John P. Thomas, Managing Partner & Co-Founder
Mr. Thomas has worked in senior operating and management roles in a variety of corporate and public enterprises for over 35 years. Prior to co-founding the Doonbeg Group with Todd Jorn, he was a founding partner of Pfife Hudson Group, a boutique investment bank. Prior to that, Mr. Thomas spent 12 years at the Grundstad Maritime Group, a Norwegian holding company with various maritime assets including product tankers and a cruise line, culminating as CEO and President of the Group. He joined Grundstad from Northrop Corporation, where for 5 years he was responsible for Northrop's corporate counter trade and offset operations worldwide. Before joining Northrop, Mr. Thomas was Owners Representative for West Africa and Resident Managing Director in Nigeria for Farrell Lines, a US Flag shipping company. He began his African experience as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in The Gambia, West Africa and later transferred to Micronesia. Mr. Thomas graduated with a BS in Business Administration from Manhattan College.
Todd C. Jorn, Managing Partner & Co-Founder
Mr. Jorn has spent approximately 35 years in the investment banking industry holding a variety of senior producing and management positions. Most recently Mr. Jorn was a Managing Director at The Seaport Group, a New York based broker dealer and investment bank. Mr. Jorn ran the firms' insurance markets business from May 2010 until January 2013. Mr. Jorn also served on the firm's Management Committee and organized the company's initial effort to establish a fixed asset finance and trading business, focused on shipping and commodities. Prior to joining Seaport Mr. Jorn, along with John Thomas, was a founding partner of Pfife Hudson Group (2005-2009); a Managing Director of The Provident Group (2003-2005); the founding partner of PFI Capital (2002-2003); and from 1984-2002 a Managing Director of Fixed Income and a member of the Fixed Income Operating Committee at Lehman Brothers where he held senior positions in Sales, Sales Management, Trading and Research. Mr. Jorn has an MBA from Georgia State University (1981) and BA's in Economics and Public Policy from Duke University (1976).
James W. MacDougall, Partner
Mr. MacDougall has over 25+ years’ experience on Wall Street as a leveraged finance and fixed income professional. He has served in various capacities in sales, research, and capital markets. Prior to joining Doonbeg in 2017, Mr. MacDougall was a Managing Director at CastleOak Securities L.P. in the Leveraged Finance Group. Before that, he was a Director in the High Yield sales group at Janney Montgomery Scott LLC . Mr. MacDougall spent the majority of his career at Lehman Brothers, in addition to a multi-year term at Guggenheim Securities LLC. and received a B.A. from the University of Denver and an MBA from Columbia University in New York. He holds FINRA series 7 and 63 licenses.
Brett Clark, Managing Director (Australia Office)
Mr. Clark has 25 years’ experience in the mining and energy sectors in funding, operations, and advisory. He has extensive leadership experience from the numerous board director and CEO/CFO positions held at medium-large multi-national public companies. His expertise ranges from project development to operations, sales and marketing in gold, iron ore, copper, nickel, coal, industrial minerals, and upstream oil and gas across a number of continents. His experience includes the US and Asian capital markets, encompassing middle markets, and structured debt, equity, and mezzanine transactions. Mr. Clark holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Curtin University in Western Australia and Graduate Diploma of Business Management and Finance from Deakin University in Victoria.
