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Clay M. Biddinger is currently the Chairman of Sinter Holdings, Sinter Capital and a principal in Sinter Partners. Clay has more than 30 years experience in the financial services industry including experience as an entrepreneur, founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Sun Financial Group, Inc. (“Sun”) and Bay4 Capital, LLC (“Bay4”).

While independent, Sun was among Inc. 500's fastest growing private companies four times between 1986-1990, and was merged into GATX Capital Corporation (“GATX”) in 1995, a $6 billion financial services company with an emphasis in equipment leasing and financing.

Bay4 was founded in 1998 and acquired the technology leasing portfolios of Comdisco, Inc. in 2003. In 2004 Bay4’s employees were merged into GE Capital to form GE Technology Finance.

A past recipient of the Florida Entrepreneur of the Year award and the founding Chairman of the Florida Chapter of the Council of Growing Companies, Clay serves on the Board of Directors of Florida Doctors’ Insurance and has served on the Board of Directors of Florida Banks, Inc., a publicly-traded commercial bank; Petrocom, a Houston-based telecommunications company, the Council of Growing Companies; and various charitable and community non-profit organizations.

In 2008 Clay received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Society of International Business Fellows.

Clay received his BS in Business Administration from Rollins College.

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Joseph C. Lane is the Vice Chairman of Sinter Capital and a principal of Sinter Partners, a private investment firm. He recently served as Chief Executive Officer of GE Technology Finance, which was created when GE Capital acquired the business of Bay4 Capital where he was an owner and Vice Chairman. Mr. Lane was also an owner, Chairman and CEO of Hyphos360.

Previously, Mr. Lane was Senior Vice President of IBM, President of IBM Global Financing, and President of IBM Credit Corporation. He was a member of IBM’s Operations Committee, Worldwide Management Council and Senior Management Group.

For nearly 20 years, Mr. Lane was with GATX Capital Corporation, ultimately serving as President and Chief Executive Officer. He has served on corporate boards of directors and advisory boards in Europe, Asia and North America. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Accruit, LLC, a Qualified Intermediary company specializing in Like-Kind-Exchanges and is a Director of Red Ladder Media, which, through Chinese government alliances and a partnership with Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs is building a web and mobile wellness portal for the urban, 18-30 year-old Chinese market. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of U.S. Inspect, the leading national home inspection company.

Mr. Lane served on the Board of Link Institute, a not-for-profit organization promoting core virtues and core curriculum for K-12 education, and on the Board of Midtown Educational Foundation in Chicago. He is currently on the Board of South Bronx Educational Foundation, and is an Associate Fellow of Davenport College at Yale University, where he earned his BA in American History. He has been a Director, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Equipment Leasing Association, and a Trustee and Chairman of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation.

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Ray Gonzalez is the President of Sinter Capital and a partner in Sinter Partners LLC. Ray was previously the Chief Operating Officer of GE Technology Finance and Bay4 Capital, LLC. Ray has more than 23 years experience in all facets of operations and financial management.

From 1997 to 2004, Ray was involved in various roles at OccuLogix Corporation, a development stage medical device company that is pioneering a new treatment for Age-related Macular Degeneration. Ray joined OccuLogix in 1997 as the Vice-President of Operations and was promoted to the CEO/President/CFO position in 1999. In this role, Ray restructured the company, raised a round of capital and operated an FDA clinical trial to achieve data for product approval. In 2001, Ray was the acting-CFO through a sale of the company and continued to serve as a director until the end of 2004 when the company completed a successful Initial Public Offering.

From 1996 to 1997, as Acting-CFO for Bobby Grace Golf Design, Ray negotiated and closed a sale of the company to Cobra Golf, a subsidiary of American Brands.  In these eight months, Ray developed a strategic marketing plan for the brand, worked with KPMG to complete an audit of the company’s financial reports, renegotiated key vendor agreements and negotiated the purchase of the company.

From 1996 to 1997, as Acting-CFO for Bobby Grace Golf Design, Ray negotiated and closed a sale of the company to Cobra Golf, a subsidiary of American Brands. In these eight months, Ray developed a strategic marketing plan for the brand, worked with KPMG to complete an audit of the company’s financial reports, renegotiated key vendor agreements and negotiated the purchase of the company.

