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About West Penn Regional Center



Our Team

James A. Baldwin
James concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, with an emphasis on leveraged buyouts, private equity and venture capital deals. He also has experience in project finance deals; joint ventures; and formation and regulatory compliance of investment funds, including specialty investment companies such as small business investment companies (SBICs).

James has an extensive securities practice focusing on private placements, public offerings and public company reporting under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and a U.S. Small Business Administration regulatory practice with a concentration on 8(a), Veteran-owned, MBE, WBE, DBE certification and regulatory issues.

James handles cross-border transactions and international project finance transactions and counsels clients on the structure and terms of their relationship with private and government parties involved in project developments in foreign markets, including China, Africa, Europe, Latin America and other emerging markets. His projects have primarily targeted the energy, heavy manufacturing, technology, telecommunications, infrastructure projects and financial service industries.

James received a B.S. in Finance from Villanova University where he was a member of the Honors Program and a Presidential Scholar and his Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center. In addition to his duties at the Company, James Baldwin also is the General Counsel and Vice President of Finance for Rockland Technimed Ltd and is Counsel to Spillman, Thomas and Battle PLLC.

Peter D Dochinez
Peter Daniel Dochinez is a financial professional and entrepreneur, who over the past 30 years has founded, and currently leads several companies.

 Mr. Dochinez co-founded Trustmont Financial Group Inc. a FINRA registered Broker/Dealer in 1986. TFG oversees assets well in excess of a Billion dollars, Peter served as its president for over 27 years through June of 2013. He currently serves as its Chairman. Peter is president of Trustmont Advisory Group Inc., an SEC registered Advisory firm overseeing over $500 million of investor assets. These companies oversee the investment activities of nearly 150 financial professionals.

Additionally, Mr. Dochinez is President/Director and founder of Provest indemnity LLC, a professional liability insurance company. He is also President and founder of Resource Trading Group, an oil and gas mineral royalty consulting firm, and EB5brokerage Inc. In addition to attending the University of Pittsburgh, Mr. Dochinez qualified as a practicing Certified Financial Planner in 1994 by completing studies and exams in the fields of financial planning, taxation, insurance, estate planning, and retirement planning. In addition to being a partner with Ferrum Capital Partners, Mr. Dochinez will lead Ferrum’s wealth management activities.

Wilson D. Farmerie
Mr. Farmerie has 20 years experience in operations management, industrial construction management, and in managing manufacturing and capital improvement projects in the metals, energy, and wastewater industries. Throughout his career Mr. Farmerie has successfully developed and managed multi-million dollar construction projects. During his career he has accumulated expertise in the development, financing, and execution of industrial construction projects as well as capital improvement projects to industrial facilities. Mr. Farmerie also has experience in small business operations management.

He has expertise in the areas of operations management, finance, logistics, strategic sourcing, lean manufacturing, manufacturing management, and maintenance management & program development. Prior to the founding of Ferrum Capital Partners, LLC, Mr. Farmerie’s most recent position was as Director of Sourcing & Services at a leading wastewater infrastructure management firm. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

Jean-Luc Park
Mr. Park has been a consultant to the International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group, where he was researching the IFC's job creation activity through their global private equity investments. He has been a consultant to the board of Calvert Social Funds, a publicly traded mutual fund, running their private equity and venture capital activities in the Special Equities program. During that time he was responsible for over $50 mil in investments in about 30 funds and 30 direct investments. Mr. Park began his investment career at Draper Triangle Ventures and Lycos Ventures in Pittsburgh during the dot-com era in 1999. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University (B.S. Math/Computer Science 1994, B.A. Economics 1994, MBA 1998) Mr. Park has been the executive chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington D.C. and Baltimore. He has also been very active with the Carnegie Mellon Alumni association, having helped restart the Washington D.C. chapter of the Tepper Alumni program.

Howard A. Russell, Jr.
Mr. Russell has over twenty years of experience within the financial services arena in a variety of leadership roles.  In addition to his role as co-founder and managing director with WPRC, he is CEO of Lets Grow, LLC an advisory services firm which focuses on private equity, business advisory, mergers & acquisition and commercial lending.  Since opening its doors in January 2014, Lets Grow has successfully supported the growth of several companies through strategy implementation and financing.  Mr. Russell is a Founder and Managing Partner of Opus Acquisitions Group (“Opus”).  Opus is a privately held buyout firm that specializes in the acquisition, integration, and strategic management of companies that provide mission-critical products or services to their customers.  Opus was responsible in deploying over $300 million dollars in capital into business transactions.

Mr. Russell's work experiences are diversified with significant exposure to the following areas: private equity; senior and junior debt financing; restructuring; mergers and acquisition; manufacturing; distribution; government; construction, energy; communications; technology services; consumer goods; real estate; health care; non-profit; economic development.  Mr. Russell sits of the Board of Directors for Professional Environmental Engineers, Inc and Custom Nuclear Fabrication, LLC, is President and Board of Director Member for the Kappa Scholarship Endowment Fund of Western PA, and a member of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western PA.  Mr. Russell received a Master of Business Administration from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Strategic Partners

Allegheny Conference on Community and Economic Development

The Allegheny Conference on Community Development is a private, non-profit leadership organization dedicated to improving the economy and quality of life of the Pittsburgh region. The organization is composed of the chief executive officers of the region's most significant employers and universities that generate more than $156 billion in annual revenue, provide over 221,000 jobs and serve over 111,000 students in southwestern Pennsylvania. Private sector leadership and public sector partnerships make the work of the Conference possible. AC focuses its efforts on specific areas with the greatest potential for improving the Pittsburgh region.

Public Policy

AC seeks improvements to the regional and state business climate through the public policy research and analysis of the Pennsylvania Economy League of Southwestern Pennsylvania and the advocacy efforts of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce.

Business Investment

AC markets southwestern Pennsylvania to companies across the region and around the world to attract capital investment and stimulate job creation through the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA).


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