Board of Directors
Mr. Dominianni is a retired Partner of, and was Special Counsel to, Coudert Brothers LLP, a law firm. He is currently a director of Stamm International Corporation, Powrmatic Inc., Powrmatic Ltd., SF Ltd. and Powrmatic of Canada Ltd., manufacturers and distributors of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning equipment.
Mr. Goldstein is a principal of Bulldog Holdings, LLC, the owner of several entities serving as the general partner of several investment partnerships in the Bulldog Investors group of private funds, and the owner of Kimball & Winthrop, LLC, the managing general partner of Bulldog Investors General Partnership, since 2012; he was also a principal of the general partner of several investment partnerships in the Bulldog Investors group of private funds from 1992-2012; additionally, Mr. Goldstein is a principal of Bulldog Investors, LLC, the investment adviser for Special Opportunities Fund and several private investment funds, since 2009. Mr. Goldstein is (or was previously) a Director of the following closed-end funds: Mexico Equity and Income Fund since 2000; Special Opportunities Fund since 2009; ASA Gold and Precious Metals Ltd. from 2008 to 2013; Korea Equity Fund from 2010-2012; Brantley Capital Corporation from 2001 to 2013; Chairman and Director of Emergent Capital, Inc. (formerly known as Imperial Holdings, Inc.), a specialty finance company, from 2012-2017 and Director of Crossroads Capital, Inc., a business development company, since 2016.
Mr. Hellerman owned and served as Managing Director of Hellerman Associates, a financial and corporate consulting firm, from the firm’s inception in 1993 until it ceased operations in 2013. Mr. Hellerman currently serves as a director and chief compliance officer for The Mexico Equity and Income Fund, Inc. and for Special Opportunities Fund, Inc. Mr. Hellerman currently serves as Trustee of Crossroads Liquidating Trust (formerly BDCA Venture, Inc.). Mr. Hellerman also serves as a Trustee of Fiera Capital Series Trust. Mr. Hellerman was previously a director of Brantley Capital Corporation, Ironsides Partners Opportunity Offshore Fund Ltd. and director and chairman of the audit committee of Emergent Capital, Inc. (formerly known as Imperial Holdings Inc.)
Mr. Holtsberg currently serves as Co-Head of Portfolio Management of TTG Advisers, the investment adviser to the Fund. Mr. Holtsberg founded Motorola Ventures, the venture capital and private equity investment arm for Motorola, Inc. where he led the worldwide fund for eight years. He was also Corporate Vice President and Director of Equity Investments at Motorola. Mr. Holtsberg served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Venture Capital Association until 2014 and as a member of the Board of Sportvision until December 2016. Mr. Holtsberg currently serves as a member of the Board of the Big Shoulders Fund, and Advanced Oilfield Services, a portfolio company of the MVC Private Equity Fund, L.P. Mr. Holtsberg serves as an Emeritus Board Member of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurship Center, the Illinois Emerging Technology Funds and as Chairman of the Board of UI Labs. Previously, Mr. Holtsberg served as a board member of Illinois Ventures, the venture investment arm for the University of Illinois through 2015. Mr. Holtsberg also serves as a director for MVC Partners LLC, a portfolio company of the Fund. Mr. Holtsberg previously served as director of U.S. Gas & Electric, Inc.
Mr. Kass is the President of Seabreeze Partners Management, Inc., a hedge fund sponsor and the General Partner of Seabreeze Partners L.P., which he founded in 2002. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Kass managed a dedicated short fund, Seabreeze Partners Short L.P. Mr. Kass also served as the portfolio manager and principal of Demours Capital Management, LLC, which was the general partner and investment manager of the hedge funds Circle T. Market Neutral Fund, L.P. and Circle T. Market Neutral Offshore Fund, Ltd., from 2003 to 2004. From 1997 to 2003, Mr. Kass was the general partner of Kass Partners, LLC, the predecessor firm to Kass Partners, Ltd. Prior to that, from 1995 to 1996, he served as Senior Portfolio Manager at Omega Advisors, an employee owned hedge fund sponsor. Mr. Kass previously served as director of Empire Resources, Inc., Diversified Mortgage Investors, Inc. and Federal Home Loan Bank of Palm Beach. Mr. Kass received his bachelor’s degree from Alfred University and an M.B.A. in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Knapp is the Founder and CIO of Ironsides Partners LLC, a Boston based investment manager specializing in closed-end funds, holding companies, and asset value investing generally. Ironsides and related entities serve as the manager and general partner to various funds and managed accounts for institutional clients. Mr. Knapp is an independent, non-executive director of Castle Private Equity AG (SWX: CPEN), Emergent Capital (Nasdaq OTC: EMGC), MPC Container Ships (XOSL: MPCCME), as well as the Pacific Alliance Asia Opportunity Fund and its related entities and Pacific Alliance Group Asset Management Ltd., based in Hong Kong. Mr. Knapp is also a principal and director of Africa Opportunity Partners Limited (“AOP”), a Cayman Islands company that serves as the investment manager to Africa Opportunity Fund Limited (“AOF”), a closed-end investment company incorporated in the Cayman Islands that trades on the London Stock Exchange and related entities. Mr. Knapp serves on the Boards of Directors of AOF. Mr. Knapp also serves as a member of the Board of Managers of Veracity Worldwide LLC. In addition to his directorships named above, Mr. Knapp serves as a director of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and is a Trustee of the Children’s School of Science and the Sea Education Association, both of Woods Hole, MA. Prior to founding Ironsides, Mr. Knapp was a managing director for over ten years with Millennium Partners, based in New York.
