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Jay brings twenty years of investment banking and advisory experience at market-leading firms. Prior to joining Configure Partners, he established the Middle Market Special Situations practice at Guggenheim Securities. Before joining Guggenheim, he was a senior member of the Recapitalization & Restructuring Group at Morgan Joseph TriArtisan for approximately five years.
Previously he was a Senior Director with Alvarez & Marsal Corporate Finance, prior to which he spent eight years in Houlihan Lokey’s Corporate Finance and Financial Restructuring practices.
Jay holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce, with concentrations in finance and marketing, from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. He is a FINRA General Securities Registered Representative (Series 24, 7, 63) and a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (CIRA). Jay resides in Buckhead with his wife and three children.
Jamie has held a variety of senior positions across middle market credit and investing platforms. His experience includes roles within leading lending, private equity, banking and advisory institutions. Prior to joining Configure, he was a Managing Director at Guggenheim Securities, where he joined in 2013 to expand Guggenheim’s reach in the middle market. Before joining Guggenheim, Jamie occupied a similar position within Morgan Joseph TriArtisan LLC’s Recapitalization & Restructuring Group.
In 2005, Jamie established the Atlanta office for Cerberus Capital Management with a focus on direct lending and equity investment activities. While at Cerberus his responsibilities were extensive, including sourcing of new debt and equity investment opportunities, underwriting transactions and portfolio management. Prior to joining Cerberus, Jamie spent three years in Houlihan Lokey’s Corporate Finance and Restructuring practices after beginning his career at IBM and Standard & Poor’s.
Jamie holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance, from the Terry School of Business. He is a FINRA General Securities Registered Representative (Series 24, 7, 63). Jamie resides in the Virginia Highlands neighborhood of Atlanta with his wife and two children.
Joseph joined Configure Partners from the Middle Market Special Situations practice at Guggenheim Securities, where he was a Vice President. Prior to joining Guggenheim, he was part of the Global Finance and Restructuring Group at Barclays Capital in New York.
Joseph has focused his career on providing advisory services to middle market companies as it relates to financings, mergers and acquisitions, and restructurings. Joseph graduated with a B.S. in Construction Science and Management from Clemson University and with an MBA from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School. He is a FINRA General Securities Representative (Series 24, 63, 79), and holds the Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (CIRA) and the Certification in Distressed Business Valuation (CDBV) designations.
Recently, Joseph was recognized by the M&A Advisor as a recipient of the 2017 Emerging Leaders Award. Joseph resides in the Morningside area of Atlanta with his wife and three children.
Vin has more than 25 years of investment banking and financial advisory experience across mergers and acquisitions, financings, and special situations.
Prior to joining Configure Partners, Vin was a Managing Director at various investment banks including Duff & Phelps, Alvarez & Marsal and Deloitte Corporate Finance. Vin spent the early part of his career at Lehman Brothers and Arthur Andersen.
Vin received his M.B.A. from New York’s University’s Stern School of Business. He is a Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder and a C.P.A. (Inactive; State of Colorado).
Vin is also a FINRA General Securities Registered Representative (Series 7, 63 and 24). Vin resides in New Jersey with his wife and two children.
Doug brings over 25 years of direct lending and advisory experience at middle market credit platforms.
Prior to Configure, he was a Director with ING Capital where he was responsible for sourcing cash flow and asset-based debt investments, underwriting transactions, and portfolio management. Before joining ING Capital, he occupied similar positions at GE Capital, Heller Financial and Banque Paribas.
Doug holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was a letterman on the 1991-1992 Illinois men’s basketball team. He is a FINRA General Securities Registered Representative (Series 7, 63). Doug resides in Buckhead with his wife and two dogs.
Pia joins Configure Partners from the Mergers & Acquisitions practice of Citizens Bank, where she was Chief of Staff in Atlanta. In this role, Pia provided oversight of human resources, finance, technology, and compliance functions. Previously, Pia spent ten years with Bowstring Advisors (formerly CHILDS Advisory Partners) where she was a member of the firm’s executive leadership and played a key role in the sale and integration of Bowstring to Citizens in 2019. In combination with direct investment banking experience in her early career, Pia brings a unique perspective to the Configure team.
Prior to joining Bowstring, Pia was an Associate at Lehman Brothers in New York where she worked in the Business Planning & Technology group. While there, she focused on the design and implementation of division-wide strategic initiatives to support the investment banking division’s executive management team. Pia’s investment banking career began at Piper Jaffray in New York, where she concentrated on public offerings and M&A in the healthcare sector. Pia began her career in the assurance and advisory services practice of Deloitte.
