Investment Team

 
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Phil McNeill

Managing Partner

Investment Team

Phil McNeill brings 25 years of mezzanine investing experience to Farragut Capital Partners. In 2003, he co-founded Farragut Capital Partners’ predecessor firm, SPP Mezzanine Partners, and has served as Managing Member and Chief Investment Officer of the SPP Mezzanine family of funds since that time. Mr. McNeill previously served as a Managing Director at Allied Capital Corporation, where he was co-head of Private Finance and Mezzanine and a member of the Investment Committee. Prior to joining Allied in 1993, he served as Vice President of M&T Capital Corporation, the SBIC investment division of M&T Bank. Earlier in his career, Mr. McNeill developed, founded, managed and owned a Boston-based retail and manufacturing company and was a founding director of City National Bank of Weatherford, Oklahoma. He currently serves as a mentor to inner-city youth entrepreneurs and co-founded the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Adopt-a-Class program in 2001. Mr. McNeill holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Finance, Accounting, and Law & Public Policy from Syracuse University.

Phone: (301) 913-5293

Email: pmcneill@farragutcapitalpartners.com

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Javier Aguirre

Managing Partner

Investment Team

Javier Aguirre is a co-founder of Farragut Capital Partners. He first joined Farragut Capital Partners’ predecessor firm, SPP Mezzanine Partners, in 2007 as Vice President and served on the firm’s Investment Committee from 2008 until 2011. Prior to SPP Mezzanine, Mr. Aguirre was with Lehman Brothers' Investment Management Division in New York, where he worked on strategic acquisitions and various organic growth initiatives for the firm's $175 billion institutional asset management business. He began his investing career at Darby Overseas Investments, a global emerging markets private equity and venture capital firm founded and led by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Nicholas Brady. Before Darby, Mr. Aguirre was with Deutsche Banc Alex Brown's mergers and acquisitions practice in Baltimore. He holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University, a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and is a CFA charter holder and member of the CFA Institute and the Washington Society of Investment Analysts.

Phone: (301) 913-5296

Email: jaguirre@farragutcapitalpartners.com


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Cabell Williams

Senior Partner

Investment Team

Cabell Williams serves as Senior Partner at Farragut Capital Partners and is a Partner at Williams & Gallagher, LLC, a boutique private investment firm. Prior to founding Williams & Gallagher in 2004, Mr. Williams served as a Managing Director at Allied Capital Corporation. From 1991 to 2004, Mr. Williams at first led and later co-managed Allied's Mezzanine and Private Finance Group. Between 1988 and 2004, Mr. Williams served on Allied's Investment Committee, where he was responsible for reviewing and approving all of the firm's investments. Prior to 1991, Mr. Williams ran the company's Minority Small Business Investment Company. He also founded Allied Capital Commercial Corporation, a real estate investment vehicle. Over his 23 years at Allied, Mr. Williams served on the board of directors of various public and private companies. Mr. Williams holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Rollins College.

Phone: (301) 652-9428

Email: cwilliams@farragutcapitalpartners.com

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Alan Cuthbertson

Principal

Investment Team

Alan Cuthbertson joined Farragut Capital Partners in 2013. He was previously with MCG Capital Corporation and has fifteen years of experience in private debt and equity investing in the lower middle market. Alan's private market experience includes investments in business services, information services, healthcare, distribution, and light manufacturing companies. Prior to MCG, he was with The Advisory Board Company, a healthcare-focused research and consulting firm. Earlier in his career, he held investment banking roles with Legg Mason and NationsBanc Montgomery Securities. Alan has a B.A. in Economics from Washington & Lee University.

Phone: (301) 913-5237

Email: acuthbertson@farragutcapitalpartners.com


Rob Hagerty

Rob Hagerty

Principal

Investment Team

Rob Hagerty joined Farragut Capital Partners in 2012 as an Associate. While attending law school in Richmond, Virginia, he completed internships in private equity and investment banking at Boxwood Capital Partners and Marriott and Company. He holds a B.S. with Special Attainments in Commerce from Washington and Lee University and a J.D. from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, where he was also enrolled in several M.B.A. classes at the Robins School of Business.

Phone: (301) 913-5242

Email: rhagerty@farragutcapitalpartners.com

Justin Zilai

Fund Controller and Business Manager

Investment Team

Justin Zilai joined Farragut Capital Partners in October 2016 and serves as Fund Controller and Business Manager. He has more than 18 years of experience in fund and corporate accounting for Small Business Investment Companies, Business Development Companies and Asset Management Companies. Prior to joining Farragut, Mr. Zilai worked as an accounting and SEC reporting specialist for American Capital where he focused primarily on preparing the quarterly and annual financials for the company’s subsidiary American Capital Senior Floating Rate Fund (ACSF). Prior to American Capital, Mr. Zilai served as the Manager of Portfolio and SBIC Accounting for four years at MCG Capital Corporation. Earlier in his career, he held various roles in mutual fund accounting and tax in Princeton, NJ for Merrill Lynch, State Street and BlackRock. Mr. Zilai has a B.A. in Accounting from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. 

