President/Founder @ Ho'okipa Capital Partners Inc.
Board Member @ NeuroGum
Marketing and Business Development Expertise. I have led the growth of hedge funds from start-up to over $682 million in A.U.M. From 2005-2009 I was the Senior Executive VP of Business Development at Pacificor. A short duration distressed H/Ydebt fund. I grew the firm A.U.M. from $121 million USD to $600 million USD. I continued on to
Marketing and Business Development Expertise. I have led the growth of hedge funds from start-up to over $682 million in A.U.M. From 2005-2009 I was the Senior Executive VP of Business Development at Pacificor. A short duration distressed H/Ydebt fund. I grew the firm A.U.M. from $121 million USD to $600 million USD. I continued on to steer the fund toward the $1 billion mark when the funds Founder and CIO passed away.
I have also raised in excess of $200 million USD for public and privately held companies taking activist roles in the development of those companies, including the creation of many strategic partnerships resulting in significant increases in overall revenue and growth.
I brought Ellie Mae (NYSE:ELLI) and Primary Residential Mortgage together in what has become a nationally recognized joint venture within the mortgage industry.
In 2010 I co-founded Yowza!!, one of the countries leading digital coupons companies. I developed the marketing and growth strategy, build the management team, and raised the majority of the Series "A" financing.
I led the companies marketing and business development initiatives creating deals with HMSHost, American Express, Big 5, WSS, SuperValue, McDonalds Corp and numerous others.
During the same period, I partnered in, and led the capital formation and acquisition of a distressed office complex in New York.
Currently my company has entered in to a JV with 2269 Productions in New York, together we control the largest never before seen archive of Beatles and Rolling Stones photographs from the 1964-66 period.
I have redefined the way collectable rare fine art photography is sold.
Specialties: Marketing, Business Development, Capital Formation
Managing Partner @ Dakota Partners LLC is a joint venture with 2269/NFA. We own and control the largest never before seen archive of Beatles and Rolling Stones images taken by Bob Bonis their US Tour Manager during the period of 1964-1966. As Managing Partner I have led the development of a redefined approach to selling and marketing fine art globally. We have since launched a unique global marketing/selling platform and exhibition strategy that has yielded unprecedented sales of Limited Edition, rare and highly collectable photography. In addition I have developed and continue to develop partnerships with some of the most important and credible brands in the world delivering a whole new meaning to the "certificate of authenticity" that typically accompaniones rare and limited edition fine art photography, each catering to specific sectors. From December 2013 to Present (2 years 1 month) Greater Los Angeles AreaBusiness Executive @ Invertō - (IN, VERTO) latin etymology to change, alter.
I am a shareholder and business development executive of Enverto Investment Group, a West Los Angeles specialty finance firm focused on providing equipment financing and other financial solutions to small business owners. We have developed proprietary technology to streamline the industries antiquated process thus reducing the approval, underwriting and funding process to literally minutes. We are a direct lender and do not broker loans to a third parties.
What's most exciting about Enverto is that we focus on finding common sense in complex situations and making convoluted things significantly more intuitive.
We are not a bank or broker, we are in fact a direct lender . We care about the story and we care about the borrower which allows us to create and deploy customized financing solutions. From November 2013 to Present (2 years 2 months) Greater Los Angeles AreaCo-Founder @ Strategic Partnered Solutions is a disruptive and necessary company that provides Medical Practices general businesses and NPO organizations with payment solutions that fracture the current pricing structures and strategies available in the sector. In addition SPS provides and designs unique programs that drive on-going revenue streams for non-profit organizations. More recently SPS has become a strategic marketing partner of MyMedicalRecords a unique Personal Health Record company that serves many markets within our immediate focus. From January 2013 to Present (3 years) President/Founder @ Corporate Advisory/Capital Formation/Business Development
Currently my company has entered in to a JV with 2260 Productions in New York, together we control the largest never before seen archive of Beatles and Rolling Stones photographs from the 1964-1966 period.
