Kenneth S. Courtis is chairman of Starfort Investment Holdings, which has interests in financial advisory, funds management, private equity and commodities. Dr. Courtis is or has been a member of the boards and advisory councils of a number of leading international firms, including Capitaland, Emerson, Daimler, McKinsey, Daimler, Noble Group, Banco BTGPactual, China National Off Shore Oil Corporation, and of private equity firm GEMS.
He was formerly managing director of Goldman Sachs, and vice chairman of Goldman Sachs Asia, where he advised on large corporate transactions, government financing programs, privatizations and investments. Previously, he was managing director of Deutsche Bank, and chief economist and investment strategist of Deutsche Bank Asia.
He is an international councillor of the Asia Society of New York, a director of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, a member of the advisory boards of the Schulich School of Business Management and of Glendon College, Toronto, of the Economic Strategy Institute, Washington, and has been a trustee of universities and research institutes in Asia, Europe and North America.
Mr. Courtis received an undergraduate degree from Glendon College in Toronto and an MA in international relations from Sussex University in the United Kingdom. He earned an MBA at INSEAD (the European Institute of Business Administration), where he was the recipient of the Heath Prize, and received a doctorate with honors and high distinction from l’Institut d’etudes politiques, Paris.
Sarah Donnelly is currently the food, household and personal-care products research analyst at Gabelli & Company. In 2013, she was named the Health & Wellness research platform leader. Sarah joined GAMCO Investors, Inc. in 1999 as a junior research analyst working for the consumer staples and media analysts. She also spent time abroad in the London office as a generalist.
Donnelly received a BS in business administration with a concentration in finance and minor in history from Fordham University.
Kenneth H. Fields is co-chairman of Klingenstein, Fields, LLC, a company he co-founded in 1989. Klingenstein, Fields is an investment management company managing the funds of wealthy families over several generations. He served as president until 2009 and continues to serve as chief investment officer, setting and implementing investment strategies, policies, asset allocation and stock selection. He also manages accounts directly and helps set investment policy and strategy as co-chairman.
Mr. Gatto was one of the first employees of Silver Point Capital, a credit focused hedge fund. He helped grow the business from $120MM of assets under management in 2002 to approximately $10 billion currently.
After joining the Firm in April 2002, he became the Firm’s first non-founding partner in January 2003. Mr. Gatto helped build out and runs several businesses for Silver Point. Today, he is the head of the Firm’s Restructuring group, where he oversees a team responsible for driving and negotiating in and out-of-court corporate restructurings, the head of the Firm’s Real Estate business, and the head of Silver Point’s principal lending business which focuses on lending to middle market companies. Prior to joining Silver Point, Mr. Gatto worked at Goldman Sachs as a senior member within the Special Situations Investing Business, specializing in investing in debt of distressed companies. Before joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. Gatto designed and taught credit training programs for loan officers of North American and European Financial Institutions. Prior to this, he was a loan officer and director of Global New Entry Training at Citibank. Mr. Gatto received an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in Economics. He is also a CFA Charterholder and has served on several Boards, which have included specialty retailer Party City, and most currently a board member of New Cotai Holdings, a Macau gaming company and Chairman of the Board of Quinn Industries an Irish Industrial company.
Outside of Silver Point, Mr. Gatto is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School and Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business, where he teaches courses on credit analysis, distressed value and special situation investing.
Jerry Getsos began his career in 1987 as an analyst for Lexington Global Asset Management. In 1995, he joined Lepercq de Neuflize & Co. as chief investment officer and portfolio manager of international equities. There, he managed the Ontario International Fund and high-net-worth individual accounts. In 2002, he joined Tocqueville Asset Management as deputy director of research and senior equity analyst responsible for all European equity investments. He joined Klingenstein, Fields & Co. as director of research in 2006 and began managing the Global Value Strategy in 2008. Getsos graduated from Fordham University with a BS in finance and economics and an MBA in portfolio management.
Alexander Matina is vice president, investments at MFP Investors LLC, the family office of Michael F. Price, which he joined in 2007. He previously served in various roles at Balance Asset Management, a multi-strategy hedge fund, and as a senior associate at Altus Capital Partners, a middle-market private equity fund. Matina was also a principal at 747 Capital, a transatlantic private equity firm, and a financial analyst at Salomon Smith Barney in the financial sponsors group of the investment banking division.
He currently serves as chairman of the board of directors at Trinity Place Holdings Inc., a publicly traded real estate company, and serves as a director of S&W Seed Company, a publicly traded agricultural company.
He received his BS, summa cum laude, from Fordham University and his MBA from Columbia University. He also serves as an adjunct professor of finance at Fordham University.
Boniface A. Zaino, CFA is a portfolio manager and managing director at Royce & Associates. Prior to joining the firm in 1998, “Buzz” Zaino was employed by Trust Company of the West (TCW) where he was the group managing director of the TCW Value Added Funds. From 1968 to 1984, he was employed by Lehman Brothers where he served as president and director of the Lehman Capital Fund, executive vice president and director of Lehman Management Company, and principal of Lehman Brothers.
Zaino holds a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and an MBA from Columbia University. He is a CFA® charterholder.