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Managing Director, Advent International Corporation
Kevin Feinblum joined Advent International in 2009. His previous private equity experience includes working with companies in the industrial, chemical, paper and retail industries.
Before joining Advent, Kevin worked at Sun Capital Partners, a middle market private equity firm focused on investing in distressed and underperforming companies. At Sun Capital Partners Kevin participated in successful investments in several US and European companies in the industrial, chemical and manufacturing sectors. Prior to Sun Capital Kevin was part of the Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking Group, a private equity division of Lehman Brothers Inc. that focused on leverage buyouts of middle-market companies. Kevin began his career with Salomon Brothers Inc. as an analyst in the Financial Institutions Group.
Kevin has a BA in economics, cum laude, from Yale University and a JD & MBA from Columbia University.
Managing Director, Eurazeo Capital
Eric Schaefer is Managing Director of Eurazeo Capital, based in New York. He is responsible for sourcing and executing investments and overseeing the performance of Eurazeo’s portfolio companies. Since joining the firm in 2004, Mr. Schaefer has specialized in the consumer goods and business services sectors and participated in the structuring or development of Eutelsat, B&B Hotels, Europcar, Elis, Asmodee and CPK. He currently serves on the boards of Europcar Groupe SA and Asmodee Group. Mr. Schaefer was named a Dow Jones’ Private Equity News 40 Under 40 Rising Stars of Private Equity in 2015 and a French American Foundation Young Leader in 2016.
Mr. Schaefer has master’s degrees in finance from Ecole Polytechnique and HEC-Paris.
Managing Director, CVC
James Christopoulos is a Managing Director and joined CVC in 2014. James is a member of the CVC North America team. He is based in New York. Prior to joining CVC, James was a Principal at Investcorp, which he joined in 2005 from UBS. James holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Columbia University.
Partner, Apollo Global Management
Mr. Michelini is a Partner at Apollo having joined in 2006. Prior to joining Apollo, Mr. Michelini was a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Lazard Frères & Co. from 2004 to 2006. Mr. Michelini serves on the board of directors of Athene Holdings, Athene Asset Management, Aleris International Inc., and previously served on the boards of Metals USA and Noranda Aluminum. At Apollo, Mr. Michelini has executed deals across the world including in North America, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Michelini is actively involved in various charities dedicated to helping underprivileged children in New York City. Mr. Michelini graduated from Princeton University with a BS in Mathematics and a Certificate in Finance and received his MBA from Columbia University.
Partner, Investor Relations and Marketing, Kelso & Company
John joined Kelso in 2014. He is focused on marketing, fundraising and co-investment syndication. He spent the preceding nine years as a Partner at Court Square Capital where he ran Investor Relations and Marketing. Previously, he worked at Capital Z Investments where he ran the Investor Relations and Marketing department. Prior to Capital Z, he was a senior fundraiser for J.P. Morgan’s fund placement team where he raised capital for numerous private equity funds.
John earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1994 and received an A.B., magna cum laude, from Brown University in 1989. He is a Trustee of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Uncommon Schools NYC Charters and the JW Foundation.
Partner, Sixpoint Partners
Mr. Farina heads Sixpoint’s San Francisco office and has overall responsibility for West Coast and Texas distribution. Prior to joining Sixpoint, Mr. Farina was a Vice President in the M&A advisory group at Evercore Partners. Prior to a career in finance, Mr. Farina was a Captain in the United States Air Force where he was a computer security specialist for the Defense Intelligence Agency within the U.S. Intelligence Community. He earned an MBA from Columbia Business School, a Master of Science degree in Information Security from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is a General Securities Representative (Series 7, Series 63) and a General Securities Principal (Series 24), registered with FINRA.
Partner, Perella Weinberg Partners
David has been a private equity investor for over 23 years. Before co-founding PWP Growth Equity, he was a Partner at Weston Presidio. Previously, he was a Partner at JP Morgan Partners, and worked at Bankers Trust and Prudential Securities. David earned his B.A. from Loyola University Maryland and an M.B.A. from Wharton.
Managing Director, Pine Brook Road Partners
Mr. Krenteras joined Pine Brook in August 2006 and is a managing director on the financial services investment team. He is also a member of the Investment Committee. Mr. Krenteras currently represents Pine Brook as a director of Belmont Green Limited, Better Mortgage, Clear Blue Financial Holdings LLC and Syndicate Holding Corp.
