2013 CBS PEVC CONFERENCE TEAM
Patrick Chang, MBA 2014 - Co-President
Patrick is a second-year MBA student at Columbia Business School. Patrick has extensive experience sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities in IT security, business intelligence/analytics, ad-tech, enterprise software, and healthcare IT ranging in various stages from seed to growth equity at Bain Capital Ventures, Investor Growth Capital, New York Angels and Updata. He is also part of Foundation Capital’s Young Entrepreneur Program. Previously, Patrick helped public and venture backed technology companies raise capital and execute M&A transactions at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and Lehman Brothers. Patrick is also an aspiring entrepreneur and innovator and has also been involved in co-founding and working on various startups including Puffin, a mobile cloud based web browser that is #1 browser on all mobile devices with over 8MM downloads in iTunes, Appetite for Good, gastro-philanthropy organization, and Les Envies, a social restaurant marketing platform. Patrick is currently the Co-President of Columbia's Private Equity and Venture Capital club and is an InSITE fellow where he helps and mentors innovative New York based startups with business development and capital raising initiatives.
Rick Zullo, MBA 2014 - Co-President
Rick is a Morgan Scholar from Columbia Business School with experience advising and investing in enterprise software, e-commerce, marketing technology and cleantech industries. Rick is currently interning with Bowery Capital, an early-stage B2B focused venture fund, and is part of Foundation Capital’s Young Entrepreneur Program. Rick has previously worked as a Portfolio Consultant at First Round Capital, as an Associate at Red Oak Growth Partners, and as a Senior Consultant in Deloitte’s Strategy & Operations practice. Rick is Co-President of Columbia’s PE/VC Club and was the co-founder of Intellievents, a SaaS-based solution that analyzes and incentivizes digital loyalty. Rick holds a B.A. with honors in Economics and Leadership Studies from the University of Richmond.
Ryan Thompson, MBA 2014 - Conference Chair
Ryan is a second-year MBA student at Columbia Business School. This past summer he worked at South Pacific Business Development, a microfinance institution based in Samoa, leading the implementation of a new loan product for small- to medium-sized enterprises. Prior to CBS, he worked as a commercial lender at MidFirst Bank, a privately held institution based out of Oklahoma City. In this role, he performed both underwriting and relationship management duties for a $200MM+ multi-industry portfolio. Ryan received his BBA from the University of Oklahoma with a major in Finance.
Kamiu Lee, MBA 2014 - Conference Chair
Kamiu is a second-year MBA student at Columbia Business School with an interest in all things eCommerce, media and tech. She is currently working part-time at Rent the Runway, a fast-growing venture-backed company that is disrupting luxury retail, in the Business Development team. Her background includes prior experience in business development & partnerships, strategy, and finance (M&A, equity fundraising, venture capital) -- operating effectively in organizations of various sizes and stages, ranging from start-ups (Refinery29) to Fortune 500 companies (Ralph Lauren). Kamiu started her career as an investment banker at HSBC Securities, primarily based in New York with short stints in London and Sao Paulo. A native New Yorker, Kamiu has a passion for off-the-beaten-path travel, photography and fresh pressed juices.
Sean Breuner, MBA 2014 - VP Speakers and Sponsors
Sean is a second-year MBA student at CBS from San Francisco, CA. He attended UC San Diego to play golf and earned a BS in Management Science, Economics. In the years after graduating he launched an investment firm and a finance & consulting company. After selling his businesses, Sean became Vice President of BM Tonkin where he spearheaded investments in real estate and PEVC funds in the Silicon Valley. Sean is a recipient of the Dean’s List Honor at CBS.He is also an avid sports fan and holds a full-time position as a mentor in hopes of keeping his 4 younger brothers in line.
