TEAM MEMBERS

TEL: (415) 889-1010

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The US Capital Partners team is led by experienced professionals with years of investment banking, financial advisory, operational, and direct lending experience.

Jeffrey Sweeney

USCP, US Capital Partners, Jeffrey Sweeney, CEO and Managing Partner
Chairman & CEO, US Capital Partners Inc.

Mr. Sweeney has a strong entrepreneurial approach, which he has applied in the investment banking and equipment leasing arena for nearly 15 years. He has extensive operational knowledge and experience in manufacturing, finance, machine tools, and equipment leasing—all gained as both a consumer of machine tools and later as a principal of US Capital Corporation.

In 1998, Mr. Sweeney purchased the assets of US Capital Corporation, a small equipment leasing company. Changing the focus of the company to structured asset-based lending and investment banking, Mr. Sweeney grew the business to over $4 billion in funding opportunities each year. The new firm, US Capital Partners, both syndicates and provides asset-backed loans for business acquisitions, working capital, equipment leases, recapitalizations, and commercial real estate transactions.

Until September 2014, Mr. Sweeney served as a Managing Partner at Breakwater Investment Management, LLC and as a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. Breakwater Investment Management is a Los Angeles-based private investment firm that specializes in direct growth-capital investments into promising lower middle market companies, especially businesses with expanding global operations. Mr. Sweeney was seminal in architecting the firm’s inaugural $250 million credit fund, Breakwater Structured Growth Opportunities Fund, LP. As a member of Breakwater’s Investment Committee, Mr. Sweeney played a key role in structuring the firm’s debt investments and also brought in a majority of its investors.

Prior to setting up US Capital Partners, Mr. Sweeney served as a principal and CEO of Machine Works Corporation, a lower middle-market aerospace manufacturing company, from 1979 until its sale in the mid-1990s. An avid sailor, world traveler, and certified yoga instructor, Mr. Sweeney is a regular contributor to several non-profit organizations, including Food for Life, an international humanitarian non-profit association in India. Mr. Sweeney also works with the San Francisco Food Bank and with Educational Opportunities of Los Angeles, which provides educational services for youth.

Mr. Sweeney graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics. He is active in the southern California and San Francisco chapters of ACG, TMA, CFA, and other financial organizations.

Email: jsweeney@uscapitalpartners.net
Phone: +1 (415) 889-1010
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Charles V. Towle

USCP, US Capital Partners, Charles Towle, Managing Partner
Managing Partner, US Capital Partners Inc.

Charles Towle is Managing Partner at US Capital Partners Inc. and a member of its Investment Committee. Since joining US Capital Partners in 2006, Mr. Towle has helped grow the firm into a leading private investment bank for small and medium-sized businesses in the United States. As Managing Partner, Mr. Towle oversees 30+ banking professionals in San Francisco and New York, in addition to the firm’s established affiliates and institutional investors. During his tenure, Mr. Towle has overseen the origination and closing of over $4 billion in transactions.

Mr. Towle is also the Division Head and licensed principal of US Capital Global Securities, LLC, a FINRA-registered broker-dealer affiliated with US Capital Partners. He serves as a Co-Managing Partner at US Capital Investment Management, LLC, a private investment management firm that specializes in making direct debt investments in leading small and medium-sized growth businesses. The firm serves as General Partner of US Capital Business Credit Income Fund, LP and other investment vehicles focused on delivering consistent, risk-adjusted, above-market returns for investors.

A structured funding and corporate finance specialist, Mr. Towle has over 10 years of business development, asset management, corporate finance, capital markets, and general business management experience. Prior to joining US Capital Partners, Mr. Towle gained extensive entrepreneurial and investment experience, serving as a limited partner, financial officer, or board member of various investment and endowment funds and small and medium-sized businesses, both in the United States and abroad.