My role is arranging and leading the negotiations of global partnerships to exhibit, sell archival prints and distribute our unique content digitally across numerous platforms. I am in the process of cementing partnerships in the US, UK, Australia and Asia, with many of the largest music, digital, exhibition and telephony companies in the world.
The primary emphasis of (HCP) over the years has been to provide services to the Managed Funds sector primarily Distressed Debt,Distressed Real Estate and Venture Capital. I am a Member of the American Association of Investment Management Sales Executives (AIMSE)
During 2009-12 I focused on the dislocation in the residential real estate market securing approximately 68 million USD in debt and equity financing for distress property purchases. I also took aim at the residential mortgage industry creating joint ventures with companies such as (NYSE Ellie Mae) and PRMI and Starwood Capital.
I recently participated is several structured P.I.P.E deals restructuring the companies and building two public Bio Tech companies one in Cancer Research the other "Oxidative Stress Research". Prior to these transactions, my partners and myself invested in nearly 100 public company transactions through our fund. I have led or participated in the structuring, reverse mergers and subsequent funding of dozen's of micro-cap companies public
I serve on the Board for the Alliance of College Ready Charter Schools, Brentwood Hills HOA, Founded Generosity Records, a Los Angeles based record label dedicated to charitable giving. I support other philanthropic organizations such as National Parkinson’s Foundation, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. From February 2000 to Present (15 years 11 months) Greater Los Angeles AreaManaging Partner @ Founded in 1918, Alfred Franks and Bartlett PLC is a designer and manufacturer of hundreds of consumer products both licensed and non licensed, serving large retail customers throughout Europe. Currently AFB is the the largest supplier of branded Cell Phone accessories to TESCO and further commands a 26% marketshare for the entire United Kingdom. AFB UK and AFB US is a joint venture built to supply product and deliver the nearly 100 years of design and manufacturing experience to the Americas and other select territories throughout the world. From August 2013 to February 2015 (1 year 7 months) Shareholder/Co-founder Member of the Board of Directors @ Yowza!! International is the countries largest Location Based Service (LBS) coupon, offer and announcement APP. Yowza!! provides a national shopping platform for consumers to over 90 thousand US merchants. Many of the millions of consumers who have downloaded Yowza!! access our merchant offers through their Mobile Devices on a daily basis. From August 2010 to April 2013 (2 years 9 months) Founder & CEO @ Philanthropic Record Label focused on leveraging celebrities musical aspirations for the development of CD/DVD product for which the proceeds of sales benefit social causes. From October 2008 to January 2013 (4 years 4 months) Senior Executive Vice President Pacificor @ As Senior Executive VP of Business Development I led the growth of Pacificor's AUM taking the company from $112 million USD to over 680 million USD. The fund was focused on a "stressed, distress and to a lesser extent special situations investment strategy. The fund was non sector specific. I left shortly after the funds CIO passed away. From June 2004 to February 2009 (4 years 9 months) Santa Barbara, California AreaGeneral Partner/Co Founder @ Co founder of Mercator Group a firm that was focused on private investments in public equities. I was responsible for seeding and raising MAG funds from start up to 70 million. Collectively we grew the fund to approximately 100 plus million with both US and Non US investors. I sold my interest in 2004. From 2001 to 2004 (3 years) Co Founder @ Mahogany Elite manufactured and distributed eye-wear as well as other licensed accessories. I acquired licenses through a UK based manufacturer (AFB PLC) for the Elite Model Agency, Easyrider Magazine and World Cup Soccer. I built out a nationwide distributor network and platform and sold then company in 2000 to an Austrian retail group. From February 1996 to December 1999 (3 years 11 months)
LAPC UCLA Kurt Benjamin is skilled in: Capital Formation, Investments, Funding, Joint Ventures, Debt, Hedge Funds, Venture Capital, Real Estate, New Business Development, Business Strategy, Marketing Strategy, Start-ups, Alternative Investments, Strategic Partnerships, Business Development