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John Garcia
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

John Garcia joined AEA in 1999 as a managing director and head of the firm's then newly-formed European operations based in London. In 2002, Mr. Garcia became president of AEA while continuing to head European operations and lead AEA's global value-added industrial products and specialty chemicals teams. In 2006, Mr. Garcia also became chief executive officer of AEA. He is responsible for AEA's investment review process and overall strategy and operations. He was also instrumental in the creation of the AEA Mezzanine Fund and the AEA Small Business Fund.

Mr. Garcia led the firm's global investment strategy in specialty chemicals, while focusing on value-added industrial and consumer opportunities in Europe. Those efforts have led to three of AEA's largest recent investments: Noveon International, Sovereign Specialty Chemicals, and Symrise. Mr. Garcia has served on the board of numerous companies, including Noveon International and Sovereign Specialty Chemicals and currently serves on the boards of Pregis, as chairman, Convenience Food Systems, Symrise, AEA Investors and various private equity funds managed by EQT Partners. He also serves as a member of the investment committees of AEA Investors and the AEA Mezzanine Fund.

Before joining AEA, Mr. Garcia held various positions at Credit Suisse First Boston, including global head of the chemicals group, member of the European investment banking department's management committee, head of the European acquisitions and leveraged finance and financial sponsors group, and head of the European natural resources group. Earlier in his career, Mr. Garcia was a managing director at Schroder Wertheim in New York and held various industrial positions at Atlantic Richfield in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Garcia received a Ph.D. and an M.A. in chemistry from Princeton University, an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.Sc. from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England.


Barbara Burns
General Counsel and Managing Director

Barbara Burns joined AEA in 2011. She is the General Counsel and a partner in the Firm.

Before joining AEA, Ms. Burns was the head of legal coverage for Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing, the real estate private equity division of Morgan Stanley. Prior to her work at Morgan Stanley, she practiced law at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, securities and private equity in their New York and London offices.

Ms. Burns received a B.A. in economics and international relations and a J.D., with honors, both from the University of Pennsylvania. She is admitted to the bar in New York.


Gary Cappeline
Operating Partner

Gary Cappeline joined AEA in 2007 as an Operating Partner.  He is involved in evaluating acquisitions, maximizing the value received from portfolio companies and supporting our Asian operations.  Mr. Cappeline co-led the AEA team on the acquisition of Houghton International and currently serves on the board of directors of Houghton International and Unifrax.

Before joining AEA, Mr. Cappeline was president and chief operating officer of Ashland Inc., a diversified chemical company.  His responsibilities included strategic planning and execution for Ashland’s four divisions, oversight of value-adding projects, investor relations and numerous global acquisitions.  He was a member of the executive committee.

Mr. Cappeline spent the first 23 years of his career with Ashland holding positions of increasing responsibility.  He then left to join Engelhard Corporation as a group vice president.  He then joined Honeywell Corporation as president of their chemical sector. Before returning to Ashland in 2002, he was at Bear Stearns Merchant Bank, their private equity arm, as chemical industry partner. 

Mr. Cappeline was a member of the board and executive committee of the American Chemistry Counsel.  He currently is on the board of Innophos Corporation, a publicly traded company.

Mr. Cappeline holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemical engineering from the City College of New York.  He has also attended postgraduate courses at Indiana University and completed the advanced management program at Harvard.  


Baron Carlson
Managing Director

Baron Carlson joined AEA Investors in 2004 as a member of the Small Business Fund team. Mr. Carlson played a significant role in developing several of AEA's recent investments including PLZ Holdings (Plaze and Claire-Sprayway), Troxell Communications, Implus Footcare, Colony Hardware and Sextant Education Corporation ( Southwest Florida College and Platt College). He currently serves on the board of directors of each of these companies. Mr. Carlson was also involved with AEA’s successful investment in In the Swim.

Prior to joining AEA, Mr. Carlson was an associate at Arena Capital Partners where he focused on investments in business and consumer services companies. Prior to Arena Capital, Mr. Carlson was with GE Capital’s private equity investment division and was a member of the mergers and acquisitions department at Prudential Securities.

Mr. Carlson received a B.A. in government from Dartmouth College.


