Investment Team

Mack McLarty

Mack McLarty is Chairman of McLarty Capital Partners. He is also Chairman of McLarty Associates, an international strategic advisory firm based in Washington D.C., and Chairman of the McLarty Companies, a fourth-generation, family-owned transportation business. The McLarty Companies’ activities include RML Automotive, which is the largest minority-owned automotive dealer group in the country, as well as significant investments and operations in Brazil, Mexico, and China.

Previously, he spent a decade as Chairman and CEO of Arkla, a Fortune 500 natural gas company. Under his leadership, Arkla grew to be the largest natural gas distributor in the United States, with more than two million customers in 11 states, and won recognition for management excellence, environmental initiatives and minority enterprise development.

Mr. McLarty served in the White House under President Clinton in several key positions: Chief of Staff, Counselor to the President and Special Envoy for the Americas, with over five years of service in the President’s Cabinet and on the National Economic Council. In recognition of his work, Mr. McLarty was awarded the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Medal.

Mr. McLarty also worked with President Carter as a member of the Democratic National Committee, was appointed to the National Petroleum Council and the National Council on Environmental Quality by President George H.W. Bush, and served on the St. Louis Federal Reserve Board from 1989 until joining the Clinton Administration in 1992.

Mr. McLarty is active on a variety of corporate and nonprofit boards, including Union Pacific and the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund. In addition, he serves as a Senior Advisor to the law firm Covington & Burling, as well as a Senior International Fellow at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is also an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Arkansas, Mr. McLarty was awarded an honorary doctorate from his alma mater in 2000.

Christopher Smith

Christopher D. Smith is the Co-Founder and President of MCP and leads MCP’s investment efforts. Since 1999, Mr. Smith has focused exclusively on the lower middle market, and has participated in the growth and maturation of the asset class.

From 1999 to 2012, Mr. Smith was an investment professional at GarMark Partners, one of the longest tenured managers of private junior capital in North America. As a principal and member of the investment committee at GarMark, Mr. Smith participated in an investment strategy focused on generating both current income and capital appreciation. Prior to joining GarMark in 1999, Mr. Smith worked at PaineWebber Inc. in the Investment Banking Division. Mr. Smith focused on the transportation and defense industries in the industrial group, and began his career in the equity capital markets group focusing on initial public offerings and follow-on equity offerings.

Mr. Smith received his B.S. from Georgetown University, where he completed a double major in finance and international business, and played varsity football. Mr. Smith also studied comparative business policy and international finance at Oxford University’s Trinity College. Mr. Smith has served on creditor committees and numerous boards of directors, including Satellite Tracking of People, Smart Tuition, RPET Holdings, Tire Group International and Joan Fabrics.

Monro Lanier

Monro B. Lanier, III is the Vice Chairman and a Managing Principal of MCP's Small Business Fund, and brings twenty-four years of small business private investment experience to the Small Business Fund’s investment activities. Mr. Lanier has considerable Small Business Administration (SBA) regulatory experience, including leadership roles as the former Chairman of the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies (the primary industry trade association for SBICs, now known as the Small Business Investor Alliance) and Chairman of the Venture Capital Institute. Over the course of his career, Mr. Lanier has participated in numerous investments in small businesses and served on many boards of directors and board committees.

Prior to joining MCP, Mr. Lanier was a Vice President of Hickory Venture Capital Corp., an SBIC, where he negotiated, structured and executed approximately thirty mezzanine and equity capital investments in small to mid-sized companies in a wide range of industries throughout the South, Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic regions. Mr. Lanier interacted regularly with the SBA on compliance matters and annual examinations.

Prior to his role at Hickory Venture Capital Corp., Mr. Lanier was a planning analyst with Sonat/Southern Natural Gas and economic analyst with Reynolds Metals Corporation. Mr. Lanier is currently an advisory board member of Innovation Valley Partners, an affiliate of Battelle Ventures that focuses on companies in the health and life sciences, security, and energy and environment sectors. Mr. Lanier was commissioned as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army and achieved a final rank of Captain. Mr. Lanier has two degrees from the University of Virginia, a B.A. in Economics with distinction/cum laude and an MBA from The Darden School where he received both the Shermet Award and the Faculty Award.

Beau Blair

Beau Blair is a Managing Principal of MCP’s Small Business Fund and sits on the Investment Committee. Mr. Blair has worked with the McLarty family for over five years facilitating both new partnerships and the expansion of existing business units. Mr. Blair is a Co-Founder and Director of GDV Imports Mexico S.A.P.I de C.V., the exclusive wholesale distributor of Jaguar Land Rover to Mexico. Mr. Blair is also a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the asset management company CapRocq Automotive LLC, a strategic partnership with W.P. Carey (NYSE: WPC) currently managing a real estate portfolio of $80 million.

Previously, Mr. Blair was an Executive Director of global investment banking at J.P. Morgan in New York where he started as an Associate in Mergers & Acquisitions before becoming a senior member of the Industrials Group advising on a wide variety of corporate finance transactions. Mr. Blair began his professional career at Stephens Inc. in the bank broker dealer and corporate finance advisory groups prior to focusing on strategic and business development for Alltel Information Services.

Mr. Blair earned a B.A. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and an M.B.A from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, Austin. Mr. Blair serves on the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Foundation Fund Board, The Boys and Girls Club of Central Arkansas Board, and is Co-Chair of the Catholic High School for Boys Steering Committee.

Parris Boyd

Parris Boyd is a Principal of MCP’s Small Business Fund. Mr. Boyd has focused exclusively on advising and providing capital to small businesses for over a decade.

