Our team

As an idea-driven company with a laser focus on results, we know that our intrinsic value – unmatched by any other company – is a function of our extraordinary team of professionals.

We combine the best attributes of family office flexibility and institutional quality investing to generate the best return outcomes.

We invite you to get to know our team better.

Executive Leadership

Exceptional industry relationships, undeniable track records, and the autonomy to transform investment ideas into reality. That’s what makes our team different. And that’s just the start of it.

“In building businesses, who better than an immigrant to go into the unknown.” Fernando De Leon, Chief Executive Officer

Fernando De Leon

Chief Executive Officer

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Fernando De Leon

Chief Executive Officer

Fernando De Leon is the founder and CEO of Leon Capital Group, a holding company that operates assets in the financial services, healthcare, real estate, and technology industries. Leon is not a private equity fund, it operates as a family holding company overseeing $10 billion of its own private assets. Leon takes the lead conceiving, developing, owning, and operating businesses.

Founded as a modest real estate development company in Texas, Leon has since evolved into a diverse holding company, capable of operating successfully across multiple geographies and industries. Leon Capital, its affiliates and externally managed companies encompass ~ 8,000 employees.

In the healthcare sector, Mr. De Leon and his team at Leon founded and currently operate Specialty Dental Brands, Frontline Dental Implant Specialists, Advanced Med Aesthetic Partners, Physician Directed Partners, Texas Heart Partners, Mattison Avenue, and Turnwell Mental Health which collectively manage over 400 locations and provide healthcare to over 2 million people annually.

For the past 20 years, Mr. De Leon has structured real estate investments with an asset value of $20B+. Leon Capital’s vehicles have invested in or developed approximately 20,000 rental housing units, 25M SF of industrial, 15M SF of retail, self-storage and healthcare assets and 10,000 lots of land in residential subdivisions. Additionally, Leon Capital, along with the Perot Companies, co-founded a European industrial operating company, which has developed over 40M SF of industrial assets in the European Union.

Mr. De Leon is a co-founder of Crexi, one of the largest digital marketplaces connecting buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants in the commercial real estate sector. Crexi’s intelligence products support real estate professionals with real time transaction data.

Mr. De Leon and his team at Leon founded and currently operate Leon Financial, which holds banking interests and investments in the wealth management industry.

Mr. De Leon began his career as an analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York. He received a BA, cum laude, from Harvard College, where he was a Hoover Foundation Scholar and a National Coca Cola Scholar. The De Leon Family Foundation focuses its work on poverty in south Texas and northern Mexico, and expanding access to healthcare. The De Leon Scholars program awards scholarships to twenty students annually across the state of Texas, who endeavor to improve their communities.

Hunter Dallas

President, Direct Investments

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Hunter Dallas

President, Direct Investments

Hunter Dallas serves as the President for the Direct Investment division of Leon Capital Group (LCG). He is responsible for sourcing platform acquisitions, strategy execution, operational excellence, transaction structuring, and seeking new ways to achieve organic and inorganic growth. While at LCG he has led the creation of multiple billion dollar+ businesses built around entrepreneurial partners.

During his tenure at LCG, Mr. Dallas has co-founded multiple healthcare service focused management service organizations, where he has played a pivotal role in pioneering the integration of different specialties to provide the business services to expand access to care. Under his leadership, the various companies have built over $3.0 billion in enterprise value with operations across the country. The various companies support over 300 clinics while maintaining a workforce of over 3,500 dedicated employees.

Prior to joining LCG, Mr. Dallas was in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs in the financing group. He previously worked at Caterpillar Financial in their in-house management consulting program where he held various credit and operational roles.

Mr. Dallas received a B.A. in Economics from Vanderbilt University.

David Cocanougher

President, Multifamily Division

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David Cocanougher

President, Multifamily Division

David Cocanougher serves as President of the Multifamily Division at Leon Capital Group. David is responsible for directing development and construction of ground-up projects, portfolio-level oversight of operations and asset management of the existing properties and conducting special projects focusing on housing development. While at Leon Capital Group, David has successfully implemented an acquisition and development platform that has completed and sold over 6,500 units and has another 9,000 units under construction or in development.  David is also responsible for the growth and oversight of Leon Multifamily Construction, which performs as the general contractor for the development pipeline.  Under David’s leadership, Leon Capital Group has increased its multifamily market presence in all major Texas metros and has established a development pipeline that includes Phoenix, Raleigh, Cary, Chapel Hill, and Florida.  David’s experience prior to joining the company includes on-campus student housing development, conventional and student value-add acquisitions and asset management as well as implementation of revenue management strategies for a broad range of national apartment operators and developers.  In all, David has been responsible for over $3 Billion in multifamily asset transactions and is currently overseeing the growth of the team, entry into new markets, and the development and construction of all new projects.  David received his undergraduate degree in Business from Texas A&M University, where he later obtained a Masters in Land Economics and Real Estate.

Operating Company Executive Leadership

Nicole Chiaramonte

Chief Executive Officer, AMP

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Nicole Chiaramonte

Chief Executive Officer, AMP

Known for her business philosophies of “profits with integrity” and “profit optimization through collaboration,” Nicole Chiaramonte developed AMP, a superior alternative to the traditional private equity acquisition model. A serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of medical and business management, Nicole holds 19 years of Management Service Organization (MSO) ownership and executive management in the legal and medical industries. Through Nicole’s leadership, AMP is redefining the aesthetics industry by partnering with practices to provide innovative and industry-leading support that grows practices beyond their current potential.

Michael DeGiorgio

Chief Executive Officer, CREXI

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Michael DeGiorgio

Chief Executive Officer, CREXI

Mr. DeGiorgio founded Crexi in 2015, after identifying an inherent need to create an open marketplace and technology solution for the commercial real estate industry. Prior to founding Crexi, he helped establish Auction.com (now Ten-X), the online auction platform, where he spent four years managing teams and earning a reputation as one of the top sales producers in the company. There, Mr. DeGiorgio managed 400+ CRE transactions and teams totaling $1B+ over four years.

Mr. DeGiorgio earned his Business Degree from Northern Illinois University, from which he won the 2018 Outstanding Young Alumni award and where he also serves as a visiting lecturer teaching entrepreneurship to business students.

Chris Scales

Chief Executive Officer, Specialty Dental Brands

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Chris Scales

Chief Executive Officer, Specialty Dental Brands

Chris Scales currently serves as Specialty Dental Brand’s Chief Financial Officer, a position he assumed in February 2017 as part of the management team that launched Specialty Dental Brands, an oral health organization supporting the nation’s top pediatric dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, and endodontists with best in class business support.

Prior to SDB, Mr. Scales worked with the Healthcare Transaction Advisory Group at Ernst Young. During this time, he led or participated in due diligence efforts relating to a multitude of buy-side and sell-side transactions in the health care industry, ranging in size from $5 million to $1 billion. Mr. Scales previously worked as the Director of Finance/Controller at Parallon/HCA’s Nashville Shared Service Center. He began his career in May 2009 as an auditor for LBMC.

Mr. Scales graduated with a BS in Economics from Western Kentucky University and received his Master of Accountancy from the Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business at Belmont University. He is a licensed CPA in the state of Tennessee.

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