Investment Professionals

Email: prothschild@rf-partners.com

Office: (212) 590-2440

Mobile: (914) 255-2542

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Peter Rothschild

Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Peter is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of RF Investment Partners, LLC and will share responsibility with Peter Fidler for all activities of the firm. Peter has worked in the financial industry since 1996 and has 14 years of principal investment experience within the lower-middle-market. During his career, he has played the role of advisor, control and non-control equity investor, and lender to companies across a wide variety of industries.

Prior to co-founding RF, Peter co-founded Tamarix Capital Partners, an SBIC Fund dedicated to providing flexible financing solutions to lower-middle-market companies, which was later merged into OFS Capital Corporation (Nasdaq: “OFS”). At OFS, he served as a Managing Director and Investment Committee member of both the SBIC Fund and the Business Development Company. Before co-founding Tamarix Capital, he held positions at Sandell Asset Management, an international multi-strategy alternative asset manager; Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm focused on control and structured equity investments in middle-market companies; imc2, a full-service interactive agency; Graham Partners, a Philadelphia-based private equity firm; and the investment banking division of Salomon Brothers.

Peter earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business where he graduated with High Honors and was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. Peter recently served as President of the Board of Directors at the Jewish Community Center of Mid-Westchester, is an avid ping-pong player, and a lifelong suffering fan of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Email: pfidler@rf-partners.com

Office: (312) 508-4340

Mobile: (312) 890-4452

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Peter Fidler

Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Peter is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of RF Investment Partners, LLC and shares responsibility with Peter Rothschild for all activities of the firm. Peter has worked in the financial industry since 1994 and has 18 years of principal investment experience within the lower-middle-market.

Prior to co-founding RF, Peter co-founded Tamarix, an SBIC Fund dedicated to providing flexible financing solutions to lower-middle-market companies, which was later merged into OFS. At OFS, he served as a Managing Director and Investment Committee member of both the SBIC Fund and the Business Development Company. Prior to co-founding Tamarix, he worked at Allied Capital, now Ares Capital Corporation – NASDAQ: “ARCC”), a publicly traded Business Development Company focused on making junior debt and equity investments in middle-market companies, and at LaSalle Bank N.A. in the Leveraged-Finance group. Peter also served as a Consultant to the World Bank, as well as a Presidential Intern to the National Economic Council of the White House.

Peter earned a BA in Government from Cornell University where he graduated magna cum laude and a MPP from Harvard Kennedy School.  When not working, he can be found kayaking in Lake Michigan.

Email: bgertmenian@rf-partners.com

Office: (212) 590-2434

Mobile: (703) 399-5431

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Blair M. Gertmenian

Director
Blair Gertmenian serves as a Director for RF Partners. Based in New York, Blair is responsible for supporting all activities of the firm including originating and evaluating investment opportunities; leading due diligence, negotiations and structuring; as well as partnering with portfolio companies to support the development and execution of growth strategies and initiatives. Blair has 16 years of finance experience including 12 years of principal investment experience (both debt and equity) in the lower middle-market.

Prior to joining RF, Blair was a Director for more than twelve years at The Gladstone Companies. He worked with the private equity fund, Gladstone Investment Corporation (NASDAQ: GAIN) where he focused on acquiring lower middle-market companies by providing both debt and control equity. Blair was responsible for sourcing, executing, and post-close portfolio management by serving as an active Board member of numerous lower-middle-market companies. Previously, Blair was an analyst at J.P. Morgan where he worked in the Middle Market Financial Sponsor Lending Group and Global Merger & Acquisitions Group.

Blair holds a BSBA with a concentration in finance from Georgetown University, where he graduated Cum Laude.

Email: skang@rf-partners.com

Office: (212) 590-2436

Mobile: (917) 687-6794

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Susan Kang

Director of Investor Relations and Operations
Susan is the Director of Investor Relations and Operations at RF Investment Partners, LLC and will be responsible for managing all investor communication as well as managing the day-to-day operations of the firm. She joins RF with more than 14 years of experience in investor relations and marketing having worked for numerous successful alternative investment funds.