Graham Brown, MBA 2014 - VP Speakers and Sponsors
Graham is a second year student at Columbia Business School. Before starting at CBS in January 2013, he worked as the Director of Digital Strategy at Life Line Screening, the largest direct-to-consumer company in the health and prevention space and a portfolio company of Polaris Partners. Prior to Life Line Screening, Graham was an Associate at Polaris Partners, a $3.5 billion multistage venture capital firm. While at Polaris, Graham focused on investments in software, consumer Internet and financial technology. Prior to that, he was an Investment Banking Associate in the Software, Digital Media and Internet Technology group at Canaccord Genuity. Graham graduated Magna cum Laude from Colby College with a B.A. in Economics with Distinction and a Philosophy minor.
Leslie Goedken, MBA 2014 - VP Speakers and Sponsors
Leslie is a second year student at Columbia Business School. Prior to attending CBS Leslie worked in Real Estate Investment Banking at MLV & Co. where she focused primarily on capital raising for REIT’s. She also worked at American Express with the Corporate Development Finance team where she focused on acquisitions and divestitures of companies, and with the Real Estate Finance team underwriting new construction projects. Prior to American Express Leslie worked with TNV (Triple Net Ventures) Partners on due diligence for equity investments in real estate operating companies and portfolios. Leslie holds an M.A. from Yale.
Martin Kang, MBA 2014 - VP Marketing and Media
Martin is a second-year MBA student at Columbia Business School. Prior to Columbia, Martin worked at Affinity Equity Partners where he was an associate. Prior to Affinity, he worked at Goldman Sachs in the investment banking and special situations groups. He graduated from Columbia University with a major in applied mathematics and minor in economics.
Nicolas Levin, MBA 2014 - VP Logistics
Nicolas is a second-year MBA student at Columbia Business School. Over the summer, he worked for Macquarie Capital in their Financial Sponsors Group as an associate and will be returning there after he completes the MBA program. After graduating as an Industrial Engineer in 2007, Nicolas worked for Procter & Gamble in their Finance & Accounting department performing financial feasibility analyses for product launches. He then worked for Hermes Management Consulting on a variety of projects including financial due diligences on target companies of Private Equity funds. Before business school, he joined his family's business, Levin Global, where he focused on opening the New York branch of the franchise.
Jonathan Sterlin, MBA 2014 - VP Marketing and Media
Jonathan is a second-year MBA student at Columbia Business School. He was a summer associate at Barclays in the investment banking division. Before business school, Jonathan was a Senior Associate at PwC where he provided assurance services to companies in the banking & capital markets industry and tax services to high net worth individuals, privately-held companies, and venture capital firms. Jonathan received his BS in Accounting from the University of Maryland, and his MS in Finance from American University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Christopher Monsif, MBA 2015 - AVP Speakers and Sponsors
Christopher is a first year student at Columbia Business School. Prior to Columbia Business School, he spent seven years working in various roles within J.P.Morgan’s investment bank. As an analyst, Christopher spent three years in fixed income origination with a focus on tax-exempt bonds in the Energy space. In August 2010, he was selected as an associate to join J.P. Morgan's Global Corporate Bank, which was a developing group focused on offering the entirety of the J.P. Morgan platform to their large corporate clients on an international scale. Christopher’s primary focus within the Global Corporate Bank was to provide both bond and loan origination coverage support for a portfolio of large U.S. Industrial, Life Insurance, Property & Casualty and Reinsurance companies. Christopher graduated from The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill with a BSBA in Finance.
Clay Cole, MBA 2015 - AVP Speakers and Sponsors
Clay is a first year MBA student at Columbia Business School. Prior to Columbia, Clay spent 3 years as an associate at AlpInvest Partners in the secondaries group, where he focused on acquiring and restructuring portfolios of private equity assets. Prior to AlpInvest, he worked at UBS in the healthcare investment banking group. Clay earned a B.S. from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.
Jodi Krakower, MBA 2015 - AVP Speakers and Sponsors
Jodi is a first year MBA student at Columbia Business School. She is currently an InSITE fellow, a program for students interested in entrepreneurship, technology and venture finance. Prior to Columbia, Jodi spent 3 years as an analyst in the Portfolio Support Group at Apax Partners, a global Private Equity firm. While at Apax, she actively worked with portfolio companies to drive operational improvements and also worked with deal teams on a number of investments across various sectors. Before joining Apax, Jodi worked as a web analyst at a small online marketing agency. Jodi attended Harvard University to play ice hockey and received a BA in economics.
