Our Team

The Plexus investment professionals have worked in the middle market their entire careers providing capital to businesses with revenue under $150 Million.

Bob Anders
Bob Anders

Bob Anders

Bob Anders

Partner

Bob is a co-founder and Partner at Plexus Capital. Bob assists Michael Painter in management of the firm and serves on the investment committee. He is also active in sourcing new investment opportunities and overseeing active portfolio companies.

Bob began his career with First Union in 1977 in North Carolina, where he remained until 1983 when he became a founding executive of First Charlotte bank. As a member of the leadership team at First Charlotte, Bob helped orchestrate the sale of First Charlotte to RBC Bank (fka “Centura Bank”) in 1993. Bob became the head of the capital markets group for Centura Bank and formed one of the first bank-owned investment funds, Centura Capital, which proved to be the genesis of the Plexus team’s investing experience.

Bob is a graduate of the University of North Carolina where he earned both a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and an MBA. He also served three years in the United States Navy, retiring as a Lieutenant.

(704) 927-6246
banders@plexuscap.com

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Mike Becker
Mike Becker

Mike Becker

Mike Becker

Partner

Mike is a co-founder and Partner at Plexus Capital. Mike heads the new business origination effort for the firm and serves on the investment committee. He is also active in deal execution and portfolio company oversight.

Mike began his career in 1997 and worked for Townsend Frew and Company, a healthcare focused investment bank in North Carolina. From 1999 to 2002, Mike worked in the capital markets group at RBC Bank (fka “Centura Bank”), where he reported to Bob Anders. After earning his MBA degree, which included a summer job with Lehman Brothers in New York, Mike went to work for Triangle Capital Partners where he focused on new business origination and execution.

Mike is a graduate of the University of North Carolina where he earned both a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and an MBA.

(919) 256-6342
mbecker@plexuscap.com

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Kel Landis
Kel Landis

Kel Landis

Partner

Kel, a co-founder and Partner at Plexus Capital, has over 30 years of experience in banking, financial services, investment management, and private capital. He leads the fundraising efforts for the firm, serves on the investment committee, and is active in sourcing new investment opportunities and overseeing portfolio companies.

After retiring as CEO of RBC Centura Bank, Kel co-founded Plexus in 2005. He is a William C. Friday Fellow for Human Relations and has since served as a Trustee of UNC-Chapel Hill, Chair of the UNC Board of Visitors, Trustee of Elizabeth City State University, and as an adjunct professor of finance for the Kenan-Flagler Business School. Currently, he is a member of the UNC Foundation’s board of directors, a member of the board of visitors for the Kenan-Flagler Business School, and a Trustee for The Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise.

Kel is a former chair of the North Carolina Bankers Association, served as Senior Advisor for Business and Economic Affairs for the Governor of North Carolina and as Trustee of the North Carolina State Supplemental Retirement Fund. He is a board member for the North Carolina Community Foundation, which provides support for community foundations across the state.

Kel is a graduate of the University of North Carolina where he earned both a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and an MBA.

(252) 903-6355
klandis@plexuscap.com

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Michael Painter
Michael Painter

Michael Painter

Michael Painter

Managing Partner

Michael is a co-founder and the Managing Partner at Plexus Capital. Michael leads the strategic direction of Plexus and heads the investment committee. He is also active in sourcing new investment opportunities and overseeing active portfolio companies.

Michael began his career in 1995 and has spent his entire career in the banking and investment industries. He spent 6 years with RBC Bank (fka “Centura Bank”) and worked for the bank’s investment fund, Centura Capital, as well as serving on the acquisition team while he reported to Kel Landis. Michael also worked in the investment banking group at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette in New York where he worked in the financial institutions and leveraged finance groups. Before co-founding Plexus, Michael also spent time with Triangle Capital Partners in North Carolina and Endurance Capital Partners in New York.

Michael is a graduate of the University of North Carolina where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

(919) 256-6341
mpainter@plexuscap.com

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Will Anders
Will Anders

Will Anders

Will Anders

Partner

Will, a Partner with Plexus Capital, serves on the investment committee and focuses on leading deal execution and portfolio company oversight. Will joined Plexus in 2007 as an Associate.

Will began his career in the leveraged finance group at Wachovia Securities, the investment banking arm of the former Wachovia Bank, where his primary roles included financial modeling, due diligence, preparation of offering materials, and sales support for the syndication of leveraged loans and high yield bonds.

