Franchise Finance

People - MidCap Financial Services, LLC*

Bernard (Bernie) Lajeunesse
Managing Director & Product Head Franchise Finance • • 215-280-9325

Bernard (Bernie) Lajeunesse is a Managing Director and Product Head of MidCap Financial’s Franchise Finance lending group. Mr. Lajeunesse has 30 years of diversified lending experience across multiple business sectors. Prior to MidCap Financial’s acquisition of PNC Bank’s Franchise Finance Business, Mr. Lajeunesse led that business for PNC and prior to that for ECN Capital. He was also the prior President of United Capital Business Lending and Healthcare Business Credit Corp. He has a B.S. in Management and Finance from LaSalle University and graduated from Harvard’s Advanced Management Program (AMP 170).

Douglas McKenzie
Managing Director – Franchise Finance • • 416-839-2837

Douglas McKenzie is a Managing Director for MidCap Financial’s Franchise Finance lending group. Prior to joining MidCap Financial, Mr. McKenzie held various commercial finance leadership roles including SVP Franchise at PNC Bank and Specialty Finance Leader at CIT Finance LLC. Mr. McKenzie has over 22 years of experience in originations, structuring and syndication in franchise, aircraft, and real estate. Mr. McKenzie holds a B.A. from Queen’s University, M.B.A. from University of Manitoba, and M.A. in Security Studies from University of St Andrews in Scotland.

Chris Jones
Managing Director – Franchise Finance • • 740-418-1291

Chris Jones is a Managing Director in MidCap Financial’s Franchise Finance lending group. Prior to joining MidCap Financial, Mr. Jones worked in various sales, underwriting and portfolio management roles at CIT Group, TD Bank and GE Capital. He has a combined 15 years of finance experience with the last 10 focused solely on the restaurant finance industry. Mr. Jones holds a BBA from Ohio University with concentrations in Finance and Accounting.

John Bunch
Director – Franchise Finance • • 206-300-9767

John Bunch is a Director and Originations Officer for MidCap Financial’s Franchise Finance lending group. Mr. Bunch has over 20 years of experience originating, negotiating, structuring and closing all types of senior debt facilities within the restaurant Franchise Finance space. Prior to joining MidCap Financial, Mr. Bunch worked for GE Capital Franchise for 10 years and PNC Franchise Finance for five years. Mr. Bunch holds a B.A. in International Relations/Economics from Colgate University.

Josh Conlon
Director – Franchise Finance • • 617-513-3353

Josh Conlon is responsible for originating and structuring finance solutions for growth-oriented franchisees in multiple geographies and concepts. Prior to joining MidCap Financial, Mr. Conlon provided franchisee financing at PNC and Citizen’s Bank. Mr. Conlon has additional financial industry experience in the private equity and destressed debt sectors. Mr. Conlon graduated from the University of Massachusetts Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Business Management and Corporate Finance and a minor in Economics.