Skyway Capital Markets

With sector experience and broad relationships in industries including Financial Services, Health Care, Real Estate, Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Industrials and Consumer, Skyway Capital Markets focuses on capital raising, mergers and acquisition activities for profitable clients wanting to grow organically or through acquisition, or who are looking to partially or fully monetize their business.

Martin A. Traber

Chairman, Capital Markets Group

Marty TraberAs chairman of the Capital Markets Group, Martin Traber oversees the organization’s strategic planning and growth, building on more than 40 years of experience in securities law and corporate finance.

Formerly a partner of the international law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP, in Tampa, Florida, he served in the firm’s Transactional & Securities and Private Equity & Venture Capital practices and was a member of its Technology Industry team.

Mr. Traber is a founder and, since 2006, has served as a director of HCI Group, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange-listed company headquartered in Tampa that engages in various business activities, including homeowners insurance, reinsurance, real estate and information technology. Since 2015, he has served as a director for LM Funding America, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed specialty finance company headquartered in Tampa. From 2012 to 2013, he served on the Board of Directors of Exeter Trust Company, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

A founder of NorthStar Banking Corporation in Tampa, he served as a member of the Board of Directors of the bank holding company from 2007 to 2011. From 2009 to 2014, Mr. Traber served on the Board of Directors of JHS Capital Holdings, Tampa and from 2010 to 2016, he served on the Advisory Board of Platinum Bank, Tampa. He has also advised a number of community banks from formation through ongoing operations and, in some cases, acquisition. In 2017, he was appointed to the Advisory Board of Retail Service Systems, LLC, Columbus, Ohio.

Mr. Traber holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University and a Juris Doctor degree from the Indiana School of Law, Indiana University, where he graduated magna cum laude and first in his class.


D. Michael Faraone

Managing Director

Michael FaraoneAt Skyway Capital Markets, Michael Faraone originates, evaluates, executes and manages investment banking transactions.

With more than 15 years of capital markets and corporate finance experience, including as an investment banker focused on middle-market growth companies, he has advised both private and public companies across numerous industries on mergers and acquisitions, capital raises of equity and debt, project finance and general financial advisory assignments.

Mr. Faraone began his career at Raymond James Financial where he worked in the firm’s Equity Research department as a member of the Real Estate team.

Prior to joining Skyway Capital Markets, Mr. Faraone was an Investment Banker at International Assets Advisory LCC (“IAA”), where he focused on opportunities within finance, insurance and real estate (“FIRE”), oil & gas, and special situations.

Mr. Faraone is a graduate of the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business with a major in Finance and minor in Economics.

 

Representative Transactions

  • Public insurance company in private placement of $79.5 million of senior notes
  • Nasdaq initial public offering of technology-enabled specialty finance company
  • Exploration and production oil & gas company in procurement of $300 million private equity investment
  • Private wireless infrastructure company in procurement of $20 million of equity and $20 million of debt financing
  • Private loss mitigation & restoration company in its sale to public insurance company for gross consideration of $8 million
  • Exploration and production oil & gas company in syndication of $60 million of convertible notes
  • Advised first of its kind industrial REIT on its NYSE initial public offering
  • Mortgage servicer in procurement of $15 million term loan for acquisition of portfolio of 2nd lien residential non-performing loans
  • Specialty finance company in procurement of $23 million of debt
  • Exploration and production oil & gas operator in procurement of $12 million term loan

Michael A. Freeman

Senior Managing Director

President, Wholesale Distribution Group

Michael FreemanMichael Freeman is senior managing director and president of Skyway Capital Markets Wholesale Securities Distribution division, where his primary responsibilities include originating, evaluating and managing wholesale securities distribution campaigns in the independent broker-dealer channel, primarily through Reg. D. private placements.

Mr. Freeman has more than 35 years of capital markets experience with a focus on the wholesale distribution of alternative investments. Prior to joining Skyway Capital Markets, he was a founder and/or senior executive of a series of successful nationwide wholesale securities distribution operations. He has experience managing the wholesale distribution of real estate, oil & gas, equipment leasing, private equity and venture capital, among other product types.

He is a graduate of the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business with a major in Finance.

 

Representative Transactions

  • First of its kind $150 million Series A Preferred offering for NYSE listed multi-family REIT based in Atlanta
  • $95 million private placement for Seattle opportunistic residential development fund
  • $70 million private placement for Florida opportunistic real estate fund
  • $250 million private placement for Florida multi-family developer
  • $70 million private placement for Atlanta multi-family real estate developer
  • $150 million private placement for net lease property REIT based in New Jersey
  • $50 million private placement for Atlanta Value-add hospitality fund
  • $60 million private placement debt offering for Marcellus Shale natural gas company

Russell L. Hunt

Chief Executive Officer

Russell HuntRussell Hunt has 25 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, private placements and public offerings with a focus on depository institutions, financial technology, outsourcers, trust & asset management and specialty finance companies.

During his career, he has been involved in more than 150 transactions in the financial services industry, including a cross-industry credit union merger with a commercial bank, a process which he pioneered in 2013.

Mr. Hunt is a founder and the managing partner of Atlantic Merchant Capital Advisors, LLC, a merchant bank focused on the financial services sector, and a managing member and member of the Investment Committee of Celeridem Capital Management, LLC, a private investment firm focused on early stage financial technology companies.

Prior to founding Atlantic in 2013, he was a co-founder and CEO of Kendrick Pierce & Co., which was a leading investment bank serving financial institutions in the Southeast. Prior to Kendrick Pierce & Co, he was an associate vice president of Ryan Beck & Co, a full-service investment bank serving financial institutions.

Mr. Hunt graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Finance.


