Mr. Benz serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Viking and is a member of the Investment Committee. His responsibilities include assuring a steady flow of candidate deals, making asset allocation and risk management decisions and overseeing all business and investment operations.
He has more than 20 years of experience specializing in investment banking and corporate advisory services for small growth companies in the areas of financing, merger/acquisition, funding strategy and general corporate development. Prior to founding Viking, Mr. Benz founded Bi Coastal Consulting Company where he advised hundreds of companies regarding private placements, initial public offerings, secondary public offerings and acquisitions. He has founded three public companies and served as a director for four other public companies. Prior to Bi Coastal Consulting Company Mr. Benz was responsible for private placements and investment banking activities at Gilford Securities. Mr. Benz is a graduate of Notre Dame University.