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University of Baltimore Investment Society (UBIS) proudly presents

Panel Discussion with Industry Experts:

“Private Equity – Opportunities and Challenges”

We cordially invite you to the University of Baltimore Investment Society’s panel discussion event – “Private Equity – Opportunities and Challenges”! This highly anticipated event offers you an insight tothe Private Equity industry, which appears to be very mysterious to outsiders. The event targets not only students who might wish to break into the industry, but also finance professionals, and start-up entrepreneurs, who seek venture capital funding. This event will be a great opportunity for you to network with people in the industry, and learn more about their daily activities. We welcome you to join the discussion!


University of Baltimore
Learning Commons Town Hall Auditorium
1415 Maryland Avenue, Baltimore MD 21201


Maryland Avenue Garage – 1111 Maryland Avenue between Biddle and Chase Street
Fitzgerald Garage – 80 W. Oliver Street.

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Date: March 6, 2014

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Attire: Business formal


5:30 – 6:00: Registration
6:00 – 6:15: Welcome
6:15 – 7:15: Panel Discussion
7:15 – 7:45: Open Discussion
7:45 – 8:00: Closing Remarks
8:00 – 9:00: Networking


  1. Todd Lazenby – Managing Partner, Victory Partners, LLC and Royal Ascot Partners, LLC
  2. Scott Soffen – Sr. Investment Officer, American Trading and Production Corporation
  3. Thomas M. Neale – Managing Partner, Patriot Capital
  4. J.C. Weiss – Executive in Residence for Finance, University of Baltimore

Speaker Bios:

R. Todd Lazenby
Managing Partner

Todd is the founding partner of Victory Partners, LLC and Royal Ascot Partners, LLC. He brings 22 years of private equity, investment banking, and corporate finance experience to the firm, having held increasing senior level positions in start-ups, mid-sized and Fortune 500 companies. He has arranged and overseen in excess of $2.5 billion in capital markets and mergers & acquisitions transactions. Prior to founding VP and RAP, Todd was the Managing Partner of Summit Capital Partners, LLC in Los Angeles, then the managing partner of WP Capital Partners, L.P. in Dallas. Previously, Todd advised Winthrop Capital, a private venture firm, on its staffing industry consolidation strategy, structuring and negotiating the acquisition and financing of all portfolio companies on behalf of the firm. He serves or has served on several company and charity boards, including NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship), Optimium Heath, LLC, Maui Girl & Co., Inc., Varaha Systems, LLC, TXP Corporation (TXP:NASDAQ), FOH, Inc. (Fredricks of Hollywood), HomeBanc Inc., CMG Bancorp, Inc., Automated Data Sciences, Inc., Marshmallow Fun Co., Morningstar Energy, LLC, and InTelegy Corp. In addition, Todd served on the board of directors for the March of Dimes, serving as Chairman of the Breakfast with a Champion Fundraiser three consecutive years. He has been an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at SMU’s Cox School of Business, TCU’s Neeley School of Business, Baylor’s Hankammer School of Business, and University of Phoenix. He holds a MS from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, a MBA and a BS in Communications from Florida State University, and a BSBA from Barry University.

Scott Soffen, CFA, CAIA
Senior Investment Officer

Scott Soffen is the Senior Investment Officer of American Trading and Production Corporation (“Atapco”), a family office based in Baltimore. He is responsible for the firm’s portfolio of private equity and venture capital fund investments, and co-investments made alongside these funds. Prior to joining Atapco, Scott Soffen was a sell-side equity analyst with Legg Mason, Lehman Brothers, Robert Baird & Co., and Merrill Lynch. During this period, he covered the for-profit education industry, auto-parts & tires, and industrial & machinery industries. Scott was selected as an Institutional Investor “All-Star” sell-side equity analyst for his coverage of the tire industry. Scott holds designations as both a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst). He has an MBA in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business, an MS in Education from Capella University, and a BA in Economics from Rutgers University. Scott’s charitable work has included serving on the Boards of CASA of Baltimore (which works with abused and neglected children), Planned Parenthood of Maryland, and he currently serves on the Board of the Board of Center for Urban Families. Scott is a graduate of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Leadership program. Scott has also been a soccer coach for the Elkridge Youth Organization for over a decade. Scott lives in Ellicott City, MD with his wife Patricia. His older daughter Kimberly is in her second year at Harvard University, and his younger daughter Megan is a junior at Howard High School.

Thomas M. Neale
Managing Partner

Tom Neale joined Patriot Capital inMay 2008. Mr. Neale has over 25-year experience in corporate finance, commercial, and investment banking. Most recently, he was the Mid-Atlantic Commercial Banking Executive for HSBC Bank, USA, with responsibility for teams marketing the full array of HSBC’s commercial banking, capital markets, and investment management services. Target companies were those with sales between $25 million and $5 billion, located from Pennsylvania to South Carolina. Previously, Mr. Neale held direct relationship and senior management positions with JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America (and its predecessor banks), and Wachovia, where he had extensive experience arranging and underwriting senior debt and junior capital for middle market companies. Mr. Neale currently serves on the Board of Directors of R&H Supply, Gayesco International, KLMK Group, GroupAero, XLA, and Auburn Armature. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia (BA), and the College of William and Mary (MBA). Mr. Neale is a member of the Maryland Association for Corporate Growth, where is he Chairman of the Private Equity Forum Committee and President for 2014, as well as the Upstate Venture Association of New York. He is also active on several not-for-profit boards in the Baltimore, Maryland region. Mr. Neale lives in Baltimore, MD, and is married with three children.

Patriot Capital’s Family of Funds, with over $500 mm of historically invested and committed capital under management, is a seasoned source of junior growth capital (subordinated debt and equity) for middle-market companies, typically with EBITDA of $3 to $15 million, seeking to finance business expansion, acquisitions, management buyouts or recapitalizations.

John C. Weiss

Executive in Residence for Finance, University of Baltimore

John C. Weiss, III joined the Merrick School of Business’s Advisory Board in 1993, subsequently became its president in 1999 and co-chair of the Entrepreneurship Board. Since 1999, he has been an Executive-in-Residence for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and full time Lecturer at the School, serving as practitioner expert, and as the initial Director of the Entrepreneurship program. He has also served as President of the Merrick School’s Faculty Senate.

Prior to joining the University of Baltimore, Mr. Weiss’s experience included serving as the founding Executive Director of Baltimore City’s then newly formed Parking Authority and earlier as President in the turnaround of Chesapeake Biological Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBLI). Mr. Weiss has organized, raised, and managed five venture capital funds from the mid-80’s to the mid-90’s, exceeding $125 million, focusing on emerging technologies and early stage companies with a special emphasis on the mid-Atlantic region. The first dozen years of Mr. Weiss’s career were spent as a commercial lending officer with two Baltimore area banks where he gained national distinction for innovative lending to small and medium sized businesses. Mr. Weiss serves as chairman of the BioTechnical Institute of Maryland, Chairman Emeritus and co-founder of the Greater Baltimore Technology Council. Mr. Weiss received his B.S. in Business Administration from Towson University, and his MBA from Loyola University in Maryland. He is also a graduate of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Leadership program, and from Leadership Maryland, and has earned graduate certificates from the American Institute of Banking and Harvard University.

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