Leadership Team

Ben Chatraw

Ben Chatraw is Founder and Chief Executive of North Avenue Capital and
responsible for driving the overall vision and strategy of the firm. A serial
entrepreneur, Ben has founded multiple companies and non-profit organizations.
Prior to launching NAC, Ben worked at a Dallas-based hedge fund focused on
lower middle market investments, which he co-founded and ran. Ben specializes
in entrepreneurialism, leadership, strategy, financial analysis, and deal structuring.
He completed his undergraduate degree with highest honors from Georgia Tech
and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School where he graduated with

Alex Louis

In his role as Founder and Managing Partner at North Avenue Capital, Alex
Louis is responsible for business development and strategic partnerships. Over
his career, he has participated in the formation, development, and growth of
dozens of businesses in a variety of industries and market sectors. Prior to
launching NAC, Alex held executive positions at Interstate Batteries, SAMCO
Acceptance, and Ernst and Young. He serves as the Chairman of West Dallas
Community School, founded the Kenney Institute of Machining Technology,
and is actively involved in economic and community development. Alex
specializes in executive leadership, business development, and deal sourcing and
holds both undergraduate and graduate business degrees

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson serves as Founder and President of North Avenue Capital where he
leads and oversees all origination activities. Prior to launching NAC, Eric spent
over a decade focused on commercial lending, first for ING Investment
Management and then as a Senior Commercial Lender at Guardian Bank where
he was one of the top USDA loan originators in the Southeast. Eric and his team
provide debt-based capital sourcing and knowledge to businesses and individuals
seeking to acquire commercial real estate, hard assets, or other businesses. Eric
received his undergraduate degree from The Citadel, holds an MBA from the
University of Georgia, and has earned graduate banking certificates from both the
University of Georgia and Louisiana State University.

Joseph Rowell

Joseph Rowell joined North Avenue Capital as Chief Operating Officer in 2015
where his expertise in financial services, organizational development, investment
operations, business development, and strategic planning contribute to his
responsibility of running the day to day operations of the business and the
execution of all packaging, underwriting, and servicing functions. He comes to
NAC following extensive operating experience in high profile positions at major
investment institutions and has earned both undergraduate and graduate business

Bo Weathersbee

Bo Weathersbee joined North Avenue Capital in 2017 and now serves as Chief
Financial Officer, bringing with him a broad range of international business and
finance experience. As part of his role at NAC, Bo manages relationships with key
banking partners and works closely with the CEO and executive team to develop
and manage the firm’s strategic financial plan.