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Sintia is a proud Houstonian who is earning her Bachelors of Psychology at the University of Houston Downtown. In the future, she hopes to become an Immigration Lawyer where she can live out her passion of helping individuals relocate for greater opportunities. Sintia joined Valiant Capital in April 2020 as the Support Specialist where she enjoys engaging and helping clients with all documentation needed to finalize their loan request.
In her free time, she volunteers at her church as a youth group leader where she enjoys making a positive impact in the youth community.
Ariana is a recent graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and minor in business. As the adidas Campus Agent, she crafted unique ways for students to interact with the brand and increase brand exposure by aligning national campaigns with a localized corporate agenda. Her passion for fitness led her to become a Certified Personal Trainer and work as a fitness coach for D1 Sports training while she completed her undergraduate degree. For Valiant Capital, Ariana works as the Marketing Specialist where she launches social media campaigns, creates marketing materials, and implements promotion strategies.
In her free time, she enjoys crossfit, wine tasting, and traveling.
Bryce recently graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Industrial Distribution. His undergraduate internships with GCon manufacturing and Graybar Electric, led him to discover a passion for Finances and Risk Investments. He is now pursuing his Masters in Finance through the Trading & Risk Investment Bryce recently graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Industrial Distribution. His undergraduate internships with GCon manufacturing and Graybar Electric, led him to discover a passion for Finances and Risk Investments. He is now pursuing his Masters in Finance through the Trading & Risk Investment Program at A&M. He began working with Valiant to implement his knowledge in cash flow and risk analysis. Bryce is passionate about helping clients obtain the best funding possible to allow their businesses to flourish.
Outside of work, Bryce enjoys crossfit, fishing, and recently picked up a new hobby of cooking.
Mario began his career in retail management working for a Fortune 500 company. Since 2009, he transitioned into entrepreneur-ship within the financial services industry. With over 11 years of business development as an entrepreneur, his primary goal is to add value to all his business relationships by connecting their financial needs to Valiant’s strong financial support network.
Most importantly he values his family of four children and his wife of 11 years.
Matt joined Valiant Capital after more than 30 years in business. He loves the idea of helping small business owners find the best funding possible to improve or expand their business. He began his career as a golf instructor, working with nationally recognized professionals such as Jackie Burke Jr. and Jim Hardy. He served as Head Golf Professional at Raveneaux Country Club and was the first General Manager at Black Horse Golf Club. He founded The Matt Swanson School of Golf at Wildcat Golf Club in 2001, the Swanson Golf Center and Swanny’s Grill in Northwest Houston in 2009. He brings with him extensive experience as an entrepreneur and small businessman. This gives him a unique perspective as he helps fellow business owners obtain funding for their projects. Matt completed his education at the University of Houston- Downtown, graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration.
His favorite hobby is to watch his daughter compete in college and amateur golf.
Rick is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering. After graduation, Rick launched his career in Houston by specializing in land development for over 10 years and worked on various projects such as subdivisions, retail centers, and apartment communities. Rick is a Licensed Professional Engineer with over 5 years of experience providing tax incentives for commercial properties and over 20 years of experience in the construction industry including land development, subsea construction, and certifying commercial buildings for energy efficiency across the nation. Not the “typical engineer”, Rick has the innate ability to bring people together and make connections.
During his spare time he enjoys spending time in his hometown of Austin with family and friends, being on the water, playing & watching sports, and volunteering with the Houston Rodeo.
Jesus Cazares is a Houston native with over 25 years of experience in the finance industry. Throughout his experience with commercial real estate, cash-flow management, and financial analysis, his primary goal is help clients overcome challenges with managing their business growth and sustainability. With experience as a small business owner, Jesus understands the challenges with raising capital, he enjoys finding capital solutions that meet his clients needs. Outside of work Jesus enjoys spending time with his wife of 20 years and his three wonderful kids.
Mr. Abney joined Valiant Capital in April 2020 as a Senior Partner, where he focuses on building relationships with various companies through sourcing, structuring, and executing capital raises and strategic advisory engagements. Prior to joining Valiant, Mr. Abney held various senior management positions over the past six years with a large, international oil field services company. Mr. Abney began his career as an Investment Banker in Canaccord Genuity & #39;s Energy practice that served all sectors of the oil and gas industry. Mr. Abney brings over ten years of industry and banking experience covering private and public equity, debt issuances, mergers and acquisitions, fairness opinions, and restructurings and workouts. During his career,Mr. Abney has been involved in over 35 strategic corporate transactions, including approximately $4.4 billion of various capital raises. Mr. Abney holds a Bachelor of BusinessAdministration degree in Finance from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX.
Loan Trinh, a native Houstonian, learned a strong work ethic at an early age. Her banking career consisted of working for Amegy Bank for 11 years in Wealth Management. Prior to Amegy she also worked for JP Morgan Chase Bank and Comerica Bank. In addition, she was a graduate of a competitive formal credit underwriting program. Her most recent role in Banking was Vice President and Private Banking Team Leader. Her role consisted of delivering Private Wealth Services and managing a portfolio in excess of $200 million dollars in loans and deposits. She’s passionate about business development, networking, and community involvement.
Loan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a minor in accounting. She is currently licensed in real estate in Texas and Florida. She was an active member of the Houston community; She volunteered at non-profit organizations such as Ronald McDonald House, Junior Achievement, and Kipp Schools. She was a member of Commercial Real Estate Women in Houston and Asian Chamber of Commerce. She was the Chairwoman for the annual auction fundraiser at Cornerstone Academy and Co-Chair for CREW Golf Tourney fundraiser. Loan currently resides in Naples, Florida with her son.
During her free time, Loan enjoys outdoor activities, such as fishing, paddle boarding, and traveling.
Shawn began his career in the financial industry in 2007, specializing in merchant processing. As active President of Transglobal Payment Systems, since 2015, Shawn is results and community driven.Shawn joined Valiant Capital in 2017 and currently hold the position of Senior Partner with the firm.He enjoys building relationships with commercial clients in various market segments and specializes in CRE, hospitality, SBA, and Asset Based Lending. Shawn enjoys spending his time with his lovely new bride and daughter as well as, giving back to the community.
Eddie has over 15 years of Banking experience working at both BBVA and Bank of Texas. Throughout his time in the financial industry, he has held key positions as Portfolio Manager, Branch Manager. Licensed Financial Advisor, and Commercial Lender. This combined with his background as a Licensed Real Estate agent, perfectly positioned him to begin his journey with Valiant as a Managing Partner since 2018. He enjoys helping clients find the necessary financial support that best suits their needs to insure their success.
In his free time, he volunteers as a youth leader for his church and coaches Little League baseball for his son.
As co-founder and Managing Director, Lou Gonzalez leads Valiant Capital and oversees all operations and corporate strategies. Prior to Valiant Capital, He started his banking career in 2002 and gained his experience with Bank One, JPMorgan Chase, BBVA USA, and Comerica Bank, with a dedicated focus in SME, Commercial and International Finance.
Throughout his career, he has received numerous awards for customer dedication, production, and leadership. Mr. Gonzalez holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Finance and has received the President’s Student Service Award by George W. Bush
His passions outside of work include, spending time with his wife and two kids, traveling abroad, snowboarding, and scuba diving.