Team

Team

K1 is a values-driven firm and has built a culture based on passion, persistence, humility and excellence. The Principals have complementary skills, extensive industry experience and, on average, have been working together for over a decade. The team is divided into functional specialists across: sourcing, execution, diligence, reporting, and operations. K1 has built dedicated teams focused on these activities to allow each Principal and team member to focus on his or her strengths and contribute to the investment process within his or her area of expertise.

Team

Investment Team

Kai Albrecht

Kai Albrecht

Kai is responsible for evaluating and executing new investments. He focuses on growth capital and buyout investments in enterprise software. He also supports current portfolio companies.

Previously, Kai worked for GFSI in their financial planning & analysis group. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California where he received a B.A. in Economics. While at USC he was involved in Trojan Investing Society and the USC Economics Association.

Kai has volunteered with The Ability Experience and Washington Trails Association.

Raya Al-Khatib

Raya Al-Khatib

Raya is responsible for sourcing and evaluating new investments. She focuses on growth capital and buyout investments in enterprise software. Raya also supports current portfolio companies.

Previously, Raya worked at RSM McGladrey as a valuation consultant. Raya received her B.S. in Finance, Real Estate, and Law, Magna Cum Laude, from California State Polytechnic University of Pomona, where she delivered the commencement speech at the College of Business graduation ceremony.

Raya currently is working on her MBA at the Graziadio School of Business at Pepperdine.

Hasan Askari

Hasan Askari

Hasan Askari is a Managing Partner at K1 Investment Management. He is responsible for sourcing new investments and is an active board member for K1’s portfolio companies and advisor to K1’s management teams.

Previously Mr. Askari worked in the growth equity practice at Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors where he focused on growth equity and buyout investments. Mr. Askari also previously worked at Pathway Capital Management where he focused on monitoring and analyzing private equity fund investments. Mr. Askari started his career in the client coverage group of Morgan Stanley.

Mr. Askari is a graduate of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, where he received a BS in Business Administration.

Mr. Askari serves on the Board of Directors of UgandaProject, a grassroots non-profit focused on supporting orphans in Uganda. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of Invisible Children, a non-profit focused on ending the LRA conflict in Africa. Previously, he was a member of the Board of Governors for the University of Southern California’s Alumni Association.

Brian Beard

Brian Beard

Brian is responsible for sourcing and evaluating new investments. He focuses on growth capital and buyout investments in enterprise software. Brian also supports current portfolio companies.

Previously, Brian worked at Robert Half International in their Finance & Accounting division and has experience working for software startups. Brian graduated with a double degree in English and Communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara where he graduated with honors and participated in their honors research internship program. Brian is currently receiving his MBA at Arizona State University.

Brian volunteers at NorCal Golden Retriever Rescue and Relay for Life sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

Taylor Beaupain

Taylor Beaupain

Taylor Beaupain is a Managing Partner at K1 Investment Management. He is responsible for legal execution and financing of investments and is an active board member for K1’s portfolio companies and advisor to K1’s management teams.

Previously Mr. Beaupain was a partner in the growth equity practice at Kayne Anderson where he managed growth equity and buyout investments. Mr. Beaupain started his career in the financial sponsors investment banking group of Merrill Lynch where he focused on mergers, acquisitions and financings for the portfolio companies of global private equity firms.

Mr. Beaupain is a graduate of the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he received an MBA and was a Dean’s Scholar, and of Washington and Lee University, where he received a BS in Business Administration, summa cum laude.

Mr. Beaupain has served as a director of numerous companies and is an active participant in the UCLA Anderson School of Management Dean’s Society and the UCLA Chancellor’s Society.

Hagop Boyaci

Hagop Boyaci

Hagop is responsible for deal structuring, negotiation, financing, legal due diligence and execution of growth capital and buyout investments in enterprise software companies. He also provides ongoing support to K1’s portfolio companies.

Prior to joining K1, Hagop worked as a management consultant where he developed, implemented, and managed operational initatives for senior management in the financial services industry.

Hagop received his J.D. from the University of California Irvine, School of Law and a B.A. from the University of California, Irvine, where he graduated Phi Betta Kappa. Hagop is licensed to practice law in California.

Hagop volunteers with the Volunteers of America in their Upward Bound program, which provides career counseling to first generation immigrant children. Hagop has also volunteered with the Mississippi Center for Justice to provide legal representation to indigent clients displaced due to Hurricane Katrina.

Ronald E. Cano II

Ronald E. Cano II

Ron Cano is a Managing Partner at K1 Investment Management. He leads diligence for new investments and is an active board member for K1’s portfolio companies and advisor to K1’s management teams.
Previously, Mr. Cano worked at Vista Equity Partners and Clearlake Capital where he focused on buyout investments of software companies. Mr. Cano also previously worked in the Global Strategy and Acquisitions group at Thomson SA where he managed minority and control investments, in addition to assisting the management teams on various operational initiatives. Mr. Cano started his career in the technology, media, and telecom group at Bear Stearns.

Mr. Cano is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received an MBA, and of Georgetown University, where he received a BS in Business Administration, cum laude.

Mr. Cano has served as a director of numerous companies and is actively involved with the Robert Toigo Foundation, of which he is an alumnus.

David Cheng

David Cheng

David is responsible for sourcing and evaluating new investments. David focuses on growth capital and buyout investments in enterprise software. David also supports current portfolio companies.

Previously, David worked at the University of Southern California as a research assistant as well as The SCAN Foundation, Ensign Services, and the Oregon State Hospital. David received his MS from the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California, where he graduated Phi Kappa Phi and was named a 2016 Spotlight Health Scholar at the Aspen Ideas Festival. David received a BA in Psychology from Willamette University.

David has been involved with United Way Days of Caring.

Matt Cobos

Matt Cobos

Matt is responsible for evaluating and executing new investments. He focuses on growth capital and buyout investments in enterprise software. Matt also supports current portfolio companies.

Previously, Matt interned at Industry Ventures and Housatonic Partners. Matt received his B.A. in Computer Science, B.A. in Applied Mathematics and B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

Alex Deng

Alex Deng

Alex is responsible for sourcing and evaluating new investments. He focuses on growth capital and buyout investments in enterprise software. Alex also supports current portfolio companies.

Previously, Alex worked at growth equity firm Anthos Capital, as well as Dubai-based venture capital firm Wamda Capital. Alex received a B.S. in Finance and International Business from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Alex was involved with La Pietra Dialogues, a forum for the world’s leaders to come and discuss some of the most intractable issues of contemporary society, while studying abroad at NYU Florence. He hosted an event that brought in prominent leaders from the Middle East to discuss their efforts in fostering community within disenfranchised regions.

Andrew Doane

Andrew Doane

Andrew is a Senior Analyst on K1’s Execution Team. His responsibilities include raising debt capital, managing relationships with financing providers, as well as supporting current portfolio companies.

Previously, Andrew worked at PNC bank in its Technology Finance Group. Andrew received his B.A. in Finance and Minor in Economics from Michigan State University.

Heather Engel

Heather Engel

Heather Engel is a Senior Associate at K1 Investment Management. She is responsible for investor relations and external financial reporting.

Previously, Heather worked in the Private Fund Group at Credit Suisse, where she provided private placement and advisory services to a range of alternative investment firms.

Heather received her B.S. in Business Administration and B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication, summa cum laude, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Elias Etaat

Elias Etaat

Elias is responsible for sourcing and evaluating new investments. He focuses on growth capital and buyout investments in enterprise software. Elias also supports current portfolio companies.

Previously, Elias worked at Portolan Capital Management in the Analyst division. Elias received his B.S. in Business Administration with a Concentration in Finance, Cum Laude, from Boston University, where he founded the Boston University Sports Consulting Group.
Elias has been involved with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Boston School District.

James Fearis

James Fearis

James is responsible for sourcing and evaluating new investments. He focuses on growth capital and buyout investments in enterprise software. James also supports current portfolio companies.

Previously, James worked at Goldman Sachs in the Institutional Equities division and as a consultant at TSA Group. James graduated with a double degree in Commerce and Economics from the University of Western Australia, where he was an active member of the Study Abroad society. He completed exchanges at UCLA and the University of Bristol.

James volunteers at feedLA and at the Dogs’ Refuge Home and Cat Haven in his hometown of Perth, Australia.

Dustin Fowler

Dustin Fowler

Dustin is responsible for evaluating and executing new investments. He focuses on growth capital and buyout investments in enterprise software. Dustin also supports current portfolio companies.

