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Barry Bergman

Berry BergmanBarry is a Partner of Merchant and a Partner at GPS Investment Partners, who draws from a 30+ year career in private investing and leveraged finance Barry is the Co-Founder and the Head of the Investment Committee at Maxim Capital, a $1.5 billion real estate lending platform. In 2009, he co‐founded Lake Success Rentals, an owner and operator of over 2,500 homes and apartments in South Florida and North Carolina. Since 2010, Lake Success, in partnership with Tricon Capital Group, purchased, rehabilitated, and operated, over $200 million of single family residences in the Southeast United States. Barry also sits on the Advisory Board of Encore Housing Opportunity Fund. 

Prior to founding ALBA Investments, Barry spent 12 years as a Managing Director at Credit Suisse and its predecessor, Donaldson, Lufkin, Jenrette, in the Leveraged Finance Department. Previously, Barry spent 13 years at Morgan Stanley in the firm’s Leveraged Finance Group. He is currently on the Finance Committee and an executive board member of The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. Barry received an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of Chicago and a BS degree in Economics and Business from SUNY Binghamton.

Glen Chesir

Glen Chesir is a Partner and Head of Direct Investments at GPS Investment Partners where he sources, underwrites, and executes venture capital, private equity and platform opportunities for the firm. Glen focuses on a variety of sectors including financial services & fin-tech, alternative credit, media & entertainment and other special situation opportunities.  
 
Glen serves as a Board Member and Strategic Advisor for CoVenture, is a Founding Partner of Merchant Investment Management, is a member of the Board of Directors of Spotter, a member of the Board of Directors for Wave.TV, and is a partner in Piton Investment Management.  
 
Previously, Glen was an analyst for Cedar Glade Capital, a boutique hedge fund specializing in distressed investments and litigation finance. Glen graduated Cum Laude from Brandeis University in 2015.

Rick D’Amico

Rick D’AmicoRick is a Partner of Merchant and currently serves as the head of Merchant Credit Partners. He is also an investment principal at GPS Investment Partners. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of CoVenture and as a strategic advisor to several of the GPS Portfolio companies. Previously, Rick worked in the Investment Management group at Merrill Lynch where he focused on alternative investments for the duration of his tenure. He was on the portfolio management team that ran a suite of products with approximately $1billion assets under management. Rick graduated with a B.S. in Finance from the McDonough School of Business of Georgetown University.

Enrico Gaglioti

Enrico Gaglioti serves as Co-President of FS Investments where he shares oversight of firm strategy and leads the distribution, operations and technology functions.

Mr. Gaglioti has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, including product and business development, capital markets and investment management. Most recently, he was the Co-Founder and CEO of Chiron Investment Management, which was acquired by FS in 2020, and he is a Founding Member of GPS Investment Partners. 

Formerly, Mr. Gaglioti was a Partner at Goldman Sachs where he served as the Global Head of Equity Sales and ultimately as an advisory director of the firm’s Investment Management Division. During his tenure at Goldman Sachs, he served on the firmwide Business Standards Committee, Securities Division Executive and Operating Committees, and the Hedge Fund/Private Equity Screening Committee. He began his career at Salomon Brothers.

Mr. Gaglioti is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Don Bosco Prep High School and is a member on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Board of Advisors of James Madison University’s College of Business, the Board of the James Madison University Foundation, and the Board of Governors of the Money Management Institute. He earned a BBA from James Madison University’s College of Business.

Claire Murphy

Claire is an Associate with GPS Investment Partners, sourcing, evaluating, and executing private equity and debt opportunities across a variety of sectors. Prior to joining Merchant, Claire was an Investment Banking Analyst at Houlihan Lokey in the Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT) Group. Her responsibilities included sellside and buyside M&A advisory, financing, valuation, and strategic advisory engagements. She holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she graduated with Honors

Gianna Parella

Gianna is an Associate with GPS Investment Partners, sourcing, evaluating, and executing private equity and debt opportunities across a variety of sectors. 

Prior to joining GPS, Gianna was a strategy consultant with Accenture, aligned to the Telecom, Media, and Technology (TMT) practice, helping clients build business cases for new product opportunities and operating margin improvement.
 
She graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2017 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.

Scott Prince

Scott PrinceScott Prince is a Founding Member of GPS Investment Partners, LLC and an Executive Chairman of Merchant Investment Management. He is also a Partner of Maxim Capital Group, a real estate investment and lending platform where he is a Member of the Board and Chairman of the Risk Committee. Additionally, Scott is a Board Member of Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, where he is a Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and a Member of the Audit Committee.

