MVC Capital, Inc. Team
TTG Advisers is headed by Michael Tokarz, who has over 30 years of lending and investment experience. We have a dedicated originations and transaction development advisory team that has significant experience in private equity, leveraged finance, investment banking and distressed debt transactions. The members of our advisory team have invested in and operated businesses during recessionary and expansionary periods and through full interest rate cycles and financial market conditions. In addition to the team listed below, we also use the services of other investment professionals, with whom we have developed long-term relationships, on an as-needed basis.
SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM
Michael T. Tokarz, Managing Principal & Co-Head of Portfolio
Mr. Tokarz is a senior investment professional with over 30 years of lending and investment experience. Prior to assuming his position as Chairman and Portfolio Head of MVC Capital (NYSE:MVC), and prior to founding The Tokarz Group (in 2002), a private merchant bank of which he is Chairman, Mr. Tokarz was a General Partner with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. ("KKR"), one of the world's most experienced private equity firms. During his 18-year tenure at KKR, he participated in diverse leveraged buyouts, financings, restructurings and dispositions. Mr. Tokarz currently serves on corporate boards including Walter Energy, Inc., Mueller Water Products, Inc., Walter Investment Management Corp., IDEX Corporation and CNO Financial Group. In addition, Mr. Tokarz is on the Board of Managers of Illinois Ventures, a University of Illinois-focused venture capital seed fund and high technology incubator, and is Chairman of a related private equity follow-on investment fund. Mr. Tokarz also serves as the Chairman Emeritus of the University of Illinois Foundation and its Investment and Executive Committees. Prior to his tenure at KKR, Mr. Tokarz was a commercial banker at Continental Illinois where he was renowned for innovation and buyout financings. Mr. Tokarz rose to run the East Coast operation of Continental Illinois from New York. He was active on the Endowment Committee and Board of Directors of the National Wildlife Federation. He received his undergraduate degree with High Distinction in Economics, an MBA in Finance from the University of Illinois and is a Certified Public Accountant. He was selected as one of the "The Best Corporate Directors in America" by Outstanding Directors Exchange in 2007.
Warren E. Holtsberg, Managing Principal & Co-Head of Portfolio
Mr. Holtsberg is Co-Head of Portfolio Management of the Fund and is a member of the Board of Directors of MVC Capital (NYSE:MVC). Mr. Holtsberg, who joined TTGA in 2007, is a senior investment professional with almost 20 years of lending and investment experience. In his role at TTGA, he sources and executes new investments and helps manage the Fund’s global portfolio of private equity, venture, and small- and mid-cap debt and equity investments across a broad range of industries including technology, consumer/retail, energy and finance. He also heads the Chicago Office of TTGA. Previously, Mr. Holtsberg founded Motorola Ventures, the venture capital and private equity investment arm for Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) where he led the worldwide fund for eight years. Mr. Holtsberg was also a member of the Motorola Corporate Credit Committee. Before Motorola, Mr. Holtsberg spent two decades with the U.S. Government where he held a number of senior executive positions in the Aviation, Defense and Intelligence communities. Mr. Holtsberg serves on the Advisory Board of Arcapita Ventures, the private equity and venture capital arm of Arcapita Bank. Mr. Holtsberg is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Venture Capital Association, the Chicagoland Entrepreneurship Center, the Big Shoulders Fund for the Archdiocese of Chicago’s inner-city school fund, and Illinois Ventures, a University of Illinois focused venture capital seed fund and high technology incubator, and he is a Director of a related private equity follow-on investment fund. Mr. Holtsberg is a graduate of the University of Illinois and the Kellogg Management Institute at Northwestern University J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Bruce W. Shewmaker, Senior Managing Director
Mr. Shewmaker is a senior investment professional with over 30 years of private equity and investment banking experience. Prior to becoming a Managing Director of MVC in November 2003, Mr. Shewmaker served as a member of the Board of MVC from March 2003 and served out his one year term. Mr. Shewmaker was a Co-founder of Merrill Lynch Venture Capital, Inc. where he initiated several private equity investment partnerships, including three business development companies. During his ten year career at Merrill Lynch, he participated in sourcing, negotiating and monitoring over 40 private equity transactions including leveraged buyouts and venture capital investments, of which seven companies completed initial public offerings. More recently, Mr. Shewmaker served as President and CEO of The US Russia Investment Fund, with committed capital of $440 million, where he managed a staff of 60 people, including eight private equity professionals, in seven offices across the Russian Federation. As a Managing Director of E*OFFERING Corp., he helped this investment banking firm participate in underwriting more than 50 initial public offerings of domestic companies and was responsible for organizing a global investment banking network. While Mr. Shewmaker has spent the majority of his career with registered investment companies or investment management divisions of NYSE listed firms (divisions of The Chase Manhattan Bank and Time Inc.), in the late 1990’s Mr. Shewmaker Co-founded Crossbow Ventures, a regionally focused private equity partnership located in Florida. He earned his undergraduate degree in Finance from The Ohio State University and has passed the Series 7 and 63 NASD qualifying examinations.
