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.
Scott Bluestein joined Hercules in 2010 as chief credit officer and brings more than 10 years of financial services, direct investment and credit experience to Hercules. Most recently, he served as founder and partner of Century Tree Capital Management, a fund established to make senior secured debt investments with warrants and equity co-investments in small and micro cap public and private companies. Prior to that, he was managing director at Laurus - Valens Capital Management, where he had responsibility for a structured debt with equity investment portfolio, including new investments, portfolio management, and restructurings. Previously, Bluestein worked at UBS Investment Bank, where he was a member of the Financial Technology Coverage Group. Bluestein received his B.B.A. in Finance from Emory University.
Merkle-Raymond brings global financing experience to Hercules, including over two decades at Bank of America Merrill Lynch: in Corporate/Investment and Middle Market banking, as co-founder of BAML’s mid-cap technology group, and as head of corporate debt for BAML Australia. Most recently, she had a dual role with BNP Paribas: San Francisco Region Manager and national head of Technology Banking at Bank of the West. She has managed local and regional teams responsible for marketing, underwriting and approving $8 billion in assets, with 500+ clients. Merkle-Raymond holds an A.B. in Asian Studies – Mandarin, from Dartmouth College. She also completed the Executive Education Program at Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Jennifer McKay joined Hercules in February of 2016 as Vice President Human Resources, where she brings over 20 years of experience guiding businesses through high-growth environments. For the past nine years, Ms. McKay was the founder and principal at Z Human Resources, a consulting practice which served a diverse set of companies across multiple industries. Prior to Z Human Resources, Ms. McKay served as Director of Human Resources and Global Sales and Marketing at Zgrum Medical, a high growth internet global medical equipment company. Before that, she was Director of Human Resource Development at Infrared Laboratories, Director of Sales at Simply Bits, and co-founder of Chief People Officer, a HR Lifecycle Software and consulting company before joining Simply Bits. Ms. McKay earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing and Literature from the University of San Diego and a minor in French language from the University of Avignon, France. Ms. McKay holds certifications from ACA, HRCI and the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and is a community member of the Northern California Human Resource Association (NCHRA).
Mark R. Harris joined Hercules in August of 2015 as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer, where he brings global expertise from living in Europe and Asia for 20 years. Prior to joining Hercules, Mr. Harris served as the Chief Financial Officer of Avenue Capital Group’s Asia Strategy and the Senior Managing Director/Head of Asia from 2006 to 2015. Prior to working at Avenue Capital, Mr. Harris served as the Corporate Financial Controller and Chief Accounting Officer for Hutchinson Telecommunications International Limited, a NYSE and Stock Exchange of Hong Kong-listed company. Before that, he was Vice President of Finance at Vsource, a NASDAQ-listed company, and served as a Manager in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Global Capital Markets Group before joining Vsource. Mr. Harris earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he also serves on the Foundation Board, and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. He is also an active Certified Public Accountant in the state of California.
For the past three years, Ms. Grace served as the chief legal officer and corporate secretary of WHV Investments, an investment adviser in San Francisco, California. At WHV, she also served as interim chief compliance officer and sat on numerous committees, including Management, Operations, Proxy and Chair of the Ethics Committee. Prior to Working at WHV, Ms. Grace was the chief counsel at the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) Euronext, where she worked directly with the general counsel and senior legal staff, advising and delivering assistance in areas from corporate transactions, contracts, regulatory filings and compliance. Before working with NYSE Euronext, she worked as an associate for Fenwick & West in Palo Alto, California, where she represented both public and private companies in public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and securities matters. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Grace was an assistant in the Office of the General Counsel at FINRA where she assisted on matters including Nasdaq delistings and broker/dealer disciplinary actions. Ms. Grace earned a Bachelor and Master of Arts degree in History from the University of California at Riverside and a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of California and is a designated Investment Adviser Certified Compliance Professional®.
Charlie Vandis joins Hercules from GE Capital where he spent the last 16 years. Charlie spent most of his GE Capital career as an underwriter and portfolio manager supporting Private Equity and strategic led buyouts, recapitalizations, acquisitions and refinancings. Charlie spent the last two years in GE Capital Corporate as part of the leadership team of Global Credit Risk Review. Charlie has a BA in Economics and Asian Studies from Tufts University and an MBA from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business.