Joseph D. Carrabino, Jr.
Managing Director

Joe Carrabino joined AEA in 2004 to lead a new mezzanine investing effort focused on the middle market.  Prior to joining AEA, Mr. Carrabino spent four years at Whitney & Co. as co-head of the mezzanine debt group and member of the credit and investment committees, managing $1 billion of dedicated capital.  While at Whitney, he was also co-head of the structured products (CBO) group and was a member of its credit and investment committees.  Mr. Carrabino also spent significant time on private equity activities and served on several boards in his various capacities.

Prior to joining Whitney in 1999, Mr. Carrabino spent twelve years at Credit Suisse First Boston in a number of areas including leveraged finance and financial sponsor coverage, high yield finance and corporate restructurings and reorganizations.  

Mr. Carrabino is a graduate of Harvard College, with an A.B. in economics.


John F. Cozzi
Managing Director

John Cozzi joined AEA Investors in 2004. He is co-head of the AEA Small Business Fund, which invests in companies with less than $150 million in enterprise value in AEA's areas of strategic focus: value-added industrials, specialty chemicals, consumer products, and business services. Mr. Cozzi co-led AEA's acquisitions of In the Swim and PLZ Holdings (Plaze and Claire-Sprayway). He serves on the boards of In The Swim, PLZ Holdings, ITT Educational Services, EduNeering Inc., and Global Trade Finance LLC.

Before joining AEA, Mr. Cozzi was a managing director at Arena Capital Partners, a private equity firm that invests in small companies in the consumer and business services sectors. Previously, he was a managing director in the leveraged finance group of Credit Suisse First Boston ("CSFB") and led the development of CSFB's education industry practice. Prior to joining CSFB, Mr. Cozzi was at Smith Barney, Harris Upham & Co., and NYNEX Corp.

Mr. Cozzi received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in economics and computer science from Union College with honors.


Shivanandan Dalvie
Managing Director

Shiv Dalvie joined AEA in 1997 and has been involved in a broad variety of the firm's activities. He moved to Hong Kong in 2006 to lead the firm’s private equity investment activities in Asia.

Mr. Dalvie played a significant role in developing and executing a number of the firm's recent investments including CPG International, Burt's Bees, and Kranson Industries. He is also involved in managing the firm's investment in Telephia. Earlier in his career, Mr. Dalvie was involved in developing, monitoring, and harvesting the firm's investments in XM Satellite Radio and Mettler-Toledo. He currently serves on the board of directors of CPG International and Telephia.

Prior to joining AEA, Mr. Dalvie was a member of the mergers and acquisitions group of Credit Suisse First Boston where he was involved in advising industrial, chemical and pharmaceutical clients such as Bayer, Broken Hill Proprietary, W.R. Grace, Tomkins, Rhone-Poulenc Rorer and Pitney Bowes on seven transactions with an aggregate value of over $3.5 billion.

Mr. Dalvie received an M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in computer science and economics with honors from Yale University.


Steven DeCillis II
Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director

Steve DeCillis joined AEA as chief financial officer and partner in 2011. He oversees finance and administration, human resources, information technology, and investor relations. Before joining AEA, Mr. DeCillis spent over 10 years at Ripplewood Holdings LLC, a middle market private equity firm, where he most recently served as chief financial officer and managing director. While at Ripplewood, Mr. DeCillis managed a team responsible for accounting, operating and administrative functions.

Prior to Ripplewood, Mr. DeCillis worked in the Assurance and Business Advisory Services practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Before joining PricewaterhouseCoopers, he worked in the Controllers Department at The Dreyfus Corporation.

Mr. DeCillis is a Certified Public Accountant who received an M.B.A. from Columbia University and a B.S. in accounting from Villanova University.


Martin Eltrich, III
Managing Director

Martin Eltrich joined AEA in 2001 and focuses on consumer products investments. He currently serves on the board of directors of Acosta and Henry. Mr. Eltrich co-led AEA's transaction teams in acquiring Burt's Bees, Henry and Acosta.

Before joining AEA, Mr. Eltrich was an investment banker covering the consumer products industry advising companies such as Diageo, General Mills, Nestlé and Coca-Cola in numerous transactions. He was an investment banker at Greenhill & Co. in New York, joining that firm at its inception in 1996. While at Greenhill, Mr. Eltrich helped facilitate more than a dozen merger and acquisition transactions with more than $40 billion of transaction value, including Pillsbury's sale to General Mills and Nestlé's acquisition of Ralston Purina. Earlier, Mr. Eltrich was a member of the consumer products group at Morgan Stanley.

Mr. Eltrich received a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


Tig Gilliam
Operating Partner

Tig Gilliam joined AEA in 2013 as an Operating Partner. He focuses on new investments and portfolio companies in the Consumer and Business Services industries, as well as companies with significant supply chain management operations.

Prior to joining AEA, Mr. Gilliam was CEO of Adecco Group North America, a $5.5B multi-brand specialty staffing and workforce solutions company. He led the $1.1B acquisition and integration of MPS Group, a global professional staffing business in 2009.

Mr. Gilliam spent twenty years with Price Waterhouse, PwC and then IBM Business Consulting Services when they acquired PwC Consulting in 2002. He led the Global Supply Chain Management consulting services business, as well as the Americas Consumer, Wholesale Distribution and Software industry practices.

Mr. Gilliam is an Independent Director for one of the nation’s leading homebuilders – Lennar Corp (NYSE: LEN). He is also an Independent Director for Work Market, Inc., the technology and marketplace platform for enterprises to manage external labor.

Mr. Gilliam holds an MBA from Columbia University and BS in Systems Engineering from University of Virginia.


Thomas W. S. Groves
Managing Director

Tom Groves joined AEA in 2004 to help implement a new mezzanine debt investing effort focused on middle-market companies.  As part of the mezzanine investment team, Mr. Groves has been associated with a number of the firm’s private equity investments, including Henry and Plaze.

Prior to joining AEA, Mr. Groves spent over thirteen years at Credit Suisse First Boston in a number of areas including leveraged finance and financial sponsor coverage, high yield finance, and corporate restructurings and reorganizations.  During his tenure at Credit Suisse First Boston, he completed over 60 transactions for over $14 billion in total value, including senior bank loans, bridge loans, high yield offerings, equity offerings and merger and acquisition transactions.

Mr. Groves received an A.B. in economics and government from Bowdoin College.


James Ho
Managing Director

James Ho joined AEA in 2001 and focuses on investments in the consumer products and services sectors. He has played a significant role in executing and managing the firm's investments in Shoes For Crews, Acosta, Burt's Bees, IAG Research, and Tampico Beverages. Mr. Ho co-led AEA’s transaction team in acquiring a position in Brand Networks. Mr. Ho is currently serving on the board of directors for Shoes For Crews and Brand Networks.

Prior to joining AEA, Mr. Ho was a strategy consultant with Bain & Company in Chicago, advising both private equity and corporate clients. During his time there, he developed acquisition perspectives and post-merger integration strategies for clients across a wide variety of industries, including consumer products, general industrial, and services sectors.

Mr. Ho graduated with honors from Northwestern University, with a double major in Economics and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences.


Brian Hoesterey
Managing Director

Brian Hoesterey joined AEA in 1999 and focuses on investments in the specialty chemicals and value-added industrial products sectors. Mr. Hoesterey serves on the board of directors of CPG International, Pregis, Houghton, SRS Roofing Supply, Garden Ridge, and Swanson Industries. He was previously on the board or significantly involved in several successfully exited investments, including Henry, Unifrax, Noveon, Sovereign Specialty Chemicals and Symrise.

Before joining AEA, Mr. Hoesterey was an executive at BT Capital Partners, the private equity group of Bankers Trust. At BT Capital, he focused on companies in the chemicals, general industrial, and services sectors. His investments included leveraged buyouts in the chemicals and packaging sectors.

Before entering the private equity industry, Mr. Hoesterey advised corporate management and boards of directors throughout the world on financial and strategic issues. One such position was with the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley, during which he was located in New York and Hong Kong. He also was in the New York office of McKinsey & Co., advising clients on corporate and divisional business strategy. During his tenure there, Mr. Hoesterey focused on clients in process industries and other industrial businesses, including chemicals, pulp and paper, agribusiness, and general industrial manufacturing and services.

