Mr. Jonathan D. Tower is the Founder and Managing Partner of the Arctaris Impact Fund, LP, Arctaris Royalty Partners, LLC, and three predecessor Arctaris impact investment funds. Mr. Tower invests in growth-oriented businesses in the manufacturing, technology, and services industries with heavy emphasis on underserved and underrepresented banking markets.
Mr. Tower has over 15 years of industry experience, investing in private equity and private debt, including three interim Chief Executive Officer roles in private equity-backed companies. He has worked closely with portfolio companies in the manufacturing, technology, and services industries to achieve their growth objectives, including Capterra (acquired by Gartner), Verid (acquired by EMC), QuoteShip (acquired by ICGE), Moguldom Media (acquired by InteractiveOne), and Xoom (acquired by PayPal).
Prior thereto, Mr. Tower was a Managing Director, Operating Partner and member of the Investment Committee at Dutchess Capital Management LLC. He held responsibilities both in private equity deal execution and maximizing value in portfolio companies, working with management teams to develop growth or turnaround strategies.
At Fidelity Ventures, he executed private equity and venture capital investments, focusing on the enterprise technology, security and communications sectors.
At IBM, Mr. Tower was a member of the Corporate Venture Capital, Mergers & Acquisitions and Debt Capital Market groups, where he facilitated the issuance of more than $2 billion in term debt, managed $250 million of A/R factoring transactions, led venture investments in five expansion-stage technology businesses, and executed two corporate divestitures that generated $300 million in profit.
Prior to IBM, Mr. Tower was a Co-Founder and Vice President of Business Development at Vodium.com. From 1996 to 1999, he was a Financial Journalist at Bloomberg News. Mr. Tower has published articles on corporate finance, derivatives and risk management in Bloomberg News, Bloomberg Magazine, International Herald Tribune, and the New York Times.
Mr. Tower received an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School in 2002 and a B.A. degree in English and Mathematics from Georgetown University in 1996.
As Managing Director of Arctaris, Ben focuses on fund structuring, investment evaluation, and investor development. Ben brings more than 25 years of financial services experience, in senior investment roles both domestically and internationally. He also serves as President of Prospero Capital Management, an investment adviser based in Chicago. Prior to Arctaris, Ben served as CEO of Imerman Angels, the world’s largest support network for cancer fighters, survivors, and caregivers. He previously worked as a partner and portfolio manager at Omega Advisors in New York and covered the US portfolio for the global fund products of Orbis Investment Management in London and Bermuda. He has a strong background in evaluating management teams, financials, and strategies for developing products.
Ben graduated from Harvard Business School with high distinction as a Baker Scholar (top 5% of class), Harvard Law School as part of the JD/MBA program, and magna cum laude from Princeton majoring in Economics. He received the John Loeb Award (awarded to the top four students in finance) and Sheridan Logan Fellowship (awarded to one Baker Scholar) at Harvard Business School.
Ben’s philanthropic interests include Lurie Cancer Center, Board 39, Mott Children’s Hospital, Above and Beyond, H Foundation, PAWS Chicago, Mercy for Animals, and Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs (HAE).
As Operations Manager, Cristina Davis leads the strategy development, process design, and execution of internal operations. With over 15 years of prior senior operational experience in academia, marketing, and banking sectors, Cristina provides expertise in the areas of human capital management and process administration. Prior to joining Arctaris, she served as a Human Resources Executive for a global corporation in the IT sector.
Cristina holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering with underserved populations, working with first generation college students, and spending time with her wonderful husband and two children, most importantly.
As a Managing Director, Uche focuses on all phases of the investment and underwriting process, including deal origination; financial, operational, legal and management team due diligence; and post-transaction monitoring of portfolio company performance. Uche brings over 12 years of corporate finance and corporate lending experience from Bear Stearns, Inc., The Royal Bank of Scotland, Towerview Partners, LLC and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Uche also spent four years as a manager in plant operations with Procter & Gamble.
Uche holds an M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business and a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from Duke University.
Jim brings over 25 years of investment management experience to Arctaris. In addition to his role as Administrative Partner at Arctaris, Jim founded Robinson Capital Management, LLC, the investment adviser to the Robinson Funds, in December 2012 where he oversees investment strategies and processes, risk management, regulatory compliance, asset allocation modeling, external manager due diligence and selection, trading, and personnel.
Prior to founding Robinson Capital in 2012, Jim was CEO and CIO of Southfield, MI-based Telemus Capital Partners, LLC (TCP) and its subsidiary Beacon Asset Management, LLC, that previously served as the investment advisor to what have since been renamed the Robinson Funds. Earlier, Jim served for five years as the Chairman and CEO of Birmingham-based Munder Capital Management and President of the Munder Funds, where he was responsible for an investment complex with approximately $38 billion in assets under management. From 1987 to 1999, Jim served as Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer-Fixed Income with Munder Capital Management, when income assets under management grew to more than $20 billion from less than $100 million.
Jim holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as a BBS in Finance and Economics from Wayne State University.
As Managing Director and Business Development Partner of Arctaris, Jason is focused on business development, banking relationships, transaction sourcing, loan originations, due diligence, investor and government relations and community development activities.
Prior to joining Arctaris, Jason was the President and Commercial Banking Sales Manager for Fifth Third Bank in Mid-Michigan, managing a region with $4 billion in loans and deposits. Jason has over 20 years of commercial banking leadership experience specializing in delivering creative capital solutions and developing trusted advisor relationships for growth-oriented business clients. Jason held responsibilities in leading regional banking teams, advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, debt restructure, strategic planning, economic development, growth and expansion strategies, global trade and treasury management services, debt liquidity management, and interest rate derivative management.
