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Mr. Czech has over 30 years of credit and corporate finance experience as well as a distinguished track record of establishing and running direct lending credit funds. Said experience includes sourcing, structuring, underwriting, monitoring and restructuring corporate loans. Prior to founding Czech Asset Management, L.P. (“Czech”), in December of 2011, Mr. Czech was Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of SJC Onshore Direct Lending Fund, L.P. and the SJC Offshore Capital Finance Fund, L.P. (collectively, “SJC”), a subsidiary of Morgan Stanley Investment Management. Mr. Czech joined SJC in January 2010. Prior to joining SJC, Mr. Czech was a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of Gottex -SJC (“Gottex”) from May 2009 to December 2009. Prior to joining Gottex, Mr. Czech was the founder, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of Contrarian Capital Finance, L.P. (“Contrarian”) from 2003 to 2008. During this period, Mr. Czech created and ran a direct lending fund in a nearly identical strategy to the current strategy he is now managing for CAM investors. Prior to joining Contrarian in 2003, Mr. Czech was employed by Credit Suisse First Boston (“CSFB”), where he was the head of the Mezzanine Finance Group from 2001 to 2003. Prior to CSFB, Mr. Czech was employed by Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (“DLJ”) from 1998 to 2001. At DLJ, Mr. Czech was a member of the Leveraged Finance Group. Mr. Czech was also a Senior Credit Officer of ABN AMRO’s Leveraged Finance Group and a Vice President at Banc of America Securities.
Mr. Czech and his family are significant donors to, and advocates of, causes related to: (i) terminally-ill children, (ii) active-duty and retired Navy SEALs and their families; (iii) first-responders (ie: Police, Fire and EMTs); and (iv) scholarships for underprivileged high-school students throughout the United States. Mr. Czech is the founder and Co-Chairman of The Mikey Czech Foundation, a lifetime member of The Navy SEAL Foundation National Leadership Council, a member of the Advisory Board of The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a lifetime member of the University of Chicago’s Founders Circle, a Laureate member of the Dean’s Society of The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a member of Villanova University’s President’s Club & Parents Executive Committee, a member of the Van Andel Institute’s Board of Governors, a member of the Aesclepian Society of Harvard / Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and a member of the Harvard / Dana-Farber Presidential Visiting Committee for Pediatric Oncology.
Mr. Czech received a B.S. from Marquette University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Mr. Dannenberg has over 22 years of capital markets experience, having raised over $100 billion in support of large and middle market corporate acquisitions, private equity-led buyouts, recapitalizations and restructurings. Prior to joining Czech Asset Management, L.P., Mr. Dannenberg was a Managing Director in Houlihan Lokey’s Capital Markets Group in New York, raising private capital for the firm’s clients. Before joining Houlihan Lokey in 2011, Mr. Dannenberg was a Managing Director and Partner at North Sea Capital, a New York-based broker dealer. Prior to that he spent 12 years at Citigroup, serving as a Director in the Leveraged Finance Group, where he structured and executed high yield and syndicated loan transactions for the firm’s private equity, chemical and diversified industrial clients.
Mr. Dannenberg began his career as an attorney at Shearman and Sterling in New York, and subsequently spent time in the public sector in Washington, D.C. initially as an Assistant Counsel at the White House during the Clinton administration and, subsequently, at the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Mr. Dannenberg holds a B.A. from New York University (Magna cum laude), a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center (Magna cum laude), and a MBA from Columbia Business School (Dean’s List). Mr. Dannenberg has known and worked with Mr. Czech professionally since 2015.
Mr. DesJardins has over 27 years of corporate finance, high yield, secured loan, structured product, M&A and restructuring experience, having spent a significant portion of his professional career on Wall Street with Salomon Brothers, Gleacher & Co., Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Credit Suisse and Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. Prior to joining Czech and in his last role at Cantor Fitzgerald, Mr. DesJardins was a Managing Director, Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.’s Investment Banking Division (“Cantor”). Prior to joining Cantor and from 2004 – 2008, Mr. DesJardins was a Partner and Chief Operating Officer of alternative investment firm Ivory Investment Management, L.P. (“Ivory”). Prior to joining Ivory and from 2001 – 2004, Mr. DesJardins was a Vice President and Director in the Investment Banking Group at Credit Suisse. Prior to joining Credit Suisse and from 1999 – 2001, Mr. DesJardins was a Partner of Encore Venture Partners, L.P. (“Encore”). Prior to joining Encore and from 1997 -1999, Mr. DesJardins was an Associate in the Investment Banking Division at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (“DLJ”). Prior to DLJ and from 1994 – 1995, Mr. DesJardins was an options principal on the American Stock Exchange with Rockrimmon Securities (“Rockrimmon”). Prior to Rockrimmon and from 1993 – 1994, Mr. DesJardins was an Associate with private equity firm Eos Partners (“Eos”). Prior to Eos and from 1992 -1993, Mr. DesJardins was an Analyst with M&A boutique Gleacher & Co. (“Gleacher”). Prior to Gleacher and from 1990 – 1992, Mr. DesJardins was an Analyst in the M&A group at Salomon Brothers.
