Invictus Group® - Senior Team

Invictus Group® was organized specifically to fill the glaring hole in bank analysis. The Invictus senior management team has a depth of experience in banking, regulation, information technology, credit, insurance and investment banking. They recognized that today's unusual recessionary and post-recessionary environment renders traditional analytical models unable to evaluate bank capital effectively - and set about creating a superior model and methodology for the banking industry.

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Kamal Mustafa
Chairman
Leonard J. DeRoma
Managing Partner, CFO
Malcolm Clark
Managing Partner, Technology & Product Development
Adam Mustafa
Managing Partner, Client Delivery and Development
David Treene, Invictus Group Invictus Group Invictus Group
Charles L. Perry, Jr.
Partner,
Director of External Alliances and Partnerships
David Treene
Partner,
Client Delivery Support and Marketing
Roderick Guerin
Partner,
Mergers & Acquisitions
Bayard F. Tracy
Partner,
Sales Director
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George Dean Callas
Partner, National Sales Director
Lisa Getter
Director of Communications and Marketing
Chet Gibson
Managing Partner,
Chief Operating Officer

 
  Vito Nardelli
Executive Advisor, Client and Industry Relationships
Tom Rideout
Executive Advisor, Clent and Industry Relationships
 

 

Kamal Mustafa - Chairman

With an impressive career spanning more than 40 years, Kamal Mustafa is a major figure in the banking and finance industries.

Mr. Mustafa began his career in banking with Connecticut Bank and Trust where he became Head of Corporate Finance/Credit with responsibilities for the bank's Asset Liability Management process. At Citibank he ran a strategic financial planning and forecasting service for corporate finance clients for 3 years,  then corporate finance originations for 3 years opening up all of Citi’s domestic origination offices, and then became head of Global M&A for 3 years building Citi's capabilities from a new player to No.3 in M&A originations during his tenure.  He was the managing director of M&A and the newly formed merchant banking group at Paine Webber, and then ran KSP, a billion dollar LBO fund for John Kluge.

In the late 1980's Mr. Mustafa established the investment bank and brokerage firm BlueStone Capital, which became a leader in middle market corporate finance. In 2002, he formed Wildwood Capital, an investment bank which advised both middle market companies and some of the world's largest financial institutions.  In 2008, he and Mr. DeRoma formed Invictus Consulting Group LLC.  Mr. Mustafa has served as a trustee for the University of Connecticut and continues to serve on a number of corporate boards.

Leonard J. DeRoma - Managing Partner & CFO

Leonard J. DeRoman, Invictus GroupMr. DeRoma began his career at Citibank in the 1970's working with Kamal Mustafa in corporate finance. Using new techniques, together they developed sophisticated financial planning and modelling tools to help provide financial advisory services to Citibank's corporate finance clients.

At Lehman Mr. DeRoma managed global financing activity, for Barclays Capital US Fixed Income investment banking, trading, capital commitment, derivatives, sales, underwriting, research. As the President of Barclays US securities business, Mr. DeRoma was in charge of product development, was an advisor to the US ALCO committee and chaired the US Risk Management Committee. He managed the same businesses for McDonald Investments and KeyCorp.

With Mr. Mustafa at Wildwood Capital Mr. DeRoma provided advisory services to middle market industrial companies and to global financial institutions.

Mr. DeRoma has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. He has served on several industry boards and associations, including the Public Securities Association and the Bond Market Association.

Malcolm Clark - Managing Partner, Technology & Product Development

Malcolm Clark, Invictus GroupMr. Clark has more than 25 years experience in international financial markets and technology, generally straddling the two disciplines. His career began with developing technology for Morgan Stanley's New York and international repo desks.  He was a repo trader at Morgan Stanley in London in the formative years of European repo.  At CSFB he had responsibility for repo financing and developing repo technology in London and the Pacific. He then headed the front office technology group in the Pacific region from Tokyo.  Mr. Clark was also a Fixed Income market strategist at CSFB for the Japanese, Australian and New Zealand markets from Tokyo and Sydney, and for the Euro area and the UK from London.

In 1999 Mr. Clark took a stake in Anvil Software in London, a then small technology firm supplying repo trading software. He headed sales, marketing and product strategy, overseeing international growth, a quadrupling of revenues, and the eventual trade sale of the company.

Mr. Clark has a BSc in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and London School of Economics, and is based in London.

