Executive Chairman of the Board
George Ackert is an internationally recognized investment banker and advisor to companies in the transportation and infrastructure space, as well as leasing/rental and business services. Mr. Ackert is Global Head of Transportation and Infrastructure at Evercore Partners, which he joined in 2009.
Mr. Ackert's advisory assignments at Evercore have included advising Burlington Northern Santa Fe on its $44 billion sale to Berkshire Hathaway; advising AMR on the strategic alternatives for American Eagle; the $500mm investment in PAL (Philippines Airlines), the $1.4bb sale of Coinmach/concurrent merger with Airserve; Carlyle’s acquisition of Landmark Aviation; the acquisition of LINC by Universal Truckload, the Sale of RMI by Carlyle to GE Transportation, the sale of 50% of Volaris to a consortium (including Indigo); the USPS on its restructuring, advised the creditors of YRC Worldwide creditors in connection with strategic alternatives and restructuring; The Carlyle Group on its $600 million venture with RPK, and advised AFL on its sale to FedEx Express. Previously, he was the Global Head of Transportation & Infrastructure at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. While at Merrill Lynch, Mr. Ackert also advised on a number of other significant transactions including: the merger of Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines, the sale of the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad Corporation to Canadian Pacific Railway; the sale of Pegasus Aviation Finance Company by Oaktree Capital Management to Terra Firma; the SkyWest Airlines acquisition of ASA from Delta Air Lines; the sale of Spirit Airlines; and on private equity transactions for Hertz and PODs. George was also instrumental in the merger/IPO/Chapter 11 re-emergence of America West Airlines and US Airways, as well as the full recapitalization of AMERCO (U-Haul).
Mr. Ackert began his career as an associate attorney in Mergers & Acquisitions and Structured Finance at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. He holds a J.D. with Honors from the University of Texas School of Law, an M.B.A. from Baylor University, and a B.B.A. with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin.
George has been married to Pamela Ackert for 21 years, and they have two children: George and Victoria Ackert. They live in Bernardsville, New Jersey.
Vice Chairman of the Board
Howard Berk, since 2002 has been a partner at MSD Capital L.P., the investment firm formed in 1998 to exclusively manage the capital of Michael Dell and his family. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Berk was managing director of TG Capital Corp., an investment group that manages the capital of a single family and acquires and invests in both public and private companies. From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Berk was with The Stenbeck Group, acquiring and managing businesses in multiple countries. Prior to that, he was with Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he worked in the Principal Investment area as well as the Mergers and Acquisitions department. Mr. Berk graduated magna cum laude from The University of Texas in 1987 with a BBA in Finance and received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1991. Mr. Berk currently serves on the DineEquity Inc. Board of Directors.
Christopher ("Chris") Manning is a Managing Partner of Trilantic North America and Chairman of Trilantic Energy Partners. Chris is also a member of the Investment Committees of Fund III, Fund V North America and TEP. His primary focus is on investments in the energy sector. Chris joined Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking in 2000 and was concurrently the Head of Lehman Brothers’ Investment Management Division, including both the Asset Management and Private Equity businesses, in Asia-Pacific from 2006 to 2008. He was also a member of the Global Investment Management Division Executive Committee and the Private Equity Division Operating Committee. Prior to Lehman Brothers, Chris was the chief financial officer of The Wing Group, a developer of international power projects. Prior to The Wing Group, he was in the investment banking department of Kidder, Peabody & Co., where he worked on M&A and corporate finance transactions. Chris is currently a director of Antero Resources (NYSE: AR), Antero Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: AM), The Cross Group, Enduring Resources, Fluid Delivery Solutions, Templar Energy, Trail Ridge Energy, TRP Energy LLC, Velvet Energy and Ward Energy Partners. Chris was previously Chairman of the Board of LB Pacific and TLP Energy and a director of Mediterranean Resources and VantaCore Partners. Chris holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.
Vice Chair, Programs and Activities
Milton Millman III
Milton Millman is the chief operating officer for the Global Special Situations Group (GSSG). He is a member of the Firmwide Risk Committee, the Acquisition and Disposition Review Committee, the Physical Commodities Review Committee, the GS Bank Capital Committee and the Realty Management Operating Committee. Milton is also co- secretary of the Firmwide Investment Policy Committee.
Milton joined Goldman Sachs in 1994 at Archon Group, LP, the firm’s real estate asset management subsidiary based in Dallas, Texas. He became the vice president of international operations in 1998. During 1997 and 1998, Milton served as the finance director and chief operating officer of Trillium Investment Group, an affiliate of Goldman Sachs in London. In 2000, he moved to Tokyo to serve as the chief financial officer for the Asian Special Situations Group. Milton assumed additional oversight of the European and Americas Special Situations Groups in 2003. After five years living in Tokyo, he relocated to New York to help manage the global business. Milton was named managing director in 2002 and partner in 2008.
