Capstone Financial Group Investment Banking

Capstone’s people offer as high a level of experience as you’ll find in the largest investment banks. But most of our principals also offer expertise beyond just buying, selling and funding businesses. As former business owners and entrepreneurs, they’re experienced in running them. So you can be confident that Capstone will intimately understand your situation and the challenges you face.

M. Daniel Smith

Founder and Managing Partner


For 30 years, Dan has provided reputable, incomparable investment banking services to the automotive world. As a result, he has established himself as “the guy” to call, a respected expert with whom automotive industry stakeholders connect when they seek a successful deal with optimized results.

Dan has irrefutably closed more auto aftermarket deals than any other investment banker. Due to his diverse transaction portfolio, he has “touched” virtually every conceivable part of automobiles, light trucks and heavy duty trucks.

With such extensive experience in Mergers and Acquisitions, as well as all aspects of corporate management, Dan serves as a frequent consultant to Government and Industry, and he is a nationally recognized authority in the Automotive industry.

In addition to his unrivaled automotive expertise, Dan has demonstrated proven success across a variety of other industries, including recreation, sporting goods and building products.

Dan received a BA degree in Economics (Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Davidson College and an MBA degree in Finance from Duke University.

Dan holds his FINRA Series 79 and 63 securities licenses.

Specializations: Automotive, Automotive Aftermarket, Recreation and Sporting Goods

Dan’s professional investment background can be viewed on FINRA’s BrokerCheck.

Keli Thompson

V.P. Administration

Keli is a seasoned executive assistant who came to us from a large investment banking firm in Silicon Valley. She has spent more than 20 years in the executive administrative field, with an emphasis on investment banking and marketing. Keli oversees Capstone’s administration including the day to day operations, management of its virtual data room, financial reporting and accounting. Keli is currently enrolled in college toward an AS degree in Business. A California native, when she is not working or going to school you can probably find her in the kitchen cooking a meal with her three daughters.

Carl Norman

 Managing Director


Carl is a certified public accountant with more than forty years of experience in public, private and non-profit organizations ranging from manufacturing companies to hospitality firms to software developers. His background includes Big Four accounting firms, IPOs, Private Placements, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Sale-Leasebacks, Chapter 11 workouts and healthcare turnarounds. He is involved in Capstone’s client and industry research, financial statement review, CIM preparation, management presentation preparation, financial statement review and back office deal support. Carl was formerly Senior Vice President of Finance and CFO of CSX Resorts. He was also an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the University of Memphis. Carl is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology and earned an MBA from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.

Tim Yoder

Director of Research


Tim is a seasoned researcher and is responsible for the data and functionality of Capstone’s thousands of entries in its specially designed database focused on the automotive aftermarket industry. He organizes research parameters for Capstone’s clients and sales processes, monitors data reporting, tracks precedent transactions, maintains an exclusive list of the firm’s worldwide prospects and meticulously screens the automotive portfolio holdings of private equity firms, organizing them according to industry segment and acquisition date. Prior to his activities with Capstone, Tim was a Database Editor and Manager for CQ Roll Call in Washington, DC. He has a BA in history from the University of Delaware.