Chad Sullivan, Managing Director
Mr. Sullivan began his career as an informal attaché to US Ambassador to Denmark John L. Loeb, Jr. serving as a liaison to Loeb Partners, a venture capital firm founded by famed Wall Street families who formed Loeb Rhoades and Lehman Brothers. In 1993, Mr. Sullivan joined Shields Capital Corp. working for their subsidiary asset management arm, CMA. In 1998, Mr. Sullivan was appointed Director of Fixed Income for the firm. Voted 3rd in “Nelson’s World’s Best Managers” in late 1998 for intermediate-fixed income and voted 1st by “Pension and Investments” Magazine for one, three and five year returns in early 1999, he became the one of the youngest in the “Who’s Who” of fixed income managers in the U.S. After a brief absence from Wall Street following the events of September 11th, Mr. Sullivan returned in 2004 with the formation of SUGOCO, a soft commodities and energy fund, which posted an ROI of 47% over the next three years. After the sale of the NYMEX to ICE, Mr. Sullivan formed a fund in Dubai. In 2008, after hearing that the Chinese government planned to open its markets to foreign investors, Mr. Sullivan decided to move his business to Shanghai where he remained until 2010. Mr. Sullivan holds a BA CPA in Accounting & Finance from the Catholic University of America, with further study in Investment Decisions & Behavioral Finance John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Panagos D. Pateras, Director
Panagos D. Pateras has an extensive shipping background, most notably in the sale and purchase of ships (S&P) and lease backed projects. Mr. Pateras’s family are traditional Greek ship owners and in his early years, he served time as an apprentice officer on his family’s vessels where he began to learn the ins and outs of the trade. Mr. Pateras started his S&P career in London in 1982 and subsequently worked in various positions in London and Greece, within a family shipping company on the commercial side and then on the shipbroking side both for vessel chartering and the S&P of ships. From 1989 to 1994, Mr. Pateras was a partner in a family venture of a new successful fish farming company that focused on growing Mediterranean sea bass and sea bream. After the sale of that venture, Mr. Pateras moved to New York where he worked for two shipbroker firms before moving to Frontier International Shipping in California in 1997. In 2002, Mr. Pateras relocated to Portland, Oregon to work on the handy-size logger pool chartering desk in the shipping division under Schnitzer Steel. Shortly thereafter, the shipping company was sold to Clipper, Denmark and Panagos moved back to New York to work for a major S&P brokerage firm until February 2018 at which time he rejoined Frontier as an S&P and Projects broker.
Oystein Mathisen, Partner
Mr. Mathisen has worked in the ship chartering and ship owning business for almost 50 years. He is currently the President and founder of Frontier International Shipping Corp since 1982. Frontier Shipping was previously a subsidiary of Kaiser Shipping. Mr. Mathisen was the General Manager of Kaiser Shipping which was the ship owning and chartering division of Kaiser Steel and Kaiser Aluminum. Kaiser owned a fleet of bulk and OBO carriers mainly Cape and Panamax sizes. Mr. Mathisen was in charge of selling the Kaiser ships and afterwards continued to operate as a charterer for raw materials and also as shipbroker for various large corporations. Mr. Mathisen is a native of Oslo Norway and prior to forming Frontier Shipping in 1982 has worked for major shipping companies in Oslo, New York and Tokyo. Since 1975 he has been working in the San Francisco area.
Even P. Johansen, Partner
Mr. Johansen, a native of Norway, has over 40 years' experience in senior operating and management roles across the spectrum of the shipping world. He has been involved at senior levels in the dry cargo and tanker brokerage business as well as key management positions in global marine management and advisory services. Mr. Johansen began his shipping career in 1968 when he joined Stolt Nielsen in Oslo, as a tanker broker. He held various senior positions in the company including 3 years in their Tokyo office before being reassigned to the Greenwich, Connecticut office in 1971. He resigned from Stolt Nielsen in 1976 to start his own independent ship brokerage company, Odin Marine Inc., which specialized in the Latin American tanker trade. While at Odin, Mr. Johansen established offices in Singapore, Dubai, Seoul, Rotterdam and Houston before he retired from the company in 2007. Following his departure from Odin, Mr. Johansen acquired Marine Consultants Corporation and its subsidiary Southern Ship Management (SSM), where he managed Caribbean state owned vessels and barges. Marine Consultants Corporation was later renamed EPJ Consulting Corporation where Mr. Johansen has continued to assist both private and public companies as well as municipalities involved in the water borne transportation environment. He was both the president and director of the Association of Ship Brokers (ASBA) from 2001-2002. Mr. Johansen now resides (and holds an office) at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida.
Chesney A. Jorn, Vice President
Ms. Jorn joined Doonbeg in 2013 as an Assistant Vice President. Her responsibilities include: cultivating client relationships with institutional, individual, and high net worth investors. Supporting those client relationships she maintains the client database, prepares, distributes, and updates marketing presentations and transactional term sheets, and coordinates investor calls, meetings, and road shows. Prior to joining Doonbeg, Chesney held positions at AllianceBernstein and Lord, Abbett & Co. where she worked with institutional clients focusing on both Taft-Hartley and Retirement Platforms. Ms. Jorn holds a B.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2009.
Liam A. Thomas, Assistant Vice President
Mr. Thomas is a Senior Associate at Doonbeg Group. He is involved in all areas of the firm’s investment activities, with a particular emphasis on the shipping and commodities sectors. Liam specializes on market analysis, marketing materials, financial modeling, and documentation. He is a member of our targeted due diligence team. Prior to joining Doonbeg in 2014, Mr. Thomas was an Associate at Frontier International Shipping Corp. in California. Mr. Thomas received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Vermont.