Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Senior Management

Jeffrey A. Hilzinger
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Hilzinger has been Marlin’s Chief Executive Officer and director since June 2016. Mr. Hilzinger was most recently President of EverBank Commercial Finance, Inc. From 2010 until 2013, Mr. Hilzinger served as Chief Operating Officer of EverBank Commercial Finance, Inc. From 2008 until 2010, Mr. Hilzinger served as Chief Financial Officer of Tygris Vendor Finance. In 2004, Mr. Hilzinger co-founded US Express Leasing, Inc. and served as Chief Financial Officer from 2004 until 2008. In 2002, Mr. Hilzinger co-founded Aternus Partners, LLC, a management consulting firm, and served as a Managing Director until 2004. From 1979 until 2002, Mr. Hilzinger served in various regional and global leadership roles with Heller Financial, Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries and affiliates. Mr. Hilzinger earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1979.
W. Taylor Kamp Jr.
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Kamp was appointed Marlin’s SVP and Chief Financial Officer in August of 2015 and manages all finance, accounting, treasury, investor relations and corporate development activities. Mr. Kamp has 30 years of experience in diversified financial services. Before joining Marlin, Mr. Kamp was MD and Global Head of Corporate Development for The CIT Group. In that position, he managed all business and portfolio acquisition and disposition activities. Prior to that role, Mr. Kamp held several key positions at CIT including head of its Bank Holding Company Legal Entity Rationalization project, “Fresh Start” Accounting project, interim head of its Home Lending business following CIT’s announced exit, and SVP of Corporate Development and Strategy. Prior to joining CIT in 2000, Mr. Kamp had a distinguished 13 year career at CitiBank (formerly The Associates) where he held several key financial positions including CFO of Transportation Finance, CFO of Mortgage Finance, and CFO of International Equipment Finance. Mr. Kamp has a BBA from The University of Texas in Arlington and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Edward R. Dietz Jr.
Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Mr. Dietz has been our General Counsel since May 25, 2011. From July 2010 to May 2011, Mr. Dietz was our Assistant General Counsel. Prior to joining the Company, from 2008 to 2010, Mr. Dietz was an associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in the firm’s Business & Finance section where he worked on a variety of corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and outsourcing transactions. From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Dietz was an associate at Foley & Lardner LLP in the firm’s Business Law Department where he worked on a variety of corporate transactions, including financings, restructurings, mergers, acquisitions and public offerings. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Dietz attended law school. From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Dietz worked in the group benefits industry. Mr. Dietz received a B.A., magna cum laude, in political science from Gettysburg College and a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. Mr. Dietz is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania.