George Dean Callas - Partner, National Sales Director

Mr. Callas has more than 28 years of experience in the financial markets industry, and has been involved at a senior level in developing business infrastructures in trading, sales, marketing and funding on a global basis.

Mr. Callas was a Managing Director at Hill Farber and Co. where he was responsible for building out the International Repo Brokering business. He served as Director of Trading at BZW Securities (the predecessor of Barclays Capital), where he is credited with helping establish BZW as a primary dealer. Prior to BZW Securities, Mr. Callas was a Senior Vice-President for Lehman Brothers where he spent four years on Lehman's Central funding desk. Mr. Callas attended the College of William and Mary and received his (BA) Undergraduate Degree in Accountancy.

Mr. Callas has his Series 7 Registered Representative and Series 66 (Investment Advisors) Licenses and is a member of the Hellenic American Bankers Association.

Lisa Getter - Director of Communications and Marketing

Lisa Getter was formerly the director of finance and tax analysis for Bloomberg Government in Washington, D.C. She spent six years as the editorial director of UCG, where she created and published Bank Safety & Soundness Advisor and its predecessor, FinCriAdvisor. She was also part of a team at UCG that researched an ERM and stress testing product for community banks.

Ms Getter spent 23 years as an investigative reporter at the Los Angeles Times and the Miami Herald, where she was a member of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams and was twice a nominated Pulitzer finalist. At the Miami Herald, her report on the shortcomings of the then-U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service won Harvard's Goldsmith Prize in Investigative Reporting. She was a key member of the team that won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for public service, documenting how South Florida's building codes and lax inspection practices led to the devastation caused by Hurricane Andrew. She was also a writer and reporter on the Herald team that uncovered massive voter fraud in a city election, work that won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting.

Ms Getter was a 1995 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and received a BSJ from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Chet Gibson - Managing Partner, Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Gibson has a broad base of experience and expertise in business development, strategic planning, operations management, marketing & sales, product development and process re-engineering. He was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of a $100M Italian manufacturing company where he was responsible for returning the company to profitability, re-building the executive management team and fully implementing Sarbanes Oxley to bring the company into U.S. and International compliance. He was also Vice President of Marketing North America for a $1.2B manufacturing enterprise, Managing Director of a $400M U.S. building materials product line and Vice President of International Business Development for a French manufacturing company where he was responsible for expanding a new business into 12 countries worldwide.

Mr. Gibson holds a Master's degree from the College of William and Mary and Bachelor's degree from Randolph-Macon College.

Roderick Guerin - Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions

Mr. Guerin has had a 30-year career in banking and finance in the United States and Europe. During his banking career at Citigroup, WestLB, Mizuho Corporate Bank and Morgan Stanley he led efforts in whole bank and financial portfolio acquisitions and divestitures, private equity investment and services, securitizations, project finance, and problem loan restructurings.

He holds MBA and BA (magna cum laude) degrees from Rutgers University, is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies, and is a graduate of Citibank's management training program. Mr. Guerin also holds series 7, 63 and 66 securities licenses and a Credit Risk Certification from the Risk Management Association.

Adam Mustafa, Managing Partner, Client Delivery and Development

Mr. Mustafa has a breadth of senior level experience as a banker, financial services consultant, and corporate CFO. Most recently, he was CFO and Treasurer for Secure Symbology, Inc., an early-stage technology company named in 2007 as New Jersey's Emerging Business of the Year by NJBiz Magazine. Prior to that, Mr. Mustafa worked as a consultant for Deloitte and Touche where he provided valuation expertise to companies in the financial services sector, including FAS 157 valuations and valuation reviews in support of audits. Mr. Mustafa has held several positions on Wall Street, including as an analyst at BlueStone Capital, a small-cap investment bank backed by ABN AMRO, and at TheStreet.com, where he provided direct analytical support to CNBC star Jim Cramer.

Mr. Mustafa has an MBA from Georgetown University and a BA from Syracuse University.

Charles L. Perry, Jr. - Partner, Director of External Alliances and Partnerships

Charles L. Perry, Jr. has spent 36 years in senior levels of insurance and banking. Most recently he was Principal of EAG, a risk management consulting group working with lending institutions and insurance companies in the real estate marketplace. EAG's clients include nationally recognized commercial banks, non-bank institutional real estate lenders, life insurance companies as well as community banking organizations.

