Meet The Team

Quincy Cass Associates Professionals

JOEL H. RAVITZ
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Joel H. Ravitz has been associated with Quincy Cass Associates since 1970 and has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since 1986.

Joel has extensive and varied experience in the securities industry. He was a member of the National Association of Securities Dealers Inc. (NASD) District #2 and served on the NASD Consultative and the Nominating Committees. His professional designations approved by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Registered Representative, General Securities Principal, Municipal Securities Principal, Registered Investment Advisor and Investment Banking Representative. Joel is a past Chairman of the Ethics and Business Conduct Committee of the Pacific Stock Exchange. He is a former member of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and former Small Firms Committee Member.

Throughout his career, Joel has managed several real estate limited partnerships as General Partner and has served as business and financial advisor to numerous public and private corporations and pension funds. He was a Director of Vineyard National Bancorp for 25 years and member of the Board’s Executive Committee, Audit Committee and Loan Committee. He is a past President and current Director of TLC for the Blind.

Joel enjoys sharing his love of food and wine as past President and Senior Advisor to the Wine and Food Society of Hollywood and as past President and Director of the Wine and Food Society of San Fernando Valley.  Additionally, he serves as a Director of the International Wine and Food Society Foundation, Inc. 

For relaxation Joel enjoys the summer season at the Hollywood Bowl, Dodger Baseball and USC football. Joel is a member of the California Club.

Mark C. Minichiello is President and Chief Investment Officer and has been associated with Quincy Cass Associates and QCA Capital Management since 2004. Prior to joining Quincy Cass Associates, Mark was a portfolio manager and member of the investment committee of The Occasio Fund and acted as a sub-advisor to the Hatteras Alternative Mutual Funds. He is a founding principal of Spin-Off Advisors, a Chicago-based specialty research firm.

In 1998-2004, Mark was known in the investment community for his insightful commentary on Spin-Offs. For five years until 2009, he co-published “The Distressed and Turnaround Situation Report,” a monthly advisory report featuring information on reorganizations and distressed securities. At Spin-Off Advisors, he co-produced “Spin-Off Research,” a monthly research advisory. The media have sought out Mark for observations about spin-off situations and have quoted him extensively in print and broadcast. In 2010, Mark wrote two articles for Forbes entitled, “What If?”, a guide for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago with concentrations in Finance, Accounting and Strategic Management. His professional designations approved by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Options Principal, General Securities Representative, General Securities Principal, Registered Investment Advisor and Investment Banking Representative.

In Mark’s spare time he is an animal rights advocate, a member of In Defense of Animals and supports numerous animal causes. He is an avid runner, completing over twenty-five marathons on four continents. In his spare time, you can find Mark training for marathons with his wife Maria or walking their dog and enjoying a fine cigar.

MARK C. MINICHIELLO
President and Chief Investment Officer

daniel r. guay, cpa
Chief Financial Officer

Dan Guay is Chief Financial Officer of Quincy Cass Associates. Prior to joining Quincy Cass Associates, Dan was the Controller at Imperial Capital, LLC, a multi-state investment banking and brokerage firm headquartered in Los Angeles. Prior to joining Imperial Capital, Dan worked at various CPA firms in the Los Angeles area.

Dan holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree from Loyola Marymount University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Dan’s other professional designations include FINRA Registered Representative and a FINRA Financial and Operations Principal.

JENS SPITTA
Senior Wealth Advisor

Jens Spitta was born in Germany, and is a Senior Wealth advisor at Quincy Cass Associates fluent in the German language. He has spent the majority of his career with Quincy Cass Associates as an investment analyst and portfolio advisor to individuals and high net worth families.

Jens enjoys traveling the world, reading a good book, watching a great movie, and spending quality time with friends and interesting people. He is an avid gardener and often spends his weekends tending to his yard. He also finds cooking to be a real hobby. Above all, he always liked what he was doing.

Lupe Benitez
Director of Client Services

Lupe Benitez joined Quincy Cass Associates in 1992, and is our Director of Client Services. She acts as an integral liaison between QCA clients and back-office operations at National Financial Services and third-party services. Lupe is involved in every step of the new accounts process whether individual, family, or small business related. Clients can be assured that she oversees pre-account and post-opening support.

In Lupe’s spare time she is an animal rights advocate supporting numerous animal causes. Between shuttling her daughter to dance class on weekends, you can find her walking her fuzzy children Spike, Jimmy and Fuzzy the Rabbit, reading a good book, or gardening in her yard.

Rebecca Terrazas
Executive Vice President of Partnerships

Rebecca Terrazas joined Quincy Cass Associates in 1974, and has held numerous positions throughout her employment with our firm. In Rebecca’s current capacity as Executive Vice President of Partnerships, she is responsible for the QCA Real Estate Division overseeing real estate operations and personnel. Ms. Terrazas serves as corporate secretary of Quincy Cass Associates.

In Rebecca’s spare time you can find her listening to a good audio book, but don’t let the audio book fool you because she is no couch potato. Rebecca has become a fitness walker promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. She also has a fun side visiting the world’s favorite entertainment destination, Disneyland on her annual pass.