Previously, Dustin interned at Johnsen, Fretty & Co, Square 1 Bank, and Cleargate Capital. Dustin received his B.S. in Business with a concentration in Finance from the University of Connecticut, where he was a portfolio manager of the Student Managed Fund.

He spent a semester abroad at the University of Edinburgh where he was also a member of the Edinburgh University Trading & Investment Club.

Darius Gant

Darius Gant

Darius is responsible for sourcing and evaluating new investments.  He focuses on growth capital and buyout investments in enterprise software.

Previously, he was a Senior Analyst at Madison Street Capital, where he served as lead analyst on M&A and capital raise transactions.  Darius also earned a CPA as an Auditor with KPMG and played professional basketball with various professional leagues.

Darius received an MBA from Columbia Business School, where he was a recipient of the Robert Toigo Foundation Fellowship, and a BS in Accounting from Illinois Wesleyan University.

He is actively involved with the Robert Toigo Foundation and Management Leadership for Tomorrow.

Dan Ghammachi

Dan Ghammachi

Dan Ghammachi is a Managing Partner at K1 Investment Management. He leads reporting and accounting diligence for new investments and is an active board member for K1’s portfolio companies and advisor to K1’s management teams.

Previously, Mr. Ghammachi was CEO of Media Solutions Holdings where he focused on growth and operating efficiency. Mr. Ghammachi previously worked at Aerosoles where he focused on cash management and risk management and International Commerce Exchange Systems where he supported over two dozen business units. Mr. Ghammachi also held the position of Director of Finance at Applied Printing Technology. Mr. Ghammachi is a graduate of Rutgers University, where he received an MBA, and of Montclair State University, where he received a BS in Accounting.

Mr. Ghammachi has served as a director of numerous companies and as a member of the Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA) Board of Governors, an organization of private investment funds and investors providing vital capital to small- and medium-sized businesses nationwide.

Christian Grant

Christian Grant

Christian is responsible for sourcing and evaluating new investments. He focuses on growth capital and buyout investments in enterprise software. Christian also supports current portfolio companies.

Previously, Christian worked at Colony Capital, a real estate and investment management firm, SinoLatin Capital, and UBS. Christian received his BS in Business Administration, cum laude, from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, where he was involved in various groups within the Lloyd Grief Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.

Christian has been involved with fundraising activities for the Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles.

Kellen Haines

Kellen Haines

Kellen helps lead K1’s business development team and is responsible for sourcing and evaluating new investments. He focuses on growth capital and buyout investments in enterprise software. Kellen also supports current portfolio companies.

Previously, Kellen worked at Utility Consulting Group, Northrop Grumman and Merrill Lynch. Kellen received his BS in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, where he was involved with student government and pro-bono consulting for non-profit organizations in the LA area.

Kellen currently volunteers at Habitat for Humanity and Life Rolls On, a non-profit supporting paralyzed athletes.

Tarun Jain

Tarun Jain

Tarun is responsible for evaluating and executing new investments. He focuses on growth capital and buyout investments in enterprise software. Tarun also supports current portfolio companies.

Previously, Tarun worked at Belvedere Trading, Bank of America, and Blackford Capital. Tarun received his B.S. in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, where he was involved in student government and pro-bono consulting for non-profit organizations in Los Angeles.

Zach Jarman

Zach Jarman

Zach is responsible for evaluating and executing new investments. He focuses on growth capital and buyout investments in enterprise software. Zach also supports current portfolio companies.

Previously, Zach worked for Deloitte Consulting Strategy & Operations in Mergers & Acquisitions. Zach received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was the President and Captain of the skydiving team.

Will Johnson

Will Johnson

Will is responsible for evaluating and executing new investments. He focuses on growth capital and buyout investments in enterprise software. Will also supports current portfolio companies.

Previously, Will worked for Duff & Phelps and Citigroup. Will received his B.S. in Business Administration, Summa Cum Laude, from Boston University, with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Economics. Will completed various community service initiatives with the Questrom Honors Program and served as President of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

Matt Jones

Matt Jones

Matt Jones is the Director of Finance at K1 Investment Management. He is responsible for investor relations, external financial reporting, and he serves as the firms Chief Compliance Officer.

Previously, Matt worked at Holthouse Carlin & Can Trigt LLP, a CPA firm offering tax, audit and business management services to companies and individuals in the Los Angeles area. Most recently he worked at Aspiriant, an independent family office and wealth management firm serving clients throughout the United States.

