TEAM
TEAM

HighPost Capital was created out of friendship and mutual respect.

We’re building a culture that reflects those values with a clear premium on teamwork, integrity and a strong desire to succeed on behalf of our investors and our portfolio companies.

Alignment of interests is paramount in building a uniquely qualified team
Founder, Chairman & CEO
David Moross

Chairman, HighPost Management Company
Chairman, HighPost Investment Committee

David has considerable experience as an investor in the consumer private equity industry. In 1998, David created a partnership with the late Mark McCormack of IMG, the world’s premier sports marketing & management company. Together they founded Sports Capital Partners, the first institutionally managed sports media and sports investment fund. David also created the private equity fund group, Falconhead Capital, which focused on similar areas of investing as well as the broader consumer sector. Prior to that, he started his career with Whitehall Financial Group in 1993, where he rose to the position of Vice Chairman. In 2019, David co-founded HighPost Capital, where his mission is to lead and build the organization into one of the world’s premier modern investment firms focused on the consumer and consumer technology sectors.

David is a member of the Development Board of the University of Texas, a Trustee of the Silver Shield Foundation and a Trustee of the Weizmann Institute of Science. He has also served as a Board Director of the NY Fund for Public Health, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and was a Vice Chairman of the 2014 NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee. David is currently a Board Director for Centr, LLC. Previously, he was Chairman of the Falconhead Charitable Foundation and was on the boards of Airhead Sports Group, LLC; ESPN Classic Sports, Europe; Maritime Telecommunications Network, LLC; National Power Sport Auctions, LLC; NYDJ Apparel Company; ESCORT Holdings, LLC; Competitor Group, LLC; Bollé Inc.; Rita’s Italian Ices, LLC; GPSi Holdings, LLC & Multi-Flow Industries, LLC.

David received a BA in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Founding Partner
Mark Bezos

Chairman, HighPost ESG Committee
Director, HighPost Management Company
Member, HighPost Investment Committee

Mark is a transformational connector of ideas and people. He has built a career applying keen insights, empathy, and intuition to unlock value for companies, individuals, and missions.

Mark started his career at global redoubtable agencies such as DDB, Saatchi & Saatchi and Lintas. In 1999, at the age of 29, he chose to start his own marketing firm in the highly competitive arena of NYC — Bezos/Nathanson Marketing Group (BNmg). Despite the dot- com recession, under Mark’s leadership BNmg was able to compete for and win business, establishing itself as an award-winning marketing boutique. The agency focused on brands in consumer categories such as airlines (Swiss, Sabena), hotels (Ramada, Howard Johnsons, Travelodge), spirits (Johnnie Walker, Talisker, Cardhu), fashion retail (KemoSabe) and others. Mark was able to successfully sell the agency to an international holding company in 2006. Upon selling BNmg, Mark’s career took a turn towards philanthropy. At the urging of a friend, he joined New York’s largest poverty-fighting non-profit, Robin Hood. At Robin Hood,  Mark applied his consumer-insight and story-telling skills to compel some of the world’s wealthiest money managers and business icons to give generously in support of New Yorkers in need. During his time at Robin Hood, Mark was also responsible for producing some of the largest fund-raising events in history – from the 12.12.12 concert providing relief after Hurricane Sandy (featuring The Rolling Stones, The Who, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton and more) to Robin Hood’s annual Big Benefit which raised a record-setting $101M in one night in 2015.

Throughout Mark’s time in marketing and at Robin Hood, and as a result of his family’s good fortune with the growth of his brother’s company, Amazon.com, Mark was able to get a look at several interesting early-stage investment opportunities for personal investments. The combination of access to interesting opportunities, Mark’s vast, close-knit, and well- connected personal network and his lifetime of knowledge of consumer behavior and insights has established the foundation for Mark’s role at HighPost.

Senior Managing Director
Kevin Mailender

Member, HighPost Investment Committee

Kevin is a Senior Managing Director of HighPost Capital, responsible for leading the investment team. He is a member of the firm’s Investment Committee.

