SBIA Announces 2021-2022 Leadership

SBIA Membership Elects 2021-2022 Officers and Board of Governors

October 13, 2021 (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 2021-2022 Board of Governors, including our Board Officers, Regional Presidents, At-Large Board Members, and designated Council Chairs. Peter Huff, co-founder and Managing Member of Austin, Texas-based Blue Sage Capital, is the incoming Chair. Peter has over 20 years of experience in the private equity industry and has been a partner in several private equity funds. He was first elected to the SBIA Board of Governors in 2011 and has previously served our association as Middle Market Council Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Vice-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: Faraz Abbasi of Centerfield Capital Partners; Joe Alala of Capitala Group; Kevin Benoit of Dos Rios Partners; Jamie Donelan of Seacoast Capital; Mike Gerber of FS Investments; Kevin Prunty of RGA Private Debt & Equity; and Mark Raterman of LNC Partners.

“We’re pleased to welcome our new Board members, all of whom have shown a strong commitment to SBIA over the years,” said SBIA President Brett Palmer. “We are privileged to have at our helm a group of experienced small business professionals from diverse geographies and representing a range of investment strategies. This group has powerful stories to tell about how the lower middle market supports American jobs as we work together to promote policies that encourage robust domestic investment for growing small businesses. I’d also like to thank the outgoing members for the time and expertise they have contributed. The SBIA Board of Governors is a powerful component of our association’s success, and we rely on the dedication, service and guidance of our members.”

 2021-2022 Officers

Peter Huff, Blue Sage Capital, Texas

Gayle Hughes, Merion Investment Partners, Pennsylvania

Vice Chair
Caroline Ducas, Resolute Capital Partners, Tennessee

Brad Triebsch, CVF Capital Partners, California

Ben Geis, Eagle Private Capital, Missouri

Immediate Past Chair
Michael Painter, Plexus Capital, North Carolina


Industry Council Chairs for 2021-2022

BDC Chair
Dean D’Angelo, Stellus Capital Management, Maryland

LP Chair
David Demeter, Davidson College, North Carolina

Middle Market Chair
Doug England, The Riverside Company, Ohio

Venture Chair
Matt Harbaugh, Mountain State Capital, West Virginia

SBIC Chair
Tyson Smith, Tecum Capital, Pennsylvania


Regional Presidents for 2021-2022

Southern Regional President
Heather Hubbard, Valesco Industries, Texas

Midwest Regional President
Theresa Mozzocci, Maranon Capital, Illinois

Northeast Regional President
Andrew Panzo, NewSpring Capital, Pennsylvania

Western Regional President
Tim Rafalovich, Wells Fargo, California

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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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