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By Michael GardnerAs a merchant bank operating primarily in the micro and mid-cap markets, Baytree Capital Associates puts its own money or its partners’ money into every investment it recommends. The company’s current investments include a stake in Flux Power, Inc., a manufacturer of lithium smart batteries. Flux Power’s batteries can extend the life cycle of a battery system by 500 percent, and can cost half as much as its competitors’ solutions. The combination allows its systems to compete effectively with lead-acid batteries in markets including hybrid and electric vehicles, utility grid storage systems, and off-grid photovoltaic installations. Flux Power has shipped more than 14 Mwh of storage solutions already, and Baytree Capital expects its addressable market to reach $44 billion over the next three years.About the Author: In 1990, Michael Gardner founded Baytree Capital Associates, and he has served as its Managing Member ever since. Mr. Gardner’s primary interests at Baytree Capital include investing in micro- and mid-capitalized companies, providing investment banking services, and advising companies looking to go public in the United States.
By Michael Gardner of Baytree Capital Associates, LLCBaytree Capital is a lead in financing and managing an alternative public offering for an exciting new company in the home video and entertainment space. Kiosk Solutions, Inc., explores new opportunities in the DVD kiosk space that employs state-of-the-art technology not currently employed by other similar rental companies such as Redbox, a company owned by Coinstar, and which currently dominates the industry space.Kiosk Solutions seeks to compete with Redbox through the deployment of more than 30,000 units through 2016, and looks to fill a void left over by the storefront reduction of large DVD and video rental retail giants Blockbuster and Hollywood Video. Kiosk Solutions plans an initial roll-out that will target customers at a heavily trafficked Burger King franchise in Puerto Rico, followed by an ambitious expansion to other markets that will help the company raise more investment capital.As Managing Member of Baytree Capital, Michael Gardner brings a vast amount of experience in investing and asset management to his clients.
The founder of investment banking firm Baytree Capital Associates, LLC, Michael Gardner has built his business funding companies with small to midsized capitalizations and managing assets for high-net-worth individuals. Baytree Capital regularly contributes its own funds to investments, building on Gardner’s conviction that the firm should share the risks as well as the rewards of its recommendations. Believing that companies should be regarded for their potential, Michael Gardner regularly provides a number of investment banking services to smaller and newer enterprises, including raising capital, restructuring, and advising on mergers and acquisitions. Under Michael Gardner’s leadership, Baytree Capital has represented a number of high-profile clients over the years. Perhaps the best known of these has been Archduke Dominic Hapsburg, heir to the former royal family of Romania, who in 2007 retained the firm to create a strategic plan for management and potential sale of the famous Bran Castle in Transylvania. The castle is associated with Prince Vlad the Impaler, who served as the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s classic horror novel, Dracula. The archduke chose Baytree Capital based on its reputation for respect and sensitivity to its clients’ values. In addition to his work in the financial sector, Michael Gardner plays an active role in the New York theater scene. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA), where his efforts have been hailed as instrumental in the school’s revitalization. He also extends his financial and investment expertise to live theater, financing and producing numerous shows over the years, including several Broadway productions.