Jason holds a BA in Business Administration/Finance/Economics from Alma College and has served as Chairman of the Enterprise Group of Jackson (EDO), board of directors Lansing Economic Area Partnership (EDO), the Jackson County EDC/RLF Fund, Lansing Chamber of Commerce, Baker College Board of Regions, and the Jackson YMCA.
Mr. Davis currently serves in a variety of roles, including as Senior Advisor of Cicero Group, LP. He also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of White Hat Ventures. Mr. Davis serves as an Advisor to Miracle Wine Fund.
A Business Entrepreneur turned Social Entrepreneur, Mr. Davis is the Founder of Unitus Equity Fund – the first privately-funded microfinance venture equity fund – and was the Chief Executive Officer of Unitus Capital. He has been involved in 11 start-ups, including dot-coms, microfinance institutions and commodity trading. He served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Unitus Inc. (alternative name: Unitus Labs) until December 2009.
For the last nine years, he has been with microfinance programs worldwide, beginning with a program he founded in central Mexico. Prior to his work in microfinance, he served as a Director of International Business Development for a California biomedical firm and founded and served as the President of a translation company. He was an early employee at Grameen Foundation USA. He serves as a Director of The Dignity Fund, L.P. He serves as a Member of Senior Advisory Council at Impact Investment Exchange (Asia) Pte. Ltd. He served as a Director of Kiva Microfunds since February 1, 2007. He is a Board Member of Pro Mujer Mexico and SKS India. He has spoken widely on microfinance, including speeches and lectures at the International Monetary Fund, on National Public Radio and at Harvard, Stanford and Brigham Young Universities. He has been a Speaker on microfinance topics at conferences in Chile, Switzerland, Bangladesh and elsewhere. He was named the 2006 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Pacific Northwest region and was named one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 under 40.
Mr. Davis holds a B.A. in International Relations from Brigham Young University and a Master’s degree in Development Economics and Public Policy from Harvard University.
Patrick is the former Executive Director of Impact Investing at Sorenson Impact, a University of Utah based institute that works with investors, entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders to marshal capital for social good. In his role as Executive Director, Patrick worked on over $250mm of private investments, including with the Sorenson Impact Foundation where he worked to help build its portfolio across four continents and various philanthropic, debt, and equity structures. During his tenure at Sorenson, he was also a part of launching several new business units, including the University Venture Fund II, the second iteration of the Nation’s largest student-driven venture capital fund. Additionally, Patrick was part of the management team that was awarded a grant from President Obama’s White House Office of Social Innovation to launch Sorenson Impact’s pay-for-success practice. During his tenure, the firm’s staff grew from two to over twenty five full time employees.
Prior to this role, Patrick was a co-founder and Principal with the University Impact Fund, the organization that catalyzed the creation of Sorenson Impact, before becoming the Associate Director at Sorenson Impact at its inception in 2013. During this time, he worked to launch the firm’s impact investment advisory, structuring, and transaction practice while also creating and managing the firm’s analyst and associate program. While in this role, Patrick oversaw the hiring and training over 100 analysts and associates that conducted comprehensive due diligence on transactions across 25 countries in sectors such as mobile technology, affordable healthcare, alternative energy, financial services and supply chain aggregation.
Prior to Sorenson Impact, Patrick was a Senior Associate with the University Venture Fund (UVF) from 2007-2010. As Senior Associate, Patrick analyzed and conducted comprehensive due diligence while assisting in portfolio management and deal-sourcing for the $18.2M fund. Patrick also acted as firm liaison and Board Observer to portfolio company Handi-Quilter Inc., a manufacturing business acquired by a private equity firm in 2009.
Patrick started his career as an Analyst with The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. working in their Global Securities Division. He has also held various board and advisory positions, including with The Iron Yard Coding Academy, Westminster College’s Center for Entrepreneurship, Salt Lake County’s Economic Development Division, and is an active fourth-generation shareholder in his family’s Greenville, South Carolina-based businesses, Canal Insurance and Central Realty Holdings. Patrick graduated from Westminster College with a B.S. in Finance, and was recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2017.
As a Senior Associate, Neil handles all phases of the execution and due diligence process, including deal origination, transaction due diligence, and post-execution growth strategy development and achievement. He is a deals focused financial professional with over eight years of financial and operational experience. His previous experience includes tenures with both Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he helped large, multinational organizations assess risk and perform transactional buy and sell-side due diligence. Neil has consulted to organizations in a broad set of industries, but specializes in working with companies in the automotive, manufacturing, and clean energy industries.
Neil is a licensed Certified Public Accountant who earned both a B.B.A. and M.S. in Accounting from Eastern Michigan University.
In his spare time, Neil enjoys traveling, exploring the great outdoors, and spending time with his wife, Tania, and their son, Victor.
As Consulting Chief Financial Officer, Glenn manages the administrative, financial, and tax operations of the Fund. This includes the development of a financial and operational strategy, metrics tied to that strategy, and the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve company assets and report accurate financial results.
Glenn G. Baker is a graduate of Hartwick College, and holds an MBA in International Business and Entrepreneurship from Thunderbird, School of Global Management. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. In the mid-late’90s, Mr. Baker served as Director of Finance for a Life Science Private Equity firm backed by Harvard Medical School. During his tenure, Mr. Baker developed the firm’s Consulting Department. In 1998, he founded Globe Matrix Consulting as a spin-off of the Consulting Department.
The initial focus of Globe Matrix Consulting was in providing accounting/finance services to incubators/start-ups funded by Private Equity firms. Services soon expanded, with Mr. Baker serving as Interim Director of Finance for several reputable Private Equity firms and their Portfolio Companies. Services also expanded to working on turnaround engagements and with entrepreneurs to launch and scale their respective businesses.