VC Capital Holdings was founded as the parent of several investment-related companies to access more significant deals and structure more complex opportunities.
Together our leadership has launched and developed deals for over 45 companies in healthcare, hospitality, construction, retail, consulting, entertainment, natural resources F&B and real estate. Our successful projects include more than 30 restaurants and nightclubs in the U.S. and Brazil, including several high-end restaurants and hospitality chains. Our executive team has taken seven companies public, and our hospitality management team has operated some of the largest and most well-known nightclubs, restaurants, and entertainment venues.
Our goal is to create partnerships, incentives, and opportunities for both U.S. and Brazilian investors through our network of dignitaries, investors, and exceptionally experienced counsel, financial experts, and management consultants.
Over $250 Million Raised
Over 45 successful companies
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO
Antonio Primo is an experienced entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of structuring successful venture capital and private equity deals that lead to profitable exits. He has deep expertise in managing capital and investments and uses a strong network of relationships to create opportunities for investors.
Antonio began his career working for nationwide healthcare companies where he became proficient in Mergers, Acquisitions, Management, and Operations. He later founded CompEquip DME Solutions, a full-service medical equipment company focused primarily on worker’s compensation, including contracts with self-insured employers and municipalities to supply injured workers with medical equipment, supplies, and home medications.
He launched Ande Healthcare Solutions, specializing in retail and specialty pharmacies licensed in 47 states, diagnostic and pharma genetics labs, clinical research organizations, and other related entities. He packaged a successful exit in 2016, with the remaining companies forming the VC Capital Holdings healthcare division.
Antonio has extensive relationships with the government in the U.S. and Brazil, brokering conversations to create opportunities for investors. In early 2020, in partnership with Mario Garnero, President of Forum of the Americas, he facilitated a visit to the U.S. by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to meet with Florida government officials and investors, and to join President Donald Trump at Mara Lago for a dinner to discuss working together to improve the environment for investors.
Antonio serves as a business advisor to multiple private equity funds and investor groups. As co-founder of VC Capital, he travels extensively to identify and develop various high-end international and domestic business and investment opportunities, primarily in commodities, real estate, hospitality, energy, and construction.
Antonio is fluent in English and Portuguese.
CO-FOUNDER AND COO
Fred Lengyel has a long career of success in the food and hospitality industry, opening his first restaurant, Biela, in Brazil over 30 years ago. Within 5 years of Biela’s opening, Fred had opened 10 restaurants in Brazil within the Kappa Group, including Kappa Sushi, Brazil’s first Japanese fast food chain, Kappa Gourmet, which is a self-service concept and Kappa & Kanashiro, a restaurant with a modern Japanese culinary concept.
Additionally, Mr. Lengyel founded bar/restaurant Santa Aldei, with capacity for over 2,000 visitors, Villa Mix, a chain of nightclubs and Villagio JK, a modern event space with the capacity for 2,500 people in Sao Paulo.
Fred brings his experience in fundraising, project management, and operations for his restaurant and hospitality projects to VC Capital Holdings, directly oversees our hospitality division, and lends his expertise to all of VC Capital Holding’s transactions.
PARTNER AND CFO
Scott Silverman has over 25 years of business success on national and international levels, with a highly diverse knowledge of financial, legal and operations management; public company management, accounting and SEC regulations. Mr. Silverman specializes in establishing and streamlining back-office policies and procedures and implementing sound financial management and internal controls necessary for enterprise growth and scalability.
Mr. Silverman is also one of the founders, and serves as President and CEO, of EverAsia Financial Group, which grew into a multi-national corporate financial management and advisory firm serving clients in the United States and Asia, and JJL Capital Management, a private equity firm specializing in investing in startup, early- and mid-stage companies.
Mr. Silverman has orchestrated investor exits for multiple companies, including taking 7 companies public. He has also assisted in raising over $35 million for client companies, both public and private. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance from George Washington University and a Master’s degree in accounting from NOVA Southeastern University.
VC Capital Holdings is able to assemble deal dream teams from a variety of specialties in order to build successful deals. Examples of the level of expertise we bring to the table include:
- A hospitality operations manager who has overseen all aspects of operations and marketing for some of the top twenty nightlife ventures in the U.S. including, Mansion, Cameo, Louis Nightclub, Set and Mokai, as well as oversight of F&B events such as Miami Music Week, Celebrity Taste of Sbe, Art Basel Miami, Monaco Grand Prix, Cannes Film Festival and celebrity partnerships with Mike Tyson, Rolling Stone Magazine and Maxim Magazine.
- A dining and nightlife developer with experience managing Marquee Nightclub/Dayclub in Las Vegas, TAO and LAVO, as well as restructuring sbe’s Miami dining and nightlife venues Hyde Beach, Hyde American Airlines Arena, SLS Pool, Beach Front Property and Cleo. His experience includes pre-opening and development of Avenue, The Highlight Room, Luchini Pizzeria & Bar and the hotel lobby bar at Dream Hollywood. F&B event experience includes Miami Music Week, Taste Miami, Art Basel, Sundance Film Festival and Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, as well as The Chelsea Ballroom, a flashy, 40,000 sq. ft. concert and events venue at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
- A hospitality manager experienced in oversight of the premium F&B outlets within the Miami HEAT Arena, as well as Las Vega venues PURE, LAX and Noir Bar. He partnered with Hard Rock Las Vegas to re-conceptualize Rehab pool and open Vanity NIghtclub with celebrity owner Jason Giambi. He oversaw operations for Gallery and Pussy Cat dolls Burlesque Lounge in Las Vegas and held multiple leadership roles with sbe including Hyde Beach, Sams Lounge, The Cape, Sbar, Altitude, Doheny room, Delano Beach Club, Rose Bar and Cleo. His F&B partnerships and VIP activations oversight include Life is Beautiful Festival, Park City Film Festival, Miami Music Week, Taste Miami, World of sbe, Art Basel NBA all-star pop ups in New York, Chicago and Toronto, Naiyara South Beach and Macchialina Miami and New York.
- Capital fundraising and business development executive who previously served on the board of Prudent Group in Miami. His experience includes founding UN1ON Consulting, co-founding Golden Section Capital where he created a hospitality venture fund geared toward the restaurant, nightlife and food and beverage industry focused on the Miami Beach and Sao Paulo, Brazil markets. He led market analysis, business planning, capital raising, venue design & build out as well as brand development, menu creation, staffing, management and customer service enhancements for the successful concepts Villa Florida, IOS Urban Cafe and Lounge.