Matt is a graduate of Sonoma State University where he received a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting. While at Sonoma State he was the captain of the intercollegiate men’s golf team. Matt is a California Certified Public Accountant.

Reyhan Kader

Reyhan Kader

Reyhan is responsible for evaluating and executing new investments. He focuses on growth capital and buyout investments in enterprise software. Reyhan also supports current portfolio companies.

Previously, Reyhan worked for Barclays in their Consumer and Retail M&A investment banking division. Reyhan received his B.S. in Applied Economics & Management, Cum Laude, with concentrations in Accounting and Finance from the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University. Reyhan was actively involved on campus, where he was President of his student investment club, Apex Capital Fund, and a TA for Finance and Accounting for two years.

Reyhan volunteered as a mentor through CU Mentors, which aimed to help underprivileged kids in the Ithaca community.

Vishnu Kakuturi

Vishnu Kakuturi

Vishnu is responsible for evaluating and executing new investments. He focuses on growth capital and buyout investments in enterprise software. Vishnu also supports current portfolio companies.

Previously, Vishnu worked at PJT Partners, William Blair & Company, and Conquest Advisors. Vishnu received his B.A. in Economics, Magna Cum Laude, from Cornell University where he was a Co-Founder of the Club of Mergers & Acquisitions and an avid member of the Running Club.

Vishnu has been a volunteer with the Special Olympics, the world’s largest sports organization aiming to change the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Roy Liao

Roy Liao

Roy is responsible for evaluating and executing new investments. He focuses on growth capital and buyout investments in enterprise software. Roy also supports current portfolio companies.

Previously, Roy worked at Goudy Park Capital and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Roy is a graduate of the Kellogg School of Management, where he received a MBA, and of the University of California, Berkeley, where he received a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies. Roy is a CFA charterholder and a CPA.

Roy has been involved with Junior Achievement of Southern California, teaching finance programs to middle and high school students.

Neil Malik

Neil Malik

R. Neil Malik is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of K1 Investment Management. He is responsible for managing the firm’s strategy, governance and investment activities.

Previously Mr. Malik founded the growth equity practice at Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors where he focused on growth equity and buyout investments. Mr. Malik also previously worked in the private equity groups of Brentwood Associates and Olympus Partners where he focused investments on lower middle market companies. Mr. Malik started his career in the mergers and acquisitions group of J.P. Morgan Securities.

Mr. Malik is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, where he received an MBA, and of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a BS in Finance from the Wharton School and a BAS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the school of Engineering and Applied Sciences, magna cum laude.

Mr. Malik is actively involved in the professional development of K1’s team and the management teams of K1’s portfolio companies. Since 2000, he has overseen over 120 completed transactions and serves on the boards of numerous K1 companies.

Mr. Malik serves on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Southern California, is an alumnus and board member for Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) and a member of Young Presidents Organization.

George Mansour

George Mansour

George is a Vice President on K1’s Execution Team. In addition to leading Debt Capital Markets at the firm, George focuses on growth capital and buyout investments in enterprise software, serving as an active board member for K1’s portfolio companies and advisor to K1’s management teams

Previously, George worked at Wells Fargo in its Technology Finance Group and founded PNC Business Credits Software Recurring Revenue Lending Practice. George received his BS in Finance from Western Washington University and MBA from the Bordeaux Business School.

Jared Moberg

Jared Moberg

Jared is responsible for evaluating and executing new investments. He focuses on growth capital and buyout investments in enterprise software. He also supports current portfolio companies.

Jared is a graduate of the University of Southern California where he received a B.A in Economics, Magna Cum Laude. While at USC he was named Discovery Scholar for his work analyzing agglomeration externalities.

He has volunteered through organizations at Phi Theta Kappa and the Ronald McDonald House.

Nancy Nguyen

Nancy Nguyen

Nancy Nguyen is responsible for evaluating and executing new investments. She focuses on growth capital and buyout investments in enterprise software. Nancy also supports current portfolio companies.

Previously, Nancy worked at Fifth Street Asset Management and Barclays Capital. Nancy received a BA in East Asian Studies with distinction and honors from Yale University, where she was involved with the Yale Student Investment Group and Smart Women Securities.

Nancy has been involved with Bruce Wells Upward Bound and Minds Matter, two organizations dedicated to helping underprivileged students prepare for college.