Pia graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from American University. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children.
Mike brings thirty years of middle-market lending and advisory experience. He joined Configure from ING Capital, where he worked for approximately twenty years in ING’s Atlanta and New York offices. Mike was a Managing Director on ING’s Structure Finance team, with responsibility for originating, structuring, and underwriting middle-market leveraged finance transactions, managing client relationships, and portfolio management.
Mike previously spent approximately ten years in investment banking, most recently with SunTrust Equitable Securities, where he focused on capital raising and M&A transactions for middle-market businesses.
Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a FINRA General Securities Registered Representative (Series 24, 7, 63, 28). Mike resides in the Chastain Park neighborhood of Atlanta with his wife and three children.
Andrew brings seven years of combined investment banking and direct lending experience across a multitude of industries in the middle market.
Prior to Configure, Andrew was an Associate in the Asset Finance Group of SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, where he assisted in originating and structuring debt financings for acquisitions, recapitalizations and turnarounds.
Andrew holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Georgia, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He is also a FINRA General Securities Registered Representative (Series 79, 63).
James joined Configure Partners from Genuine Parts Company, where he supported merger and acquisition efforts as well as strategic planning. Prior to GPC, he was an Analyst at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, where he spent three years advising clients on debt and equity capital raises across a variety of industries.
James received a bachelor’s in Finance from the University of Kentucky. He is a FINRA General Securities Registered Representative (Series 7, 63). James resides in the Virginia Highlands area of Atlanta with his wife.
Uj joined Configure in 2019, bringing two years of credit structuring and advisory experience serving middle-market companies.
Before Configure, Uj was an Associate with PNC Financial Services where he was responsible for underwriting cash flow credit transactions, portfolio management, and assisting the team in sourcing new debt investments.
Uj received a BBA in Finance from the Goizueta Business School, Emory University, as well as a BA in Mathematics from Emory University. He is also a FINRA General Securities Registered Representative (Series 79, 63).
Uj will be eligible for the CFA Charter upon completion of the necessary work experience.
K.T. has over eight years of combined middle-market transaction advisory and direct investing experience.
Prior to Configure, K.T. was an Associate with Virgo Investment Group, an opportunistic investment platform focused on the middle-market, where he assisted with sourcing, underwriting, and structuring transactions. Before joining Virgo, he served as an Analyst in the Transport & Infrastructure investment banking group at Raymond James & Associates.
K.T. holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Georgia, and is a FINRA General Securities Registered Representative (Series 79, 63). K.T. resides in Atlanta with his wife, Bridget, and dog, Titus.
Andrew joined Configure in 2020 after graduating from Vanderbilt University with a Masters of Science in Finance. Prior to graduation, he interned at Bailey Southwell & Co., a middle-market investment bank focused on healthcare services. Andrew received a B.A. in Economics from Vassar College and lives in the Buckhead area of Atlanta.
Allan joins Configure from HSBC, where he was an Associate and responsible for underwriting cash flow and asset-backed credit transactions, portfolio management, and assisting the team in sourcing new debt investments.
Allan holds a BBA in Finance from the Goizueta Business School, Emory University, as well as a BA in Russian and Eastern European Studies from Emory University. He is a FINRA General Securities Representative (Series 63, 79). Allan lives in Buckhead.
Reid joined Configure from Brown Gibbons Lang and Company, where he was an M&A sell-side analyst in the business services group, responsible for advising middle-market companies on strategic sale transactions.
Reid holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accountancy from the Farmer School of Business, Miami University. He is a FINRA General Securities Representative (Series 63, 79). Reid lives in the Buckhead area of Atlanta.
Hopengrace “Penny” Dela Cruz Hawkins joined Configure Partners in 2019 as assistant controller to the Configure Partners team. Her most immediate prior experience was as an executive assistant in the technology and non-profit industries for 10 years. Penny graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Piedmont International University. She lives on Long Island, New York with her husband.
Tricia joined Configure in 2018 as an assistant to the Configure Partners executive team. Her role has since expanded to include support for all aspects of firm operations, including recruiting, professional development, information technology, marketing, and general office management. Prior to Configure, Tricia was an executive assistant in the industrial sales and financial industries. Previously, Tricia spent 15 years in outside sales in the medical and dental industry.
Tricia holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama. She resides in Alpharetta with her husband and two children.