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Our Team

Aegis CEO
Bob Beard
Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Beard serves as the managing member and CEO of Aegis. He is primarily responsible for strategic planning and providing broad oversight on behalf of the shareholder members. Mr. Beard has over 30 years of audit, management and lending experience. He founded Aegis Business Credit and the Aileron companies (aileroncap. com) to diversify financial product offerings. Since 1998, these companies have financed over $1.5 billion via factoring, asset based lending and mortgage lending. Mr. Beard graduated from Florida State University where he double majored in accounting and finance with a minor in economics. He is a certified public accountant and holds a Series 27 license.

Office:  813-341-3655  x101

Mike Fussell
Michael (Mike) Fussell
President & Dir. of Originations

Mr. Fussell is responsible for the overall management of the business including directing new asset originations, providing oversight of the existing portfolio, and guiding credit policy and operations. He oversees new business opportunities and provides guidance in structuring credit facilities to middle-market companies utilized for growth, acquisitions, turn-arounds and general working capital needs. He maintains relationships with Aegis’ capital providers and serves as Chair of the Credit Committee. Michael has over 15 years of experience in finance with positions at RBC, PNC and Wells Fargo serving in various commercial banking capacities including senior roles in relationship management, underwriting and asset resolution. Mr. Fussell graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree from the Calloway School of Business and Accountancy.

Office:  813-437-2511

Barbara Wilhelm
Chief Operations Officer

Ms. Wilhelm provides direct supervision of the back office operations including the primary day-to-day interactions with our clients to process cash disbursements and collections. Barbara has over 25 years diversified industry experience including 16 years in managerial positions in the finance industry. Ms. Wilhelm is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in criminology.

Office:  813-341-3655  x102

Ellen Daigle
Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Daigle supervises accounting staff, manages accounting and internal financial statements, and also serves as HR manager. She is the CFO of Aegis’ affiliates including EnviroCap and the Aileron companies. Ellen has over 35 years of experience in various accounting and management functions. Mrs. Daigle earned her accounting degree from Louisiana State University and is a former certified public accountant.

Office:  813-341-3655  x112