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 & Contracted CFO

Chet Billingsley

Lori Stansfield is the Treasurer and Contracted CFO at Mentor Capital, Inc. She oversees Mentor's accounting and financial statement preparation to ensure SEC reporting compliance while reporting the same to Mentor's board of directors. Ms. Stansfield advises on the formulation of Mentor's future direction and supports its M&A tactical initiatives. Ms. Stansfield has taught, written about, managed, audited, and prepared financial statements during the past thirty years.

Prior to obtaining Mentor Capital, Inc. as a client, 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 and the Assistant Corporate Secretary at Mentor Capital, Inc. She focuses on managing the company's day-to-day operations while reporting the same to our Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Billingsley supports the company's investor relations, shareholder services, corporate compliance, and business development functions. She works with potential acquisition targets and implements the investment-related projects that Mentor pursues.  

Ms. Billingsley is an ABA-approved paralegal with an emphasis in business law who has worked 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, accuracy, 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. 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