YEARLY ARCHIVES
  • Diego Vergara ’20 and His Unexpected Path to Wall Street

    Read original article here: https://www.pomona.edu/news/2020/12/18-diego-vergara-20-and-his-unexpected-path-wall-street?fbclid=IwAR3OaruiS3KL5kD7o2PV21f_98GN-PXvZOMwaZhF2BAzn048-xrCHUOSlbU

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  • Skyview Capital, LLC Expands Executive Leadership Team

    LA-based Private Investment Firm Appoints Dean Estrada as Senior Vice President of Capital Markets.

    Read original article here: https://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release/473692/skyview-capital-llc-expands-executive-leadership-team

     LOS ANGELES, CA, June 30, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ — Los Angeles-based private investment firm Skyview Capital (www.skyviewcapital.com) has named Dean Estrada as Senior Vice President of Capital Markets.

    Estrada joins Skyview with more than 25 years of capital markets, finance and operations experience. He most recently served as COO/CFO at Genos Capital where he helped grow the firm’s portfolio from from three portfolio companies to eight in four years. In his new role as Senior Vice President of Capital Markets, Estrada will lead all corporate finance transactions and capital markets activities for Skyview Capital portfolio companies.

    Estrada was instrumental in helping a number of high profile companies expand. He has worked with two of the largest privately held firms in Los Angeles as Vice President, Corporate Finance with Platinum Equity and Vice President, Treasurer for Castle & Cooke, Inc. He also has held lead roles in the M&A Finance group with Platinum Equity and was responsible for the financing of European and US based acquisitions. He assisted in establishing a stable of strong banking and finance relationships for Platinum Equity in Europe and the U.S. As Treasurer for Castle & Cooke, Estrada was responsible for all financings for acquisitions and any capital needs of the existing portfolio companies. He was a key advisor to Castle & Cooke, Inc. CEO David Murdock, on strategy and finance. Estrada has also worked with Foothill Capital and Equifax, where he specialized in areas of capital markets, treasury, cash management, investment management, and corporate liquidity.

    “With Dean, we are welcoming a proven leader with an impressive track record that will be invaluable as we position Skyview for future growth and success. We are thrilled to have Dean join Skyview’s roster of talented professionals” said Alex R. Soltani, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Skyview Capital, LLC.

    Estrada received his BA in Economics from UC Irvine and has attained lifetime status as a Certified Cash Manager. He has been a guest and panel speaker for various conferences with a focus on M&A Finance and Treasury Operations.

    About Skyview Capital

    Skyview Capital is a global private investment firm headquartered In Los Angeles specializing in the acquisition and management of mission critical enterprises in the areas of technology, telecommunications, business services and manufacturing. By leveraging its deep operational resources and financial acumen, Skyview systematically enhances the long-term sustainable value of the businesses it acquires. To date, Skyview has successfully completed over 25 transactions whereby it has acted as a partner to corporations and other stakeholders experiencing a strategic transition or liquidity event. Visit www.skyviewcapital.com.

  • Skyview Capital, LLC Expands Senior Operations Leadership Team

    LA-based Private Investment Firm Fuels Growth with Expansion of Senior Operations Leadership Team.

    Read original article here: https://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release/473696/skyview-capital-llc-expands-senior-operations-leadership-team 

    LOS ANGELES, CA, June 26, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ — Los Angeles-based private investment firm Skyview Capital (www.skyviewcapital.com) announced that three industry-respected veterans will be joining its senior operations leadership team. The expansion solidifies Skyview’s ongoing commitment for continued growth and success.

    Joining Skyview Capital’s team is Manel Sweetmore as Senior Vice President of Portfolio Operations. Bringing with him over 25 years of diversified operational experience leading private equity and venture backed companies, Sweetmore will be analyzing prospective investment opportunities, supporting equity transactions, and overseeing the management teams of current investments to drive value in the Skyview portfolio companies.