Outside of AEA, Mr. Hoesterey serves on the Oversight Committee for Patagonia Sur, a for-profit venture that invests in, protects, and enhances scenically remarkable and ecologically valuable properties in Chilean Patagonia.

Mr. Hoesterey received an M.B.A. from Harvard University and a B.B.A. in accounting from Texas Christian University, both with honors. He lives in Scarsdale, New York with his wife, son and two daughters.


Axel Holtrup
Managing Director

Axel Holtrup joined the London office as a Partner of AEA in 2011 and focuses on investments in Europe. He co-led the acquisitions and serves on the boards of IAC and NES Global Talent. He is also a board member of BOA.

Prior to joining AEA, Mr. Holtrup was a Director at Silver Lake Partners where he played a key role in establishing the successful European business and co-led several high profile deals, including NXP and Intelsat. He also led Silver Lake’s initiative into debt investments. Prior to Silver Lake, Mr. Holtrup spent more than eight years at Investcorp where he was involved in a wide range of transactions throughout Europe, including Leica Geosystems, Stahl and Apcoa. He started his career as an investment banker in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department at Morgan Stanley in London and Frankfurt.

Mr. Holtrup received a first class honors degree in European Business Administration from the European Partnership of Business Schools in London and Reutlingen, Germany.


Gary Kulesza
Operating Partner

Gary Kulesza joined AEA in 2009 as an Operating Partner after spending 3 years working with AEA in the US and Europe. He is primarily focused on working with portfolio companies to improve operational performance and maximize value creation as well as being involved in acquisitions evaluations.

Mr. Kulesza has 30 years of senior executive experience in both operations and finance (CEO, COO, and CFO). He has successfully managed companies through IPOs, buyouts (LOB’s), carve outs, transitions (including performance challenged situations), mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, refinancing, consolidations and expansions. He has a proven ability to maximize desired results in fast-moving situations.

Mr. Kulesza has broad based experience in a number of industries to include technology (software, hardware, cartography); manufacturing (automotive, plastics, technology, chemical); distribution (grocery, clothing, hard goods); services (building maintenance, office and home alarm systems, temporary staffing, vehicle maintenance); retail (grocery, clothing, sporting goods, hardware stores, franchising, auto aftermarket); communications (satellite); restaurant and food service and gaming.

Mr. Kulesza holds a B.A. in Business Administration/Accounting/Finance from Niagara University and certificates from executive training programs from Wharton and Harvard Universities.


James W. Leng
European Chairman

Jim Leng is Chairman of the European Advisory Board of AEA, Chairman of Doncasters (Precision Engineering Company) and Deputy Chairman of Tata Steel Ltd. of India. As a Non-Executive Director, he sits on the Boards of Alston (French Engineering Company) and TNK-BP, the largest independent Russian oil and gas company. He is also a Senior Advisor to HSBC, a Governor at Ashridge College and the National Institute of Economic & Social Research. From 2001-2009, he was Chairman of Corus Group plc, a global steel company sold to Tata of India. Past Non-Executive Directorships include Pilkington plc (Glass), Hanson plc (Aggregates & Building Products) and IMI plc (Engineering).

In an executive capacity he was CEO of Laporte plc, an international specialty chemicals company and before that Low & Bonar plc, a diverse materials and packaging company. His early business years were spent at John Waddington plc where he was a MD of a number of their subsidiaries including consumer goods and packaging companies.


Susan Shui-Shien Lin
Managing Director

Susan Lin joined AEA in September 2006 and is based in our Hong Kong office to help develop the firm’s private equity activities in Asia.

Prior to joining AEA, Ms. Lin was the chief executive officer of Morgan Stanley Taiwan and served on Morgan Stanley’s Asia executive committee. Ms. Lin was involved in capital markets and mergers and acquisition activities in the Greater China region across financial, technology and general industry sectors. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Ms. Lin was a managing director at Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C. with responsibilities for managing the North Asia private wealth management business.

Ms. Lin received an M.S. in electrical engineering from Columbia University and a B.S. from The Cooper Union.


