OUR TEAM

Executive Leadership

Michael J. Cavallaro
As Chairman, CEO & Founder, Mr. Cavallaro serves as the dynamic figurehead responsible for overseeing MJC Partners, LLC family of companies.

As the leader of MJC Partners, LLC, Mr. Cavallaro has a proven insight into the elements that breed success within a company that offers such a diverse set of services. Mr. Cavallaro specializes in mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning and capital advisory. With the backbone of MJC Partners being investment banking, Mr. Cavallaro has extensive proven success in structuring, negotiating and executing numerous transactions over his 10+ years in the business. He has also been involved in several capital raises with a focus on the issuance of equity through private placements of debt and equity instruments.

A natural born entrepreneur, Mr. Cavallaro wholeheartedly believes that a positive understanding of our clients’ needs creates relationships that lead to loyalty and support, a theme that has been demonstrated in MJC Partners track record since its founding in 2014. MJC Partners currently ranks 4th in M&A deals done in the Western U.S. and is tied for 1st in the number of private placements. Mr. Cavallaro has long benefitted from a diverse skill set and a genuine interest in people which has naturally established an extensive network of friendships and business partnerships throughout his rewarding career.

Carlton Jenkins
Carlton Jenkins is President of the financial services division at MJC Partners. In his capacity as President, he provides oversight and ongoing strategic direction to a team of professionals focused on providing the highest level of service, best in class execution and industry knowledge to the firm’s financial services clients.

Mr. Jenkins is a career financial services executive, recognized locally and nationally for his commitment to and history of success in looking creatively at ways to deploy capital, banking, and financial services products and services into emerging markets and underserved communities. Mr. Jenkins has been either a Founder or Co-Founder at two minority-owned banks while also serving as Chairman, President & CEO of one of the most successful minority-owned banks in the country. He has helped raise and deploy institutional capital into urban markets as a partner with one of the country’s most successful private equity firms and has also provided diversity and urban-market related advice and counsel to a number of commercial banks, fortune 500 companies and a number of GSE’s. His leadership as a board member and advisor has also been provided at the highest level to a number of both corporate and non-profit organizations focused on issues such as entrepreneurship, job creation, capital formation, community economic development and social services.

Mr. Jenkins’ experience, relationships and knowledge of both the financial services landscape as well other verticals, gives MJC Partners a unique competitive advantage as it continues on its path toward building a family of professional client focused companies.

Investment Banking Team

Robert Kuykendall
Mr. Kuykendall is Vice President at MJC Partners serving in a capacity of advising clients on mergers & acquisitions and capital raising, determining enterprise valuations, and originating new deals. Mr. Kuykendall brings with him over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining MJC Partners, Mr. Kuykendall served as an Associate Director with Sheshunoff & Co. Investment Banking advising community banks throughout the United States on M&A transactions, providing bank stock valuations, and assisting boards with strategic planning sessions. Prior to that role, Mr. Kuykendall served as an equity research analyst for Century Management, an asset management firm with $2.2 billion in assets under management. Over the course of his career, Mr. Kuykendall also provided retail investment services to individual, corporate, and not-for-profit clients during his tenures at T. Rowe Price and Mutual of America. Mr. Kuykendall graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and a Certificate in Computer Information Systems. Mr. Kuykendall is licensed as a registered representative with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and holds the following licenses: Series 62 and 63.
David Gutterman
Mr. Gutterman is a Vice President at MJC Partners serving in a capacity of advising clients on mergers & acquisitions and capital raising, determining enterprise valuations, corporate development, and originating new deals. Mr. Gutterman brings with him over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining MJC Partners in 2015, Mr. Gutterman was an Associate with Sterne Agee’s Financial Institutions Investment Banking group in Newport Beach. Prior to that role, Mr. Gutterman was an Associate at Arbor Advisors in Palo Alto, executing M&A and private placements for private technology companies. Previously, Mr. Gutterman spent four years at JP Morgan Securities in the Private Client Services division. Originally from the Bay Area, Mr. Gutterman holds both a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. Mr. Gutterman is licensed as a registered representative with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and holds the following licenses: Series 7, 63, 66, and 79.
Miles Wix
Mr. Wix is an Associate at MJC Partners and is responsible for M&A, capital raising and valuation analysis for the firm. Originally from Southern California, Mr. Wix holds a Bachelor of Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in Business Administration with a concentration in Financial Management. Mr. Wix has passed the CFA level 1 exam.
Giovanni Catalano
Mr. Catalano is an Associate at MJC Partners and is responsible for M&A, capital raising and valuation analysis for the firm. Mr. Catalano began his career in banking as an Analyst reporting to the executive group of United Bankshares, Inc. in Washington, D.C. During his time with United Bankshares, Inc., Mr. Catalano was responsible for developing and implementing the process around the bank’s first time Dodd Frank Act stress testing submission and providing quantitative support to the executive group in the areas of asset/liability and interest rate risk management, liquidity management, and financial planning and analysis. Prior to that role, Mr. Catalano worked as a graduate assistant where he developed and maintained forecasting models under the Directors of Budgeting and Institutional Research at West Virginia University. Mr. Catalano graduated from West Virginia University with an M.S. Finance degree and has passed all three levels of the CFA exam.

Marketing Team

Chandler Harris
Ms. Harris is the Marketing Manager and has been with the firm since 2017. Alongside the Marketing Director, Ms. Harris is responsible for events and the firm’s external marketing communications. Prior to this position, Ms. Harris worked in the Public Relations department for Molina Healthcare, a low-income healthcare provider located in Long Beach, California. Ms. Harris received both her BA in Communications and her MA in Marketing from Azusa Pacific University.
Natalia Jenkins

Ms. Jenkins is the Marketing Assistant for MJC Partners and has been with the firm since 2018. Ms. Jenkins’ responsibilities include undertaking daily administrative responsibilities to ensure the functionality and coordination of the department’s activities, assisting in the organizing of promotional, business branding and charitable events, including the creation of marketing related materials to support the events and often attending them to facilitate their success. Additionally she provides support  to the firm’s executives and team members with various marketing related projects. Prior to joining MJC Partners, Ms. Jenkins worked in the fashion and retail  industries for such companies as Lucky Brand Jeans, Bliss, and Ross Stores. Ms. Jenkins is a Los Angeles native and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Apparel Merchandising from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Operations

Michelle Chan
Ms. Chan is the Director of Operations and has over 17 years of operations management experience, 10 of which are in the investment banking industry and in the private equity arena. Ms. Chan has worked for established companies, such as The Yucaipa Companies, LLC, BioSource International Inc., Rock & Republic Enterprises, Inc., and West Model & Talent Convention. She is responsible for streamlining and increasing the efficiency of the office management process. She serves to be an effective agent for the betterment of an organization’s culture in support of a company’s overall strategic goals. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ms. Chan has a Bachelor of Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara.