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Patriot Capital Management Team
Chris Santy
Managing Director & President

Chris Santy, Managing Director of Patriot Capital, brings more than 15 years of business equipment finance, loan, and leasing experience focused solely on the Retail and Commercial Petroleum industry. Prior to his efforts at Patriot Capital, Chris ran the Southeast Region for Tokai Financial Services, a division of Tokai Bank of Japan, soliciting and funding transactions and vendor relationships in the office equipment segment. Chris is a graduate of James Madison University. As the founding member of Patriot Capital, Chris, together with the tenured staff, has grown Patriot from a small, regional organization to its current position as the largest equipment financing & leasing company focused on the retail and commercial petroleum space with offices throughout the country. Chris cites the company’s aggressive sales approach, true customer focus, and outstanding banking and manufacturer/Distributor partners as their key to continued growth and success.

Sean J. Hardin - Executive Risk and Operations Officer
Sean Hardin
Executive Risk and Operations Officer

Sean Hardin, Executive Risk and Operations Officer at Patriot Capital, has held a number of executive, analyst, and senior management positions in the banking and financing industries. Prior to joining Patriot Capital, Sean was a senior vice president in State Bank & Trust’s finance department, where he was responsible for management reporting, investor relations, and corporate development. Before joining State Bank in 2010, Sean worked for iCap Realty Advisors and Flag Bank, supporting underwriting and market debt and equity facilities for commercial real estate transactions and financial analysis.

Mr. Hardin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Engineering from Washington & Lee University and his M.B.A from Georgia Tech.

Geoff Smith - EVP of Sales
Geoff Smith
EVP of Sales

Patriot Capital Western Regional Financing Manager Geoff Smith has more than 17 years of equipment finance and leasing experience in the retail and commercial petroleum industry. Prior to opening Patriot Capital’s West Coast offices in 2007, Geoff was Regional Manager for Patriot’s Southeast Region. A graduate of James Madison University and a member of Western Petroleum Marketers Association (WPMA) and the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI), Geoff has successfully established Patriot Capital in two markets and is known as an expert in financing dispensers, POS and other C-store products.

Toby Evans - VP of Operations
Toby Evans
VP of Operations

Toby Evans serves as the VP of Operations for Patriot Capital. Toby has over 10 years of management experience in the banking and financial services industry. Prior to joining Patriot Capital, Toby held various roles within retail banking following consumer and business credit underwriting for State Bank & Trust Company. Toby graduated from Georgia Southern University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance.

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