Peter W. Washington is a seasoned credit investment professional with over 20 years of experience serving middle market borrowers. He serves as Managing Director and Head of Originations for The Copia Group (TCG). Peter has extensive experience in all phases of the credit investment process, including credit strategy, credit policy, sourcing, underwriting, deal execution, and portfolio management. He has completed senior secured, equipment leasing, and subordinated loan transactions for his clients. Peter’s industry expertise spans manufacturing, consumer, healthcare, business services, and the technology sectors.
Prior to joining TCG, Peter spent 13 years at CapX Partners, a credit investment Small Business Investment Fund (SBIC), that was subsequently acquired by Accord Financial (TSE: ACD) in 2017. While at CapX Partners, Peter served in various capacities, including underwriting, business development, portfolio management, and capital markets. Peter was a voting member of the organization’s investment committee and was also a former President of the Midwest Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA).
Prior to CapX Partners, Peter was a senior secured lender for the Northern Trust Company, providing working capital and term loans to middle market businesses and its business owners. Peter served in Northern Trust’s Middle Market Lending and Business Banking divisions.
Prior to Northern Trust, Peter began his professional career at Banc of America Securities, working as an analyst on the Company’s Cross Over Fallen Angel (COFAD) trading desk in New York, NY. Peter also worked as an analyst for Bank of America’s Interest Rate Derivative sales desk in Chicago, IL.
Peter received his B.A. in Business Administration from Florida A&M University, and received his MBA with concentrations in Accounting, Finance, and Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Peter is married with three young children and resides in Oak Park, IL.
My why for joining the Copia Group is rooted in my core belief in the relentless pursuit of opportunity. The definition of opportunity is “an occasion or situation that makes it possible to do something that you want to do”. Through the Copia Group, I now am a member of one of the most diverse leadership teams within the private credit industry. Through the Copia Group, I now serve underserved communities (including lower middle market companies, diverse owned companies, and women-owned companies), not as a side project, but as the primary strategy. Through the Copia Group, I now support entrepreneurs, many who remind me of my father, who need (a) access to capital, (b) trusted council, and (c) an unbiased underwriting process. Through the Copia Group, I now empower the next generation of diverse and women owned professional investors who seek long-term partnerships with lenders who can help them achieve their investment goals. In summary, my why is driven by the opportunity to serve significantly and intentionally.