Our People

Seasoned professionals and venture capitalists lead VCapital with extensive, successful experience in venture capital, investment banking, investment management, start-ups, and successful exits. The team has a proven track record in identifying attractive investment opportunities, conducting due diligence on and valuing prospective investments, negotiating terms, and monitoring and managing a portfolio of those investments.

Notable investments by our team include: Cleversafe, Cybersource, Beyond.com, AOL, Health Magazine, Advent International, Atlantic American Cablevision, Nanophase Technologies, Illinois Superconductor Corporation, and Omniflow.

Venture Capitalist Len Batterson

Leonard A. BattersonFounder, Chairman, CEO, Chief Investment Officer

Len is a veteran venture capitalist and entrepreneur who has invested in and founded many venture-backed entrepreneurial companies and venture capital investment organizations since 1982. He is currently Chairman and CEO of Batterson Venture Capital, LLC (“BVC”), headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

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James Vaughan

James E. VaughanCo-Founder, Chief Investor Relations Officer, Member of The Advisory Board of Directors

Jim joined Batterson Venture Capital LLC in September of 2009 as a Managing Principal to head the firm’s new business development and client communications efforts. With nearly 25 years in the financial services industry, Jim brings expertise in all facets of creating customized investment solutions for high-net-worth individuals and small institutional clients. Read More

Ryan KolePartner

Ryan is an entrepreneur and former trader at the Chicago Board Options Exchange, who has consulted for hedge funds and family offices. Prior to joining VCapital, Ryan was a Venture Associate for DreamIt Ventures, an East Coast based venture capital firm, where he actively screened companies for their accelerator program. Read More

Rich McMenaminVice President, Business Development

Rich McMenamin joined VCapital in January 2019 as Vice President of Business Development. Rich’s primary responsibilities are to further broaden the investor base of high net worth individuals seeking access to top grade venture capital investment opportunities.

Drawing on his extensive industry experience in multiple sectors (financial services, electronics manufacturing, graphic arts, industrial distribution, landscape construction), Read More

Peter BanasController

Peter Banas joined VCapital in September 2019 as Controller to head the firm’s finances and client reporting. Prior to joining VCapital, Peter worked at Jones Lang LaSalle, a commercial real estate services firm, in their New Business team where he worked to build relationships and establish financial reporting requirements with new clients. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Illinois.

Peter earned his Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette and is currently pursuing his MBA from the University Of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Ben Rowland

Ben RowlandChief Technology Officer

Ben is the co-founder of Tecture, a web design and development firm based in Chicago. Prior to Tecture, he was the Senior Software Engineer at Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) in Chicago, where he led the design and development of .NET applications. Read More

Kenneth M. FreemanStrategic Marketing Officer, Member of The Advisory Board of Directors

Ken’s role with VCapital leverages his 35-year career in marketing to capitalize on recent regulatory changes permitting media promotion of venture capital investment opportunities among the estimated 8 million U.S. accredited investors. Read More

Frederick T. TuckerExecutive Advisor, Member of The Advisory Board of Directors

Frederick Tucker is an engineer by training, a former top executive at Motorola, Inc. and an Indy car racing enthusiast. An advisor to start-up companies, Fred has served on several boards, including chairman of ITS America, an advisory board to the US Department of Transportation responsible for assuring the coordination of public and private intelligent transportation initiatives in the United States. Read More

Advisory Board

Timothy DanisMember of The Advisory Board of Directors

Tim Danis is Chairman and Founder of Risk Consulting Partners and a senior advisor to the investment firms Rising Tide and Sheridan Legacy.  He was Chairman, Founder and Senior Managing Principal at RCP Advisors LLC, a successful private equity investment firm and, before RCP, held key positions at Aon Corporation Read More

C. James “Jim” PrieurMember of The Advisory Board of Directors

Jim Prieur is a former Chief Executive Officer and director of CNO Financial Group, Inc. with over 30 years of finance, investment management, risk management, and international business experience. Read More

Lloyd ShefskyMember of The Advisory Board of Directors

Lloyd Shefsky is a Clinical Professor of Family Enterprises at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management where he has taught the course he developed, “Successful Entrepreneurship,” and serves as Co-Director (and founder) of the Kellogg School’s Center for Family Enterprises, as well as Co-Founder of the Kellogg School’s Center for Executive Women. Read More

Peter MasonMember of The Advisory Board of Directors

Peter Mason is a Freeborn Peters Founding Partner, former Chairman of the Firm’s Executive Committee and a Partner in the Corporate Practice Group. Read More

Casey CowellMember of The Advisory Board of Directors

Casey Cowell graduated from the University of Chicago receiving an A.B. degree in Economics in 1975. In 1976, at the age of 23, he co-founded U.S. Robotics, Inc. He served as Chairman and CEO throughout the company’s history culminating in its merger into 3COM Corporation. Read More