Pine Tree Equity Partners
Capital for Samll Companies

Team

Investment Professionals

Jeff C. Settembrino
Managing Partner

Mr. Settembrino has over 23 years of private equity investing and advisory experience and is responsible for all investments and operations. He is Chairman of the Board of all portfolio companies. Prior to founding Pine Tree Equity in January 2007, Mr. Settembrino was a Principal of Trivest Partners, the oldest private equity firm in the Southeast. Before joining Trivest Partners, Mr. Settembrino was with Fir Tree Partners, a multibillion dollar private investment firm. He started his career as an investment banker with Bear Stearns.

Mr. Settembrino earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance and International Business from Georgetown University, summa cum laude.
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Roberto J. Canto
Managing Director

Mr. Canto has over 23 years of investing and advisory experience. Prior to joining Pine Tree Equity in 2007, he was a Vice President of UBS, where he was responsible for all investment decisions and analysis regarding private client assets.

Mr. Canto earned his Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Georgetown University, cum laude, and Bachelor of Science in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, cum laude.
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Patrick A. Kuiper
Managing Director, Operations

Mr. Kuiper has over 28 years of accounting and operating experience. Prior to joining Pine Tree Equity in 2013, he was Chief Financial Officer of an acquisitive Pine Tree Equity portfolio company, where he was responsible for managing accounting, analysis, budgeting, controls, financing, reporting, systems, etc. His prior experience includes accounting due diligence, business planning and audit roles on countless acquisitions, dispositions and debt financings for national accounting firms including Crowe Chizek and Grant Thornton.

Mr. Kuiper earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Indiana University.
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Joseph S. Walter
Principal

Mr. Walter has over 12 years of investing and advisory experience. Prior to joining Pine Tree Equity in 2010, he was an Associate at Brockway Moran, a leading private equity firm in the Southeast. He started his career as an investment banker with Peter J. Solomon Company.

Mr. Walter earned his Master of Business Administration in Finance and Management from the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University, magna cum laude, and Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Finance and International Business from Washington University, magna cum laude.
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Austin C. Murphy
Vice President

Mr. Murphy has over 10 years of investing and advisory experience. Prior to joining Pine Tree Equity in 2019, he was a Senior Associate at Highland Capital Partners. He started his career as an investment banker with BB&T Capital Markets.

Mr. Murphy earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Washington College, magna cum laude.
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Thomas J. Wilcop
Vice President, Operations

Mr. Wilcop has over 6 years of accounting, audit and transaction advisory experience. Prior to joining Pine Tree Equity in 2019, he was a Manager in Transaction Advisory Services for Deloitte & Touche where he was responsible for accounting due diligence on acquisitions and dispositions for private equity firms. He started his career as an auditor with Deloitte & Touche serving clients in the investment management industry.

Mr. Wilcop earned his Masters of Science in Accounting and his Bachelors of Science in Finance from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is both a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Certified Public Accountant.
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Administrative Professionals

Luisa J. Tabares
Controller

Ms. Tabares has over 21 years of accounting experience and is responsible for administration, audits, capital calls and distributions, compliance, financial and tax reporting as well as investor communications. Prior to joining Pine Tree Equity in 2007, she was an accountant at national accounting firms including CBIZ and Cherry Bekhaert.
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Carolyn Villalobos
Executive Assistant

Mrs. Villalobos works closely with the Managing Partner to ensure the smooth operation of the firmís day-to-day business as well as investor communications. Prior to joining Pine Tree Equity in 2018, she was a Senior Executive Assistant to the Founder and Co-CEO of H.I.G. Capital, a global private equity firm based in Miami.

Mrs. Villalobos earned her Associate Degree in Liberal Arts from Miami-Dade College.
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Natalia M. Sanchez
Administrative Assistant

Ms. Sanchez works closely with the Investment Professionals to provide administrative support. Prior to joining Pine Tree Equity in 2019, she was an Executive Assistant at national product and service companies including Felicite and Quintessentially.

Ms. Sanchez earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Barry University.
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