Team - Kingswood Capital Management, LP (2022)

Team

Alexander Wolf

Managing Partner

Alex is Managing Partner and Founder of Kingswood. He oversees firm-wide management, the strategic direction of the firm and leads the firm’s investment team. Alex has been a private equity investor since 1997, having completed dozens of investments, with several billion dollars deployed across a wide range of industry sectors, including, software, media, telecommunications and technology, business services, gaming, manufacturing, upstream energy and energy services, paper and packaging, retail and consumer products. Alex has significant expertise in M&A, corporate strategy, turnarounds, restructuring and merger integration.

Before founding Kingswood, Alex was at two leading private equity firms, as an original member of both the Ares Management investment team and the Cerberus Capital Management private equity team. As a Partner and Managing Director in the Cerberus Capital Management private equity practice, Alex led or co-led the acquisitions of companies from global Fortune 500 corporations, entrepreneurs and the public equity markets. Alex began his career in the leverage finance group of Wells Fargo.

Alex founded Kingswood in 2013 with the goal of creating a private investment firm focused on building a portfolio of high-quality companies operating in the lower-middle market. Kingswood’s investment philosophy is to partner with management teams to create long-term, sustainable value for businesses in transition or exhibiting the potential for operational improvement.

Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

James Renna

Partner and Lead Operating Partner

James is a Partner and Kingswood’s lead Operating Partner and responsible for business strategy and operations at Kingswood’s portfolio companies. He works closely with the firm’s investment team, network of Operating Executives and portfolio company executive management to drive strategic initiatives and to recruit and deploy operating resources. James spent nearly a decade as a senior member of the Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company, where he was responsible for governance and oversight of Cerberus Capital Management-controlled portfolio companies in the healthcare services, biotech, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and media industries.

James most recently served as the Founder and CEO of Capital Leaps, an operations and advisory group serving middle-market private equity firms. Prior to that, he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Steward Heath Care System, the nation’s largest for-profit hospital network with over $8 billion in annual revenues; his management responsibilities included controller, corporate finance, reimbursement, supply chain and decision support.

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Prior to his time at the Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company, James served as a Corporate Vice President and Chief Restructuring Officer at MCI Communications/WorldCom. In that role, he was a member of the executive team that led the restructuring and sale to Verizon Communications.

James holds a Bachelor of Science from Princeton University and an MBA from Duke University.

Michael Niegsch

Partner

Michael is a Partner at Kingswood and is responsible for all aspects of the investment process, including sourcing, transaction execution and portfolio company oversight. He has an extensive background in control investing in the lower-middle market across a variety of industries and transaction types, including, buyouts of family- and entrepreneur-owned businesses, corporate divestitures, operational turnarounds and restructurings.

Prior to Kingswood, Michael spent eight years at Comvest Partners, an operationally-focused middle market investment firm, where he was a Principal in the firm’s private equity strategy. At Comvest he was responsible for evaluating, executing and monitoring control investments. Michael served on the board of a number of Comvest portfolio companies in an oversight capacity.

Before joining Comvest, Michael worked in investment banking at UBS Investment Bank and Morgan Joseph TriArtisan. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with High Distinction from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Ivane Chou

Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer

Ivane joined Kingswood in 2021 and is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. She is responsible for finance, accounting, compliance, and general administration at Kingswood.

Previously, Ivane served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at High Road Capital Partners, a New York-based middle-market private equity firm. Prior to her 12 years at High Road Capital Partners, Ivane worked at Francisco Partners, a global private equity firm focused on investments in technology.

Ivane received a Bachelor of Science in Management Science from the University of California, San Diego, and an accounting certificate with distinction from the University of California, Berkeley.

Andrew Kovach

Principal

Andrew is a Principal at Kingswood and is responsible for all aspects of the investment process, including sourcing, transaction execution, and portfolio company oversight. Prior to Kingswood, Andrew spent six years at Platinum Equity, an operationally-focused private equity firm, where he was a Vice President in the firm’s M&A Execution group. During his time at Platinum, Andrew gained extensive experience with complex transactions, including corporate divestitures, and was responsible for monitoring control investments.

