About Me

Frank Graziano, Managing Partner of Monmouth Venture Partners, is a high-energy, hands-on leader with a unique blend of financial, operating and strategic transaction experience from conventional, interim and entrepreneurial senior executive roles at B2B and B2C companies in various industries across traditional and Internet economies. He has spent over 20 years as a business owner, investment and merchant banker and corporate executive and has completed numerous mergers and acquisitions and debt and equity financings as both a principal and agent. Frank has a proven ability to launch and ramp new products and create entirely new lines of business, as well as to reposition and revitalize existing operations, designing and executing strategic and operating plans to create growth and value.

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Frank has worked in project finance and derivatives at Bank of America in San Francisco, where he received intensive credit analysis and underwriting training. He helped found a structured finance business at Nikko Securities - at one time among the world's largest global investment banks - that focused on derivatives-linked financings for U.S. public companies and sovereign borrowers, and also launched a U.S. / Japan cross-border equity practice that advised leading U.S. Internet, technology, media and consumer products companies on financing opportunities in Japan.

Frank left Nikko Securities to launch a small private equity fund and soon thereafter acquired a distressed consumer electronics mail order business that he returned to profitability and eventually sold. He joined boutique merchant bank Recca & Company, focusing on interim executive roles at its portfolio companies, and structuring principal investments in distressed situations. While there Frank led the successful reorganization of bankrupt consumer electronics retailer Harvey Electronics, serving as its interim CEO until the company emerged from Chapter 11 and was acquired by Recca & Company.

Frank was also a senior executive at Mail.com and its successor company EasyLink Services, helping to raise late-stage venture capital and then take the company public. He held leadership positions in various functional areas including strategic planning, marketing, and corporate development. In the latter capacity he completed over two dozen global (U.S., U.K., India, China) merger, acquisition, divestiture and strategic investment transactions in the areas of Internet infrastructure, software, and technology-enabled services. He led two out-of-court debt restructurings for Mail.com after the Internet bubble burst and during its transition to EasyLink Services with a new business model. In the role of Chief Marketing Officer at EasyLink, he led a team of 20 professionals and planned and executed the launch of four new services that grew to be a third of the company's revenues. He also helped manage the eventual sale of EasyLink to a strategic buyer backed by a private equity sponsor.

More recently Frank served as a consultant and Chief Revenue Officer at Internet security technology company Comodo, where he led successful efforts to build an inside sales organization focused on small-to-medium businesses and to launch an enterprise sales initiative targeting large corporate accounts.

Frank holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and a B.S. in Chemistry/Business from the University of Scranton where he graduated summa cum laude. He is the current co-president and a director of the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation, and the largest alumni club of Columbia Business School in the world, with over 1,500 members. An active private investor, Frank is also a member of Golden Seeds, an angel investing group that focuses on seed- and early-stage investments in women owned and operated ventures, providing these entrepreneurs with strategic business advice as well as access to funding and the tools to enable them to build successful businesses.


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