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grant hillGrant Hill

Mr. Hill currently is Managing Principal at Penta Mezzanine Fund. Prior to this, Grant was the Founder of Hill Ventures, Inc., an Orlando-based marketing company. He has invested more than $150 million in major commercial real estate transactions. Mr. Hill has also been the principal spokesperson for numerous iconic brands and products including McDonald’s, Sprite, GMC Trucks, Northwest Airlines, Tag Heuer and Kellogg’s. Grant earned a B.A. in History from Duke University, where he also played collegiate basketball. Grant Hill on CNBC

seth ellisSeth Ellis

Mr. Ellis currently serves as Managing Principal at Penta Mezzanine Fund. Formerly, Seth was a Principal and Co-Founder of the Florida Mezzanine Fund, a $30 million mezzanine fund based in Orlando, FL. He is the former CEO of Digital Infrared Imaging, Inc. and led the company through 18 acquisitions and an eventual public merger with ICX Technologies, Inc. Previously, Seth co-founded Florida Regional Emergency Services, the largest hospital based ambulance management company in the U.S. at the time, ultimately engineering that company’s sale to American Medical Response, Inc. Seth began his career as an auditor with Ernst & Young and KPMG. He is a CPA and received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Florida.

phillip brownPhilip Brown

Mr. Philip J. Brown has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix Mecano (USA) since 2005. Mr. Brown has served as a Member of the Executive Committee of Phoenix Mecano AG since 2007. Mr. Brown worked for 11 years as Chief Engineer in the British navy. Since 1988, he has occupied a variety of posts, including Managing Director of the UK subsidiary of a global industrial controls manufacturer. He served as Managing Director of Phoenix Mecano UK. from 1997 to 2005.

frantzFrantz E. Alphonse

Mr. Alphonse’s key strengths are in operations and strategy. He has served as a project leader in the European operations of Reebok International where he led the development of its restructuring plans. Prior to this, Mr. Alphonse held operating positions with Procter & Gamble in the US and Latin America. Mr. Alphonse has also worked in banking with Morgan Stanley and as a strategy consultant.

Mr. Alphonse currently serves on the boards for a number of portfolio companies. An innovator in the world of venture philanthropy, he is also the Co-Founder of SeaChange Venture Philanthropy (SCVP), a ClareScale Enterprise. Mr. Alphonse is involved with organizations such as the Harvard Business School Club of Central Florida and the Duke University Alumni Association. He is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization and is an avid triathlete.

He has spoken at Harvard Business School, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the Kellogg School at Northwestern University, and has appeared in various business publications. Mr. Alphonse holds a BA from Duke University, where he was a Phi Eta Sigma Scholar, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

richardRichard M. Powell

Mr. Powell’s key strengths are in finance, management and e-business. He has worked on a variety of transactions including: Leveraged Buyouts, sponsor-backed Management Buyouts, Debt Financings, Initial Public Offerings, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Equity & Credit Derivatives. Prior to forming the firm in 2003, Mr. Powell was an Associate in the Emerging Markets Group at Bear Stearns. He has also worked in Corporate Finance at UBS Warburg.

Mr. Powell currently serves on the boards of each APCP portfolio company. He is also a board member of the ACG Orlando chapter and the 1420 Foundation, a non-profit leveraging education to advance sustainable global economic development. Mr. Powell is involved with organizations including the Harvard Club of Central Florida, the Andover Alumni Association, and the Campion High School Alumni Association. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization, and was recently selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader (2009) in recognition of his commitment to positive social change.

Mr. Powell has been recognized as a rising star in global finance, and has spoken at Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan School of Business, and the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. He has been featured in publications including Inc. magazine, the Boston Globe, and the Wall Street Journal. He graduated with an AB in Economics from Harvard University.

niravNirav Pandya

Nirav Pandya is a New Jersey native and received a degree in Chemistry from Ursinus College in 1998. With insatiable curiosity and an ambitious nature, he received a second degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Central Florida in 2000. Before finishing college, Nirav started an internship at Digital Infrared Imaging (which later became ICx Imaging Systems). After being hired as a full-time team member, Nirav worked on high-speed image processing software and hardware. His experience with ICx Imaging Systems expanded on his unique combination of engineering expertise and customer relations skills, making him proficient in managing sales and production, as well as marketing for several large and complex infrared applications.

In March 2010, Nirav decided to move on to a new challenge and joined Orion Technologies. Over time, he was named the President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the company. In August of 2012, Orion’s Board of Directors named Nirav the CEO and President of Orion Technologies. Since being named CEO, Orion has continued to grow in its employee base and has expand its services to Orlando.

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