The Argosy team provides expertise, focus, and dedication, thereby ensuring the growth and success of their partners.
Matthew J. Hall co-founded Argosy Credit Partners in 2015 and is primarily responsible for assessing investment opportunities and managing the fund’s portfolio. Prior to joining Argosy, Mr. Hall was a Principal at Sandton Capital Partners (“Sandton”), an investment firm focused on purchasing senior secured debt of small to middle market private companies. At Sandton, he was responsible for the sourcing, analysis, and post-close work-out of investments. Prior to Sandton, Mr. Hall worked for Goldman, Sachs, & Co. where, among other things, he focused on the strategic acquisition of asset managers and/or funds. Mr. Hall received his MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and his Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
John P. Kirwin, III co-founded Argosy in 1990 and is responsible for general fund administration, developing and assessing investment opportunities, providing strategic management support, and monitoring investments. He previously had a 14 year career as an attorney specializing in mergers, acquisitions, and corporate law. For nine years he was a Partner with McCausland, Keen & Buckman in Radnor, Pennsylvania, where he did extensive work on public and private securities offerings, as well as venture capital and buyout transactions. His experience encompasses a successful track record investing in over 90 companies and includes sourcing, reviewing, negotiating, performing due diligence, and monitoring various private investment transactions. Mr. Kirwin holds a Juris Doctris from the George Washington University National Law Center, and a Bachelor of Arts from Dickinson College. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of The Church Farm School and has previously served as a director on the Boards of four public companies.
Drew W. Dampier joined Argosy Credit Partners in 2017 and is primarily responsible for assessing investment opportunities and managing the fund’s portfolio. Prior to joining Argosy, Mr. Dampier was an investment analyst at Sandton Capital Partners, an investment firm focused on purchasing senior secured debt of small to middle market private companies. At Sandton, he was responsible for the sourcing, analysis, and post-close work-out of investments. Prior to Sandton, Mr. Dampier worked for the Meredith Whitney Advisory Group as a research analyst covering financial institutions. Mr. Dampier began his career as an investment banking analyst at Barclays Capital. Mr. Dampier graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.
Sarah G. Roth, COO/CFO, joined Argosy in 2018 and is responsible for operations and finance. Ms. Roth has nearly 20 years’ experience investing private equity in lower middle market businesses, including serving on the board of directors or as an active board observer for eleven companies. Prior to joining Argosy, she was a Partner at The Riverside Company, a $5 billion lower middle market private equity firm. While at Riverside, Ms. Roth led over 25 acquisitions, refinancings, and realizations for the firm. She was responsible for all aspects of the investment process, including portfolio company operations and financial performance, and also supported fundraising and reporting to investors. Prior to Riverside, Ms. Roth was an associate at Merrill Lynch Ventures, LLC, a $1.2 billion diversified private equity fund, where she managed and evaluated transactions. Ms. Roth began her career as an investment banking analyst at Merrill Lynch.
Ms. Roth holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Ms. Roth graduated magna cum laude from Williams College with a B.A. in Political Science.
Sarah M. Busch, Vice President of Investor Relations, joined Argosy Capital in April 2012 and is responsible for the investor relations program including brand management, fundraising, media relations and marketing communications to existing and potential investors. Prior to joining Argosy, Ms. Busch was a Director in the Investment Department of AXA Equitable, where she managed the private equity portfolio with over $1 billion in investments. Ms. Busch was responsible for due diligence on new fund investments, monitoring existing investments and managing partnership relationships. Prior to her promotion to Director, she was a senior credit analyst at AXA Equitable, where she performed analysis on new and challenged credit investments, CLOs and bridge loans. Ms. Busch earned an MBA in Quantitative Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Villanova University. In 2009, she was awarded the Rising Star Award from the Women’s Bond Club.
Paul M. Grassinger, Vice President of Finance and Accounting, joined Argosy in 2016 and is responsible for finance, accounting and administration. He has over 15 years of experience as an executive. Mr. Grassinger has performed valuations, due-diligence, business plans and post-acquisition integrations for over two dozen successful transactions. He has been involved in raising over $250 million dollars in senior and subordinated debt. Mr. Grassinger has diverse industry experience spanning technology, software, ecommerce, Internet advertising/marketing and distribution. He started his professional career in the Audit and Assurance group at Ernst & Young, LLP and has served in leadership roles, including CFO, COO, Vice President and Corporate Controller. Mr. Grassinger earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Rowan University. He is an active CPA in Pennsylvania, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) and the Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group (GPSEG).
Ms. Lyren is Argosy Capital Group, Inc.’s Chief Compliance Officer and is also responsible for investor reporting and SEC reporting and compliance for Argosy. Prior to joining Argosy, Ms. Lyren was a Senior Accountant in the Enterprise Group of Arthur Andersen, LLP, where she planned and performed financial statement audits and business advisory services, managing client service teams and preparing SEC reports for companies across a broad range of industries.
Ms. Lyren earned a Bachelor of Science, Economics with a major in Accounting from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Lyren is a CPA and a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Marlowe acts as General Counsel for Argosy Capital, providing oversight on legal and compliance matters for the firm. Mr. Marlowe is the managing partner of his suburban Philadelphia-based firm, Marlowe Legal Advisors, LLC, which provides corporate and securities legal advice, general counsel services, and specialty private investment fund services to its clients. Mr. Marlowe’s previous experience includes serving as general counsel, chief operating officer and chief compliance officer of Rock Hill Partners, LLC, a hedge fund, which focused on convertible arbitrage. Prior to Rock Hill, Mr. Marlowe was Vice President of Rose Glen Capital Group, Inc., a hedge fund, which focused on PIPE transactions. Before joining Rose Glen, Mr. Marlowe practiced law in the Business and Finance Department of Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP, where he represented hedge, private equity and venture capital funds in various transactions, including equity offerings and M&A, and advised clients on securities law and general corporate issues. Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Mr. Marlowe practiced law at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, where he focused on securities law, M&A and general corporate work. He holds a Juris Doctor from The Dickinson School of Law and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Temple University.