Phone: (301) 913-5401

Email: jzilai@farragutcapitalpartners.com


Advisory Board

 

JC Watts

Advisory Board Member

Advisory Board

Mr. Watts joined the Farragut team as Senior Partner and Senior Advisor in July 2011. In addition to his efforts with Farragut Capital Partners, Mr. Watts serves as Chairman of the J.C. Watts Companies, a corporate and government affairs consulting firm that he founded in 2002. Mr. Watts and his management team provide strategic focus and program leadership to the firm's business engagements, alliances and initiatives. Through this role, Mr. Watts serves as advisor to a number of leading businesses including John Deere, Wells Fargo, NASCAR, and AT&T. Mr. Watts has served as a corporate director since 2003 for several Fortune 500 corporations, including Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Clear Channel Communications, Dillard's Department Stores, and Terex Corporation. He is a regular weekly analyst on CNN and writes a twice monthly column for more than a dozen newspapers. Mr. Watts was elected to the U.S. Congress from the 4th district of Oklahoma in 1994. In 1998, he was elected by his peers to the fourth-ranking leadership position, Conference Chairman, in the majority party in the U.S. House of Representatives. As a Member of Congress, Mr. Watts served for eight years on the House Armed Services Committee. He authored legislation to create, and then served on, the House Select Committee on Homeland Security. He also served on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, as well as the House Banking Committee. Mr. Watts earned a B.A. degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma.

Patricia Alper Cohn

Advisory Board Member

Advisory Board

For thirty years, Ms. Alper has pursued the fields of communications, primarily in public relations, advertising, and marketing. She has successfully served firms within the industries of broadcast, hospitality, real estate and the non profit sector. For the past 15 years Ms. Alper has run the Alper Portfolio Group, a marketing consulting firm that has worked primarily in commercial real estate or in the non profit sector. Functioning as an outside Marketing Director, she develops a strategic marketing plan and typically hires, trains, and manages marketing/sales departments. The primary goal for each client has been to build name recognition, redesign and repackage program offerings, and build a paying customer or donor base. Previously, she was a partner and co-founder of Sargis & Jones, an interior project management and construction consulting firm in the Washington Metropolitan area. Under her guidance as Director of Marketing, the firm gained national and local recognition for setting trends, and for changing industry standards. Ms. Alper holds a Bachelors Degree from Cornell College, Iowa and has continued Masters level Marketing courses at American University. She is a Trustee of the Alper Family Foundation and sits on the National and Local boards of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, The Signature Theatre Company, and the Washington Committee for The Aspen Institute.


Aimee Daniels

Advisory Board Member

Advisory Board

Most recently, Ms. Daniels served as executive vice president and regional president for the Mid Atlantic region with HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Ms. Daniels joined HSBC in June 2006 to establish HSBC’s Chicago office and manage the middle market banking practice in the Midwest. Prior to joining HSBC, Daniels was a partner in charge of sales and marketing for CapX Partners, a $150 million SBIC fund, where her responsibilities included new business development, credit underwriting and monitoring and general administration. Prior to CapX, Daniels was a senior vice president and division head with the middle market group of LaSalle Bank’s downtown Chicago office, where she was responsible for managing a commercial portfolio consisting of general middle market clients and technology companies. Before joining LaSalle Bank, Daniels spent more than 11 years at American National Bank and Trust Company of Chicago serving in a variety of roles including commercial banking, correspondent banking, market research and bank operations administration. Daniels holds a master’s of management in marketing and finance with dean’s list honors from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a bachelor of science in quantitative methods and marketing from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Steve Mullins

Advisory Board Member

Advisory Board

Steve Mullins is an Advisory Board Member of Farragut Capital Partners. Previously, he served as the CFO for ReturnBuy, Q-Mobile, Secure Elements, Inc., Intelliworks, Rollstream, Invincea, Americans for Prosperity, and several others. Mr. Mullins is on the boards of several different organizations including the Transition Committee for Technology Policy, Office of the Governor-elect, Board of Directors of Secure Elements, Inc., Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s TechPAC, Appointee to the Hunter Mill District Plan Review Committee, the boards of the Annandale/Springfield National Little League and the Turnpike Basketball Club, and Treasurer of the McLean Wine Festival. He graduated from George Mason University. 

Phone: (703) 629-1295

Email: smullins@farragutcapitalpartners.com