He brings strong international experience working in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, and is proficient in English, Spanish, German, Italian and Mandarin Chinese. He holds a Zarb MBA with dual majors in finance and marketing, and a BA with triple majors in economics, political science, and liberal arts. He has also pursued advanced studies in International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Six Sigma, and Chinese history.
In addition to participating in a variety of extreme sports, he enjoys experiences like running with the bulls in Pamplona and is currently planning a Kilimanjaro climb. He has taught university courses in the United States and China, and mentored a number of international students, including Hofstra students, through the MBA admission, international relocation, and adjustment process.
Tell us a little about yourself. What led you to your current career?
AIAC is a NYC-based private equity firm specializing in acquiring distressed manufacturing units of Fortune 500 companies. It owns 60+ world-class plants in over 15 countries with over 8,500 employees and $1.2B+ annual revenue.
I kind of fell into this line of work out of necessity during the recession, shortly after graduating from Zarb around 2008. The fund of funds I was working for was being acquired and could not keep most employees onboard. Through my boss I met an AIAC “deal originator,” whose job was to find acquisition targets. I learned more about AIAC’s niche strategy, saw an opportunity, and made a strategic pitch hoping to create a job for myself. My theory was that Western markets were highly distressed, and that would translate into less consumption, manifesting into troubled Chinese companies ripe for acquisition. I moved to China originally focusing in search of acquisition targets, and found success in the international management and operations side of the business.
What is one piece of advice you would have given your younger self?
Tell us a bit about your biggest accomplishment.
Not everyone can pick up and leave, and my mobility has been the most positive influence of my career. My first move was in 2009 to Xiangfan, China, seeking bluer oceans amid the recession. It was a calculated risk that has paid tremendous dividends. I haven’t stopped moving since. Along the way I improved my Spanish, picked up Mandarin Chinese, and began working on my German. There is no better way to integrate into a country, culture, and economy than by showing the effort of learning the local tongue. I’ve made friends in most corners of the world, lived in postcard-worthy places, and regularly crave foods that are high on most people’s gag meter. It’s been a great ride that I hope to continue indefinitely.