David Barr provides guidance in strategy, capital formation and corporate governance for Excelsior Capital Ventures. He firmly believes that Excelsior fulfills an unique need in the marketplace by providing liquidity and marketing services – both of which assist in the velocity of commerce in today’s global jewelry market.
Barr sits on a variety of public and private boards, both internationally and domestically within three verticals: Jewelry, Franchising and Restaurants. His previous board jewelry experience includes being Chairman of Samuels Jewelers, Inc (the U.S.’s 7th largest specialty jewelry retail chain) from 2000 until 2006, and being Chairman of The Jewellery Group (Australia’s 3rd largest retail jewelry chain). In addition, David currently sits on the board of directors of Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group (NASDAQ: DFRG), Dash DPZ China Ltd. (dba Domino’s Pizza China), Franworth LLC, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, Inc., and BrightStar Care, Inc.
Barr holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce at University of Virginia where he also currently sits on the Advisory Board and guest lectures from time to time.
President & Chief Executive Officer, Founder
Nehal Modi leads the strategy, vision, and team behind Excelsior Capital Ventures. He is intent on making Excelsior a game changer in the global diamond and jewelry sector.
Prior to founding Excelsior in 2015, Mr. Modi owned and operated several wholesale and retail businesses in the diamond and jewelry industry. He spent 12 years heading up global conglomerate Gitanjali’s USA operations, which he helped grow from infancy to $400M. Mr. Modi’s influence and vision has been recognized by JCK magazine, when naming him to the 50 Power Players List for 2014 and 2015.
Mr. Modi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Marketing from Boston University’s School of Management.
Chief Operating Officer, Co-Founder
Jon Mitchell has been involved in developing all aspects of the firm’s operations since its founding in 2015. He leads Excelsior’s operations, marketing, and advisory activities.
Prior to co-founding Excelsior, Mr. Mitchell served for 13 years as President and COO of Aston Luxury Group, a subsidiary of one of the largest diamond and jewelry companies in the world with turnover that exceeds $2.5B dollars. Launching the business from the ground up, ALG’s turnover exceeded $150M.
Mr. Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Management Information Systems from Boston University’s School of Management.
Chief Credit Officer & CFO
Tom Scotti leads all financial functions at Excelsior including underwriting, portfolio management and risk management.
Mr. Scotti brings almost 30 years of senior executive experience to Excelsior with a background which includes senior positions in retail, banking and consulting. Prior to joining Excelsior, Mr. Scotti served as a Managing Director at Consensus Advisors, an investment banking and advisory firm focused on the retail and consumer sectors. Prior to that, he was President of the Appraisal Division of Gordon Brothers Group, a global advisory, restructuring and investment firm specializing in the retail, consumer products, industrial, and real estate sectors.
Mr. Scotti has an undergraduate degree and an M.B.A. from Columbia University with a concentration in Finance.
Controller & Loan Operations Manager
Marvin Daniel leads Excelsior’s Accounting and Operations Departments. His responsibilities include loan system administration as well as maintaining the Excelsior general ledger.
Prior to joining Excelsior, Mr. Daniel worked for The CIT Group as Operations Manager for over 30 years. He brings to Excelsior the ability to continually identify operational improvements and as well as a practical approach to problem solving.