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Advisory Council

The purpose of the Financial Analyst Program Advisory Council is threefold. First, the FAP Advisory Council enhances communication between alumni, current students, faculty, and investment professionals affiliated with the Financial Analyst Program. FAP Advisory Council members have contact information available to current FAP students, and are accessible to provide students feedback regarding industry trends and practices in the field of investments. The FAP Advisory Council holds a formal, annual meeting at the University during the academic term. Advisory Council members also organize an informal meeting in the summer in their respective cities for FAP alumni, and current FAP students interning in the same city. 

Second, FAP Advisory Council members support the applied aspect of the curriculum by preparing and updating interview materials, investment models, and industry cases. Third, FAP Advisory Council members support the efforts of the finance department to foster involvement and donations by individuals and corporate partners.

The FAP Advisory Council Members assist the program on an uncompensated basis.  

The FAP Advisory Council Members as of February 2016 are:

  • Narayan Bhargava
    Narayan currently works at The SDB Group as business development officer. SDB is involved in several different facets of the oil and gas industry from manufacturing to distribution to exploration. During his time at SDB, Narayan has been involved in international and domestic expansion and market development covering North America, Africa and Asia. He also currently serves as president of two SDB subsidiaries and director of another. 

    In addition, Narayan is the treasurer and youngest director in the National Association of Steel Pipe Distributors (NASPD), an industry organization aimed towards uniting companies that manufacture, trade, and distribute steel pipe across the world for oil/gas and structural applications. He also serves on the board of directors for the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston (IACCGH) and the Houston chapter of Magic Bus, an NGO that raises social awareness among children in poverty stricken communities.  In his off hours, Narayan enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing sports, and catching up on TV shows. He earned his BBA in Business Honors and finance back in 2010.
  • David Cecere (co-chair) 
    David Cecere is a Principal at Tailwater Capital LLC, a Dallas based private equity firm focused on domestic midstream and upstream investment opportunities. David joined Tailwater at inception and is responsible for deal sourcing, transaction execution, and portfolio oversight. He currently serves as a Director of Petro Waste Environmental and TexStar Midstream Logistics. Prior to joining Tailwater, David was an Associate at HM Capital where his primary responsibilities included evaluating, executing, and monitoring investments in the energy portfolio. David began his career at Merrill Lynch where he worked as an Analyst providing capital raising and M&A advisory services for energy companies. David earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Finance and a BA in Plan II Honors.
  • Eric Yu Chang
    Eric Chang is the Director of Finance at Bright Horizon Resources, a private-equity backed oil and gas company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Before joining Bright Horizon Resources, Eric was an Associate at Kayne Anderson in Houston. Prior to Kayne Anderson, Eric was an Investment Banking Analyst in the Oil & Gas Group at Credit Suisse in Houston. Eric received a BBA in Finance and BA in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Andres Churin
    Andres is an Associate at Dos Rios Partners, a middle market private equity fund located in Austin, Texas. In 2010, Andres started his career as an analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York City where he focused on a variety of investments including direct and secondary private equity investments across all industries. After Goldman, Andres worked for Satori Capital in Dallas, Texas where he was responsible for deal sourcing, due diligence, monitoring investments, and other transaction-related issues. Andres majored in Finance and Business Honors, and graduated with Honors in 2010.
  • Jimmy Crain
    Jimmy Crain is a Director at EnCap Investments, an energy-focused private equity firm with over $18 billion under management.  Jimmy’s role at EnCap is to source and evaluate new investment opportunities as well as sit on the board of current portfolio companies.  Prior to EnCap, Jimmy worked at Insight Equity, a turnaround and special situations private equity fund with approximately $1 billion under management.  Before joining Insight, Jimmy was an associate at EnCap Investments.  Jimmy received a BBA in Finance from the Business Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin. He also received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  Jimmy is a CFA charterholder.
  • Travis Devitt
    Travis Devitt currently works as an analyst at Ancient Art LP (dba Teton Capital Partners), an Austin based, value oriented hedge fund focused on equities and credit. Prior to joining Ancient Art, Travis worked as an analyst at Stadium Capital Management, a long/short equity hedge fund based in Bend, Oregon. Travis also actively invests in startups and is a member of the Central Texas Angel Network. Travis’s previous work experience also includes internships at Goldman Sachs and Meritage Capital. Travis earned a B.B.A. in Finance and the Business Honors Program from the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Sean Frankenberg (co-chair) 
    Sean Frankenberg graduated from the University of Texas with a BBA in Finance. Sean worked at Greenhill & Co. in its M&A, restructuring and proprietary investing groups and at Providence Equity Partners as an investment professional. He is currently an Analyst at Firefly Value Partners, a value-focused investment firm in New York.