Prior to joining HighPost in January 2021, Kevin was a Partner of Oak Hill Capital, where he led the Consumer, Retail & Distribution group and served on the Investment Committee. Over his 18 years at Oak Hill, Kevin participated in executing and managing over $2.0 billion of private equity investments across consumer products, specialty retail, restaurants, consumer/retail services and value-added distribution. His Oak Hill investment experience includes businesses such as Berlin Packaging, Checkers Drive-in Restaurants, Dave & Buster’s Entertainment (NASDAQ: PLAY), Duane Reade, Juice Plus+, The Container Store (NYSE: TCS), The Hillman Companies and The Imagine Group. Certain of these investments have received notable industry recognition, including Mergers & Acquisitions magazine’s “Deal of the Year” and Private Equity International’s Operational Excellence Award. Additionally, Kevin played meaningful roles in developing Oak Hill’s leading Operating Talent and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) programs. Before joining Oak Hill in 2002, Kevin was a member of the mergers and acquisitions group at Morgan Stanley.

Kevin earned an A.B. degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard University.

Senior Managing Director
Dave Gubbay

Chairman, HighPost Valuation Committee
Director, HighPost Management Company

Dave joined HighPost Capital as a Senior Managing Director responsible for Portfolio Company Operations. Since 2002, Dave has been a Partner with Falconhead Capital, a private equity firm focused on control growth equity buyouts in the consumer, leisure and lifestyle sector, where he participated in industries ranging from food & beverage, sporting & media, fitness and consumer goods. Dave has enjoyed a long and varied career across both operations and acquisitions having served in a number of senior executive roles in publicly-listed as well as privately-held companies across many industries including financial services and consumer. He served as Chairman and Director of a Miami based HMO, Neighborhood Health Partnership, Inc and helped structure and participated in its buy-out; served as Chairman and Lead Independent Director of a NASDAQ listed time-share company, Sunterra Corporation (“SNRR”); and was the principal owner of and built the first internet service provider forthe cruise maritime industry, Digital Seas International Inc.

Dave started his career in 1982 with Whitehall Financial Group, the Moross family office, which included making control investments in operating companies. He rose to the position of Chairman and CEO in 1989 of the financial services operating group which included several A+ rated life insurance, health and annuity companies, which eventually became listed on the NYSE as Life Partners Group Inc (“LPG”), and were sold in 1996 to Conseco Inc. Subsequently in 1997, he led mergers and acquisitions in North America for Fortis Inc, which completed the acquisitions of John Alden and American Bankers Life Insurance companies. He served as a senior executive for Norwegian Cruise Line Holding ASA, in which Whitehall had a significant investment, which was sold in a hostile take-over in 2000. In 2001, he joined Gary Wendt as part of the senior executive team at Conseco Inc. to assist with their turnaround plan.

He currently serves as a director of ExlService.com India Ltd, a business management and analytics company based in New Delhi, India. He has served on the boards of Maritime Telecommunications Network, LLC; Extreme Fitness Inc; Javo Beverage Company Inc; GPS iHoldings, LLC; and Multi-Flow Industries, LLC.

 

Vice President
Shreya Kedia

Member, HighPost ESG Committee

Shreya joined HighPost Capital in July 2021 as a Vice President. She primarily focuses on investment due diligence, financial modeling, deal sourcing, and consumer sector thematic research. Prior to HighPost, Shreya worked at Alleghany Capital, the private equity investment arm of Alleghany Corporation (NYSE:Y). While at Alleghany Capital, she worked on sourcing, evaluating, and executing middle-market investments across a broad range of sectors with an emphasis on consumer, media, hospitality, business services, and industrials. She assisted with management of portfolio company operations, add-on acquisitions and refinancing transactions for Jazwares, Concord Hospitality, and Wilbert Funeral Services. Additionally, Shreya spearheaded Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy for Alleghany Capital, built reporting frameworks and templates for all Alleghany Capital portfolio companies and led the publication of the company’s inaugural ESG Report. In order to gain operating experience, Shreya interned at Walmart’s (NYSE:WMT) Online Grocery division during her MBA program and then joined the Pet team at Walmart eCommerce upon graduation. Prior to starting her MBA program, Shreya worked as an associate at Gridiron Capital, a leading middle-market private equity fund. At Gridiron, she executed the fund’s investments in Motion Recruitment Partners and Tokyo Joe’s, a dividend recapitalization for Performance Health and Wellness, and multiple add-on acquisitions for several portfolio companies. Shreya started her career at Barclays and then worked at Perella Weinberg Partners as an investment banking analyst focused on advising clients on M&A and restructuring transactions across a wide range of sectors.

