Commodore Staff

Donald Paynter

Managing Director

1994 – Present

Prior Affiliations 1993 – 1994 Parrish Leasing Corp. (PLC)

  • Finance Director / Chief Funding Officer of firm founded by The Travelers Insurance Companies and The Hillman Company.

1988 – 1993 Unibank A/S Denmark Vice President & Group Head:

  • Vice President in charge of Aviation and Container Finance in North America. Created unit which grew to total assets of $330MM.
  • Duties included client selection, cross-border transaction structuring, market program development and representation of Unileasing A/S products.

1986 – 1988 Consortium Leasing Corporation Member of Management Committee: Executive Vice President & Treasurer – Chief Financial Officer of newly founded company owned by Equitable Life, Yamaichi Securities, and A. Johnson (Sweden).

  • Responsible for establishing and maintaining the Corporation’s accounting policies, reporting, tax planning, and the funding of leasing activities.

1985 – 1986 Flexi-Van Leasing, Inc. Vice President & Senior Officer of NYSE listed, leading international container lessor.

1973 – 1985 Chemical Bank of New York Vice President – Director of Management Reporting (1982-1985) for the entire bank.

  • Managed staff of 100 handling the design and production of reports for senior management evaluating the performance of business units, customers and products.

1966 – 1973 Citibank – AVP

  • Various assignment with the leasing group in Argentina, Brazil, Puerto Rico and Italy.

    • University of Oregon – M.B.A.
    • University of San Francisco – B.S.
  • AMP Harvard University

  • Was Chairman of the International Committee of the ELFA for ten years (1995-2004)


Robert Maxwell

Managing Director

2002 – Present

Prior Affiliations Brentwood Capital, LLC, Farmington, CT

      Principal & Founder
  • Investment banking firm providing financial advisory and investment banling services to financial companies and emerging high tech companies.


1999 – 2001 Ironwood Capital, Ltd. Avon, CT One of four founding partners.

1997 – 1999 Prohealth Physicians,Farmington, CT Senior Vice President, CFO

  • Responsible for all finance, administrative and billing functions in this startup managed care organization with over 1,000 employees.


1987 – 1997 Financing for Science International, Inc. Farmington, CT
President and CEO of this publicly-traded finance source for advanced technology equipment and emerging growth companies.

1995 – 1996 President, CFO when company was acquired by a Fortune 500 firm.

1987 – 1995 Sr. Vice President – Finance, CFO and Director.

  • Responsible for numerous financings, an IPO, several securitizations, syndicated banking relationships and overall asset/liability management.


1977 – 1987 Freeport-McMoran, Inc. New York City, NY & New Orleans, LA. Director of Financial Services – CFO of $300 million division and earnings of $50 million.

1982 – 1985 Manager New Ventures

1977 – 1979 Business/Financial Analyst and troubleshooter for senior management.

1976 Digital Equipment Corporation, Maynard, MA

  • Developed blueprint for captive finance company.


1970 – 1975 Bank of Montreal, International Division. Montreal, Canada

  • M.B.A. Harvard Business School
  • B.A. Economics (Honors) Manchester University, UK -1970
  • United World College, South Wales