SBIA Announces 2020-2021 Leadership

SBIA Membership Elects 2020-2021 Officers and Board of Governors

October 28, 2020 (Washington, D.C.) – The Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA), the leading association for lower middle market private equity funds and investors, today announced its new 2020-2021 Board of Governors, including our Board Officers, Regional Presidents, At-Large Board Members, and designated Council Chairs. Michael Painter, co-founder and Managing Partner at North Carolina-based Plexus Capital, is the incoming Chair.

The SBIA also would like to recognize the outgoing Board members who have given generously of their time and efforts to support the association: Alex Abell of RCP Advisors, Illinois; Charles Cox of LongueVue Capital, Louisiana; Liz Greenwood of BlackRock TCP Capital, California; Curtis Hartman of Hartman Capital Management, LLC, Texas; Steve Heinen of First Capital Partners, Illinois; Tim Rafalovich of Wells Fargo, California; and
Scott Theuerkauf of Fifth Third Bank, Illinois.

“The SBIA Board of Governors is instrumental to our association’s success and we are extraordinarily grateful for the time and expertise of these individuals,” said SBIA President Brett Palmer. “I’d like to thank the outgoing members for their dedicated service during an unprecedented year. Going into 2021, we are fortunate once again to have an accomplished group of small business professionals leading the SBIA that represents diverse geographic regions and investment strategies. This group has important stories to tell about how the lower middle market is supporting American jobs as we work to promote policies that will continue to facilitate a post-pandemic economic recovery.”

 2020-2021 Officers

Michael Painter, Plexus Capital

Peter Huff, Blue Sage Capital

Vice Chair
Gayle Hughes, Merion Investment Partners

Caroline Ducas, Resolute Capital Partners

Brad Triebsch, CVF Capital Partners

Immediate Past Chair
Faraz Abbasi, Centerfield Capital Partners


Industry Council Chairs for 2020-2021

LP Chair
David Demeter, Davidson College

BDC Chair
Mike Gerber, FS Investments

SBIC Chair
Tyson Smith, Tecum Capital

Middle Market Chair
Doug England, The Riverside Company

Venture & Growth Equity Chair
Matt Harbaugh, Mountain State Capital


Regional Presidents for 2020-2021

Southern Regional President
Kevin Benoit, Dos Rios Partners

Northeast Regional President
Jamie Donelan, Seacoast Capital

Midwest Regional President
Stacy Harmsen, Spell Capital

Western Regional President
Eric Sloane, Southfield Mezzanine Capital

Read the full Board announcement >

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About the Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA)

The Small Business Investor Alliance is the association of senior investment professionals focused on the lower middle market whose members represent the entire private capital ecosystem. It is an alliance for professional fellowship, business opportunities, innovation, regulatory expertise, and market data. SBIA works on behalf of its members as a tireless advocate for policies that promote competitive markets and robust domestic investment for growing small businesses. SBIA has been playing a pivotal role in promoting the growth and vitality of the private equity industry for over 60 years. For more information, visit or call (202) 628-5055.

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