The Baytree Capital Associates LLC Group
Money talks. We can translate for you.
When it comes to finance, Baytree Capital offers expert wealth management advice that will increase the potential to maximize growth for any individual or business. Our expertise translates into smart financial decisions for you.
Baytree Capital is a collection of experienced and driven industry professionals who bring their clients the gold standard and quality of financial advice.
We pride ourselves on delivering the very best service to our clients and using our expertise to offer customized advice. We take the time to build a strong relationship with our clients and to understand their needs, which allows us to provide intuitive and advantageous client-focused service.
When you work with Baytree Capital, you can rest assure that your finances will be in good hands. We will be able to help you identify your goals, set an overall financial plan and to balance the amount of risk in your investments. Our advisors take into consideration the bigger picture of your finances, including your cash flow, insurance, debt, retirement goals and your will and estate planning needs. With skill and years of experience, they will be able to examine your particular financial situation and determine exactly what you need to do to manage your finances better and to grow your wealth. The advice you will receive will be suited to your situation, offering you an insight into how you can expand and grow.
Why Baytree Capital
In an increasingly complex financial arena we provide clients with comprehensive, clear advice and guidance on a full range of solutions.
At Baytree Capital we passionately believe in developing successful, long-term personal relationships with our clients. By taking the time to gain a deep understanding of the unique requirements of each individual, and by providing advice on a one-to-one basis, we are able to formulate bespoke wealth strategies and solutions for both your current and future needs.
As a company we were formed on the basis of one fundamental value, Service. Our high standards of client care backed by award winning office technology and dedicated support staff ensures you will receive an ongoing personal service that will allow you to adapt to meet your ever changing financial circumstances and take advantage of opportunities as they arise. Our commitment to meeting your financial goals is a long term one; we tailor our services and solutions according to your needs and aim to ensure the arrangements we put in place are flexible and can adapt to your changing circumstances, goals and priorities. We are driven by what is important and relevant to you.
We attribute our success to the Three pillars around which all aspects of our business have been based. By remaining focused on these three pillars, we strive to deliver the highest level of service to all our clients.
Our advisers have no economic interest in recommending one institution over another, concentrating on suitability of advice. Decisions will only be based on the best interests of our clients and we are not tied to any platform or product provider.
The service we deliver to our clients is at the heart of everything we do. Thanks to our business model being built around our clients, we understand the need to deliver the highest level of customer service.
With the bespoke nature of many of our products and our investment in cutting edge technology our focus on traditional client servicing values is enhanced by the use of modern day techniques. This client-centric approach ensures that the products and services we recommend are tailored to meet every client’s personal requirements – be it for investment advice, trust and wealth planning or finding solutions to complex issues.
Whilst the service we offer is based around traditional values; we employ the latest thinking in helping you achieve your long term goals.
Our Investment Approach
How you deploy investment capital across asset classes is one of the most important determinants of investment results over time. Strategic and tactical asset allocation is a central element of our investment advice and guidance.
We believe that diversification across global asset classes, investment styles, sectors and industry groups is fundamental to long term wealth creation and portfolio risk management.
On occasion we may guide you in making some tactical changes to your portfolio. Tactical asset allocation is designed to capitalize on short term market deviations by overweighting or underweighting certain asset classes relative to associated benchmarks.
Our Relationship With You Is Highly Personalized and Proactive
We are not a mass market retail type wealth management operation; we maintain a high ratio of professional staff to clients. We meet regularly with each client to review investment performance, portfolio rebalancing and current strategy to plan for their future needs. We tailor day to day private banking services including credit facilities, secure web based bill payment services and individual client preferences.
Our Founder and Executive Officers
The diversity of our Founders reflects the diverse backgrounds of a world class clientele. Our ages and experiences help us deliver what we call "modern investment banking and advisory services": actively addressing the fluid needs of a select circle of male and female CEOs and entrepreneurs as well as traditional and nontraditional families (many of whom are first generation American).
