The Birchmere Advisors team collectively brings over 50 years of experience in portfolio design and asset management strategies. By embracing a culture of collaboration and entrepreneurship, our team differentiates itself by thinking independently and incorporating fresh concepts into our portfolio management processes. Each member of our team has invested a significant portion of his personal net worth in the firm’s strategies.
Dan Croce | Partner | Portfolio Manager
Dan has primary discretion and responsibility in directing the firm’s investment activities. He is responsible for developing and implementing our investment strategies, assessing trends in asset classes, and managing portfolios through security selection and monitoring.
Prior to co-founding Birchmere Advisors, Dan spent one year as Managing Member of Birchmere High Yield Fund LLC, the firm’s highly successful proprietary proof-of-concept consumer credit fund. His experience also includes two years as Vice President – Finance & Investments with Birchmere Ventures, three years as Senior Associate with Ernst & Young’s Assurance and Advisory Services group, and two years as President of TingaTinga Capital, a non-profit investment fund focusing on high-yield debt in emerging markets. Dan also possesses extensive experience structuring and managing real estate investments.
Dan holds a BS in International Business / Finance from Grove City College and a MS from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. Dan is a licensed CPA in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and has completed Level I of the CFA Program.
Ned Renzi | Advising Partner
Ned serves as an advising partner with the firm and is a member of its investment committee. He offers crucial analytical perspectives on macroeconomic trends and pattern recognition within markets.
In addition to co-founding Birchmere Advisors, Ned has been a partner with Birchmere Ventures for 13 years, overseeing a venture capital portfolio with over $200 million under management. He is Birchmere Ventures’ lead investor in Cvent, MiaSole, NovaTorque, Plextronics, Solexant, TenMarks, and Presence Learning. Prior to joining Birchmere, Ned gained ten years of operating experience in senior manager roles with Concurrent Technologies Corporation and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Special Projects group. He also has four years experience overseeing real estate investments through private partnerships, and is a co-founder of eLoop, a Basel Action Network certified e-steward that responsibly disposes of electronic wastes.
Ned holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University, an MBA from University of Pittsburgh, and an M.S. in Engineering Management from George Washington University.
Sean Sebastian | Advising Partner
Sean serves as an advising partner with the firm and is a member of its investment committee. He provides oversight to the firm’s core investment strategies by assessing the impact of emerging technologies on various asset classes. Sean’s experience as an angel investor in a peer-to-peer lending marketplace provides our firm with invaluable insight into the management and operations of direct lending platforms.
In addition to co-founding Birchmere Advisors, Sean possesses seventeen years of venture capital investing experience as the founding partner of Birchmere Ventures.
Sean led successful Birchmere investments in prior portfolio companies FreeMarkets, Neolinear, Safeguard Interactive, Knova Software, and oversees current portfolio companies NoWait App and TVplus. Prior to founding Birchmere, Sean spend ten years in various operating roles with PNC Bank’s Corporate Finance Group, General Electric Information Services, and American Management Systems
Sean holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force.