Rick is a renowned thought leader in strategic venture capital investments with over 25 years of experience in private equity and investment banking. His expertise ranges from insurance/insurtech to M&A in private equity, corporate dealings.
Rick Viton is a General Partner of Energy Capital Ventures and IA Capital, which he joined in 2008.
Mr. Viton focuses on the insurance industry and areas of overlap with the utility sector. Mr. Viton also serves as an investment banker at Ramirez & Co., the largest Hispanic-owned investment bank where he leads Hispanic diversity initiatives and advises companies on Hispanic market strategies. He also leads the M&A advisory practice for Ramirez with primary focus on the utility and financial services sectors. Mr. Viton is also a member of IA Capital’s investment committee. Mr. Viton is a Director of Homeowners of America Holding Corporation, Authentic4D, Omnidian, and Tomorrow. Mr. Viton had a 10+ year relationship as advisor to IA Capital and its portfolio companies prior to joining in 2008. With over 25 years of financial services experience as a senior level investment banker and previously in a corporate finance role, Mr. Viton has significant industry relationships and extensive transaction execution experience. Mr. Viton has served as strategic advisor to many of the largest US and global insurers, including MetLife, Prudential, Nationwide, The Hartford, SwissRe, Fortis, Prudential plc, among others. Mr. Viton specialized in the insurance sector with particular strength in its cross- over with other financial services sectors including asset management, transaction processing, finance companies and banking. Mr. Viton was a Managing Director in FIG at Credit Suisse from 2005 to 2007 and UBS from 1997 to 2005. At UBS, Mr. Viton completed over 150 financing and merger and acquisition transactions totaling over $60 billion. Mr. Viton holds a Master of Management degree from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management and a BA in Economics from Northwestern University.