Frank has more than 25 years of financial, operating and strategic transaction experience as a business owner and entrepreneur, investment and merchant banker, and corporate executive. He has worked in project finance and derivatives at Bank of America, and in structured finance at Nikko Securities, advising sovereign borrowers and leading U.S. technology and media companies on financing opportunities in Japan.
Frank left Nikko Securities to launch a private equity fund and soon thereafter acquired a distressed consumer electronics business that he joined as CEO, returned to profitability and eventually sold. He then joined a merchant bank, holding C-level interim executive roles at its portfolio companies, and structuring principal investments in distressed situations, including the successful reorganization and acquisition of Harvey Electronics (NASDAQ: HRVE) where he served as acting CEO during its bankruptcy.
After nearly a decade as a “financial oncologist”, Frank began his work with early-stage growth companies as a senior executive at Internet start-up Mail.com and its successor company EasyLink Services (NASDAQ: ESIC), helping to raise venture capital and then take the company public. He held leadership positions in various functional areas – including marketing, strategy and corporate development – and completed several global (U.K, India, China) acquisitions as the company grew from $1 million to $120 million in revenues within 2 years. After the Internet bubble deflated, Frank led two balance sheet restructurings and recapitalizations for Mail.com over a period of three years that preserved equity for legacy shareholders and allowed the company to continue operations as EasyLink Services. More recently Frank served as Chief Revenue Officer at a fast-growing Internet and endpoint security and authentication technology company where he led successful efforts to scale its sales, marketing and product management functions.
He currently is the founder and Managing Partner of Monmouth Venture Partners, providing strategic advisory, M&A, capital formation, and interim executive services to emerging growth companies across industry sectors.
Frank holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and a BS in Chemistry/Business from the University of Scranton where he graduated summa cum laude. He is a former co-president and remains a director of the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation and the largest alumni organization of Columbia Business School, with over 1,200 members and 100 active volunteers. Frank is also a former member of Golden Seeds, an angel investing group that focuses on early-stage investments in women owned and operated ventures.