Having spent the past 15 years in New York, Jeff comes to Georgia with the goal of making it a Global FinTech capital. He is a proven dealmaker with international finance and capital markets acumen. Jeff prides himself on being able to quickly identify operational challenges, determine valid solutions, and obtain buy-in from multiple stakeholders.
Most recently, Jeff managed revenue generation operations and capital relationships for TradeRocket, an Atlanta-based startup. In his capacity as CRO and head of capital markets, Jeff led initiatives in Latin America and the United States with key clients, investors, financial sponsors, and strategic partners.
Prior to TradeRocket, Jeff founded Makai Advisory Services, a full-service business development consultancy for the alternative investment sector. It was here that Jeff began his foray into FinTech. Working with an early investor in the marketplace lending space, Jeff researched and became an expert in the FinTech space. Leveraging his knowledge of the operations and hurdles often found in institutional finance, he enabled companies to develop winning strategies. Utilizing his expansive network, Jeff consulted with industry leaders to develop ways in which companies in the two sectors could collaborate.
Jeff began his finance career as part of Salomon Smith Barney’s Sales & Trading Associate Training Program. He subsequently served domestic and international banks on the Financial Institutions Desk prior to joining the Mortgage-Backed Securities sales team. As a specialist in structured credit, he later focused on driving mandates for asset managers in the space enabling more than $5 billion in deal-flow in commercial real estate, leveraged loan, and asset-backed structures. Jeff later joined Cantor Fitzgerald as a managing director. He was a pioneer in Cantor’s foray into the alternative investment space driving critical engagement efforts between hedge fund and fund-of fund clients and some of the world’s most relevant alternative investment allocators. In 2009, Jeff spearheaded the establishment of Cantor’s London-based European Structured Products sales and trading desk.
A veteran naval officer, Jeff has more than 1,500 hours of flight time over combat zones in the Middle East, the Pacific Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea. He directed flight operations in multiple theaters and was handpicked to represent U.S. interests with NATO allies and other foreign governments and militaries on key strategic and training initiatives.
Jeff is married to the former Roseann Sayoc Gapusan and they have three wonderful children, Ashley, Maddie, and Zach. When he is not at ATDC, you can find Jeff rooting for the New York Rangers, the New York Giants, and the North Carolina Tar Heels. Jeff earned his MBA from McGill University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.