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— the team —
Romain Ly is a Managing Partner of Envol Capital, and he is a Finance instructor at the Los Angeles Film School. He has extensive experience in operations, finance, business development, hospitality and education management. Prior to co-founding Envol Capital, Romain worked as a Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions consultant originating acquisition targets ranging between $2M to $50M in enterprise value across all industries. Romain was also involved in successful investment analysis at a long/short equity boutique Hedge Fund with over $20M under management.
Romain's first business transaction performed as a sole investor was to invest in a Best Western International hotel. Starting with a personal loan from his father, Romain invested in the hotel and spent the following year working every single job from Housekeeping to General Manager to Director of Finance (for free) in order to see first-hand what the issues were, and to determine how to fix them. In addition to improving the hotel's operations and instrumenting a $5M cash exit earning 35% ROI, Romain was also involved in a select number of Hospitality acquisition projects throughout the US. Shortly after, Romain invested and operated in a few businesses - restaurant, consulting, and textile - where he continues to advise as needed.
Romain holds a BS. in Business Management, MBA. in Finance, and is currently completing an MS. in Finance and Economics. Romain speaks French, English, and Hmong.
Deepak Kumar is a Managing Partner at Envol Capital. Prior to co-founding Envol Capital, Deepak spent over ten years in Finance and Accounting working within the Banking, Education, Private Equity, and Entertainment Media Industry. Deepak has both domestic and international M&A experience, managing deals ranging from $5M-$50M. He has worked for US Bank, Wells Fargo, Full Sail University, Christie Lites, as well as consulting numerous businesses in Central Florida.
Deepak has also had a successful career as a restaurateur and launched a software development company, both which were acquire by private investors. He was involved in post-acquisition operations and mergers integration with roles ranging from CFO to VP of Operations. Most recently, Deepak was the head of Corporate Strategy and M&A for KustomUS, a national disaster relief and restoration company operating in 46 states.
Deepak has a Bachelors of Science in Public Policy and American Government from Boise State University, attended the University of Oregon School of Law, and holds a MBA in Finance from Rollins College. Deepak speaks English, Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati and conversational Portuguese.
Anthony Ngo is a Managing Partner at Envol Capital and the founding attorney of Unified Legal Group, P.A. His practice focuses on business, real estate, and insurance law. Anthony has worked extensively in matters involving contractual disputes and possesses litigation experience in various areas of civil law. His excellent negotiation and settlement skills have garnered spectacular results for his clients which includes an aggregate total of over $2.5M in negotiated settlements within the span of a year.
Prior to entering the private sector, he served as a pro bono attorney for a non-profit organization and assisted many indigent clients throughout Central Florida. Thereafter, he was an associate attorney at a general civil law firm where he gained exposure in different legal fields including contracts, first-party property, personal injury, and mortgage foreclosure. He then served as General Counsel and oversaw the legal department for a multi-million dollar company until his eventual departure and establishment of Unified Legal Group, P.A.
Anthony is an alumnus of the Florida State University where he graduated with a B.S. in Psychology in 2007, and he received his J.D. from the Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law in 2010. He is currently admitted to practice law in the states of Florida and Illinois.
— the ADVISORY BOARD —
Envol Capital is proud to have advisers with significant and proven expertise within their fields. These advisers bring significant value to our firm by assisting in transactions and consulting projects when called upon. Their openness to sharing their industry contacts and network with us is invaluable. We are proud and thankful to have these professionals with us.
Gary Banks brings over 25 years of IT and Industrial Engineering experience. He previously served as a Board of Directors of Document - later sold to Dell EMC. He is the former Senior Vice President of Decisyon, a computer software company focused on analytics and collaboration applications. Prior to joining Decisyon, Gary was a Partner at Heartland Industrial Partners a $1.2B Private Equity fund investing and restructuring distressed manufacturing companies. In addition, he served as an Executive in Residence providing IT and Business Operation strategies to portfolio companies at Patriarch Partners, a $6B Private Equity fund. Gary holds an MS. in Operation Research from Columbia University, a MA. in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA. in Mathematics from Tulane University.
Dr. Hugo A. Villegas spent over 11 years in the financial service industry starting in international Investment Banking to become the CEO of the Bolivian Stock Exchange. Prior to his financial experience, Hugo served as the President of Homestead Uniforms. an industrial laundry and linen rental company that sold for 3.5x its revenue. Dr. Villegas was the Co-founder and Managing Director of Nu-Sigma, a software and consulting firm leveraging statistical analysis to assist clients in decision making and strategic implementation. Upon leaving the financial industry, Dr. Villegas spent 10 years in Education Management where he taught and designed business curriculums for various universities. He is the former lead professor at Colorado Technical University and Doctoral Assessment Committee member. He holds a BS. in Business Administration, an MS. in Economics, a PhD. in Financial Management, and an Executive Certification in Strategy and Innovation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.