John J. Lyons, Jr.
Managing Member and Investment Manager

John Lyons has over forty-five years of diverse experience in the banking industry. Prior to launching Keefe Ventures in 2000, Mr. Lyons was Co-CEO of Keefe Managers, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor. He was Portfolio Manager to the Keefe Manager Advised Funds from the spring of 2000 until liquidation in summer of 2007. Between 1995 and 2000 he served as turnaround president and CEO of four different banks in Florida, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. From 1992 to 1994, he was Vice-Chairman of Advest, Inc., the company which purchased Lyons, Zomback, and Ostrowski, the bank consulting firm founded by Mr. Lyons in 1976.

Mr. Lyons started his career as a bank examiner for the FDIC in New York and Washington, D.C., and later went on to instruct bank financial analysis for FDIC employees. He transitioned to working in the private sector with the Keefe family of firms and served as Corporate Finance Director for Keefe, Bruyette, and Woods from 1973 to 1976. He has been a lecturer with the Community Bankers Association of New York State and the New York State Bankers Association and has served as a banking commentator for the MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour.

Mr. Lyons holds an MBA in Financial Management from Pace University in New York City and a BS in Economics from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. He is an avid fly-fisherman, enjoying both local northeastern trout streams and exotic bonefishing destinations around the world. Cell: 917-328-0138

William M. Kearns, Jr.
Managing Member

Bill Kearns started his Wall Street career in 1958 with Chase Manhattan Bank. In 1962, he joined Kuhn, Loeb and Co. in their sales and syndicate department. He was appointed sales manager in 1968 and a general partner in charge of equity sales in 1969. He ran the syndicate department from 1972 to 1975 before moving into corporate finance. When Kuhn, Loeb merged with Lehman Brothers in 1977, he became a managing director in corporate finance at Lehman where he stayed until 1994. Mr. Kearns founded W. M. Kearns & Co., Inc. a private investment firm, in 1994 and is still President of the firm.

Mr. Kearns’ clients at Lehman Brothers included American General Corporation, Gulf United Corporation, Midlantic Banks, Heritage Bancorporation, Howard Savings Bank, Toledo Trust Corporation, Old Republic International, Selective Insurance Group, Inc., Templeton Funds, and Swiss Reinsurance Co.

Mr. Kearns joined Keefe Managers in 1997 as Vice Chairman and remained in that position until 2002. From 2002 to 2007 he was Chairman and Co-CEO of Keefe Managers. In 2008, he became Chairman of Keefe Ventures I, LLC.

In 1986, Mr. Kearns was elected to the Executive Management Committee of the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester. He is a past trustee at Rider University, and a member of the President’s Council at the University of Maine. He sits on a wide number of corporate and charitable boards. Mr. Kearns has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1988 from Gonzaga University. He holds an MA from New York University, and a BA from the University of Maine. Cell: 973-631-1141.

Dory A. Wiley
Investment Advisor

Dory A. Wiley is CFA, CPA, CVA, & CEO of Commerce Street Holdings, LLC, and the holding company for Commerce Street Capital, LLC (“CSC”), a FINRA regulated broker/dealer and Commerce Street Investment Management, LLC (“CSIM”), an SEC-registered investment advisor. Since co-founding the firm in 2007, his primary focus has been the creation and management of investment funds that specialize in financial institutions and related derivatives.

Mr. Wiley serves on the Boards and Investment Committees of CSIM’s investment funds. Those funds have included SBICs (Independent Bankers Capital Fund), Bank Hedge and Private Equity funds (Keefe Managers, Keefe Partners, Keefe Rainbow Partners, Service Equity Partners, Genesis Partners, and Commerce Street Financial Partners) and debt funds (Commerce Street Income Partners I and II). He formerly served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Teachers Retirement System of Texas, an approximately $100 billion pension fund where he was Chairman of the Investment Committee, Chaired the Alternative Assets Committee and served on Compensation, CIO recruiting, Audit and Governance Committees.

Mr. Wiley has over 20 years experience in commercial and investment banking and investment management. From 1996 to 2007, Mr. Wiley was President of SAMCO Capital Markets, LLC, and prior to SAMCO, he was Vice President and Manager of the Financial Institutions Group at Rauscher Pierce Refsnes, now RBC Capital Markets.

He is a member of the AICPA, Texas Society of CPAs, the Dallas Society of Financial Analysts, the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, the CFA Institute and the National Association of Corporate Directors. He holds Securities Licenses 24, 7, 63, 66, and 65 and serves on a FINRA regulatory committee.

Mr. Wiley received a BBA in Finance and Accounting from Texas Tech University, and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. Office: 214-545-6805