Curtis Spears, President and CEO of Andes Capital Group, has over 25 years of experience in the asset management arena. At Andes Capital Group, he is responsible for overall firm strategy, strategic direction, and day-to-day operations.
Andes Capital Group is a boutique firm that prides itself on its long-term relationships and excellent customer service. With a diversified client list that includes public and corporate pension funds, foundations, investment advisors, and endowments, Mr. Spears has had a hand in delivering bottom-line results for various customers.
Additionally, Curtis Spears is deeply committed to giving back to his community, as a Chicago native. He previously served on the Governing Board for UCAN and on auxiliary boards for the Steppenwolf Theater, the Field Museum, and the Primo Center for Women and Children. In these roles, he helped raise funds and increase awareness for various causes.
Curtis Spear’s years of experience in the financial services industry and his dedication to giving back make him an excellent KorePartner. We were excited to sit down with Curtis recently to ask him about himself and the capital industry.
Q: Why did you become involved in this industry?
A: I got lucky! I knew nothing about this industry coming out of college. When I first started in finance, I was a computer programmer, writing programs to manage index funds. As my role evolved, I became more interested in working directly with investors and spent the last half of my career servicing clients and raising capital. Over the years, I developed a particular interest in helping people get access to deals and access to capital that they historically would not have access to.
Q: What services does your company provide for RegA offerings?
A: As a KoreConX partner, we provide deal due diligence, AML/KYC, etc. However, since the bulk of our business is private placements, we have the ability to offer fundraising and general advisory services for every aspect of a deal.
Q: What are your unique areas of expertise?
A: Since the majority of our reps cut their teeth in asset management, fundraising is a crucial aspect of what we do. We have relationships that span every type of investor, from the most prominent institutions to the smallest retail individual. We are somewhat industry agnostic, but much of what we see tends to all be in the Medtech, fintech, and proptech areas.
Q: What excites you about this industry?
A: Over the years, outsized returns have been earned primarily in the private markets. What excites me is giving issuers even more access to capital with a new investor class and allowing the average investor to play.
Q: How is a partnership with KoreConX the right fit for your company?
A: In talking with Oscar and the KoreConX team over the last couple of years, we learned that our interests and goals are truly aligned. That is important to us. Also, working with other like-minded partners and leveraging their expertise will really allow us all to propel this part of the industry forward.