SRS Capital Partners, under the direction of its Managing Partner, assembles expert advisors and resources from SRS Capital’s network or relationships to meet the needs and demands of its clientele.
David L. Parker
General Partner & Principal
Mr. Parker, as General Partner of SRS Capital Partners, has oversight for all engagements of the partnership and is further responsible for bringing together the necessary resources for success.
Mr. Parker currently serves on the boards of several of its portfolio companies and selected non-portfolio companies, while also serving as CEO and Managing Partner of SRS Family Office Partners, a company dedicated to single family office management and advisory.
Mr. Parker has had an impressive career in entrepreneurship and investing ever since graduating from Brigham Young in 1974 with a BS in Business. With a 40+ year career in investment banking and private equity, and having built and sold two successful investment banks, David has a wealth of experience that he applies in his current mentoring roles with companies and entrepreneurs. His investment banks were innovative in financial structures having funded over $60 billion in capital market debt securities globally. Further, some of his private equity and venture exits have included Richmond Technologies and Richmond Holdings which was sold to Illinois Tool Works (NYSE: ITW), Moneyline Lending which was sold to Genpact (NYSE: G), Special Risk Services Group, plc which was sold the St. Paul Insurance Group, and Fiser which was sold to Wedbush Securities.
SRS Capital’s affiliate, SRS Family Office Partners, is a collaborative Family Office Advisory and Partnership organized with the express purpose of organizing, advising and/or managing Single Family Offices. Mr. Parker organized and managed the family office structure for one of the nation’s pre-eminent entrepreneurs whose startup was acquired by AT&T for 24 billion dollars in the late 1990’s.
Elliott R. Parker
Elliott Parker joined SRS Capital Partners in 2005 as an Operating Partner and is an expert in intellectual property commercialization and investment, and venture capital investment. Mr. Parker currently serves as CEO of High Alpha Innovation. High Alpha Innovation partners with leading organizations to innovate through systematic startup creation. They apply the venture studio model that was successfully developed at High Alpha and the principles of disruption theory to rapidly build and scale software companies.
Prior to his current role at High Alpha Innovation, Elliott worked in strategy consulting, corporate ventures, and as an entrepreneur to bring new ideas to market. He was a Principal at Innosight, the strategy firm founded by Clayton Christensen, where they helped companies develop innovation capabilities, design growth strategies, and launch new ventures. Early in his career, he became interested in the application of disruptive innovation while working with large corporations to develop alternative uses for their intellectual property. Later, as manager of new ventures for a global medical device firm, he helped pilot several innovative corporate startups. As a strategy consultant, he advised dozens of leading organizations around the world. As a founder, investor, or advisor, he helped launch dozens of startups.
Mr. Parker is passionate about unlocking tangible innovation through engagement between large companies and startups. Innovation is much more distributed than it used to be, and corporations' traditional, centralized forms of innovation are not as effective as they once were. The degree of success most corporations achieve over the next decade will be determined largely by the quality of their engagement with startups.
Stephen W. Harper
Formerly Senior Vice President of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), a private non-profit organization dedicated to promoting job and business growth in Los Angeles County, and President and CEO of the World Trade Center Association Los Angeles – Long Beach, Mr. Harper has joined SRS Capital Partners to lead its Asian initiatives as an Operating Partner.
Prior to joining the LAEDC, Mr. Harper was Vice President of AMRESCO Japan, the Japan subsidiary of Sydney-based Lend Lease Real Estate Investments, a publicly traded global real estate and financial services firm with 40 offices on five continents and over US$70 billion in assets under management. As the senior American executive in Tokyo for AMRESCO, he was responsible for the 1998 start-up and operations of the company, which specialized in the acquisition and management of distressed and under-performing commercial real estate assets. At the time of his return to Los Angeles, assets under management exceeded US$500 million. Mr. Harper also served on the boards of two AMRESCO-affiliated companies, one of which was co-owned with Merrill Lynch Japan, and the other with Cargill Japan.
Mr. Harper has been active in Asia since 1982. Including his tenure with AMRESCO Japan, he has had three expatriate assignments totaling some seven years, having also held the post of Senior Research Analyst in the U.S. Department of Commerce/U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service in the U.S. Consulate General, Hong Kong.
Additionally, Mr. Harper, since 1985, has arranged over thirty successful U.S. real estate projects as principal, advisor or arranger of debt and/or equity capital. Aggregate value of completed projects is approximately US$200 million and includes retail, multi-family, industrial, office and specialty-use properties.
Mr. Harper holds a B.S. in economics, summa cum laude from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and an MBA in international business from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business IBEAR Program. He has served on the Board of Governors of the USC Alumni Association, and currently serves on board of the Asia Society Southern California Center. He has served previously on the National Board of Directors of the USC Marshall School of Business Alumni Association, and in Japan as a USC Ambassador on appointment of then USC President Steven B. Sample.