    Ross Ely is joining Skyview as Senior Vice President, Portfolio Operations – where he will be responsible for transitioning and overseeing Skyview’s portfolio companies. Ely has over 30 years of experience managing private equity-backed portfolio companies, including six years as CEO of portfolio companies owned by Marlin Equity Partners.  Ely also held prior leadership positions at Micron Computers as Executive VP of Sales and Marketing and at Apple as Director of Product Marketing for hardware and software products.

    Brian Dean also joins Skyview as Senior Vice President, Portfolio Operations. Dean will provide executive oversight and management of portfolio companies in the food and beverage vertical for Skyview. Dean, a graduate of the Chase Manhattan Bank training program turned to the food industry where he was an executive at Best Foods and Sara Lee before turning to private equity. His positions ranged from EVP of Sara Lee Bakery to CMO of Birds Eye Foods to CEO of Ecce Panis, an artisan bread company he ran and sold for J.P. Morgan Partners.

    “We’re at a critical moment in our growth path and are thrilled to have these three talented and highly experienced professionals join Skyview’s senior operations team. As we face this global pandemic and economic crisis, we are confident the growth to our team will drive success within our current portfolio companies and capitalize on the market opportunities ahead” said Alex R. Soltani, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Skyview Capital, LLC.

    About Skyview Capital, LLC

    Skyview Capital is a global private investment firm headquartered In Los Angeles specializing in the acquisition and management of mission critical enterprises in the areas of technology, telecommunications, business services and manufacturing. By leveraging its deep operational resources and financial acumen, Skyview systematically enhances the long-term sustainable value of the businesses it acquires. To date, Skyview has successfully completed over 25 transactions whereby it has acted as a partner to corporations and other stakeholders experiencing a strategic transition or liquidity event. Visit www.skyviewcapital.com

  • Annapolis Grads Write Powerful Pledge to Combat Racism

    Read original article here: https://medium.com/@leelauras/annapolis-grads-write-powerful-pledge-9976017cc1f9 

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    U.S. Navy photo by Kenneth D. Aston Jr /Released

    32 years ago, almost to this day, I walked across a graduation stage with 1,059 fellow students of the United States Naval Academy’s class of 1988, nominated, as mandated by federal law, from every state — all 50 — including Washington D.C., Guam, Puerto Pico, and the U. S. Virgin Islands.

    If any alumni group represents a complete geographic cross-section of the United States of America, it’s us.

    We had arrived in Annapolis one by one on a sweltering, humid morning, the day after Independence Day in 1984, teenagers tumbling out of the backseats of our parents’ cars, Greyhound buses, subways, and our first plane rides.

    Survival, our common goal, bonding us together.

    Seventy-eight percent of the class indeed did survive the ensuing four years of school and training, and it should not surprise anyone familiar with the Naval Academy that its graduates include John McCain, Sunita Williams, David Robinson, Jimmy Carter, Michelle Howard and thousands of other leaders in every discipline across this nation who once called “Mother B” their home.


    On Induction Day, like every person in the armed forces before us and each one that will follow, we raised our right hands and vowed to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

    Three decades later, we find ourselves (finally) facing a brutal and unjust domestic enemy, a creation of our country’s own history.

    We, as classmates, and we as a country, are facing down the enemy of systemic racism and white privilege: an enemy that, regretfully, so many of us never even realized we had — or worse, abetted.

    Four Black Naval Academy graduates, now well in their 50s with their own families and careers to focus on, yet still invested in the ironclad relationships that service to our country forges, took the time and initiative to write a pledge for our class.

    Their strategy seeks to overcome this domestic enemy not with Tomahawks, not with the latest laser weapons, not with UAVs, but with words and a 3-part, actionable pledge.

    These four leaders among us challenged all of our classmates to take their pledge.

    We, in turn, challenge every American to join us.

    I first saw the pledge in our Facebook group where hundreds have already commented and reposted with their own emotional responses and heartfelt reactions.

