Eric Speer has joined specialty finance company Wellington Financial, as head of transaction sourcing and business development activities in the Western U.S. He previously was with venture debt lender Vencore Capital.
Wellington Financial LP, a privately held specialty finance firm providing growth capital to Canadian and U.S.-based companies, today announced the addition of Eric Speer to its growing team of professionals. Based in California, he will oversee Wellington Financial’s transaction sourcing and business development activities in the Western region of the United States.
“We are excited to have Eric establish Wellington Financial’s presence in the California region. Over the past five years, our firm has led more than $275 million of Canadian-based growth financings,” said Mark McQueen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wellington Financial. “With our proven business model, we’ve been drawn to the U.S. market by some fabulous deal opportunities, and are confident that Eric’s California presence will enhance what is already proving to be a welcoming market for our firm.”
Continued Mr. McQueen: “We look forward to benefiting from Eric’s extensive venture lending experience, which when combined with our venture debt term loans and one-stop-shop debt products, will give him the perfect toolbox. We are well positioned to serve many of the attractive companies that may have seen their growth opportunities hampered by the recent contraction in the private debt and equity markets.”
Mr. Speer joins us with more than 20 years of experience in the growth capital market. Most recently, he spent six years as a venture debt lender at Vencore Capital, providing financing to early-stage and emerging companies. Prior to Vencore, Mr. Speer financed emerging growth companies in positions he held with Coast Business Credit and Bank of America.
“Wellington Financial has an excellent reputation with venture capital firms and knowledge-based industry companies,” added Eric Speer. “Our market needs new sources of capital, and I believe Wellington’s decade-long commitment to the growth sector is a perfect fit for high growth companies on the West coast.”
Mr. Speer holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from University of California, Irvine.
About Wellington Financial LP
Wellington Financial LP is a privately held specialty finance firm providing operating lines of credit, term, venture and amortizing loans up to US$40 million. Wellington Financial LP is currently deploying a US$400 million investment program via its third fund. Wellington Financial LP is managed by a partnership controlled by fund management and Clairvest Group Inc. (CVG: TSX), who jointly have contributed a large financial stake to Fund III. LPs include several of Canada’s largest institutional investors, crown corporations, financial institutions and pension funds. Visit the fund website at www.wellingtonfund.com, or the team blog at www.wellingtonfund.com/blog