Will Szczerbiak, MBA 2015 - AVP Speakers and Sponsors
Will is a first year MBA student at Columbia Business School. Prior to Columbia, Prior to Columbia, Will spent 3 years as an associate at Volition Capital, a Boston-based growth equity firm that principally invests in high potential, founder-owned companies across different technology sectors. At Volition, Will was responsible for sourcing and executing new investments, as well as working with existing portfolio companies. Prior to Volition, Will spent three years as an investment banking analyst in the Technology Services group of Raymond James advising middle-market companies on M&A transactions and private capital raises. Will earned a B.S. from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.
Lou Cherrone, MBA 2015 - AVP Speakers and Sponsors
Lou is a first year MBA student at Columbia Business School. Prior to Columbia, Lou worked in restructuring and M&A, most recently with Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. where he focused on M&A transactions in the TMT and Healthcare sectors. Prior to Brown Brothers, he worked for Loughlin Meghji + Company, a middle-market restructuring and distressed advisory firm, advising debtors and creditors during the height of the credit crisis. Lou graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Finance from Northeastern University where he was a Dean’s Scholar and co-founder of the men’s club golf team.
Patrick Garstin, MBA 2015 - AVP Speakers and Sponsors
Patrick is a first year MBA student at Columbia Business School. Prior to Columbia, Patrick worked in private equity with Lion Huntsman Capital Partners, where he focused on LBO transactions in the chemical sector and fundraising, and with Lion Cao Asset Management, where he focused on investments in existing private equity funds and the global shipping industry. Prior to Lion, he worked in corporate finance in the film industry at Seven Arts Pictures. Patrick graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy from Colorado College where he played Men’s Lacrosse and explored the ski mountains of the western United States.
Robin Qiu, MBA 2015 - AVP Marketing
Robin is a first-year MBA student at Columbia Business School. Prior to Columbia, Robin worked as an associate at GCL Capital, a middle-market private equity fund in Hong Kong. Prior to GCL Capital, he worked at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) in the Private Investments Group. Prior to CPPIB, Robin worked as a strategy consultant with Bain & Company, advising both multinational corporations and private equity firms. Robin received a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics and a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Melbourne in Australia.
Alex Yagoda, MBA 2015 - AVP Marketing
Alex is a first year MBA student at Columbia Business School. Prior to Columbia, Alex spent 3 years at Booz & Company advising clients in the media and ecommerce sectors. While at Booz & Company, Alex worked closely with portfolio companies of private equity firms across a series of initiatives in the US and Latin America. Alex has prior work experience with Morgan Stanley, where he was part of the firm’s Latin America equity research team, and with Winnington Capital, a China-focused private equity fund. Alex received a BA in Economics from Columbia University.
Randall Chin, MBA 2015 - AVP Marketing
Randall is a first year MBA student at Columbia Business School. Prior to Columbia, Randall was an associate at HGGC , a middle-market private equity firm, where he was responsible for evaluating and executing new and follow-on investments, as well as working with existing portfolio companies. Prior to HGGC, he worked at GoldPoint Partners, a New York-based middle-market private equity firm and CIBC World Markets, a middle-market investment bank. Randall received his BSBA from Washington University in St. Louis with majors in Finance and Managerial Economics and Strategy.
Jongho Joo, MBA 2015 - AVP Marketing
Jongho is a first year MBA student at Columbia Business School. Prior to Columbia, Jongho worked as an analyst at Altos Ventures, a venture capital firm in Menlo Park. Prior to Altos, he worked as a management consultant at Booz & Company. Prior to Booz, he worked as a research engineer at Samsung Medison, a diagnostic ultrasound company, in developing clinical ultrasound systems. Jongho received his BS in Electrical Engineering and his MS in Biomedical Engineering from Seoul National University in South Korea.