Advantage Capital Partners is an innovative group of venture capital partnerships with more than $1 billion under management. Founded in 1992, the firm has grown to include offices in Missouri, Louisiana, New York, Texas, California, Illinois, Mississippi, Florida and Washington, D.C., with affiliated offices in Alabama, Colorado and Wisconsin.
From the start, Advantage Capital has raised private funds to invest in states and communities that are underserved by traditional sources of risk capital. The firm has built a strong and successful track record of public-private partnerships with state and federal economic development organizations, facilitating the flow of billions of dollars of investment capitl into these communities.
Advantage Capital provides equity and debt capital, along with value-added counsel and other support, to promising operating businesses that have the potential for excellent investor returns as well as significant community impact. The firm uses this dual bottomline to measure its success.
Philip E. Marshall, a principal at Advantage Capital Partners, is responsible for the investment activities and portfolio management of the firm's investments in Florida and Kentuck. This includes identifying and screening potential new investment opportunities, conducting due diligence, and negotiating and closing transactions. Post-closing, Mr. Marshall takes an active portfolio management role with the firm's investments.
Mr. Marshall joined Advantage in 2009 after a 27-year career with SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, the investment banking arm of the SunTrust Banks organization. Most recently, Mr. Marshall ran a middle-market M&A advisory practice for SunTrust focused primarily on Florida-based companies. Mr. Marshall has notable industry expertise in building products, food distribution, government contractors, and certain sectors of the telecommunications industry. Previous responsibilities included the establishment of SunTrust's Syndicated Finance business and overseeing an active commercial aircraft leveraged lease finance business. Total financing raised in these endeavors aggregated approximately $5 billion.
In 2011, Mr. Marshall was appointed to the Florida Prepaid College Board as the designee for the Chief Financial Officer of Florida, Jeff Atwater. He is active in the Central Florida community and has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Bishop Moore Catholic High School in Orlando as well as a member of the Finance Committee. Previous community involvement includes work with Scouting and the YMCA.
Mr. Marshall earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida in Agricultural Economics and an M.B.A with a concentration in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.