FARMINGTON, Conn., May 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Horizon Technology Finance Management LLC (“Horizon”), a registered investment adviser that underwrites and manages secured loans to companies in the technology, life sciences, information and health services and sustainability, as well as the manager and advisor for Horizon Technology Finance Corporation (NASDAQ: HRZN), today announced the addition of six professionals to its operations, legal and investment teams.
“Over the past year, Horizon’s expanded investment platform and origination business has driven substantial growth, resulting in more than $650 million in AUM. To keep pace and continue to deliver a superior experience to our portfolio companies, we also recently expanded our team across all functions,” said Gerald A. Michaud, president of Horizon. “We are delighted to welcome these talented professionals and look forward to their contributions to building Horizon’s managed portfolios and creating attractive returns for investors.”
New additions to the Horizon team include:
Eric Tkacz – Vice President of Operations
Eric joins Horizon from Otis Worldwide Corporation. He is responsible for developing and implementing the company’s strategic initiatives to facilitate growth and ensure continued success. He is based in the firm Farmington, Connecticut Headquarter.
At Otis, Eric led the company’s SEC reporting department and led the department’s accounting and external financial reporting functions. He was also responsible for stand-alone reporting related to the separation of the business from United Technologies. Prior to Otis, Eric spent 15 years at KPMG, rising to the position of Managing Director and leading engagement teams auditing clients in the financial services industry. He holds a BS in Business Administration from Babson Collegeand is a certified public accountant.
Kailee W. Sullivan – Staff lawyer
Kailee joined Horizon from law of prosperity, LLP, and is responsible for all legal aspects of managing Horizon’s investment portfolio, as well as advising on general corporate legal matters. She is based in the firm Farmington, Connecticut Headquarter.
At Prospera, Kailee was an associate attorney, advising clients on general corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital and private equity investments. Previously, Kailee was an associate attorney at Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, PC, and began her legal career at Robinson Donovan, PC. She holds a BA in politics from Bates Collegeand a JD from University of Connecticut Law School.
Brendan Burk – Investment Associate
Brendan joins Horizon from People’s United Bank and is responsible for underwriting and portfolio management of new and existing investments. He is based in the firm Farmington, Connecticut Headquarter.
At People’s United, Brendan was a portfolio manager, analyzing the credit quality of current and potential customers and providing advice for structuring and maintaining borrower relationships. Prior to People’s United, Brendan was a credit analyst at TD Bank and began his career as an analyst in the private debt group at Barings Asset Management. He holds a BBA in finance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Gibson Cooper – Investment Associate
Gibson joins Horizon from First Republic Bank and is responsible for supporting the origination team in identifying and evaluating new investment opportunities. He is based in the firm Pleasanton, California Office.
At First Republic, Gibson was a senior credit analyst in the bank’s Private Equity and Venture Capital Services department, where he was responsible for all aspects of credit facility origination, underwriting and execution for fund managers in a variety of asset classes. Gibson holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Santa Clara University.
Kelley D. Lynch – Senior Accountant
Kelley joins Horizon from First Fertility and is responsible for accounting and financial reporting matters. She is based in the firm Farmington, Connecticut Headquarter.
At First Fertility, Kelley was a senior accountant responsible for all aspects of accounting for the company’s five locations. Previously, Kelley held positions of increasing responsibility with local accounting firms in Hartford, Connecticut Region. She holds a BS in Accounting from Colorado Technical University and a BS in Education from Eastern Washington University.
Lena A. Rabbitt – Paralegal
Lena brings to Horizon over a decade of experience as a corporate paralegal, as well as time spent as an educator and as an independent land planning and development professional. She is responsible for assisting the firm’s legal department in closing and managing investments.
Prior to Horizon, Lena held corporate paralegal positions at ING US (now Voya Financial), Aetna Inc., and the law firms Leboeuf, Lamb, Greene & Macrae, LLP (later Dewey & Leboeuf, LLP) and Hebb & Gitlin, PC (now Morgan, lewis & Bockius, LLP). She holds a bachelor’s degree in justice and administration of the law of Western Connecticut State University and is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, Central Connecticut Paralegal Association, Inc., and National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc.
About Horizon Technology Finance Management LLC
Horizon Technology Finance Management is a registered investment adviser that underwrites and manages secured loans to venture-backed companies in the technology, life sciences, information and healthcare and technology industries. sustainability, and is the external advisor to Horizon Technology Finance Corporation (NASDAQ: HRZN). Horizon’s investment objective is to maximize the returns of its investment portfolios by generating current income from its leveraged investments and capital appreciation from the warrants received in such leveraged investments. Horizon is headquartered in Farmington, Connecticutwith a regional office in Pleasanton, Californiaand investment professionals located in Portland, Maine, Austin, TXand Reston, Virginia. To learn more, please visit www.horizontechfinance.com.
SOURCE Horizon Technology Finance Corporation