Shivani Khurana, Managing Director
Ms. Khurana is a senior investment professional with over 11 years experience in private equity, leveraged finance, investment banking and investment management. Ms. Khurana joined MVC in March 2004 and has played a key role in MVC’s growth and sourcing, execution and monitoring of several of MVC’s equity and debt investments across a variety of industries. She also serves as a Managing Director of MVC Financial Services, Inc. Before joining MVC, Ms. Khurana worked at Cadigan Investment Partners, a middle-market leveraged buyout firm where she was involved in originating, structuring, financing and negotiating leveraged and management buyout and recapitalization transactions. Previously, Ms. Khurana worked in the leveraged finance group of Wachovia Securities where she specialized in restructuring advisory, distressed debt investing and turnaround financing; and the investment banking group of Merrill Lynch. Ms. Khurana’s prior experience includes independently managing $20 million in diversified U.S. and European equities at Al-Ahlia Investment Company. Ms. Khurana received a Bachelor of Commerce with accounting honors from Panjab University, India; an MBA in Finance from University of Sheffield, UK; and an M.S. in Finance from University of Rochester, New York.
James D. Lynch, Managing Director
Mr. Lynch is a senior investment professional with over 13 years of consulting, operations and private equity experience. Mr. Lynch is a Managing Director of TTGA with responsibilities for deal sourcing, execution and monitoring of portfolio investments. Prior to joining TTG Advisers in 2007, Mr. Lynch was a Managing Director at FTI Consulting (NYSE:FCN) and a Leader of the Intellectual Property Transactions practice. Previously, Mr. Lynch worked at Deloitte & Touche Financial Advisory Services as a Practice Leader of Deloitte's Intellectual Asset Management service line and the Venture Strategy Group. At both Deloitte and FTI, he managed global teams that performed innovation and corporate finance engagements for Fortune 500 corporations, financial institutions, entrepreneurial ventures and public sector institutions. The client engagements included corporate finance, M&A and intellectual property transactions, strategic innovation and operational consulting, technology commercialization and the creation of new business enterprises. Before Deloitte, Mr. Lynch worked in business competitive intelligence and internal audit for Owens Corning Corporation (NYSE:OC). Mr. Lynch is a member of the Board of Advisors of DRI Capital and Illinois Business Consulting. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Accounting) from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Illinois.
