RCG Ventures makes opportunistic investments in small to mid sized companies where we believe we can add value. Simply put, our mission is to utilize all our resources and knowledge to help you build your company into a market leader.
RCG Ventures is a wholly owned subsidiary of River Capital Group Holdings, a leading Family investment Office. Our partner companies love our unique approach to supporting them. Our value is not just providing capital; We leverage our extensive network to open doors and have purpose built a high growth team of industry experts whose sole focus is helping our partners succeed. These team members have helped to build, grow and exit various entities, helping to guide them through each phase of a company existence from startup, through hyper growth through mature company. We know each phase provides distinct challenges that we can, if needed, help navigate through.
Chief Executive Officer
A venture capitalist and seasoned operator, Vince Puma has served as Co-Founder and CEO of River Capital Group Holdings and River Capital Group Ventures since their formation in 2012. Prior to founding RCG, Mr. Puma spent the majority of his career on Wall Street, working at firms like Gruntal & Co. and Josephthal & Co.
Before becoming a principal in his own firm, Mr. Puma then spent the next 12 years building several small firm sales and banking divisions in multiple roles, from Managing Director to CEO. Mr. Puma studied at Baruch College and New York University. He has also served on many boards, both private and philanthropically, including the Arc of Monmouth County and Hackensack Meridian Health.
Under his leadership, River Capital Group has made opportunistic industry-agnostic investments in growth companies ranging from five hundred thousand to $50 million. RCGH identifies forward-thinking companies for which its capital, financial expertise, and relationships would add both significant quantitative and qualitative value.
Chairman Of The Board
As Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board at River Capital Group Holdings and River Capital Group Ventures, Mario Monello has an extensive background leading high-growth companies and acting in an executive capacity across leading financial firms.
After serving as a partner at Lehman Brothers from 1979-1993, Mr. Monello went on to cofound Argosy Group, a firm specializing in bank/sales and trading/bankruptcy restructuring, working as Head of Leverage Finance. He went on to work with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, MaxCor Financial Group, and Guggenheim Partners before joining River Capital Group.
Mr. Monello studied Business Administration at Brooklyn College in New York and philanthropically has been engaged as an Advisory Board Member of the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation and as a Board Member of the Count Basie Center for the Arts.
Our High Growth Team
Here are the key members that lead our team that are tasked with accelerating growth in our partner companies
Travis Sales., RCG Ventures Operating Partner, provides leadership for the continued development of an innovative, robust, and secure information technology environment that aligns with the unique nature of its clients. Through RCG Ventures, and in collaboration with business and technology leaders, Travis explores emerging technologies, assesses their impact on the client’s business, prototypes and evaluates new concepts, and recommends new strategies and solutions.
With over 25 years of industry experience, Travis has worked with and co-founded multiple technology startups (3 successful exits). Travis is a Serial Enterprise Software, Virtualization and Cloud Entrepreneur with over 25 years of industry experience. Notably Co-founder of CloudVolumes – named one of Five Strategic Acquisitions That Reshaped VMware by Forbes. Prior to joining RCG Ventures, Travis served as the President of BTG, Inc. which was the leading white-label cloud provider for Fortune 10 companies.
CXO - Customer Experience
Richard has worked with industry leaders across the globe, leveraging his more than 30 years of UX and design expertise to help consumer, media, hi-tech, banking, and finance create optimal user experiences, products, and content that builds and aligns brands with customer needs. Richard has led creative, UX and product teams for prominent global agencies and publishers, reimagining the digital essence of iconic brands like American Express, Coach/Tapestry, HP, Juilliard, Newsweek, Nickelodeon, SAP, and the United States Mint.
Having worked with companies of all sizes, ranging from early-stage startup to Fortune 500 companies, Richard brings an extensive track record of launching and building high-growth CX practices. As CXO of RCG Ventures, Richard will help partners re-imagine what branded customer experiences mean in their fast-evolving sectors. Unfettered access to Richard’s insight and guidance will propel RCG Venture partners’ solutions to forefront of digital finance, consumer technology, transportation, and blockchain.
Joseph Giamanco Jr.
VP, Business Development
Joseph Giamanco Jr. is an experienced financial professional that has consistently broken barriers to entry over the last three decades. Joseph’s career began on Wall Street, where he quickly became the youngest member of the American Stock Exchange, beginning as an Equity Specialist for GHM Inc. In a very short time, he assimilated the ranks to Vice President of the Equity Division and oversaw the daily trading of over 150 publicly traded stocks. Joseph also was responsible for directly listing over 100 private/ public companies to the American Stock Exchange. As a highly accomplished financial professional and entrepreneur, Joseph has invested/ co-invested in over 1000 deals. He remains well-revered among his peers for his intrinsic financial knowledge and ability to add value to any situation.
Currently, Joseph serves as the Managing Director for River Capital Group Holdings, LLC., where he is responsible for business strategy, deal sourcing, capital sourcing, and acquisitions. He also holds a residential real estate license in the state of New Jersey.
In addition to his professional accolades, Joseph remains extremely involved in fundraising for various charities, hospitals, and boards across the country. He is a connoisseur of cars and also enjoys golfing, bowling, and travelling in his spare time.
Joseph attended Florida Atlantic University and the New York Institute of Finance. He holds licenses and certifications in the following: Series 7 General Securities, Series 63, Series 25, and Residential Real Estate Sales.
Director of HR
Amy Mathis brings 20 years’ experience and a diverse background in human resources, sales, and business development to RCG Ventures. Having thrived at high-growth companies like Breakthrough Technology Group and NexusTek, Amy will work alongside RCG Ventures’ partner companies, establishing HR practices, leading recruitment, onboarding, and workforce development. In addition, Mathis will ensure that RCG Ventures partner companies adhere to OSHA and pandemic-specific mandates.
Mathis implements employee-centric policies that foster collaborative and inclusive corporate cultures. In a customer-centric world, understanding the connection between customer satisfaction and a brand’s success is essential. She brings a unique ability to help businesses adopt employee and customer-centric protocols, as well as flexible, equal-opportunity workplaces that fuel advancement and reject bias.
Mathis’ expertise onboarding and training protocols mitigates employee churn by equipping personnel with agile workflow strategies, technology, and training. In today’s world of hybrid work environments, ensuring unfettered engagement with employees is critical to maintaining exceptional customer experiences.