Michael has over 10 years of experience in financial services, most recently in corporate controllership roles reporting for the credit businesses of private equity firms Apollo Global Management and Fortress Investment Group. He gained some insight into building a business based around management and incentive fees and observed how capital can reach the most contrarian of investment opportunities.
His segue into the private equity industry began when he served as a Senior Auditor in the Investment Management practice at KPMG in New York, where he was assigned to alternative investment advisors that invest in hard-to-value middle-market companies. In the years immediately following the financial crisis, Michael designed and implemented intensive procedures to attest to investment valuations during a period when asset values and credit quality were at the forefront of investor concerns. The portfolio companies he reviewed included many recognizable brands from his childhood, e.g. Tommy Hilfiger, Spyder ski apparel, and Bob’s Discount Furniture to name a few. Prior to being a public accountant, Michael was a Staff Accountant at mcgarrybowen, a creative advertising agency in New York, and a Credit Analyst originating equipment leases at Crest Capital in Atlanta, GA.
Michael holds an M.B.A. in Accountancy from Baruch College and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech. He also has food experience, having sold some 35,000 broiler chickens in a tangential venture in southwest Nicaragua. In his free time he often visits Nicaragua, his home away from home, where he experiments with permaculture design and hangs out on his favorite Pacific beach with his brindle-colored Nica mutt, Susi.