A. David P. Manzano
Managing Director

David Manzano joined AEA in 2007 as a member of the middle market debt team. Prior to joining AEA, Mr. Manzano spent almost five years at Callidus Capital Management, LLC (“Callidus”), a manager of Collateralized Loan Obligations (“CLOs”) as a Principal and Portfolio Manager. Prior to joining Callidus in 2002, Mr. Manzano served as a consultant to The Carlyle Group evaluating several stressed loan portfolios. Prior to this consulting engagement, Mr. Manzano was a Vice President at Merrill Lynch & Co. and spent four years in leveraged finance focused on originating, structuring and marketing high yield bank loan and bond transactions for event-related financings such as corporate acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations. Prior to Merrill Lynch & Co., Mr. Manzano spent four years as a Credit Analyst at The Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A. in both New York and Hong Kong and is a graduate of the Bank's credit training program.

Mr. Manzano holds a B.A. in Government and International Relations from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.


Brian McCluskie
Operating Partner

Brian McCluskie joined AEA’s London office in March 2012 as an Operating Partner and is former CEO of GEA-CT, formerly Convenience Food Systems (CFS). He joined CFS, a former AEA portfolio company, in 2008 and was instrumental in the successful sale process to GEA in 2011. Mr. McCluskie is also a board member of Lone Star.

From 2005 to 2008 Mr. McCluskie was President of Invensys APV and a member of the executive leadership team at Invensys. Following the successful turnaround of APV the business was sold to SPX Corporation. He has held senior management positions with Vitec Group, APW, Caradon, Alcan and T&N. During his career he has been in a wide range of industries including Electronics, Building Products, Automotive, Food and various Industrials across the globe.

Mr. McCluskie received a BEng in Engineering and Management with Honors from Napier University in Edinburgh.


Nannette McNally
Managing Director

Nan McNally joined AEA’s middle market debt team in 2007 with the introduction of the firm’s first senior loan fund. Along with David Manzano, she is responsible for managing AEA’s two senior loan portfolios. Prior to joining AEA, Ms. McNally’s experience included nine years as an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston in leveraged finance and corporate restructuring. She also spent several years providing independent consulting and strategic planning services to Align Communications Inc., an international technology consulting firm.

Ms. McNally graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in business administration.


William A. Owens
Asia Chairman

William Owens joined AEA Holdings Asia on April 1, 2006 and is a managing director of AEA Investors in Hong Kong.

Prior to joining AEA, he was chief executive officer and vice chairman of Nortel. Mr. Owens had served on the board of directors of Nortel and took the helm of Nortel following the disclosure of accounting issues in April 2004. Under his leadership, Nortel was reestablished as a strong, stable, ethical Fortune 500 company growing strongly and on the path to leadership in the telecommunications and enterprise IT global marketplace.

Prior to joining Nortel, Mr. Owens was chief executive officer and chairman of Teledesic LLC and before that, he was the president, chief operating officer and vice chairman of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), the largest employee-owned high-technology company in the U.S. Prior to joining SAIC, Mr. Owens was vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the second-ranking military officer in the U.S. He had responsibility for the reorganization and restructuring of the armed forces in the post-Cold War era.

From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Owens was the deputy chief of Naval Operations for Resources, Warfare Requirements and Assessments. He served as commander of the U.S. Sixth Fleet in 1990 and 1991 during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq. Between 1988 and 1991, Mr. Owens served as senior military assistant to Secretaries of Defense Frank Carlucci and Dick Cheney, the senior military position in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Mr. Owens has served on the board of directors of nineteen public companies and has founded two technology companies, Lumera and Extend America. He is on the board of Daimler Chrysler AG, Polycom, Wipro, Embarq and AEA Investors LP. Mr. Owens is a member of several philanthropic boards including the Carnegie Foundation, Brookings Institution and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mr. Owens has a B.A. and M.S. in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University and an M.S. in management from George Washington University.


Thomas Pryma
Managing Director

Tom Pryma joined AEA in 1999 and focuses on investments in the industrial and services sectors. He co-led AEA's investments in Pregis, Unifrax, Houghton, BI and HMG, and currently serves on the boards of directors of each of these companies. He also co-led our investments in NCGA and Kranson.

Earlier in his career with AEA, Mr. Pryma was one of the first members of the London office where he was involved in establishing the office, developing its investment strategy, marketing the firm, and sourcing and evaluating a variety of investment opportunities.

