Nima Safabakhsh

Managing Principal

Nima Safabakhsh is founder and Managing Principal of Quinten Capital.  Prior to Quinten Capital, Nima worked for 8 years at Evercore Partners as a financial advisor to mid- to large-cap companies in a wide range of sectors, including technology, healthcare IT, and media & information.  Earlier in his career, Nima was a management consultant at Siemens AG, working closely with the operating divisions to implement cost saving strategies.  He also has prior experience in sales & marketing at Siemens AG for an enterprise software and service solution designed to reduce indirect material costs.

Nima received a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received an MBA from The Wharton School and an M.A. from the School of Arts and Sciences.

Institutional Investors

Aspect Investors is a private investment firm that invests in lower middle-market private companies. Aspect seeks investments in US companies with revenues of $5 - 50 million and a history of profitability. Aspect makes majority investments/acquisitions, as well as significant minority investments. It invests both directly and alongside entrepreneur/investor partners and search funds.

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Founded in 2003, Kinderhook Partners, LLC, makes long-term investments in public and private companies. Kinderhook Partners manages a concentrated portfolio of long-term investments that it believes have both the potential to grow substantially in value and management teams whose interests are closely aligned with shareholders. The fund considers investment opportunities in a variety of industries, focusing on companies that have the potential for attractive margins and a high and sustainable return on equity. The principals of the fund cumulatively own a substantial portion of the capital in the fund. Coupled with structural safeguards built into the fund’s partnership agreements, this provides a stable capital base, which gives the confidence and flexibility to invest for the long-term based on fundamentals.

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The Operand Group and its partners are successful managers with deep operational experience. It has successfully partnered with many of the best and brightest entrepreneurs to find and acquire profitable lower middle-market businesses. In so doing, The Operand Group seeks to create value for sellers in transition, aspiring managers, and its partners and co-investors.

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Relay Investments is a private equity fund focused on backing talented, young and aspiring entrepreneurs, who plan to acquire a small or medium sized business (SME). The firm is based in Boston.

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Search Fund Partners is a private equity firm dedicated to sourcing opportunities through the search fund model. The firm works closely with entrepreneurs to help them find and build great businesses.

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Individual Investors

Scott Asen is currently a private investor managing a portfolio of equity and real estate investments for his personal account. Scott joined the brokerage firm of Mitchell, Hutchins & Co. in 1967, where he worked in the investment advisory department with responsibility for research on small technology stocks. Between 1969 and 1974, Scott was a portfolio manager with Research and Science Investors, a New York based venture capital and money management firm. From 1974 until 1977, Scott was self-employed as a journalist specializing in reporting on municipal finance issues. In 1977, Scott became a general partner of Pioneer Ventures, a group of investment entities funded originally by a wealthy New Yorker. Throughout the following two decades, Scott had primary responsibility for managing the various Pioneer Ventures entities, which were successfully liquidated over a number of years through 2002. Scott currently sits on the boards of three privately held companies, is a Trustee of Groton School and The Paris Review, and is a board member of the Island Foundation. Scott graduated from Harvard College in 1966.

Tomas Bergstrand is the founder of Archipelago Ventures, LLC a Boston-based private investment firm established in 2008. Since its founding, Archipelago has made investments in search funds, search fund acquisitions and in select startup ventures in the United States and in Europe. Prior to Archipelago Ventures, Tomas owned and managed a custom boat building business based in Massachusetts. He also served as chief financial officer at institutional brokerage Enskilda Securities, Inc. in New York City and held operational positions for the Swedish banking group SEB in Singapore and the United States. Tomas holds a Master's degree in Finance from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a Bachelor's degree from Bryant University in Rhode Island.

Brad Brown is a Senior Partner of McKinsey & Company, based in New York City. Brad is a senior leader in McKinsey’s Business Technology practice and a member of the global operating committee. He also co-leads McKinsey’s initiatives on big data and data analytics, topics on which he has written and spoken at conferences and management retreats. Prior to joining McKinsey, Brad was a partner in the Stenbeck Group of companies, where he was a member of the board of several companies and a working member of the top 30 executives worldwide. Prior to that, he was the Managing Director of Arthur D. Little’s North American information technology practice, with management and P&L responsibility for the United States. Brad is a graduate of Dartmouth College, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in 1982. He received an M.S.E.E. in Computer Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984, and an MBA, with distinction, from The Wharton School in 1986.

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Thomas Cassutt is Managing Partner of TD Investment Company, which has made investments in more than ninety private companies, and is CFO of American Security Products, a leading manufacturer of high-security safes. From 1984 to 2011, Thomas was Co-President of Nelson Nameplate Company, a manufacturer of membrane switches and product identification based in Los Angeles, California. Prior to joining Nelson, Thomas was the Controller of Bristol Corporation, the parent company of ten manufacturing companies, from 1978-1984. He currently sits on the boards of American Security Products, Columbia Sanitary Products, Scottish American Insurance Services, EZ Shipper Racks, and Positive Coaching Alliance. Thomas received his Bachelor’s degree in Physics in 1982 from the University of California, Irvine where he was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate. Thomas received an MBA in 1986 from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller scholar and the recipient of the Alexander A. Robichek Award, given to the top student each year in finance.