Mr. Krase, CFA, serves as the Senior Advisor on the Investment Team of Oak Hill Advisors, L.P. (“Oak Hill”), an investment manager which he co-founded in 1993. At Oak Hill, Mr. Krase was a Senior Partner with portfolio management responsibilities in the U.S. and Europe. Prior to founding Oak Hill, Mr. Krase worked at TSA Capital Management, an investment manager, where he was a portfolio manager responsible for global asset allocation, from 1992 to 1993. He also worked in the mergers and acquisitions departments for several investment banks including Gleacher & Co. Ltd. (OTCMKTS: GLCH) from 1990 to 1991 and Salomon Brothers, Inc. (formerly NYSE: SB) from 1989 to 1990. During his career, Mr. Krase has served as a lead participant on numerous creditor committees. In addition, Mr. Krase served two terms as Chairman of Loan Syndications and Trading Association, an industry organization, from 2005 to 2007. Mr. Krase also serves on the board of directors of Bulk Maritime, a private holding company, since 2012. Previously, he served on the board of Grove Industries, one of the world’s leading producers of mobile hydraulic cranes, from 2004 to 2005 and eNet Communications, the largest alternative telecommunications network in Ireland from 2013 to 2017. Mr. Krase also serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including The Third Option Foundation beginning January 2017, Venture for America beginning January 2016 and Castle Athletics beginning 2009, and he founded the non-profit, one2one USA Foundation, in October 2016. Mr. Krase received a B.S. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Taylor is a Certified Public Accountant and retired Partner of Deloitte & Touche. Mr. Taylor is currently a director of Northern Illinois University Foundation and has served as an Assistant Treasurer since July 2016 (Mr. Taylor was previously the Treasurer from 2007 to 2011), and President and a director of The William & Dian Taylor Foundation. Mr. Taylor was previously a trustee of Writers Theatre. From 1976 through May 2005, Mr. Taylor was a Partner at Deloitte & Touche. From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Taylor was a director of Deloitte & Touche USA and from 1999 to 2003 Mr. Taylor was a director of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.
Mr. Tokarz currently serves as Chairman and Portfolio Manager of the Fund and as Manager of the Adviser. Mr. Tokarz is also the Managing Member of The Tokarz Group, a private merchant bank, since 2002. In addition, Mr. Tokarz is a principal and investment team member of PPC Enterprises LLC, a registered investment adviser. Prior to this, Mr. Tokarz was a senior General Partner and Administrative Partner at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., a private equity firm specializing in management buyouts. He also currently serves on the corporate board of Mueller Water Products, Inc. He is Chairman Emeritus and is a member of the Board of the University of Illinois Foundation, and serves on its executive committee, investment policy committee and finance committee. He is also a member of the Board of Managers for Illinois Ventures, LLC and Illinois Emerging Technology Fund LLC. Mr. Tokarz serves as a director for the following portfolio companies of the Fund: Custom Alloy Corporation, MVC Automotive Group GmbH, and MVC Partners LLC. He also serves as a director of Focus Pointe Global, Gibdock Limited, and Plymouth Rock Energy, LLC, all portfolio companies of MVC Private Equity Fund, L.P. He was previously on the board of CNO Financial, Walter Investment Management, Walter Energy, IDEX Corporation, Lomonosov, and Athleta, Inc. Additionally, he was on the boards of Turf Products, LLC, until the asset was converted to debt, Timberland Machines & Irrigation, Inc., Dakota Growers Pasta Company, Harmony Health and Beauty, Inc., Harmony Pharmacy & Health Centers, Inc., Summit Research Labs, Inc. Ohio Medical Corporation, and Huamei Capital Company, formerly portfolio companies of the Fund.