The Big Idea: The Chinese proverb, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” is often cited on Wall Street for good reason: When backing a company’s executive team with capital, it’s best to ensure they have great mentors too. At Group Capital, we pair each portfolio company with a mentor, drawn from our advisory panel — leaders with hands-on experience running successful privately held businesses.
Who’s Who: Leading our advisory panel is Group Capital Chief Executive Douglas M. Fink, who also runs Pennsylvania Paper & Supply and Sovereign Commercial Services and invests in commercial real estate. Our panel includes experts on sectors as varied as manufacturing to the gaming industry and the media. Current members include Robert J. “Bobby” Soper, chief executive of casino company Mohegan Sun, Pocono Raceway Chief Executive Brandon Igdalsky, Kevin Tinkleman, who owns custom apparel maker Kevins Worldwide, Metz Culinary Management Chief Executive Jeff Metz and Dave Maney, founder of digital media and marketing services firm Deke Digital. Mentors share experiences from building private-sector companies and introduce executives to a community of entrepreneurs, creating a unique ecosystem where they can share ideas and gain valuable insight.