Manuel A. Henriquez is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Hercules Capital. Henriquez is a 30-year veteran of the venture capital and financing community. Under his leadership, the firm has completed investments of more than $5.7 billion to over 335 companies. Prior to founding the Company, Henriquez was a Managing Director at VantagePoint Venture Partners from August 2000 through July 2003 where he focused on technology investments. He is also the former President and Chief Investment Officer of Comdisco Ventures, a division of Comdisco, Inc., a leading technology and financial services company, from November 1999 to March 2000. Prior to that, from March 1997 to November 1999, Henriquez was a Managing Director of Comdisco Ventures and a senior member of the investment team that originated over $2.0 billion of equipment lease, debt and equity transactions. Henriquez received a B.S. in Business Administration from Northeastern University and is a member of the University’s Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Lucile Packard Foundation as well as the Children’s Health Council and is a long time advocate for children's health and education. He also previously served on the Board of Directors for Charles Armstrong School, an independent elementary and middle school that serves students with language-based learning differences.
Brian Sapp is a managing director In the Energy Technology Group at Hercules. Sapp has more than 16 years of experience in finance working with VCs, start-ups and public companies as an investment banker. Prior to joining Hercules in 2014, Sapp was a director in the energy technology investment banking group at Robert W. Baird & Co., where he originated and executed private and public equity and debt capital raises, and advised on M&A transactions. Prior to Baird, Sapp held senior banking positions at Wedbush Securities, Thomas Weisel Partners and SVB Alliant in their energy technology and technology groups. Sapp first started covering the clean technology / energy tech sector in 2004 at Pacific Growth Equities. Prior to investment banking, Sapp was an environmental process engineer with TE Connectivity for three years. Mr. Sapp received an MBA from Cornell University and a bachelor's in chemical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.
Tony Pandjiris is a managing director in the Technology Group and Energy Technology Group at Hercules. He has over 15 years of experience working with entrepreneurs as an investor and investment banker. Prior to joining Hercules in 2013, Pandjiris was a vice president in the investment banking division at Morgan Stanley where he originated and executed corporate finance and M&A transactions across the technology, industrial, and alternative energy sectors. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Pandjiris was a technology banker for five years with UBS Investment Bank, executing transactions across a range of technology sectors on a global basis. Earlier in his career, Pandjiris worked at Comdisco Ventures where he managed part of a technology venture capital portfolio, structuring debt and equity investments. He managed distressed company situations after the 2001 technology downturn. Pandjiris has also spent time working at Intel Capital, GM’s OnStar division, and SG Cowen’s Private Equity Group. Pandjiris received his MBA from the University of Michigan and graduated cum laude with a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University.
Catherine Jhung is a Managing Director of Business Development at Hercules. Before joining Hercules, Jhung spent over 10 years in senior operational roles within startup companies, including sales, business development, research and product management. At Cleantech Group, Jhung ran the company’s data business, where she lead the product, engineering, research and sales teams. Prior to Cleantech Group, Jhung was the Director of Sales at edo Interactive, a firm developing digital marketing technologies leveraging pre-existing global, point of sale payments infrastructures along with modern social networking communities. Prior to edo Interactive, Jhung spent over five years on the executive team at Equilar, the leading research firm for benchmarking executive and board compensation. There, she built and managed the business development and client services divisions from the ground up, growing the business to over 600 clients. Jhung received an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, a bachelor’s in Agricultural Economics and a minor in Computer Information Systems from UC Davis.