Diverse businesses are an engine for economic growth and community empowerment in the United States. That’s a simple fact. However today, these business owners face significant challenges in obtaining the necessary capital to fuel their business growth. Our mission is to address this fundamental imbalance and expand access to capital and critical advice necessary to assure the survival, stabilization and success of the minority business community.

We’re building a network of partners, including highly successful diverse businesses, technology innovators and major corporations and financial institutions who share our goals, to help diverse companies obtain needed capital and advice more easily and on better terms than has traditionally been the case. We believe a level playing field is not only the fair thing, it’s the best outcome for society and the overall economy.

“Those that know more, have to do more. At Diversity Capital, we are bringing to bear critical financial and technical resources to assist in the rebuilding of the minority business community.”

 

Lawrence C. Manson, Jr. | CEO of Diversity Capital

Our Leadership Team

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Lawrence C. Manson, Jr.

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Manson has more than 30 years of financial management and private equity experience. During his career, Mr. Manson has evaluated thousands of leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, joint ventures or other types of investment transactions, invested more than $530 million of equity or subordinated debt in various transactions, arranged debt financings in excess of $2 billion, closed more than 30 merger, acquisition or divesture transactions, participated in the underwriting of public equity offerings in excess of $250 million, managed several hundred employees, created and executed numerous strategic plans and provided consulting advice to many business owners.

 

Prior to founding Diversity Capital, Mr. Manson founded in 2012 NexTier Companies, LLC, an investment advisory and consulting firm that he still leads. Previous to that he held leadership roles with NexGen Capital Partners, LLC and Performance Trust Capital Partners, LLC including several private equity firms, Foundation Equity Investors, LLC, PENMAN Partners and Prudential-Bache Interfunding Inc., a subsidiary of the former Prudential-Bache Securities, Inc., an entity absorbed into Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. through a series of acquisitions.

 

Mr. Manson received an AB degree in economics from Princeton University and an MBA degree in finance from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

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Donald C. Mullins, Jr.

Chief Revenue Officer

Mr. Mullins has more than 30 years of business experience, including more than 20 years of investment management experience, spanning various disciplines and asset classes prior to joining Diversity Capital. In addition, Mr. Mullins currently serves as a Senior Consulting Principal with the NexTier Companies, LLC (NexTier).

 

Prior to joining NexTier, Mr. Mullins most recently served as a partner, responsible for business development, with Attucks Asset Management, LLC (Attucks), a leading manager of emerging managers based in Chicago. Before joining Attucks, Mr. Mullins led the marketing effort for Stux Capital Management LLC, an emerging manager, based in New York, specializing in domestic, quantitative equity portfolios. Mr. Mullins also served as Director of Marketing for Piedmont Investment Advisors, LLC, a leading minority-owned investment manager, based in Durham, North Carolina and served as Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Lipper & Company, a New York-based hedge fund that specialized in convertible arbitrage, merger arbitrage and high yield bonds.

 

Mr. Mullins, who attended Howard University, received a BS degree in computer information systems from Jacksonville University and an MBA degree from the Stephen M. Ross Graduate School of Business, University of Michigan.

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Mason W. Wiley

Chief Marketing Officer

Mr. Wiley has over 30 years of marketing and advertising experience including client and agency sides, both B2B and B2C, and has served a wide range of companies from startups to large companies like Disney, Coca Cola, Wellpoint, Deloitte, Kraft, NBC Universal and more. In addition to serving as Chief Marketing Officer for Diversity Capital, Mr. Wiley also currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer for the NexTier Companies, LLC (NexTier).

 

Previously, Mr. Wiley has led marketing for nine startups – Market Rebellion, Connect Now Inc., tradeMONSTER, Talegent and more – including three on the INC500 List of Fastest-Growing Companies and two successful acquisitions. He has also led marketing for leading digital direct response marketing agency Fosina Marketing Goup, and two of the largest performance-based ad networks W4 and Hydra Network (acquired by AdKnowledge), overseeing the latter’s growth from under $40M to over $100M in just 18 months. Prior to that, Mr. Wiley served as Creative Consultant to Universal Pictures Marketing and leading Hollywood entertainment ad agencies, and served as Principal for marketing consultancy The Wiley Group.

 

Mr. Wiley received a BA degree in European Intellectual History from Wesleyan University and a Masters in Integrated Marketing from Northwestern University.

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Sherry L. Manson

Director, Accounting and Administration

Ms. Manson has more than 30 years of business experience including administration, bookkeeping, corporate records management, human resources and insurance program implementation and oversight prior to joining Diversity Capital. In addition, Ms. Manson also currently serves in a senior administrative role with NexTier Companies and Drexel University. Ms. Manson has also served in senior administrative roles at NexGen Capital Partners, LLC, Foundation Equity Investors, LLC, Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP, PENMAN Partners, Altheimer & Gray and PNC National Bank, N.A.

 

Ms. Manson received a BA degree in economics from Sweet Briar College and an MBA degree in business administration from Keller Graduate School of Business.

“Don’t ever go with the flow, be the flow.”