Mr. Krenteras has 20 years of private equity investment and operating experience. Prior to joining Pine Brook, Mr. Krenteras spent nine years in the financial services industry working for LabMorgan, JP Morgan’s financial technology venture capital arm, as vice president of portfolio development. Earlier in his career, he worked for Bank of America as an interest rate derivatives trader and as the vice president of trading and business development for Pedestal Capital, a start-up institutional brokerage for mortgage-backed securities.
Mr. Krenteras holds an A.B. in International Relations from Brown University and an M.B.A. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, where he was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society
Partner, Level Equity
Sarah Sommer founded and is a partner at Level Equity. She has spent her career as an investor in growth-stage software, media and internet companies. Prior to Level Equity she was a member of the investment team at Insight Venture Partners. Sarah is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where she was a Joseph Wharton Scholar.
Andrew joined NEA in 2014 and is a Principal focused on enterprise and consumer technology investments and has worked across NEA’s US and China investment practices. Andrew sits on the boards of CCP Games, Qadium, and IonQ. He is actively involved in NEA’s investments in Code42, Curalate, Duolingo, Pentaho (acquired), Pocket (acquired), RocketChat, Tamr, ThreatQuotient, and ZeroFOX.
Prior to NEA, Andrew was an Analyst at Blackstone in New York. In addition, Andrew co-founded digital media company Flicstart (acquired). Andrew completed his Master’s degree as a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at Cornell University, where he graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors in both Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences and Science of Earth Systems in the College of Engineering. Andrew serves on the Advisory Council for Entrepreneurship at Cornell and is President Emeritus of the Cornell Venture Capital Club. He also serves on the board of the Diyalo Foundation focusing on sustainable development and education in rural Nepal, and on the board of the National Udall Scholarship Association focusing on issues related to environmental sustainability.
Managing Partner, AUA Private Equity
Andy Unanue is the Managing Partner of AUA Private Equity Partners, LLC and a member of AUA Private Equity’s Investment Committee. Prior to establishing AUA Private Equity, Mr. Unanue founded AU & Associates, LLC, the family office for the Unanue family. Previously, he held various positions with Goya Foods, Inc., including Chief Operating Officer.
Mr. Unanue currently serves on several corporate boards including: Goya, Raymundos Food Group, Tijuana Flats Restaurants, VStar Entertainment, Gel Spice Company and Associated Supermarket Group. Additionally, he serves on several not-for-profit boards including his family's charitable foundation, The C&J Unanue Foundation, is a member of the University of Miami's President Council, the University of Notre Dame’s Cavanaugh Council and on the Columbia University Medical Center’s Board of Advisors. Mr. Unanue received his M.B.A from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and his B.A. from the University of Miami.
John has over 15 years of experience investing in and building middle-market companies, including several operating roles within portfolio companies. Prior to co-founding Wincove, John was a Vice President at Hampshire Equity Partners, which he joined in 2003. At Hampshire, John was responsible for evaluating and executing potential investments, and managing portfolio company investments. He began his career in the investment banking division of Rothschild Inc.
John is currently a Director of Aloi Solutions, Hygrade Components, Bluff Manufacturing, Comstar Technologies and Rhino Assembly, and was previously a Director of GI Plastek and Connect-Air International.
John graduated from Georgetown University and earned an MBA from Columbia Business School. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children. He serves on the NYC Advisory Board of Back on My Feet, a charity that addresses homelessness through running.
Principal & Founder - Kata Capital Partners LLC
Kata Capital Partners LLC is a search fund, headquartered in New York, NY, focused on acquiring, operating, and growing a great business anywhere in the continental US.
Diego Cuenca is the Principal and and founder of Kata Capital Partners LLC.
Prior to Kata, Diego worked in different operations, sales, and investment roles at ALPS Advisory and Bernstein Wealth Management- primarily working with families and foundations. Diego has also had experience in early-stage venture capital and founded a surfboard design company- Makara Surf. He spent his childhood working for his brother's fast food franchise and parent’s real estate companies.
Diego received his BA in Economics-Accounting from Claremont Mckenna College and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is a retired professional MMA competitor and avid martial artist.
