Our Team

EXECUTIVE

Steven A. Baffico - Managing Partner & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Baffico has been a senior leader in financial services for more than fifteen years across a variety of roles and is widely recognized as one of the industry’s top young talents.  Prior to founding Four Wood Capital Partners in November 2011, he held executive management positions at firms including Guggenheim Partners and BlackRock.  At Guggenheim Investments (2010-2011), Mr. Baffico was Senior Managing Director & Head of the Private Client Group, overseeing all aspects of the investment management and distribution businesses, responsible for more than $27 billion in assets under management and or supervision.  Formerly, he spent more than a decade (1998-2010) at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, where he worked in various senior leadership capacities across sales, marketing, portfolio management, product development, investment banking and capital markets.  He was named one of the youngest Managing Directors in BlackRock’s history and regularly to many industry top ten lists.

At these predecessor firms, Mr. Baffico and his previous teams were responsible for more than 50 successful IPO’s of publicly traded investment and specialty finance companies with total assets of more than $50 billion.   Therein, Mr. Baffico’s experience in serving retail, high net worth and institutional clients across both public and private sectors has made Four Wood Capital Partners one of the most highly sought after domain experts in the asset management and permanent capital fields.  He is also a frequent contributor to the financial media across print, web, radio, television and other mediums.

Mr. Baffico currently serves on the Board of Directors for Four Wood Capital Advisors’ family of registered funds and specialty finance companies.  In addition, he is the Executive Chairman of Four Wood Marine Advisors LLC, FWCP’s participating affiliate focused on specialty lending and investment banking within the global maritime industry.  Externally, Mr. Baffico serves on the Board of Directors for Clean Play, a non-profit organization founded by former MLB All-Star Royce Clayton in conjunction with Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU)  focused on the elimination of performance-enhancing drugs in youth sports.

Mr. Baffico is SEC Series 7 and FINRA Series 24 and 63 registered and has a B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Jennifer M. Wilson - Managing Partner & Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Wilson has over a fifteen years of industry experience at leading global firms.  She spent more than ten years working for the Investment Banking Group of Merrill Lynch and Bank of America.  While working in the Financial Institutions Group, she advised asset management companies and specialty finance companies on both capital raising transactions and merger/acquisition transactions.  Additionally, Ms. Wilson worked for the COO organization, where her roles ranged from managing the Telecom, Media & Technology division to implementing special projects related to Bank of America’s acquisition of Merrill Lynch.  Previously, Ms. Wilson was a Manager with Deloitte & Touche where she provided assurance and advisory services to Fortune 500 clients.

At Four Wood Capital, Jennifer is a member of the Board of Managers and serves as the firm’s Chief Financial Officer, overseeing the investment banking and structuring activities for the firm’s permanent capital business pertaining to advisory and distribution relationships with third-party asset managers.

Ms. Wilson graduated magna cum laude from University of California, Los Angeles with a BA in Business Economics and earned a Masters of Business Administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.  She also holds a CPA and FINRA licenses 7 and 63.

ORIGINATION & BANKING

William G. McCoy - Senior Managing Director

Bill McCoy joined Four Wood Capital Partners in December 2012 as Senior Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer.  At FWCP, he is focused on relationship management, firm operations & capital market activities. Bill has over 30 years of experience in various executive-level positions across equity and debt capital markets at tier-one brokerage and bank-owned brokerage firms with extensive background in managing, building and restructuring business units.

Prior to joining Four Wood Capital Partners, he was a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management / Bank of America where he headed the Capital Markets business in the Bank of America Investment Services division within Global Wealth Management.  Previously, he headed the Equity New Issue Desk within Capital Markets and managed corporate client relationships and directed share programs at Citigroup/Smith Barney. In addition, he spent three years in the financial advisory business while at Smith Barney. Bill started his career at Lehman Brothers in 1979.

Mr. McCoy holds a Bachelor of Science from State University College at Brockport and is a Graduate of the Wharton School Securities Industry Institute. He holds FINRA licenses Series 7, 24 and 63.

