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Chris Yang | David York | Shari Young | Carl Youngman | Mark W. Yusko
Chris Yang, Managing Partner, Grove Street Advisors
Buyouts East Speaker
Chris Yang is a Managing Partner of Grove Street Advisors and a member of the firm's Investment Committee. He is an active investor in micro and mid-market buyouts with a particular interest in distressed opportunities, as well as technology-oriented growth and venture funds. Mr. Yang takes leadership responsibility for GSA's strategy and portfolio development in Asia. He also leads GSA's secondary fund investing activities with principal responsibility for both execution and management of intermediary relationships.
Prior to joining Grove Street in 2001, Mr. Yang was a consultant with Integral, Inc. and Alliance Consulting Group where he worked on strategy development for a number of large technology companies across the software and telecommunications industries. In addition, he has held various operating positions with Internet companies such as HomeGrocer, SchoolStop and Rotten Tomatoes. Mr. Yang was an Associate with Seed Capital, SOFTBANK's early stage venture affiliate in Boston. Mr. Yang worked at Bain & Company on its eVolution joint venture with Texas Pacific Group and Kleiner Perkins, as well as the law firm of Bingham McCutchen.
Mr. Yang holds an S.B. from MIT, a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association.
David York, Managing Director, Top Tier Capital Partners
Venture Alpha East Speaker
David York is Managing Director of Top Tier Capital Partners. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of the firm, and the development and growth of its funds of funds and co-investment offerings. Mr. York currently serves on the advisory committees for ten venture capital firms. Prior to the formation of Top Tier, Mr. York was a Managing Director with Paul Capital, overseeing the firm’s venture capital fund of funds offerings. Before joining Paul Capital, Mr. York was Managing Director of Equity Capital Markets Trading Services at Chase H&Q, which provided exit strategies to the worldwide private equity community. Prior to H&Q, he managed Volpe Welty & Company’s Corporate and Venture Services Group, and founded the Specialty Equity Transaction group at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Mr. York began his career as an Executive Consultant at Paine Webber. He received his B.S.E. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Shari Young, Senior Private Equity Consultant, Hewitt EnnisKnupp
Buyouts East Speaker
Venture Alpha East Speaker
Shari Young is a Senior Consultant in the Private Equity group at Hewitt EnnisKnupp and is a member of the Investment Committee. She consults on the private equity programs for numerous public and corporate pension plans, endowments, and foundations. Ms. Young has sourced and conducted due diligence on funds and co-investments across the full spectrum of private equity.
Prior to joining Hewitt EnnisKnupp, Ms. Young focused on growth stage venture capital investments at Chicago Venture Partners and was a Summer Associate at Sterling Venture Partners. Previously, Ms. Young was an investment banking analyst for ThinkEquity Partners and senior analyst at First Annapolis Consulting, a boutique strategic consulting and M&A advisory firm focused on financial services.
Ms. Young holds a B.B.A. with distinction in finance and marketing from Emory University Goizueta Business School and an M.B.A. in finance, accounting, and entrepreneurship from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Carl Youngman, Chairman, Youngman & Charm
HedgeWorld East Speaker
Carl M. Youngman is respected as one of the deans of corporate renewal in America. For over thirty years he has been helping public and private companies, their managements, investors in companies and lenders to companies resolve toperational and financial problems. He has been involved with over 250 companies and has been chairman, CEO, president or director to over 50. He is a Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP).
Mr. Youngman has represented private and public investors, financial institutions, boards of directors, owners, trustees, creditor committees, lawyers, and family advisors. He has been a partner in a $600 million private equity fund. He frequently finds himself in the “due diligence” process assessing new acquisitions, providing forensic services and advising investment banking and venture capital firms on the acquisition, operation and divestiture of existing portfolio companies. He has been a Chapter 11 trustee. Some of the brand names he has helped guide include: Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., Vie de France Corporation, Claire’s Stores, Au Bon Pain, Inc., Food Research Corporation, Red River Barbeque and Grill, Boston Chicken (now Boston Market), Tony Maroni’s, Champions Sports, Inc., Jreck Subs Group, Inc., Mountain Mike’s Pizza, Cuisine Solutions, Inc., Hub Mail, The Sun-Times Company, Bonner-Vawter Printing Company, The Concord Group, Mercury Media Holdings, LLC, and Bertram Yachts.
