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Vince Mancuso

Founder and Managing Partner, US

Vince Mancuso leads Next Edge Commercial Finance’s overall U.S. portfolio development strategy, focusing on improving asset growth, client retention, and companywide efficiencies.  Vince also acts as a principal advisor and investment committee member to / for Next Edge Capital.  With over 25 years of commercial finance experience, Vince brings expert insights and a collaborative, forward-looking approach to each client relationship. Not to mention, plenty of entrepreneurial grit.

Vince recently served as a consultant to the World Bank in conjunction with initiatives by the International Finance Corporation and United Nations to provide training and guidance to emerging economies in historically poverty-stricken areas including Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Liberia. Previously, he served as a Principal and Executive Vice President , Senior Vice President and Managing Director for several US commercial finance companies and service providers.

Vince is a former Executive Committee Member of the Commercial Finance Association and remains active in the association’s efforts to serve and preserve the commercial finance industry.

John Levac

Founder and Managing Partner, Canada

John Levac oversees Next Edge Commercial Finance’s Canadian operations. His extensive, 25-year background in corporate finance includes roles in asset-based lending, distressed debt/CCAA restructuring, real estate, and leasing.

Prior to joining Next Edge Commercial Finance, John spent five years in a senior role as an Asset Advisor for appraisals, auctions, and liquidation services. John’s past positions also include senior roles at RBC Capital Markets, Wells Fargo Foothill, and Gordon Brothers.

John is an active member of the Turnaround Management Association (Toronto Chapter) and the Association for Corporate Growth

Brian Center

Operations Director

Brian Center serves as the Operations Director for Next Edge Commercial Finance, and also acts as a principal advisor to Next Edge Capital Corp. Brian assists in overseeing the credit and operational functions at Next Edge and contributes to our overall strategic vision.

Prior to working with the Next Edge, Brian spent almost 10 years with Far West Capital culminating in his role as President and Chief Credit Officer. In 2002, Brian was the co-founder and President of Comresco Capital, LLC, a factoring company that was sold to Bibby Financial. Brian has also served in a number of senior management roles in the commercial finance and banking industry and has served on a number of industry and community boards.  

With over 30 years of experience in the financial sector, Brian uses his passion for working with and growing small and mid-sized businesses to create a value added consultative affiliation with his clients, stakeholders and teams. 

Brian graduated with honors from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics.  Brian was selected as and is a member of Omicron Epsilon Delta society honoring esteemed academics and performance in the field of Economics

Erica Axani

Senior VP, Credit and Risk Officer

Erica Axani is the Senior Vice President, Credit & Risk Officer for Next Edge Capital, and oversees all investment underwriting throughout the various platforms, including Next Edge Commercial Finance.  Erica is also responsible for the day-to-day monitoring of the Next Edge Private Debt Fund portfolio.

Prior to joining Next Edge, Erica had spent 20 years in the commercial finance industry, with a focus on specialty finance lending, primarily lending to factoring companies. 

Erica has held positions as Chief Accountant, Senior Account Manager, Assistant Vice President, and Chief Underwriter on behalf of a large Canadian institution.

Kevin Temke

Senior VP, Originations

Kevin Temke is responsible for uncovering and assessing new investment opportunities across North America.

Before joining Next Edge Commercial Finance, Kevin founded Robo-Analyst Group, an AI-driven private debt research platform and its ABL-focused merchant banking affiliate, KGT Capital. He continues to be involved in the development of Robo-Analyst Group initiatives.

Previously, Kevin worked with a Toronto-based special situations debt fund originating cross-border investment opportunities. There, he successfully originated deals on four different continents in a multitude of different industries. Additionally, Kevin has worked in LBO private equity, healthcare venture capital, and high-frequency quantitative trading.

John Center

Senior VP, Portfolio Development

John Center oversees portfolio development for Next Edge Commercial Finance. With almost a decade of experience, John has developed a true passion for building singular and long-lasting relationships with each referral source and client.

Before joining Next Edge Commercial Finance, John served as Vice President for Client Relationship Management at Far West Capital. His career began in the construction industry where he held a range of leadership positions. There, he formed the foundation for the detail-oriented and communicative style he brings to each of the company’s partnerships.

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