Mr. Towle has served as a board member for Turnaround Management Association (TMA). Currently, he sits on the National Board of the Commercial Finance Association (CFA), and remains a member of  TMA and Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). Mr. Towle chairs the finance committees of two educational trusts, and serves as a board member of Bhakti Projects, Inc., an international nonprofit. He actively supports several local and international nonprofits, including The Puente Project in California and Food for Life in India. In addition, he collaborates with Cranmore Foundation, a thought leader in organizational wisdom.

Mr. Towle received a B.S. in Business Administration (emphasis in Corporate Finance and International Business) and an M.B.A. (emphasis in Sustainable Business) from San Francisco State University. He holds Series 24 and 79 designations from FINRA.

Email: charles@uscapitalpartners.net
Phone: +1 (415) 889-1022
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Ish Spencer

USCP, US Capital Partners, Ish Spencer, Managing Director and Partner
Managing Director and Partner

Ish Spencer is Managing Director and Partner at US Capital Partners Inc., responsible for directing all aspects of the firm’s nationwide business origination program, business development, underwriting of commercial loans, and client relationships. Mr. Spencer brings extensive multi-disciplinary experience to US Capital Partners, including special expertise in particular verticals, such as healthcare, technology, and manufacturing (including their overlap in the medical device, biotechnology, and nanotechnology industries).

Since joining US Capital Partners in 2010, Mr. Spencer has helped grow the firm into a leading private investment bank for small and medium-sized businesses in the United States. As Managing Director, Mr. Spencer oversees the US Capital Partners’ deal teams at the firm’s San Francisco headquarters, made up of banking professionals, business analysis, and underwriters. Mr. Spencer also oversees a robust proprietary network of 500+ business brokers and referral sources across the United States.

A serial entrepreneur and corporate finance specialist, Mr. Spencer has over 15 years of business development, asset management, private investment, asset and market evaluation, business analysis, and general business management and operations experience. Mr. Spencer runs his own family office business, Spencer Family Investments, LLC, which focuses on syndicated investments in real estate and stockholdings, as well as in other investment funds. Mr. Spencer is also co-founder and co-CEO of Ocean Travelers, a private real estate investment management firm focused on syndicated investments in emerging markets.

Prior to setting up Ocean Traveler, Mr. Spencer worked as a quality systems auditor at Reglera, a regulatory compliance and quality assurance consulting and process outsourcing company. Reglera serves the medical device and tissue banking industries, and its clients range from small start-ups to large multi-national companies. Mr. Spencer also worked at RTC Group, which serves the real-time and embedded computer market, and at Quantum Dot Corporation, a privately held business in the biotechnology industry, which deepened his insight into the healthcare and technology verticals.

Mr. Spencer supports a number of philanthropic projects including Food for Life, an international humanitarian non-profit association in India. He also serves as a financial adviser to the board of Braj Bhumi Group Inc., a registered California nonprofit. Braj Bhumi Group is a network of experienced professionals who provide a full range of pro bono financial, management, and strategic services for local and international nonprofits.

Mr. Spencer received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, his M.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego, and his M.B.A. from San Diego State University.

Email: ish@uscapitalpartners.net
Phone: +1 (415) 889-1023
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Nicholas Atkeson

USCP, US Capital Partners Wealth Management, Nicholas Atkeson, Managing Director
Managing Director

Nicholas Atkeson is a Managing Director at US Capital Wealth Management. With over 20 years of industry experience, he specializes in providing thoughtful, independent wealth management solutions to enable clients to build and protect their wealth.

Mr. Atkeson is a founding partner of Delta Investment Management, an independent wealth manager and registered investment advisory firm headquartered in San Francisco. Before founding Delta Investment Management, Mr. Atkeson was a partner and portfolio manager at Delta Force Capital, LLC, a San Francisco-based hedge fund. He also served as a Managing Director at Banc of America Securities and ThinkEquity LLC. Additionally, Mr. Atkeson helped build the institutional sales team on the west coast for Susquehanna International Group, LLC.

