Mountainside Capital Team
Joel Flig, President
In the 40+ years since he obtained his BBA in Finance from Baruch College, Joel’s primary focus has been dedicated to solving the financial needs of small and middle market companies. His career highlights include founding an Investment Banking Firm, holding executive level business development roles including running an asset based lending group and managing a full sales team, serving on several credit committees and boards in a senior capacity for various banking institutions, and being the Executive Vice President of Allied Affiliated Funding, L.P.
As a commercial lender, he excelled in originating asset based lending and factoring facilities while building long lasting relationships throughout the commercial finance industry. As an investment banker, he structured facilities including debt and equity combinations to infuse liquidity into companies, businesses in almost every industry across the nation with financing needs of as little as $100,000 or as high as $20MM have benefited from Joel’s unwavering ability to obtain and/or directly provide them with working capital.
Joel’s impressive work ethic and technical expertise in credit and financial analysis with lasting client and referral partnerships, make him the guy you hope to have on your side if you are looking for working capital solutions. That’s why Joel is simply the obvious choice to lead and grow Mountainside Capital.
From weekend racecar driving to DIY home improvements to raising four girls (with wife Diana) Bob McDonald’s career has spanned 4 decades of corporate operations to full-time entrepreneurship. He was a Managing Partner of Maidstone Capital Corp … a merchant banking and private equity firm specializing in middle market business turnarounds and up-grading distressed assets via non-traditional financial solutions.
Based in Westport, CT, Bob founded Maidstone in 2001. The firm specialized in 4 verticals: healthcare, marketing services, direct marketing & mail logistics, light manufacturing (still maintaining a mirror manufacturing business that sells to USA Big Box retailers), with production facilities in China, NY, NJ & CT.
During his near 20 year tenure at Maidstone, Bob completed 39 business acquisitions and numerous debt financings.
Bob’s last industry project was to form Katalyst Partners, a consortium of marketing agencies and manufacturing companies dedicated to serving non-profit clients. His acquisitions supported a vertically integrated service platform including a spectrum of businesses ranging from commercial printing and lettershop operations to data analytics, mail logistics, real estate development, and custom art reproductions sold wholesale to the hospitality industry, chain retailers and through e-commerce.
Prior to Maidstone Capital, Bob was COO of Healthcare Solutions ManagementAssociates, Inc., a healthcare turnaround company, and for 5 years he was Director of Operations for Physician’s Hospital (NYC), later becoming its CEO.
Bob has a degree in Biochemistry from Clemson University, and near fluency in Spanish.
David Lau, COO/CTO
David is often referred to as our Technology Guru and for good reason. Truth is, he brings much more to the table than that.
An undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and graduate work in Computer Science at SMU brought David to an 18 year career as a Senior Systems Engineer/Senior Member Technical Staff at Texas Instruments.
David used his considerable experience working on domestic and international projects such as customer interfacing, project management and product life cycle management, and his expertise in industries ranging from telecom to financial and defense as a springboard for his next opportunity. He went on to co-found and lead a start up venture achieving the $1 million revenue mark after only 18 months. He repeated that success as the co-founder of another company bringing in revenues of over $2 million in a short time frame.
David claims he’s no economist, yet he’s an avid follower of certain economic indicator historical trends. Periodically, he authors reports sharing this data in a way that is easy to read and understand.
Lisa Hirmon, Office Manager
Lisa is the person that is responsible for keeping all of the back office of Mountainside Capital running.
She has over 30 years of experience in Office Management, Accounting, Inventory Management, Human Resources as well as setting up a computer or desk if needed. Lisa has been involved with companies as small as 2 or 3 people or up to 100+. She has supervised a staff of 15 when she was in inventory management and accounting. The companies were up to 100 million in sales which included distribution, financing, marketing, advertising and banking in her 30 years of experience.