Scott was formerly Co-Managing Partner of Skybridge Capital from 2007 until 2011. Prior to Skybridge, Scott was a Partner at Eton Park Capital Management from launch in 2004 until 2007, where he headed global trading and the fund’s derivatives business. Scott was Co-Head of Equities Trading and Global Equity Derivatives at Goldman Sachs through 2004. He was named a Partner in 1998 and served on the firm’s Finance Committee and the Equity Division’s Risk and Operating Committees. He was a Director of the International Securities Exchange from 2002 to 2004, a Member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Undergraduate Executive Board from 2008 to 2017, has served as a Board Member of the Hope and Heroes Pediatric Cancer Foundation since 2001 and has served as a Director of the Greater Miami-Miami Beach Police Foundation since 2017.

Scott received an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dmitri Shklovsky

Dmitri Shklovsky is the founder and managing partner of Bullingham Capital, a New York based private investment firm, a strategic investor in EagleTree Capital and a partner at GPS Investment Partners. Bullingham Capital invests in real estate, private equity and venture and provides capital and strategic support to a number of asset managers and specialty finance firms.

Dmitri is also a co-owner, partner and advisory board member of Taurus Investment Holdings, a global real estate investment firm specializing in multifamily, logistics and renewable energy sectors with over $8 billion of deployed capital. In addition, he serves on a number of public and private boards and investment committees of select asset managers.

Dmitri was a founder and managing partner of Atreaus Capital, a multi-billion dollar global macro and commodities hedge fund with offices in New York and London. Prior to founding Atreaus Capital in 2011, Mr. Shklovsky served as a proprietary trader at JP Morgan running a global diversified portfolio in currencies and commodities. Prior to that, he was with Tudor Investment Corporation, a Greenwich CT based hedge fund. He began his career at Long Term Capital Management.

Mr. Shklovsky is a trustee and a board member of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation. He serves on the Cornell University Engineering College Council and has been a guest lecturer at Cornell University in the field of finance and entrepreneurship. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and M.Eng. in Operation Research and Financial Engineering from Cornell University.

Ian Slome

Ian SlomeIan Slome is President of Slome Capital LLC, a family investment office with operations in the United States, Canada and South Africa that commenced operations in 1987. Investments are focused on Listed Securities, Hedge Funds, Private Equity Funds and Operating Businesses. Mr. Slome received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg) and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. He was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa on May 29, 1952 and has lived New York since 1985.

Marc Spilker

Mark SpilkerMarc Spilker is a Founding Member of GPS Investment Partners, LLC and an Executive Chairman of Merchant Investment Management, LLC. From 2010 to 2014, Mr. Spilker was President of Apollo Global Management and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. In 2010, prior to joining Apollo, Mr. Spilker retired from Goldman Sachs following a 20-year career with the firm. At Goldman he served as cohead of the Investment Management Division (IMD) and was also a member of the firmwide Management and Risk Committees.

Mr. Spilker previously was the Chairman of Chiron Investment Management, LLC, he served on the Investment Advisory Committee at Google and was a member of the American Stock Exchange, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Council of Economic and Fiscal Advisors for Governor Andrew Cuomo. He also served on the boards of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, the Stone and Bridge Street Funds, BrokerTec and Bondbook, LLC and was the former Chairman of the RFK Leadership Council at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.

Mr. Spilker is a board member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Undergraduate Executive Board, Maxim Capital Group, LLC, The New 42nd Street, Inc., The Samuel Bronfman Department of Medicine Advisory Board at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Advisory Board for Mount Sinai’s Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology. Additionally, he serves on the Third Way Board of Trustees, where he is the Founder of Third Way’s Capital Markets Initiative, is a Founding Member of the K3 Council at the Japan Society, is a member of the Social Finance, Inc. Advisory Council, and is a member of the AdvisorAssist, LLC Advisory Board.

Mr. Spilker received the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award in 2010 and the Marian Heiskell Award from The New 42nd Street in 2020. He is also a recipient of the 2016 Wharton Alumni Award for Distinguished Service. He is a committed supporter of independent public affairs documentaries and has provided funding for three prime time PBS specials, all of which received critical acclaim and numerous awards. These films include Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century: The Resurgence (PBS 2007), Jerusalem: Center of the World (PBS, 2009), The Jewish Journey: America (PBS, 2015) and Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations (PBS, 2020). Mr. Spilker also supported an independently produced documentary short about the life of pianist Byron Janis and a five-part media series for The New 42nd Street, Inc.

Mr. Spilker graduated with a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.