Strategic Capitalization Advisor

Todd D. Spener, Managing Partner

Managing Partner

Mr. Spener has over 30 years of experience providing capital solutions to venture-backed, middle-market, and large-cap companies in pursuit of value creation through organic growth, special projects, acquisitions, and restructurings.  He has served institutional platforms, as well as private partnership firms in leadership roles as a principal underwriter, lender, investor, advisor, and arranger of debt, equity, and structured investments. 

While living in New York City, Todd served on the Board of Deacons of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church.Today, he serves on the executive board of University City Children’s Center and LUME Institute, Business Retention and Expansion Committee for St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, and the advisory council for U.S. China International Institute.

Todd and his wife, Tricia, are raising two young children, Kate and TJ.  He is a sports and fitness enthusiast, avid reader of non-fiction, and has a passion for food, wine, and travel. 

Transaction Experience

Company Type Number of Transactions Transaction Size Financing Commitments
Venture 49 $328M $309M
Lower Middle Market 12 $355M $341M
Middle Market 14 $2.68B $2.17B
Large Cap 2 $23B $420M
Project Financing 12 $434M $121M
Tax Exempt Financing 8 $262M $262M
Equipment Financing 87 $285M $285M
Restaurant, Retail, Real Estate 27 $170M $150M
TOTAL 238 $27.81B $4.28B

Professional Experience


Mr. Spener formed Venmark Capital Advisors, LLC in 2015 to provide capital advisory services to closely-held middle-market companies and capital providers.  Prior to forming Venmark, he served as Managing Director for two years with FTL Capital (Lewis & Clark Capital ), an independent private equity sponsor and family investment office. 


Todd Spener has cultivated a broad range of capital market relationships across the institutional lending, private equity, and venture capital communities – including General Electric Capital Corporation, which relocated him from New York City to St. Louis in 2006 to serve as Senior Vice President of its newly aligned Corporate Finance group.  In this role, he led the way to re-establish an important Midwest regional office by growing its structured lending and investment portfolios. 

In 2008, GE Capital nominated and sponsored Todd for the Executive MBA (“EMBA”) program at the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis.  Upon completing the program, GE Capital tapped him for a national role in its Corporate Finance group as Managing Director – Strategic Marketing and Business Development where he was responsible for developing and implementing leverage finance, uni-tranche, enterprise and cash-flow lending strategies across the U.S., resulting in significant year-over-year growth in newly originated loans and investments, expanded profit margins (spreads), and improved underwriting, processing, and portfolio management KPI’s (“key performance indicators“).  


Todd started his career in corporate finance with Bell Atlantic Capital Corporation in Dallas, Texas, after earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, Texas.  Bell Atlantic hired him into its commercial credit underwriting and training program where he originated and closed equipment leasing transactions, real estate loans, and project financings.  After two years in Dallas, Bell Atlantic Capital relocated Todd to the Washington, D.C. area as part of its leadership training and management development program.  He served Bell Atlantic Capital, Bell Atlantic Network Services, and Bell Atlantic International for 10 years in various management roles.


After Bell Atlantic, Todd was hired as Vice President & Chief Financial Officer by Optex Communications Corporation, a development-stage information storage technology company where he managed capitalization and capital raising initiatives, along with day-to-day administrative, accounting, and finance operations.  In 1996, Todd relocated to New York City where he joined Charter Financial, Inc., a specialty finance company backed by E. M. Warburg Pincus, as its Vice President & Division Head of its Capital Markets Finance group.  He helped to establish, manage, and grow the firm’s venture debt capital division and portfolio.  Charter Financial was later acquired by Wells Fargo, and Todd subsequently joined the investment banking firm of Carreden Group, Incorporated as Managing Director. 

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