Will is a graduate of the University of North Carolina where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

(704) 927-6249
will@plexuscap.com

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Alex Bean

Alex Bean

Partner

Alex, a Partner with Plexus Capital, serves on the investment committee and heads the firm’s new deal execution effort. He is also active in fundraising, sourcing new investment opportunities, and portfolio company oversight. Alex joined Plexus in 2010 as an Associate.

Alex began his career in the investment banking division of BB&T Capital Markets (now BB&T Securities), focusing on sell-side M&A transactions and public equity offerings.

Alex is a graduate of the University of North Carolina where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

(919) 256-6346
alex@plexuscap.com

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Chris Antonello

Chris Antonello

Chris Antonello

Operating Partner

Chris is an Operating Partner with Plexus Capital. His main focus is increasing enterprise value of our portfolio companies.

Prior to joining Plexus, Chris ran lower-middle market companies where he leveraged his 28 years of experience with GE. While at GE, he held roles in manufacturing, marketing, sales and service across three different GE businesses.

Chris earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University and a Masters in Management from University of Louisville.

919-256-5977
cantonello@plexuscap.com

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Staats Battle

Staats Battle

Business Development Analyst

Staats joined Plexus in 2016 as a Business Development Analyst and his primary focus is initial analysis of potential investment opportunities.

Prior to joining the Plexus team, Staats worked in Europe for the Sport Changes Life Foundation where he coached in the local community, played professional basketball, and attended graduate school for Financial Services at the University of Limerick. Previously, he was a four year letterman on the NC State men’s basketball team and served as team captain during his final season.

Staats is a graduate of North Carolina State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

(919) 256-5748
sbattle@plexuscap.com

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Barrett Biringer

Barrett Biringer

Barrett Biringer

Vice President

Barrett joined Plexus in 2014 and focuses on deal execution, portfolio monitoring, and business development.

Barrett began his career at Stephens, Inc., a middle market investment banking firm, then joined SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (STRH) in Atlanta. At STRH, he focused on credit analysis, deal execution, and portfolio monitoring.

Barrett is a graduate of the University of North Carolina where he earned an MBA and of the University of Georgia where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration.

(919) 256-6354
bbiringer@plexuscap.com

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Mary Elizabeth Camp
Mary Elizabeth Camp

Mary Elizabeth Camp

Mary Elizabeth Camp

Director of Marketing

Mary Elizabeth joined Plexus in 2011 as the Director of Marketing. She works closely with the business development team and is responsible for the firm’s marketing and communication efforts.

Mary Elizabeth began her career in 1999 as a financial advisor with American Express Financial Advisors, the retail brokerage arm of American Express in North Carolina. She later joined Wachovia Securities and UBS Wealth Management.

Mary Elizabeth is a graduate of North Carolina State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in History.

(919) 256-6344
camp@plexuscap.com

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Ginny Chiarello
Ginny Chiarello

Ginny Chiarello

Ginny Chiarello

Portfolio Manager

Ginny is a Portfolio Manager at Plexus Capital and focuses on risk analysis and monitoring of the portfolio companies including responsibilities related to reporting on portfolio performance, performing portfolio valuations, calculating portfolio returns, and communicating results internally and externally. Ginny joined Plexus in 2015.

Prior to Plexus, Ginny worked for Piedmont Investment Advisors in Durham, NC. At Piedmont, Ginny was a member of the team that was responsible for oversight of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Her primary role included valuation of the securities injected into the banks under TARP as well as risk and credit analysis on the banks. Prior to Piedmont, Ginny worked as a sell side research associate, covering small- to mid-cap banks at BMO Capital Markets in New York.

Ginny is a graduate of Brown University where she earned her AB in Business Economics. Ginny received an MBA from Georgia State University and a MA in International Business from IAE, Sorbonne in Paris, France.

(919) 256-6349
ginny@plexuscap.com

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Katie Cohen
Katie Cohen

Katie Cohen

Katie Cohen

Vice President

Katie joined Plexus in 2015 as an Associate and focuses on fund management, financial modeling, transaction structuring, due diligence, and portfolio monitoring. Katie began her career as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Financial Sponsors Group at Credit Suisse and then joined Thomas H. Lee Partners as an Associate.

Katie is a graduate of Georgetown University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in Economics.

(919) 256-5746
kcohen@plexuscap.com

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Cameron Coley
Cameron Coley

Cameron Coley

Principal

Cameron joined Plexus in 2015 and his primary focus is business development. He began his career at ATR, LLC, an operating company, where his responsibilities covered all facets of the firm. Following business school, Cameron worked in the corporate development group of INVISTA, a Koch Industries platform.