Prior to RF, she worked at Brightwood Capital Advisors since inception and successfully marketed Brightwood’s two SBIC funds.  She was responsible for investor relations of all funds, which represented approximately $2.5 billion of assets under management (“AUM”). Prior to Brightwood, she was a founding member of Ironbound Capital Management, a global long short equity fund with approximately $1.0 billion of AUM, where she spent 7 years.  Susan was a member of the Operating Committee and led all marketing and investor communications.  Earlier in her career, Ms. Kang worked in institutional equity sales management at Citigroup, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch.  At each of these institutions, she formed and managed Asian and Japanese equity sales desks responsible for all North American distribution.  Ms. Kang began her professional career as a CPA at PricewaterhouseCoopers and later at Bristol-Myers Squibb as a senior international auditor.

Susan earned a BBA in Accounting and International Business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School.

Email: priggio@rf-partners.com

Office: (312) 508-4342

Mobile: (312) 805-3003

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Patrick Riggio

Vice President
Patrick Riggio serves as a Vice President for RF Partners. In this capacity, Patrick maintains responsibility for sourcing, evaluating and structuring new transactions, and portfolio maintenance.

Prior to RF Partners, Patrick served as an investment professional at Lake Capital, a Chicago-based private equity firm. He also held a variety of roles advising on transactions during his tenure at Duff & Phelps and KPMG.

Patrick is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning dual degrees with honors in both finance and accountancy. A Chicago resident, Patrick is a volunteer member of the Big Shoulders Fund Chairman’s Advisory Council.

Email: tkatz@rf-partners.com

Office: (212) 590-2435

Mobile: (267) 767-3678

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Tyler Katz

Associate
Tyler joined RF Investment Partners, LLC as an Associate in 2017. Based in New York, Tyler is responsible for evaluating new investment opportunities, investment due diligence and monitoring portfolio companies.

Prior to joining RF, Tyler was an Associate for more than two years at Berkery, Noyes & Co., LLC where he worked on numerous sell-side M&A transactions across a variety of industry verticals including: Healthcare, Business Services, Software/Information, Education, and B2B Media. Previously, Tyler was a Financial Analyst at Valuation Research Corporation where he specialized in business enterprise valuations, purchase price allocations, impairment analyses, fairness opinions, and solvency opinions.

Tyler earned a B.A. in Finance and a Minor in Economics from Temple University in 2013.

Email: mabrahams@rf-partners.com

Office: (312) 508-4343

Mobile: (713) 962-4567

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Matt Abrahams

Associate
Matt joined RF Investment Partners, LLC as an Associate in 2018. Based in Chicago, Matthew is responsible for evaluating and sourcing new investment opportunities, investment due diligence and monitoring portfolio companies.

Prior to joining RF, Matthew served as an investment professional at Main Street Capital Corporation (NYSE: MAIN), a principal investment firm focused on making debt and equity investments across the lower middle market.  He was responsible for evaluation and execution of investment opportunities, portfolio management and marketing activities of the firm.

Matthew graduated cum laude from Trinity University with a double major in Business Administration, with concentrations in Finance and Accounting, and Economics.

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Dan Drexler

Aerospace/Niche Manufacturing
Dan is currently Executive Vice President at Longview Asset Management LLC, and has been a Board Member at Quality Products, Inc., since 2002. Mr. Drexler served as an independent business and financial Consultant of Enprotech Corp, and served as Director of Corporate Development and Planning at Allied Products Corporation. He has been Member of Advisory Board of Arbor Lodging Partners, and has served as Board of Directors of Albany Bank & Trust at Albany Bank and Trust Company, N.A since 2008. He served as Member of Advisory Board of Madison Capital Partners, Hadley Capital and Fort Point Capital. Mr. Drexler is active in a number of charitable and civic organizations including FIDF, Hillel of Wisconsin, Invest for Kids and the Jewish United Fund of Chicago.