Mr. Atkeson is co-author of Win By Not Losing: A Disciplined Approach to Building and Protecting Your Wealth in the Stock Market by Managing Your Risk, published by McGraw Hill. He is also an editor of several investment newsletters.

Mr. Atkeson graduated from Haverford College with a B.A. in Economics, and from Stanford University Graduate School of Business with an M.B.A.

Email: nick@uscapitalwm.com
Phone: +1 (415) 249-6337
Fax: +1 (415) 738-0558
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Andrew Houghton

USCP, US Capital Wealth Management, Andrew Houghton, Managing Director
Managing Director

Andrew Houghton is a Managing Director at US Capital Wealth Management. With over 20 years of industry experience, he is adept at providing clients with exceptional wealth management service with the appropriate balance of growth and protection that best serves their long-term investment objectives.

Mr. Houghton is a founding partner of Delta Investment Management, an independent wealth manager and registered investment advisory firm headquartered in San Francisco. Before founding Delta Investment Management, Mr. Houghton was a partner and portfolio manager at Delta Force Capital, a quantitative hedge fund based in San Francisco. He also served as a Managing Director at ThinkEquity LLC and in senior institutional sales positions at Banc of America Securities and Susquehanna International Group.

Mr. Houghton is co-author of Win By Not Losing: A Disciplined Approach to Building and Protecting Your Wealth in the Stock Market by Managing Your Risk, published by McGraw Hill. He is also an editor of several investment newsletters.

Mr. Houghton has a B.A. in Economics from Boston University and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa.

Email: andrew@uscapitalwm.com
Phone: +1 (415) 249-6335
Fax: +1 (415) 738-0558
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James B. Baty, Ph.D.

USCP, US Capital Partners, James B. Baty, Senior Vice President
Senior Vice President

Dr. James B. Baty is a Senior Vice President at US Capital Partners Inc. and a member of the Advisory Board of Directors of US Capital Investment Management, LLC. He is recognized as an expert in the design, implementation, and management of large-scale distributed information technology. With Dr. Baty as a strategic advisor, US Capital Partners is well-positioned to accelerate the market disruption the firm has already been causing in the evolving FinTech arena, with a focus on the small and lower middle market.

At Oracle Corp., Dr. Baty served as Vice President of the Global Enterprise Architecture Program, defining hybrid cloud architecture and enterprise technology strategies. Prior to Oracle, Dr. Baty was Vice President, Chief Architect, and CTO for Sun Microsystems’ Global Sales & Services division. He is renowned for his work designing key business systems for global telecommunications and financial services companies. Dr. Baty was the first person in the Sun Services division to be recognized as a Sun Distinguished Engineer.

With twenty years of practice in the industry, Dr. Baty has served as the lead architect for multiple national ISP systems with up to several million users, for a major Internet stock brokerage system, for a global messaging networks for international banks, and for the reliability design of a multi-continent international financial trading system for international financial institutions. In addition, he has provided performance and capacity consulting for some of the Internet’s highest volume transaction systems.

Dr. Baty has a Ph.D. in Management Science and Information Systems from the University of Texas (1992), and an M.P.A. from Texas A&M University (1981) with specialization in Technology Policy. Dr. Baty has served as a Visiting Professor and Research Fellow at the Erasmus University Rotterdam Institute for Decision & Information Systems, Netherlands, as well as a Member of Technical Staff and Program Administrator for the Software Technology Program at Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corp.

Email: jbaty@uscapitalpartners.net
Phone: +1 (415) 889-1010
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Richard Byrd

USCP, US Capital Partners, Richard Byrd, Senior Vice President
Senior Vice President

Richard Byrd is a Senior Vice President at US Capital Partners Inc.  He is responsible for all aspects of the firm’s debt and equity business development, advisory services, and client relationship management. He holds special expertise in medical devices, senior centers, logistics/trucking, community banks, IT, and other manufacturing niches.

With over 25 years of investment banking experience, Mr. Byrd has orchestrated and assisted in capital raises totaling over $600 million. He specializes in capital raises for companies with ownership or control changes, in ESOP funding, and in community banks.

