Clifford Friedman, Chairman of Private Equity Committee at Northwell Health
Clifford H. Friedman is the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of ShareNett. Friedman has a history of 40 years of private equity, venture capital, investment management, financial, and various senior operational roles with a focus on media, communications, technology, and fintech. He has served on over 30 private and public corporate boards, raised capital, and supported strategic negotiations in the United States, the U.K., Italy, Spain, Japan, Sweden, Germany, France, Brazil, Mexico, and seven Gulf Cooperation Council countries. Friedman is particularly skilled in value creation through a systematic process of working with management teams, board members, and customers, creating and negotiating strategic partnerships globally to drive revenue and profitability that positions companies for successful liquidity events for all stakeholders.
From 2014 to 2020, Friedman was a managing director and member of the management committee of Raptor Group Holdings, a private investment company backed by the Family Office of Jim Pallotta, the former vice chairman of Tudor Investments. Prior to this role, Friedman was managing director and founding partner at Highbridge Principal Strategies, Constellation Growth Capital. Friedman also served as a senior vice president of Universal Studios, where he was responsible for the creation and development of the studio’s New Media Group. Before joining Universal Studios, Friedman served as vice president for strategic development at NBC, leveraging existing franchises to create new business opportunities. While at NBC, he helped form the joint venture between NBC and Microsoft (MSNBC) and formulated NBC’s Latin American strategy.
Currently, Friedman is the chairman of Huntington Hospital; director of the board of trustees and community advisory board of Northwell Health System; member of the System Investment Committee; and chairman of the Private Equity Committee. As chairman Friedman is responsible for allocating $300 million annually into various private equity funds and, more recently, direct co-investments, with AUM expected to cross over $1 billion within the next several years.
Friedman earned a B.S. in electrical engineering and computer science and an M.S. in electrophysics from NYU Tandon School of Engineering (Polytechnic University), and an MBA in finance and investments from Adelphi University. He has been awarded two patents in the field of communications and has been published in various international technical and financial journals. He is also a co-inventor of patent-pending systems and methods for trading, clearing, and settling securities transactions using blockchain technology. Additionally, he taught several undergraduate and graduate engineering classes as an adjunct professor at SUNY Stony Brook.
Ami Samuels, Partner
Ami is a Partner and plays a key role in transaction origination, execution, marketing and portfolio management. Prior to joining Gatewood, Ami was a Managing Director and Co-Head of the Private Equity Group at Poalim Capital Markets, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bank Hapoalim, a leading financial institutional in Israel. Ami led investments and monitoring of the PE portfolio, and managed new business development activities. Ami was responsible for several investments in China, including a joint venture with a local advisory and investment firm based in Beijing and Hong Kong.
Prior to that, Ami was a Partner and Investment Manager at Star Ventures, an international venture capital firm, where he focused on fundraising and the communications sector. Prior to Star Ventures, Ami was a Co-Founder, CFO and Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Satlynx SA of Luxembourg, a provider of satellite-based communications services, and Vice President at Gilat Satellite Networks.
Ami has 10 years of investment banking experience with Lehman Brothers in New York and Tel Aviv, where he worked on corporate finance and M&A transactions for U.S. and Israeli companies and for the Government of Israel.
Ami graduated from the Yale School of Management with a Masters in Public and Private Management, from the University of Haifa (in Israel) with a B.A. and participated in the University of Michigan’s Executive Management Program.
Sophia Mullen, Senior Managing Director at EnTrust Global
Sophia Mullen is President of EnTrust Global, Head of Co-Investment Research, and a member of the firm’s Management Committee, Global Investment Committee, and ESG Committee. Ms. Mullen joined the firm as a Vice President in September 2013, with an initial focus of overseeing the firm’s credit-oriented portfolios. As EnTrust continued to expand its co-investment program, she took on the responsibility of leading a team of analysts exclusively dedicated to such strategy, which targets a diverse range of opportunities across both credit and equity in public as well as private markets. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Mullen was a Senior Associate in the New York office of Sidley Austin LLP and a member of the firm’s Corporate Reorganization and Bankruptcy Group, where she focused on representing both debtors and creditors in a wide variety of matters. Ms. Mullen holds a BS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a JD cum laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School.
