Jeffrey B. Schwartz, a 13-year private equity veteran with previous investment banking experience, founded Corbel Capital Partners and serves as its Managing Partner. Jeff has worked on investments representing over $1 billion of invested capital. In conjunction with those investments, Jeff has served as a director or observer on the boards of over 15 public and private companies. Prior to founding Corbel, Jeff was a Managing Director at The Gores Group, responsible for leading the negotiation and execution of certain Gores acquisitions and divestitures in the U.S., primarily in the consumer products and retail industry sectors. While at Gores, Jeff led investments into and served on the board of directors of J. Mendel and Big Strike, while deploying over $150 million in capital. Prior to joining Gores, Jeff worked in the Private Equity Group of Ares Management in Los Angeles, where he completed on numerous leveraged buyouts, distressed debt and structured equity investments. While at Ares, Jeff closed 6 platform acquisitions and served on the board of directors of General Nutrition Centers, Nortek, Samsonite, Stream Global Services, WCA Waste, White Energy and Tinnerman Palnut. Prior to joining Ares, Jeff was an investment banker at Lehman Brothers in the financial sponsors group, and prior to that he was in the mergers and acquisitions group at Wasserstein Perella & Co. Jeff holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Jeffrey S. Serota, Vice Chairman
Jeffrey S. Serota serves as Vice Chairman to Corbel Capital Partners. Jeff has over 25 years of experience as a principal investor, financial services professional and operating executive. Prior to joining Corbel, Jeff served as a Senior Partner with Ares Management in Los Angeles, from 1997 to 2012 and as a Senior Advisor to Ares in 2013. While at Ares, Jeff was a member of the Investment Committee for all private equity related transactions. This represented over 70 completed transactions with an aggregate of equity capital deployed of over $7 billion. Jeff has led transactions (including sourcing, due diligence, financing, consummating, monitoring and exiting) of a variety of sizes and in numerous industries including industrials, energy, chemicals, manufacturing and business services. As part of his role as Senior Partner at Ares, Jeff has acted as an interim CEO for certain portfolio company investments of Ares, led fundraising efforts for private equity investment funds, participated in numerous private and public companies as a member of the boards of directors (including serving as chairman of two multi-billion dollar public companies), and assisted in the management of the private equity efforts at Ares. Prior to joining Ares, Jeff worked at Bear Stearns, Dabney/Resnick, Inc. and Salomon Brothers Inc. Jeff earned his B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, going on to earn his M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California at Los Angeles.
Michael H. Jones, Principal
Michael H. Jones joined Corbel Capital Partners in early 2014 shortly after its founding and serves as a Principal. Prior to Corbel, Michael was a Vice President at Morgan Stanley in Los Angeles and New York, where as an M&A investment banker he executed and closed over $25 billion in M&A transactions across the consumer and retail, industrials, and business services industries. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Michael worked in the Executive Office of Secretary General Kofi Annan at United Nations headquarters in New York, first as a John Gardner Fellow and later as Special Advisor for Counter Terrorism. While at the United Nations, Michael helped author the first Global Counter Terrorism Strategy, which was adopted unanimously by all 192 Member States of the General Assembly in 2006. Michael earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and his B.A. in Economics with Highest Honors from the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated summa cum laude, a Regents’ Scholar, a California Leadership Fellow, and Phi Beta Kappa. Michael currently serves as a board observer for various Corbel portfolio investments.
Brian H. Yoon, Principal
Brian H. Yoon joined Corbel Capital Partners in 2017 and serves as a Principal. Prior to Corbel, Brian was a Managing Director at Deerpath Capital Management in Los Angeles. While at Deerpath, Brian spent over three years leading West Coast origination and underwriting of lower middle-market direct lending transactions. During his tenure, Brian successfully established the West Coast office for Deerpath and led the investment of over $250 million of senior debt and equity securities in lower middle-market companies across a variety of industries and transaction types. Brian also served as a board member/observer for over a dozen portfolio companies. Prior to Deerpath, Brian was a Vice President at Imperial Capital in Los Angeles, where he focused on lower middle-market leveraged finance transactions. Prior to Imperial, Brian began his career as an investment banker having worked for Goldman Sachs, UBS and Bank of America. Brian earned his B.S. in Finance and Management from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, going on to earn an M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California at Los Angeles.