From 1992 to 1996, Ray held various executive management positions with GSP, a printing and fulfillment company for over 10,000 convenience stores across the country. Ray joined GSP as the General Manager in 1992 when the company generated $2 million in sales with 30 employees. Ray was promoted to President and CFO in 1995. During his leadership, GSP grew to $12 million in revenue produced by 180 employees in an around the clock manufacturing and distribution environment. The growth of the company was internally financed. Ray was responsible for all business activities of the company.

Ray began his professional career in 1984 with Arthur Andersen & Co. During his years with Arthur Andersen & Co and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), Ray specialized in re-engineering business processes to improve financial performance. His most significant clients included Tropicana Products, Florida Power Corporation, General Mills Restaurants (Red Lobster), IBM, Johnson & Johnson (Vistakon and Critikon) and The Walt Disney Company.

Ray received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA from the University of Florida.

In addition to individual accomplishments, a combination of Clay, Joe and Ray worked together on the purchase of Comdisco’s US leasing company, the purchase and eventual sale of Hyphos 360, the purchase and resale/redeployment of the assets of Kits International and the founding and eventual sale of Bay4 Capital and SWBT Capital.

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Charles N. Lafferty is the Chief Financial Officer of Sinter Capital, LLC and was previously the Chief Financial Officer of Bay4 Capital, LLC.

Chuck began his career in the equipment leasing and financing industry in 1992 with Sun Financial Group, Inc., which was renamed to GATX Technology Services after the merger of Sun with GATX Capital Corporation in 1995. For ten years at Sun/GATX Chuck was responsible for Accounting, Financial Planning and Analysis, and Tax in his capacity as Vice President, Finance.

Before joining Sun, Chuck was with Florida Progress Corporation as a Vice President in the Credit Division. He also served as Assistant Controller at Home Shopping Network, Inc., Vice President at Home Federal Bank, and Senior Accountant at KPMG.

Chuck earned a BA in Accounting from the University of South Florida and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Dennis W. Odden is Chief Operating Officer of Sinter Capital. He focuses on sales, operations, asset management and M&A activities.

Prior to joining Sinter Capital, Dennis built an extensive 20+ year operating background in the finance and technology industries, including positions as the Managing Director with GE Technology Finance, President of Convergent Capital Corporation and Vice President with Convergent Communications Services, Inc.

From 2004 to 2006, Dennis was Managing Director with GE Technology Finance (“GETF”). While at GETF, he was a member of the executive management team responsible for building a technology equipment leasing and asset management organization in excess of $275M with direct responsibility for asset and portfolio management.

From 2001 to 2004, Dennis was Managing Director of Bay4 Capital (“Bay4”). He was a member of the executive leadership team and responsible for National Sales and Asset Management within Bay4. His sales team originated $50M in direct sales and the managed portfolio exceeded $500M in original cost. This included the acquisitions of Comdisco’s US and Canadian technology portfolios and the Convergent Capital Corporation portfolio. In 2004, Bay4 Capital sold to GE Capital creating GE Technology Finance.

From 1998 to 2001, Dennis was the President (2000-2001) and Senior Vice President, Business Development (1998-2000) with Convergent Capital Corporation (“C3”). While with C3, he built the company’s captive sales program to $27M in asset originations, served on the capital committee for the company’s public parent, Convergent Communications, Inc. (“CCI”) and developed financing programs for both C3 and CCSI’s lease and service agreements.

From 2000 to 2001, Dennis also served as Vice President of Convergent Communications Services, Inc. (“CCSI”), a sister company to C3. He led initiatives to increase revenue and cash flow and decrease expenses.

From 1995 to 1998, Dennis was Senior Equipment/Asset Manager with GATX Technology Services (“GTS”). GTS was a financial services company with an emphasis in equipment leasing and financing. Dennis was responsible for the management of a $500M technology portfolio, equipment sales staff, Buy/Sell administration, client Asset Management programs and Technical Center operations.

In 1986, Dennis began his career with Sun Financial Group, Inc. (“SFG”) a technology equipment finance business. He held various positions including staff accountant, Manager, Contract Administration, Financial Analyst, Marketing Support Manager and Senior Equipment/Asset Management. In 1995, SFG was acquired by GATX, Capital Corporation - a $6B financial service corporation with emphasis in equipment leasing and financing, to create GATX Technology Services.

Dennis received his BA in Information Systems from the University of South Florida.


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