Mr Buaron’s background combines investment experience with extensive consulting and management expertise. Prior to founding First Atlantic Capital in 1989, Mr. Buaron was a senior partner with Overseas Partners Inc., a middle market private equity firm. From 1983 to 1986, Mr. Buaron was a general partner of First Century Partnership, a venture capital firm focusing on a wide range of early and later stage investments. Prior to joining First Century, Mr. Buaron was a partner in the New York office of McKinsey & Company, Inc. During his nine-year tenure at McKinsey, he counseled senior management teams at several Fortune 500 companies on ways to improve their strategic position and operating performance. Mr. Buaron has a graduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the Politecnico of Milan, an M.B.A. from INSEAD in France, and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. His publications include the influential article “How to win the market share game? Try changing the rules,” originally published in Management Review.
Prior to joining First Atlantic Capital, Mr. Berglund was a partner at Jupiter Partners, a middle-market private equity firm, where he played an important role in sourcing, financing, acquiring, and managing portfolio companies in a variety of industry sectors. Prior to joining Jupiter Partners in 1994, Mr. Berglund spent three years as a principal at Invus Group, Ltd., a private equity firm specializing in food industry investments. Previously, Mr. Berglund was a manager at Boston Consulting Group, and earlier in his career he carried out research in microelectronics at Bell Laboratories. Mr. Berglund holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. from Purdue University, and a B.S. from Lehigh University.
Prior to joining First Atlantic Capital in 2003, Mr. Pedroni was an engagement manager in the Corporate Finance & Strategy group at McKinsey & Company in Italy, consulting with leading European companies on their corporate development strategies, capital investment initiatives, and organizational structure. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Pedroni was an executive director in the New York office of CIBC World Markets, where he provided investment banking services and financing solutions to clients in the transportation and aerospace-defense industries. Prior to that, he was an associate in the Corporate Finance department at JPMorgan Chase in New York starting in 1993. Mr. Pedroni holds a graduate degree in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy
Prior to joining First Atlantic in 2010, Mr. Ciampa was an associate in the Global Sponsor Finance group at GE Capital, where he participated in structuring and underwriting debt financings for middle-market and large-capitalization leveraged buyouts. Mr. Ciampa completed General Electric’s Financial Management Program, rotating across the equity capital, bank loan, healthcare, and securitization businesses. Mr. Ciampa graduated with honors from Boston University and holds a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Philosophy. He is currently pursuing an MBA (Executive Program) from the Columbia Business School.
Prior to joining First Atlantic Capital in 2010, Ms. Cherian was an investment professional at Permira Advisers, where she participated in evaluating and executing leveraged buyouts across a range of industries. She also worked as an analyst in the Financial Sponsors Group at Credit Suisse, where she was involved in advising private equity firms and their portfolio companies on capital raising and acquisition transactions. Ms. Cherian holds a B.S. in Finance with highest distinction from Indiana University, and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Mr. Dezio joined First Atlantic as an operating partner in 2008 after the firm sold its successful packaging platform, Captive Plastics, which he had led for a number of years. Mr. Dezio joined Captive Plastics as the president and chief operating officer in 1995, and became CEO in 2006. Previously, from 1993 to 1995, he managed seven small- to medium-sized manufacturing businesses for Leucadia National. For the preceding eight years, Mr. Dezio was president of Continental Plastic Containers, a subsidiary of Continental Can Company, until its divestiture. Over a 28-year span at Continental, he also served as vice president of manufacturing and vice president of general packaging for metal containers. Mr. Dezio holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Mr.Torok joined First Atlantic Capital as an operating partner in 2005. Prior to joining First Atlantic, Mr. Torok had developed considerable senior management, operating, and strategic planning experience during his 30-year career at DaimlerChrysler, and subsequently as a senior advisor to Booz Allen Hamilton in its global automotive consulting practice. While at DaimlerChrysler, Mr. Torok served in several wide-ranging roles, including general manager of the Chrysler Plymouth Division and senior vice president for corporate strategy. Starting in 2000, Mr. Torok spent four years in Japan as head of Mitsubishi International, on behalf of its shareholder DaimlerChrysler, with responsibility for all activities outside Japan. Mr. Torok holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Mr. Patricola joined First Atlantic Capital in April 2008, following six years as a director in the Citigroup investment banking division. At Citigroup, Mr. Patricola directed financial reporting for major Citigroup subsidiaries engaged in commercial and consumer lending, leasing, structured finance including municipal bond and loan securitizations, retail brokerage, proprietary trading in equities, fixed income securities as well as related hedging transactions. Prior to joining Citigroup, Mr. Patricola spent twelve years at Prudential Securities Inc., where he held several senior positions including director of accounting, director of corporate tax, and senior vice president for regulatory reporting. Earlier in his career, Mr. Patricola was a controller at several hedge funds, and spent four years as a senior auditor with Arthur Young & Company. Mr. Patricola holds an M.B.A. in Accounting from Baruch College and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Ms. Kapoor joined First Atlantic in February 2010, after working at various mid-size CPA firms as a tax accountant for their corporate, partnership and high net worth individual clients. In addition to serving various reporting needs of the clients, she was also involved with certified audits, reviews and compilation engagements of the firm while supervising junior staff and dealing with tax authorities at both federal and state level. At First Atlantic, Ms. Kapoor has been responsible for maintaining the books and records of First Atlantic Capital, Ltd. and First Atlantic Real Estate LLC. Divya graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Baruch College, New York in the year 2000 and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Mr. Skelly joined First Atlantic Capital in June 2016 after completing his MBA at Columbia University. While at Columbia Mr. Skelly worked part-time as an Associate at CIP Capital, Red Oak Growth Partners, and Bregal Sagemount where he evaluated and executed middle-market private equity investments in a variety of industries. From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Skelly was a Consultant with Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Operations practice where he worked on both corporate strategy and operational improvement projects for clients in several industries including the consumer and business services fields. Mr. Skelly holds a B.S. with High Honors in Finance and Accounting from Boston College, and an M.B.A. with Dean’s Honors and Distinction from Columbia Business School.