Mr. Youngman has a B.S. in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is a YPOer, a WPOer, and has been a resource leader at past YPO universities. He currently serves as the Chapter Chairman of the New England Chapter and has received national and international awards for his service. He is a member of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who Worldwide, and Cambridge Who’sWho.
Mark W. Yusko, CEO & Chief Investment Officer, Morgan Creek Capital Management
PartnerConnect East Speaker
Mark W. Yusko is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Morgan Creek Capital Management, LLC, a registered investment adviser formed in July 2004 to provide investment management and advisory services based on the University Endowment Model of investing to a diverse client base of institutional partners and family offices. With approximately $8 billion in assets under advisement, Morgan Creek is an active, global manager with a long-term philosophy consistent with the Endowment Model. The firm invests across all asset classes and strategies, from traditional equities and fixed income to alternatives, such as hedge funds, private equity, real estate and venture capital.
Using the resources of its unique fiduciary background, Mr. Yusko and Morgan Creek were early pioneers of the Outsourced Endowment Model, and today, the firm provides customized solutions to clients in need of a comprehensive investment program, as well as a suite of manager-of-manager products to assist them in building investment profiles based on the University Endowment Model. Morgan Creek provides best-in-class thinking about Asset Allocation, Manager Selection and Portfolio Construction. In this execution, Morgan Creek researches a broad range of themes, from domestic and international equity, to alternatives and the illiquidity premium in private assets, to the rise of emerging markets and consumer-driven economies, to name a few. Morgan Creek has also formed joint venture partnerships (Salient Partners and Hatteras Investment Partners) to provide comprehensive investment solutions through a series of SEC registered-vehicles.
From 1998 to 2004, Mr. Yusko served as the Chief Investment Officer for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). Mr. Yusko, and his team, founded the UNC Management Company (UNCMC) in July of 2002 to provide comprehensive investment advisory services to the University including strategic and tactical asset allocation, investment manager selection, manager performance evaluation, spending policy management and performance reporting. UNCMC also provided outsourced investment management services to select schools within the UNC System. Total assets under management at UNC were $1.5 billion, $1.2 billion of Endowment and $300 million of University working capital. Prior to joining UNC, Mr. Yusko was the Senior Investment Director for the University of Notre Dame Investment Office, where he joined as the Assistant Investment Officer, in October of 1993. He worked with the Chief Investment Officer in all aspects of Endowment Management. Mr. Yusko was primarily responsible for portfolio construction and was actively involved in establishing and building strong programs in real estate, private equity and marketable alternatives.
At both Notre Dame and at UNC, Mr. Yusko co-founded the Applied Investment Management course where a select group of students actively managed a live equity portfolio. The class focused on the integration of academic investment theory and the practical investment management process, and has enjoyed tremendous success since inception.
Mr. Yusko and Morgan Creek continue to survey world markets and identify new trends for its investors. Expansion of the firm’s global footprint—with the establishment of local investment offices in Singapore and Shanghai and support for the creation of The Limited Partners Association of China by colleague Jason Zhang-- and investor education initiatives have been critical to Morgan Creek’s success. Mr. Yusko is a globally-recognized speaker on investment topics ranging from asset allocation to manager selection, with a particular emphasis on the integration of alternative investments into traditional portfolios.
Mr. Yusko is an Advisory Board member of a number of private capital partnerships and alternative investment programs and has served as a consultant on alternative investments to a select group of institutions. He is currently a Board member of the MCNC Endowment and The Weaver Foundation. He is a member of the DukeEngage National Advisory Board at Duke University, President and Chairman of the Investment Committee of The Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Foundation at the University of Notre Dame, and President and Head of Investment Committee of the Morgan Creek Foundation.
Mr. Yusko received his Bachelor of Science Degree, with honors, in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame in 1985 and a Master of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from the University of Chicago in 1987.