Our Principals

Alric B. Nembhard – Managing Principal
Alric Nembhard brings to the job over 25 years of experience as a private company turnaround operator, a buyout fund principal, an investment banker, a commercial banker and a management consultant. His experience and research findings have been incorporated into the disciplined investment process that will be used to manage the Technology Fund. Already a bi-coastal family man, Mr. Nembhard will handle OTF’s West Coast partner relationships and prospecting. Prior to co-founding Oasis Capital Partners, Mr. Nembhard was a Principal/Senior Vice President at LM Capital where he helped to raise and manage a $45 million private equity fund making investments in middle market (revenues: $20-150 million) companies. He served as the point-person for marketing that fund to institutional investors. Mr. Nembhard joined LM Capital from M. R. Beal & Company, a boutique investment banking firm, where he was Senior Vice President and head of corporate finance. From 1981-1987, Mr. Nembhard was with the Chemical New York Corp. (now renamed Chase Corp.) as a Vice President/Group Head in the bank’s Finance Division. His experience also includes six years as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and Data Resources, Inc.Mr. Nembhard holds a BS degree in Combined Sciences (Mathematics & Physics) from Yale University and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
Wilford (Wil) Adkins – Managing Principal
Wil Adkins is Oasis Capital’s marketing specialist and key relationship manager. He brings to the Fund 25-plus years of experience in the advertising, package goods and services businesses. He has personal experience as an owner-operator, having taken a company from formation to an IPO and beyond, before becoming an investment banker. At Oasis, Mr. Adkins has also become the firm’s communications industry specialist, working extensively with clients in the PCS and infrastructure segments of the industry.Prior to co-founding Oasis Capital, Mr. Adkins served as a senior officer at Commonwealth Associates (“Commonwealth”), a middle market investment bank. He acted as a financial advisor to public and private companies and arranged financings, including private placements, IPO’s and secondary offerings. Before joining Commonwealth, Mr. Adkins co-founded New Day Beverage Company, a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ small-cap market. From 1974 to 1991, he held positions of Senior Account Executive, Director Marketing Services, and Vice President/Account Director in advertising, package delivery, and consumer goods companies.Mr. Adkins holds a BA in Management from the C.W. Post Center, Long Island University (“LIU”) and an MBA in Marketing from the Roth Graduate School of Business at LIU.
Cathy Ross – Principal
Cathy Ross is a structuring expert, and liaison with the broker dealer community. As one of the few women who have ever been on the “IPO desk” of a middle tier investment banking firm, she gives Oasis Capital a unique insight into the workings of the public markets. As a woman pioneer, she also gives the firm immediate credibility with women entrepreneurs who see in her a kindred spirit. Prior to starting the firm in 1998, she held senior positions in both the Corporate Finance and the Research Departments at Commonwealth Associates, with a particular focus on technology companies with market capitalizations of less than $250 million. Ms. Ross joined Commonwealth from prior positions as a manager at Ocwen Financial (a merchant bank with over $1 billion under management) and a senior credit analyst in the Corporate Finance Department of the Chase Manhattan Bank. Cathy Ross is a graduate of Brown University with a BA in Economics.