Gene McGowan, Sr.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Gene has over 9 years of identifying, structuring and closing private equity opportunities and more than 26 years experience in the securities industry. As a broker, he managed a book of business worth more than $100 million dollars. Then, as the Chief Operating Officer of a regional brokerage firm, Gene directed a network of 100 branch offices responsible for more than $400 million in revenue. He also led the implementation of a new broker compensation structure and online broker training. Gene currently sits on the Investment Committee for Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation and is a Board Member of the Sioux Falls State Theater Company.
Dan Newell, CPA
Dan has directed over 100 mergers and acquisitions. His background is in operations, accounting and finance. His prior experience includes being a Chief Financial Officer of a publicly traded energy company and coordinating over $1 billion in public and private financing. In addition, Dan’s experience includes serving as the CEO of a significant operating entity where he managed operations with more than $470 million in revenue, 63 locations and 3,000 employees. Dan currently sits on the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors for the State of South Dakota and is a Board Member for the Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital, McCrossan's Boy's Ranch and Post 307 Baseball.
Larry has several years of experience in identifying and structuring private equity opportunities for McGowan Capital Group. As President of a local manufacturing company, Larry has also served as Director of Operations for a regional financial services company, where he was responsible for oversight, compliance and training of 60+ brokers. As Deputy Treasurer for the State of Iowa, he was responsible for structuring and raising over $2 billion for state projects.
Aaron Rasmussen has 12 years of experience in energy trading and investing, specifically Natural Gas Derivatives and small to mid-cap E&P companies. He received his M.B.A. at Brandeis University, International School of Business prior to entering the New York Mercantile Exchange and the world of energy trading. With his first acquired company, Aaron engineered a $1.25 million dollar turnaround in the first year, realizing a profit of $1 million. Starting his next company, Aaron has grossed over $10 million dollars, and is consistently in the top 10 volume brokerages for Natural Gas fixed price since 2011. In 2014, he was awarded the charter for Certified Alternative Investment Analyst. Aaron currently serves as the Treasurer for the Sioux Falls State Theater Company and is on the Advisory Board for The Bakery.
Assistant Vice President Finance and Administration
Jennifer has been with McGowan Capital since 2006. She has many varied management roles in General Operations & Administration, Credit Services, financial oversight, budgeting, planning, business development, and investor relations. Prior to joining this team, Jennifer spent over 13 years as general manager of full and limited service hotels.
Karen joined McGowan Capital in 2014. She brings a wealth of experience from a variety of management, financial and administrative fields to include customer service, accounting, sales, information technology and marketing. Her role here will include property management, Topgrading training, social media strategy and website management. She comes to us as a military retiree with 24 years of active duty service in the U.S. Marine Corps and South Dakota Air National Guard.
Dennis has been a practicing attorney for over 40 years with a certified specialty in real estate. He co-founded a credit entity during the 1980’s Midwest farm crisis for the purposes of acquiring and working out bank credits; that was expanded into a nationwide presence continuing over 25 years. He personally assessed risk/pricing/outcomes and attended to workouts of every variety of primarily commercial debt. He is a former bank director, community college director, county attorney prosecutor, author and teacher of criminal procedure. He currently contributes time in mentoring students and helping non-profit organizations.
Jack is a veteran journalist and former media and foundation executive who retired in 2014 after a 43-year career with the Gannett Co. and the Freedom Forum. He oversaw the Freedom Forum's efforts to advance diversity and fairness in the media as well as programs that encouraged and honored high journalistic standards. He was also the Director of a traveling exhibit of the Newseum that visited all 50 states and Canada to promote better understanding between the news media and the public.
Over his career, Jack worked as a journalist at seven daily newspapers in four states and his media industry career also included a six-year stint as the Executive Editor of the Argus Leader. Among other civic and volunteer activities, Marsh serves on the City of Sioux Falls Board of Ethics. He also chairs the founding directors of the Elimination of Prejudice Foundation, and he sits on the boards of Face It TOGETHER and South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.