Charleston Capital Management is an alternative asset management company based in Charleston, SC.

Charleston Capital Management f/k/a Drift Capital Partners is an alternative asset manager that seeks to generate attractive, absolute returns by opportunistically and tactically investing in areas where conventional sources of capital are disproportionately unavailable. Charleston Capital was formed to expand the spectrum of opportunities for investors seeking risk adjusted returns that are less correlated to other markets. Specifically, the firm seeks to exploit inefficiencies that are borne from transactions requiring significant amounts of intellectual as well as financial capital. The firm is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and is part of inFactor, a FinTech firm focused on liquidity solutions for businesses. The Drift Credit Opportunities Fund is a credit strategies fund focused on structured loans to FinTech enabled Non-Bank Financial Services companies, which underwrite loans to small and medium sized businesses in the United States of America.

 

Management Team

 
 
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Caleb J. Goding, CFP ®

Co-Founder

Caleb Goding is a Co-Founder and Manager of the Firm.  Mr. Goding has extensive experience in accounting, business operations, asset management, complex financial planning and business consulting.  Over the past decade, Mr. Goding has served as CFO and advisor to several privately held companies, high-net worth families, and partnerships where he was responsible for all strategic financial decision making and reporting. 

Prior to Charleston Capital, Mr. Goding was a Managing Director for Roadstead Capital Partners where he was part of the investment strategy team and specialized in portfolio management and complex financial planning.  Before his time at Roadstead, Mr. Goding was a Financial Advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC where he led the financial advisors in his peer group at the firm in advisory assets.  Prior to his time at Wells Fargo, Mr. Goding’s experience included performing corporate financial statement accounting at Enterprise Holdings, Inc. as well as serving as CFO for Landtech Inc.

Mr. Goding is a graduate of the University of South Carolina - Moore School of Business where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree and double majored in Accounting and Management with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship.  Mr. Goding is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional or CFP® professional.  Additionally, Mr. Goding is a registered investment advisor representative (passed the Series 65 Exam).

 
 
 
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McLean A.G. Wilson, M.S.

CO-FOUNDER

McLean Wilson is a Co-Founder and Manager of the Firm.  Mr. Wilson has extensive experience in alternative investments, asset based lending, asset management and capital raising for alternative investments, as well as operational experience with structured transactions, recourse and nonrecourse purchase agreements, back office operations, secured and unsecured transactions, negotiation, management and underwriting processes.

Prior to Charleston Capital, Mr. Wilson was Vice President of SouthStar Capital, an asset based lender primarily focused on factoring, where he assisted in the origination, structuring, closing and funding of over $500 million worth of factored assets. While at SouthStar, he gained experience with structuring collateralized and uncollateralized transactions, purchase and sale agreements, and recourse and non-recourse financing.  At SouthStar, Mr. Wilson also structured and funded numerous equipment lease and purchase order financing transactions.  Prior to this, Mr. Wilson was an investment advisor with ING Financial Partners and Money Concepts Capital Corporation with a focus on financial planning, portfolio management and investment planning.  Prior to be being an investment advisor, Mr. Wilson was a Civil Engineer with Thomas & Hutton Engineering. 

Mr. Wilson is a graduate of Clemson University where he earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering.  Additionally, Mr. Wilson is a registered investment advisor representative (passed the Series 65 Exam). 

 
 
 
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Edward Hamilton

head of capital markets

Edward Hamilton is the  Head of Capital Markets and is responsible for leading the firm's capital markets strategy and overseeing financing transactions across the suite of offerings. Mr. Hamilton brings a diverse skill set spanning over two decades in financial services. Mr. Hamilton’s tenure on Wall Street  and in London includes having served as a Managing Director at Kidder Peabody and Paine Webber and more recently as a Senior Managing Director of BroadStreet Group, a New York City based merchant bank. Mr. Hamilton has been extensively involved in the structuring and origination of Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLO) as well as other forms of asset backed securities.

 
 
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Brian McFadden

Analyst

Brian McFadden is an analyst with Charleston Capital Management.  Brian has experience in derivative valuation, model validation, balance sheet and income statement stress projections, project management and Anti-Money Laundering.

Prior to Charleston Capital, Brian was a Senior Quantitative Advisory Service Consultant in Ernst and Young’s Advisory Financial Services Office, where he performed independent valuation analysis of a variety of esoteric over-the-counter derivative instruments spanning several asset classes; including fixed income, equity, credit, foreign exchange, and commodities.  During his time with EY, Brian also worked at various major financial intuitions assisting in the development and upkeep of model validation and documentation.

Brian is a graduate of the University of Delaware – Alfred Lerner School of Business where he earned a Bachelor of Science in finance.

 
 
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Colby Billhardt

Vice president of business development and investor relations

Colby Billhardt is the Vice President of Business Development and Investor relations and is responsible for the development of new investor relationships and maintenance of current investor relations. Colby has a diverse skill set with a background in New York luxury real estate having closed over $60,000,000 in sales representing buyers and sellers throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. Prior to Charleston Capital, Colby was a licensed real estate salesperson with Nest Seekers International and Brown Harris Stevens in New York City, having worked on a Top 5 Sales Team Nationwide ranked by the WSJ. As a highly skilled and accomplished real estate salesperson, she has expertise in all facets of sales, development, branding and project management.

In addition to her work experience, Colby spent two years as a Division 1 volleyball player at the University of Connecticut until a career ending injury forced her to resign from athletics. Although she no longer plays volleyball, she remains immensely competitive and understands the commitment, dedication and sacrifice needed to be a part of a successful team. While a D1 athlete and leader, she was still able to make the Big East All Academic team both years in addition to being an executive board member of the NCAA Student Athletic Advisory Committee and a member of the Nike Rebranding Committee. Following her transfer from the University of Connecticut, she graduated from the College of Charleston in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts.