We have more than 170 years of combined experience across a broad range of financial, operating, advisory, and legal disciplines. This investment experience and operational expertise has enabled Victory Park Capital to consistently act as a value-added partner to our portfolio companies.
Richard Levy is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of VPC. He oversees the firm’s investment and operational activities. Mr. Levy is also the Chairman of the firm’s Senior Leadership Team and Investment Committees.
Mr. Levy serves as Chairman of the board of directors of Victory Park portfolio companies, VPC Pizza Operating Corp. (Giordano’s), Mediterranean Cuisine Holding Company, LLC (Yalla), and Enteris Biopharma, Inc.
Previously, Mr. Levy served as head of the Small Cap Structured Products Group and co-head of the Solutions Group at Magnetar Capital. He also co-founded and served as managing partner at Crestview Capital Partners.
Mr. Levy received a B.A. in political science from The Ohio State University, an MBA from the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Stuart School of Business and a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is a member of the Illinois bar (inactive). Mr. Levy is also Chairman of the Board of nonprofit, Gardeneers and an active board member of the Illinois Institute of Technology, College Bound Opportunities and Camp Kesem.
Brendan Carroll is a Senior Partner at VPC, which he co-founded in 2007. He is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and executing private debt and equity investment opportunities, including assisting portfolio companies with strategic initiatives. Mr. Carroll also manages the co-investment process, fundraising and investor relations. Mr. Carroll is a member of the firm’s Senior Leadership Team and Investment Committees.
Mr. Carroll serves as member of the board of directors of Victory Park portfolio companies, EMS Holdings I, Inc., Enteris Biopharma, Inc., johnnie-O, Inc. and VPC Pizza Operating Corp. (Giordano’s).
Previously, as a member of the Solutions Group at Magnetar Capital, Mr. Carroll specialized in direct financings to lower middle market companies. He has held various investment banking positions at William Blair and Robertson Stephens, specializing in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Carroll has also worked in various capacities for former U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman (I- CT).
Mr. Carroll received a B.A. with honors in government from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He speaks frequently on debt and private equity investing issues and has served as a guest lecturer and panelist at the University of Chicago's Booth Global School of Business, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and Harvard Business School. Mr. Carroll is also a member of the Board of Regents at Georgetown University, the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Board of Trustees at National Louis University, and Loyola Press. He is also a director on the board of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and is also a member of the Board's Finance Committee.
Upacala Mapatuna joined VPC in 2016 and is the Chief Investment Officer and a Partner. She is primarily responsible for overseeing the firm’s investment process as well as sourcing, evaluating and executing private credit and equity investments and assisting portfolio companies with strategic initiatives. Ms. Mapatuna is a member of the firm’s Senior Leadership Team and Investment Committees.
Ms. Mapatuna has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services. Most recently, she was a Managing Director in the Alternative Investments and Manager Selection Group of Goldman, Sachs & Co. Prior to re-joining Goldman Sachs in 2005, Ms. Mapatuna was a Managing Director with Mill Road Capital, and held various investment positions at Warburg Pincus and Lazard Freres & Co. Ms. Mapatuna began her career at the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve.
Ms. Mapatuna graduated from Williams College in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Economics. She is the former president of the Williams College alumni association of New York and is active in philanthropic efforts in her native Sri Lanka.
Jason Brown joined VPC in 2014 as a Partner and manages the firm’s Los Angeles office. He is primarily responsible for sourcing, analyzing, executing and management of direct private debt and equity investments in lower middle market companies. Mr. Brown also actively works on value creation initiatives and strategic alternatives for VPC’s investments. Mr. Brown is a member of the firm’s Senior Leadership Team and Investment Committees.
Mr. Brown has more than 20 years of experience in financial services. Most recently, Mr. Brown was a managing director for GE Capital, Corporate Restructuring Finance for more than ten years where he and his team provided growth, working capital and turnaround finance to mid-size and large companies. His team also specialized in senior secured loans to distressed companies supporting Chapter 11 filings, plan-of-reorganizations and out-of-court restructurings. Prior to GE Capital, he worked at Comerica Bank as a manager in their northern Los Angeles office and for Manufacturers Hanover in Sydney, Australia.
He has served as president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) and is a current global board member, as well as incoming Global Chairman.
Mr. Brown received a B.S. in business administration from the University of Southern California.
Jeffrey Schneider joined VPC in 2010 and is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the firm. He oversees business and fund operations, including accounting, tax, finance, treasury, and assists in structuring VPC’s investments. Mr. Schneider is a member of the firm’s Senior Leadership Team and Investment Committees.
Previously, Mr. Schneider served as the controller and vice president of corporate finance for Citadel Group’s fund administrator Omnium, now Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services, LLC, where he oversaw the development and build out the corporate accounting, financial reporting, budgeting and planning processes. Previously, he was an auditor in the Investment Banking Group at JP Morgan Chase and led a middle office supporting a large proprietary commercial mortgage backed securities portfolio. Mr. Schneider also has held various finance and accounting roles at Divine, a start-up software company, and was an auditor at Arthur Andersen.
Mr. Schneider received a B.S. in accountancy from the University of Illinois. He is a registered Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois.