History of Solomon Hess
Solomon Hess Capital Management was founded in 2004 by William Einstein and Gino Heilizer with a mission to provide domestic banks, insurance companies and individual investors with access to investments in small business loans made in conjunction with the SBA 7(a) program where the borrower is located in a distressed community or employs low- or moderate- income persons. Solomon Hess continued its growth by deploying a $50 million allocation of New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) into several small business oriented NMTC-eligible community development projects. Additionally, Solomon Hess has established and closed multiple private investment funds which invested in small business related debt offerings utilizing an absolute return strategy.
Solomon Hess was Gino Heilizer’s grandfather. He owned a small garment factory in Berlin that the Nazis confiscated from him immediately after Kristallnacht. Mr. Hess soon fled to Holland where he and his daughter spent the War years in hiding. Mr. Hess immigrated to the United States in 1947. Our firm is named in his honor.
Gino Heilizer was a founding partner of Solomon Hess Capital Management. Previously he was a Vice President of New Business Development with Meridian Investments. He held a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Mr. Heilizer passed away on April 19, 2019.
Meet Our Team
Founding Partner, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Compliance Officer
Mr. Einstein is a founding partner of Solomon Hess Capital Management. He is responsible for overseeing the financial controls, compliance and administrative functions of the firm and its funds. Previously, Mr. Einstein was President of Meridian Capital Investments, Inc., which specialized in raising equity for tax-favored and CRA eligible investments. Prior to Meridian Capital Investments, Mr. Einstein was a Vice President with Fannie Mae and Host Marriott responsible for tax reporting. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of William & Mary.
Partner, Chief Investment Officer
Mr. Fallon is a partner and Chief Investment Officer at Solomon Hess Capital Management where he is responsible for overseeing the firm’s portfolio management, trading and risk management functions. Mr. Fallon joined Solomon Hess Capital Management in 2012. Previously, Mr. Fallon was an institutional fixed income sales associate with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and also served four years as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Analytical Finance from Wake Forest University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
Senior Associate, Portfolio Management
Mr. Fradin is a Senior Associate of Portfolio Management at Solomon Hess Capital Management. In this role, he is responsible for trading and portfolio analysis. Mr. Fradin was previously a Business Development Associate at Solomon Hess Capital Management in which he was responsible for the firm’s business development and marketing functions. Prior to Solomon Hess, Mr. Fradin was a Junior Associate at Rail Fence Capital. Mr. Fradin holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from George Mason University and a Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
Manager, Financial Accounting and Reporting
Richard Franchini is a Manager at Solomon Hess Capital Management where he is responsible for financial accounting and reporting. Prior to joining Solomon Hess, Mr. Franchini was a Senior Associate at U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC in the Alternative Investments department. Prior to U.S. Bancorp, Mr. Franchini was an Associate at J.H. Cohn LLP. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from The College of New Jersey.
Michelle Go Lai
Senior Vice President, Investor Services and Marketing
Michelle Lai is a Senior Vice President at Solomon Hess Capital Management where she is responsible for overseeing investor services and marketing. Ms. Lai was previously a Project Manager at the firm responsible for special projects. Prior to joining Solomon Hess Capital Management, Ms. Lai was a Senior Associate at Oliver Wyman (previously Mercer Management Consulting) and an Associate at A.T. Kearney. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Georgetown University’s College of Arts and Sciences and a Master of Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management.
Associate, Portfolio Management
Salvador Hutira is an Associate of Portfolio Management at Solomon Hess Capital Management where he is involved in the investment research process. Previously, Mr. Hutira interned at GIC within their fixed income research group. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Senior Vice President, Operations
Ms. Mathew is a Senior Vice President of Operations at Solomon Hess Capital Management. She is responsible for overseeing the firm’s settlement and fund management operations. Since joining the firm in 2007, Ms. Mathew has settled over 3,000 small business related assets. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Roanoke College and a Master of Arts Degree from George Mason University.
Ms. Tucker is an Operations Associate at Solomon Hess Capital Management. She is involved with the firm’s settlement operations. Prior to joining Solomon Hess, Ms. Tucker was an Asset Transfer Service Specialist at Merrill Lynch. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management from Valdosta State University.