Senior Advisors

Ion Partners has assembled a team of experienced Senior Advisors to assist us in delivering the highest quality advice to our clients.

Thomas Armstrong
Mr. Armstrong is a partner at the law firm of White Summers Caffee & James. Mr. Armstrong has been in practice for over 35 years with an emphasis on representing companies and investors in venture capital financings, private placements, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and general corporate matters. His practice includes representation of companies and investors in various industries including software, information services, cleantech, telecom, Internet, medical devices, consumer goods and entertainment.
Leili McKinley
Leili Mckinley, CEO of The Identitype Group LLC, is a serial entrepreneur, business consultant, and branding expert.  She has built and sold VC-backed companies and has been responsible for operational management, product design, marketing and sales strategy, human resource planning, and public relations.  Leili advises clients on strategy, brand development, and business culture continuity, especially in the context of business combinations and scaling.  Her proprietary Identitype Method helps clients achieve market success by identifying core values, building effective teams, and aligning leadership for organizational clarity, profit and growth.
Gardner MacDonald
Mr. MacDonald is a Managing Director of Ewing Bemiss & Co. He has extensive experience advising public and private clients on mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, and specialized structured transactions representing over $7 billion in value.  Prior to joining Ewing Bemiss & Co., Mr. MacDonald worked as an investment banker at Ion Partners LLC, McManus & Miles, Inc., and KeyCorp/McDonald Investment, Inc.  He began his career at Morgan Stanley & Co. in its mergers and acquisitions group.
Greg Porto
Mr. Porto is a Managing Director of Corporate Finance at Stone Carlie in St. Louis, MO. Mr. Porto advises private and public companies in raising capital, mergers and acquisitions, and financial restructurings. Previously, as a Managing Director at A.G. Edwards & Sons and as the principal of his own advisory firm, Mr. Porto has provided strategic, operational and financial consulting services to clients such as Bank of America, Baker Hughes, General Electric, Kansas City Southern, Monsanto, United Van Lines, and Citigroup. In addition, Mr. Porto held senior positions with a growing entertainment company and a branding and public relations agency. He began his career at Kidder, Peabody & Co., Inc. in the investment banking group in New York.

 Jan Dehesh, Senior Advisor
Ms. Dehesh is the CEO of Dehesh International, a telecom consulting company. For over 15 years, Ms. Dehesh served in several executive roles at QUALCOMM Incorporated including as a Vice President of Business Development and Vice President of Information Technology where she helped create the company’s worldwide telecommunications and computing infrastructure and forged industry partnerships with Lucent Technologies, Cisco, Compaq and Sun Microsystems. Ms. Dehesh has served on several boards and advisory committees, including the San Diego Telecom Council, the American Association of University Women, GoAmerica, the Foundation for California Community Colleges, and the Wireless Ready Alliance.

Kyle Bacon, Senior Advisor
Based in Washington, D.C., Mr. Bacon is the Chief Information Officer at Cogent Communications, a publicly traded, facilities-based Internet access provider. He has overseen numerous acquisitions in North America and Europe, including LambdaNet (France & Spain), Aleron, Carrier1, and Verio’s Internet access business. He is also responsible for product introductions and has managed rollouts of the Native Layer2 Ethernet and the Managed Security service offerings in North America.  Mr. Bacon has spent his entire career in the Internet and telecom space. Notably, he founded Fiber Network Solutions, one of the original Internet backbone companies, in 1996 and managed its growth as CEO before selling the company to Cogent Communications in 2003.