Mark R. Harris joined Hercules in August of 2015 as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer, where he brings global expertise from living in Europe and Asia for 15 years. Prior to joining Hercules, Mr. Harris served as the Chief Financial Officer of Avenue Capital Group’s Asia Strategy and the Senior Managing Director/Head of Asia from 2006 to 2015. Prior to working at Avenue Capital, Mr. Harris served as the Corporate Financial Controller and Chief Accounting Officer for Hutchinson Telecommunications International Limited, a NYSE and Stock Exchange of Hong Kong-listed company. Before that, he was Vice President of Finance at Vsource, a NASDAQ-listed company, and served as a Manager in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Global Capital Markets Group before joining Vsource. Mr. Harris earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he also serves on the Foundation Board, and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. He is also an active Certified Public Accountant in the state of California.
Scott Bluestein was named chief investment officer in 2014. He joined Hercules in 2010 as chief credit officer and brings more than 10 years of financial services, direct investment and credit experience to Hercules. Before joining Hercules, he served as founder and partner of Century Tree Capital Management, a fund established to make senior secured debt investments with warrants and equity co-investments in small and micro cap public and private companies. Prior to that, he was managing director at Laurus - Valens Capital Management, where he had responsibility for a structured debt with equity investment portfolio, including new investments, portfolio management, and restructurings. Previously, Bluestein worked at UBS Investment Bank, where he was a member of the Financial Technology Coverage Group. Bluestein received his B.B.A. in Finance from Emory University.
For the past three years, Ms. Grace served as the chief legal officer and corporate secretary of WHV Investments, an investment adviser in San Francisco, California. At WHV, she also served as interim chief compliance officer and sat on numerous committees, including Management, Operations, Proxy and Chair of the Ethics Committee. Prior to Working at WHV, Ms. Grace was the chief counsel at the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) Euronext, where she worked directly with the general counsel and senior legal staff, advising and delivering assistance in areas from corporate transactions, contracts, regulatory filings and compliance. Before working with NYSE Euronext, she worked as an associate for Fenwick & West in Palo Alto, California, where she represented both public and private companies in public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and securities matters. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Grace was an assistant in the Office of the General Counsel at FINRA where she assisted on matters including Nasdaq delistings and broker/dealer disciplinary actions. Ms. Grace earned a Bachelor and Master of Arts degree in History from the University of California at Riverside and a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of California and is a designated Investment Adviser Certified Compliance Professional®.
Andrew Olson joined Hercules in 2014 as corporate controller and is responsible for financial and regulatory reporting, and financial process and systems design and implementation. In June 2015, he was appointed interim chief financial officer and promoted to Vice President and Senior Controller. Prior to joining Hercules, Olson served as a senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) in their Finance Services Assurance practice from 2006 to 2014. While at PwC, Mr. Olson developed extensive experience providing audit and consulting services to both regional and international financial institutions of various sizes and asset classes. Olson earned a B.A in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California.