Roger Overby

Senior Managing Director

Roger Overby

Roger Overby, senior managing director, evaluates, originates, structures and executes investment banking transactions, drawing on his more than 25 years of capital markets experience with a focus on investment banking.

His corporate finance experience includes advising both private and public companies in transactions encompassing mergers and acquisitions, capital raises of equity and debt, SPACs, project finance and general financial advisory assignments.

Mr. Overby also has responsibility for evaluating, originating and managing capital raises for alternative products in the independent broker-dealer channel. Sponsor industry experience includes real estate (multi-family, student housing, grocery-anchored retail, hotels and other hospitality), upstream oil & gas and special situations. Transaction structures include equity, debt and hybrid securities.

 

Representative Transactions

  • First of its kind $150 million Series A Preferred offering for NYSE listed multi-family REIT based in Atlanta
  • $95 million private placement for Seattle opportunistic residential development fund
  • Advised Bermuda Reinsurance company on its Nasdaq IPO
  • $16 million private placement for Florida community bank
  • Nasdaq IPO for Florida property and casualty insurance company
  • Specialty finance company in procurement of $23 million of debt 
  • $70 million private placement for Florida opportunistic real estate fund
  • $5 million PIPE for San Francisco internet search company 
  • Represented Florida public insurance company in $79.5 million note placement
  • $70 million private placement for Atlanta multi-family real estate developer

Tracy Mousner

Vice President of Capital Markets

Tracy MousnerTracy Mousner, vice president of capital markets, brings to Skyway Capital Markets his years of experience representing alternative investments in the independent broker/dealer channel. With a focus on helping advisors grow their practice, he helps implement strategies to introduce sound investments to financial advisors and their high net worth clients.

Prior to joining Skyway Capital Markets, Mr. Mousner was regional vice president, southwest region, for Select Capital Corporation Representing Coachman Energy.  Previously, he was vice president and western regional sales director at Gemini Real Estate Advisors, mortgage advisor and senior account executive at PHH Home Loans and regional vice president at Ridgewood Securities Corporation.


Bryan L. Crino

Senior Managing Director

Brian CrinoBryan Crino is a senior managing director of Skyway Capital Markets. Bryan is principally focused on the firm's Technology, Real Estate and Private Equity lines of business. Prior to founding Skyway, he served as Senior Vice President and co-founder of the Converging Media Group at Communications Equity Associates (CEA), where he advised media, broadcasting and technology related companies on investment banking related matters. He has executed numerous transactions including mergers & acquisitions advisory, as well as private placements of equity and debt securities. Prior to CEA, he practiced law in the Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions groups at Schiff, Hardin & Waite in Chicago, Ill.

After earning a B.B.A. degree from the University of Texas, Bryan received a law degree with honors from the University of Illinois, where he served as an editor of The Law Review; and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. He holds Series 7, 24, 28, 63 and 79 securities licenses from FINRA. He has been published on numerous topics including financial derivative transactions and directors' duties in merger and acquisition situations. A former board member of Ruth Eckerd Hall, he is a board member of Hillsborough Area Rapid Transit Authority (HART) and a member of the Association for Corporate Growth and the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).


Scott N. Feuer

Senior Managing Director

Scott FeuerScott Feuer is a senior managing director of Skyway Capital Markets. Scott is principally focused on Skyway Advisors' Healthcare, Real Estate and Private Equity lines of business. Prior to founding Skyway, he was Senior Vice President and co-founder of the Converging Media Group at Communications Equity Associates (CEA), where he advised media, entertainment, technology and real estate-related companies on investment banking matters. He has executed numerous transactions including mergers & acquisitions advisory, as well as private placements of equity and debt securities. Prior to CEA, Scott worked with the Walt Disney Company in Business Planning & Development, Kenneth Leventhal & Company (now a part of Ernst & Young) and Butcher and Company (now a part of Wells Fargo).

After receiving a B.A. degree in History from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S.E. in Finance from the Wharton School of Business, Scott earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He holds Series 7, 24, 63, and 79 securities licenses and is a member of the CEO Council of Tampa Bay and the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).


Joseph Passero

Managing Director

Joe PasseroJoe Passero is a managing director of Skyway Capital Markets, and brings substantial operational and industry expertise in the healthcare and media industries. Prior to joining Skyway, he served as an investment banker for Communications Equity Associates (CEA) in the New Media practice group. In addition to several years in investment banking, his operational experience includes the launch and leadership of a division of a large Professional Employer Organization focused on service and hospitality businesses and P&L responsibility for a hospital-based radiology practice. He was also chief operations officer for a medical device company.

He received a B.S. degree in Political Science from Yale University and holds Series 7, 63 and 79 licenses from FINRA.


Kyle Schroeder

Managing Director

Kyle SchroederKyle Schroeder is a managing director of Skyway Capital Markets, and is principally focused on the firm's Industrial Services, Materials, Consumer and Private Equity lines of business. He is also responsible for managing firm engagements, transaction execution and the firm's operating policies.

Prior to Skyway, he was a Mergers & Acquisitions Associate at Citi, where he gained extensive deal management and execution experience in the industrial, power & energy, gaming, technology, media, communication and real estate verticals. Prior to Citi, he was an Investment Banking Associate at Morgan Stanley. He also worked for EnerNOC, a demand response energy technology company, at its venture stage and was responsible for building the company’s non-network operations communication platform and managing demand response events. Prior to EnerNOC, he was an equities trader for Heartland Securities and played professional football in both the XFL and Arena football leagues.

Kyle received a B.A. degree in Economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He holds Series 7, 63 and 79 licenses from FINRA. He has sat on private equity panels including Funding Post, is active with the Florida Venture Forum and a member of Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA).


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