Before joining Platinum, Andrewworked in investment banking at Houlihan Lokey and risk consulting at Ernst & Young. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Business Administration.

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Clayton Lechleiter

Vice President

Clayton is a Vice President at Kingswood and is responsible for evaluating, executing and monitoring investments. Prior to joining Kingswood, Clayton was an Associate Analyst at Imperial Capital, where he published capital structure research on stressed and distressed companies in various industries. Previously, Clayton was an Associate at Madison Dearborn Partners and an Analyst at Moelis & Company.

Clayton graduated magna cum laude from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Economics.

Viswa Maramreddy

Vice President

Viswa is a Vice President at Kingswood and is responsible for all aspects of the investment process, including sourcing, transaction execution, and monitoring investments. Prior to Kingswood, Viswa was a Vice President at MiddleGround Capital, an operationally focused private equity firm. During his time at MiddleGround, Viswa executed multiple platform investments and drove various portfolio initiatives. Viswa began his career as an Analyst at Prudential Private Capital and was an Associate at Farol Asset Management.

Viswa holds a Bachelor of Science from Rutgers University and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Daniel Lisowski

Vice President

Daniel is a Vice President at Kingswood and is responsible for all aspects of the investment process, including sourcing, transaction execution, and monitoring investments. Prior to Kingswood, Daniel was an Associate at Alvarez & Marsal Capital Opportunities, an operationally-focused private equity firm. During his time at Alvarez & Marsal Capital Opportunities, Daniel executed multiple platform investments, add-on acquisitions, and refinancings. Previously, Daniel was an Associate at Lazard Freres & Co. and an Analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Daniel holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting from Lehigh University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

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Oliver Quintero

Senior Associate

Oliver is a Senior Associate at Kingswood and participates in all aspects of the investment process, including sourcing, transaction execution, and portfolio company oversight. Prior to joining Kingswood, Oliver was with The Sterling Group, an operationally focused private equity firm. During his time at Sterling, he supported numerous platform investments and completed multiple add-on acquisitions in the Industrials sector. Previously, Oliver was with Deutsche Bank’s Leveraged Finance group in New York, delivering capital structure solutions to clients in the Consumer Retail, Healthcare, and Real Estate sectors.

Oliver is a graduate of Princeton University with an AB from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs.

Jay Fuster

Senior Associate

Jay is a Senior Associate at Kingswood and participates in all aspects of the investment process, including sourcing, transaction execution, and portfolio company oversight. Prior to joining Kingswood, Jay was an Analyst at Trivest Partners. During his time at Trivest, he supported numerous platform and add-on acquisitions across various sectors.

Jay holds a BA in Economics from Stanford University and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

Nicholas Duncan

Associate

Nicholas is an Associate at Kingswood and participates in all aspects of the investment process, including sourcing, transaction execution, and portfolio company oversight. Prior to joining Kingswood, Nicholas was an Analyst in the Industrials Group at Bank of America, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, debt financings, and equity issuances.

Nicholas graduated from Brown University with an AB in Economics.

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Bob Cirillo

Associate

Bob is an Associate at Kingswood and participates in all aspects of the investment process, including sourcing, transaction execution, and portfolio company oversight. Prior to joining Kingswood, Bob was an Associate in the Global Industrials Group at Goldman Sachs, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, debt financings, equity issuances, and activism defense.

Bob holds a BS in Economics from The Ohio State University, a MS in Applied Statistics from Loyola University Chicago, and a MBA from Columbia Business School.

Mikel Pers

Controller

Mikel is Kingswood’s Controller. He is responsible for all aspects of accounting and financial reporting. Previously, Mikel served as Controller at Gemini-Rosemont Realty, a commercial real estate investment company specializing in Class A multi-tenant office properties. Prior to Gemini-Rosemont Realty, Mikel worked in the Financial Services Office at Ernst &Young, where he led the financial statement audits for various private equity and hedge fund clients.

Mikel received a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and is an active CPA in the state of California.

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