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.
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.
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.
Matthew Olim graduated from the University of Texas in 1998 with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and a Masters Degree in Professional Accounting. Subsequent to graduation Matthew began his career working in the Investment Banking Division at Salomon Smith Barney. Matthew currently works at MSD Partners, L.P. Matthew joined MSD in 2000.
Donald (Dwight) Scott is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone and Head of GSO Capital Partners’ Energy Practice. Mr. Scott is a member of GSO’s Investment Committee. Before joining GSO Capital in 2005, Mr. Scott was an Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of El Paso Corporation. Prior to joining El Paso, Mr. Scott served as a Managing Director in the energy investment banking practice of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Mr. Scott is currently a Director of 3Bear Energy, LLC, Energy Alloys LLC, TapStone Energy, LLC, Giant Cement Holdings, Inc., Twin Eagle Resource Management, LLC and Compass Well Services, LLC. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of KIPP, Inc. and the Board of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. Mr. Scott earned a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.
Gavin Wolfe is the Managing Partner of Wolfe Holdings, the family office affiliated with Evergreen Capital, L.P. (www.evergreencap.net). Before establishing both Evergreen Capital, L.P. and Wolfe Holdings, LLC, Mr. Wolfe was Chairman of the Energy & Power Group and Vice Chairman of Investment Banking at Credit Suisse. Mr. Wolfe began his career in the investment banking group at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Mr. Wolfe earned a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from The Anderson School of Management at UCLA. Mr. Wolfe lives in Bedford, New York with his wife Hope and children Garrett and Devon.
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.