Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer
Claudine Aquillon serves as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Partner. Ms. Aquillon brings over 25 years of operations experience, in both the public and private sectors. During her career in the financial services industry, Ms. Aquillon has served in multiple senior management and director positions at independent leasing companies, international banks, and financial consulting and due diligence firms where her primary responsibility was to oversee and manage the administrative, financial, legal, operational and risk functions. Ms. Aquillon also brings mergers & acquisition experience, having been part of a team that structured multiple successful acquisitions in the banking and financial services industry. Ms. Aquillon received her B.A. in Business Administration & Finance from Bradford College and has a Master Black Belt in Six Sigma.
Michael Miroshnikov serves as President and Partner. Mr. Miroshnikov was a founder of SQN Capital Management, LLC, and spearheaded the growth and development of the acquisition and origination division. Mr. Miroshnikov began his career in the equipment leasing and finance industry in 2002. From 2007 to 2016, Mr. Miroshnikov has played an integral role at SQN Capital Management, LLC in a variety of capacities including operations, compliance, acquisitions and executive management. Mr. Miroshnikov possesses a specific expertise in technology, manufacturing, medical, marine, energy and aviation assets and the respective industries. He graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Investment Finance from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College and received a Juris Doctorate degree from Brooklyn Law School.
Michael C. Ponticello
Executive Vice President
Michael C. Ponticello serves as Executive Vice President and Partner. Mr. Ponticello was a founder of SQN Capital Management, LLC and has led its capital raising efforts through the Independent Broker-Dealer and Registered Investment Advisor channels since its inception. Mr. Ponticello has played an integral role at SQN Capital Management, LLC, serving as its Executive Vice President and National Sales Manager. Mr. Ponticello is also responsible for the establishment and development of SQN Securities, LLC, and serves as its CEO and President. Mr. Ponticello started his career in equipment leasing and asset finance in 2001 at an alternative investment firm. Mr. Ponticello served as a Board member and Director of The Alternative & Direct Investment Securities Association (ADISA), a national trade association of decision makers who influence over 30,000 professionals involved in alternative investments, primarily non-traded alternatives. Mr. Ponticello received his B.A. from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College. He also holds Series 7, 24, and 63 licenses.
Chief Financial Officer
Joshua Yifat serves as the Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Yifat has over eighteen years of business finance, accounting, tax and corporate auditing experience, including positions at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, KPMG LLP, and other regional accounting firms. He has extensive experience in the alternative investments industry including hedge funds and private equity funds. Mr. Yifat served as a consultant chief financial officer with a CFO outsourcing firm, providing CFO strategies and services to various small to mid-sized publicly traded companies and alternative investments funds. Prior to that, Mr. Yifat was the chief financial officer of Infinity Augmented Reality, Inc., a publicly traded company on the OTC, where he provided multi-functional executive leadership on accounting, finances, operations and investor/shareholder relations. Mr. Yifat also served as a Vice President of the Managed Futures Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, where he supervised 40 managed futures funds with assets under management in excess of $6.5 billion. Mr. Yifat holds a B.S. from Touro College.
Chief Compliance Officer
Douglas Drozdowski serves as the Chief Compliance Officer. Mr. Drozdowski joined SQN Securities, LLC and SQN Investment Advisors, LLC in April 2017, and started in the brokerage and registered investment advisor industry in 2000 focusing exclusively on compliance since 2004. Mr. Drozdowski’s direct compliance and supervisory experience includes working as a regulator at FINRA (formerly NASD); and senior compliance officer roles at large institutional broker-dealers, investment companies and advisers, a large retail broker-dealer with commercial and retail bank affiliates, and serving as CCO for a small high net worth dually registered investment adviser and broker-dealer with $4 Billion in assets under management. Mr. Drozdowski holds a B.S. from Providence College. He also holds Series 7, 24, and 63 licenses.
Senior Vice President
Carmine Cozelino serves as a Senior Vice President. Mr. Cozelino was at SQN Capital Management, LLC from 2014 to 2016 and has been at SQN Securities, LLC since 2014. Mr. Cozelino brings a diverse professional background to SQNIA. His key attribute is an in-depth knowledge of sales and marketing with a focus on product structuring, working with non-traded investments including asset backed financing, specializing in equipment finance and real estate. Prior to 2014, Mr. Cozelino most recently served as Vice President Product Specialist with ICON Investments focusing on non-traded equipment funds. He also served as Vice President and National Sales Desk Manager with the firm where he held multiple sales leadership roles since 2008. Mr. Cozelino received his B.A. in Political Science and International Affairs from Hofstra University.
Senior Vice President
Christina Oakes serves as the Senior Vice President of Investor Relations. Ms. Oakes was at SQN Capital Management, LLC from 2013 to 2016 and has held positions in the investment industry since 2002. She has a unique professional background, combining experience from both buy and sell-side firms spanning private equity and venture capital, retail stocks, municipal bonds, family office, and alternative investments. Prior to 2013, she most recently held the position of Vice President of Investor Relations at Berkeley Advisors, a real estate investment firm that managed private REITs and limited partnerships. Ms. Oakes also previously served as a Project Manager for the Investments Team at Capricorn Management, a Silicon Valley-based family office. Ms. Oakes received her B.S. in Business Administration with Honors Concentration in Finance and Economics from Saint Mary’s College of California.