MCMP uses multiple professional vessel managers that are located in the region where MCMP’s ships operate and trade. These managers possess invaluable knowledge about the local market, and they handle all the management and operations of the vessels. The financial team, based in Frankfort, Illinois, is a fully-seasoned group that has the broad investment experience to structure the financing of target acquisitions and trade finance opportunities.
JAMES F. HAMILTON — CEO
Mr. Hamilton has specialized in non-traditional investment products during a career that spans over thirty years of financial trading, investing, education, analysis and marketing. He began his career with Price Waterhouse where he earned his CPA and moved on to trading listed options on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. He was retained by various investment firms to create investment products which led him to the maritime sector. Mr. Hamilton is the driving force behind the Ship+Trade model which has been used successfully in several previous transactions. Mr. Hamilton earned an M.B.A. in Finance and International Business at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
ALAN C. HOFMAN – President
Mr. Hofman has over 25 years in the finance, business development and consulting industries. He joined MCMP four years ago and is President of the company. He is responsible for business development, operations and strategic financing. His responsibilities include procuring financing and developing strategic partnerships, overseeing key employee staffing and obtaining clients. Mr. Hofman also has extensive hedge fund industry knowledge and experience. He managed High Ridge Financial (“HRF”) from 2001-2017. HRF was an alternative investment hedge fund that made investments in the oil and gas, maritime, clean/reusable energy, financial, retail and many other industries. Mr. Hofman graduated from the University of Illinois in 1990 with a business degree.
CHRISTOPHER A. PESCH – In-House Counsel
Christopher A. Pesch possesses over 20 years of experience in a broad range of general corporate and securities legal matters, including mergers and acquisitions, compliance with federal securities laws, public offerings, corporate governance and general commercial transactions. His experience spans general representation of numerous business organizations, including both publicly and closely held corporations. Mr. Pesch has served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer for private companies, and has been a Partner of a large US based law firm. He graduated from Seattle University School of Law, with a Doctor of Law (J.D.) Cum Laude, and Lake Forest College, with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
MALCOLM J. FERGUSON – CFO
Mr. Ferguson has over 25 years of sophisticated financial management experience. He has extensive commercial bank, commercial real estate, and finance company experience, together with a detailed understanding of accounting and tax issues. His background in cash flow analysis, capital structure issues, finance documentation, tax-intensive equipment finance, mergers & acquisitions, financial reporting, and regulatory compliance will be valuable assets to MCS. Mr Ferguson has broad relevant experience in institutions such as LTV Steel, the Federal Reserve Bank of Pittsburgh, Mellon Bank, PNC Bank, and Fifth Third Bank. Mr. Ferguson graduated from Allegheny College with a BS in Economics, and received a MBA in Finance from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.
MARK A. TROSSMAN – Secretary
Mr. Trossman has specialized in traditional real estate investment products of debt and equity during a career that spans over 35 years of commercial real estate lending, equity investments, real estate administration/management, financial analysis, joint venture supervision/oversight, and training and profit/loss responsibilities for several real estate commercial lending offices in multiple states. He began his career with Metropolitan Life in the real estate investment division and later with Mellon Mortgage and several other prominent real estate financing firms. Mr. Trossman earned a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.