Managing Director & CEO
Dan Rowe is the Chief Executive Officer and a Managing Director of Sword Rowe. He serves as a strategic and financial advisor to a number of the firm’s music, and entertainment clients, including Atlas Music Publishing, PledgeMusic, and MixCloud. Additionally, Dan oversees all of the firm's principal investing activities through Sword Rowe Capital.
Dan’s career in the music industry spans a series of creative and operating roles prior to Sword Rowe. Most recently, Dan worked in the finance department at TVT Records and TVT Music Publishing, at the time one of the largest independent record labels. Earlier in his career, Dan worked in music management serving artists such as Kool & The Gang and George Clinton. In addition, Dan founded three entertainment businesses including Sonibyte, a web-based podcasting technology company, and artist-friendly record label Wondermore Records. As Founder and CEO of Sonibyte, Dan was responsible for acquiring and managing large media clients such as Time Inc. and Conde Nast. Dan was also a founding partner of Atlas Music Publishing.
In a parallel second career, Dan has been an active musician and record producer. He has an extensive resume as a songwriter, performer, producer, and audio engineer, with a discography that includes albums on Sony, BMG, and Windham Hill. For the past fourteen years, Dan has collaborated with his wife, Americana singer/songwriter Charlotte Kendrick. Charlotte and Dan have produced four albums, played over 400 shows together, and currently perform as Americana duo Goodbye Blue. Dan is a member of the Recording Academy and the Americana Music Association.
Dan received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. While at Tuck, he founded and chaired the Tuck Media & Entertainment Symposium, a content-focused media conference focused on uniting the artistic and business communities within Dartmouth. He also spent a semester studying French and international business at the HEC School of Management in Paris. Dan holds two Bachelor’s degrees from Ithaca College: a B.M. in Music Composition and a B.A. in Math-Economics. He currently resides in Princeton, NJ with Charlotte and their three children.
Rich Vinchesi is a Managing Director of Sword Rowe and has nearly 30 years of experience in corporate finance and executive management of growth companies, beginning as an investment banker with Salomon Brothers in the 1990s, where he served in the media / entertainment and high yield groups, followed by full-time executive roles (CFO and COO) in consumer and marketing analytics companies on the East Coast and in Silicon Valley. Additionally, Rich has spent 15+ years advising companies in the media, consumer, e-commerce, and software/technology industries as a consultant and investment banker.
Rich has deep technical knowledge of and experience in every layer of the capital structure, from seed and angel financings to Series Preferred stock and growth equity, venture debt, high yield bond issuance, and 1st and 2nd lien bank and non-bank lending. Rich is also an experienced M&A practitioner, having sold many companies to strategic acquirers.
Rich holds an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Rich currently resides in Stamford, Connecticut and enjoys the martial arts, having earned a fourth degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and Hap Kido.
Sam Holdsworth is a Managing Director of Sword Rowe and has an over thirty-year career as an entrepreneur and operating executive, private equity investor, investment banker, and turn-around specialist in the media and entertainment sector. Sam serves as a financial and strategic adviser for a number of Sword Rowe clients. Most recently, he represented TV producer and distributor Content Media Corp. in a successful sale, and provides ongoing advisory work for Little Critter, a children's TV animation project, and PledgeMusic, among others.
From 1999-2006, Sam was a founding partner at the JP Morgan Entertainment Partners private equity fund, as well as the Chairman and CEO of Ryko Corp, a diversified music company in the portfolio that he turned around and successfully sold to Warner Music Group in 2006. From 1991-1999, Sam led an investment banking practice that specialized in M&A, turn-around situations, and fundraising within the media, entertainment, and lodging sectors. Clients included Sub Pop Records, Matador Records, October Films, Atom Films, Standard Hotel, and others.
In 1976, Sam began his entrepreneurial career in publishing, founding Musician Magazine, which he later sold in 1981 to Billboard Publications. He and a partner subsequently acquired Billboard Publications in a leveraged buyout, renaming it BPI Communications. Sam served as President of the Entertainment Group at BPI and facilitated the hands-on acquisitions and turn-arounds of numerous publications including The Hollywood Reporter, Adweek, Backstage, Broadcast Data Systems, and others. Additionally, Sam founded and served as Executive Producer of the Billboard Music Awards Show on the Fox Network.
John Dorazio is a Director at Sword Rowe. Since joining the firm in March 2015, John has held an active role advising numerous Sword Rowe clients, including PledgeMusic, Mixcloud, Atlas Music, Little Critter, and Content Media. John also serves on the Investment Committee of the firm's principal investing arm, Sword Rowe Capital, and plays an important and active role evaluating investment opportunities.
Prior to Sword Rowe, John was a Vice President in JP Morgan's Consumer & Retail Investment Banking group where he worked on various M&A and capital markets transactions, including the Shake Shack IPO. His prior experience also includes Cannondale Associates, a sales and marketing analytics and consulting firm.
John has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in Economics from Middlebury College. John lives in Chatham, NJ with his wife, son, and daughter.
Vice President & In-House Counsel
Linsay Hiller is the In-House Counsel at Sword Rowe. Linsay handles all legal matters for the parent company and manages compliance for the firm's broker-dealer, Sword Securities. Additionally, Linsay is instrumental in managing the firm's principal investing arm, Sword Rowe Capital, and providing support to the firm's transaction teams. She has been actively engaged with a number of the firm's most notable transactions, including Little Critter, Dubset Media Holdings, Atlas Music Publishing, and PledgeMusic.
Linsay has a BA in Politics from Princeton University and a JD from Fordham University School of Law. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and son.
Henrik Rummel is an Associate at Sword Rowe and has been an instrumental member of the deal team for a number of Sword Rowe's notable clients, including Atlas Music, PledgeMusic, and Mixcloud. He is skilled at financial modeling and quantitative analysis, and provides financial analysis support for many of Sword Rowe's portfolio companies. He began working with the firm in the fall of 2012 as a part time analyst and in July 2013 became a full time Associate while continuing to train with the US Olympic Rowing Team. Henrik has competed for Team USA in two Olympics, London 2012 and Rio 2016, winning a bronze medal in rowing. While training for the 2012 Olympics he worked as an analyst at 6800 Capital Corp, LLC.
Henrik was an Applied Mathematics major at Harvard University, graduating in 2009. He lives in Princeton, NJ with his wife Abra and son Oliver.
Office Manager & Executive Assistant
Dolores M. Severino joined Sword Rowe in early 2015 as Officer Manager & Executive Assistant. Dolores has over 14 years of administrative experience in office management, accounting/bookkeeping, and human resources. Her prior administrative position was held in a mid-sized company within the fiber optic, technical and manufacturing industry.
Dolores holds a Certification in Accounting from Robert Morris College and is proficient in various software platforms including Quickbooks, Aremis SAP, and Sage MAS 90.
Dolores is an accomplished runner who completed various 5Ks to marathons; most notable are the Eden House Family 5K and the Chicago Marathon for the Run to Remember team.
Kathleen Camisa, who has held her CPA license since 1987, handles the financial and tax needs of many small businesses and individuals in the Princeton area. At Sword, Rowe & Company, she serves as the FinOp and accountant, roles she held with Wm Sword & Co. since 1994. Prior to her work with Wm Sword & Co., Kathleen served as CPA for Murphy & Hoffer from 1990 – 1994 and at Grant Thornton from 1986 – 1990.
Kathleen received her BA in Accounting from Rider University.