Phan Nguyen

Phan Nguyen

Phan is responsible for evaluating and executing new investments. She focuses on growth capital and buyout investments in enterprise software. Phan also supports current portfolio companies.

Previously, Phan was a summer analyst at Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets – Macquarie Group’s private equity arm, Vietnam Investment Group – a private equity firm, and Gordian Knot – a London-based hedge fund. Phan received her B.A. in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Yale University, where she was the Founder and President of the Yale Undergraduate Private Equity and Venture Capital Club.

Phuong Ninh

Phuong Ninh

Phuong is responsible for evaluating and executing new investments. He focuses on growth capital and buyout investments in enterprise software. Phuong also supports current portfolio companies.

Previously, Phuong worked for Accenture Consulting in their Technology group, and at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey in their Leveraged Finance group. Phuong received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was the Co-Founder and Vice President of the Strength Sports Club.

Michael Pasquale

Michael Pasquale

Michael is responsible for evaluating and executing new investments. He focuses on growth capital and buyout investments in enterprise software. Michael also supports current portfolio companies.

Previously, Michael worked at Deloitte Corporate Finance, LLC. where he was a member of the investment banking team.  Michael received his B.B.A in Finance, cum laude, with a minor in accounting from Loyola Marymount University where he was a member of the Student Investment Fund.

Michael has been a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and the Los Angeles Mission.

Katy Pickett

Katy Pickett

Katy is responsible for day to day implementation of the firm’s overall compliance program and ensuring that the organization’s activities satisfy all SEC guidelines. In addition to compliance, Katy manages the process of reporting to limited partners.

Katy graduated from UCLA where she received a B.A. in Global Studies and a B.A. in Environmental Studies. She is an active volunteer at UCLA Ronald Reagan Hospital and Little Company of Mary in Torrance, and an active participant in Tour de Pier that raises money for cancer research.

Sam Seo

Sam Seo

Sam is responsible for evaluating, deploying, and managing applications and systems at K1.

Prior to joining K1, Sam worked in managed services where he developed, implemented, and managed IT services for companies in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Sam received his BS in Electrical Engineering from New York University.

He volunteered for Engineering Without Borders and taught coding classes at Tech Kids Unlimited, a non-profit technology-based educational organization for students with special needs.

Jenna Sleefe

Jenna Sleefe

Jenna is responsible for sourcing and evaluating new investments. She focuses on buyout investments in enterprise software.

Previously, she worked at Internet Brands, a portfolio company of KKR, where she was responsible for sourcing deals, directing due diligence, negotiating legal documentation, and leading post close integration.

Jenna is a graduate of Southwestern Law School, where she received a JD, and of Hofstra University where she received a BA in Public Relations. Jenna is a member of the California bar.

Jenna is currently a member of the Board of Directors of 310 Young Professionals, a non profit organization dedicated to connecting professional in the Southern California area.

Mike Velcich

Mike Velcich

Mike Velcich is a Vice President at K1 Investment Management. Mike is responsible for sourcing and evaluating new investments. He focuses on growth capital and buyout investments in enterprise software. In addition, Mike is an active board member for K1’s portfolio companies and advisor to K1’s management teams.

Previously, he worked at Frontier Capital, where he was responsible for sourcing and evaluating new investment opportunities. Prior to that, Mike worked at Adams Street Partners and Kayne Anderson. Mike is a graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he received an MBA, and of Stanford University, where he received a BA in History.

Henry Wang

Henry Wang

Henry is responsible for evaluating and executing new investments. He focuses on growth capital and buyout investments in enterprise software. Henry also supports current portfolio companies.

Previously, Henry worked for Patpatia & Associates, Commerce Capital Group, and Alpha Titans. Henry received his B.A. in Economics, cum laude, from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was a member of the student investment fund and finance club.

Henry has been a volunteer for Challenger Baseball, Little League’s adaptive baseball program for individuals with physical and developmental challenges.

Jordan Wappler

Jordan Wappler

Jordan is responsible for deal structuring, legal due diligence, and negotiation and execution of K1’s growth capital and buyout investments. He also provides ongoing support to K1’s portfolio companies.

Previously, Jordan worked for Kirkland & Ellis LLP in the mergers and acquisitions group and, prior to that, in operations management at McMaster-Carr.

