Chairman, CEO, Roth Capital Partners
WHY: Largest investment bank based in Orange County. Has raised more than $57B for small cap companies and completed 335 merger, acquisitions, and advisory assignments. Host of biggest annual finance conference in South OC at Ritz-Carlton. Settled dispute with predecessor owner and fellow OC 500 Walter Cruttenden and invested in latter’s big hit, Acorns.
RECENT: Raised $50M fund RX3 with Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers and firm’s Nate Raabe to invest in growth-stage venture capital; has invested thus far in Cruttenden’s Blast, Hydrow, CorePower Yoga and Privé Revaux Eyewear.
QUOTABLE: “I like raising capital for companies. There is nothing better.”