Stephanie Trell - Managing Director

Ms. Trell joins Four Wood Capital Partners as Head of Retail Origination, bringing over twenty years of industry experience in asset management and sell-side capital markets expertise.  Previously, Stephanie spent seven years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where she was an executive in charge of closed-end fund product development, execution and new issue syndicate across the equity capital market space for ML’s Wealth Management Group.  Formerly, she was an executive with Citi – Smith Barney, overseeing the firm’s retail equity capital markets operations in a similar domain.  In her career, she has performed diligence, structured and a raised over 60 permanent capital funds totally over $50 billion invested assets.

Ms. Trell holds a BA in Economics from the University of Connecticut and holds Series 7, 63, 24 and 79.  She is also actively involved in the Women’s Syndicate Association.

Jack Sordoni – Managing Director

Mr. Sordoni is a Managing Director and Head of Energy Investments  at Four Wood Capital Partners and brings more than a decade of executive oil and gas experience to Four Wood Energy Partners.  He has overseen more than a dozen syndicated drilling programs and has completed and operated 250 oil and gas wells in the Appalachian Basin.  Mr. Sordoni has negotiated large-scale land transactions including leasehold acquisitions, landowner representation and aggregation and mineral rights acquisitions, all totaling more than 300,000 acres.  As Head of Energy Investments for FWEP, Mr. Sordoni oversees prospect generation and development and manages day-to-day operations.

Matthew J. Kessler, CIMA - Managing Director

Mr. Kessler is a Managing Director in GCG at Four Wood Capital Partners, LLC. He joined Four Wood Capital Partners in January 2012 as a key foundational member of the firm. At FWCP, he is focused on relationship management, Institutional and Broker Dealer sales and marketing.

Mr. Kessler has worked in the financial services industry since 1984, holding a number of key executive roles at a variety of top-level global wealth management investment companies.  Mr. Kessler was a was a Founding Member and Director of Marketing and Sales for UBS’s start-up Alternative Investments Group, reporting to the firm’s Chairman and CEO. Prior to joining Four Wood Capital Partners, LLC, Mr. Kessler was the Senior Director, RIA channel responsible for building and managing relationships with new accounts and existing clients at Guggenheim Investments.  Prior to Guggenheim, Mr. Kessler managed distribution channels for alternative investments such as private equity, fund of funds, hedge funds and BDC’s exclusively for family offices, accredited investors and institutions.  Mr. Kessler also served as Vice President of Marketing at Merrill Lynch and BlackRock.

Mr. Kessler earned a B.A. degree from the American University Kogod School of Business and holds a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) certificate and FINRA Series 7, 22, 62 63, 65 and 66 licenses. Externally, Mr. Kessler serves is a board Member of Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Los Angeles, CA. He will be a member of the Programs Committee for ACG LA 2014.

Vladimir Kostour, Ph.D - Director

Vladimir Kostour joined Four Wood Capital Partners, LLC from BNP Paribas Investment Partners where he was an Assistant Portfolio Manager in Global Credit team with $29 billion in assets under management. Vladimir Kostour has 15 years of front-office experience in investment and asset management. Mr. Kostour joined Fortis Investments/BNP Paribas in 2004 from Jefferies & Co., Inc. where he was an Associate in the investment banking team that was underwriting and structuring the variety of leveraged loan products. Prior to Jefferies, Mr. Kostour was an Assistant Vice President in Structured Credit at AIG-Financial Products for 1999-2002. He began his investment-professional career as a fixed income analyst at Phoenix Trading (hedge fund) in 1997. Mr. Kostour holds Ph.D. in Statistical Physics from Kiev University, Ukraine. He was a postdoctoral fellow sponsored by NASA at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD and sponsored by Research Foundation of NY at SUNY-Stony Brook, NY.

Peter J. Bergen, Jr. - Director

Peter Bergen is a Regional Director in GCG at Four Wood Capital Partners LLC.  Mr. Bergen has over two decades of experience in the capital markets industry, working closely with institutions including asset managers, hedge funds, insurance companies as well as high net worth investors.  Peter began his career supporting a major specialist firm on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Prior to joining FWCP, Mr. Bergen served as an institutional sales trader in the fixed income and equity areas across a wide range of products, most recently at R.W. Pressprich & Co., Inc.