 

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Our Senior Advisory Team

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Dwayne Boothe

Senior Advisor

Mr. Boothe is a Principal at RLJ Credit, one of the largest minority-owned SBIC Funds, supporting U.S. small businesses by providing senior debt and subordinated debt investments in lower middle market companies. Prior to joining RLJ Credit, Mr. Boothe was an investment professional with RLJ Equity Partners, L.P., an investment fund focused on private equity investments in middle market companies with $230 million under management, beginning in March 2008. Both are and part of The RLJ Companies founded by Robert L. Johnson, the former Founder and Chairman of Black Entertainment Television (BET).

 

Prior to that, Mr. Boothe served as an Associate with Allied Capital Corporation (“Allied Capital”), a publicly traded private equity investment firm with more than $4.5 billion of assets under management, from March 2006 through February 2008. At Allied Capital, Mr. Boothe executed unitranche and mezzanine debt investments in excess of $275 million. Also at Allied Capital, Mr. Boothe executed five equity investments in excess of $475 million. From June 2004 through March 2006, Mr. Boothe was an Analyst with Credit Suisse in their leveraged finance and restructuring group.

 

Mr. Boothe received a B.S. in Finance from Georgetown University.

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James A. Casselberry, Jr.

Senior Advisor

Mr. Casselberry has over 30 years of experience in investment management and investment management consulting. In the roles of Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer, portfolio manager, fund manager, principal consultant and advisor, he has individually or in concert with colleagues raised over $4 billion from institutional investors for traditional and alternative investment management strategies; invested more than $50 billion in aggregate transactions both private and public in debt, equity and alternative investment securities and has co-managed the continuing asset allocation structure and strategic plan for a large foundation.

 

Currently, Mr. Casselberry serves as the Chief Investment Officer of 4S Bay Partners LLC and as trustee for the National Urban League and Morehouse College. Currently he serves as a Senior Advisor to NexTier Companies, LLC, an investment advisory and consulting firm, although in the past he served as a Senior Managing Director. In addition, he has held senior roles at NexGen Capital Partners, LLC and Dearborn Park Group, LLC (DPG), both firms offered strategic consulting advice to investment management and financial services firms. Prior to DPG, he served as a principal at Ennis Knupp & Associates Inc. (Ennis Knupp, currently known as Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting, Inc., an Aon plc company) and served as the primary consultant and managed consulting assignments. Mr. Casselberry has also held leadership position with Ennis Knupp, Trias Capital Management, LLC, Wedgewood Capital Management, Inc. and The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

 

Mr. Casselberry received a BA degree in economics from the University of Illinois and an MBA degree from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.

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Carmen A. Heredia, CFA

Senior Advisor

Ms. Heredia is currently the Chief Investment Officer for the Illinois Assistance Commission (ISAC). ISAC’s mission is to make college accessible and affordable for Illinois students. Prior to ISAC, she was the Director of Investments for one of the largest U.S. philanthropic foundations, W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), where she ran their $400M Foundation investment portfolio and was a member of the $8B WKKF Trust investment portfolio team. Additionally, Ms. Heredia oversaw and enhanced their diverse manager and impact investing portfolio, which consists of mission driven investments (MDI), program related investments (PRI), and a grant portfolio.

 

Ms. Heredia has also served as Chief Investment officer for Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF) where she managed an $11B investment portfolio through 91 external investment managers with a $45M budget. Ms. Heredia started her career in asset management in 1993 when she started working at Fortaleza Asset Management, a Chicago-based minority owned investment management firm. Since then she has been promoting and executing ‘access to capital’ strategies for emerging and minority-owned businesses. Similarly, many programs, conferences and mentoring relationships are a direct result of her passion to promote higher education for the Latinx community.

 

Ms. Heredia earned her International MBA in Finance, Accounting, and Business Economics from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, her undergraduate degree in International Management and Marketing from Georgetown University, and her Associate in Arts degree from College of DuPage. Carmen is a CFA Charterholder and an alumna of the Robert A. Toigo Foundation.

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Derek K. Jones

Senior Advisor

As a Managing Director of GCM Grosvenor, Mr. Jones co-heads the firm’s private equity co-investment practice and diverse manager practice and his responsibilities include deal sourcing and investment underwriting activities. He is also a member of the Private Equity, Real Estate and Infrastructure Investment Committee and serves on the Global Investment Council and the Diversity & Inclusion Governing Committee. Prior to joining GCM Grosvenor, Mr. Jones was a Managing Partner at Oncore Capital, as well as a General Partner at Provender Capital. He started his private equity career at Prudential Insurance Company as part of Prudential Equity Investors, which subsequently became Cornerstone Equity Investors, where he was a partner.

 

Mr. Jones received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from American University and his Master of Business Administration in Finance from New York University. Mr. Jones serves on the Board of, and was former Treasurer to, the National Association of Investment Companies. He is a recipient of the Pacesetter Award from the National Association of Investment Companies in 2012 and the UNCF Keeper of the Flame Award in 2016. He was also recognized as one of the 75 Most Powerful Blacks on Wall Street by Black Enterprise Magazine in 2011.

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Mark Rambler

Senior Advisor

Mr. Rambler is the President, Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Credibility Capital. Previously he was a vice president with the Fortress Investment Group Credit Funds. Prior to Fortress, Mr. Rambler was transactional counsel at D.B. Zwirn & Co. Previously, he was a corporate associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett after his clerkship for Hon. Richard L. Nygaard, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mr. Rambler holds a B.A., cum laude, from Princeton University and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Duke University School of Law, where he was a member of the Editorial Board of the Duke Law Journal.