Before joining AEA, Mr. Pryma was with the investment banking division of Merrill Lynch, where he focused on advising a broad range of private equity investment firms. As part of what was at the time the leading financial sponsor coverage practice on Wall Street, Mr. Pryma worked with many large-cap and middle-market firms on all aspects of their investment activities.

Mr. Pryma graduated from Georgetown University with honors and is a certified public accountant.


J. Louis Sharpe
Managing Director

Louie Sharpe joined AEA in 1998. He has been involved in a range of AEA's activities and focuses on investments in the specialty chemicals and value-added industrial products sectors. Mr. Sharpe played a significant role in a number of the firm's investments in these areas, including Dal-Tile International, Henry, Sovereign Specialty Chemicals and SRS Roofing Supply. He currently serves on the board of directors of Henry and SRS Roofing Supply. Prior to joining AEA, Mr. Sharpe was in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley.

Mr. Sharpe received a B.A. in economics from Yale University.


Paul W. Soldatos
Managing Director

Paul Soldatos joined the London office of AEA in 2007. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Lone Star Group, Industrial Acoustics Company, Sparrows Group, and NES Global Talent.

Prior to joining AEA, Mr. Soldatos was a Founding Partner at Compass Capital Partners Limited, a European private equity firm. Prior to Compass, he was a member of the Management Committee and Head of Corporate Investment in Europe for Investcorp. Before entering the private equity sector, Mr. Soldatos was a Managing Director in the Acquisition Finance Group at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company (London). Among others, Mr. Soldatos has previously served on the boards of Gucci Group N.V., Saks Holdings Inc., N&W Global Vending S.p.A., and Convenience Food Systems.

Mr. Soldatos received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A., with Honors from the University of Wisconsin. Mr. Soldatos is a member of the Board of Overseers of The Wharton School.


Alan Wilkinson
Managing Director

Mr. Wilkinson currently co-heads the AEA Small Business Fund and is a Partner of the AEA Middle Market Fund. Mr. Wilkinson serves on the Board of Directors of Dayton Parts, Lonestar Group, Phillips Feed and Pet Supply, PPC Industries, Shoes for Crews, Singer Equities, Sparrows Group, SRS Roofing Supply and Troxell Communications, Inc.

Alan Wilkinson joined AEA in 1989. For ten years as a managing director, he concentrated his investment activities in industrial and consumer products companies, overseeing many of AEA's successful investments during that period. He was involved in all aspects of the investment review process and portfolio company management at AEA and either led or co-led AEA's successful investments in Rubatex, Specialty Coatings International, Leiner Health Products, Sola International, and Mettler-Toledo. He also served as a director of Rand McNally. Mr. Wilkinson left AEA in 1999 and joined Peter Solomon Company, a boutique advisory firm and then returned to the private equity business in 2002 with Saratoga Partners. He rejoined AEA in early 2004. Prior to joining AEA, from 1984 to 1989, Mr. Wilkinson was with Lehman Brothers, first in the Mergers and Acquisitions department and then with the Principal Investment group.

Mr. Wilkinson received an MBA from Columbia University and a BSc (First) in Mathematics from King's College London. He became a Chartered Accountant in England in 1980.


Scott Zoellner
Managing Director

Scott Zoellner joined AEA in 2004 to assist in the formation of a new mezzanine investing effort focused on the middle market. Prior to joining AEA, he was a principal in the New York office of Allied Capital, a NYSE-traded business development company.  While at Allied Capital, Mr. Zoellner was responsible for originating, executing and monitoring privately negotiated debt and equity investments in both sponsored and non-sponsored middle market companies, serving as a director of Callidus Capital Corporation and a member of the management committee of Callidus Capital Management LLC.  Prior to joining Allied Capital, Mr. Zoellner served as a consultant to the Carlyle Group and a managing director in the investment banking division of Credit Suisse First Boston ("CSFB") where he spent twelve years after joining the firm in 1990. During his tenure at CSFB, he was a member of the leveraged finance group and the global industrial and services group.  While at CSFB, Mr. Zoellner originated and executed debt and equity financings in the public, 144A and private markets in both U.S. and Europe.  

Mr. Zoellner holds a B.A. in economics and political science from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and an M.B.A. from NYU Stern School of Business.