Prior to his role at MCP, Mr. Boyd advised a variety of small businesses on operational restructuring and fundraising and served as an investment professional at GarMark Partners, where he worked with Mr. Smith. As a member of the investment team at GarMark, Mr. Boyd sourced, led and successfully exited several private debt and equity investments in the business services, education and consumer products industries. Previously, Mr. Boyd worked at American Capital, Ltd. in the Leveraged Buyout Group. During his time at American Capital, Mr. Boyd executed and oversaw a portfolio of control equity investments in a wide variety of lower middle market businesses and industries. Mr. Boyd began his career in Investment Banking at Jackson Securities and Wachovia Securities, where he focused on equity research and advising small businesses on mergers & acquisitions and private placements.

Mr. Boyd received his B.A. from Clark Atlanta University, where he completed a major in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.

Lisa Moraglia

Lisa Moraglia is a Principal of MCP’s Small Business Fund where she is focused on the Fund’s marketing and investment activities. Over the past two decades, Ms. Moraglia has focused on making senior debt investments in companies ranging from large publicly-traded companies to small, private-equity owned businesses. Prior to joining MCP, Ms. Moraglia was a Principal at Small Business Community Capital, an Impact SBIC fund, where she was responsible for identifying, structuring and executing new deal opportunities and was a member of the Investment Committee. Previously, Ms. Moraglia was a Vice President in the middle market CLO group at Ares Management LLC, where she focused on underwriting and portfolio management for middle market companies in a variety of industries including Retail, Food, Home Building Products and Business Services. Prior to Ares, Ms. Moraglia worked for several foreign banks that maintained a U.S. presence, where she evaluated and executed on syndicated and bi-lateral financing opportunities for multi-national corporations.

Ms. Moraglia received her B.A. from Fordham University, where she earned a degree in Italian Literature. 

Blake Chandler

Blake Chandler is a Principal of MCP’s Small Business Fund. He has spent almost 20 years in various finance and accounting roles with both public firms and private companies. Before joining MCP, Mr. Chandler was a Business Advisory partner at HoganTaylor, a regional public accounting firm headquartered in Tulsa Oklahoma. While at HoganTaylor, Mr. Chandler provided small business clients with consulting services related to buy-sale transactions, financial reporting, accounting processes and tax planning. Mr. Chandler began his career with Arthur Andersen in its audit group where he worked on both small, closely-held private businesses and large publicly traded companies. He worked for five years at a Fortune 500 telecommunications company where he served as the Director of Corporate Accounting and Financial Planning. Mr. Chandler’s experience encompasses a broad range of industries including automotive retail, commercial construction, manufacturing, health care, telecommunications and real estate.

Mr. Chandler is a graduate of The University of Arkansas where he was a double major in Accounting and Finance.

Tedmond Wong

Tedmond Y. Wong is a Vice President at MCP's Small Business Fund, where he is involved in all aspects of the Fund's investment activities.

Mr. Wong began his career in private equity as an analyst at Wasserstein & Co., where he evaluated middle market buyout opportunities in the domestic consumer products and media sectors. Mr. Wong has also spent time in the capital markets group of the law firm Herbert Smith LLP in London in 2011 and 2012. In addition, Mr. Wong brings operational and fundraising experience from leadership and advisory roles at small businesses in the talent agency and manufacturing industries.

Mr. Wong holds an MBA, with a concentration in finance, from The Wharton School where he served as Co-Chair of the Wharton Restructuring & Distressed Investing Conference in 2013. Mr. Wong also holds a J.D. from Penn Law School, where he served as an editor of the Penn Law Review and received the Nathan Burkan Memorial Award for best paper on copyright law. Mr. Wong received his B.A. cum laude in economics from Harvard University.

Lauren Slabaugh Steel

Lauren Slabaugh Steel is a Vice President at MCP's Small Business Fund. Prior to joining MCP, Mrs. Steel spent seven years at Stephens Inc., a privately-owned investment bank focused on small and middle market companies. At Stephens, Mrs. Steel served as an Equity Research Analyst covering Internet Technology as well as Mortgage & Real Estate Services. Mrs. Steel spent three years in corporate finance focusing on private equity capital raises, follow-on equity offerings and M&A transactions for commercial banks and consumer companies, and also spent a year in institutional equity sales covering Western Europe and the Southwestern US.

Mrs. Steel holds a master's degree in Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and graduated summa cum laude from the Sam. M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas with a degree in International Finance.

Peter Strome

Peter A. Strome is an Associate at MCP’s Small Business Fund. Prior to joining MCP, Mr. Strome spent three years as an Analyst in the Diversified Industrials group at Stifel, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings and other strategic advisory initiatives for middle market companies. Mr. Strome currently serves on the Board of Advisors for Blue Jays Unlimited, the development and networking organization of Johns Hopkins University Athletics.

Mr. Strome holds a B.A. in Economics from Johns Hopkins University, where he graduated with honors. 

Brian Peters

Brian L. Peters is an Associate at MCP’s Small Business Fund. Prior to joining MCP, Mr. Peters spent two years as an Associate at Fortress Investment Group in the Transportation and Infrastructure practice, where he evaluated buyout and investment opportunities in the rail and energy sectors. Mr. Peters began his career as an Analyst in the Transportation and Logistics group at Stifel, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, and other strategic advisory initiatives for middle market companies.

Mr. Peters holds a B.A. in Economics from Johns Hopkins University, where he graduated with honors. 

Allie Reitman

Allie Reitman is the Executive Assistant at MCP. Ms. Reitman brings a wide range of organizational and marketing experience to the company.

Prior to joining MCP Ms. Reitman was involved in the public relations and marketing strategies of two online retail businesses. In addition, Ms. Reitman brings fundraising experience from leadership advisory roles in her philanthropic activities.

Ms. Reitman holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Towson University. She received a Certificate in Human Resource Fundamentals from Baruch College in the spring of 2017.