Baytree Capital offers active and passive management with no proprietary products. To serve those who demand uncompromised service and financial acumen we offer a tailored experience providing unwavering attention and access to a full complement of services from global institutions. Clients deserve to know they are making optimal decisions for those they love.
We know how to help ultra high net worth clients whether we recommend where to purchase an aircraft or help them buy a home in abroad. Being "all in", we value our close relationships with clients and share their joy in enhancing their lives.
Mr. Michael Gardner, Founder/President & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Michael Gardner has guided Baytree Capital Associates, LLC, since 1990. He has established the firm as a leader of private investment in micro- to mid-cap companies. Mr. Gardner and his team’s full range of merchant banking services include capital raising, alternative public offerings, mergers & acquisitions, distressed lending, and portfolio management for ultra-high net worth clients. As the founder and Managing Member of Baytree Capital, the firm has raised more than $2 billion for investment opportunities.
Having studied for four years at the Naval Officer Candidate School, Mr. Gardner earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science at Brooklyn College. Since establishing his own company, he has managed all aspects of operations, arranging financing and facilitating transactions. Notable achievements include the structuring of the first avatar and photo-sharing deals, and a Kiosk Solutions, Inc., financing transaction focused on the DVD-kiosk technology sphere.
Today Mr. Gardner handles financing for small- to mid-cap public firms in the United States and abroad, undertakes private equity transactions for promising ventures, provides asset management for high-net-worth individuals and families, and serves in an advisory capacity for various institutional clients. Among his present endeavors with the company, he nurtures relationships with technology innovators Goozex, Inc., Kiosk Solutions, Inc., and RAE Systems; manages real estate holdings for members of the Habsburg family; and finances Chinese gold and platinum jewelry manufacturer Kingold Jewelry Inc.
In addition to his efforts with Baytree Capital, Mr. Gardner applies his talent for turning around organizations to the arts and philanthropy. In 2009, he assumed the position of Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA). A fan of the organization since his childhood, Mr. Gardner took over at a low point for the organization. Over the course of three years, he successfully brought in new management, eliminated conflicts, and reversed its record for losing money. Profitable and thriving again, the venerable institution enjoys renewed prominence in the world of acting and drama.
In his work as a philanthropist, Mr. Gardner serves on the Board of Trustees of Oklahoma City University and recently completed a term as a Trustee of the New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center. In 2008, the Mental Health Association of New York City, Inc., recognized him for his ongoing work with the mentally ill. In that same year, Mr. Gardner also earned the Humanitarian Award from the Langone Medical Center Hospital for Joint Diseases.
Mr. James Fuller, Founder/Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Mr. James W. Fuller serves as President at Baytree Capital Associates LLC, where he oversees the West Coast operations and their interests in the Far East including China.
Mr. Fuller has been Director of QPAGOS since May 2017. He has been a Director at Beauty Brands Group Inc. since February 5, 2013, Kogeto, Inc. since April 10, 2015 and Oklahoma Energy Corp. since 1998. He has been an Independent Director of Cavitation Technologies, Inc., since February 15, 2010 and serves as its Member of Advisory Board. He served as a Director of Bridge Information Systems. He served as an Independent Director of Propell Technologies Group, Inc. (now Pledge Petroleum Corp.) from October 14, 2011 to February 17, 2015. He served as a Director of TapImmune, Inc. from May 18, 2012 to February 6, 2013. In 2007 and 2008, he was the Owner of Northcoast Financial brokerage. He served as Senior Vice President of Marketing for Charles Schwab and Company from 1981 to 1985. Subsequently, he served key roles as the President of Bull & Bear Group, a mutual fund/discount brokerage company in New York. He served as the Senior Vice President of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) from 1976 to 1981 and was nominated by President Ronald Reagan as the Director of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC). He served on the Board of Directors of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) until 1987. He served on the Bush 2002 Technology Advisory Committee. He served as Senior Vice president of Bridge Information Systems. He was the Founder and Head of Morgan Fuller Capital Group.
