About Us

Meet the Team

BDC Capital’s team of seasoned and skilled professionals are the best from in the industry. Our diverse and exceptional staff come from a decorated background of success in order to deliver an unparalleled level of astute performance, integrity, and service.

 

  • Kenneth J. Smith
    Kenneth J. Smith
    President & CEO
  • Paul F. Flynn, Jr.
    Paul F. Flynn, Jr.
    COO
  • Carol Brennan
    Carol Brennan
    Rhode Island Business Development
  • Nancy Gibeau
    Nancy Gibeau
    Rhode Island Business Development
  • Dave Harrington
    Dave Harrington
    Director
Kenneth J. Smith
President & CEO

Ken is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Rhode Island Capital. Rhode Island Capital manages several mezzanine investment funds, to compliment a broad array of small business loan programs that they have used to serve local area businesses. Rhode Island Capital now has more than $600 million in loans and investments to hundreds of companies.

Ken is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and Northeastern University and he has won numerous accolades over the years, including being named one of Boston’s Ten Outstanding Young Leaders.

Paul F. Flynn, Jr.
COO

Paul is Chief Operating Officer of Rhode Island Capital as well as New England Certified Development Corp., the company’s SBA 504 lending affiliate.  Mr. Flynn’s role includes strategic development and oversight of both internal operations and new business development throughout New England. His experience includes over 25 years of lending to the New England business community.

Prior to joining Rhode Island Capital, Mr. Flynn served as Regional Leader and SVP ABL Dept. Manager & Commercial Lending at Berkshire Bank, ABL Department Manager of TD Bank, and Senior Vice President of Banknorth.  Mr. Flynn began his banking career at BayBank in 1986. He received his undergraduate degree from Fairfield University and a MBA from Babson College.

Mr. Flynn is a member of the National Commercial Finance Association and the Association for Corporate Growth, and is a Past President of the Turnaround Management Association’s Northeast Chapter.

Carol Brennan
Rhode Island Business Development

Carol Cedrone Brennan is the Director of Business Development for Rhode Island Capital. She is responsible for keeping the Rhode Island Capital name before the business, banking, and investment communities. Carol is a board member of the New England Chapter of the Risk Management Association (RMA) and the Westmass Area Development Corporation.

Carol’s professional career extends over 25 years during which she has held positions with a finance and marketing consulting firm, an injection molding company, and a computer manufacturer. She earned a B.A. in finance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a master’s degree in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

T: 413-237-6648

E: cbrennan@bdcnewengland.com

Nancy Gibeau
Rhode Island Business Development

Nancy Gibeau, Senior Vice President, covers the state of Rhode Island. Nancy has over fourteen years of experience in banking and lending. She most recently served as the Senior Manager of Lending Services for the New Bedford Economic Development Council. Prior to that, she was a Small Business Lender for Compass Bank for Savings. Nancy graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth with a B.S. in Management.

T: 508-254-7891

E: ngibeau@bdcnewengland.com

Dave Harrington
Director

Dave is the Director of Business Development for the Rhode Island Capital Access Program (RICAP). He joined Rhode Island Capital after spending two years as a financial and operational consultant and twelve years with Sports Images, Inc as the VP of Finance and Operations. Prior to that he was in senior treasury and managerial positions with companies such as The Timberland Company, Honeywell, WR Grace (Chomerics), First National Bank of Boston and Dun & Bradstreet. Dave graduated from Cambridge College with a Masters in Education in Management, attended Bentley College and the American Institute for Banking.

T: 781-928-1117

E: dharrington@bdcnewengland.com