Michael C. Speller serves as a member of the GECC board. Mr. Speller is a Managing Director and Head of Debt Advisory, North America for Rothschild & Co. Mr. Speller has over 20 years of investment banking and leveraged finance experience which has involved a wide range of debt capital markets products and situations including leveraged loans, high yield bonds, acquisition finance commitments, exchange offers and restructuring. Before joining Rothschild in 2017, Mr. Speller was a Managing Director in the Leveraged Finance Origination and Restructuring Group at Credit Suisse where, from 2008, he led the firm's leveraged finance origination activities for the Global Industrials Group. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Speller was involved in a broader range of industry leveraged finance coverage, including the retail, real estate and media and telecom sectors. Prior to 2005, Mr. Speller was a member of the Media & Telecom investment banking groups at Credit Suisse First Boston and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and previously held positions at the GulfStar Group and NationsBank Corp. Mr. Speller holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Mark Kuperschmid serves as a member of the GECC board. Mr. Kuperschmid has been a private investor/advisor during the past decade across a variety of industries, and he has served in operating roles or provided strategic consulting services with respect to several investments. He previously served as Co-Head of Technology Investment Banking for Banc of America Securities and ran Trammell Crow Company's Northern California commercial real estate operation. He began his career as a financial analyst with Morgan Stanley in New York.
John E. Stuart serves as a member of the GECC Board. Mr. Stuart has been a Managing Director of A.L. Stuart Financial Services LLC, the parent company of A.L. Stuart Investments, LLC, a registered investment advisor since February 2017. Mr. Stuart was Full Circle Capital Corporation's chairman through November 2016. Mr. Stuart served as Full Circle's chief executive officer from Full Circle's formation until November 2013, and Full Circle's co-chief executive officer from November 2013 through February 8, 2015. Mr. Stuart co-founded Full Circle Funding, LP in 2005. Prior to founding Full Circle Funding, LP, from 2002 to 2004, Mr. Stuart was managing member of Excess Capital LLC which provided financial advisory services and structured and funded equity and debt investments. Prior thereto he was co-founder and president of Titan Outdoor Holdings, a New York-based outdoor advertising company, between 1999 and 2002, and was a director until its sale in 2005. Prior thereto, Mr. Stuart was a managing director in the Corporate Finance Department of Prudential Securities Incorporated between 1996 and 1999. Mr. Stuart began his career at Oppenheimer & Co. where he was a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions Group and Corporate Finance Department from 1988 to 1996. Mr. Stuart is an "interested person" of GECC as defined in the Investment Company Act due to his prior positions with Full Circle.
Revell Horsey serves as a member of the GECC board. Mr. Horsey is a Senior Vice President and Managing Director, North America of MEGA International. Mr. Horsey has been a member of the board of directors of Acquicore, Inc., a private real-time energy and management software company since October 2014 and was its interim CFO until 2017. Mr. Horsey was the founding president of HelloWallet, a cloud software company acquired by Morningstar in 2014. Mr. Horsey was a Managing Director at Bank of America Securities, and Head of Technology Corporate and Investment Banking. Prior to that, Mr. Horsey was Head of Equity Capital Markets for Banc of America Securities. Mr. Horsey was a Principal at Montgomery Securities and began his career at Credit Suisse First Boston Corporation.
Peter A. Reed is GECC’s President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. Mr. Reed also serves as the CEO of GEG and GECM and as a director of GEG. Prior to joining Great Elm, Mr. Reed was a Portfolio Manager and Partner at a Boston-based registered investment adviser from 2004 to 2017. From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Reed was an investment banking analyst at Brown, Gibbons, Lang & Company where he worked on mergers and acquisitions, in-court and out-of-court financial restructurings, and debt and equity private placements for middle market companies. Mr. Reed is an ‘‘interested person’’ of GECC as defined in the 1940 Act due to his position as Chief Executive Officer of GECM, GECC’s investment adviser.