John J. McKenna
Chairman and CEO
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John is a career energy and technologies commercial and investment banker.

From 1971 to 1981 he was a commercial banker at Citibank in New York. From 1973 to 1976 he was an officer in Citibank’s consumer non-durables group where he handled food companies and farmer cooperatives, and from 1976 to 1981 he was a Vice President in Citibank’s petroleum group where he managed large and complex oil and gas project financings, and synthetic and alternative energy financing.

From 1981 until the present he has been an investment banker. From 1981 to 1985 he was a Managing Director and head of the independent oil and gas group at Dean Witter Reynolds in Houston, and from 1985 to 1989 he was a Managing Director and head of the Houston investment banking office of Lehman Brothers. In 1989 he started McKenna & Company and McKenna Securities Company, a member of the NASD and SIPC. In 1996, McKenna & Company was sold to Price Waterhouse and he became head of the Price Waterhouse energy investment banking group in Houston.  He later was transferred to Washington, DC  to manage the Project Finance and Privatization Group and the energy technologies group at PricewaterhouseCoopers Securities.

From 2000 to 2003 he was the Chief Financial Officer at STM Power, a leading developer of kinematic Stirling cycle engines for distributed energy production.

In 2003 he co-founded Venture Capital Advisors and in 2004 Venture Capital Advisors acquired Hamilton Clark & Co., which is a registered broker-dealer with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and a member of the NASD.

He has served on the boards of Equus Corporation, a business development company (now NYSE:EQS), Proler International Corp., which at the time of its acquisition was the world’s largest scrap steel recycler (formerly NYSE:PS), STM Power and numerous charitable and civic organizations.

John graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and has served as an Adjunct Professor at the McDonough Graduate School of Business at Georgetown where he taught the course titled Project Finance. Mr. McKenna will devote full time to the company.

He is a General Securities Principal. He holds Series 7, 24, and 63 licenses.


Ross F Crawford
Managing Director


Prior to joining HamiltonClark as a managing Director, Ross  was President and Managing Partner of the private merchant banking firm, Dominion Financial Partners, LLC which he co-founded in 1988. He also served as President of its NASD registered broker dealer, Dominion Financial Securities Company.

Additionally, during this period he has managed two diversified middle market companies, one a manufacturer of instrumentation products and the other a provider of mechanical full-scale test and engineering services. His merger and acquisition experience was broadened by having initiated and led the execution teams for the sale of each of these companies during his operational tenure.

He is an active investor in new economy, early stage ventures. Prior to 1988, he had a successful career spanning nearly twenty years in corporate banking and management with Houston-based First City Bancorporation.

He graduated from the University of the Pacific with a BA in International Relations in 1965 and then worked at the U. S. Army Security Agency. Since 1982, he has served on the World Business Advisory Council of the Thunderbird, American Graduate School of International Management and is a member of the Houston Venture Capital Association and the Houston Angel Network.

He is a General Securities Principal. He holds Series 7, 24, and 63 licenses.