John W. Madden, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Sequel Holdings
John Madden co-founded Sequel Holdings and has served as its Managing Partner since its formation in 2002. He sits on the Investment Committee of all Sequel funds and on the board of directors, or as advisor to the board, of each of Sequel’s portfolio companies.
Prior to founding Sequel in 2002, Mr. Madden worked in various capacities at J.C. Bradford & Co., Bankers Trust Company, and Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF) and its predecessors and affiliated companies (Kaminski Engles Capital Corporation, Reddy Ice Corporation, and Suiza Foods Corporation). While at Dean (and its affiliates), Mr. Madden held a variety of senior management positions including Vice President and Treasurer of Suiza Foods, Chief Financial Officer of Reddy Ice, and Vice President of Corporate Development of Suiza Foods and Dean Foods.
Mr. Madden was actively involved in the growth of Dean Foods from the company’s initial dairy acquisition in Puerto Rico in 1993 through its acquisition of legacy Dean Foods Company in 2001. He was instrumental in growing the Dean Foods portfolio from $50 million in sales at inception in 1990 to $9 billion in sales in 2002.
Mr. Madden received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Human Development from Vanderbilt University in 1988. He earned his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Dallas while working at Suiza Foods.
Mr. Madden is a member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas and serves on the MBA Advisory Board for the Gupta College of Business at the University of Dallas. Mr. Madden previously served on the Board of Lakeview Farms, WL Plastics, 21C Holdings, Homeowners of America Insurance Company, Critical Process Systems, J&J Produce Holdings, and Worth, Inc., was on the Alumni Board of Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, and was on the University of Dallas Foundation Board of Trustees. He was also a member of the Dean’s International Council for the Harris School of Public Policy at The University of Chicago, a partner of Dallas Social Venture Partners, a member of the Touchdown Club serving the Dallas Rise School, and chaired the March of Dime’s BWAC annual event.
Red Arts Capital
Nick Antoine, Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Red Arts Capital
Nick Antoine is a Co-Founder, Co-CEO and Managing Partner at Red Arts Capital where he leads fundraising, research and thesis development. Before forming Red Arts in 2015, Nick served as Special Assistant to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ariel Investments, a $13 billion asset management firm. He began his career as an Equity Research Analyst for Princeton Global Asset Management, before moving to Chicago to join Ariel Investments as an Equity Research Associate. He is a Board Trustee of WTTW Communications, Inc., is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago and serves as a Director of the Princeton Club of Chicago. Nick also serves on the Chairmen's Advisory Council for the Big Shoulders Fund, a charity that creates opportunities for inner-city children to attend Catholic schools. Nick holds a B.A. from Princeton University.
Gurvitch Family Office
Howard Gurvitch, Principal
Howard Gurvitch, is a New York City-based entrepreneur and private investor. He is the sole managing member of HRG, LLC, a privately-held “family office” investment management company he founded in 2006 that manages a diversified investment portfolio of direct investments, public and private securities, hedge funds, private equity, real estate and venture capital.
From 1987 through 2005, Gurvitch was a Managing Director at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. He began in the Firm's Investment Banking Group working with middle market companies within a wide range of industries in connection with their M&A, strategic planning and equity and fixed income capital raising activities. As an investment consultant, and as the founding member of HG Consultants, he worked to identify, quantify and address the unique requirements of high net worth entrepreneurs as well as the owners, employees and financial fiduciaries of private and closely held businesses and organizations as well as numerous public companies. Prior to that, he was a Vice President of Ivan F. Boesky & Company, a private investment company. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The University of Rhode Island in 1980, and received his JD from The National Law Center of The George Washington University in 1983 and subsequently attended the NYU School of Law LLM Tax Program.
