Our Team

Our Team

Verte OZ is the second fund to launch in the Verte family. Verte has a concentrated and balanced portfolio tightly focused on the hardest to access, typically invitation-only, companies. Verte consistently practices fund-size discipline, raising only the amount of capital that can be expected to be invested in high growth venture capital. The Verte team has the network and skill set to find and evaluate those up-and-coming venture franchises that have the greatest potential to become part of the established top quartile.

Verte also takes advantage of its standing in the venture industry to source and invest in secondaries which have the added benefit of shortening or eliminating the venture J-curve through the accelerated appreciation and liquidity derived from more mature assets. The secondary interests targeted will typically be acquired at a significant discount to assessed value. Verte proactively sources its secondary investments through its industry network, including GPs, LPs, intermediaries, and other secondary funds.

Dr. Leonard (Len) Mills has over 30 years of experience as an investment manager of large and small portfolios. His past employment includes positions at the Federal Reserve, Fannie Mae, Wells Fargo, privately held funds, and as a adjunct professor. Len holds a B.S. in Mathematics,, a Ph.D. in Economics, is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and holds the Certificate in Quantitative Finance (CQF).

Len spent over 15 years as Head of Portfolio Analytics and Research for Fannie Mae’s direct portfolio which peaked at over $1.5 trillion in assets under management. Len and his team of 150 quantitative analysts were responsible for all of the proprietary analytics and research underlying all asset selections and portfolio management strategies for the entire portfolio. After leaving Fannie in 2005, he was a Principal in Unison Investment Management that managed two funds: a private real estate equity fund and a leveraged interest rate derivatives fund. In 2010, he joined Wells Fargo’s Corporate Risk group as a Head of Model Validation.

Len started his own registered investment advisory business, PI Analytics Investment Adviser, in 2016. PI Analytics specializes in investing in alternative, hard-to-value assets that require expert knowledge to manage. PI Analytics’ current assets under management include real estate, credit-sensitive loans, and option-trading accounts. At this same time, Len founded Verte Capital, a venture capital fund focused on the cannabis industry and related technologies. From a small base, Verte Capital experienced rapid growth and realized gains over this period, and it is now the largest pool of client funds managed by PI Analytics Investment Adviser at over $5 million. The recently created Verte Opportunity Fund will pursue a similar venture capital strategy with an added focus on opportunity zone investments to substantially enhance after-tax returns.

William Mills

Technology and Operations

William Mills has 10 years of experience as a technology professional in various industries including music, sales and finance. He holds a B.S. in Music Engineering/Electrical Engineering.

In 2010 William founded Verte Music, a software platform that matched content creators looking for music scoring with a privately-curated production library. In addition, he worked with world renowned musical artists in various capacities.

William joined PI Analytics in 2015 and currently heads its technology efforts. William builds client-facing and internal products including invested management systems, data collection systems, workflow automation, and analytics-based dashboards. In addition to building the company’s information technology, William performs data analysis and handles project/staff management for PI Analytics’ consulting engagements.

Natalie Elder

Investor Relations

Natalie Elder has over 10 years of experience as a direct marketing professional specializing in content creation and management, client relations, non-profit fundraising campaigns and strategy, and data analysis. Natalie received a B.A. degree in professional writing. In her previous experience, Natalie has worked with industry-leading clients like AARP Foundation, The Mental Health Association of Frederick County, Massachusetts General Hospital, AOPA and more.

Natalie has experience in investment partnership with a focus on start-up opportunities, state-issued grant application and acquisition, and budgeting.

Ray Wight

Financial Analyst

Ray Wight has 3 years of experience as a financial analyst at PI Analytics.  He received his B.S. in Finance.

Ray handles portfolio management and analysis, performance tracking, and investment research for individual clients. This includes stock, bond, and short-term derivatives trading. Ray is also a specialist as a venture capital analyst and also helps with deal flow in the private equity arm of the company. He also assists on deal execution and bookkeeping for the Verte funds.

Augusto D. Macedo, Esq.

Legal and Compliance Service Provider

Augusto (Gus) D. Macedo, Esq. is the Managing Director of Asset Management Compliance Consulting Solutions, LLC (“AMC Compliance”). He has over 25 years of experience in the asset management sector, providing regulatory compliance consulting services to investment advisers, private equity firms and hedge funds, municipal and securities broker-dealers, mutual funds, life insurance companies and affiliated distributors, and banks.

Prior to Gus assuming his role at AMC Compliance, he served in various senior level positions at Calvert Investments, Inc., Ameritas Life Insurance Corporation, and the Securities and Exchange Commission in the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations and Division of Enforcement.
Gus earned his Juris Doctor degree in Law and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science. His certifications include FINRA Series 7 and 24 Licenses and CFA Institute’s Claritas® Investment Certificate.

Gus’s expertise includes establishing, supervising, and monitoring compliance and risk management programs, monitoring and assessing the effectiveness of compliance and risk management programs, and conducting inspections, examinations, audits, and internal investigations.

Charles N. Wight Jr.

Accounting and Tax Service Provider

Chuck Wight has over 35 years’ experience representing small businesses and successful enterprises in all accounting, tax, and estate planning matters. Chuck received and B.S. in Accounting and a M.S. in Taxation. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA).

Since 1990, he has partnered and managed a full service accounting practice, Wight and Walsh. He was previously a Tax Manager at Grant Thornton and a Senior Accountant at Rosenbloom and Shapiro. Over his career he has provided dozens of valuations of small- and medium-sized businesses as well as numerous consultations on buying or selling businesses.

Trade Street Advisors is a trusted advisor in the areas of finance, strategy, and risk management to providers and users of institutional capital. Trade Street has partnered with VerteOZ to integrate the needs of local communities, governments and other stakeholders into the selection, formation, and implementation of VerteOZ’s investments in underinvested communities.  The senior members of the Trade Street team supporting VerteOZ include:

Nigel Long

Engagement and Metrics

Nigel Long is the Founder and Senior Managing Director of Trade Street and has over 25 years of experience advising on complex financial transactions involving debt and equity finance, investment, and analysis. He has invested in or advised on nearly $1 billion worth of private equity and real estate transactions. He currently serves on the boards of directors for and has been a senior advisor to some of the nation’s largest African-American-, Hispanic- and Asian-owned companies.

Alexandra Wright

Engagement and Metrics

Alexandra Wright is a Senior Director and leads Trade Street’s suite of services geared toward creating meaningful “impact” within select Opportunity Zones nationwide by leveraging its expertise and diversity to facilitate sustainable economic opportunities for the local residents, investors and other stakeholders. She has over 20 years of experience as a finance professional. Her past employment includes analytical positions at Bank of America, Faison Enterprises, Trammell Crow Company, and Cohn Reznick.

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