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Cephas was founded by two former commercial banking executives, Clint Campbell and Jeffery Holmes who spent 15+ years at Security Trust Company/Norstar/Fleet Bank in positions of increasing responsibility, ultimately leading and managing the two corporate lending teams for Fleet in Rochester, NY. Both have Upstate NY roots, with Campbell a Rochester native and graduate of Colgate University, and Holmes a Cazenovia, NY native and graduate of Cornell University. In addition to Board responsibilities with certain of the Cephas portfolio companies, Campbell and Holmes are active in their communities in a variety of volunteer positions.

Cephas was fortunate to have the involvement of John Mooney, a seasoned Rochester, NY businessman, until his death in March of 2015. John had a very successful business career and brought sage advice and a sharp wit to the initial development of Cephas. His ongoing contributions are certainly missed but his very positive impact will not be forgotten.