Our Team


Joe T. Hays

Managing Director

Joe has spent over two decades working with owners and managers of small and middle market businesses. Prior to co-founding Diamond State Ventures in 1999, he was an advisor or interim executive to numerous small and middle market businesses providing strategic development, M&A advisory, growth capital placement, and crisis management services. He has served in executive capacities with the Southern Regional Association of Small Business Investment Companies, including President, and served on the Board of Governors of the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies. Joe is a 1981 honor graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and received an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1986.

Email: jhays@dsvlp.com

Larry B. Carter

Managing Director

Larry has spent over twenty-five years advising and financing both large publicly traded companies and small private businesses. His experience includes investment banking with PaineWebber in New York, equity syndications with First Chicago Corp. in Chicago, and deal originations with Bank of America (NationsBank) in Dallas. Larry is responsible for all aspects of deal management including deal screening, due diligence, valuation, structuring, negotiation and documentation as well as working with management teams post closing. He has served as President of the Southern Region Board of the Small Business Investor Alliance as well as a National Board Member. Larry graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1987 with a B.S. in Business Administration focusing on the financial management program.

Email: lcarter@dsvlp.com

Tyler A. Bozynski

Vice President

Tyler rejoined Diamond State Ventures in 2014 after serving as an associate with the firm from 2006 to 2008. Previous experience includes investment banking, equity research, and wealth management roles at Stephens Inc., an investment bank headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas. In addition to supporting the team on all aspects of deal management, Tyler's responsibilities include overseeing many of the firm's finance and administrative operations, including financial reporting and regulatory compliance. Tyler received a B.S. in Business Administration with a double major in Finance and Marketing from the University of Arkansas in 2004.

Email: tbozynski@dsvlp.com