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Bringing It Back Home
Darin R. Pastor works in venture capital, but he learned a lot about business from soft drinks.  For decades, Pastor’s family was virtually synonymous with the Pepsi brand in Western New York, as owners of the Pepsi-Cola Buffalo Bottling Corp. Read More. 


Pastor to Move His Company's Executive Offices
Darin Pastor is bringing the corporate headquarters and executive offices of his financial services firm to Western New York. Read More.


Capstone Financial Group, Inc. Named on Largest Public Companies List
Capstone Financial Group, Inc. was recently ranked as Orange County's 37th largest public company in 2014 by the Orange County Business Journal. View the list.

Pastor making return to his roots
“In Western New York, you have a well-educated population, you have some great schools such as (the University at Buffalo) that are leading the way, and technology, health sciences and medicine is a big part of the local economy,” Pastor said. “With that kind of brain power, a lot of innovative people haven’t been able to get ideas financed. That’s where investment banking comes in.” Read More. 

Upstart Capstone Sees 1st-Qtr Profit
Capstone Financial Group Inc., an investment and merchant bank that went public by reverse merger last summer, did something rarely seen in the small-cap investment banking industry: it predicted a first-quarter profit barely two weeks into the quarter. Irvine, Calif.-based Capstone Financial said in a Jan. 16 statement that it expected a first-quarter profit of $20.2 million, or 22 cents a share. Read More.

$130 million in financing to underpin Twinlab management buyout
Capstone Financial Group will act as advisor and help raise $130 million in financing to underpin a planned management buyout of Twinlab Corp. and attendant formation of a new entity aimed at future acquisitions. Read More.

The Importance of Education in Corporate America
As a senior manager at some of the largest financial institutions in the country, I have witnessed a serious lack of commitment to education throughout my career. While many companies like to talk about the importance of employee retention, the reality is that it’s just not a priority. There is a lot of talk, but very little action. Read More.


Advisors on the Move: Wall Street Firms Get Busy
Irvine, Calif.-based Capstone Financial Group brought onboard a new senior vice president on Wednesday to oversee the recruitment, coaching and development of its financial advisors. Steve Lee, a former vice president and regional manager for BancWest Investment Services, will focus on bringing over and establishing a team of five experienced financial advisors with an estimated $100 million in AUM. Read More.

How Darin Pastor joined LPL, worked some Pepsi magic, and now has an OTC-derived market cap of $350-million-plus
Darin Pastor, scion of the family owned Pepsi-Cola Buffalo Bottling Corp., decided there was more excitement — and money — in the financial services business. Read More.


 Instant Bioscan could seek exit in 2-3 years, sponsor says
Instant Bioscan, a new portfolio company of Capstone, could seek an exit through a sale or IPO within two to three years, said Darin Pastor, chairman and CEO of Capstone. This article was written by Mergermarket, the leading provider of forward-looking M&A intelligence and data to M&A professionals and corporations.  Read More.

Protecting Assets in a Messy Divorce
The client was a wealthy executive who was separated from his wife. The separation begun amicably, but had turned tense before the couple had begun formal divorce proceedings. He asked his adviser, Darin Pastor, for help securing assets for his heirs. Read More.

Clean Tech Pipeline Keeps Capstone Busy
A robust pipeline of investment banking opportunities in clean-tech companies, along with plans for strategic buys of local wealth management firms, is keeping Irvine-based Capstone Financial Group Inc. plenty busy. The company, whose aim is to make debt investments and arrange equity placements for "small to lower-middle market companies," is headed by Chief Executive Darin Pastor. Read More.

Irvine Wealth Manager to Go Public
Shares of Capstone Financial Group Inc., an investment banking and wealth management firm headquartered in Irvine, are expected to begin trading publicly on the OTC Bulletin Board. Rather than pursue a traditional initial public offering, Capstone is going public in an unorthodox way. Read More.

The Pied Piper
Financial advisors frequently break out of wirehouses and go independent. But few of them double the size of their assets in a matter of months. Capstone Affluent Strategies has done just that, in just under a year. And the leaders of the Irvine, Calif., firm are predicting even more fast-paced growth in the near future. Read More.