Chet Billingsley

Chairman & CEO

Chet Billingsley

Chet Billingsley is the Chairman, CEO, and founder of Mentor Capital, Inc. He is a native of Minnesota who received a congressional appointment and did his undergraduate work at West Point. Later, he went to graduate school at Harvard University where he received a Master's Degree in Applied Physics with concurrent study at Harvard Business School, and at MIT studying proton radiology as applied to difficult to treat cancers in conjunction with Mass General Hospital.

Mr. Billingsley spent the major portion of his early career at General Electric. In 1985, he formed Tech Start, the predecessor to Mentor Capital, in the heart of Silicon Valley. He has held the general manager or president position since that time.

In 1996, he took the firm public and has had lead responsibility in the Tech III Partners, Cambridge Equity Partners, and Mentor Investors I, LP financial partnerships. He has directed the successful acquisition or investment in over thirty-eight operating portfolio businesses or entities.

Education

  • West Point Military Academy, Undergrad
  • Harvard University, M.S. Applied Physics

Training & Certifications

  • Former Registered Investment Advisor

Professional Organizations & Affiliations

  • Mentor Capital, Inc., Chairman of the Board

Lori Stansfield

Treasurer & CFO

Chet Billingsley

Lori Stansfield is the Treasurer and CFO at Mentor Capital, Inc. She oversees Mentor's audits, accounting, and financial statement preparation to ensure SEC reporting compliance while reporting the same to Mentor's board of directors. Ms. Stansfield is an integral member of the executive management team as she assists in the formulation of Mentor's future direction and supports its M&A tactical initiatives. Ms. Stansfield plays an integral role in Mentor's subsidiary companies and portfolio companies, ensuring accounting accuracy and reporting compliance. Ms. Stansfield has taught, written about, managed, audited, and prepared financial statements during the past thirty years.

Prior to joining Mentor Capital, Ms. Stansfield worked as the Director of Audit Services at Robert R. Rediwitz & Co. in La Jolla, California and as the Senior Audit Manager at Spicer Jeffries, LLP in Denver, Colorado where she specialized in servicing securities broker-dealers, hedge funds, commodity pools, and private equity funds.

Education

  • University of Colorado at Denver, B.S. Accounting
  • University of Colorado at Denver, M.S. Marketing

Training & Certifications

  • California Board of Accountancy, CPA
  • Colorado State Board of Accountancy, CPA

Professional Organizations & Affiliations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Member

Sara Billingsley

Director of Business Operations

Chet Billingsley

Sara Billingsley is the Director of Business Operations & Assistant Corporate Secretary at Mentor Capital, Inc. She focuses on managing the company's day-to-day operations and provides corporate legal support to the company and its subsidiaries while reporting the same to our Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Billingsley is an integral member of the senior management team; she oversees shareholder relations, corporate compliance, and human resources matters while implementing the company's policies and procedures. Ms. Billingsley performs due diligence on potential acquisition targets, sets up new processes, and implements the investment-related projects that Mentor pursues. Additionally, Ms. Billingsley administers Mentor's marketing activities, furthering the development, communication, and implementation of adequate company disclosures. 

Ms. Billingsley is an ABA-approved paralegal with an emphasis in business law. She has worked as a paralegal at prominent Fortune 500 firms in San Diego. She has extensive experience managing and developing legal support teams and processes to ensure quality due diligence, compliance, accurate processing, and the timely delivery of legal filings and documents. Ms. Billingsley is currently completing her Juris Doctor at Northwestern California University School of Law.

Education

  • Grand Canyon University, B.S. Business Administration & Applied Management
  • Northwestern California University School of Law

Training & Certifications

  • University of San Diego, ABA Approved Paralegal Certificate with Emphasis in Business Law

Professional Organizations & Affiliations

  • USD Paralegal Alumni Association, Member
  • San Diego Federalist Society, Board Member
  • Federalist Society, James Madison Club

Haley Collingwood

Shareholder Services Manager

Chet Billingsley

Haley Collingwood specializes in shareholder services at Mentor Capital, Inc. She is responsible for preparing and maintaining shareholder transactional records. Ms. Collingwood interfaces with Mentor’s transfer agent to assist in processing shareholder transactions. Ms. Collingwood also provides shareholder support and answers shareholder questions regarding their share and/or warrant records.

Education

  • California State University at San Marcos, Bachelor of Science in Nursing