James J. O'Connor, Managing Director, Chicago
Mr. O'Connor is a senior investment professional with over a decade of private equity and venture capital experience. Prior to joining TTGA Advisers, Mr. O'Connor held senior management positions within Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT). Mr. O’Connor was Co-Founder and Managing Director of Motorola Ventures, the venture capital and private equity investment arm for Motorola, where he led numerous global transactions. In 2006, Mr. O’Connor was named to the American Ventures Magazine (AVM) "40 UNDER 40" list. In his most recent role, Mr. O’Connor also led Motorola’s Innovation Program where he built several high growth businesses for the corporation, including the initial successful launch of the development team for the Google – Motorola “Droid” product. Before Motorola, he worked for A.T. Kearney as a management consultant and the U.S. Treasury Department in the areas of Domestic and International Finance as a White House Fellow. Additionally, he held roles at Ariel Capital Management, Sidley & Austin, the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee and the City of Chicago Finance Committee. Mr. O’Connor is Co-Chair of the Chicago Entrepreneurial Center (CEC) and a Board member of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, the Chicago Urban League, Kohl Children’s Museum, Children’s Home + Aid, the Big Shoulders Fund for the Archdiocese of Chicago's inner-city school fund and serves as a Trustee on the Board of the Field Museum of National History. He is a Henry Crown Leadership Fellow of the Aspen Institute. He holds a BA (Government) and JD from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Northwestern University J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Puneet Sanan, Managing Director
Mr. Sanan is a senior investment professional with over 15 years experience in private equity, leveraged/corporate finance and investment banking. Mr. Sanan joined MVC in March 2004 and has played a key role in MVC’s growth, debt and equity capital raise, and sourcing, execution and monitoring of investments. He also serves as a Managing Director of MVC Financial Services, Inc. Before joining MVC, Mr. Sanan worked at Cadigan Investment Partners, a leveraged buyout firm, and was involved in originating, developing, analyzing, structuring, financing and negotiating leveraged and management buyouts, recapitalizations and growth capital financing for middle-market companies. Previously, Mr. Sanan was a Vice President and managed the Investment Banking Division of Fano Securities, where he received international recognition for financial advisory work in alternative energy technology. Prior to joining Fano, Mr. Sanan was an Associate Director at UBS Warburg’s Leveraged Finance/Financial Sponsors group where he advised leading private equity firms on leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions and private equity investments. Mr. Sanan has held various corporate finance and industry positions at PaineWebber, Legg Mason, Royal Dutch/Shell Group and Gist Brocades (now DSM N.V.). In 2003 and 2004, Mr. Sanan was named to the International Who’s Who of Professionals. Mr. Sanan received a Bachelor of Engineering (Honors) in Chemical Engineering from Panjab University, India; and an MBA in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin; and has passed the Series 7 and 63 NASD qualifying examinations.
Peter F. Seidenberg, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Seidenberg is the Chief Financial Officer of MVC and a senior investment professional with over 15 years experience in private equity and venture capital investing, corporate finance, operations and general management. Mr. Seidenberg joined MVC in April of 2005 and has played a key role in MVC’s growth, debt and equity capital raises, execution and monitoring of investments. He previously served as a Principal and Chief Financial Officer of Nebraska Heavy Industries and worked on engagements including serving as CFO of Commerce One, Inc. (NASDAQ:CMRC). Prior to his tenure at NHI, Mr. Seidenberg served as the Director of Finance and Business Development and as Corporate Controller for Plumtree Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUM) where he was responsible for driving strategic initiatives and managing the finance and accounting staff. Before joining Plumtree, Mr. Seidenberg worked at AlliedSignal. While at AlliedSignal, Mr. Seidenberg held a variety of roles including Controller and Manager of Financial Operations. Mr. Seidenberg has served in a variety of roles including General Manager at several small manufacturing companies. Mr. Seidenberg received his bachelor degree and MBA from Cornell University.
Christopher P. Sullivan, Managing Director, Boston
Mr. Sullivan is a senior investment professional with over 10 years of experience in private equity, investment banking and equity capital markets. Mr. Sullivan is a Managing Director of TTGA with responsibilities for deal sourcing, execution and monitoring of portfolio investments. Since joining MVC in 2004, Mr. Sullivan has led nine investments in the current portfolio. Mr. Sullivan was responsible for MVC’s successful exits of Baltic Motors Corporation and BM Auto. Prior to joining MVC, Mr. Sullivan worked as an Associate at Credit Suisse First Boston in Equity Capital Markets, where he worked with numerous issuers and financial sponsors to execute initial public offerings and follow-on stock offerings. Prior to his employment at Credit Suisse First Boston, Mr. Sullivan worked as an Analyst in Equity Capital Markets at CIBC World Markets. Mr. Sullivan holds a BA in History from Dartmouth College and an MBA, with a concentration in Finance, from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.
