Grand Central Holdings first fund-- consisting of technology-related holdings in the financial service, healthcare, and transportation industries-- was managed by the following investment professionals.
|Gregory C. Belmont, Founding Partner,
is an experienced investor, technologist, and business strategist.
He has led a dozen private equity investments, served on the Boards of several venture-stage companies, and has bootstrapped several successful start-ups, including one of the internet's first subscription-based online game services.
Prior to his investment career, Mr. Belmont advised biotechnology and communication companies on growth strategies while working with prominent advisory firms Arthur D. Little, Mercer Management Consulting, and The Wilkerson Group (now part of IBM).
Mr. Belmont completed advanced graduate studies in computational neuroscience and business at MIT as an Office of Naval Research Fellow and is a graduate of Harvard College.
Warren Haber, Jr., Founding Partner, has over fifteen years of private equity and venture capital experience.
As a Partner of Mellon Ventures, Warren focused primarily on Financial Services, Information Services and Technology.
Before Grand Central, he was with GE Equity where he was responsible for evaluating early and later stage venture capital investments. His investments have included a number of well know technology companies, several of which have completed successful initial public offerings. Prior to GE, Warren analyzed and structured leveraged buyouts with a middle market private equity firm. Earlier in his career, Warren distinguished himself in BankBoston's management development program and spent two summers as an Investment Analyst with Allen and Company.
Michael Oster, Founding Partner, previously co-founded two funds to invest in real estate and venture capital transactions in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. He was CEO of Commonwealth Property Investors, a $50 Million partnership between the AT&T Pension Fund and Aldrich Eastman & Waltch which made 12 investments in Russia and the Ukraine including the Moscow Gold's Gym which was one of the most profitable health clubs in the world. Prior to his institutional investment management work, Michael created and managed several enterprises in Moscow from the time he moved to Russia in 1991 including residential and commercial real estate brokerages, a property management company, and an investment company. Prior to moving to Russia, Michael was an Associate at the consulting firm of A. T. Kearney and worked as a financial planning and business analyst at IBM. Michael received his MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business and his BA from Brandeis University.
Gabe Levitt, iFinance,
previously spent four years with Securitas Capital, LLC, a global private equity fund with
capital commitments in excess of $500 million from Swiss Reinsurance Company and Credit Suisse
Group. While at Securitas, Gabe evaluated and executed several investments in
insurance and related companies, the fund's primary areas of focus. Gabe
served as a Director of American Credit Indemnity Company, North America's
largest trade credit insurance company, and participated on the Board of
Directors of AssureSat, a startup that provides back-up
restoration services to geo-stationary satellite. Before joining Securitas, Gabe worked as an investment
banker in the Financial Institutions Group of Goldman, Sachs & Co. Gabe holds
a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of
S. David Sessions, iFinance,
is an experienced financial service industry operator. Prior to joining Grand Central, David served as a Senior Vice President in the Consumer Financial Group of Bank of America where he
participated in the management of the global transition efforts after the NationsBank merger.
David has participated as an active investor in several start-up companies including an online payment provider and cellular communicaitons reseller.
As a consulting executive, David has managed several operations/data centers and set operations strategy for units of
Federal Express and Fleet Bank. David is a graduate of Brigham Young University in Mechanical Engineering.
Sal Gagliano, Associate,
was most recently an analyst in the Mergers and
Acquisitions group at CIBC World Markets. While at CIBC, Sal worked on a
number of technology M&A transactions, including the $41 billion acquisition
of SDL by JDS Uniphase. Prior to joining CIBC, Sal was an
analyst in the Media and Telecom Investment Banking group at
PricewaterhouseCoopers. Sal is a graduate of Brown University, where he
earned a BS in Applied Mathematics-Economics.