  • Zoe Gabbard
    Zoe Gabbard is a member of the natural resources and emerging markets team at the University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO), the investment corporation responsible for management of The University of Texas and Texas A&M Systems' $35 billion in endowment assets. Previously, Zoe worked with the BVA Group, a litigation, valuation, and financial advisory firm base in Dallas, Texas. Zoe graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2012, with a B.B.A. in Business Honors and Corporate Finance. While at UT, Zoe was involved in the Financial Analyst Program, Net Impact Undergraduate, and the Leadership and Ethics Institute.
  • Evan Gow
    Evan Gow is an Analyst in Evercore's Restructuring and Debt Capital Markets Group in New York. Prior to being an Analyst at Evercore, Evan served as an intern at Evercore, Fulcrum Capital, a distressed credit fund, and at EdgeHill Capital Partners, an insurance-focused private equity fund. Evan graduated with a B.A. (Highest Honors) in Honors Economics and a B.B.A. (Highest Honors) in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013.
  • Hilary Hoffman
    Hilary Hoffman is a Vice President at General Atlantic where she focuses on the portfolio management process. She joined General Atlantic's New York office in 2011 where she originally focused on investing in the Business Services sector. Prior to joining GA, Hilary was an investment banking analyst at Greenhill & Co. in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Restructuring advisory groups. Hilary graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.B.A. in Honors Business and Finance.
  • Matthew Innamorati
    Matthew Innamorati is the Chief Financial Officer and VP of Corporate Development at Align Midstream Partners, a private equity backed oil and gas midstream company located in Dallas, TX. Prior to joining Align Midstream, Matthew was a Consultant with The Boston Consulting Group where he advised companies in the energy industry. Before The Boston Consulting Group, Matthew was a financial analyst and sector head at Bonanza Capital, a $550M hedge fund. Prior to joining Bonanza Capital, Matthew worked as a Summer Analyst in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley in NYC. Matthew received his BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 and his MBA from Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia in 2011.
  • Zuhair Khan
    Zuhair Khan is a Policy Advisor at the United States Department of Treasury where he advises and assists the Secretary, the Under Secretary for Domestic Finance, the Assistant Secretary for Financial Markets, and other senior officials on the capital markets implications of policy choices.  Previously, Zuhair worked for Madison Dearborn Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm that has managed over $21 billion of equity capital and Evercore Partners, an investment bank in New York City. He currently serves on the UT Austin McCombs School of Business BBA/MPA Alumni Advisory Board and the Friar Society Alumni Committee. Zuhair is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and member of the Atlantic Council.  Zuhair graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Business Honors and Finance, and BA in History. At UT, he was awarded the R.C. Doenges Award as the most outstanding Business Honors graduate and the McCombs School of Business Rising Star Award.
  • Fauzul Lakhani
    Fauzul Lakhani is an Associate of Riverstone. He is based in Houston. Prior to joining Riverstone in 2012, Mr. Lakhani was an Analyst in the Global Energy Investment Banking Group at Credit Suisse. While at Credit Suisse, Mr. Lakhani worked on M&A transactions and capital markets financings, with a focus on the oil and gas sector. Mr. Lakhani graduated with honors from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas with a B.B.A. in Finance.
  • Kurt Leedy
    Kurt is a Principal at Ridgemont Equity Partners, where he focuses on the group’s investment activity in telecommunications / media / technology. Kurt is on the board of directors at Unite Private Networks, Simpleview and AccentHealth and is actively involved in our investments in ServiceMaster and Intelsat. Prior to joining Ridgemont’s predecessor fund, Banc of America Capital Investors, in 2005, Kurt was a strategy consultant in the Dallas office of Bain & Company. His work there involved cases in the retail, airline and defense industries in both the US and Mexico. Kurt earned his M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Palmer Scholar and graduated with Honors. He graduated with Highest Honors from the University of Texas with a B.B.A. in Finance and a B.A. in Spanish and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Kurt is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder and is fluent in Spanish.