Erich R. Sorger, Vice President
Erich R. Sorger joined Corbel Capital Partners in 2015 and serves as a Vice President. Prior to Corbel, Erich worked in the Private Equity Group of Ares Management in Los Angeles. While at Ares, Erich helped to evaluate and execute numerous growth, turnaround, LBO and distressed-for-control investments. Erich's transaction and portfolio expertise encompassed a variety of different industries and geographies from multi-billion dollar retail investments, such as the Neiman Marcus Group, to multi-million dollar energy investments, such as BlackBrush Oil & Gas. Prior to Ares, Erich worked as an M&A investment banker at Moelis & Company in Los Angeles, where he advised on over $12 billion in buy and sell-side M&A, private placements, debt issuances, equity offerings and restructurings across a diverse set of industries, including media, retail, gaming, and real estate. Prior to Moelis, Erich worked in the New York-based Asset Management division of Goldman Sachs & Co. as well as at the Bank of Israel with then-Governor Stanley Fischer, and the recently retired Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Erich earned his B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School, and his B.S. in Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, both at the University of Pennsylvania in the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology (M&T), where he graduated magna cum laude, a Joseph Wharton Scholar, and a Benjamin Franklin Scholar. Erich currently serves as a board observer for various Corbel portfolio investments. Erich also serves on the non-profit Penn Hillel Board of Overseers.
Michael S. Chang, Senior Associate
Michael S. Chang joined Corbel Capital Partners in 2017 and serves as a Senior Associate. Prior to Corbel, Michael worked in the Structured Equity investment team at Levine Leichtman Capital Partners in Los Angeles. While at Levine Leichtman, Michael helped evaluate new investment opportunities, conduct investment due diligence, manage portfolio companies and source add-on acquisitions. Michael executed and closed investments across a variety of different industries and investment vehicles from healthcare leveraged buyouts to SBIC manufacturing turnarounds. Prior to Levine Leichtman, Michael worked as an M&A investment banker at Morgan Stanley in San Francisco, where he advised on over $10 billion in leveraged buyouts, buy and sell-side M&A, debt issuances, equity offerings and share repurchases in the retail, manufacturing, healthcare, and business services sectors. Michael earned his B.S. in Business Administration from the Hass School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Michael currently serves on the non-profit board of Mending Kids International.
Sean A. McKelvey, Associate
Sean A. McKelvey joined Corbel Capital Partners in 2017 and serves as an Associate. Prior to Corbel, Sean worked in the Direct Lending investment team at Golub Capital in Chicago. While at Golub, Sean helped evaluate new investment opportunities and manage portfolio companies in the Software and Technology vertical, responsible for overseeing a portfolio of 10+ investments which represented ~$1 billion of Golub’s invested capital. During his tenure, Sean executed 15+ transactions which included new LBOs, smaller company growth investments and portfolio company add-on acquisitions. Prior to Golub, Sean was an investment banker at Credit Suisse in Los Angeles, where he advised on leveraged buyouts, buy and sell-side M&A, debt issuance and equity offerings in the retail, gaming, and sponsor coverage sectors. Prior to Credit Suisse, Sean worked at GSO Capital in their London-based Special Situations Credit fund. Sean earned his B.B.A in Finance as well as an International Business Certificate from the Mendoza School of Business at the University of Notre Dame.
Pavel Shoykhetman, Director of Finance
Pavel Shoykhetman joined Corbel Capital Partners in 2017 and serves as the Director of Finance, with 12 years of accounting and M&A advisory experience. Prior to joining Corbel, Pavel was a Director in the Transaction Advisory practice of RSM in Los Angeles, focusing primarily on the industrial products, construction and consumer products industries. While at RSM, Pavel advised on nearly 100 buy-side and sell-side transactions on behalf of private equity and strategic clients -- with target companies ranging between $10 million and over $300 million in annual revenue. Prior to RSM, Pavel was an Associate with CTS Capital Advisors in Los Angeles, where he focused on buy-side due diligence and recurring portfolio updates on behalf of private equity funds and lenders. Pavel began his career as a financial statement auditor with KPMG's Los Angeles practice. Pavel earned his B.S. in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and is a certified public accountant in California.
