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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 January 2017 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.
  • Brian Bulger
    Brian Bulger works at Société Générale in New York City as an investment banking analyst in the Leveraged Finance and Financial Sponsors group. Brian graduated with the highest honors from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin with a B.B.A. in Finance in 2016. Brian was also awarded the Ernest W. Walker award upon graduation for his academic excellence in finance.
  • 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.
  • Stewart Coleman
    Stewart Coleman is a Vice President at Pearl Energy Investments, an energy investment firm focused on opportunities in the North American upstream, midstream, and oilfield services sectors. Prior to joining Pearl, Stewart was a Vice President in the Opportunistic Investments Group at Crestline Investors in Ft. Worth. Before joining Crestline, Stewart was an Associate at Kelso & Company, a New York based private equity firm, and began his career as an Analyst in the investment banking division at Citigroup in New York. Stewart holds a B.B.A. in Finance from the Business Honors Program from The University of Texas at Austin.
  • 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 Associate at Tritium Partners, a lower middle market growth buyout firm based in Austin, TX. Prior to Tritium, he was an Analyst in Evercore's Restructuring and Debt Capital Markets Group in New York. Evan graduated with a B.A. in Honors Economics and a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013, receiving highest honors in both degrees.
  • 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 served at the United States Department of the Treasury as a Policy Advisor focused on housing finance reform, expanding access to capital, and market structure policy. Prior to the treasury, Zuhair was an associate at Madison Dearborn Partners and an analyst at Evercore Partners. While at Madison Dearborn Partners, Zuhair also served as an advisor to the City of Chicago on its Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs.

    Zuhair is currently an MBA candidate at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Zuhair graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Honors and Finance, and a Bachelor of Arts 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.
  • Connor Landy
    Connor Landy currently works at Palantir in Business Development. Prior, he worked at Evercore Partners as an analyst in the Technology Group, Microsoft as a Program Manager, and at FaceCake Marketing Technologies as a Developer. He received a B.S. in Computer Engineering and a B.B.A. in Business Honors Finance from The University of Texas at Austin.
  • 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.
  • Sylvia Liaw
    Sylvia Liaw is currently an Analyst at Evercore in the M&A group in Houston. Sylvia graduated with high honors from The University of Texas at Austin in 2016 with a BBA in Business Honors and Finance. While on campus, Sylvia was involved in the Financial Analyst Program, the Investment Banking Association, the University Investors Association, and Delta Sigma Pi.
  • 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.
  • Jared Mason
    Jared Mason is a Vice President at Peak Rock Capital, a leading middle-market private equity firm based in Austin, TX. Before attending graduate school, Jared was an Associate and Senior Associate at Peak Rock. Previously he was an Analyst at Houlihan Lokey, where he was a member of the Financial Restructuring Group. While at Houlihan, Jared worked on a number of middle market restructurings and distressed mergers and acquisitions across industry segments. Jared received a master's degree in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree of business administration in finance, with honors, from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Cameron Mena
    Cameron Mena is currently an Analyst at Evercore in the M&A group in New York. Prior to joining Evercore, Cameron worked as an intern at Deloitte Consulting and J.P. Morgan. Cameron graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.B.A in Business Honors and Finance. While on campus, Cameron was President of the Texas Equity Group, Co-Chair of the Investment Banking Association, Treasurer of his fraternity, and a member of the Silver Spurs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Associate at Pantheon Venture's Infrastructure and Real Assets team in San Francisco. Prior to this role, Jay worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Houston, where he was an Investment Banking Analyst and worked on M&A and capital markets deals across a range of energy subsectors. 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.
  • Mark Wenden
    Mark Wenden is currently an Associate at Vista Equity Partners, a leading private equity firm with over $28bn in assets under management focused on investing in software and technology-enabled businesses. Previously, he was an investment banking analyst at Evercore Partners in the technology M&A group in Menlo Park. Mark graduated with high honors from The University of Texas at Austin in 2014 with a BBA in Business Honors and Finance. While on campus, Mark was involved in the Financial Analyst Program, Texas Undergraduate Investment Team, Investment Banking Association, Undergraduate Business Council, and Texas Wranglers.
  • 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.