Private Debt/Equity Expert to Speak at Whitman, March 23-24

The Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University will host a guest lecture by Richard P. Buckanavage ’88 MBA, president and CEO of Patriot Capital Funding, on March 23 starting at 5:30 p.m. in Room 204. The lecture, titled “State of the Private Debt and Equity Markets,” is free and open to Whitman students, staff, and faculty. It is part of the Whitman Wall Street Speaker Series, hosted by the Graduate Programs Office.

In addition to the Wall Street Speaker Series, Buckanavage will also speak in Whitman’s Bank Management and New/Emerging Markets courses at 3:45 p.m. in Room 303. On March 24, Buckanavage will also speak in the Whitman’s Financial Management course at 11 a.m. and 12: 30 p.m. in Room 104.

Buckanavage is also a member of the board of directors of Patriot Capital Funding, which is a specialty finance company focused on the lower end of the middle market, typically investing in companies with $2-$8 million in EBITDA. Since co-founding Patriot Capital in 2003, Buckanavage has guided the firm through investments in approximately 60 companies and deployed more than $625 million in capital.

Previously, Buckanavage was managing director and head of debt sales at GE Capital Markets, the broker-dealer of GE Capital Corporation, from 1999 to 2003 where he was responsible for all domestic debt syndication and private placement activities. From 1995 to 1999, Buckanavage was a senior vice president and Midwest region manager for Creditanstalt Corporate Finance. During that time, he was also a senior investment officer at Creditanstalt Small Business Investment Corporation, CCFI's private equity unit that originated and managed a portfolio of non-control equity investments. In these roles, Buckanavage managed a portfolio of senior secured loans, subordinated debt, and equity investments in excess of $1.2 billion. While at CSBIC, Buckanavage was also a member of the board of directors of several of CSBIC's portfolio companies.

His professional experience also includes various business development and portfolio management roles in the leveraged finance groups at Bank of America, and Fleet Bank and its predecessors. Buckanavage earned his MBA degree from the Whitman School in 1988.

Whitman’s Wall Street Speaker Series brings to campus experts in a variety of business fields to share their perspective on current events with SU students. For more information, contact Amy Mehringer Schmitz, director of communications in the Whitman School, at (315) 443-3834 or