Shreya received a B.S. in Operations Research with a minor in Economics from Columbia University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Vice President
Keshav Rao

Keshav joined HighPost Capital in January 2020. He primarily focuses on financial modeling, investment due diligence, deal sourcing, and consumer sector thematic research. Prior to HighPost, Keshav was the sole analyst for the CIO of JS Capital, the multi-billion-dollar family office of Jonathan Soros. Keshav spent over five years at the firm and focused on a wide range of public and private investments with a global focus on the consumer and TMT sectors. While at JS Capital, Keshav led bottoms-up analysis for 30+ private deals/co-investments and conducted fundamental financial and valuation analysis for 100+ global equities, with many profitable investments in the consumer technology and discretionary spaces. Keshav also interned with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Graham Partners during his MBA program. At BCG, he worked on a turnaround project for the CEO of a health and wellness company to improve profitability through store closures, product rationalization, field operations, restructuring, supply chain optimization, and salesforce improvement. Keshav started his career at Goldman Sachs in the Global Investment Research Division, where he covered 10 companies in the specialty apparel sector. He performed sector research, constructed financial models, and designed proprietary inventory and pricing databases for e-commerce channels.

Keshav received an honors degree in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Principal
Sol Goldwyn

Sol started his career covering the financials subspace and broadened his coverage to include the consumer goods segment. The transition to private transactions is a natural extension of his work and leverages knowledge built over a career in the hedge fund industry. Most recently, Sol lead the European investment efforts at Nokota Management, a global multi strategy hedge fund. Previously, Sol was managing European long/short equity portfolios at several hedge funds including Folger Hill, Dabroes and Caxton. Over the years he has managed portfolios ranging between $350mn – $2bn in exposure size. During his tenure at Dabroes, where he was a founding partner, the firm was awarded the 2013 EuroHedge award for Top European Equity Hedge fund >$500mn. Sol’s primary coverage has been the financials subspace and has broadened out over the last 7 years to include consumer, retail, HPC, media and industrials. Sol started his career in investment banking at Salomon Smith Barney, where he was an analyst in the Technology group.

He graduated with honors, with a B.S. in Applied Economics and Business Management from Cornell University.

CFO/CCO
Gary Bialik

Gary joined HighPost Capital as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, in May 2021, after spending over 20 years focused on private equity accounting and operations at both private and public firms.

Gary started his accounting career in 1999 at Ernst & Young specializing in the audit of private equity funds and hedge funds. He then moved to Castle Harlan, a middle-market buyout firm, as Assistant Controller where he rose through the ranks to Chief Financial Officer overseeing finance, compliance and other operational areas of the firm. In addition to having responsibilities for Castle Harlan’s domestic funds, Gary was instrumental in the implementation and maintenance of three international fund structures across Europe and Australia. Gary also served as Manager at SS&C Technologies, a leading fund administrator, responsible for the financial reporting of private equity funds.

Gary graduated with a BA in Speech and Drama from Yeshiva University, after which he obtained an MBA with a specialization in Accountancy from Baruch College at The City University of New York (CUNY). Gary is a New York State licensed Certified Public Accountant and is a Registered Director with the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA).

Assistant to Chairman & CEO
Linda Marr

Linda Marr joined HighPost Capital in 2019 as Director of Administration. Previously, she was with Falconhead Capital since 2001, where she served as Director of Administration and Human Resources. Prior to Falconhead, Linda was the practice manager for a surgical practice overseeing the daily operations of the out-patient surgical facilities in Los Angeles and New York. She began her career in the fundraising department with the NY Special Olympics and has served as a Director for the Falconhead Foundation.