  • Ted Maa
    Ted Maa is a Principal on the energy investment team at Pine Brook Partners. Ted represents Pine Brook as a director of Comet Ridge Resources, LLC, Elevation Resources Holdings LLC, High Ground Energy Inc., Saguaro Resources Ltd., and Serafina Energy Ltd. Prior to joining Pine Brook, Ted was a Vice President at Denham Capital Management, LP, where he specialized in energy infrastructure and oilfield services investment opportunities. Prior to that, Ted was an analyst in the Global Investment Research Group at Goldman, Sachs & Co, where he focused on energy master limited partnerships. Earlier in his career, he spent two years with Apache Corporation as an analyst in the Strategic Planning Group.
    Ted holds a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
  • Hans Malzar
    Hans Malzar works as a manager on the Global Gaming team at Facebook in Silicon Valley. Prior to working at Facebook, Hans worked at a Berlin-based marketing start-up, AppLift. He joined the AppLift US team as the 5th employee and managed a team responsible for all US advertising clients. Hans started his career as a financial analyst at Microsoft in Redmond, WA. Some of his rotations included Investor Relations as well as Skype in Palo Alto, CA and he also led Microsoft’s Finance Rotation Program Recruiting Committee. Hans graduated with honors with a BBA in Finance in 2011 after participating in the Financial Analyst Program as well as leading the Texas Undergraduate Investment Team. As an undergraduate at UT-Austin, Hans was one of three student recruiters for the McCombs School of Business helping to recruit top talent to the school.
  • Basel Murad
    Basel graduated from UT with a BHP/Finance degree in 2008, and worked on both the FAP fund and the inaugural Real Estate Fund. The summer of his junior year, Basel interned for Jefferies & Co. in NYC before graduation and loved it but decided to go the Oil & Gas route post-graduation in Houston. He joined Citigroup’s IBD group after graduation and was there for two years before moving over to RBC Capital Markets IBD group. In May 2013 Basel took a position as Manager of Corporate Finance for a private E&P and Midstream company in San Antonio called BlackBrush Oil & Gas / TexStar Midstream. They are a multi-billion private upstream and Midstream Company that is sponsor backed and solely focused on the Eagle Ford.
  • Blair Ohman
    Blair is currently an Associate at Silver Lake Partners, the global leader in technology investing with over $26 billion in combined assets under management.  Previously, he was an investment banking analyst at Greenhill & Co. in the Mergers & Acquisitions group in New York City. Blair graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.B.A. in Business Honors and Finance.  While on campus, he served as the President of the University Investors Association and Co-Chair of the Investment Banking Association.
  • Chris Petrini
    Chris Petrini currently works at Blue Sage Capital, a middle market private equity fund, located in Austin, Texas. Prior to joining Blue Sage, Chris worked as an analyst at Houlihan Lokey. Chris is a 2010 alumni of the FAP Program..
  • Zach Petrone
    Zach Petrone is the Founder and Managing Partner of Highside Global Management, a long/short equity firm based in Dallas, TX.  Prior to founding Highside Global, Zach spent over 6 years with Highside Capital Management, a multi-billion dollar long/short equity fund that transitioned to a family office investment vehicle in 2013.  Prior to Highside, Zach was an Associate with Providence Equity Partners, a $40 billion media and telecom focused private equity firm. He began his career as an M&A and Restructuring Analyst with Greenhill & Co.. Zach earned a BBA ('05) in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Raj Rao
    Raj Rao is an Investment Banking Analyst in Credit Suisse's Global Energy Group in Houston. At Credit Suisse, he focuses on M&A as well as capital market transactions. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Raj worked as an intern at Focus Strategies Investment Bank and Acacia Partners while studying in Austin. Raj graduated from the McCombs School of Business in Spring 2015 majoring in Business Honors & Finance.
  • Lauren Roberge
    Lauren Roberge is a member of the corporate finance team at Lime Rock Resources, an oil and gas company based in Houston, Texas that seeks to acquire diverse proved oil and gas properties and provide its private investors with attractive long-term returns. Lauren plays an important role in the analysis of all Lime Rock Resources transactions and in the financial and operational performance of all Lime Rock Resources funds. Prior to joining Lime Rock, she worked as an associate at HitecVision Private Equity, a Norwegian private equity firm based in Norway. She also worked as an analyst in the Energy Investment Banking Group of Morgan Stanley. Lauren graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2010 where she earned a B.B.A. in Finance. At UT, Lauren was active in both the Financial Analyst Program and Student Government.
