Mr. Knott has over two decades of experience in investing, banking and lending, project management and operations. The focus of his work has been in fostering the growth of entrepreneurs and business owners.
As project and operations manager, Mr. Knott began his career working with small companies, each one going through sudden growth while maintaining multi-million dollar annual sales. His experience in this role spanned several industries, such as; a commercial post-production company in Los Angeles with satellite offices in New York, a school for autistic children in Honolulu with a satellite location in Tokyo Japan, and an internet marketing tourist shop with three locations in Honolulu. Mr. Knott’s responsibilities included managing domestic and international contract and employment negotiations, lease negotiations and subsequent buildouts for satellite offices, managing the patent application process, developing employee policies and manuals, budgeting and cash flow reports, as well as sales and marketing materials.
Mr. Knott’s hands-on experience helping small businesses led him into the field of lending, credit and investing. He worked in with real estate investors and retail investors for Fortune 500 firms, such as; Wells Fargo, Edward Jones and Ameriprise Financial. He joined the Commonwealth Capital team from Morgan Stanley Wealth Management where he was a licensed Financial Advisor. His practice at Morgan Stanley focused on investment advice and financial services for small business owners, entrepreneurs, family trusts and large non-profit endowments. He provided guidance for clients forming new businesses, seeking investors, venture capital and SBA assistance.
Mr. Knott resides in Honolulu, Hawaii where he volunteers time in the community for The Hawaii Humpback Whale Sanctuary and The Honolulu Museum of Art. He is also a member of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association.