Board of Directors

John J. Calamari
Mr. Calamari has been a Director since November 2003. Mr. Calamari served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of J.G. Wentworth from March 2007 until November 2009. Prior to that time, Mr. Calamari was Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller of Radian Group Inc., where he oversaw Radian’s global controllership functions, a position he held after joining Radian in September 2001. From 1999 to August 2001, Mr. Calamari was a consultant to the financial services industry, where he structured new products and strategic alliances, established financial and administrative functions and engaged in private equity financing for startup enterprises. Mr. Calamari served as Chief Accountant of Advanta from 1988 to 1998, as Chief Financial Officer of Chase Manhattan Bank Maryland and Controller of Chase Manhattan Bank (USA) from 1985 to 1988 and as Senior Manager at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (now KPMG LLP) prior to 1985. In addition, Mr. Calamari served as a director of Advanta National Bank, Advanta Bank USA and Credit One Bank. Mr. Calamari received his undergraduate degree in accounting from St. John’s University in 1976.
Lawrence J. DeAngelo
Chairman
Mr. DeAngelo has been a Director since July 2001. Mr. DeAngelo is a Managing Director with SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, an investment bank based in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. DeAngelo served as a Managing Director with Roark Capital Group, a private equity firm based in Atlanta, Georgia from 2005 until January 2010. Prior to joining Roark in 2005, Mr. DeAngelo was a Managing Director of Peachtree Equity Partners, a private equity firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to co-founding Peachtree in April 2002, Mr. DeAngelo held numerous positions at Wachovia Capital Associates, the private equity investment group of Wachovia Bank, from 1996 to April 2002, the most recent of which was Managing Director. From 1995 to 1996, Mr. DeAngelo worked at Seneca Financial Group, and from 1992 to 1995, Mr. DeAngelo worked in the Corporate Finance Department at Kidder, Peabody & Co. From 1990 to 1992, Mr. DeAngelo attended business school. From 1988 to 1990, Mr. DeAngelo was a management consultant with Peterson & Co. Consulting. Mr. DeAngelo received his undergraduate degree in economics from Colgate University and his MBA from the Yale School of Management.
J. Christopher Teets
Mr. Teets has served as a Partner of Red Mountain Capital Partners LLC, an investment management firm, since February 2005. Before joining Red Mountain in 2005, Mr. Teets was an investment banker at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs in 2000, Mr. Teets worked in the investment banking division of Citigroup. Mr. Teets currently serves on the boards of directors of Air Transport Services Group, Inc. and Encore Capital Group, Inc. and previously served on the board of directors of Affirmative Insurance Holdings, Inc. Mr. Teets holds a bachelor’s degree from Occidental College and an M.Sc. degree from the London School of Economics.
Scott Heimes
Mr. Heimes has been a director of Marlin since April 2015. Mr. Heimes is a Chief Marketing Officer with SendGrid, Inc. From 2012 to 2015, Mr. Heimes was the Chief Marketing Officer for Digital River, Inc., a global ecommerce, payments, and marketing services provider. From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Heimes worked as a Chief Marketing Officer for WebMD Health Corp. and from 2006 to 2009, Mr. Heimes worked with UnitedHealth Group in a variety of senior marketing roles. Mr. Heimes has worked in various other executive management positions between 1998 and 2006 with most of that time was spent in marketing roles. In 1991, Mr. Heimes received his undergraduate degree in English literature with a minor in French and Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Matthew J. Sullivan
Mr. Sullivan has been a Director since April 2008. Mr. Sullivan is a Partner with Peachtree Equity Partners (“Peachtree”). Mr. Sullivan co-founded Peachtree in 2002. From 1994 to 2002, Mr. Sullivan held numerous positions at Wachovia Capital Associates, the private equity investment group of Wachovia Bank, the most recent of which was Managing Director. From 1983 to 1994, Mr. Sullivan worked in the Corporate Finance Department at Kidder, Peabody & Co. and previously with Arthur Andersen & Company where he earned his certified public accountant license (currently non-active status). Mr. Sullivan received his undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
James W. Wert Sr.
Mr. Wert has been a Director since February 1998. Mr. Wert is President and CEO of CM Wealth Advisors, Inc. f/k/a/ Clanco Management Corp., which is a wealth management and investment advisory firm headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to joining Clanco in May 2000, Mr. Wert served as Chief Financial Officer and then Chief Investment Officer of KeyCorp, a financial services company based in Cleveland, Ohio, and its predecessor, Society Corporation, until 1996, after holding a variety of capital markets and corporate banking leadership positions spanning his 25 year banking career. Mr. Wert received his undergraduate degree in finance from Michigan State University in 1971 and completed the Stanford University Executive Program in 1982. Mr. Wert also serves as Vice Chairman and Director of Park-Ohio Holdings Corp.
Jeffrey A. Hilzinger
Mr. Hilzinger has been Marlin’s Chief Executive Officer and director since June 2016. Mr. Hilzinger was most recently President of EverBank Commercial Finance, Inc. From 2010 until 2013, Mr. Hilzinger served as Chief Operating Officer of EverBank Commercial Finance, Inc. From 2008 until 2010, Mr. Hilzinger served as Chief Financial Officer of Tygris Vendor Finance. In 2004, Mr. Hilzinger co-founded US Express Leasing, Inc. and served as Chief Financial Officer from 2004 until 2008. In 2002, Mr. Hilzinger co-founded Aternus Partners, LLC, a management consulting firm, and served as a Managing Director until 2004. From 1979 until 2002, Mr. Hilzinger served in various regional and global leadership roles with Heller Financial, Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries and affiliates. Mr. Hilzinger earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1979.