Director, Investor Relations
Nick Shevloff

Nick joined HighPost Capital in 2020 as Director of Investor Relations. Prior to joining HighPost, he worked in business development with a number of leading investment strategies, including in direct investments. Nick has over 20 years of experience in global capital markets, including leadership roles in building and running institutional equity sales teams at Numis, Société Générale, JP Morgan and Bear Stearns. Before moving to the United States, Nick qualified in the United Kingdom as a Barrister-at-law from The Inns of Court School of Law in London.

He has a Bachelor of Arts (honors) in Business and Law from London University.

Associate
Paul Tupper

Paul joined HighPost Capital in September 2021 as an Associate. He primarily focuses on investment due diligence, financial modeling, deal sourcing, and consumer sector thematic research. Prior to joining HighPost, Paul worked at Centerview Partners as an investment banking associate focused on advising clients on M&A and restructuring transactions across a broad range of sectors with an emphasis on consumer, media and industrials.

Paul earned a B.A. in Economics (cum laude) from Princeton University, where he was also a member of the varsity baseball team.

Associate
Charlie Nuss

Charlie joined HighPost Capital in June 2020, from Barclays where he was an investment banking analyst in their Industrials group.

Charlie graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Economics and a Minor in Arabic.

Executive Assistant
Cristina Lucero

Cristina Lucero joined the HighPost team in November 2019. Previously, she was with The Georgetown Company where she joined as receptionist. After two years she was promoted to Office Manager spearheading the firm’s office move into a larger facility. Previously, she worked in the hospitality and retail industry for several years, most notably as the retail manager for Ralph Lauren stores in NJ, Boston, and East Hampton.

She holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Elon University.

Advisory Board Member
Stacy Bash-Polley

Stacy Bash-Polley is a Senior Advisor focusing on Tactical Opportunities (BTO) and Blackstone Growth (BXG) portfolio investments as of April 2022. She is a former partner of Goldman Sachs, where she gained over 25 years of experience in finance and commercial leadership from August 1994 to March 2019. Stacy served as a member of Goldman Sachs’ Partnership Committee from 2008 to 2016 and was a founding member of Goldman Sachs’ Client and Business Standards Committee (CBSC) formed in response to the 2008 financial crisis and served as the Co-Chair of the Securities Division of CBSC from 2008 to 2015. She also served as the Global Head of Client Relationship Management & Strategy from September 2014 to December 2018 and as a member of the Americas Diversity Committee from 2012 to 2015. Previously, Stacy worked as a Consultant in the Information Technology Practice of EY from August 1989 to July 1992.

Stacy is currently a board advisor for fintech startup Bumped, where she has served since January 2021. She has also served on the board of New York City Center since September 2012. She has served on the board of directors of the Company since May 2021 and is a member of the Company’s audit committee.

Stacy earned a B.S. in Finance and Management Information Systems from State University of New York at Albany and an MBA in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Advisory Board Member
Curtis Martin

Curtis Martin began his NFL career with the New England Patriots, earning the honor of Rookie of the Year in 1995. He then joined the New York Jets in 1998 where he played for 8 years and was a 5-time pro bowler. He finished his career as the 4th leading rusher of all time and in 2012 was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Driven to give his best while helping others, he founded the Curtis Martin Job Foundation. A non-profit organization that continuously provides financial support to single mothers, children charities, individuals with disabilities, low-income housing providers and financial support to Surgicorps International. In addition, Curtis is the foundation’s sole financial supporter and is committed to funding the foundation’s endeavors.

In May 2019, Curtis received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, accredited for his work and support of the ICAHN School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, to develop a resolution to pain management for professional athletes.
In addition to his passion for helping others through his foundation, Curtis is also influencing the business world as Founder and CEO of his company Luduss Holdings, committed to entrepreneurship and investments. He is currently on the board of directors for Centr, LLC.

Utilizing football as his vehicle to impact others, Curtis is an accomplished businessman, role model, philanthropist and living proof that, “Life is what you make it!”

