Steve Cinelli has been engaged in corporate finance, strategy, business development and financial technology throughout his career. Beginning with Bank of America, he served in its Technology Banking Group, later to become part of Security Pacific Bank’s Merchant Banking Group focused on leveraged buyout financing, and initiated the Bank’s mezzanine lending activities. He served as a principal at Knightsbridge Partners, a private equity firm.
Before “crowdfunding” was became a term, Steve co-founded, in 1999, OffRoad Capital, a private capital market for unregistered securities, enabling emerging growth companies to raise up to $15 million of equity funding through a captive global market of 12,000 accredited investors. Serving on the board and overseeing the investment banking and international activities, he is recognized as the ?inventor? on the patent filing of the market system, having designed the framework, protocols, and business model.
Ten years later, Steve founded another market platform, PRIMARQ, which addresses the need to bring new equity capital into the housing finance system. Recognizing that the excessive use of mortgage debt is no longer a viable in financing residential real estate, PRIMARQ is a paradigm shift approach in a multi-trillion dollar market in the US and abroad.
Academically, he received a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from Santa Clara University, and was awarded a Masters Degree in International Finance from Golden Gate University. A frequent speaker on technology and capital markets, he has served as a founding panelist at Oxford University (UK) in its Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford program, the Global Technology Conference in Southern California and the GrowCalifornia Conference. He has published a number of papers regarding housing finance, sustainable home ownership and mortgage risk mitigation, and has been interviewed on similar topics by the major media.
Steve dedicates significant time to non-profit activities, including serving as Chairman of the Charles A. Becker Foundation and formerly as President of Saints and Sinners Fund, two foundations devoted to needy and deserving children, providing grants for artistic and educational development, family services and health care. He was a founding board member of the California Music Project, a private-public initiative to promote music education within the California school system. Furthering his commitment to music education, he is a Trustee of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, a member of The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation, and has produced a series of concerts and theatrical productions benefiting music education.
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