Thomas F. Puckett
San Diego Office
Thomas F. Puckett is the founder and a Managing Director of HPC Puckett & Company. Located in the Rancho Santa Fe, California office, Mr. Puckett is responsible for the strategic development and overall management of the Firm's business. Having completed hundreds of transactions to date, Mr. Puckett is involved in every aspect of the Firm's representation of clients' mergers and acquisitions, debt capital formation, and financial advisory engagements.
Mr. Puckett formed HPC Puckett & Company in September 1983. Prior to starting the Firm, Mr. Puckett practiced law in Topeka, Kansas from 1977 to 1983, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, coupled with an emphasis in specialized taxation. During that time, Mr. Puckett completed dozens of transactions, including numerous specialty engagements in the areas of cable television, optical retail, and manufacturing. In 1987, Mr. Puckett relocated the Firm's corporate office to San Diego. That transition expanded the Firm's activities to a national presence, resulting in HPC Puckett & Company being a dominant optical retail, manufacturing, and supply and distribution advisory firm, currently serving clients worldwide.
In addition to his financial expertise, Mr. Puckett is recognized by both the cable television and optical industries as an industry leader. In 2003, Mr. Puckett was inducted into the Cable Television Pioneers, as well as, a past member of the Board, an Honorary Member of the Board of Directors, and maintaining an active role with the Cable Television Pioneers Cable Center located on the campus at the University of Denver.
Mr. Puckett founded the Optical Pioneers organization in 1999 and has been Chairman or Co-Chairman of the Optical Hall of Fame Committee since its inception. He was a 2011 inductee into the Optical Pioneers Hall of Fame, and a recipient of the 2015 Director's Choice Award by The Vision Council, for his outstanding contributions to the ophthalmic industry. Mr. Puckett continues to be active in The Vision Council, was a former member of the Advisory Board of the Optical Laboratories Association, a frequent speaker and panelist at the previous OLA, and currently, at the Vision Expo bi-annual meetings.
Mr. Puckett received a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in accounting from Washburn University in 1974, and a Juris Doctor from Washburn University School of Law in 1977. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Kansas Bar Association.
In 1994, he was recognized as only the second Alumni Fellow for the Washburn University School of Business. In addition, he has participated on multiple occasions at Washburn University in a guest lecture capacity, as well as, an adjunct professor in the School of Business teaching corporate entities from 1980 to 1982. Mr. Puckett is also Chairman and CEO of Puckett Capital Corporation.
Hunter T. Puckett
San Diego Office
Hunter T. Puckett is a Managing Director of HPC Puckett & Company, located in the Firm's Rancho Santa Fe, California office. Mr. Puckett joined the Firm in August 2007 and is involved in the transaction process, from strategic planning to the preparation and negotiation of closing documents for each of the Firm's sectors. During his tenure with the Firm, he launched the retail and eye care professional sectors and has initiated dozens of transactions in those areas since 2015. He works with both existing and new clients to design innovative business models respecting possible divestiture, acquisitions, spin-offs, financing, and other industry-related endeavors. In this regard, Mr. Puckett is responsible for the strategic development and overall management of the Firm's business. He has been directly involved in the generation of and closing of hundreds of transactions since joining the Firm; and coordinates the various sub-sector interrelationships within the optical industry and their effect on the Firm's clients. In addition, Mr. Puckett assists in the management of the Firm's investments, and those of related entities, in combination with strategic planning for the Firm and specialty projects.
Mr. Puckett has been a regular speaker and panel moderator at the Vision Expo bi-annual meetings, chairing panels on optical e-commerce, optical retail, and eye care professional consolidation and valuations.
Mr. Puckett received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of San Diego in 2004, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, with combined coursework with the University of Denver Graduate Tax Program in 2007. Mr. Puckett is a member of the American Bar Association and the Kansas Bar Association. He is also a member of the Association for Corporation Growth, an association involved in middle-market corporate growth, corporate development, and mergers and acquisitions, San Diego Chapter.