Cameron is a graduate of North Carolina State University where he earned an MBA from the Jenkins Graduate School of Management and Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Textiles.

(919) 256-6353
ccoley@plexuscap.com

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Chris Corse
Chris Corse

Chris Corse

Chris Corse

Portfolio Analyst

Chris joined Plexus in 2017 as a Portfolio Analyst and focuses on tracking and reporting on portfolio company performance, assisting with managing the firm’s limited partner network, and providing fund accounting services. Chris began his career at the Vanguard Group as a Brokerage Associate before transitioning to Duke Energy as a Financial Analyst. At Duke, he focused on the nuclear division with actual versus budget analysis, projections, and budget planning.

Chris is a graduate of the University of South Carolina where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

(919) 780-5067
ccorse@plexuscap.com

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Lisa Dunning
Lisa Dunning

Lisa Dunning

Lisa Dunning

Director of Accounting

Lisa is the Director of Accounting of Plexus Capital and focuses on the firm’s accounting, financial management, and tax matters. Lisa has 17 years of experience in public accounting with Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP where she served as manager in charge of the small business services group. Lisa also has experience providing on-going business advisory and consulting services including small business accounting and software capabilities as well as other specialized projects.

Lisa is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

(919) 256-6357
lisa@plexuscap.com

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Rob Lovejoy

Rob Lovejoy

Analyst

Rob joined Plexus in 2017 as an Analyst and focuses on fund management, financial modeling, due diligence, transaction structuring, and portfolio monitoring. Prior to joining the Plexus team, he played professional soccer for the Houston Dynamo for two seasons.

Rob is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

919-780-5068
rlovejoy@plexuscap.com

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Paula Newsome
Paula Newsome

Paula Newsome

Paula Newsome

Office Manager

Paula joined Plexus Capital in 2012 and is the Office Manager in the Raleigh office.

Paula began her career in 1998 as a consultant and worked for Booz Allen Hamilton while she lived in Washington, DC. In 2007, Paula moved back to North Carolina and worked for CMG Partners and AT&T Government Solutions before joining Plexus Capital.

Paula is a graduate of North Carolina State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.

(919) 256-6352
paula@plexuscap.com

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Shanda Owens
Shanda Owens

Shanda Owens

Shanda Owens

Senior Executive Assistant

Shanda Owens joined Plexus Capital in 2015 as a Senior Executive Assistant in the Charlotte, North Carolina office, supporting Bob Anders and Robert Gefaell. She recently relocated to the Charlotte area after several years in New York and has background in supporting Investment Banking and Private Equity teams at Goldman Sachs and AlpInvest Partners/The Carlyle Group, as well as extensive experience in Hospitality and Event planning. Shanda holds a Bachelor of Arts from New York University.

(704) 927-6254
sowens@plexuscap.com

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Brad Pence

Brad Pence

Brad Pence

Vice President

Brad joined Plexus in 2012 as an Analyst and focuses on fund management, financial modeling, transaction structuring, due diligence, and portfolio monitoring. Through an internship with WestEnd Advisors, an investment advisory firm based in Charlotte, North Carolina, he gained experience in financial analysis, macroeconomic research, and memorandum preparation to support the firm’s investment team.

Brad is a graduate of the University of North Carolina where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Political Science.

(704) 927-6250
brad@plexuscap.com

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Ronda Penn
Ronda Penn

Ronda Penn

Ronda Penn

Chief Financial Officer

Ronda is the Chief Financial Officer of Plexus Capital and focuses on the firm’s accounting, financial management, and tax matters. Ronda has 17 years of experience in public accounting with Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP where she served as an audit partner with a primary focus on private equity funds. In addition to providing financial statement audit services, Ronda also has experience providing on-going business advisory and consulting services including acquisition accounting, due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, and other specialized projects. Ronda’s specialized knowledge with private equity funds includes regulatory reporting and investment accounting related to Small Business Investment Companies.

Ronda is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she earned a Master of Science in Accounting.

(919) 256-6355
ronda@plexuscap.com

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Shannon Richmond
Shannon Richmond

Shannon Richmond

Shannon Richmond

Office Administrator

Shannon joined Plexus Capital in 2017 and is an Office Administrator in the Raleigh office.

