Bryan Emerson, President,
Summary: Angel investor, mentor, and board member for early-stage companies, fluent in Spanish. FINRA Arbitrator.
Prior investment banking and work experience: Managing Principal of Starlight Investments, LLC, a FINRA-registered broker-dealer that he founded in 2000. Co-founded and sold in 2015, private equity conference, New York Private Equity Forums, held several times each year at The Yale Club New York to a firm in India. Previously, part of the management team of Telscape, Int'l that rolled up five telecommunications companies in Latin America and grew to $150 mm in 3 years; WilTel.
Education: MBA, Rice University; BA, Hamilton College
Security Licenses: Series 7, 24, 27, 63, 79, 87 and 99. He is currently a Registered and Financial Operations Principal with Sequence Financial Specialists LLC (FINRA/SiPC).
Tombstones: The below images represent some of Mr. Emerson's past individual angel investments.
Laura Emerson, Partner
Expert in preparing early-stage companies for fund raising; Compliance Officer; documents writer
Security Licenses: Series 7, 24, 63, 79 and 99
Education: MLA and MAT, Washington University in St. Louis; AB, Duke University
Investment banking experience: A Compliance Officer since 2002, her work within the company focused extensively on due diligence of potential clients, employees, and funding sources. In addition, she has written Continuing Education courses for other Securities Professionals and since 1995, has written Private Placement Memoranda, disclosure documents, executive summaries, and Power Point presentations for 150 + businesses in 22 industry sectors. Her business articles have been syndicated in 36 cities and three languages. See free, downloadable copies of such articles as "Why No Term Sheet...at All" (or They Just Aren't Into You) and "No Exit" (realistic exit strategies for smaller companies), and a purchasable "Due Diligence Workbook." She was a Registered Principal with Sequence Financial Specialists LLC (FINRA/SiPC).
Prior employment: Compliance Officer, Starlight Investments, Asst. VP Information and Analytics, CheMatch; VP-Marketing Telynx; Marketing Manager and Chemical Market Analyst, of Phillip Townsend Associates and TownsendTarnell, Adjunct Professor University of Houston and Houston Community College.
Starlight Capital, Inc.
Starlight Capital, Inc. is a strategic finance consulting firm (not a FINRA-registered Broker-Dealer) founded in 1999 that provides a range of corporate advisory services to companies with annual revenues typically under USD$10 million. Our principals have been angel investors, mentors, and board members for early-stage companies. We strive to provide our clients and portfolio companies with three main professional services that every early-to-midstage company needs.
1. Create Fundraising Plans - For a company to thrive in the world of business, it needs all the help it can get. Imagine having a brilliant idea for a business, or tentatively getting your business off the ground only to have it come to a standstill because you don't have the necessary funds to make it the kind of business you seek. Starlight Capital, Inc understands these needs, which is why we assist companies in their early stages to prepare for fundraising campaigns. We do this by coaching presentations and developing business plans.
2. Co-Host investment Conferences - At Starlight Capital, we understand that knowledge is power, the reason behind why we co-host investment conferences several times each year. We believe that with a given group of entrepreneurs, business visionaries, angel investors, investment professionals, money managers and venture capitalists, you will be inspired by the knowledge they have to offer and give your business the development strategy that it so needs. You will also have the opportunity to pitch your vision to a captive audience of receptive investors and direct funding sources. In order to ensure that you get the very best in terms of proprietary edge and competitive advantage, all the companies that present at our conferences are pre-screened in order to address these points of interest. In short, these conferences offer the best avenue for new investment ventures. With companies that are supported by respected investments groups featured at our events, you are rest assured that with Starlight Capital, you are getting the cream of the crop to help you along your investment journey.
3. Compliance and financial advisory services for small Broker-Dealers - For each of the past several years, the number of Broker-Dealers has declined, as small firms shutter their doors against the high cost of regulatory compliance. For those firms that want to comply with SEC and FINRA requirements cost effectively, we offer a number of one-off and retained services, rendered by FINRA registered principals with more than a decade each of Compliance, FinOp, supervisory, and management experience. Services include background and due diligence checks on potential reps, clients, and investors, anti-money laundering and OFAC checks, pre-audit preparation, Continuing Member and New Member application writing, email checks, continuing education courses and training, e-mail reviews, annual firm and branch audit inspections and more extensive supervision and training in the areas of Private Placements and M&A.
We are an experienced team of professionals who are ready to assist you with your funding goals. Visit our website, get in touch with us and let us help you help your company turn its dreams into a reality. We come with a wealth of industry experience, a strong track record, and a sterling reputation with high client satisfaction. We have built a portfolio of profitable private and public clients, a network of investors, and industry connection and expertise.