Our Team

Our team of veteran investment professionals and seasoned senior advisors encompasses all aspects of real estate, private equity and management, including financing, acquisitions, leasing and construction management. Our unique combination of talent, knowledge, and expertise within our key industries has proven successful and has produced strong and quantifiable results.

Rocco Abessinio
Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Abessinio is the Chief Executive Officer of Roch Capital Inc. Rocco sets the strategic and tactical direction of the firm. He is involved daily in overseeing existing operations as well as evaluating all potential investment opportunities. Rocco is also the founder of Applied Bank and Applied Card Systems, which grew to be the 10th largest issuer of Visa and MasterCard credit cards in the country. He has successfully diversified Applied Bank's operations into retail banking, small business lending, and merchant acquiring. Over the past several years, Rocco has directed the deployment of over 400MM of firm capital into real estate and private equity investments. Mr. Abessinio has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Neumann University.

Vincent Abessinio
Co-President

Mr. Abessinio is the Co-President in charge of Roch Capital Real Estate Investment Group. Vincent's main focus is evaluating new acquisition opportunities as well as overseeing the existing Real Estate portfolio. Prior to his role in Roch Capital, Mr. Abessinio had various operating roles including Chief Information Officer at Applied Card Systems. Vincent graduated Summa Cum Laude from the College of the Holy Cross with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, Pre-Med, and Computer Science. Additionally, Mr. Abessinio has a Masters of Business Administration with a Concentration in Finance from the Wharton School of Business.

Peter Abessinio
Co-President

Mr. Abessinio is the Co-President in charge of the Roch Capital Private Equity Group. Peter's primary focus is sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities. He is also a member of the investment committee. Peter has been responsible for the Roch Capital Private Equity Group since 2011. Prior to running the private equity group, Mr. Abessinio has had various financial, analysis, and operation roles at Roch Capital portfolio companies. Mr. Abessinio has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Villanova University.

Jim Dougherty
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Dougherty is the Chief Financial Officer. Jim is responsible for the accounting and financial analysis of the portfolio. Jim plays a key role in the analysis of potential acquisitions as well as coordinating the closing of the transactions. Mr. Dougherty holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Delaware, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Carl Kruelle
Senior Vice President

Mr. Kruelle is the Director of Real Estate Acquisitions of Roch Capital Real Estate Investment Group. He was formerly the Chief Lending Officer for Applied Bank (affiliate of Roch Capital) and led their Commercial Banking Group, which he instituted in 2007. He has extensive knowledge and experience providing funding solutions and consulting services to hoteliers, commercial real estate investors/developers and operating companies, resulting in more than $2 billion in transactions. He served on Applied Bank's Credit Committee, Asset/Liability Management Committee (ALCO) and Risk Committee, Council Member of Community Bankers Council -- American Bankers Association and Board Member of Delaware Bankers Association. He graduated from the University of Delaware and Stonier Graduate School of Banking with honors. His thesis on commercial mortgage securitization was published by the American Bankers Association and is part of the permanent library collection at Harvard and the University of Delaware.