James Silver has developed operating and financial skills during more than twenty-five years of private equity experience. As Managing Director and Operating Executive, he invested in, managed, and successfully built companies in multiple industries. Mr. Silver has served on the Board of Directors of numerous public and private companies.
As Managing Director at Charterhouse Group, Inc., Mr. Silver focused on the Business Services and Industrial sectors, while participating as a member of the Investment and Valuation Committees. As an entrepreneur at Charterhouse, he transitioned a military electronics business into the commercial marketplace and took the company public.
Mr. Silver has significant experience with turnarounds. Accomplishments include privatizing a post-bankrupt document management company and serving as chief executive officer of a successful manufacturing turnaround.
Prior to joining Charterhouse in New York, Mr. Silver was Assistant Director for Charterhouse Bank in London, investing private equity in European companies.
Mr. Silver holds a B.G.S. from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
David S. Rose
David S. Rose is an Inc. 500 CEO, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, author and keynote speaker who has founded or funded over 100 pioneering companies. He has been described by Forbes as "New York's Archangel", by BusinessWeek as a "world conquering entrepreneur", by Crain's New York Business as "the father of angel investing in New York", and by Red Herring magazine as "patriarch of Silicon Alley". He is the New York Times best selling author of both Angel Investing: The Gust Guide to Making Money & Having Fun Investing in Startups and The Startup Checklist: 25 Steps to a Scalable, High-Growth Business.
He is the founder and CEO of Gust, which operates the world's largest online platform and community for entrepreneurs and early stage investors. Gust is used by over half a million entrepreneurs in 191 countries to connect with over 70,000 early stage investors.
He is also Managing Director of Rose Tech Ventures; Founder and Chairman Emeritus of New York Angels; Co-founder and Managing Director of the AREA Technology Accelerator; and Associate Founder of Singularity University.
A native New Yorker, David has a BA in Urban Affairs from Yale University, an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and a D. Eng. (hc) from Stevens Institute of Technology.
Phyllis Haberman has over twenty years of experience in executing middle market private equity transactions across all investment formats including leveraged buyouts, providing growth equity and venture capital deals. She has been an angel investor since 2006 with Golden Seeds LLC, a network of investors dedicated to providing capital to early stage companies founded and/or led by women.
Ms. Haberman is a former Partner at Charterhouse Group, Inc., a middle market private equity investment firm. She served on its Investment Committee and on the Board of Directors for numerous public and private firms in its portfolio, including a publicly traded provider of information and transaction processing services, a provider of outsourced business process solutions, a medical device technology company and a manufacturer of engineered products. She was a member or Chairperson of the audit committee for a majority of these Boards.
Ms. Haberman has negotiated, structured, valued and led due diligence for acquisition transactions in a wide spectrum of industry segments including business services, consumer products and industrial markets. She has regularly provided expertise to management with business strategy including add-on acquisitions.
Prior to her years at Charterhouse, Ms. Haberman held business development, marketing planning and financial management positions at Celanese Corporation, a publicly traded chemical manufacturing company. She has been a member of the Financial Women’s Association for over 30 years. Ms. Haberman is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for the International Education of Students and serves on its audit, finance and investment committees.
Ms. Haberman earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Simmons College and an M.B.A. in Finance from Columbia University Business School.
Peter Nager is a former Partner of the corporate advisory and investment banking firm, James D. Wolfensohn Incorporated. Following the sale of Wolfensohn to Bankers Trust (BT) he became a Partner and Senior Managing Director at BT and upon the merger of BT with Deutsche Bank, he assumed the same positions with Deutsche Bank. Earlier in his career he was a lawyer at the firm Debevoise & Plimpton specializing in mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Nager has advised the boards, CEO’s and other senior executives of such noteworthy companies as Dupont, Unisys, Lubrizol, Johns Manville, Major League Baseball, John Labatt, Northern Telecom, Ault Foods Limited and Nova Chemicals. His advisory work encompassed traditional transactional mergers and acquisition work as well as financing assistance and corporate strategy.
Among the significant publicly disclosed transactions for which he served as the lead banker are: the IPO and Spin-off of Conoco by Dupont, the sale of its defense business to Loral by Unisys, the sale of its U.S. and its Canadian dairy businesses by John Labatt, the purchase of Protein Technology from Ralston Purina by Dupont, the sale of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devil Ray franchises to investor groups on behalf of Major League Baseball and the repurchase by Dupont of the 25% interest in Dupont held by The Seagrams Company.
Mr. Nager is a member of the Board of Trustees and of the Executive Committee of the Caramoor International Music Festival, as well as the Boards of Trustees of The Beaver Dam Sanctuary, the City Parks Foundation and the Social Science Research Council. Previously, Mr. Nager was President of Symphony Space.
Mr. Nager holds a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Brown University, an M.B.A. from The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School.