Advisory Board

Metro Capital’s Advisory Board meets periodically to discuss the firm’s strategic direction and issues arising from any given engagement.

robRobert B. Schwartz, President and Founder
Mr. Schwartz founded Metro Capital in 1994. He has been involved in virtually every phase of the Accounts Receivable/Payable business for the past 35 years. Well known in the recovery industry, Mr. Schwartz leads Metro Capital’s sales, settlement and recovery operations from the firm’s headquarters in McLean, VA.

Prior to its current “Balance Sheet Surgeons” activities, Metro Capital existed primarily as a marketing organization, representing some of the largest sub-prime mortgage companies (such as Ameriquest and AAmes). Metro Capital created referral conduits, primarily of debtors requiring cash-out residential refinancing, between these mortgage companies and virtually all of the major A.R.M. firms.

That many of these debtors/borrowers had obligations in excess of their lendable equity led to the current structure of Metro Capital.

Prior to creating Metro Capital, Mr. Schwartz was President of the Credit Resource Company (“CRC”), an investment firm that specialized in purchasing portfolios of defaulted obligations, primarily credit card receivables.

Mr. Schwartz also served as Director of Special Markets (Outsourcing) for Allied Bond, Inc., one of the oldest and most respected A.R.M. companies until its purchase by Outsourcing Services Inc. in 1998.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Schwartz was a Director of Financial Computing for Lerner Enterprises, a major Washington DC area real estate development and management firm (and current owner of the Washington Nationals baseball team), and Vice President of Acquisition and Finance for RMS Partners, a Florida based investor/developer of office and multifamily properties.

Mr. Schwartz received his MBA from the Georgetown University Graduate School of Business and his BA in Psychology from the State University of NY at Albany.

marcusMarcus Ferrari
Mr. Ferrari is the CEO and founder of Commercial Finance Partners, a financial services company that provides working capital solutions for small and middle market companies. He also serves as US National Sales Director of Interface Financial Group.

Having started his career in credit insurance and transitioning into trade finance, Mr. Ferrari has developed an understanding of business finance from different perspectives. He is known for addressing the unique challenges of an individual business and creating a tailored solution. Marcus specializes in accounts receivable finance, factoring, purchase order funding, supply chain finance, asset based lending, equipment financing, and commercial real estate finance. Marcus is also passionate about technology in business and has served as a CRM and sales consultant to various lenders.

For more than a decade, Mr. Ferrari served in various roles at Bibby Financial Services, a multi-national trade finance company. As Managing Director/National Director of Sales, he had a proven track record that led to a 160% increase in profitability.

Mr. Ferrari graduated cum laude from Florida Atlantic University.

Cliff Chapman
Mr. Chapman is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Syncarpha Capital, an investment company that develops, owns and operates solar power plants in North America.

Previously, he was head of investment banking for Broadband Capital, a boutique investment bank. He directed all aspects of deal sourcing, banking, structuring and due diligence for transactions. During his three years at Broadband he raised in excess of $1 billion of investment capital.

Prior to that, Mr. Chapman was CEO of mindSHIFT Technologies, a managed services provider focused on IT outsourcing for SMEs. He led a turnaround during which the company completed two capital raises and three acquisitions—and became one of the leading players in the utility computing business with a revenue run-rate of over $120 million. The company was substantially sold to BestBuy in 2011.

From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Chapman was senior executive for AppNet, a publicly traded internet professional services company, where he led the integration of 12 acquired companies.

Before that, he was COO of NMP, an internet business consulting company that he co-founded and sold to AppNet. In a five-year period, Mr. Chapman grew NMP from a staff of five to more than 200 and saw revenues increase 300%.

Mr. Chapman earned his MBA with Honors from Columbia Business School and his BS in Computer Engineering from Lehigh University.

marilynMarilyn J. Magett
Ms. Magett, principal of CRS Financial Management Solutions, has more than 25 years of experience in financial management, reporting, planning, and control in a variety of industries. She has particular expertise in strategic financial management and the design of practical solutions for financial and operational issues.

Prior to consulting, Ms. Magett served as Chief Financial Officer of a bank, Corporate Controller of a technology manufacturing firm, as well as Controller of several manufacturing and distribution firms. She has experience with organizations of all sizes, from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, in roles ranging from individual contributor to senior executive.

Ms. Magett received her B.S. in accounting and financial planning from the State University of New York and her Executive MBA from Baruch College, City University of New York.

CRS Financial Management Solutions was created to bring big business thinking, talent, and experience to small businesses with revenues between $5 million and $25 million who want to grow, or simply improve, operations and profitability.