PORTFOLIO INVESTMENT OPERATIONS
Kathleen A. Buenik, Office Administrator - Chicago / LP Investor Relations
Ms. Buenik joined TTGA in August of 2007 as Office Administrator for the Chicago office, as well as Manager Investor Relations. In her role, Ms. Buenik supports the Co-Head of Portfolio Management, manages the office's daily operations and administration of the Limited Partner database. Prior to joining TTGA, Ms. Buenik was employed for 15 years as the Office Administrator for Goldstick & Associates, Ltd., a law firm and securities broker/dealer in Chicago. Ms. Buenik was previously employed by Oppenheimer & Co. and Bear Stearns as a Series 7 Registered Sales Assistant. Ms. Buenik holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Elmhurst College.
Chris Ferguson, Associate
Mr. Ferguson joined TTGA in April of 2012 and is responsible for sourcing, executing and monitoring investments. Prior to joining TTGA Mr. Ferguson has worked in Private Equity at CCMP Capital, and as a member of a corporate cash management team at Credit Suisse. Mr. Ferguson holds a BA (Government) from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster Pennsylvania, and a MBA with a dual concentration in Finance and Management from Seton Hall University's Stillman School of Business.
Martha Kausch, Office Administrator - NY / Special Projects Coordinator
Ms. Kausch joined TTGA in September 2005 and is responsible for all information technology, supporting portfolio company initiatives, including opening and managing several high-profile and high-trafficked airport locations for Harmony Pharmacy & Health Centers, Inc., as well as working on the development of new locations, vendor relations and product/service offerings. In addition, Ms. Kausch is responsible for managing the Quarterly Valuation Process of the Board of Directors. Prior to joining TTGA, Ms. Kausch worked at Xerox Corporation for fifteen years. During her tenure, she held various positions including managing a digital manufacturing line with 50 direct reports, in addition to roles in distribution, supply chain, quality control and within the headquarters administrative organization.
John P. Kelly, Vice President
Mr. Kelly is an investment professional with over six years of experience in private equity, leveraged finance and investment banking. Mr. Kelly is a Vice President of TTGA with responsibilities for deal sourcing, executing and monitoring of investments. Prior to joining TTGA in 2008, Mr. Kelly worked in the investment banking group of Bear, Stearns & Co., where he executed leverage buyouts, mergers and acquisitions and equity and debt offerings. Mr. Kelly holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
Ms. Kosiba first joined TTGA in June 2006. After spending a year at Harmony Pharmacy & Health Center, Inc. to help launch the start-up, Ms. Kosiba returned to TTGA on a full time basis through the externalization to The Tokarz Group Advisers. Ms. Kosiba is responsible for supporting the Investor Relations functions and daily operations of the Fund. Prior to joining TTGA on a full time basis, Ms. Kosiba was a full-time student spending her summers working with TTGA or its portfolio companies. Ms. Kosiba earned a Bachelors of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she graduated with honors.
Patrick Mullins, Assistant Controller
Mr. Mullins is the Assistant Controller of TTGA. His responsibilities include assisting the Controller in overseeing the financial operations of MVC Capital and its wholly owned subsidiary MVC Financial Services, Inc. Mr. Mullins has over nine years of experience in public and private accounting. Previously, Mr. Mullins worked at the Designtex Group a textile distribution company where he was the Accounting Manager and was involved with audits and reviews of small and mid-size companies at Huth Thompson LLP. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Accounting from Moravian College in Bethlehem PA.
Maura E. O'Brien, Executive Assistant - Chicago
Ms. O'Brien joined TTGA in September of 2008 as Executive Assistant in Chicago. Ms. O'Brien was previously an Assistant Vice President at Diners Club International, an Office Manager at a boutique executive search firm in Chicago, and a Personal Assistant for the Clara Williams Company. She is on the Chicago Sister Cities International - Galway Board, a Ronald McDonald House Volunteer, a St. Patrick's Day Parade Judge, and was a Member of the Young Irish Fellowship Executive Board and a Mentor with Big Shoulders. Ms. O'Brien attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing.
