Joseph B. Longino, Jr.
Joe Longino is a Managing Director of Commerce Street Capital, LLC. His practice includes: merchant banking, private placements of debt and equity capital, and mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to joining Commerce Street in February 2016, Mr. Longino was Managing Partner of White Oak Capital Partners, LP, an entity he founded as successor to White Oak Partners, LP, which he established in 1987. The White Oak companies served as independent sponsors in acquisitions of lower middle market operating companies from January 1987 to March 2016, completing fourteen acquisitions.
Before establishing White Oak, Mr. Longino was President of MVenture Corp, the jointly-owned private equity subsidiary of MBank Dallas and MCorp. MVenture was the largest bank-owned SBIC in Texas and third largest in the US at that time. It invested primarily in leveraged buyouts, early stage/high growth opportunities, and supplied growth capital for middle market businesses in the form of equity and subordinated debt. He began his career at First National Bank in Dallas in the commercial lending training program and subsequently handled the bank’s commercial business along the Gulf Coasts of Texas and Louisiana. He transitioned to Mercantile Bank of Texas in 1982 and was responsible for commercial business in East Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana, as well as relationships in Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston.
The breadth of industry experience inherent in the aforementioned positions includes transportation and logistics, healthcare, manufacturing, value-added distribution, electronics, communications, consumer products, real estate, food services, and energy.
Mr. Longino received his Masters of Business Administration from the Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary, and his BBA in finance with a minor in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.
He is a Registered Representative and has passed the FINRA Series 7, 66 and 79 examinations.