Bill Egan is a founder and General Partner of Alta Communications and Marion Equity Partners, Massachusetts-based venture capital firms. He founded Alta’s predecessor firm, Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co. in 1979, and has identified and backed several of America’s leading growth companies in the information technology, life sciences, and communications industries. Prior to founding Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co., Bill was a Partner at TA Associates. He began his career as a Manager of Venture Capital for New England Enterprise Capital Corporation. He is past President and Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association, a Trustee of Fairfield University, a Member of the Board of Overseers of The Wharton School and a Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Board of a number of privately held companies. Bill received a degree in Economics from Fairfield University and an MBA from The Wharton School.

Mark Egan is a founder and Managing Partner at Marion Equity Partners, a Boston based investment firm. Prior to Marion, Mark focused on growth equity investments in the technology, healthcare, media, and business services industries at Polaris Venture Partners. Before Polaris, Mark began his career at Alta Communications where he executed investments in the media and telecommunications sectors. Mark also has previous experience with Comcast Corporation in business development. Mark received a degree in Finance from Fairfield University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

David Lazier is Managing Partner of TD Investment Company. TD makes private equity investments, primarily in search funds. David also serves as President of American Security Products, a leading manufacturer of high-security safes. He has served as Controller, Vice President of Sales and Co-President of Nelson Nameplate Company, a manufacturer of durable graphics and membrane switches based in Los Angeles, California. Prior to joining Nelson, David worked as an engineer with IBM Corporation from 1982 to 1984. He is currently on the board of Nelson-Miller, American Security Products, Columbia Sanitary Products, CALO and Gogotech. He has also served on the board of Glendale Memorial Hospital Foundation, the San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. David received his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University.

Michael O’Connell is currently the Managing Director of M2O Investments, a family investment fund. He was formerly the Managing Director and President of Anhalt, O’Connell & Steffanci, Inc., an investment management firm specializing in debt securities with $1 billion under management. Previously, Michael owned and operated the National Lines Bureau, a ship mooring company for the Los Angeles and Long Beach Harbors. He is currently an investor in over 20 private companies. Michael received a B.A., with high honors, from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Michael-Kevin (M-K) O'Connell joined M2O, Inc. as a Managing Director in 2009. Prior to joining M2O, he was a Manager with L.E.K. Consulting. During his tenure there, M-K led project teams across a diverse range of industries and business issues. Before L.E.K., M-K worked in commercial real estate as the Director of Research for CB Richard Ellis in New England. M-K received his B.S., magna cum laude, from Boston College and his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he was the recipient of the Thomas P. Gerrity Leadership Award.

Peter Schober has been in venture capital since the mid-1980s. He founded and runs Milk Street Ventures, a firm that specializes in secondary transactions involving the acquisition of stakes in venture-backed technology companies near liquidity events. Earlier in his career, Peter started and ran the international investment activity of Boston-based M/C Partners with an office in London. He helped develop business plans and recruited senior management teams for several sizeable telecommunications start-ups with recurring revenue models. Peter also co-founded MVP Ventures, investing in a wide range of sectors, including information technology, communications, hospitality, and industrial. Peter earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. As a Fellow at Penn’s Joseph H. Lauder Institute, he also received an M.A. in International Studies.

Jude Tuma is President and CEO of Penn Warranty Corporation, a leading provider of service contracts to automotive dealers. Previously, he was the founder and CEO of IRIS Consulting, Inc., a specialty-consulting firm that provided quantitative and data analytic services to clients in multiple industries. At IRIS Consulting, Jude developed data management strategies and implemented solutions aimed at solving critical business problems and improving operations. Jude received his Bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Texas, and an MBA from The Wharton School, with a concentration on Restructuring and Turnaround Management. He also obtained an M.A. in International Relations from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.

Charbel Zreik is Chief Executive Officer of DCI Design Communications Inc. and Managing Principal at Light Beam Capital. Previously, Charbel spent 4 years at McKinsey & Company, leading global teams and advising CEOs of Fortune 500 companies on creating value in their businesses. Charbel started his professional career at J.P. Morgan in an operational improvement role (Internal Consulting) and in a venture capital role (Labmorgan). He then became a founding member of The Rohatyn Group, an asset management firm based in New York. He moved on to operate Osage Partners, a venture capital fund in Philadelphia, where he invested in and advised startup companies. Earlier in his career, Charbel also ran a family moving business in New York for many years. Charbel received an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from The Wharton School and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University.