Rob Winkelmann

Managing Partner & CEO

Rob Winkelmann brings over 30 years of expertise in the capital markets, specializing in debt advisory, corporate finance, and venture lending.

In 2006, Rob founded Credo 180, a debt advisory firm that has since become synonymous with excellence in financial advisory services. Prior to this, he played instrumental roles in launching West Coast operations for two distinguished venture lending institutions, Charter Financial (later acquired by Wells Fargo) and Oxford Finance Corporation.

Before venturing into the world of venture capital backed startups, Rob honed his skills at ABN AMRO Bank in Chicago. There, he provided senior secured debt, tax-exempt bond financings, and various structured finance solutions to a diverse portfolio of private, public, and not-for-profit hospital systems and healthcare entities.

Rob’s passion for empowering businesses extends to advising clients and structuring debt capital financings, with a particular focus on companies in the biotech, medical device, healthcare services, and healthcare IT sectors. 

Rob earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with a specialization in Finance from Washington University in St. Louis. Additionally, he completed his Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University with an emphasis in entrepreneurship and marketing.

When not strategizing on capital structures, Rob enjoys fly fishing, hiking, skiing, off roading and generally getting off the grid whenever possible.