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Stony Lonesome Group is a boutique merchant bank that makes private equity and venture capital investments. SLG is not a dedicated fund. We structure each investment as a unique Special Purpose Vehicle and allow investors to opt-in or opt-out on a deal by deal basis. By definition, a merchant bank is a principal investor and not just an advisor or an investment banker. Our value proposition is that we provide individual investors and small family offices access to unique deals that we originate and lead and allow them to invest their capital alongside sophisticated sector specific institutional investors.
Stony Lonesome Group is a generalist, but tends to favor investments in areas like National Security, Homeland Defense, and Military/Defense related companies. We will invest across the capital structure to include equity, debt, and short term credit financings. Our typical investment ranges from $100,000 to $1mm and we will syndicate larger deals in the $1mm to $10mm range.
We are hands on investors who use our vast network of operating partners and venture partners to help us source, diligence, and monitor our portfolio companies. We tend to take “execution risk” and avoid “technology risk”. Finally, at the end of the day, we are looking to back strong management teams and provide them with the capital and mentorship to help them reach their potential.
Stony Lonesome Group
Sean Drake is the Founder and Managing Partner of Stony Lonesome Group. Previously he was a Partner at Endeavor Capital Management where he was responsible for leading the fund raising efforts and was also an active deal partner sourcing several opportunities and playing an active role in working with portfolio companies. His primary areas of expertise are in Defense & Security as well Financial Services & Alternative Investments.
Mr. Drake has experience in fund raising and marketing alternative investments and founded Hedge Fund Boot Camp, a series of workshops focused on helping emerging managers develop and refine their marketing strategies. Prior to joining Endeavor, Mr. Drake spent eight years in Institutional Sales at boutique institutional broker dealers TradeTrek Securities (Co-Founder) and Vector Partners where his clients included institutional investors, plan sponsors, and hedge funds.
Previously, Mr. Drake was a coach with USA Cycling and USA Triathlon at the United States Olympic Training Center. He is a former national caliber elite triathlete who competed in Duathlon and Ironman World Championship events. He also served five years as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army, attaining the rank of Captain. His qualifications include Ranger, Airborne, and Expert Infantryman’s Badge.
Mr. Drake earned a BS in Engineering Management from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MS in Exercise Science from the University of Colorado. He holds the Series 7, 24, and 63 licenses.
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