Templar Business Credit Team

Allen200Allen Gold has over thirty years experience in the Asset Based Lending business.  He is a founding Principal of Templar Business Credit.   Mr. Gold is an innovative and entrepreneurial financial services executive.

Mr. Gold was formerly the Chairman and CEO of the Ally Group (“Ally”), a diversified asset management and venture investment company, that originated and underwrote over $1 billion in secured lending transactions and employed 30 professionals. In 1985, Mr. Gold founded Venturelease, as a division of the Ally Group, one of the first equipment lease companies to underwrite transactions for early stage venture capital financed companies in Silicon Valley.

In 1991, Mr. Gold founded the Environmental Allies Group of Funds, a division of Ally that invested in growth-stage environmental technology companies and environmental project finance opportunities. He raised three funds with a total of $50 million in equity and made over 100 leveraged investments.

In 1997, Mr. Gold founded Critical Capital Corporation, a $30 million venture capital fund, licensed by the SBA as a Small Business Investment Company.  Mr. Gold was responsible for obtaining the company’s license from the SBA. Sands Brothers, a NYSE investment-banking firm, acquired Mr. Gold’s interest in 2001.

nick200Nicholas Willson,  a founding Principal oI Templar Business Credit, holds Masters degrees from both Oxford University, England and the Harvard University Graduate School of Business.  He has held senior positions at the international strategy consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, and the predecessor venture capital firm of APAX Partners, both in London, and since 1990 has been President or CEO of several substantial Silicon Valley companies.

In 2005 Mr. Willson, as the CEO and one of two shareholders, successfully sold a 120 employee medical device company he had rescued and built back up, to Danaher Corporation, a Fortune 200 company, for cash.

Since that time, as an Angel investor with the prominent Angels Forum group in Silicon Valley, Mr. Willson has personally invested in approximately 20 high growth companies across several industries, including technology, medical device, retail, distribution and software. He has evaluated hundreds of business plans, presentations and management teams during this period.  Mr. Willson has also been instrumental in introducing several investee companies to prominent venture capital firms and securing Series A or B rounds of funding.

Mr. Willson is a keen business analyst, an insightful strategist, and a shrewd and experienced business operator.  He is known for seizing or rescuing business opportunities and building a successful business model around them.

tony200Anthony Browne is a founding Principal and the Chairman of Templar Business Credit. Mr. Browne’s father founded the Wall Street investment firm of Tweedy Browne & Company.  His two brothers succeeded in the ongoing management and growth of that firm, which today manages over $12 billion for institutional and private wealth clients.

After working for the family firm in his early career, Mr. Browne left for California where he led, built and ultimately sold a $4 billion money management firm in 1984.   He then founded Roxbury Capital (“Roxbury”), in 1986, where he served as Chairman, CEO and CIO. Together with his partners he grew Roxbury into a $12 billion, broad-based money management firm, with selected private equity and hedge fund interests, and offices in major cities across  the United  States.

Mr. Browne retired in 2005 after the sale of Roxbury to Wilmington Trust, one of the largest corporate and personal trust institutions.  He continues to invest privately and, among other outside roles, he serves as one of the two  external members of the investment committee for the Annenberg Foundation, founded by US ambassador and philanthropist, Walter H. Annenberg.