Shannon began her career in 2000 providing administrative support to executive positions in overall office management. She is a graduate of Wake Technical Community College where she earned an Associates of Science in Business Administration.

(919) 256-6351
shannon@plexuscap.com

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Josh Snodgrass

Josh Snodgrass

Senior Analyst

Josh joined Plexus in 2017 as a Senior Analyst and focuses on fund management, financial modeling, transaction structuring, due diligence, and portfolio monitoring. He began his career at Brookwood Associates as an Analyst providing investment banking solutions to clients across a variety of industries.

Josh is a graduate of Eckerd College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management.

919-780-5069
jsnodgrass@plexuscap.com

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Kevin Speight
Kevin Speight

Kevin Speight

Kevin Speight

Associate

Kevin joined Plexus in 2016 as an Associate and focuses on fund management, financial modeling, transaction structuring, due diligence, and portfolio monitoring. He began his career at Bank of America Merrill Lynch as an Analyst and then Associate in the Sports Finance & Advisory Group providing investment banking and capital markets solutions to clients in the sports and entertainment industry.

Kevin is a graduate of the University of North Carolina where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

(919) 256-6347
kevin@plexuscap.com

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Colton Walls
Colton Walls

Colton Walls

Analyst

Colton joined Plexus in 2017 as an Analyst and focuses on fund management, financial modeling, due diligence, transaction structuring, and portfolio monitoring. Prior to joining the Plexus team, he interned at the investment bank Seaport Global.

Colton is a graduate of the University of Mississippi where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance.

(919) 256-5749
cwalls@plexuscap.com

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Shirley Westbrook

Shirley Westbrook

Chief Administrative Officer Emeritus

Shirley Westbrook is the Chief Administrative Officer Emeritus of Plexus Capital. She began working with Bob Anders in 1990 when she joined First Charlotte Bank and also worked with Mike Becker, Robert Gefaell, Kel Landis, and Michael Painter while at RBC Centura from 1993 to 2005.

Shirley formally retired in 2015 but will continue her work with Plexus on a consulting basis and as a permanent Plexus family member.

sowens@plexuscap.com

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Walt Mayo

WALT MAYO

Senior Advisor

Walt serves as a Senior Advisor at Plexus and brings to bear more than 20 years of experience working with small and medium businesses and high-growth companies as a leader in both the private and non-profit sectors.

Walt began his career in 1984 as a Foreign Service Officer in the US Department of State, where he held positions internationally, in the White House, and the US Congress. He moved from public service to attend business school and joined Dell in 1998, working in the small and medium business segment in the US and as a general manager of international business units in Southern Europe, Australia, Japan, and Singapore. He left Dell as VP and General Manager of Dell Asia’s consumer business to join Endeavor, the leader in the global high-impact entrepreneurship movement, as senior vice president of new market expansion.

Walt is a graduate of Harvard University and obtained his MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School.

wmayo@plexuscap.com

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Board of Directors

Kristi Craig

Kristi Craig

Kristi Craig

Board Member

Kristi Craig is the Director for Private Investments at the Georgetown University Investment Office, where she is responsible for the Endowment’s private equity, real estate, private credit and energy portfolio. She has a long career managing and performing diligence on private equity funds, for both private organizations and as a former SBA employee where she worked with SBIC fund managers. Kristi lives in Washington, DC.

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Chip Mahan

Chip Mahan

Board Member

Chip Mahan is the founder and CEO of Live Oak Bank. Chip is an active financial and technology entrepreneur, having served as CEO of S1 Corporation and founder of Security First Network Bank, one of the first internet only banks. Chip is highly regarded as a financial visionary and lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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Bill Morrissett

Bill Morrissett

Bill Morrissett

Board Member

Bill Morrissett is a high profile and veteran investment banker, working both in NYC and Charlotte. He was formerly a managing director at Bowles, Hollowell, and Conner and was a co-founding partner of Edgeview Partners, where he led its’ growth before his recent retirement.

Bill has worked with numerous middle market companies over the years and has provided financial and strategic advice to numerous CEOs and management teams. Bill resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Dan Robinson

Dan Robinson

Dan Robinson

Board Member

Dan Robinson entered private law practice in 1987 and his practice is primarily focused on business transactions and private client services. Mr. Robinson is the leader of Evans|Petree Private Client practice group. In that role, he assists private families domestically and abroad with their unique requirements. Client relationships tend to be holistic, with an emphasis on identifying multiple professional resources for each client, both within the firm and through third-party providers.

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