Kathryn R. Langner, Administrative Manager
Kathryn R. Langner joined Corbel Capital Partners in 2017 and serves as the Administrative Manager. Prior to Corbel, Kathryn assisted Mikkel Eriksen in New York and Los Angeles. Mr. Eriksen is the co-founder of Stargate, a Grammy Award-winning record producing and songwriting team, and a technology and fashion entrepreneur. Prior to assisting Mr. Eriksen, Kathryn worked in New York at Rapaport Diamond, an international diamond pricing house. Prior to Rapaport, Kathryn worked in Shanghai, China at the New Chao Feng Group, a premier lighting industry manufacturer. Kathryn earned her B.A. in International Relations from the University of South Florida.
Craig L. Enenstein, CSEP Investment Committee Member
Craig L. Enenstein serves as a member of the Investment Committee of Corbel Structured Equity Partners. Craig founded Corridor Capital, LLC in September 2005, which pursues control investments in lower middle market buyouts. Leveraging his operating and investment experience, Craig approaches investing as an active partner. Craig developed Corridor Capital to be a strategic and operational partner to the companies in which it invests and to work closely with the management and boards of directors of those companies. Prior to launching Corridor Capital, Craig led transactions for Omninet Capital, Liberty Digital and Knowledge Universe where he completed over two dozen private equity and venture capital investments across a wide range of industries. Prior to joining Knowledge Universe, Craig was a strategy consultant with L.E.K. Consulting and Bain and Company. Craig serves and has served on numerous public, private and non-profit boards. Craig is an active member of Young Presidents' Organization. Craig earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business, an M.A. in International Studies from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.
J. Rudy Freeman, Senior Operating Advisor
J. Rudy Freeman serves as a Senior Operating Advisor to Corbel Capital Partners. Rudy has practiced law for the past two decades in the sectors of bankruptcy/corporate restructuring, business and commercial transactions, and sports and entertainment law. Rudy regularly advises private equity funds, investment and commercial banks, and studios in transactions including leveraged acquisition financings, distressed asset acquisitions, production financing and other debt and equity financings. Rudy has been recognized as a rising young star in the areas of business and commercial transactions. Before founding Freeman | Nelson, Rudy worked as an attorney at internationally recognized law firms Pillsbury Madison and Sutro, LLP (now Pillsbury Withrop), Paul Hastings, LLP, and Pachulski Stang Ziehl and Jones, LLP specializing in bankruptcy, corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and general corporate law before moving on to become the Vice President and General Counsel of ASM Sports. Rudy is admitted to the state bar of California and admitted in the Central, Northern and Southern Districts of the Federal Courts in California. Rudy earned his B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the University California at Los Angeles, going on to earn his J.D. from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles.
David Grooms, Senior Operating Advisor
David Grooms serves as a Senior Operating Advisor to Corbel Capital Partners. David is a seasoned executive and currently CEO of Mesa Secure, an Aerospace & Defense and Business Services consulting company. David was previously COO of Datron World Communications and President of the Datron Advanced Technology Group, overseeing the manufacture, design, and distribution of military communications solutions. Prior to Datron, David was, among other roles, President of Kyocera North America, overseeing facilities in the United States, Mexico, and Guam, with over $1 billion in sales as of his 20th year with the company. David has extensive experience developing strong sales growth, product development and establishing manufacturing operations in the US, Mexico and Israel, and also has extensive business experience in Asia, Europe and the Middle East and North Africa.
Tom Zelenovic, Senior Operating Advisor
Tom Zelenovic serves as a Senior Operating Advisor to Corbel Capital Partners. Tom is a proven operator, board member, and investor in numerous consumer product companies in the recreational, home improvement and hunting accessories categories. Tom was most recently CEO of Gold Tip, a leading manufacturer of archery accessories. While at Gold Tip, Tom repositioned the company’s sales and marketing strategy, enhanced product perception with the end buyer, significantly increased sales with key customers and led the business to a successful exit to a strategic buyer. Prior to managing the turnaround of Gold Tip, Tom spent 3 years as a Principal at the Seidler Companies, where he financed and worked on the improvement of various lower middle market businesses. Before joining Seidler, Tom was a Vice President at Lehman Brothers, focusing on financings in the consumer and retail sectors. Tom has also worked as a team leader at Allergan. Tom earned his B.A. from California Lutheran University, going on to earn his M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California at Los Angeles.