He is married and lives in New York City with his wife, Dr. Dana Gurvitch, and their son, Justin.
Brian DeLucia, Managing Partner at Arrivato, LLC (FO)
Brian DeLucia is a Managing Partner of Arrivato LLC, a Single Family Office created from a foundation through land and building development within the real estate industry. Brian spends most of his time reviewing prospective masterplan and multi-family development opportunities, land acquisitions, workforce housing, retail pad sites, global cell tower portfolios, lower middle market companies, esoteric, and special situations.
Brian also works closely on leveraging his organization’s experience to resolve challenges and elevate businesses within traditional economic driving industries that create better places to live and work; creating more jobs; improving overall economics, and address widespread societal challenges. He also serves on the board of multiple companies and within the family office community to provide an alternative voice of leadership.
Mr. DeLucia believes in his commitment to people and relationships; becoming well-known for his ability to cultivate relationships among diverse circles of people and his reality-based approach to business, making himself available to other like-minded families and professionals within the ultra-high net worth private family environment, supporting the broad family office community, and bringing together valuable relationships and resources that lead to real-world productivity.
Michael Burt, Founder & Partner Promethean Investments
Michael Burt is the Founder and Managing Partner of Promethean Investments and has successfully raised and managed the three funds: Fund I Promethean PLC, a £50m London Stock Exchange, AiM listed Vehicle, 2005-2013; Promethean Fund II, LP Fund of £167m including co-investments, started in 2014; Promethean Fund III, LP Fund of £78m to date for disruptive, tech-enabled concepts identified in 2018. As of January 2020 Promethean has invested over £302m including co-investment in 16 private companies.
Michael has sat on the board of over 15 companies over the course of his career in a non-executive role including 5 years as a non-executive director of a London Stock Exchange AiM listed entity. Michael currently sits on the board of 9 companies.
Michael played Rugby for Scotland U18 and was Scotland U16 Five’s pairs champion.
VSS Capital Partners
Lacey Mehran, Managing Director at VSS
Lacey Mehran is a Managing Director who joined the firm in 2006. Ms. Mehran is currently responsible for Limited Partner relations, including fundraising and the co-investment program, as well as transaction origination. Previously, Ms. Mehran worked as a member of VSS' investment team and was actively involved in several of the firm's acquisitions. Prior to joining VSS, Ms. Mehran worked at a leading equity research firm, OTA-OTR. Ms. Mehran received an M.B.A. from The Yale School of Management and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from North Carolina State University. Lacey can be reached at email@example.com
Gary Gipkhin, Vice President, Private Debt at StepStone Group
Mr. Gipkhin is a member of the private debt team.
Prior to joining StepStone, Mr. Gipkhin was an investment banking analyst at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, where he worked on a variety of M&A, debt and equity transactions for clients in the industrials space.
Mr. Gipkhin received his BS in finance and accounting from Indiana University.
Clodagh Coghlin, Private Equity Principal at StepStone Group
Ms. Coghlan is a member of the private equity team, focusing on US-based small-market managers and co-investments.
Prior to joining StepStone, Ms. Coghlan was an analyst in the Private Fund Group at Credit Suisse, focusing on primary fundraising and secondary market transactions across the private equity sector.
Ms. Coghlan graduated with honors with a BA in French and international business from Georgetown University.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Marvin Rosen, Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig
Marvin Rosen is a Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig LP and practices in the area of corporate
and securities law. He advises private equity firms, hedge funds, activist and distressed investors on special strategies.
Previously, Marvin served as the Budget and Finance Chairman for the Summit of the Americas, was the Chairman of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation and the Finance Chairman for the Democratic National Committee under President Clinton. He served as a Director of Terremark Worldwide Inc., until it was sold to Verizon.