    With the authors’ collective permission, I share it here as part of my personal commitment to part 3, as listed below.


    “Recent reprehensive comments [of a fellow alumnus], along with the worldwide call to address racial inequality and police brutality have deeply impacted many of us in ’88.”

    “We have drafted a Pledge that we ask each of you to read carefully and consider acknowledging publicly.”

    “This Pledge is not only about race, but about openly discussing and understanding all our differences as people and offering a deeper level of support for each other in a way that many of us have already come to embrace in our lives.”

    “It is about conversation, engagement, and using our influence to help us be even stronger as a class and better friends.”


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    USNA Induction Day 1984/Photo provided to the author by Michael E. Tabb

    I recognize that we are men and women of action, and only through our actions can we effect a change.

    Because it is not enough to only recognize and speak against the mistreatment of our brothers and sisters who served alongside me, I commit to you that I will also engage on your behalf.

    What I can do, I will do. I commit to each of you to serve alongside you.

    I will interact intentionally with shipmates and have real conversations about our respective life experiences.

    My commitment is not only to hear but also to try to understand. I pledge to listen to my Class of 1988 brothers and sisters.

    I will engage to address any displays of injustice and any statements of untruths.

    If I am in an environment among friends or peers and something insensitive, derogatory, or untrue is proffered, I will reject it and encourage others to do the same.

    I will lead by example. Silence is no longer an option.

    What I can do, I will do.

    I will use my sphere of influence, an important extension of me, to the benefit of my classmates and the U.S. Naval Academy.

    It is critical that we all affirm our commitment to fairness and integrity, and that we carry out our message to the broadest audience possible.


    Now, replace the words “shipmate, Class of 1988, and U. S. Naval Academy” with your vocabulary and the name of your school — whether it be a high school, a small community college, or a large public university.

    Alternatively, write in your company’s name, your group’s title, or simply your family’s name.

    Make it your own.

    Write and take your own pledge.

    Take action on part 3 like I’m doing right now. It doesn’t matter if you have only 36 “followers” (like me), or if you have thousands.

    Leverage your network and expose your vulnerability by following the example of my classmate below:

    “At the ripe old age of 53, I suddenly, and somewhat embarrassingly, realized that landmark events like the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act were just another beginning.”

    “They were another tool in the toolbox to help fight the structural injustice and deprivation that had been built into our various systems from the beginning.”

    “It is this realization that made me post to my personal page last week that at some point in your life, people of integrity need to stand up and be counted.”

    “…people of integrity need to stand up and be counted.”

    “I stand up to be counted among those who will use their voices to lift up our fellow brothers and sisters until they are treated…from the mind, the heart, and the soul…with the same dignity deserved by all…until they have the same access and opportunity that this thing called the American Dream afforded me.”

    “I take the Pledge.”


    Gratitude goes out to the USNA Class of 1988 Pledge authors: Michael E. Tabb, Andre Stokes, Darryl Smith, and Kennon Artis, and to classmate Patrick Porter for sharing their deeply personal journeys.

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    Pledge authors: Michael E. Tabb, Andre Stokes, Darryl Smith, and Kennon Artis (USNA Lucky Bag photos supplied to the author by the owners.)

  • Skyview Capital’s Passport Foods (SVC), LLC Sells Select Kent Washington Assets to SAVr LLC

    Read original article here: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/skyview-capitals-passport-foods-svc-llc-sells-select-kent-washington-assets-to-savr-llc-301045974.html

    SEATTLE, April 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Passport Foods (SVC), LLC (“Passport Foods”), a portfolio company of Skyview Capital, LLC (www.skyviewcapital.com), has sold select assets of its Kent, Washington facility to SAVr LLC.  The acquisition diversifies SAVr LLC’s product line and provides additional manufacturing capacity. The House of Bee and Golden Pheasant brands will be added to the SAVr LLC portfolio. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    The Passport Kent facility previously operated under the Golden Pheasant brand and now returns to management by the Cheng family.

