Executive Team

Mike McCrory

Non-Executive Chairman

Mr. McCrory has worked in the securities industry since 1995 and co-founded I-Bankers Securities with his sister in 1996. Based primarily in Italy since 1994, he has driven the firm’s international business with established presence in Europe and continued capital markets success with clients globally. In addition to serving in his capacity at I-Bankers Securities he serves on the Board of Directors of various other companies. He received a BSBA after studies at University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Phoenix and an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.

Shelley Leonard

President & CFO

Shelley co-founded the firm in 1996. Prior to that she served in various capacities of operations, finance, and compliance in the insurance and securities industry, including four years as CFO and Director for Commercial Life & Accident Insurance Co. Her BS degree in International Business is from Regents College and her MBA is from Southern Methodist University. She holds Series 7, 24, 27 and 63 securities licenses.

Paolo Floriani

Chief European Consultant

After achieving a master's degree in Management and Auditing from Bocconi University in Milan, Mr. Floriani spent six years as Director of Investments of PRIVEST. During 1991 he became a Qualified Swiss Corporate Consultant and Trustee, and acted as partner and director in many international holding and finance corporations. His experience includes banking, corporate finance, and real estate investments. A native Italian, Mr. Floriani brings an extensive European client base.

Matt McCloskey

Managing Director

Matt has 20+ years of experience in the Financial Services Industry holding Research, Institutional Sales and Asset Management roles at various firms including ABN Amro, CRT Capital and Bear Stearns. Prior to joining I-Bankers, Matt was a SPAC specialist for Macquarie Capital (USA), where he helped build the firm’s SPAC Sales, Trading and Underwriting capabilities. He graduated from Villanova University with a BS in Business Management and holds Series 7, 24, 63 and 65 securities licenses.

Mike Marshall

Managing Director

Mike has 30 years of experience in equity and debt capital markets. He began his career at Salomon Brothers where he held a variety of positions spanning 18 years in Corporate Bond Trading, Liability Management, Pension Services, and Emerging Markets. He then led the private placement effort at Needham & Company, a boutique investment bank that serves technology and life sciences companies, for eight years. Immediately prior to joining I-Bankers Securities, Mike directed the private placement business at The Northstar Group. Mike holds an M.B.A. from the Columbia Graduate School of Business and an undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University.

Andy Miles

Managing Director, Head of Syndicate

Andy actively manages shareholder requirements for SPAC IPOs and continued listings. He furthermore oversees our syndicate franchise and has nearly two decades of experience in global finance, holding positions in institutional sales as well as strategic advisory and business development in the private equity and venture capital arenas. Prior to joining I-Bankers, Andy was credited with capital raising for US companies in Europe and building a network of European investors for another investment bank. Andy graduated from Dickinson College and obtained a MA from Middlebury College.

Silvia Barettini


Silvia has worked in the financial industry since 1994, as an equity fund manager, head of investor relations for blue chip companies and HNWI private banker. She is fluent in Italian, English and German. Silvia holds an M.Sc in International Politics and an MBA

Chris Nash

CTO & Manager Operations

Chris has over 14 years of experience in the IT sector. Before joining I-Bankers, Chris managed accounts as a systems administrator and, later, developed web solutions for two Fortune 500 IT consulting companies. At I-Bankers Direct and I-Bankers Securities, Chris operates as webmaster and director of development for web-based and interactive applications. Chris holds Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Connecticut, and a Series 99 securities license.