Growth Capital Services | Registered Private Placement and M&A Securities Firm


Growth Capital Services is a registered broker-dealer specializing in private securities. Our representatives work on institutional placement agent assignments, M&A advisory, late stage direct company capital raises, and late stage secondary opportunities.

While navigating the world of private securities can be unnervingly opaque, our team is here to help. Our goal is to offer solutions, not obstacles: effective guidance in getting the job done right.

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Who We Are

What We’ve Done

Growth Capital Services Logo | Broker Dealer Firm | back office services for experienced private securities professionals

How We Work

What We Value

The GCS Team


  • Brian Dunn

    Founder & CEO

    Brian Dunn is the Founder and CEO of Growth Capital Services. He leads the team’s efforts in...

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Business Development

  • Tom Kennett

    Director of Business Development

    Tom Kennett is Director of Business Development for Growth Capital Services. He is responsible...

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  • Justin Schleifer

    Chief Compliance Officer

    Justin Schleifer is the Chief Compliance Officer for Growth Capital Services. He is responsible...

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  • Dennis Azary

    Supervisory Principal

    Dennis Azary is a Supervisory Principal and Financial Operations Principal for Growth Capital Services....

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  • Amar Deva

    Supervisory Principal

    Amar Deva is a Supervisory Principal. He is responsible for the supervisory review of private offerings,...

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  • Cedric Levye

    Supervisory Principal

    Cedric Levye is a Supervisory Principal. He is responsible for supervising registered representatives...

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  • Michael Hintsa

    Supervisory Principal

    Michael Hintsa is a member of the compliance team for Growth Capital Services. He is responsible...

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  • Carrie Schneidman

    Supervisory Principal

    Carrie Schneidman is a Supervisory Principal. She is responsible for supervising registered representatives...

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  • Shannon Carini

    In-House Counsel

    Shannon Carini brings a unique legal acumen to her work with the Compliance Team.

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  • Scott Blumin

    Technology Director

    Scott Blumin is the Technology Director of Growth Capital Services. In this role, Mr. Blumin advises...

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  • Vladimir Sidorenko

    OLIVIA Lead Developer

    Vladimir Sidorenko leads OLIVIA development for GCS. He has several years of game and web development...

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What We Value

  • Entrepreneurs who maintain their own office and brand identity, source, and execute their own deals
  • Collaboration with others on our platform to expand distribution efforts as appropriate
  • Long term relationships - win-win partnerships that keep our best producers loyal to our platform
  • Culture of professional cooperation with a focus on investor protection

How We Work

  • Platform built by practitioners for practitioners
  • Independent contractor model allows latitude regarding investment mandates
  • Proprietary software supports many private placement deal types
  • Accessible and experienced Compliance team equipped to supervise most private investments
  • Chaperone service enables foreign placement agents to show mandates to U.S. institutional investors

What We've Done

  • Over $2 billion in U.S. dollar transaction value
  • Over $500 million equivalent in foreign currency transaction value
  • Over 2,000 transactions
  • Over $50 million commissions generated by reps
  • Over 1,000 investors served​

Who We Are

  • Providing consistent service since 2003
  • Supervised thousands of successful private placements in a large variety of industry sectors
  • Specializing in capital raises, M&A opportunities, and secondary sales of private stock
  • Registered in all 52 U.S. states and territories
  • Headquartered in San Francisco, with registered representatives located throughout the U.S.