Mr. Byrd began his career with Chicago-based municipal bond firm Clayton Brown and Associates, where he managed community bank security portfolios and was instrumental in the firm’s bond swap program. Mr. Byrd went on to develop and lead the Debt & Equity Departments at Glaser Capital Corporation, where he executed mergers and acquisitions, non-traditional loans, private placements, and equity deals totaling $61 million.

A financial services industry veteran, Mr. Byrd initiated and developed retail securities sales departments for the former Merchants National Bank in Indianapolis, Indiana; for Ameritrust in Cleveland, Ohio; and for Provident Securities/Bank in Cincinnati, Ohio. He managed $120 million during his tenure in Cincinnati. As CEO at Redwood Corporate Finance Group, Mr. Byrd executed mergers and acquisitions, non-traditional loans, private placements, and equity deals totaling $21 million.

Prior to joining US Capital Partners, Mr. Byrd has acted in various investment banking roles with Commerce Street Capital, LLC of Dallas, Texas within the community bank arena to raise capital and oversee the M&A activities of community banks within the Midwest and Atlantic States. He also assisted in the development and placement of the first negotiated certificate of deposit (CD) program in the country through Irwin Union Capital.

Mr. Byrd has taught Graduate Municipal Finance Courses for the School of Levin in Cleveland State, and he initiated the Graduate Finance Program for Sports at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has served on Indiana’s Congressional Council of Education and on the Board of Directors of the Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation (MDFF). He is a member of the Rotary Club of Cleveland.

A postgraduate of Indiana University, Mr. Byrd has a Masters of Public Affairs with a concentration in Budgeting & Municipal Finance. He obtained his B.A. from Purdue University with a concentration in Science & Agriculture. He holds Series 79, 7, 63, 65, and 6 registrations with FINRA.

Email: rbyrd@uscapitalpartners.net
Phone: +1 (317) 691-6288
Fax: +1 (415) 723-7158
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Bruce Canvasser, ND

USCP, US Capital Partners, Bruce Canvasser, Senior Vice President
Senior Vice President

Dr. Bruce Canvasser is a Senior Vice President at US Capital Partners Inc. and a member of the Advisory Board of Directors of US Capital Investment Management, LLC. Dr. Canvasser is a highly experienced healthcare professional, with more than 35 years of experience in the healthcare industry. He has served as Instructor of Botanical Medicine, Clinic Director, and Board of Trustee member at National College of Naturopathic Medical School in Portland, Oregon, now called National College of Natural Medicine. Dr. Canvasser was appointed by two Governors of the State of Oregon to serve for two three-year terms on the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Examiners.

Dr. Canvasser specializes in botanical medicine, and currently serves on the Medical Advisory Board of Integrative Therapeutics, LLC. Until 2002, Dr. Canvasser served as Executive Vice President of Doctors at Integrative Therapeutics. For over 35 years, Integrative Therapeutics has been developing unique formulations that safely and effectively integrate with diet and lifestyle recommendations for improved patient health. Dr. Canvasser’s expertise continues to help guide the company’s product development and education programs across the United States.

Dr. Canvasser was co-founder of NF Formulas Inc., one of the first dietary supplement companies to serve naturopathic and other health care professionals. He served as President and CEO of NF Formulas between 1978 and 2000, until it was purchased by North Castle Partners and became part of Enzymatic Therapy. At NF Formulas, Dr. Canvasser developed many unique herbal-based nutritional formulas that continue to be widely used today.

Dr. Canvasser holds a B.S. in Education from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He also holds a B.S. in Human Biology from Kansas Newman College in Wichita, Kansas, and completed his Pre-medical Studies at Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan. He received his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree in 1978 from National College of Natural Medicine, and holds a license in Oregon as a naturopathic physician.

