Our Team

Chief Executive Officer

Alexander Schoenbaum co-founded CrowdOut Capital after more than 12 years of direct lending, private equity, and investment banking experience. He has provided financial and strategic advisory services to many growing middle market companies across a range of industries including: consumer, retail, telecom, media, manufacturing, technology, financial services, oil & gas, and industrials. Collectively, Alex has completed more than $3 billion of transactions, including both debt and equity placements.

Previously, Alex founded Swift Estate Capital, a specialty finance firm focused on lending to high net worth individuals. He also worked at Blue Sage Capital, a middle market private equity and debt firm, focused on finding investment opportunities, performing due diligence, structuring and executing transactions, and supporting Company management to grow their businesses. He began his career at Piper Jaffray in San Francisco, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, and capital raises in the consumer space, including restaurants, retail, food, and consumer products. Alex received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Finance, International Business, and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis. Currently, he serves on the board of the Capital of Texas Media Foundation.

President

Brian Gilmore co-founded CrowdOut Capital after more than 15 years of direct lending, hedge fund, and investment banking experience. Throughout his career, he has specialized in middle market transactions across a variety of industries including oil & gas, industrials, chemicals, and manufacturing. Brian has sourced and executed more than $1 billion of complex debt and equity transactions, having been a consistent originator for Westlake Securities. In addition, he co-founded the Institutional Sales & Trading Group for Westlake Capital Markets, sourcing numerous equity positions on both U.S. and foreign exchanges. Brian began his career at H.C. Wainwright in New York, focusing on PIPE transactions for emerging technology companies. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Senior Vice President

J. Sulester joined CrowdOut in November 2016 and has spent his entire 20+ year business career in Austin. He began his financial career at Tejas Securities Group running their equity trading desk. From there, J. co-founded the capital markets group at Westlake Securities where he was a Principal and managed all operations for the group. Prior to joining CrowdOut, J. was a Managing Director at Pasadera Capital, focused on originating new opportunities and working with investors. He has participated in many private placements and sell-side assignments in a variety of business sectors. In his career, he has been involved in over $500 million in transactions. J. is also a founding member of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Young Professionals Group, as well as a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

Vice President

Adam is a Vice President with CrowdOut Capital. Prior to joining CrowdOut, Adam worked as a Director of Finance at Continuum Analytics, an open source data analytics software provider in Austin. Before Continuum, Adam was in the Financial Planning & Analysis team at Rackspace Hosting in San Antonio. Adam started his career as an Analyst in the Investment Banking Group at Sandler O’Neill + Partners, where he advised banks, thrifts and other financial companies on mergers, acquisitions and capital raises. Adam graduated from Connecticut College with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Minor in Religious Studies.

Associate

James is an Associate with CrowdOut Capital. Prior to joining CrowdOut, James worked as an Analyst at Westlake Securities, a boutique investment bank in Austin. Before Westlake, James started his career as an engineer at National Oilwell Varco supporting market and corporate development in their Completions and Production Solutions Group. James graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Minor in Business.

Ken Chuang
Analyst

Ken is an Analyst with CrowdOut Capital. Prior to joining the company, Ken worked as a Corporate Development Intern at SunEdison, focused on mergers and acquisitions integrations across various transactions. Before SunEdison, Ken started his career as an assistant sales manager, and later promoted to Sales Director, at LUSTROUS in Taiwan where he managed new business development for the company. Ken received his MBA from Washington University in St. Louis with a strong concentration in Finance as well as the bachelor degree in Business Administration from National Taiwan University. Ken is a participant in the Chartered Financial Analyst Program and is a Level III candidate.