He has nearly 40 years' experience in the brokerage and related financial services industries. His financial career started in 1968 with J. Barth & Company in San Francisco. He served as West Coast Managing Director for New York based investment banking and trading firm from 1972 to 1974. He managed the consulting practice for the Investment Industries Division of SRI International, where he directed a study on the future of the Securities Industry from 1974 to 1976. His other projects included the development and implementation of the Cash Management Account for Merrill Lynch, which is a standard throughout the brokerage industry. He served as the Chairman of Pacific Research Institute. He served on the Board of Trustees of the University of California, Santa Cruz for 12 years. He is a Member of the Board of the International Institute of Education. He is an Elected Member and Vice Chairman for Finance of the San Francisco Republican Central Committee and is a Member of the Pacific Council for International Policy, Commonwealth Club. He was a Member of the Committee of Foreign Relations. Mr. Fuller graduated from San Bernardino Valley College (A.A., 1960), received his MBA in Finance from California State University and Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Political Science from San Jose State University.
Mr. Martin R. Wade III, Partner/Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Martin R. Wade, III, serves as Chief Financial Officer at Baytree Capital Associates LLC.
Mr. Wade has forty years of experience advising senior management and Boards of Directors during more than 200 acquisitions, divestiture and restructuring processes. He is a turnaround and transformational strategy expert. He served as the Chief Executive Officer at Bengal Capital Partners LLC since 2000. He served as the President and Chief Executive Officer at Tumbleweed Holdings, Inc. from May 2001 to August 2001 and as an Executive Vice President from June 2000 to April 2001. He served from 1998 to 2000 as a mergers and acquisitions banker and from 1998 to 2000 as a Managing Director at Prudential Securities Inc. He served from 1996 to 1998 as a Managing Director in mergers and acquisitions at Salomon Brothers Inc. From 1975 to 1998, He served in various executive positions at Salomon Brothers Inc. (Managing Director M&A), Bankers Trust Company (M&A), Lehman Brothers (M&A) and Price Waterhouse LLC (National Head of Investment Banking). From 1991 to 1996, he served as a National Head of Investment at C.J. Lawrence, Morgan Grenfell, where he was appointed to the Board of Directors. He also spent six years in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department at Bankers Trust and eight years at Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb. He is credited with participating in over 200 mergers and acquisitions transactions involving a variety of Fortune 500 clients such as Nike, Cornerstone National Gas Company, Handmark Graphics and Redken Laboratories, Inc. He has held Managing Director positions with firms such as Solomon Brothers, Price Waterhouse and Lehman Brothers. He served as the National Head of Investment Banking at Price Waterhouse in the mid 1990's. He has been Interim Chief Executive Officer at Payless ShoeSource, Inc. since August 2008. Mr. Wade has been Chief Financial Officer of Gold Mining USA, Inc. since August 2017. He serves as Chief Financial Officer for VITA Mobile Systems, Inc. He is a Partner at Catalyst Acquisition Group, LLC. He has been the Chief Executive Officer at Broadcaster, Inc. since August 2001 and served as its President from March 2006 to November 6, 2007. He has been Director of RDA Holding Co. since April 18, 2011. He has been a Director of Alliance One International, Inc. since February 2001. He serves on the board of Media News Group d/b/a Digital First Media, the second largest media company in the U.S. serving over 60 million monthly readers. Mr. Wade is a member of the Board of Directors of NexMed. He served as a Director of Trusted Media Brands, Inc. He also serves as a Member of the Board of Directors at Energy Transfer Group of Dallas, Texas. He served as a Director of Command Security Corporation from August 31, 2004 to April 30, 2008. He served as a Director of Tumbleweed Holdings, Inc. from June 2000 to April 2001. He served as Director of C.J. Lawrence, Morgan Grenfell. He served as a Director of Advaxis Inc. from March 29, 2006 to June 30, 2008. He served as a Director of Apricus Biosciences, Inc. from June 2003 to December 2009. He has served on fourteen corporate Boards, including Vertis Holdings and Reader’s Digest Association.
Wade earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from West Virginia University. From 1971 to 1975, Wade was a Captain in the United States Air Force. Following his service to his country, Wade earned a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Wyoming.