Milton earned a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin in 1986.
Gregg Zeitlin co-founded Reservoir Capital Group in 1998 and serves as a Senior Managing Director and member of the firm’s Investment Committees. Mr. Zeitlin currently serves on the boards of many of Reservoir’s portfolio companies including ContourGlobal, Intrepid Aviation Group, Black Elk Refining, and Prosperity Life Insurance Group. In addition to his focus on Reservoir’s direct investments, Mr. Zeitlin has been instrumental in the formation and development of several investment firms co-founded by Reservoir.
Prior to founding Reservoir, Mr. Zeitlin was a partner at Ziff Brothers Investments. Before joining Ziff Brothers Investments, Mr. Zeitlin was Vice President, Financial Strategy for Ziff Communications Company, where he focused on strategic partnerships and acquisitions, and ultimately, the sale of the Ziff family’s operating businesses. Previously, Mr. Zeitlin worked at Sunrise Capital Partners and Wasserstein Perella & Co.
Mr. Zeitlin graduated with Highest Honors from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.B.A. in Finance and serves on the UT Computer Science Advisory Council.
Max V. Alper is a Managing Director at PPC Enterprises LLC, a private equity firm. He was previously with KKR where he led private equity investments in the Services, Chemicals, and Consumer sectors. He has served on the boards of directors and audit committees of Del Monte Corporation, Big Heart Pet Brands, The Brickman Group, and BrightView Landscape, and was also involved with KKR’s investment in The Nielsen Company. Prior to joining KKR Mr. Alper was with SAB Capital, Madison Dearborn Partners, and Morgan Stanley Capital Partners. Mr. Alper graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA/BA in Plan II and Business Honors, and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Alexandra Burban is a Managing Director in the firm's corporate advisory business and leads our team which fosuses on cross-border advisory activity in Asia. Ms. Burban was previously in the firm’s Strategy & Corporate Development group, leading initiatives with respect to acquisitions, joint ventures and alliances, organic growth strategy and other corporate development opportunities.
Since joining Evercore, Ms. Burban has advised Anbang Insurance on its acquisition of Fidelity & Guaranty Life, Mizuho on its acquisition of a minority stake in Matthews International Capital, the Special Committee of the board of Alibaba on the restructuring of its interests in the SME Loan Business and Alipay, the management of the Customized Fund Investment Group of Credit Suisse on its sale to Grosvenor Capital Management, and Evercore on its acquisitions of interests in ISI, Lexicon Partners, ABS Investment Management, Atalanta Sosnoff and Mt. Eden Investment Management.
Prior to joining Evercore, Ms. Burban was a Vice President in the Strategic Partners Group at Lehman Brothers (now known as Dyal Capital), focused on strategic investments in alternative investment managers and was previously Head of the Strategy & Product Development group of Lehman Brothers’ Investment Management Division in London. Ms. Burban began her career in Lehman Brothers’ Investment Banking Division (Financial Institutions Group).
Ms. Burban graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with Highest Honors from the University of Texas at Austin where she received a B.B.A. in International Business and a B.A. in Italian.
Mike Ginnings is a Senior Analyst at Panning Capital Management, a credit-focused hedge fund, in New York. Mr. Ginnings focuses on investments in the financials, industrials and materials sectors, and is responsible for evaluating and executing on emerging market investment opportunities, primarily in Latin America.
Prior to joining Panning Capital, Mr. Ginnings was a Director at Golub Capital. Mr. Ginnings was a senior member of the firm’s Opportunistic Credit business and was responsible for investments in a variety of sectors including financials, industrials, materials and energy. Mr. Ginnings was a member of the invest committee for the firm’s illiquid opportunities fund and represented the firm on a number of ad hoc creditors’ committees
Mr. Ginnings began his career as an Analyst at Evercore Partners, where he was a member of their Restructuring and Debt Advisory Group. During his time at Evercore, Mr. Ginnings worked on a number of notable in and out-of-court debt restructurings, including the $60 billion pre-packaged Chapter 11 of CIT Group, one of the largest US bankruptcies to date.
Mr. Ginnings earned a BBA from the University of Texas in 2009. He lives in New York City with his wife, Ashley.
Matt Rhodes is a senior coverage officer in the Natural Resources Group with a focus on power and utility clients. He has been involved in numerous mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions in the power and utility sectors throughout his career. Matt joined Goldman Sachs in 2007 as an associate and was named managing director in 2015.
Prior to joining the firm, Matt worked at Bank of America and Duke Capital Partners.
Matt is on the Boards of Top Honors, which provides math tutoring to underprivileged middle school students in New York City, and Wall Street for McCombs at The University of Texas at Austin.
Matt earned a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998 and an MBA, with honors, from the Stern School of Business at New York University in 2007.
