Agility Capital’s Management Team brings a variety of skills and experience to the process of providing innovative debt financing products to emerging growth companies. The team’s collective experience includes over 500 debt transactions including; short term working capital lines of credit, bridge financing, amortizing term loans and acquisition financing. The underlying philosophy is to provide customized debt solutions, without cumbersome financial covenants.
Since joining the Towbes Group 1997, Robert Skinner has served in a number of key leadership roles. He currently oversees all aspects of the company’s business as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. He also is Chief Operating Office and General Counsel of Montecito Bank & Trust, the oldest locally owned and operated community bank in Santa Barbara County, with assets in excess of $1 billion’.
In addition to his real estate and banking responsibilities, he is one of the founders and managing principals of Towbes Capital Partners, the real estate investment division of the Towbes Group. He is a managing director of Agility Capital, a venture-debt fund he co-founded in 1999. Along with Michael Towbes, he formed and is managing partner of Twenty One East Victoria Investments, a firm focused on opportunities created by California’s central coast technology industry.
Prior to joining the Towbes Group, Mr. Skinner was an attorney with the international law firm of White & Case specializing in real estate transaction and bankruptcy work in the Los Angeles and New York offices. His legal expertise encompasses complex business litigation and construction and real estate law.
As a community leader, Mr. Skinner has served on the Boards of Directors of Montecito Bank & Trust, the Towbes Foundation, Barrister Executive Suites, the Santa Barbara Foundation, Camerata Pacifica and the development committee for the Santa Barbara Zoo.
Mr. Skinner is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Juris Doctorate.
Daniel co-founded Agility Capital in 1999. He has 25 years of experience providing structured debt products to emerging growth venture capital backed and small cap public companies. He has been involved with over 500 transactions. His favorite saying is “it’s easy to say no, let’s try to find a way to do the deal”.
In 1996 he co-founded Sand Hill Capital, a leading Venture Debt provider located in Menlo Park, California. He served as a General Partner and was involved with all facets of the fund.
Prior to founding Sand Hill, Daniel spent 10 years with Silicon Valley Bank and Bank of the West in the Technology Lending Groups of both institutions. He was instrumental in the formation of the technology lending philosophy, and was directly involved in lending, underwriting, debt restructuring and warrant valuation.
Daniel has private company operating experience serving as the co-founder and CFO of Planetweather, an internet based weather site and as interim Chairman of Paraform Corporation, a digital software company. He played a key role in selling both of these companies.
He is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, an active member of the Commercial Finance Association, and with the help of his wife an organic Avocado farmer and Chicken rancher. He has three daughters.
Jeff co-founded Agility Capital with one vision; provide the fastest and most flexible form of working capital to entrepreneurs. Jeff originates, structures, performs due diligence and manages credits in the Agility portfolio. His extensive background in venture debt financing originates through his years of experience at Sand Hill Capital and continues through his current managing role at Agility Capital, with over 150 debt successful financings under his watch.
Jeff was a founding board member of the Central Coast Chapter of the Tech Coast Angels, a southern California-based angel investment capital group, consistently the most active investment group in the region. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Coast MIT Enterprise Forum and has Chaired the Advisory Committee for the Technology Council for the Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce. He is also an active member of the Nominating Committee for the South Coast Business & Technology Awards Dinner, formerly a member of the Central Coast Venture Forum Steering Committee and is a panelist and judge at many business plan competitions.
He is a graduate of UCSB and is most proud of his accomplishments as a loving husband and father of two young-adult sons.
Elliott joined our firm in 2015 as an analyst.
Elliott Chang is a student at University of California, Santa Barbara pursuing a degree in Financial Mathematics & Statistics. Elliott has worked in various verticals of finance in order to strengthen his expertise at Agility Capital.