Dr. Seth Flam

Healthcare IT
Dr. Seth Flam has been Chief Executive Officer of Foresee since its inception. Dr. Flam was the CEO and co-founder of HealthFusion for seventeen years. In 2017, he exited from its successor Quality Systems, Inc. after a successful sale and transition. At HealthFusion, Dr. Flam provided the leadership for the company and its innovative and award winning MediTouch platform. Dr. Flam is a member of the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California and the American Osteopathic Association. Dr. Flam received a degree in Biology from the State University of New York in 1980 and a degree in Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery from The New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1984. He is licensed to practice medicine in California and is Board Certified in Family Practice. Dr. Flam received recognition by Ernst & Young as the 1996 Entrepreneur of the Year in the healthcare industry for San Diego.

Robert Hill

Consumer
Robert is currently the Chief Financial Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Dunn-Edwards Corporation, one of the largest paint retailers in the Western United States. Prior to that, Robert was Chief Financial Officer of Future Brands, LLC (a global wine and spirit company), Chief Financial Officer of Interdent, Inc. (a west coast based dental practice management company) and Vice President of Finance for Gruma Corporation, the parent company of Mission Foods. Mr. Hill holds a Bachelor Degree in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Travis Janovich

Tech Enabled Business Services
Travis founded Etix, Inc. in 2000 based on the belief that venues could and should control their own destiny, and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Janovich is an Adviser of Innovation Camp. Mr. Janovich is the Pioneer of using Internet and cloud computing solutions on ticketing market. He serves as Chairman and Director of Etix, Inc. Prior to founding ETix, Travis was a professional tennis player. Travis is a founder and developer of technology and telecommunications service enterprises and graduated with degrees in economics and statistics from North Carolina State University. An active supporter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the organization named Travis 2010 Man of the Year for raising more than $100,000.

Chris Kelly

Business Services
Chris is the President, Chief Development Officer, and Co-founder of Convene, the nation’s fastest growing network of meeting, event, and conference venues that combine technology, culinary, production, and human-centered design into a transformative user experience. He also is a member of the Forbes Real Estate Council, YPO Metro and sits on the Young Leaders Board of CoreNet New York, the leading association for corporate real estate professionals. Previously, Mr. Kelly co-founded evoJets, a leading provider of global private jet charter services and has started a number of other small business ventures in the United States, Ecuador, and Costa Rica. Mr. Kelly has been recognized two times in Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30” list of most promising young entrepreneurs and is a two time semifinalist for EY Entrepreneur of the Year.

Sergei Kuznetsov

Industrial Products
Sergei Kuznetsov founded SNK Ventures, an investment company and consultancy focusing on metal processing and transportation.  Mr. Kuznetsov served as Chairman of All Metals from 2014-2016.   From 2009-2013, he was CEO and led the restructuring transformation of Severstal North America and Severstal International.  Under his leadership Severstal became a major US based steel manufacturer reaching 5 million tons of production and $4 billion in revenues.  Prior to that, Mr. Kuznetsov held senior positions at OAO Severstal, including CFO and Director of M&A. From 2008-2013 Mr. Kuznetsov served on ОAO Severstal’s Board of Directors.  Mr. Kuznetsov began his career in steel trading, and in 1995 he joined Cargill Enterprises. Mr. Kuznetsov holds a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Moscow Bauman Higher Technical University and an MBA from California State. In 2011 he completed the Leadership program at Harvard Business School.

Michael Resnick

General
Michael is Managing Director and Co-Founder of Tallwoods Partners LLC, an investment office for high net worth families. From 1995 to 2013, he was with William Harris Investors, Inc. (WHI), a family office managing over $1B, serving as
Executive Vice President since 2000, and heading the Alternatives Investment Group. From 1991 through 1995, Michael served as an associate in the corporate department of the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York.

Michael received a JD degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and a BA, magna cum laude, in Humanities from Yale University. Michael is a member of the Bar of the State of New York. He serves on the Board of Directors of Computer Logic, a former portfolio company of WHI, and the Advisory Board of Invest for Kids.