Mark Whatley is a Senior Managing Director in Evercore's corporate advisory business in New York. He is a highly experienced advisor to companies worldwide and has significant experience representing corporate clients and special committees on mergers and acquisitions, capital raising alternatives, and restructuring transactions.
Since joining Evercore, he has helped to develop a global, industry leading Transportation and Infrastructure investment banking franchise and has primarily focused on the shipping and aviation industry verticals. At Evercore, Mr. Whatley has advised on many large corporate M&A transactions, and global business and capital structure restructurings. In addition, Mr. Whatley continues to advise clients on capital raising transactions and has extensive capital markets experience representing clients on over 50 public and private transactions for equity, equity-linked and high yield, including providing structuring advice on many of the existing shipping Master Limited Partnerships.
Mr. Whatley began his career at Merrill Lynch & Co. and joined Evercore in 2009. While at Merrill Lynch, Mr. Whatley helped develop the Gaming, Leisure and Transportation Group into a market leader of advisory and underwriting services across industry verticals. Over his 10+ year career he has advised on over 100 successful transactions aggregating more than $50 billion in transaction value.
Mr. Whatley is a Board Member of The 52nd Street Project, a NYC non-profit organization, and a Member of the Advisory Board for the University of Texas at Austin’s Masters of Science in Finance Program at the McCombs School of Business. He received his B.A. in Economics and Finance from Trinity University and his M.B.A. from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.
Kiley Baker is a Private Banker in the New York office of J.P. Morgan Private Bank and is responsible for providing wealth management solutions to ultra-high net worth individuals and their families. Kiley advises clients on custody, credit and liquidity needs, sophisticated estate and charitable planning, public and private investments and fixed income management.
Kiley joined the J.P. Morgan Private Bank after earning her Masters in Business Administration from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. She also holds a degree in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Kiley spent six years in consulting. Kiley serves on the Wall Street for McCombs Board of Directors in New York City. She is an avid traveler and holds her Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) credential from the Society of Wine Educators.
Terence Balagia is a Private Wealth Advisor in the Los Angeles office of Goldman Sachs. Prior to joining Private Wealth Management, Terence was a Vice President in the New York office of Goldman Sachs where he worked in Corporate Treasury and focused on capital risk management. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Terence worked in the New York office of PricewaterhouseCoopers where he advised clients on the management of foreign exchange, commodity and interest rate risk.
Terence earned his Master in Professional Accounting degree from The McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin and his B.S. in Finance and Accounting from Boston College. Terence is a CFA® charterholder and a Certified Public Accountant. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Wall Street for McCombs, serves as a student mentor at Loyola High School of Los Angeles and is a member of the Los Angeles Society of Financial Analysts.
Brandon Doerr is a Director with Raven Capital Management. Mr. Doerr has been with Raven since the fund’s inception and is engaged in the origination, underwriting, execution, and management of principal finance investments, focusing primarily on aviation, shipping, receivables, real estate, specialty finance, and infrastructure assets.
Prior to joining Raven, Mr. Doerr was an investment banking Associate with Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Global Industries Group. At Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Mr. Doerr specialized in the advisory, valuation analysis, and execution of debt and equity products for industrial based companies, with a focus on transportation firms. Before graduate school, Mr. Doerr was a business consultant at Accenture. Mr. Doerr received a BA in economics from The Johns Hopkins University, Phi Beta Kappa, and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin (McCombs).
Rick Li is an Analyst at Goldman Sachs in the Global Natural Resources Group within the Investment Banking Division. Prior to joining Goldman, Rick held internships at Jefferies and Vista Equity Partners.
Stephen Martin is an Executive Director in J.P. Morgan’s Investment Banking group covering a diverse range of corporate clients in the retail sector. Mr. Martin has worked at J.P. Morgan since 2008. During his tenure at J.P. Morgan, Mr. Martin has executed a number of significant equity, financing and strategic advisory transactions for a number of leading retail and consumer companies.
Mr. Martin holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, San Diego, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the Economics Leadership Council at the University of California, San Diego.
Chirag Shah is a senior private equity professional at DB Private Equity, a $12B private equity platform at Deutsche Bank, focusing mostly on private equity investments in the US and Europe. Chirag has 14 years industry experience, including 10 years of private equity investment experience. Prior to joining DB in 2014, Chirag worked at GE Asset Management’s $12B Alternatives Group where he focused mostly on direct investments and co-investments globally on behalf of GE and other third party institutional investors. Previously, he held positions in private equity at a $1B US focused private equity and mezzanine investment firm and investment banking focusing on M&A transactions at Citi/Salomon Smith Barney in New York and Singapore.
Chirag has also served a one year full time at the American India Foundation (AIF) in a national chapter development role that was funded by the Skoll Foundation. Apart from UT Austin and McCombs volunteer leadership roles, he is also deeply involved with Sponsors for Educational Opportunity and serves on the US Advisory Council at AIF.
Education: BBA and MBA, The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business.