An active philanthropist, Marvin serves on the Board of Directors of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, the Howard Gilman Foundation, Roundabout Theatre Group and Nikko Asset Management Americas. He is also on the Board of Fusion Connect.
Marvin graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Commerce, received his L.L.B. from Dickinson School of Law and his L.L.M. in Corporations from New York University Law.
Adi Divgi, President at EA Global
Adi Divgi has been Managing Director at Legacy Wealth Management LLC, an independent RIA, since 2021. From 2014-2021, he was Head of Alternative Investments at Catalina, a $5+bn AUM reinsurer. From 2011-2014, Mr. Divgi oversaw the Opportunistic Fixed Income investment program at the New York City Bureau of Asset Management. With approval from the 4 participating Boards of Trustees, he executed $3.6 billion in capital commitments. Mr. Divgi began his credit career at Deutsche Bank, working in New York and Mexico City, and is a graduate of the Huntsman Program, with a BA in International Studies (Spanish minor) from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Economics and MBA in Finance from Wharton.
Tom Gearing, CEO & Co-Founder at Cult Wine Investment
As CEO, Tom Gearing oversees the company’s overall strategy, global operations and technology innovation, which has distinguished Cult Wines from its competitors as an industry leader. Tom has grown Cult Wines from a burgeoning start-up to an award-winning global company with over £265 million assets under management and more than 100 employees in six offices across the United Kingdom, North America, and Asia Pacific. Under his direction, the company has been named to the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 in 2015 and again in 2017, the SME Export Track 100 in 2016 and 2017 and the International Track 200 in 2018 and 2019.
Tom cultivated a passion for fine wine in his formative years, learning first-hand from his father who led numerous wine companies throughout his childhood. Tom spent a significant amount of time travelling with his father to the Cote d’Or, visiting vineyards and studying Bordeaux from the ground up, where he developed a keen interest in business and a bold vision for the future of fine wine. Tom’s expertise, entrepreneurship and innovative mind have been widely regarded and he is regularly quoted in the New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and Forbes. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade and the Spear’s 500. Tom holds a WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and graduated from Nottingham University with a BA in History.
Jonathan Bross, Ashland Hill
Jonathan Bross has 27 years of experience in private debt, film finance and film production. Mr. Bross began his career as a turnaround specialist with Arthur Anderson and then the Hilco Private Debt Fund. In 2004, he co-founded Velvet Steamroller which financed and produced films with budgets from $1 million to $10 million, including personal capital. At Velvet Steamroller, Mr. Bross was responsible for debt financing, equity financing, collateral, tax credits, production, completion insurance and distribution contracts. In 2013, Mr. Bross co-founded Periscope Post and Audio, a leader in post-production services for film and television clients including Fox, ABC, and Warner Brothers. In 2017, Mr. Bross began investing personal capital in short term secured film debt. Mr. Bross is a graduate of Brown University with an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Gabriel Horn Capital
Kevin McCaffrey, Vice-President
Kevin McCaffrey is a Vice President at Gabriel Horn Capital, LLC, where he focuses on business development, deal origination, and raising capital. He will also expand the firm’s reach and highlight clients’ expertise in relevant events and media. He has more than 20 years of financial and operational experience across corporate environments and the capital markets – including private equity, venture capital, real estate, equities trading, equity research, and market research.
Before joining the team, Kevin built the PartnerConnect conference series for Thomson Reuters. Starting with the launch in 2011, his focus was connecting institutional investors with fund managers by leveraging events and media services through several acquisitions. He presided over 12,000 pre-screened LP/GP meetings and accelerated fundraising efforts for hundreds of funds in Private Equity and Venture Capital primarily.
Mr. McCaffrey also launched market research services for Frost & Sullivan and equity research services for a NYSE Broker/Dealer following a successful exit from his own real estate and construction company.
Kevin earned a B.S. (Industrial Engineering) from Lehigh University, where he also played Division I Lacrosse. He holds the Series 79 securities license.