INVESTMENT COMMITTEE

Ethan Assal

Ethan Assal has more than 25 years of experience building and growing companies.  He currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Verasolve, a marketing, public relations and branding firm.  Prior to creating Verasolve, Mr. Assal founded and served as Chairman and CEO of Multi-Media Holdings, Inc. (MHI), which in 2000 was ranked by The Washington Business Journal as the largest advertising firm in Washington. Prior to MHI, he founded Personalities, Inc. that grew to be the largest manufacturer and distributor of non-apparel licensed rock n’ roll merchandise.

Assal is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award winner, a member of the Washington Business Journal’s “Forty Under Forty,” and a recipient of the Mass Mutual Blue Chip Award.  He also serves on a number of local corporate boards and is an active member of the Washington-Baltimore Young President’s Organization. Mr. Assal is a graduate of the Harvard Business School OPM Program and holds a B.A. in economics from Brandeis University.

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Jeff Fox

Jeffrey Fox has been actively engaged in acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged management buyouts, industry roll-ups and special situation work out transactions for over 25 years.  Mr. Fox was a founding member of Emerald Asset Management, a small cap growth equity fund. Prior experience includes six years in banking and capital markets, fifteen years as a corporate executive officer and five years with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Fox earned his B.S. from King’s College and MBA from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst.  Also, Mr. Fox serves as audit committee chairman on the board of directors of Cimnet, Inc., a publicly traded software company.

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Jason Goldblatt

Jason Goldblatt, Esq., serves as President of Willco Companies, a development, construction and property management/leasing firm with a portfolio of approximately 5,000,000 square feet of developed commercial property in the Washington Metropolitan Area.  Previously, Mr. Goldblatt was an attorney with Venable, LLP advising clients on a wide variety of business and transactional matters.  Prior to his tenure at Venable, Mr. Goldblatt was Executive Vice President at Real Estate Resource Group, LLC, a full-service real estate consulting firm located in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Goldblatt is a member of the Urban Land Institute and holds brokerage licenses in Washington, DC and Maryland.  He graduated with a BA from Duke University in 1992, a J.D. from The George Washington University in 1996 and is currently completing a Masters in Real Estate at Johns Hopkins University.  In addition, Mr. Goldblatt sits on the board of Most Valuable Kids, Inc., a national charity that collects unused tickets and redistributes to underserved children that show exemplary behavior, spirit, and community service.

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Scott Museles

Scott Museles is chair of the Securities Practice Group at Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker.  Mr. Museles counsels public and private company clients on a variety of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, public and private securities offerings, securities regulatory compliance and general corporate law.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Museles served as Of Counsel in the Business and Finance Practice of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP, located in Washington, D.C. Mr. Museles also served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of publicly traded Building One Services Corporation, a company that Mr. Museles advised in connection with its $525 million IPO when it was called Consolidation Capital Corporation. Subsequently he co-founded Emerging Capital LLC located in Rockville, Maryland. This specialized merchant-banking firm focused on providing merger and acquisition, capital formation and financial advisory services with a focus on industry consolidation transactions.  Mr. Museles began his career as an attorney-advisor at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the Division of Corporation Finance, where he worked on IPOs, merger and other securities regulatory matters for companies in the investment banking and leisure industries.

Mr. Museles received his law degree in 1992 from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1989 from the University of Florida.

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Troy Peple

Troy Peple is a private investor who focuses primarily on companies operating in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States. He is also President and CEO of Accelerent, a business development company headquartered in Northern Virginia.

Mr. Peple began his career with Arthur Andersen in Washington, DC, specializing in real estate syndication and domestic partnership taxation.  Mr. Peple left to play a lead role in the development of the Mid-Atlantic real estate practice of Coopers & Lybrand. Mr. Peple left Coopers & Lybrand to become CFO, and subsequently Executive Vice President and COO, of a large commercial and industrial real estate development company. Mr. Peple and three partners later formed their own private consulting firm, and for the last fourteen years Mr. Peple has served as President and/or CEO of nationally ranked, privately held companies in a variety of industries, including retail, entertainment, consulting, brokerage, management and business development.

Mr. Peple earned a Bachelor of Business Arts at the College of William and Mary, and is a recipient of the Elijah Watt Sells award.  Mr. Peple was also a National Collegiate Fencing Champion.

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Michael Segal

B.A. - University of Maryland.
Michael Segal is a partner at Debt Relief Center, Inc. based in Owings Mills, MD.  Prior to DRC, Michael owned Citywide Mortgage (CMC) for 14 years which operated five branches and 140 employees.  Michael graduated from University of Maryland with a degree in Marketing.

 

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