    For nearly three decades, Passport Foods has delivered to the table traditional and contemporary recipes perfectly crafted for all customer preferences with uncompromising, superior taste. Rooted in generations of Asian and ethnic culinary tradition, Passport Foods has earned an industry-wide reputation for bringing fresh and exciting flavors to the table with passion, authenticity and a contemporary twist. Passport Foods takes inspiration from cultures around the globe to create a wide and varied selection of culinary delights that range from a broad array of authentic traditional offerings to a bold line-up of innovative, creative fusions.

    “We are extremely excited by this acquisition as it allows us to launch modernization of our manufacturing processes while extending the product expertise and long history of the Tsue Chong Company,” said Isaac Cheng, VP of Operations at SAVr LLC. “These enhanced manufacturing capabilities and capacity provide great opportunities for us to extend our national accounts and widen our distribution network.”

    “We believe that the Kent facility is in good hands for future growth with Camillo and Isaac Cheng of SAVr. They have the local expertise and history with this Seattle-area operation. Passport will now be able to focus attention on our core business in our Ontario, California operations, which produces and distributes ethnic foods for the foodservice and retail/club channels. Both teams worked well together to complete this transaction,” said Mark Thomson, CEO of Passport Foods.

    “When we first evaluated our Passport acquisition, we had planned on divesting the Kent, Washington facility to allow the business to focus on the core operations in Ontario. Passport can now focus on profitable organic growth and strategic acquisitions,” said Alex Soltani, Chairman and CEO of Skyview Capital.

    About Skyview Capital, LLC:
    Skyview Capital, LLC is a global private investment firm headquartered in Los Angeles, California, which specializes in the acquisition and management of mission critical enterprises in the areas of technology, telecommunications, business services, niche manufacturing, and food & beverage. By leveraging its operational capabilities and financial acumen, Skyview systematically enhances the long-term, sustainable value of the businesses it acquires. The Los Angeles Business Journal consistently recognizes Skyview as one of the leading private equity firms in Los Angeles. To date, Skyview has successfully completed nearly 30 transactions within its target market verticals. For further information visit www.skyviewcapital.com.

    About Passport Foods (SVC), LLC:
    Passport Foods (SVC), LLC is a leading producer of globally-inspired foods. The business distributes its variety of entrees and appetizers throughout the United States in the Retail, Food Service, Grocery, and Club channels. Passport Foods (SVC), LLC is based in Ontario, CA and is a portfolio company of Skyview Capital, LLC. More information can be found at www.passportfood.com.

    About SAVr LLC:
    SAVr LLC is an Asian food manufacturer in the Pacific Northwest. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, SAVr LLC manufactures Asian style wheat noodles, rice noodles, dumpling wrappers and fortune cookies under its Rose Brandand SAVr Foods brands. With its family-owned manufacturing beginning in 1917, it is one of the longest-standing food manufacturers in the Pacific Northwest.

    Jeff White
    Skyview Capital, LLC
    Head of Business Development
    2000 Avenue of the Stars
    8th Floor North Tower
    Los Angeles, CA 90067
    310-273-6000
    jwhite@skyviewcapital.com

     

  • Skyview Capital Acquires Fidelis Cybersecurity

    Skyview Capital, LLC Acquires Fidelis Cybersecurity, Inc. — Tapping into a $25 Billion Total Addressable Market

    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Global private investment firm Skyview Capital, LLC (www.skyviewcapital.com) has added to its software technology portfolio with the acquisition of Bethesda, MD-based Fidelis Cybersecurity (www.fidelissecurity.com) from a consortium of investors in a stock transaction.

