Board of Directors

E. Ashton Poole Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
E. Ashton Poole

Mr. Poole joined Triangle in July 2013 as President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Triangle, Mr. Poole spent 19 years in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley, where he served as a Managing Director in both the Power & Utility and Diversified Industrial Groups. During his time at Morgan Stanley, Mr. Poole advised clients in connection with merger & acquisition and capital raising transactions, including equity offerings, debt offerings, recapitalizations and leveraged buyouts. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Poole worked for three years as a strategy consultant with Gemini Consulting, where he was a generalist and advised companies primarily on strategic and financing matters.

Mr. Poole earned a BS in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.


Chairman of the Board
    Steven C. Lilly Chief Financial Officer
    Steven C. Lilly

    Mr. Lilly was a Co-Founder of Triangle Capital Corporation and currently serves as our Chief Financial Officer and is a member of our investment committee and our board of directors.  Prior to joining Triangle, Mr. Lilly spent six years with SpectraSite, Inc., where he served as Senior Vice President–Finance & Treasurer as well as Interim Chief Financial Officer until the company’s sale to American Tower Company in a $4 billion transaction.  During Mr. Lilly’s time at SpectraSite, the company grew from a start-up entity to publicly traded investment grade company with over $400 million in annual revenue. From 1999 to 2005 Mr. Lilly was directly responsible for raising approximately $5.2 billion of capital in numerous private and public equity and debt financings, including over $1.7 billion in a successful initial public offering and four successful secondary public equity offerings, approximately $1.2 billion in multiple high yield bond transactions, and over $2 billion in syndicated senior debt transactions.

    Prior to SpectraSite, Mr. Lilly served as Vice President in the Media & Communications Group with First Union Capital Markets (now Wells Fargo & Company) where he specialized in arranging financings for high growth, financial sponsor driven companies across the media and telecommunications sectors.

    Mr. Lilly is a graduate of Davidson College and has completed the executive education program at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business. Mr. Lilly’s civic activities have included serving on the Board of Directors of the Wake County Boys & Girls Club, the Methodist Home for Children, the John Rex Endowment, and the Rex Hospital Board of Trustees.

      W. McComb Dunwoody Independent Director
      Mark M. Gambill Independent Director
      Benjamin S. Goldstein Independent Director
      Mark F. Mulhern Independent Director
      Simon B. Rich, Jr. Independent Director
      Garland S. Tucker III Senior Advisor
      Garland S. Tucker III

      Mr. Tucker co-founded Triangle Capital Corporation's predecessor companies, Triangle Capital Partners, LLC and Triangle Mezzanine Fund LLLP in 2002 and 2003 respectively. Prior to co-founding Triangle, Mr. Tucker and an outside investor group sold First Travelcorp, a corporate travel services company that he and the investors founded in 1991. For the two years preceding the founding of First Travelcorp, Mr. Tucker served as Group Vice President, Chemical Bank, New York, with responsibility for southeastern corporate finance. Prior to Chemical Bank, Mr. Tucker spent a decade with Carolina Securities Corporation, serving as President and Chief Executive Officer until 1988. During his tenure, Carolina Securities Corporation was a member of the New York Stock Exchange, and Mr. Tucker served a term as President of the Mid-Atlantic Securities Industry Association. He entered the securities business in 1975 with Investment Corporation of Virginia. Mr. Tucker is a graduate of Washington & Lee University and Harvard Business School.