Co-Founder & Managing Member of Strategic Value Bank Partners
Mr. Mackovak is the Co-Founder and Managing Member of Strategic Value Bank Partners, an investment partnership specializing in community banks. Prior to Strategic Value Bank Partners, Ben was the Founder and Portfolio Manager of Cavalier Capital, an investment firm based in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to founding Cavalier Capital, he was the Senior Analyst at Rivanna Capital, an investment firm based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Prior to working at Rivanna Capital, Mr. Mackovak worked at First American Trust, an investment firm based in Newport Beach, California. He began his career at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Mackovak holds an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts from Kent State University, where he graduated magna cum laude.
Mr. Mackovak currently serves on the board of directors for United Security Bancshares, People’s Bank of Commerce, Community Bank of the Bay, Keystone Bank, and Idaho First Bank. Previously, he served on the board of First South Bancorp, TIG Bancorp, and Foothills Community Bank. In his experience as a bank director, Mr. Mackovak has served on the Compensation Committee, Loan Committee, Corporate Governance Committee, Nominating Committee, ALCO Committee, M&A Committee, and Audit Committee of various community banks. In addition to serving on bank boards, Ben also serves on the Board of Directors for the Great Lakes Science Center.