Jim D'Aquila



After decades at large, international Wall Street firms, and having once before founded a boutique advisory and investment firm, when most others his age are retiring, Jim again has decided to jump back in and form a highly creative and agile firm that can meet the warp-speed needs of businesses competing in this modern-day economy.


Background and Interests

When Jim is not at his desk or flying between the coasts in the name of business, he is likely deeply engaged in one of his three great passions: old-world family time (playing chef-of-the-day, board gaming, boating and campfires with his wife and two daughters), photography and hiking with his Brittany Spaniels. Jim’s photographic interests take him well beyond documenting his family life and his published work of urban life in Milan, Florence, Paris, New York City and his native Twin Cities. Jim also sits as a trustee on the board of the International Center of Photography in NYC. Jim is a member of the Advisory Council of the College of Veterinarian Medicine at the University of Minnesota and he serves on the advisory committee for Range Mental Health of Minnesota.  

Work Experience

Jim co-founded Rendersi in September 2017. Jim also serves as General Partner of CoVestia Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm formed in 2007. Jim has over 35 years of experience as an adviser and investor. Jim was founder and CEO of The Mercanti Group, an advisory firm which was acquired by Imperial Capital in December 2009. Prior to Mercanti, Jim worked as Head of the Consumer and Retail Group at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette (DLJ); Head of Investment Banking at Dain Rauscher (RBC); and as a partner at Aurora Capital, a private equity firm formerly known as WSGP. Jim also was a group head at Drexel Burnham in the 1980s. Jim is a board member of several private companies, including Polaroid and MRTC Holdings.


Bachelor’s of Art, Accounting and Business Administration with High Honors
Minor in Psychology

University of Notre Dame