Managing Director & CEO
Chance oversees all areas of the company’s operations and management. Prior to founding Patoka Capital, Chance served as the COO of Great Escape Theatres, where he led the development and growth of one of the largest motion picture exhibitors in the country, successfully exiting Great Escape to Regal Cinemas in 2012.
Chance received his B.S. in finance from Butler University.
Dan A. Von Behren
Managing Director & CFO
Dan focuses on executing acquisitions and managing the portfolio companies. Dan has over 25 years of experience as an operational executive, including serving as General Manager, COO, CFO and President of businesses ranging in size from $50M to $500M. Dan started his career at Eaton Corporation, a $13B industrial manufacturer, where he served as a financial executive with global responsibilities. He later worked for several private equity firms in portfolio executive roles growing, restructuring, and executing successful transactions. He founded CFO Services, a transaction and consulting firm that has closed over $750 million of successful transactions.
Dan received his undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University, master’s degree from Nazareth College, and attended Oxford University as part of an honors program. He is a licensed CPA in the state of Kentucky.
VP of Theatre Operations
Scott is a proven self-starter with over 29 years of management experience in the movie theatre industry. He was raised to have a strong work ethic, which was reinforced when he joined the U.S. Army. Over the years, Scott has been an integral part of running, designing, and opening theatres. In addition to that experience, he was the CEO and Film Buyer for Perry Enterprises. Scott joined Great Escape Theatres in February 2009, as Director of Operations – West Division, and held that position until February 2010, until he was approached by Perry Enterprises to head up and run the company in Gaffney, South Carolina.
Scott joined Patoka capital in early 2014. Scott’s responsibilities include making sure all aspects of the theatres run smoothly and efficiently and plays a key role in the construction of future sites. He strives to encourage and exemplify a strong work ethic by working side-by-side with his team. Scott currently oversees the theatre business.
Anne Ragains’s insight as a serial entrepreneur is invaluable to our firm. Anne’s accolades include founding and serving as CEO of Great Escape Theatres®, which was one of the largest movie theatre chains in the United States when it was sold in 2012.
After graduating from Indiana University, Anne began her career as an elementary school teacher. Later, Anne formed a very successful company involved in the acquisition and development of real estate. In 1990, Anne made her first foray into the private equity world by acquiring and revitalizing a company called Telemessaging Inc., which she still owns today.
In 1997, Anne built her first movie theatre in Bedford, IN, which was the start of the Great Escape chain. Ms. Ragains had the foresight to build first class stadium seating movie theatres in underserved markets. By 2012, when Anne sold Great Escape to Regal Entertainment Group, the chain had 26 locations in 13 states.
VP of Construction and Development
Jim Cornwell is an International Associate Member, of the American Institute of Architects, and joined Patoka Capital in May 2015. As an experienced design and construction professional, with a demonstrated history of working in the venture capital and private equity industry for over 30 years, Jim has performed as an architect, urban planner, contractor, design-builder, owners’ rep and consultant. Skilled in negotiation, leadership, design and construction management, feasibility studies, and project estimation, in entertainment, retail, commercial, industrial, supply chain, call centers and restaurant sectors. Jim has successfully supervised annual budgets of over $130 million and programs of several hundred new units as well as roll outs of hundreds of remodels.
At Patoka Capital Jim is responsible for the continuing development of our brands, participating in site selection, real estate negotiations, design, bidding, permitting, construction, maintenance, CAPEX and construction warranties.
Seth joined Patoka Capital in early 2016, and focuses on sourcing, evaluating, and executing acquisitions. Prior to joining Patoka Capital, Seth worked at Blaige & Company, a Chicago-based boutique investment bank. Seth had previously interned at Woodlawn Partners, a private equity firm, and Sandbox Industries, a venture capital firm.
Seth majored in economics and philosophy at The University of Chicago, graduating with General Honors.
Sherry Crim, CMA joined Patoka Capital in 2011. Prior to Patoka Capital, she spent two years as a Staff Accountant at KYFI, Inc. and 10 years as an accounting clerk at Morgan & Pottinger, P.S.C.
She received her degree in accounting from Indiana University and her CMA certification from the Institute of Management Accountants.
Human Resources Manager
Maechale joined Patoka Capital in May 2017. Prior to joining Patoka Capital, she spent 13 years as a Human Resources Manager for the Al J. Schneider Company with the Galt House Hotel & Suites and Crowne Plaza locations. She also spent five years as the Human Resources Coordinator at Caesars Indiana.
She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration as a Management Major from the University of Louisville, and her Master’s Degree of Business Administration as a Human Resources Management Major from Indiana Tech.
Sharon joined Patoka Capital in 2014. Prior to Patoka Capital, she was the Payroll Clerk and Benefits Administrator at Pluto Corporation. She received her degree in Business from Ivy Tech Community College.
Theatre District Manager
Billy has been in the movie theatre industry for over 18 years. He started his career in the industry in 1995 for the Cinemark Theatre chain as a concessions employee. In 2003, Billy had the opportunity to work with Aliance Entertainment/Great Escape Theatres as a part time projection manager, and attained his first General Manager position with the company at their 16 screen Clarksville, TN location. Over the next several years, he helped open and manage two new facilities in St. Louis, MO & Atlanta, GA, and opened 6 additional locations across the country for the Ragains Family as Operations and District Manager.
Billy holds the position of District Manager at Patoka Capital/Xscape Theatres, in which he manages all Xscape locations, with additional locations being added every year. Over the last few years, Billy has helped the company grow new concepts such as Duel Xtreme Premium Large Format Screens, Dolby Atmos Surround Sound, electric reclining seats, and an expanded food menu including Beer and Wine. Billy also acquired additional experience in movie theatre in-house restaurants and food & beverage service while working with the National Amusements Theatre chain from 2007 thru 2009 as a Manager of Concession Operations and a Food Service Director.
Billy’s favorite movie is “The Dark Knight”.
Senior Staff Accountant
Morgan joined Patoka Capital in 2015. She received her bachelor’s degree in business in 2016 from Indiana University, with concentrations in accounting and management. She is currently pursuing her CMA certification.
Senior Staff Accountant
Leslie joined Patoka Capital in 2014. Prior to Patoka Capital, she spent six years as an Accountant at Assured Partners Neace Lukens. She received her Master’s degree in Accounting from Sullivan University.
Corry joined Patoka Capital in the summer of 2017. Prior to Patoka Capital, he spent two years as the Marketing Director for Prospect Jewelers Legacy. He received his bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from the University of Southern Indiana.
Ms. Kaylee Smith joined Patoka Capital in 2017. Prior to Patoka Capital, she spent one year as a customer service representative at AIG.