Mezzanine Capital Investment Team

The three Principals are responsible for managing the mezzanine capital strategy. Their 70+ years of combined operational, banking, investing, and investment banking experience provide the fund with the expertise and relationships to add value to every transaction.

O. Scott Barfield

Managing Director   |   (404) 419-6130 ext. 160   |

Mr. Barfield has significant experience in the origination and comprehensive execution of a broad range of middle market transactions. Prior to BlueArc Mezzanine Partners, Mr. Barfield was in the debt investment group at H.I.G. Capital and, prior to that, spent five years at Nancy Creek Capital, a lower middle market mezzanine fund.  From 1997 until joining Nancy Creek Capital in 2008, Mr. Barfield held various positions within Wachovia Securities. From 1997 until 2003, he worked within a range of transaction execution groups, including M&A, debt capital markets, and private equity and mezzanine placement. From 2003 to 2008 he was the Investment Banking origination officer for the Southeast, responsible for Florida, Georgia and Alabama. During this time, he closed eight to 12 transactions per year ranging in size from $30 million to $500 million.

Prior to joining Wachovia, Mr. Barfield was a Manager in Ernst & Young’s National Corporate Finance Group. His responsibilities included strategic planning, corporate finance consulting, and merger and acquisition transaction execution, specifically large-scale consolidation deals. Before that Mr. Barfield spent two years in Ernst and Young’s National Tax Practice Group developing business and tax planning and compliance strategies for corporations and shareholders.

Mr. Barfield holds a MAC in Accounting and a BS in Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina.

Steven T. Brannon

Managing Director   |   (404) 419-6130 ext. 161   |

Mr. Brannon has experience in private capital investing, investment banking, business valuation, commercial banking, and operations as an executive manager.  Prior to BlueArc Mezzanine Partners, Mr. Brannon was a Principal for nine years at Nancy Creek Capital, a lower middle market mezzanine fund. From 2002 until joining Nancy Creek Capital in 2006, he was a Principal of Action Air, LLC, a privately-held commercial distribution and services company, where revenue more than tripled during his tenure.  From 2000 to 2002, Mr. Brannon worked in the Investment Banking Group at Raymond James & Associates, where his activities included executing public and private capital raises, mergers and acquisitions transactions, and strategic advisory assignments with a focus on telecommunications equipment companies.

Prior to receiving his MBA, Mr. Brannon spent two years in the Business Valuation Group at KPMG Peat Marwick.  He was responsible for providing business enterprise, capital stock, and intangible asset valuations.  He also spent over two years in the Commercial Banking Group at NationsBank.  During that time, he managed a senior debt portfolio of 25 middle market companies with revenue ranging from $5 million to $150 million.

Mr. Brannon holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BBA from the University of Georgia.

Michael Roher

Managing Director   |   (404) 419-6130 ext. 102   |

Mr. Roher serves as a Managing Director of BlueArc Mezzanine Partners, the firm’s mezzanine lending group, as well as a Senior Partner of BlueArc Capital Partners, the firm’s private equity group. With over 30 years of private equity investing and investment banking experience, Mr. Roher has been directly involved in the successful execution of a variety of acquisitions, divestitures, and equity and debt financings aggregating over $11 billion in value. Prior to merging his firm with BlueArc Capital Partners, he founded and operated for fourteen years Roher Capital Group, a private equity and merchant banking firm.  Before Roher Capital Group, he was the President and Founder of Center Street Capital Partners, LLC, a $110 million private equity firm affiliated with the Stephens family office. Center Street companies generated $500 million of revenues and employed over 1,500 workers.  Prior to founding Center Street, he served as Director of Fixed Income Corporate Finance for Stephens Inc., one of the largest privately owned investment banks in the U.S., where he worked principally with closely held and family-owned companies originating, structuring, and raising private equity and debt capital. He also advised on mergers and acquisitions and originated new acquisition opportunities for the multi-billion dollar Stephens family office. Before joining Stephens Inc., he served as Vice President in the investment banking group of Citigroup and worked at Salomon Brothers Inc. in New York as an Associate in the Corporate Finance Department. He is a graduate of New York University (BS in Finance) and the NYU Stern School of Business (MBA). He is a member of the Board of Directors of Brunswick Bowling Products, Choice-Slocum Holdings, and Mountain Valley Spring Water.

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