Pine Tree Equity Partners
Capital for Samll Companies

Team

Investment Professionals

Jeff C. Settembrino
Managing Partner

Mr. Settembrino has over 20 years of private equity investing and advisory experience and is responsible for all investments and operations. He is Chairman of the Board of all portfolio companies. Prior to founding Pine Tree Equity in January 2007, Mr. Settembrino was a Principal of Trivest Partners, the oldest private equity firm in the Southeast. Before joining Trivest Partners, Mr. Settembrino was with Fir Tree Partners, a multibillion dollar private investment firm. He started his career as an investment banker with Bear Stearns.

Mr. Settembrino earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance and International Business from Georgetown University, summa cum laude.
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Roberto J Canto
Managing Director

Mr. Canto has over 20 years of investing and advisory experience. Prior to joining Pine Tree Equity in 2007, he was a Vice President of UBS, where he was responsible for all investment decisions and analysis regarding private client assets.

Mr. Canto earned his Master of Business Administration in Finance from Georgetown University, cum laude, and Bachelor of Science in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, cum laude.
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Joseph S. Walter
Principal

Mr. Walter has over 10 years of investing and advisory experience. Prior to joining Pine Tree Equity in 2010, he was an Associate at Brockway Moran, a leading private equity firm in the Southeast. He started his career as an investment banker with Peter J. Solomon Company.

Mr. Walter earned his Master of Business Administration in Finance and Management from the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University, magna cum laude, and Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Finance and International Business from Washington University, magna cum laude.
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Gregory S. Diem
Managing Director, Operating Partner

Mr. Diem has over 24 years of accounting and operating experience. Prior to joining Pine Tree Equity in 2010, he was Chief Financial Officer of several medium sized operating businesses in various industries, where he was responsible for managing accounting, analysis, budgeting, controls, financing, reporting, systems, etc. His prior experience includes accounting due diligence, business planning and audit roles on countless acquisitions, dispositions and debt financings for national accounting firms including Crowe Chizek, Grant Thornton and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

Mr. Diem earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Economics from Syracuse University, magna cum laude.
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Patrick A. Kuiper
Managing Director, Operating Partner

Mr. Kuiper has over 24 years of accounting and operating experience. Prior to joining Pine Tree Equity in 2013, he was Chief Financial Officer of a medium sized operating business, where he was responsible for managing accounting, analysis, budgeting, controls, financing, reporting, systems, etc. His prior experience includes accounting due diligence, business planning and audit roles on countless acquisitions, dispositions and debt financings for national accounting firms including Crowe Chizek and Grant Thornton.

Mr. Kuiper earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Indiana University.
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Administrative Professionals

Luisa Tabares
Controller

Ms. Tabares has over 19 years of accounting experience and is responsible for administration, audits, capital calls and distributions, compliance, financial and tax reporting as well as investor communications. Prior to joining Pine Tree Equity in 2007, she was an accountant at national accounting firms including CBIZ and Cherry Bekhaert.
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Elizabeth Gonzalez
Office Manager

Mrs. Gonzalez works closely with the Managing Partner to ensure the smooth operation of the firmís day-to-day business as well as investor communications. Prior to joining Pine Tree Equity in 2009, she was a Director at Miami Market Research, a recruiting and research firm in Miami.

Mrs. Gonzalez earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Florida International University.
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