  • Walt Roloson
    Walt Roloson is leading operations and a cofounder at Impossible Ventures, an Austin-based startup. Prior to Impossible Ventures, he was a Senior Manager of Business Operations at LinkedIn, an Analyst at Tiger Global Management, an Analyst at Greenhill & Co., and an Analyst at Jefferies. Walt graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.B.A. in Finance and a B.A. in Computer Science (’05).
  • Gautam Shah
    Gautam currently works in Silicon Valley for Silver Lake Partners, a large-cap private equity firm focused on technology and technology-enabled investments with more than $23 billion in combined assets under management. Previously, Gautam worked in New York City for Evercore Partners, a boutique investment bank focused on mergers and acquisitions and restructuring. Gautam graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Business Honors and Finance where he was actively involved with the Undergraduate Business Council, Texas Equity Group, and McCombs Case Competitions. Outside of work, Gautam enjoys sports, hiking, and Texas BBQ.
  • Jeff Shieh
    Jeff Shieh is an Associate with Fieldstone Partners, a Houston-based merchant banking firm that partners with experienced management teams to build impactful entrepreneurial ventures. Jeff serves as a principal co-developer of North American and Latin American power generation and infrastructure projects and assists with mergers & acquisitions advisory and financings for lower middle-market companies in diversified industries such as oil & gas, cleantech, and business services. Jeff previously worked in oil & gas investment banking at Wells Fargo Securities.
    Jeff serves as Executive Vice President of the Houston chapter of OCA, a national Asian American community advocacy organization with more than 100 chapters. He is also Student Involvement Chair and Executive Board Member of KIPP PALs, a young professionals advocacy group supporting KIPP Houston Public Schools, a K-12 school system with 24 schools serving 12,500 students from underserved communities in Houston. Jeff is a graduate of the Business Honors Program and Financial Analyst Program at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Brian Smith
    Brian Smith is the vice president of finance overseeing the financial operations of Main Street Hub, Inc., an Austin-based CRM and marketing technology platform for local merchants backed by Bessemer Venture Partners. Previously, he served as vice president of finance of Bazaarvoice, Inc. (NASDAQ:BV) responsible for financial and strategic planning, investor relations and financing and M&A activities. Prior to moving to Austin, he worked in New York as a public equity investor with Tiger Management and an affiliated hedge fund and as an investment banker with Greenhill & Co. and in San Francisco as a private equity investor with Fox Paine & Co. He received a BBA in finance from the Business Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Jay Thakkar
    Jay Thakkar is an Investment Banking Analyst in the Energy and Power Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Prior to joining BofAML, Jay worked as an intern at Chevron Corporation, Cappello Capital Corporation and Eastside Community Connection. Jay graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.B.A. in Business Honors and Finance and a B.A. in Plan II honors.
  • Ka-Wai To
    Ka-Wai currently works at Partner Fund Management, a San Francisco based, fundamental oriented equity and credit hedge fund.  Prior to Partner Fund Management, Ka-Wai was an Analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in San Francisco, as well as at Lazard Frères & Co. in Houston.  Additionally, he previously served on the junior board of Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), a nationwide network of free open-enrollment college-preparatory schools in under-resourced communities throughout the United States.  Ka-Wai received a B.B.A. in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013.
  • Polidoros Trejos
    Polidoros Trejos is a cofounder of Fortuna Resources LLC and currently serves as Chief Financial Officer.  Prior to Fortuna, Mr. Trejos was a Vice President of Finance at Sanchez Oil & Gas, where he shepherded Sanchez Energy through its IPO process.  Before Sanchez, Mr. Trejos was a Senior Associate at Buckeye Partners and an Associate and Analyst at Lehman Brothers. Mr. Trejos is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a B.B.A in Business Honors and Finance.
  • Justin Wang
    Justin Wang is an Associate at Peak Rock Capital, an Austin-based private equity firm that makes debt and equity investments in middle market companies. Previously, he was an Investment Banking Analyst in the Oil & Gas Group at Credit Suisse in Houston. Justin graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2011 with a B.B.A. in Finance.
  • Jeff Young
    Jeff Young is a managing director at WM Capital Partners, a New York-based distressed investment firm where he focuses on acquisitions. Jeff joined WM Capital Partners from Beal Bank where he was in loan acquisitions. Prior to Beal, Jeff was in the real estate financing group at Goldman Sachs. Jeff graduated from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth with a MBA and the University of Texas with a BBA in finance.