Renata Quin, Executive Assistant - New York
Ms. Quin joined TTGA in August 2005 and is responsible for all aspects of administrative and operational support including managing the quarterly board book process. Prior to joining TTGA, Ms. Quin worked at the office of the Westchester District Attorney directly supporting the District Attorney for two years. Prior to that Ms. Quin worked for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command for the military in San Diego, CA. Prior to her tenure with the military, Ms. Quin worked directly for the Chief Operating Officer of Island Destinations, a large luxury travel agency based in New York. Ms. Quin received her Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Berkeley College where she majored in International Business.
Jaclyn Shapiro-Rothchild, Vice President and Secretary
Ms. Shapiro-Rothchild serves as Vice President and Secretary of MVC Capital and TTGA. She is responsible for board and shareholder matters, portfolio development and fund administration, monitoring the Fund’s legacy portfolio, and directing the Fund and TTGA’s operations. Prior to joining MVC Capital and TTGA, Ms. Shapiro-Rothchild was an Associate and Business Manager with Draper Fisher Jurvetson meVC Management Co. LLC, the former sub-advisor of the Fund. Before joining the Fund’s former sub-advisor, Ms. Shapiro-Rothchild was an Associate at The Bank Companies (acquired by Newmark & Co. Real Estate), where she was responsible for analyzing the various real estate trends in the Washington, D.C. greater metropolitan area. Previously, Ms. Shapiro-Rothchild worked as a Research Analyst to a Senior Portfolio Manager at Gruntal & Co. and began her business career as a Marketing Consultant at Archstone-Smith, formerly known as Charles E. Smith & Co. Ms. Shapiro-Rothchild received her Bachelors of Business Administration degree in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management from George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Scott Schuenke, CPA
Mr. Schuenke originally joined MVC Capital in June 2004 as its Corporate Controller and later in the year became MVC Capital’s Chief Compliance Officer. Currently, Mr. Schuenke is employed by TTGA where he is the Corporate Controller and Chief Compliance Officer. He retains his Chief Compliance Officer position with the Fund and is responsible for overseeing the financial operations of TTGA, MVC Capital and its wholly-owned subsidiaries. Mr. Schuenke also provides financial expertise and monitoring to various portfolio companies, including serving on the Board of Directors of Vestal Manufacturing Enterprises, Inc., and he assists investment professionals in deal sourcing, due diligence, modeling and closing activities. As Chief Compliance Officer, Mr. Schuenke is responsible for overseeing the MVC Capital and TTGA’s compliance programs. Before joining MVC Capital, Mr. Schuenke was a compliance officer with US Bancorp Fund Services, LLC, where he was responsible for financial reporting and compliance oversight of more than 15 open- and closed-end registered investment companies. Previously, Mr. Schuenke worked in the audit and assurance services area with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (“PWC”). While with PWC, he performed audit and review services for financial services clients including several large mutual fund complexes. Mr. Schuenke received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, a Masters of Professional Accountancy from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and an MBA from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. Mr. Schuenke is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Wisconsin.
Kevin Scoby, Associate
Mr. Scoby joined TTGA full time in January of 2012 and is responsible for sourcing, executing and monitoring investments. Prior to joining TTGA on a full time basis, Mr. Scoby had interned at Connaught Real Estate Finance. Mr. Scoby earned a Bachelor's of Science in Economics with a concentration in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Kashyap Shah, Associate
Kashyap Shah joined TTGA in June 2010 and has been involved in sourcing, evaluating and executing investment opportunities. Before joining TTGA, Mr. Shah held several roles at Edelweiss Capital Limited in Mumbai, where he was most recently the COO of its investment banking group. In that capacity, Mr. Shah was responsible for high priority strategic initiatives including the setting-up of the financial sponsors and country coverage groups and establishing strategic alliances. Prior to this role, Mr. Shah was a Senior Manager responsible for managing investment banking transactions across product and sector groups. His experience spans across M&A, private placements, structured finance and ECM transactions. Prior to Edelweiss Capital, Mr. Shah worked with KPMG in its Mumbai office. Mr. Shah received a Bachelor of Commerce from Mumbai University, India where he was on the Dean's list and is a Chartered Accountant from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Mr. Shah holds an MBA degree with concentrations in Finance, Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.