Mr. DesJardins earned an MBA (dual major in Accounting & Finance) from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (Director’s List) and a B.S. (dual major in Finance & Entrepreneurial Management) in Economics (Magna Cum Laude) from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Mr. DesJardins has known and worked with Mr. Czech since 1998.
Ms. Ditman has over 27 years of office administrative support experience with specific emphasis on supporting senior executive management in their daily leadership processes. Prior to joining Czech Asset Management, L.P., Ms. Ditman was an Executive Assistant at FrontPoint Partners, L.P (“FPP”), a subsidiary of Morgan Stanley Investment Management, from March 2010 – December 2011 where she provided direct support for three (3) Portfolio Investment Teams as well as for the firm’s Director of Information Technology and his staff of 12 senior level executives. During this time, Ms. Ditman also provided additional support to the firm’s Chief Executive and Chief Investment Officers as needed. Prior to joining FPP, Ms. Ditman was an Executive Assistant in Morgan Stanley Investment Management’s Institutional Advisory Group from November 2007 through November 2008. Earlier in her career Ms. Ditman spent 10 years in executive assistant and administrative roles supporting senior executives at New York area hospitals including Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons as well as Beth Israel Medical Center.
Ms. Dunn has over 24 years of Operations and Investor Services – related experience within the financial services industry. Prior to joining Czech Asset Management, L.P., Ms. Dunn spent over seven years at FrontPoint Partners, L.P. (“FPP”), a subsidiary of Morgan Stanley Investment Management, from February 2004 through December 2011. While at FPP, Ms. Dunn was an Operations Associate responsible for a broad set of Investor Relations – related processes including the management of investor documentation and funds transfer processes. Prior to joining FPP, Ms. Dunn worked at Ivory Capital Group LLC from May 1999 through January 2004, where she was responsible for Investor Relations support and all facets of administrative support for the Portfolio Management team. Ms. Dunn began her career in financial services with SC Fundamental Value Fund LLC where she was the executive assistant to the firm’s Managing Partner.
Prior to joining Czech Asset Management, L.P. and since 2014, Ms. Fang spent nearly four years as a Corporate Lending Analyst and Associate at Deutsche Bank AG in New York City. Prior to Deutsche Bank USA, Ms. Fang spent a year at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) in Washington, D.C. Prior to the SEC, Ms. Fang interned at Industrial and Commercial Bank of China in Shanghai, China.
Ms. Fang earned a B.S. – Major: Accounting & Finance; Minor: Economics (Cum laude) from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (“CFA”).
Mr. Freedgood has over 37 years of credit, restructuring, workout and corporate finance experience. He has extensive experience in workouts, restructuring and bankruptcy for large, complex syndicated credits as well as executing all facets of direct lending credit management. He has managed a wide array of credit products, derivatives, foreign exchange, securities lending, commodities, and treasury management services across a wide variety of industries, including oil and gas exploration and production, mining and minerals, power generation and distribution, manufacturing, insurance, broker-dealer, mortgage finance, retail, transportation, media and high net worth clients. Mr. Freedgood joined Czech in October 2014 as a Managing Director and Assistant Portfolio Manager, reporting directly to Mr. Czech. Prior to joining Czech, Mr. Freedgood spent 32 years at JPMorgan and its predecessors where most recently he was Managing Director in the Corporate and Investment Bank’s Special Credits Group.
Mr. Freedgood earned a BS in Geology from Stony Brook University and an MBA in Finance from New York University.
Prior to joining Czech Asset Management, L.P., Mr. Gonzalez was employed by Oxeon Partners in New York City as Director of Finance. From 2014 – 2016, Mr. Gonzalez was employed by Standard General LP in New York City in its Accounting and Operations Group. From 2012 – 2014, Mr. Gonzalez was employed as a Senior Associate – Assurance at Ernst & Young LLP in New York City.
Mr. Gonzalez earned a B.B.A. – Accounting from The University of Notre Dame and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Ms. Hughes joined Czech Asset Management, L.P. in April 2016. Ms. Hughes is responsible for supporting the administrative needs of the business and providing support to the firm’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer as well as the Head of Office Administration & Human Resources.
Prior to joining Czech Asset Management, L.P., Madison was employed by AQR Capital Management (“AQR”) in Greenwich, CT. Prior to AQR Madison was employed by Fifth Street Asset Management in Greenwich, CT and SSR LLC in Stamford, CT.
Madison earned a B.A. – History from University of Connecticut and a minor in Business Fundamentals.
Prior to joining Czech Asset Management, L.P., Ms. Jenkins was employed by Prologue Capital, Inc. in Greenwich, CT as a Financial Controller. From 2012 – 2014, Ms. Jenkins was employed by Deloittte & Touche LLP in Stamford, CT as an Audit Senior. From 2011 – 2012, Ms. Jenkins was employed by Blum Shapiro Consulting LLC in West Hartford, CT as a Staff Auditor. From 2010 – 2011, Ms. Jenkins was employed by Ernst & Young LLP in Hartford, CT as a member of the Healthcare Staff.