Jason A. Meyer
Jason A. Meyer is a Managing Director of HPC Puckett & Company, located in the Firm's Topeka, Kansas office. Mr. Meyer joined the Firm in 1998, having worked with the Department of Veteran Affairs. He was initially responsible for representing the Firm's clients in communications but expanded his role into the optical division. In that capacity, Mr. Meyer has assisted the Firm in the implementation of an industry network of extensive industry guidelines for valuation procedures, and assisted in setting the financial standards for mergers and acquisitions for the optical industry, both in the United States and internationally. Mr. Meyer is well recognized for his published optical sector articles and expertise in the industry.
His responsibilities allow him to work closely with the Firm's clients in order to understand every aspect of the business. Mr. Meyer oversees the financial aspects of the closing process, including, but not limited to, the reconciliation of the closing and post-closing financial procedures. He has direct involvement in the financial analysis, valuations, information memorandums and marketing of HPC Puckett's optical engagements. During his tenure with HPC Puckett, Mr. Meyer has been involved in hundreds of completed transactions.
Mr. Meyer graduated with his Masters of Business Administration degree, with an accounting emphasis, at Washburn University. Mr. Meyer graduated magna cum laude from Washburn University, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in finance and economics.
Derek J. Adams
San Diego Office
Derek J. Adams is a Managing Director of HPC Puckett & Company, located in the Firm's Rancho Santa Fe, California office. Mr. Adams joined the Firm in August 2019 and is tasked with overseeing the workflow process to ensure that transactions advance through underwriting, valuation, marketing, due diligence, and closing as expeditiously as possible. Prior to joining HPC Puckett & Company, Mr. Adams spent close to two decades in various management roles in the commercial banking industry, providing financing and advisory services to companies and commercial real estate investors throughout Southern California.
Mr. Adams received a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from the University of San Diego in 2001. Mr. Adams has served on numerous non-profit and economic development Boards of Directors, and in 2018 was the Chairman for the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce.
Alexander F. Stapley
San Diego Office
Alexander F. Stapley serves as in-house counsel at HPC Puckett & Company. Located in the Firm's Rancho Santa Fe, California office, Mr. Stapley is responsible for preparing legal memoranda, reviewing legal documents, and processing financial, statistical, and operational due diligence information from clients. His department formats the information for presentation in offering documents, closing documents, associated disclosure schedules, and purchaser due diligence requests.
Mr. Stapley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrated Marketing Communications, magna cum laude, from San Diego State University. He received his Juris Doctor with a concentration in business and corporate law from the University of San Diego School of Law. He later received his LL.M. in Taxation, magna cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law. Mr. Stapley is a member of the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association.
Melissa R. Snethen
Melissa R. Snethen is an Associate with HPC Puckett & Company, located in the Firm's Topeka, Kansas office. Ms. Snethen is responsible for data room management, including overseeing the gathering and processing of financial, statistical and operational due diligence information from HPC Puckett's clients. Her department formats the information for presentation in offering documents, closing documents, associated disclosure schedules, and purchaser due diligence requests. With over 20 years of client relationship experience, Ms. Snethen provides the Firm's clients with her vast skills in database management and organization.
Ms. Snethen received a Bachelor of Business Management from Washburn University. Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Snethen had eleven years of experience in the insurance industry.
John D. Mercer
John D. Mercer is an Associate with HPC Puckett & Company. He is based in the Firm's Topeka, Kansas office, but operates in a field-based capacity from East Texas. Mr. Mercer is primarily responsible for providing the Firm's clients with the consultative support necessary to facilitate efficient transactions. He also serves as a direct line of communication to expedite the exchange of information between the Firm and its clients.
Mr. Mercer received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, with a Minor in Business Management from the University of Louisiana. Prior to joining the Firm, he spent the last four years as a Territory Manager for the largest company in the Eye Care Industry.