Meet our team
Rebecca Irish | Managing Partner and Investment Committee Member
Prior to founding Penta Mezzanine Fund, Rebecca focused on public and private companies in a wide range of industries, along with entrepreneurial and middle market entities. Her expertise includes mergers and acquisitions and capital sourcing along with internal and external financial reporting and controls, related management as well as risk management. Rebecca co-founded RVR Consulting Group, which provides corporate finance and transaction advisory services to middle market companies. She is the former CFO of Arcadia Resources, a $175 million public company, where she led the acquisition of 25 companies and expansion from two to five business lines. In addition, she was the founder of a home healthcare company serving patients in 4 states which she sold to the company before joining as its CFO. Prior to Arcadia, Rebecca was the CFO of Rotech Medical Corporation, a $600 million public company, where she raised over $200 million in subordinated debt and equity and completed more than 300 acquisitions over her 7 year tenure. Rebecca began her career as a CPA with Ernst & Young. She received a B.S. in Accounting from Mississippi College.
Jeff Black | Managing Partner and Investment Committee Member
Mr. Black is a Founding Member and Managing Director of Cantaro Capital, LLC. He began his career as an investment analyst at Financial Network Investment Corporation, a subsidiary of ING. In 2001 he founded and managed his own real estate investment and asset management firm, managing over $200 million of real estate, alternative investments, and small business assets by 2007. He served as president of Tribunus, LLC from 2007 to 2009 where he was responsible for managing and servicing a $490 million privately held portfolio of secured loans for distribution to investors in Europe, Asia and the United States. Jeff became CEO of MidCap following Cantaro’s acquisition in 2009 and is responsible for its recapitalization and restart, and the execution of its strategic business plans. He is a graduate of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.
Seth Ellis | Senior Advisor and Investment Committee Member
Prior to founding Penta Mezzanine Fund, Seth was a Principal and Co-Founder of the Florida Mezzanine Fund, a $30 million mezzanine fund based in Orlando, FL. He is the former CEO of Digital Infrared Imaging, Inc. and led the company through 18 acquisitions and an eventual public merger with ICX Technologies, Inc. Previously, Seth co-founded Florida Regional Emergency Services, the largest hospital based ambulance management company in the U.S. at the time, ultimately engineering that company’s sale to American Medical Response, Inc. Seth began his career as an auditor with Ernst & Young and KPMG. He is a CPA and received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Florida.
Grant Hill | Senior Advisor and Investment Committee Member
Prior to founding Penta Mezzanine Fund, Grant was the Founder of Hill Ventures, Inc., an Orlando-based marketing company. He has invested more than $150 million in major commercial real estate transactions. Mr. Hill has also been the principal spokesperson for numerous iconic brands and products including McDonald’s, Sprite, GMC Trucks, Northwest Airlines, Tag Heuer and Kellogg’s. Grant earned a B.A. in History from Duke University, where he also played collegiate basketball. Grant Hill on CNBC
John Morgan | Founding Partner and Senior Advisor
Prior to joining Penta Mezz, John Morgan co-founded and was a Principal at Florida Mezzanine Fund, WonderWorks Attractions, and Morgan and Morgan, PA. Mr. Morgan is a serial entrepreneur and has founded and co-founded several companies in diverse industries, including Morgan and Morgan, PA, one of the largest personal injury law firms in the U.S. Additionally, he co-founded WonderWorks Attractions, a major attractions platform with venues in more than five locations in the Southeast U.S. Mr. Morgan co-founded Center State Bank, a publicly-traded bank holding company, as well as Beech Outdoor Advertising. He currently serves on the boards of the Florida Justice Association, Greater Orlando Chamber of Commerce and Harmony Institute. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida as well as a member of The Florida Bar, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, and Orange County and Seminole County Bar Associations. Mr. Morgan holds a BA and JD from the University of Florida.
Thomas Harrington, CFA | Vice President
Prior to joining Penta Mezzanine, Mr. Harrington was a Senior Analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he conducted financial analyses for a team of Senior Bankers in the North Florida market. Prior to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Mr. Harrington was an Investment Analyst for Bayshore Capital Advisors where he focused on investment due diligence and capital allocations across a wide range of asset classes. Mr. Harrington graduated magna cum laude from Rollins College with a degree in International Business and a concentration in Spanish. Mr. Harrington is a CFA charterholder.
Lisa Porter | Controller
Prior to joining Penta Mezz, Lisa Porter worked at a top Atlanta CPA firm for over 25 years. Her expertise includes preparing financial statements, monitoring and managing all components of cash flow, developing management and external financial reports and handling every financial and accounting requirement of a business. Lisa is efficient, detail-oriented, and driven to producing the highest quality financial product. She received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Auburn University and holds a non-active Georgia CPA license.