Aurus Advisors

The Aurus Advisors Team

Richard Augustus

Rich is the President and co-founder of Aurus Advisors, Inc., a FINRA registered broker/dealer that provides collateralized finance and investment banking services to sophisticated fund managers and corporate clients. Mr. Augustus is also the President and Chief Operating Officer for Select Laboratory Partners, Inc., a healthcare services company based in Greensboro, North Carolina. Prior to founding Aurus in 2002, Mr. Augustus served as Chief Operating Officer of Automated Data Exchange (ADX), a privately held software company and was primarily responsible for substantially improving operating performance and raising over $70 million from venture, private equity and corporate investors. Prior to this, Mr. Augustus spent 15 years working primarily in the Capital Markets Division of Merrill Lynch and held various positions including Managing Director in the Global Equity Financing Division (London), Director of Global Equity Swaps, and Product Manager for Equity Derivatives. While at Merrill, he was responsible for structuring and investing in a broad array of arbitrage transactions for sophisticated investors and for the firm's account. He also acted as the primary relationship manager for many of the firm's largest hedge fund clients assisting them in all areas of their businesses including portfolio management, trading, financing and operations. Mr. Augustus has a degree in accounting from Fairfield University and is a certified public accountant (inactive.)

Joseph Russo

Joe co-founded Aurus Advisors in 2002 shortly after retiring from a successful 35-year career at Merrill Lynch. Prior to retiring, Mr. Russo was a Managing Director in the Global Equity Financing Group, a division of Merrill Lynch Capital Markets. In this role, he had operating responsibility for the firm's Global Prime Broker and Securities Lending activities that also included Merrill's Equity Swap business. During his tenure, Mr. Russo was the primary architect responsible for the development of Merrill's global equity financing business that grew to be a significant contributor to the firm's overall profitability. In addition to his operating responsibilities, Mr. Russo was also Merrill Lynch's designated relationship manager for many of the firm's largest hedge fund clients.

Robert McDonough

Robert joined Aurus Advisors after spending 23 years at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch where he was a Managing Director in the Prime Brokerage Risk and Margin Group. In this role, he was responsible for managing the risk of all structured financing transactions including hedge fund, closed end fund and single stock financing executed on BofA/Merrill's Prime Brokerage platform. Prior to this, he was responsible for all hedge fund, mutual fund and market maker lending activity for the firm's Corporate Credit Group. Mr. McDonough has an MBA in Finance from Pace University, a degree in accounting from CW Post Long Island University and is a certified public accountant.

George Rogers

George is a co-founder of Skyline Wilshire Investment Partners. Mr. Rogers was the leader and founder of the specialty finance and real estate securities group of WR Hambrecht + Company, an investment bank headquartered in San Francisco. At WR Hambrecht, Mr. Rogers was responsible for all capital markets activities for the specialty finance and real estate groups and completed the largest lead managed IPO in firm history at the time. Previously, Mr. Rogers was an investment banker at BancAmerica Robertson Stephens and Jefferies. He has completed over $3 billion in equity transactions and $500 million in debt throughout his career. Mr. Rogers received his BA in Economics from UCLA and his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Adam Fenner

Adam is a co-founder of Skyline Wilshire Investment Partners. His extensive City of London investment network, developed over more than 15 years as an English corporate finance lawyer, brings him specialist access to UK capital sources for leading US real estate operators and funds. Prior to locating to Los Angeles in 2009, he was Partner and Head of Equity Capital Markets at City of London law firm Olswang LLP. Mr. Fenner was trained and qualified as an English lawyer at Slaughter and May. A specialist adviser on international finance transactions, he led more than 20 transactions since 2004, valued in excess of £3 billion. He holds an LLB from the University of Bristol and a Distinction from the College of Law, London. Mr Fenner has been recognized as one of the leading UK corporate finance lawyers in the Legal 500, Chambers and Partners and Legal Experts directories (UK editions).

Christine Flynn-Bazzini

Christine is the Compliance Officer and Financial and Operations Principal at Aurus Advisors, Inc. Having worked in the financial services industry for over 35 years, she brings a wealth of Regulatory and Operational experience to our firm. Prior to joining Aurus, Christine was the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Compliance Officer for Foothill Securities, Inc., a San Francisco Bay Area full service brokerage firm for over 20 years. Ms. Bazzini has successfully passed the NASD Series 4, 7, 24, 27, 53, 63 and 65 examinations.

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