Officers and Key Employees
Kerry Dukes, Co-founder, and Managing Partner, Mr. Dukes is responsible for Corporate Finance, Company organization, financing and compliance aspects of the business. Mr. Dukes has over 28 years of experience in the investment banking and securities industry. Prior to Ardour, Mr. Dukes served as Founder/Senior Managing Partner/Head of Global Activities of BlueStone Capital Partners from 1995 to 2001 where Mr. Dukes grew the firm’s brokerage operations from 0 to $62 million dollars in revenues and was instrumental negotiating and selling a significant interest in the company to ABN Amro Bank, N.V. for $62.5 million dollars. Prior to Bluestone, Mr. Dukes served as Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of Commonwealth Associates from 1988 to 1995. Through his career, Mr. Dukes has managed over 100 public and private offerings. He has served on the board of numerous public companies and has testified as an industry expert witness. He has also acted as a moderator, and guest speaker at the NASD sponsored “New Issue and Regulatory Development Conference” in Washington. Mr. Dukes began his career in the management-training program at Shearson Lehman in 1982.
Brian Greenstein, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Brian has over 28 years’ experience in the financial services industry and is responsible for the development and execution of the company's capital markets activities. Prior to co-founding Ardour, Mr. Greenstein was Managing Director of Capital Markets at Bluestone Capital Partners from 1996 to 2001, where he was responsible for institutional sales and syndicate Prior to Bluestone, Mr. Greenstein was Managing Director of Institutional Sales at Commonwealth Associates from 1991 to 1996. His previous brokerage affiliations include Bear Stearns and Merrill Lynch. He was responsible for marketing the asset management services of ITT/Hartford to the qualified plan market. He began his career in the actuarial field as an associate with George Buck Consulting Actuaries in 1981.
Walter Nasdeo, Managing Director. Walter is a Managing Director in the Investment Banking group. Prior to that he supervised Ardour’s Energy Technology group and was responsible for the equity research effort. Previously Vice President of research and head of energy technology team at Bluestone Capital. At Credit Lyonnais Securities he researched consolidating industries. Walter has frequently appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg, and The BBC. He has also presented at numerous energy technology conferences and been quoted in various publications including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CNNMoney, CNNfn, The Street.Com, Bloomberg News, Small Times, Sustainable Business.com, Dow Jones Newswire. He has been named a Bulldog Research Award Winning Analyst for earnings accuracy. Walter received his MBA and his BBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of North Texas. He served in the U.S. Army European Operations, Berlin, Germany, and held a secret security clearance as a member of the Berlin Brigade in the 1980s.
Jean-Marc O’Brien, Director, Capital Markets. Jean-Marc has over 23 years’ experience in institutional sales, sales management, and trading. He was Director of New Business Development, Medley Global Advisors 2004-2005. He held Senior Capital Markets positions with Credit Agricole Indosuez Securities in New York, Paris and, Stockholm. Previously he was Manager of Fixed Income Sales in Paris from 1989 to 2001. He started his career at Citibank NA 1983-1989. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and is fluent in five languages.
Kevin Brooks, Director, Investment Banking. Kevin focuses on advisory and capital raising for private and public companies primarily in Oil & Gas, Power Generation and Storage, Technology, and energy projects across a spectrum of financial debt and equity structures. Kevin has over 23 years of capital markets and investment banking experience with Robinson-Humphrey Equity Research, Merrill Lynch Institutional Capital Markets, Pali Capital Private Equity Investment Banking. Mr. Brooks earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and was an Honor Graduate with a BS in Business Administration.
Jonathan Treacher, Managing Director. Jonathan has over 30 years of investment banking, fund management and board level senior management experience. He has been Chairman (formerly CEO) of Absolute Capital Management where he was instrumental in formulating and executing the successful restructuring and performance. He was a Director at Farlake Group PLC; an AIM quoted asset management business that grew from L250-800. He executed the sale of this business to a London investment bank. Share price rose from 180p to 780p. Jonathan was founder and director of an emerging markets fund Romanian Reconstruction Capital where there was a 4x value increase during his tenure. From 1998-2002 at Oakes Fitzwilliams & CO, he executed numerous corporate finance mandates. He was the co-founder of the Amoeba Fund an early stage biotechnology fund from 1998-2003. He founded Prokom A.O. a Novosibirsk, Russia focused fund which liquidated after 30% IRR was returned to investors. Previous affiliations were with European Capital Partners, Benchmark Group, Drexel Burnham Lambert1, Hill Samuel & Co Limited. His education includes advanced education at the London Business School, Hague Academy of International Law and DePaul University School of Law.
Michael Garvey, Director, Investment Banking. Mike is a Director, Investment Banking and has over 25 years of financial experience. Mr. Garvey was the Managing Member of Two River Solutions, LLC a financial consulting firm providing valuation, research, and other financial services. Previously, Mr. Garvey was Chief Financial Officer at Cavaloz Oil & Gas, LLC and has held various research and portfolio management roles at Schottenfeld Group, Longbow Capital Partners, Four Points Partners, the Galleon Group, Angelo, Gordon & Co. and CIBC World Markets Corp (formerly Oppenheimer & Co). Mr. Garvey has extensive experience in financial analysis and business valuations from both the external investment/advice and internal company perspectives. Mr. Garvey’s experience includes both sell-side and buy-side research in energy, utilities, and related industries and includes energy research covering exploration and production, oil service, refining, pipelines, and midstream. Mr. Garvey holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Hofstra University.
George Brenan, Managing Director, Ardour Capital Europe. George has over 20 years’ experience as a Corporate Financier at Cazenove / JPMorgan Cazenove in London. He has advised on over GBP 40bn of completed M&A and Capital Markets transactions. He was a Partner of Cazenove & Co. and a Director of JPMorgan Cazenove, Corporate Finance. George established and led Cleantech, Renewable Energy and Agriculture sector coverage. He was a Founder member of Cazenove M&A team (1996-99) and UK Industrials Group (1999-2007) George is a Barrister: specialist in Insolvency and Company Law.
Thomas Samuelson. Tom has had a diverse 30-year career in finance. Currently, Tom is the CEO of Magellan Yates LLC which advises and supports public companies in Latin America and Emerging Markets on Digital IR initiatives.
Tom managed a Global Investment Fund focused in Emerging Markets from 2014 to 2018. From 2005 to 2013 Tom was an Equity Portfolio manager for George Weiss Associates, a Large Multi-Strategy Hedge Fund. His Geographic focus was Latin America, Greater China, and Russia. Previous to GW, Tom was a partner and founder of Miami based INCA Fund, an equity investment fund focused on Latin America. Before founding INCA Tom ran a boutique advisory firm focused on providing PIPE financing/advisory to Brazilian companies while also consulting for Acon Investments, a Private Equity fund and, TPG subsidiary.
From 1998 to 2001 Tom was head of Equities and Risk for CLSA Emerging Markets New York Office. Prior to CLSA Tom held various senior positions in sales and management for a number of Investment banks including Bear Stearns, Credit Agricole, ING/Barings, WI Carr, and Merrill Lynch. Tom has been a founder and Board Member of a number of companies including The Spanish Beisbol Network, Banco Galicia de Venezuela, and Grow VC and is an advisor to LDJ Capital, a multi-family office. He is currently on the board of directors of Atom Participacoes, an education company listed in Brazil. Tom is a graduate of Columbia University.