Wicky el-Effendi is a Managing Partner of Matador Capital Partners LLC, a merchant banking firm based in Dallas.He was a co-founder and General Partner of Dallas-based private equity firm, Argo Funding Company, LLC and its three funds Argo Capital Partners, I, II and III from 1998 to 2008. Argo provided buyout and growth capital, as well as management expertise, to midsized companies in the southern United States. He has extensive experience in software, medical devices and energy.
Born in Pakistan, Mr. el-Effendi attended the University of West Australia, where he studied commerce. He then settled in the U.S., where he became an internationally ranked professional polo player from 1977 to 1998, competing in many countries throughout Europe, Asia, and South America. While playing polo professionally, he acted as his own agent and business manager and dealt extensively in international horse sales. Mr. el-Effendi also served as the Southwest Circuit Handicap Chairman of the United States Polo Association from 1995 to 2005.
From 1995 to 2005 Mr. el-Effendi was President of Polo Management, LLC, a company he co-founded to bring corporate sponsorship and media funds to the sport of polo in the southwest United States. Additionally, he was the founder, Managing Partner, and served on the Board of Governors of the Las Colinas Polo Club, a top ranked polo organization in the U.S. While in this position, he was responsible for the capitalization of the company, strategic planning, construction management, marketing and operations management of the organization.
Mr. el-Effendi’s other business ventures included working as a partner with BT Aviation in corporate aircraft sales and strategic and in-country consulting for Titan Industrial Corporation of New York, while they established a presence in the steel trade in Pakistan. Mr. el-Effendi currently lives in Dallas with his wife and the youngest of his three children.
John M. Greer
John M. Greer is the founder and Managing Partner of Matador Capital Partners, LLC. Prior to founding Matador, he was appointed to serve in the George H.W. Bush Administration (41) at the U.S. Department of the Treasury as Director of Financial Sector Reforms for East Europe and the former Soviet Union, where, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, he ran a multi-billion dollar financial sector reform and privatization effort with over 550 individuals stationed in 16 countries. He also served as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretaries of International Affairs and Economic Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Prior to his government service, Mr. Greer served as President of Greer Capital Management, Inc., a merchant banking and investment firm and as Managing Director and Partner of Balanced Financial Corporation, a diversified investment holding company, both based in Dallas, Texas.
He has assumed the operating roles of Board Member, Chief Executive Officer, President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer in several private, public and governmental organizations; and has acquired, structured or financed over 500 transactions in oil, gas, real estate and operating companies spanning his 30-year career. He currently serves as a member of the boards of directors of several private companies, is the immediate, past Chairman of Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation, a hospital in the multi-billion dollar Baylor Healthcare System, and is co-manager of Greer Ranch Company, Rafter G Ranch and J3 Ranch, a family-owned ranching operation in business continually since 1875 in Clay County, Texas,as well as a ranching and agricultural operation in Nacogdoches County, Texas that has been in his family since Texas was a country.
Mr. Greer is a graduate of Baylor University, with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and Entrepreneurship. He is a sixth-generation Texan and a native of Henrietta, Texas. Mr. Greer is married with three daughters who are all proud seventh-generation Texans, who, on occasion, think he is a pretty cool dad.