    Fidelis Cybersecurity is a leading provider of Network Traffic Analysis and Digital Forensics and Incident Response solutions that enable enterprises and government organizations to detect, hunt and respond to advanced threats that evade traditional security solutions. Fidelis solutions are delivered as standalone network, endpoints and deception products, an integrated platform, or as a 24×7 Managed Detection and Response service that augments existing security operations, threat hunting and incident response capabilities. Fidelis employs over 250 highly skilled professionals, including some of the world’s leading cybersecurity experts with specialists from the US Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, and Industry.

    Fidelis addresses a major challenge faced by enterprises today, which see threats becoming more sophisticated. With Fidelis Elevate, organizations have a streamlined security stack that integrates network, endpoint and deception defenses, automates and orchestrates workflows, and correlates rich metadata across these security layers to ensure continuous visibility across an enterprise’s cyber terrain. This allows companies and government organizations to have the necessary visibility to quickly detect, hunt and respond to threats at every step of an attack, keeping their business operations and data safe.

    “This is another exciting addition to our portfolio, and we are excited to be partnering with the Fidelis team in further fueling its trajectory,” said Alex Soltani, Chairman and CEO of Skyview. “With the ever-increasing complexity of digital environments and the pace of cyber threats across the world, we see an opportunity to build upon Fidelis’ impressive technology and solidify its position within the IT security industry. This transaction aligns well with our investment philosophy of targeting and investing in mission critical technology businesses across a wide spectrum of verticals, from telecommunications to cybersecurity.”

    “We are excited to partner with Skyview Capital and benefit from their ability to help us take the Fidelis platform, which provides unmatched visibility and empowers security teams to rapidly respond to threats, into other markets. We see a great opportunity to continue evolving our solution that will further differentiate us by providing a holistic approach to keeping organizations safe in an increasingly threatening environment,” said Nick Lantuh, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fidelis Cybersecurity.

    Darryl Smith, Skyview Capital’s President of Global Portfolio Operations, said, “The Skyview Portfolio Operations team is working closely with the Fidelis team to ensure a smooth transition into Skyview’s portfolio. We are committed to offering any and all strategic and operational support to Fidelis’ management team. We have established and look forward to building upon a strong relationship with key Fidelis customers.”

    Going forward, Skyview will continue to pursue opportunities within the IT security category. “Skyview is committed to realizing the full value of Fidelis as a safeguard against cyber threats, and we are enthusiastic about identifying both organic and inorganic growth opportunities,” added Mr. Soltani.

    About Skyview Capital, LLC

    Skyview Capital is a global private investment firm headquartered in Los Angeles, California, which specializes in the acquisition and management of mission critical enterprises in the areas of technology, telecommunications, business services, and manufacturing. By leveraging its operational resources and financial acumen, Skyview systematically enhances the long-term sustainable value of the businesses it acquires. To date, Skyview has successfully completed over 30 transactions whereby it has acted as a partner to corporations and other stakeholders experiencing a strategic transition or liquidity event. Visit www.skyviewcapital.com.

    About Fidelis Cybersecurity

    Fidelis Cybersecurity is a leading provider of threat detection, hunting and response solutions. Fidelis combats the full spectrum of cyber-crime, data theft and espionage by providing full visibility across hybrid cloud / on-prem environments, automating threat and data theft detection, empowering threat hunting and optimizing incident response with context, speed and accuracy.

    By integrating bi-directional network traffic analysis across your cloud and internal networks with email, web, endpoint detection and response, and automated deception technology, the Fidelis Elevate™ platform captures rich metadata and content that enables real-time and retrospective analysis, giving security teams the platform to effectively hunt for threats in their environment. Fidelis solutions are delivered as standalone products, an integrated platform, or as a 24×7 Managed Detection and Response service that augments existing security operations and incident response capabilities. Fidelis is trusted by Global 1000s and Governments as their last line of defense. Get in the hunt. For more information go to www.fidelissecurity.com.


    Skyview Capital, LLC
    Jeff White, Head of Business Development
    2000 Avenue of the Stars
    8th Floor North Tower
    Los Angeles, CA 90067
    310-273-6000
    jwhite@skyviewcapital.com

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