email : scarey@crpco.com

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