Mr. Bergen holds a B.A. degree in Political Science with Roanoke College, FINRA series 7 & 63, as well as the New York State Insurance licenses.

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Andrew Y. Park - Vice President

Mr. Park is a Vice President in the Origination and Investment Banking (OIB) group with responsibilities including origination, investment banking, sales support, marketing and business development.  Mr. Park co-led the distribution efforts for over $1.5B raised in managed assets in  wire house and regionally syndicated CEF IPOs (SMM, KIO, TSLF, HIE).  He joined Four Wood Capital Partners in September 2011 as a key foundational member of the firm.

Mr. Park has a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Economics from Syracuse University and currently holds FINRA Series 7 & 63 licenses.

Efthymios Efthymiou - Associate

Efthymios joined Four Wood Capital in September 2012 in the Origination and Banking Group. His responsibilities include investment research, thought leadership development, sales support for open-end funds and IPOs, marketing and business development.  Previous to Four Wood Capital, Efthymios worked as an Analyst at Stratum Capital Advisors, a long/short strategy hedge fund.  Mr. Efthymiou holds a B.S. in Engineering with a major in Financial and Management Engineering from the Aegean University, Greece and earned his Masters in Business Administration from St. John’s University, New York. He is fluent in Greek and English.

Nicholas P. Ratti – Analyst

Mr. Ratti is an Analyst in the Origination and Investment Banking (OIB) group with responsibilities including origination, sales support, marketing, and business development.  He joined Four Wood Capital Partners in June 2014 and has aided in the distribution efforts of the Miller/Howard High Income Equity closed-end fund IPO as well as the acquisition of the Blue Marlin Salt Water Disposal Well.

Mr. Ratti is a CFA Candidate and has a B.S. in Corporate Finance and a B.S. in Economics from Clemson University.

DISTRIBUTION

National Distribution Team

Since 2011, FWCP’s 25+ field directors have raised more than $3 billion in gross sales of registered funds in the major wirehouse and smaller national channels. Learn More

SENIOR ADVISORS

J. Richard T. Blackett - Capital Markets, Energy & Shipping

Mr. Blackett brings over 40 years of industry experience to Four Wood Capital Partners in his role as Senior Advisor for Financial Services.  Having served in numerous ECM and investment banking senior leadership roles at Salomon Bros – Citigroup dating back to 1983, his most recent responsibilities from ‘97-’13 included Head of Citigroup’s International Equity Capital Markets, as he was responsible for all non-US issuers accessing US markets with a sector concentration in Metals & Mining, Shipping and Manufacturing.  Mr. Blackett has extensive experience across Initial Public Offerings, Follow-On Offerings, Monetizations, Rights Offerings, Convertibles US Listing, Block Trades, Warrants, Dual Listings and Mandatories across countries / regions including the US, Canada, Hong Kong, China, Mongolia, UK, Europe, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Columbia, Chile, Peru, Southeast Asia, India, Emerging Europe, South Africa, Australia and Frontier Markets.

At Four Wood Capital, Mr. Blackett serves as a Senior Advisor Emeritus in assisting the leadership and operating teams assess transactions, structures, distribution and syndication opportunities.

John M. Morale - Financial Services

Mr. Morale brings a long and distinguished track record to FWCP in his role as a Senior Advisor for Financial Services.  Prior to Four Wood Capital, John was with Scotia Bank for over twenty years, most recently as the most senior Financial Service Industry Officer based in the United States.  At Scotia Bank, Mr. Morale was responsible for all business development, origination, risk management, securitization and loan syndication activities for Scotiabank’s Financial Service Industry platform in the United States, Bermuda, the Pacific Rim, and the European Union. Prior to joining Scotiabank, Mr. Morale was a Senior Financial Analyst at The Federal Reserve Bank of New York and has more than 27 years of banking experience exclusively in the Financial Service space.

At FWCP, John’s responsibilities including working closely with the Board of Managers in assessing various transactions, deal structures, distribution and syndication opportunities across the platform as well as leading the outside capital raising endeavors for the firm.