Managing Partner: Matthew C. Kaufman
Mr. Kaufman is a senior private equity professional with over 20 years of principal investing experience. Over the course of his career he has led the execution of over 30 equity, debt and M&A transactions and has significant experience managing portfolio companies and turnarounds.
Mr. Kaufman was previously Senior Managing Director with GSC Group where he was a member of the Investment Committee of the private equity and distressed debt group. Prior to that he was Director of Corporate Finance with NextWave Telecom, Inc., worked with The Blackstone Group's Merchant Banking and Mergers and Acquisitions departments, and with Bear Stearns' Mergers & Acquisitions department.
Mr. Kaufman has served on the Board of Directors of numerous corporate and not-for-profit entities and has held steering committee positions in several bankruptcies. Select board memberships include Chairman of Pacific Aerospace & Electronics, Inc. and Aeromet Holdings (both in the aerospace and defense industry), Burke Industries, Inc. (commercial flooring), Day International Group, Inc. (printing press consumables and chemical products), Safety-Kleen Corp. (environmental services), and Woods Equipment Company (agricultural and construction equipment).
Mr. Kaufman graduated from the University of Michigan, with B.B.A. and M.A.C.C. degrees.
Vice President: Matthew J. Pearson
Mr. Pearson has nearly 15 years of transaction and operational experience having held roles in private equity, investment banking, and as a corporate operator.
Prior to Validor Capital, Mr. Pearson was an investment banker with Cleary Gull serving clients in the lower and middle markets working an M&A and capital raise engagements. Mr. Pearson also had stints with two private equity firms in Nashville, TN while attending business school. Mr. Pearson has held a number of operational and leadership roles at CLARCOR and General Electric. Mr. Pearson holds a B.S. and M.S.I.E. from the University of Louisville and an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.