Co-Chief Investment Officer, Angel, Gordon
Josh Baumgarten is Angelo, Gordon’s Deputy Chief Investment Officer and a member of the four-person Management Committee responsible for the management of the firm. He is also co-portfolio manager for AG Super Fund and multi-strategy portfolios. Prior to joining Angelo, Gordon in 2016, Josh was a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone and focused on Blackstone Alternative Asset Management, the firm’s hedge fund solutions business. At BAAM, which he joined in 2007, Josh oversaw credit investing and worked closely with some of the most well-regarded credit investors around the globe. He played a key role in Blackstone’s global co-investment business. Prior to Blackstone, Josh was a Portfolio Manager and trader at Blackrock, which he joined in 2000. His principal focus was on Blackrock’s high-yield portfolios. Josh started his career at Jefferies in investment banking and also spent time early in his career in venture capital investing. Josh is a member of the Children’s Board at Columbia (Columbia University Medical Center). He received a B.S. degree in Economics with concentrations in Finance and Accounting from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Partner, Silver Point Capital
Mr. Gatto was one of the first employees of Silver Point Capital, a credit focused hedge fund. He helped grow the business from $120MM of assets under management in 2002 to approximately $9.5 billion currently.
After joining the Firm in April 2002, he became the Firm’s first non-founding partner in January 2003. Mr. Gatto helped build out and runs several businesses for Silver Point. Today, he is the head of the Firm’s Restructuring group, where he oversees a team responsible for driving and negotiating in and out-of-court corporate restructurings, the head of the Firm’s Real Estate business, and the head of Silver Point’s principal lending business which focuses on lending to middle market companies. Prior to joining Silver Point, Mr. Gatto worked at Goldman Sachs as a senior member within the Special Situations Investing Business, specializing in investing in debt of distressed companies. Before joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. Gatto designed and taught credit training programs for loan officers of North American and European Financial Institutions. Prior to this, he was a loan officer and director of Global New Entry Training at Citibank. Mr. Gatto received an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in Economics. He is also a CFA Charterholder and has served on several Boards, which have included specialty retailer Party City, and most currently a board member of New Cotai Holdings, a Macau gaming company and Chairman of the Board of Quinn Industries an Irish Industrial company.
Outside of Silver Point, Mr. Gatto is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School and Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business, where he teaches courses on credit analysis, distressed value and special situation investing.
Head of Global Loan Capital Strategy, J.P. Morgan
Andy O'Brien is a Managing Director and Head of Global Loan Capital Strategy.
In Andy’s current role, he has responsibility for lending across the banking platform of J.P. Morgan’s Corporate and Investment Bank, including Global Trade Finance. Previously, Andy served as Co-Head of Global Debt Capital Markets which included JPM's Loan Syndication, High Yield and High Grade Debt, and Restructuring practices. In his 32 years with J.P. Morgan, Andy has led hundreds of debt transactions across all ratings categories, including some of the world's most critical and largest financings.
From 1985 to 1991, Andy served in the Media Group in various capacities in New York and ultimately in London as Vice President in charge of the bank’s European Media Group. In 1991, Andy joined Loan Syndications and was promoted to Managing Director in 1995, Head of U.S. Loan Sales in 1999 and Head of Loan Syndications in 2004. He was promoted to Co-Head of Syndicated and Leveraged Finance in 2007, Co-Head of Global Debt Capital Markets in 2011 and assumed his current role in March of 2014.
Andy currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Private Export Finance Funding Corporation and is a previous member of the Board of Directors of the Loan Syndication and Trading Association.
Andy holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a B.A. from The College of the Holy Cross where he serves on the Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Michael J Fox Foundation.
RBC Capital Markets - Managing Director, Head of U.S. Loan Capital Markets
Judith Fishlow Minter is Head of U.S. Loan Capital Markets and has responsibility for syndicating leveraged finance transactions for corporate and financial sponsor clients. She has spent the majority of her 30-year banking career with Citi where she was Head of Loan Syndicate for North America from 1998 through 2008. Her latest position prior to starting at RBC was as Managing Partner with North Sea Partners, a boutique leveraged finance advisory firm. Ms. Fishlow Minter received her MBA in Finance from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Economics and Government from Wesleyan University