Email: bcanvasser@uscapitalpartners.net
Phone: +1 (415) 889-1010
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Jack Giacomo Monopoli

USCP, US Capital Partners, Jack Monopoli, Senior Vice President
Senior Vice President

Jack Giacomo Monopoli is a Senior Vice President at US Capital Partners Inc.  He is responsible for all aspects of the firm’s debt and equity business development, advisory services, and client relationship management. Mr. Monopoli brings deep experience in capital markets and in institutional investor services to US Capital Partners, as well as advisory expertise in capital formation initiatives, such as general debt and equity investment structuring and raises.

Prior to US Capital Partners, Mr. Monopoli was Managing Director and Head of Corporate Services Trading at Merriman Capital, Inc. in San Francisco, CA. In this role, he served as a trading liaison to the firm’s corporate clients, and as a market maker and trader for its institutional, family office, and high-net-worth investor clients.

Before joining Merriman Capital, Mr. Monopoli was at ThinkEquity Partners in San Francisco, where he was Head of Trading and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Managing daily risk and negotiating all block trades for the investment bank’s institutional trading operation, he built and managed a team of 20 traders and improved the firm’s loss ratio for seven consecutive years.

Mr. Monopoli also served as a Managing Director at US Bancorp Piper Jaffray, and as a principal at Thomas Weisel Partners in San Francisco.

Mr. Monopoli earned a B.S. in Business Administration with concentration in Finance from Boston University. He holds Series 24, 7, 55, and 63 designations from FINRA.

Email: jmonopoli@uscapitalpartners.net
Phone: +1 (415) 889-1027
Mobile: +1 (925) 270-9601
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Patrick Steele

USCP, US Capital Wealth Management, Patrick Steele, Senior Vice President
Senior Vice President

Patrick Steele is a Senior Vice President at US Capital Wealth Management. He is responsible for all aspects of the division’s wealth management services, investment advisory services, and client relationship management. In addition, he serves as an advisor in US Capital Partners’ investment management and securities divisions.

Mr. Steele is a financial services professional with more than 30 years of experience. Recently, Mr. Steele joined forces with Jacques Habra, Director of the Quantified Fund, a newly formed private equity offering. Prior to this, Mr. Steele was a Senior Vice President at Bernzott Capital Advisors, having previously served as a Regional Officer of The AYCO Company, a Goldman Sachs subsidiary. Before that, Mr. Steele was Managing Director of First Republic Investment Management, formerly Starbuck, Tisdale & Associates, where he worked for over twenty years.

Over the past 30 years, Mr. Steele has served on the Executive Committee or Board of Directors of a half dozen charitable foundations, including United Way, Family Service Agency, and The Westmont College Foundation.

Mr. Steele earned his B.A. from the University of Southern California. He holds Series 63, 65, and 82 registrations from FINRA.

Email: pat@uscapitalwm.com
Phone: +1 (415) 889-1025
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J. Alfred Ritter

USCP, US Capital Partners, J. Alfred Ritter, Vice President
Vice President

Alfred Ritter serves as a Vice President on US Capital Partners’ business development team. He is responsible for all aspects of the firm’s debt and equity business development, advisory services, client negotiations, and relationship management.

Prior to US Capital Partners, Alfred was a Managing Director at Columbia Capital Advisors, Inc. and Columbia Capital Securities, Inc.  He brings extensive investment banking, operational, and entrepreneurial experience with emerging growth and middle market companies in the security, consumer products, and media and entertainment industries, including equity and debt financing, private placements, buy/sell side mergers and acquisitions advisory, restructuring, and strategic advisory engagements. Previously, Alfred served as a Managing Director at Angeles Capital Group, LLC, where he was an investment banker providing strategic advisory services, private placements, and M&A advisory services. He also served at Allen and Associates, LLC, a boutique corporate finance advisory firm.

Prior to this, Alfred held senior executive, business development, and financial analyst positions with firms in the specialty retail, media and entertainment, and manufacturing and logistics industries, during which time he also worked in Malaysia and Taiwan. Additionally, Alfred has collaborated with a charity called Operation Hope, in which he helped provide financial literacy training and volunteered for a program called “Banking on Our Future.”

