Our Executive Committee calls on the insights and analysis of experienced investment professionals. Our Members have over 75 years combined experience in corporate finance and business operations in private and public companies. Our specific expertise includes corporate finance, M&A, commercial real estate, strategic planning, product sourcing, project finance, sales and marketing, corporate reorganizations and divestitures.
Our investment professionals and operations specialists come from a variety of backgrounds ranging from venture capitalists to strategy consultants to specialists in corporate finance and real estate. Executive Committee Members actively participate in the identification and selection of potential investments.
Henry Kang began his career at JP Morgan Chase Capital and Veronis, Suhler Stevens & Associates in New York City. He has decades of experience in Private Equity and Venture Capital investing acting as principal in transactions totaling over $500 million in several industries including: specialty retail, fitness and well being, leisure and luxury retail. He launched EP Partners in 1997 to focus on venture investing. He acted as Principal and Advisor in several successful Internet ventures including; b-There.com an attendee management system andTecSec an encryption technology software company. He formed Ajia Group as a vehicle to create and foster global business and personal relationships and he currently oversees principal investments in the United States and Asia. He has an MBA from Duke University and a BA from Indiana University.
Brian Mathis, is a Managing Partner of Pine Street Asset Management, LLC. Mr. Mathis has 10 years of alternative asset investment experience, including fund of hedge fund, hedge fund and private equity experience, globally. Prior to joining Pine Street, Mr. Mathis was a Managing Director at Advent Capital Management, LLC and a Director at Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company, LLC and Vice President at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Mr. Mathis served on the Board of Directors/Advisors for PlusFunds (observer), Eastport Operating Partners LP, ICV Capital Partners, Edison Schools, LinksCorp, and Bell Sports. Mr. Mathis began his career as a political appointee of President Clinton at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Geoff Kelley began his investment career at Putnam Investments in 1994. During his first eleven years at Putnam, he was a member of the fixed income group, where he worked with the fixed income quant team and then later served for three years as a quantitative portfolio manager in the High Yield Corporates Group. While a member of the fixed income group, Mr. Kelley developed the US Treasury curve structure and relative value models in addition to the risk models used in Emerging Markets and the Investment Grade and High Yield Corporate areas. From 2005 through 2008, Mr. Kelley served as Managing Director/Portfolio Manager for Putnam’s Large-Cap Value Equities team. While serving as Managing Director/Portfolio Manager, Mr. Kelley was responsible for the development and implementation of the proprietary stock selection model for a $4 billion value oriented balanced fund, including regular optimization based portfolio rebalancings. Mr. Kelley is a 1987 graduate of Washington State University with a B.A. in Finance and a 1994 graduate of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business with an M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance. Mr. Kelley is a recipient of the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
"Ollie" was born in Germany, but grew up in the U.S. Undergraduate studies were at the University of Vermont, balancing schoolwork with a variety of winter sports. A subsequent MBA from Duke University in 1994 set the stage for him to meet and work with many of the great people who are now involved with Ajia Holdings. After 3 years in New York and London post-graduation, Ollie's initial "2-year assignment" in Tokyo is inexplicably coming up on 13 years, which has opened up an exciting world of Asian work and travel from Nepal to Fiji. He's held a variety of fixed-income derivatives risk and marketing roles over the years at Wall Street firms, including managing a desk and being tasked with translating for Japanese colleagues. Married with two small children, Ollie can usually be found kicking the soccer ball around with them in his free time, when not chasing the perfect untouched powder run up in the mountains of Hokkaido.
Jeff is currently a high yield bond analyst and partner with Stone Harbor Investment Partners LP, an investment advisory firm based in New York. As a sector analyst for Stone Harbor, Jeff follows the Consumer Discretionary space. The charities and causes that Jeff supports thru his financial contributions and volunteer work include New York Cares, Literacy Partners which assists adults striving to achieve their GED and also Student Sponsor Partners which provides scholarships and mentoring for disadvantaged NYC youths to attend a non-public high school. Jeff graduated from Bates College in Maine with a BS in Economics and earned his MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson School.
Christine Villaluz is currently a research analyst for Franklin Templeton Investments, a global investment manager that provides advisory services to mutual fund, retirement, and institutional investors. As a sector analyst for Franklin, Christine follows the cable, satellite, telecommunications, homebuilding, building materials and product sectors worldwide. Her recommendations support investments in high yield, global credit, emerging markets, convertible and other income strategies. Christine received a B.S. degree in economics from the University of California, at Berkeley and an M.B.A. from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.
Mr. Sheffield has been a principal investor for over 15 years. Mr. Sheffield co-founded Carthage Capital Group, a New York-based private investment company. Mr. Sheffield was Vice President at LM Capital, a New York-based middle market private equity firm. Mr. Sheffield was an Associate at Chase Manhattan Bank in its Structured Finance Group. Mr. Sheffield also worked as a Senior Consultant with Mitchell & Titus, LLP and Andersen Consulting (Accenture). Mr. Sheffield received an M.B.A. in Finance and International Business from New York University’s Stern School of Business (1994) and earned a B.S. in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1989). Mr. Sheffield is a founder and former board member of the Council of Urban Professionals. Mr. Sheffield is the Chairman Emeritus of the Board of the Twenty First Century Foundation and founder and former Treasurer of Brooklyn Excelsior Charter School.
Lawrence (Larry) Drake II has an extensive global corporate background. Most recently as the President/Chief Executive Officer of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC) an organization whose membership is composed of the most senior African-American executives in the world. He is Co-founder and CEO of HOPE 360° a coaching and consulting practice, which applies practical experience and scientific research in helping people maximize their potential from a platform of 360°. He was formerly President & Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria and Equatorial Africa Division of The Coca-Cola Company where he was the enterprise leader of this subsidiary that included responsibility of 25% of the Atlanta Georgia based corporation’s $4 billion in revenue that is derived from the continent. He has served as Board Secretary and Governance Chair of The Executive Leadership Council and Foundation, Chairman of the Board of The Leadership, Education and Development Program (LEAD), The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, and Trustee for Jarvis Christian College in Dallas, Texas. He received a BA Georgia State University, received his MBA and is an Executive Fellow of Rockhurst University, and is currently a Doctoral candidate in the school of Psychology at Fielding Graduate University.