Ideas. Expertise. Capital.


Our partners have extensive experience in a broad range of disciplines including finance, private  
equity, sales & marketing, product development, and business operations.


Denise Browning is a Principal of Browning Mecke & O’Neal, a local Investment Banking firm.  Additionally, she is the Founder and President of Hunter Ventures LLC, a ten year old business that invests in, assists with capital raising for, and provides financial consulting services to municipalities, real estate developers, and start up and small businesses. She is a licensed real estate Broker in the State of Alabama.  Ms. Browning was an interim Executive Manager of the Ceres Venture Fund, a $2.5 million early stage venture capital investment fund located in Chicago, Illinois during its formation phase.  Prior to that, Ms. Browning managed a $1.6 billion Non Rated Municipal Bond portfolio for Allstate Investments.  Ms. Browning began her career at Continental Bank, where she was a Vice President for the Real Estate Group that lent nationally out of Chicago, covering most high growth markets.  While at the Bank, Ms. Browning started in systems programming COBOL and IMS, assisted with consolidations in Corporate Reporting, sold bank financial services to her clients, and sold whole loans to domestic and foreign banks.  Ms. Browning has an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago, and a BS in Business Management - Marketing, from Purdue University. She is a member of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and the Central Gulf Coast Private Investor Network.  She serves on several Boards including the Barton Academy Foundation, University of South Alabama Melton Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Advisory Board, Springboard to Success (an affiliate of the Downtown Mobile Alliance), and Educators Resource.  

Don Mecke - Prior to the forming BM&O in 2008, Mecke operated Business Development Services, LLC, assisting small businesses with strategic planning, organization and execution.  Prior to that, Mecke served 19 years as Executive Vice President of Standard Furniture. During his tenure, Mecke was responsible for corporate planning and policy deployment, sales and marketing, credit and accounts receivable, customer service, domestic and offshore product development, advertising, public relations, inventory control and production scheduling.  He served on the Executive Committee (governing body of Standard) and helped steer the company's growth from $20 million to $270 million in annual revenues.   Mecke is a past President of the International Furniture Suppliers Association (IFSA), where he was named 2005 Man of the Year by the organization. Don also served as President of Home Brands, Inc., established in 2002 to co-develop the Kathy Ireland Home brand. KI Home brand total revenues currently exceed $1 Billion. Prior to his long career in the furniture industry, Mecke served in management and executive positions with AT&T, BellSouth, CXC Corporation and has started and operated several successful small businesses.  Don is a magna cum laude business graduate of the University of Alabama.  Mecke currently holds Board of Director positions for The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce (V.P.), The Jennifer Cliaire Moore Foundation and the Citrin Safety Foundation.  He also serves on Advisory Boards for numerous BM&O Clients.

   Founding Partner,  Monty O'Neal                          May 5, 1947 - March 8, 2014                                            

Monty O’Neal
has had a thirty five year career which has included banking,  corporate finance and venture capital. He most recently served as a Senior Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch. Prior to that, he co-managed a $70 million expansion stage private equity fund in the Washington, DC area. Previously he served as the Corporate Financial Manager for the American Export Group also located in Washington, DC where he arranged trade finance, foreign exchange risk mitigation and handled all general corporate finance. He was also a Senior International Investment Officer for The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and where he structured global project financing. He served on the Fairfax County Economic Development Board's small business council. He was selected in 1975 for the Export Import Bank of the U.S. fellowship program. He is an undergraduate of Auburn University. He has a MBA degree from Trinity College and a MIM degree from the American Graduate School of International Management. He has served on numerous boards, including directorships at the following companies: The New Boston Chicken Company (VA.& MD),The SOHO Beverage Company. Platinum Sportswear (Bill Blass Ltd,) and Sled Dogs (NASDAQ;SNOW).