Prior to founding EAG, Mr. Perry had been CEO of Environmental Warranty, Inc., an insurance underwriting and brokerage firm selling risk management services and specialty insurance products to and through banks. He headed the Finance Industry Group at the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company where he was responsible for the design of insurance products aimed at the financial institutions market. He was a Senior Vice President and Group Head with Bank of New England Corp. and the Connecticut Bank & Trust Company.

Mr. Perry received a B.S. Degree in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut, a graduate degree in Financial Management at the Amos Tuck School, at Dartmouth College. He is also a graduate of the Tuck Executive Program (TEP) at Dartmouth College.

He has been on the board of The Small Business Development Center of Connecticut, served on an advisory board for Fannie Mae, chaired and been a member of numerous committees of the Mortgage Bankers Association's Commercial Real Estate Finance Group. He has testified before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee on risk management issues impacting banks and is a frequent speaker on topics involving real estate finance, risk management and insurance.

Tom Rideout - Executive Advisor, Client and Industry Relationships

Thomas P. Rideout has more than forty years experience in commercial banking, internet banking software and higher education administration. As Senior Vice President for Funds Management, he oversaw strategic capital planning and balance sheet management for Wachovia Bank & Trust Co., NA of Winston-Salem, NC, as well as heading its Financial Institutions Division. Later in his career he served as President & CEO of Savannah (GA) Bank & Trust Company. After its sale to First Union Corporation of Charlotte, he became Vice Chairman of First Union National Bank of North Carolina and also served as First Unions’ Senior Vice President and Director of Government Relations. Mr. Rideout was the volunteer President of the American Bankers Association during the passage of the The Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989.

Mr. Rideout spent five years on the professional staff of the William & Mary Mason School of Business where as Director of Corporate and Alumni Relations he specialized in corporate development and external relations. He also was a Founder and elected Charter member of the Professionals and Professional Faculty assembly at the College of William & Mary.

Mr. Rideout received a B.A. cum laude from Washington & Lee University where he studied history, economics and government and was inducted as an alumnus into the national leadership society Omicron Delta Kappa. He completed the Institute of Investment Banking at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, and he is an alumnus of Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Program.

Bayard F. Tracy - Partner, Sales Director

Bayard Tracy has had a 35 year career in financial services combining line, managerial, board and consulting experience across the banking, insurance and securities industries. Mr. Tracy began his banking career at the Connecticut Bank and Trust Company in middle market commercial lending. In the International Banking Division, he was responsible for the bank's Middle East and later Far East businesses, serving both domestic and foreign based customers. After a series of domestic corporate lending positions, Mr. Tracy managed a $300 million lending group responsible for large corporate, national credit, and services relationships. In that position he was responsible for specialized industry lending including, radio, cable TV, and security monitoring businesses; national corporate and real estate syndications; correspondent bank participations; foreign direct investment customers; and the bank's insurance industry relationships.

After banking, Mr. Tracy was an executive and board member at American Skandia Life Assurance Company, a major underwriter and distributor of variable annuities nationally. Since leaving Skandia, he has been a Managing Director at North Shore Partners, consulting in the life insurance, REIT, and securities industries. He received his BA from St. Michael's College and his MBA from Babson College.

David Treene - Partner, Client Delivery Support and Marketing

David Treene, Invictus GroupDavid Treene has more than 20 years as an operational and marketing executive in financial services, consumer products, and business to business segments. He began his career as a Brand Manager on various consumer products brands with Pfizer and Kraft General Foods. He has served as a VP of Marketing and Business Development for Philips Lighting, and has also directed advertising and other marketing communications activities for CIG Commercial Financing and AT&T Capital Corp. He holds an MBA in Management and Marketing from Columbia Business School and a BS in Psychology and Economics from Colgate University.

Vito Nardelli - Executive Advisor, Client and Industry Relationships

During Mr. Nardelli's 30-year financial services career, he excelled at building and maintaining excellent relationships with regulators. He served as the president and COO of OceanFirst Financial Corp, and the president of OceanFirst Bank in New Jersey before retiring in 2012. Prior to that, he served as the Senior Vice President and Retail Banking Director for Trust Company Bank. He held several leadership positions at First Union National Bank, including president of the Central New Jersey region. He also was executive director of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority in the 1990s. Mr. Nardelli was a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve. He received his BS and JD degrees from Fordham University and has an MBA in Executive Management from St. John's University.