Ms. Jenkins earned a B.S. – Accounting from the University of Connecticut.
Prior to joining Czech Asset Management, L.P. and since October 2015, Mr. Lee spent nearly three years at PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance LLC in Chicago, IL. At PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mr. Lee worked as an Analyst and Associate in the Investment Banking – Mergers & Acquisitions Group. Prior to PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mr. Lee spent nearly two years at BMO Capital Markets as an Analyst in its Healthcare and Higher Education Group.
Mr. Lee earned a B.A. – Economics (Dean’s List) from the University of Chicago.
Prior to joining Czech Asset Management, L.P., Mr. Maguire worked in New York as a Senior Vice President and Compliance officer for York Capital Management, a global event-driven hedge fund manager. From 2007-2012, Mr. Maguire was a Vice President – Compliance with Goldman Sachs Asset Management in New York. From 2005 – 2007, Mr. Maguire served as a Major in the U.S. Army and deployed to Baghdad, Iraq. From 2000 – 2005, Mr. Maguire was an Associate in Operations and Compliance with Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York. From 1995 – 2000, Mr. Maguire served as a platoon leader and tank commander in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Irwin, CA and Fort Knox, KY.
Mr. Maguire is a member of the West Point Association of Graduates Investment Committee.
Mr. Maguire earned an MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Mr. Samluk has over 25 years of large corporate and middle market investment and advisory experience with an emphasis on high yield, mezzanine and secured loan origination, structuring, underwriting and monitoring; distressed debt and special situations investing; and corporate finance, M&A and restructuring advisory having spent the vast majority of his professional career on Wall Street.
Prior to joining Czech Asset Management, Mr. Samluk was a Portfolio Manager – Distressed Debt & Credit Opportunities – at Loeb Capital Management (“Loeb”). Prior to joining Loeb and from 2004 – 2006, Mr. Samluk was a Credit Analyst – Special Situations Group – at MSD Capital (“MSD”), Michael Dell’s family office. Prior to MSD and from 1994 – 2002, Mr. Samluk was an Associate, Vice President and Director in the Investment Banking Division at Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette in Los Angeles and its successor, Credit Suisse, AG. From 1990 – 1992, Mr. Samluk was a manufacturing engineer at Sony Corp. From 1988-1990, Mr. Samluk was a manufacturing engineer at NCR Corp.
Mr. Samluk received an MBA (Major in Finance and Dual Minor in Accounting and Entrepreneurial Management) from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, a M.Eng. (Master of Engineering) in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, and a B.S. (Major in Mechanical Engineering; Minor in Economics) from the University of California. Mr. Samluk has known and worked with Mr. Czech since 1998.
Prior to joining Czech Asset Management, L.P. and between June 2011 and May 2016, Mr. Taunton spent nearly five years at JP Morgan Chase in Dallas, TX and New York City. At JP Morgan Chase, Mr. Taunton worked as a Summer Intern, Credit Analyst and Credit Underwriter in the Middle Market and Corporate Lending Divisions. Mr. Taunton is a graduate of the JP Morgan Chase Credit Analyst Training Program.
Mr. Taunton earned a B.B.A. – Finance (Cum Laude) from Texas A&M University.
Ms. Urquiaga serves as Czech Asset Management, L.P.’s Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Urquiaga has more than 27 years of experience in various aspects of the financial services industry including financial consulting, audit, tax and compliance.
Prior to joining Czech Asset Management, L.P. and from 2013 – 2018, Ms. Urquiaga was the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of Prostar Capital (US) LLC (“Prostar”) in Old Greenwich, CT where she was responsible for overseeing the financial accounting, tax, compliance and operations of Prostar’s global private equity funds, co-investment vehicles and management company. Prior to Prostar, Ms. Urquiaga was a Director in Credit Suisse’s Alternative Assets Group specializing in private equity and the Chief Financial Officer of the Sprout Venture Capital Funds based in New York City. Prior to Credit Suisse, Ms. Urquiaga spent almost 10 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as a Senior Manger in the Financial Services Group providing accounting, consulting and business advisory services to capital market clients. Prior to PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ms. Urquiaga was a NASD Series 7 licensed Financial Consultant in Merrill Lynch’s Private Client Group providing financial consulting and asset management services to high net-worth individuals and small businesses.
Ms. Urquiaga holds a B.B.A. from St. Bonaventure University and an M.B.A. from the William Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester. Ms. Urquiaga is a Certified Public Accountant.
Ms. Vera joined Czech Asset Management, L.P. in December 2013. Ms. Vera is responsible for supporting the administrative needs of the business and providing support to the firm’s Head of Office Administration and Human Resources. Ms. Vera also supports the firm’s Marketing and Investor Relations efforts. Ms. Vera has over 11 years of Administrative Assistant experience supporting senior executive management. Prior to joining Czech Asset Management, L.P., Ms. Vera was an Administrative Assistant at Choyce Peterson, Inc.