Meet the Celeridem Team
Chief Investment Officer, Managing Member and Member of Investment Committee
Mr. Govindan is Managing Member of newly-formed Celeridem Capital Management, LLC and Managing Member of Blue Pine Partners, LLC, a private equity fund investing primarily in U.S. community banks, since 2014. From 2004 - 2014, Mr. Govindan held various positions at Resource America, Inc., an $18 billion AUM asset management company managing alternative assets such as real estate, credit, private equity, and other assets. Among his roles at Resource America, he served as President of Resource Financial Institutions Group, Inc. (RFIG), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Resource America, Inc. Through RFIG and its affiliates, Mr. Govindan originated, monitored, and managed approximately $4.3 billion in debt and equity investments issued by community banks and other financial services companies. He also performed various corporate development functions for RAI and affiliates, including the rollout of Resource Home Loans, a new effort to implement a residential mortgage strategy on behalf of Resource Capital Corp. (NYSE: RSO), a REIT Resource America externally manages, which included the acquisition of a mortgage company and recruitment of a senior team to implement a residential mortgage strategy; rollout out of Northport Capital, a group formed to implement a corporate middle market direct lending strategy; and a strategic corporate investment in LifeCare Funding, Inc., an origination platform for off-the- run life settlement assets (typically long term care conversion transactions). Member of RFIG, Trapeza Capital Management, Resource Credit Solutions, Resource Home Loans, and LifeCare Funding investment committees. From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Govindan was Principal of Beehive Ventures, LLC, a venture capital firm that invested in FinTech media technology. Highlights include eMarketer, Inc., and Restricted Stock Solutions, Inc. (sold to Sunguard). Prior to that, he served as Director of Corporate Development for IQ Financial Systems, Inc., a DB Ventures portfolio company that was sold to Misys. Prior to that, he served as Associate in Fixed Income Derivatives at BT Alex Brown.
Mr. Govindan is Vice Chairman of First NBC Bank Holding Co. (NSADAQ: FNBC) in New Orleans, LA, and Director of Colorado National Bancorp in Denver, CO. Mr. Govindan is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, B.A. in English and minor in Economics, 1995.
Managing Member, Investment Committee
Mr. Hunt is a Managing Director of Atlantic Merchant Capital Advisors, LLC. Mr. Hunt has a vast amount of experience in assisting, analyzing and advising public and private middle market companies with various strategic alternatives regarding the debt and equity capital markets, mergers & acquisitions, and restructuring alternatives. Mr. Hunt served from 1998 to 2012 in various capacities at Kendrick Pierce & Co., a boutique investment banking firm serving middle market companies, of which he was a founding partner. From 2006 through 2012, Mr. Hunt served as President of Kendrick Pierce & Co and co-managed the firm.
Mr. Hunt graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelor of science in chemistry and a secondary focus in industrial psychology and earth & atmospheric sciences.
Managing Member, Investment Committee
Mr. Hunt is a founder and the Managing Partner of Atlantic Merchant Capital Advisors, LLC. Mr. Hunt has 25 years experience in mergers and acquisitions, private placements, public offerings, and strategic financial advisory assignments as both an advisor and investor. Prior to founding AMCA, Mr. Hunt was a co-founder and CEO Kendrick Pierce & Co. Mr. Hunt co-managed Kendrick Pierce & Co with fellow AMCA partner, Jeff Hunt and was instrumental in the firm’s growth into one of the leading investment banks in the Southeast. Kendrick Pierce & Co focused on the financial services industry (including depository institutions, financial technology, outsourcers, asset management and specialty finance). In addition to its investment banking practice, Kendrick Pierce & Co was an active investor in community banks, trust companies, financial technology and outsourcers - most notably were the investments in Mortgage Services Holdings and ProVest, which produced a total return of 21x and 11x, respectively, the firm’s invested capital. Prior to Kendrick Pierce & Co, Mr. Hunt was an associate vice president of Ryan Beck & Co, a full-service investment bank serving financial institutions.
Mr. Hunt holds a B.S. in Finance from the College of Business at the University of South Florida.
Allan S. Martin
Mr. Martin is chairman of Atlantic Merchant Capital Investors, a merchant bank in Tampa, Florida founded in 2009. He is also the managing partner of Fleur De Lis Partners. Mr. Martin's other director positions include: Oxbridge RE Holdings, a publicly traded, Grand Cayman-based reinsurance company; Florida Capital Group, parent of Florida Capital Bank, for which he is also audit chair; Vice Chairman of the Moffitt Medical Group; Chairman of the Martin Family Foundation and Trustee of Jesuit High School in Tampa. Mr. Martin is also a director of several companies in which Atlantic or its principals hold equity interests. Prior to Atlantic, Mr. Martin was CEO of MCS Holdings, the second largest mortgage field services firm in the United States from 2003 to 2009. He is a founder and principal shareholder of US Ameribank. He started his career as a tax associate with Deloitte and Touche.
He has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Southern Maine.