Advisory Board Member
Charley Moore

Charley is President of The Moore Group based primarily in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and Wise River, Montana.  He was previously employed by International Management Group where he represented PGA TOUR players including two World’s #1’s and a wide variety of corporate consulting clients.  He also oversaw the launch of IMG’s golf digital efforts.

Charley joined Falconhead Capital as an Advisory Board member and an Operating Partner, having served on a variety of deal pursuit, diligence and operational roles including Chairman of NYDJ, which resulted in a significant return for the fund. Additionally, he served on the boards of GPSI, Inc, Escort Radar Holdings, Inc and The Golf Warehouse, Inc.

The Moore Group currently focuses on advising senior executives of the PGA TOUR and the LPGA TOUR in a variety of strategic areas including growth strategies, media, M&A, and real estate. Charley has had a successful history investing in the outdoor and recreational industries as well as oversight operational roles in a number of private equity-backed portfolio companies. He also advises sports technology start-ups across the sports landscape.

Charley is a 1985 University of Notre Dame BBA and 1989 Wharton School of Business MBA graduate. His philanthropic efforts revolve around Golf Fights Cancer, The North Florida Land Trust, and Feeding America am.

Advisory Board Member
John Robertshaw

John is the Chairman of Aviditi Advisors. He co-founded the firm in 2019. He participates in the business and client matters of Aviditi.

John has more than 30 years of financial experience as a senior management member and business builder of the leading private placement / advisory groups at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Credit Suisse Securities. He has originated, executed or has been part of more than 300 capital raises, aggregating in excess of $450 billion, co-heading Credit Suisse’s Private Funds Group from 2004 to 2013.

He is also the Co-Founder, former Chairman and one of the leading investors of iCapital Network, a global, market-leading financial technology platform that simplifies access to alternative investments for High Net Worth, Broker-Dealers and Wealth Platforms with more than $81 billion of private equity, hedge fund and other alternative assets on its platform. The Company was a Forbes FinTech 50 winner in 2018, 2019 and 2020 and 2021.

John has previously served as an Advisory Board member of Falconhead Capital, a Board Director of Airhead Sports Group, among numerous other board memberships.

John received his Bachelor of Arts from Yale University.

Advisory Board Member
Chris Weil

Chris Weil was named chairman/CEO of Momentum Worldwide in 2003 and became the youngest executive to be elected chairman of the 4A’s. During his two-year term as chairman of the 4A’s, Chris was instrumental in launching the organization’s High School Initiative, where he was named chairman of the High School Initiative Board.

Before becoming chairman and CEO of Momentum Worldwide, Chris served as regional director for Momentum Europe/Middle East and Africa. Over his 20+ year career with Momentum, he has led the company as it has become the world’s largest and most-awarded experiential advertising agency, working with brands including Verizon, American Express and SAP.

Chris speaks at numerous global events and, as a visionary leader in experiential, his comments feature in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Sports Business Journal, Business Insider, Campaign and many more publications.

He is a Board Director of McCann Worldgroup and formerly served as an Advisory Board member at Falconhead Capital.

Chris resides in New York with his wife and two daughters.

Advisory Board Member
Mike Noell

Mike Noell is a successful private investor with significant experience in the consumer industry. He is a former Navy Seal having served on Seal Team 8 and Seal Team 6. In 1993, he founded BLACKHAWK, a leading U.S. manufacturer of tactical, outdoor and law enforcement equipment. He served as CEO for 17 years before successfully exiting in 2010 selling the company to Vista Outdoor. Following the success of BLACKHAWK, in 2015 Mike founded Sentry Products Group, specializing in high-end tactical products.  He served as CEO of Sentry from 2015 – 2021. During this time in 2018, Mike partnered with Falconhead Capital as a major investor and interim CEO of Airhead Sports Group, the number one brand of watersports equipment and winter leisure activity products based in Denver, CO. The company was successfully sold in 2021.

Mike was a board director of the Navy SEAL Foundation from 2003 – 2010.

He is a commercial pilot, a world-ranked competitive sailor, a nationally ranked competitive swimmer, an avid outdoorsman and resides with his family in Miami, FL.