Alfred received a BS in Business Administration, magna cum laude, with a minor in Economics from California State University, Los Angeles. After graduation, he studied at National Taiwan Normal University’s Mandarin Training Center.

Email: aritter@uscapitalpartners.net
Phone: +1 (415) 889-1033
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Frank Villarreal

USCP, US Capital Partners, Frank Villarreal, Vice President
Vice President

Frank Villarreal is a Vice President at US Capital Partners Inc. He brings 24 years of experience in the financial services industry to the firm’s Investment Banking group. Mr. Villarreal’s responsibilities at US Capital Partners include sourcing and vetting alternative asset funds and capital raises for the firm’s Wealth Management division, with a focus on the high net worth client, family office, and independent wealth advisor channels.

With 24 years of asset management and client relationship experience, Mr. Villarreal has a strong and distinguished track record at industry leaders such as Merrill Lynch, Hambrecht & Quist (Executive Financial Services), Credit Suisse (US Private Banking), J.P. Morgan Securities (Private Wealth Services), and Stifel Financial Corp. (Private Client Group).

Most recently at Stifel in San Francisco, Mr. Villarreal was responsible primarily for portfolio management for the firm’s private and corporate clients, and for developing the firm’s international clientele for domestic public and private investments. At Credit Suisse, he provided US private banking services for domestic and international clients, and at J.P. Morgan he provided asset management and credit solutions to targeted high net worth clients, while assisting private wealth clients with retirement plan strategies.

Mr. Villarreal graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration (Finance) at San Francisco State University.

Email: fvillarreal@uscapitalpartners.net
Phone: +1 (415) 889-1047
Mobile: +1 (415) 350-4092
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Ryan Phipps

USCP, US Capital Partners, Ryan Phipps, Associate
Associate

Ryan Phipps serves as an associate on US Capital Partners’ business development team. He is responsible for all aspects of the firm’s debt and equity business development, advisory services, and client relationship management. Prior to joining US Capital Partners, Ryan was an analyst at Deutsche Bank AG in London, where he was responsible for managing the relationships for European and Australian clients. In addition, he managed key business development initiatives for new fixed income and derivative product offerings.

Ryan is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his B.A. with a concentration in Economics and Supply Chain Management. He holds a Series 79 FINRA registration.

Email: rphipps@uscapitalpartners.net
Phone: (415) 889-1043
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Michael Plato

USCP, US Capital Partners, Michael Plato, Associate
Associate

Michael Plato serves as an associate on US Capital Partners’ business development team. He is responsible for all aspects of the firm’s debt and equity business development, advisory services, and client relationship management.

Michael is a solutions-oriented business development specialist and entrepreneur with experience in SME frontier market investing with startups, government banking, and non-profit investment support organizations. During his MBA, Michael was a summer associate at Manas Group, a Washington, DC consulting firm that helps US-based clients launch in Asian markets through financial, industry, competitive, economic, and regulatory analysis.

Previously, Michael co-founded an investment-sourcing company and an investment-support NGO that analyzed, consulted, and packaged East African SMEs for institutional investors and conducted US market education on frontier investments. In this role, Michael sourced and analyzed over 400 potential investments, creating detailed investment proposals and financial models resulting in 40 portfolio businesses. Additionally, he worked as a strategy consultant for non-profits and startups.

Michael started his career as a US Diplomat at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (“OPIC”), the US Government’s international investment organization. While there, he served in a business development role to post-conflict states and Sub-Saharan Africa, with a sector focus on housing finance and SME lending. In this position, Michael traveled extensively on diplomatic missions, meeting with international investors, heads of state, and other government officials.

Michael received his M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School in Baltimore, with concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurship. He has a B.A. in Public Policy from Michigan State University.

Email: mplato@uscapitalpartners.net
Phone: +1 (415) 889-1028
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