Jordan received his J.D. from Stanford Law School and his B.A. from Stanford University with majors in History and Political Science, graduating with Academic Distinction. Jordan is licensed to practice law in California.
Jordan volunteers with the American Heart Association and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

Shane Young

Shane Young

Shane is responsible for evaluating and executing new investments. He focuses on growth capital and buyout investments in enterprise software. Shane also supports current portfolio companies.

Previously, Shane worked for AdvisorNet Financial and STEP Strategy Advisors. Shane received his B.S. in Finance, cum laude, from Loyola Marymount University, where he gained experience evaluating investments serving as a member of the Student Investment Fund during his senior year.

Shane volunteered as a mentor through the Children Uniting Nations organization and the Loyola Marymount Finance Mentoring program.

Molly Youngblood

Molly Youngblood

Molly is responsible for directing K1’s marketing efforts and manages the process of reporting to limited partners. She focuses on building content and marketing strategy along with coordinating events.
Previously, Molly worked at LTE Media, Kellwood Company and Merrill Lynch.

She graduated with honors from Michigan State University where she received her B.A. in Marketing and a minor in International Business. During her time at school, she coached a high school lacrosse team and actively supported the Alpha Phi Foundation, dedicated to improving women’s heart health.

Simon Yu

Simon Yu

Simon is responsible for evaluating and executing new investments. He focuses on growth capital and buyout investments in enterprise software. Simon also supports current portfolio companies. Simon was previously with Goldman Sachs, where he worked in the Credit Alternatives group within the asset management division. Simon received a B.S. in Accounting and Finance, summa cum laude, from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Alec Zwaneveld

Alec Zwaneveld

Alec is responsible for sourcing and evaluating new investments. He focuses on growth capital and buyout investments in enterprise software. Alec also supports current portfolio companies.

Previously, Alec worked at Belkin International in their Global Finance division. Alec graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he competed on the water polo team, winning National Championships in 2014 and 2015, while earning NCAA academic All-American honors every eligible year.

Alec volunteers for Team Prime Time, a full-inclusion, peer-mentor sports program wherein student coaches play alongside children with developmental disabilities.

Operations Team

Sujit Banerjee

Sujit Banerjee

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Sujit Banerjee is a Managing Partner at K1 Investment management. He is responsible for leading K1 Operations and its proprietary IOps initiative throughout the portfolio.

Previously Mr. Banerjee formed the sourcing team alongside Neil at Element Partners. Mr. Banerjee also worked in the venture capital group at Bluerun Ventures and was a management consultant at PriceWaterhouse Coopers. Mr. Banerjee began his career at Synoptics Communications where he designed networking equipment. Mr. Banerjee is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business, where he received an MBA, and of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he received a BS in Electrical Engineering with Eta Kappa Nu academic honors.

Mr. Banerjee has served as a director and founder of numerous technology companies.

Randy Boyce

Randy Boyce

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Randy is responsible for managing the portfolio’s reporting efforts, in addition to leading special projects across the portfolio.

Previously, Randy was with KPMG, where worked as a Management Consultant focusing on CFO advisory. Prior to that, Randy was a Financial Analyst at The Boeing Company where he completed the two-year Engineering, Operations, & Technology finance rotation program. Randy is a graduate of Arizona State University and the W.P. Carey School of Business, where he received a B.S. in Supply Chain Management.

Randy has been a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and Coupla of Guys and Gals Give Back, focusing on community restoration across Southern California.

Emily Brooks

Emily Brooks

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Emily Brooks is a Recruiter at K1 Operations. She is responsible for supporting recruiting efforts throughout the portfolio

Previously, Emily worked as a Office Manager and Executive Assistant at K1 Investment Management. Emily received a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management at California State University of Long Beach.

Emily has volunteered at Mary McLeod Bethune Transitional Center for Homeless Students as well as Miller Children’s Hospital. She volunteers for special Olympics where she taught special needs athletes new swimming techniques and monitored their safety while in the water.

Will Carter

Will Carter

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Will Carter is a Practice Director at K1 Operations. He is responsible for Sales and Marketing throughout the portfolio.

Previously, Will worked in management consulting at ZS Associates. He received his MBA from Stanford University and his BA in Marketing and Psychology at The College of William and Mary as the Valedictorian.

Stephanie Curtis

Stephanie Curtis

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Stephanie Curtis is an Operations Consultant at K1 Operations. She is responsible supporting and executing K1 Operation’s proprietary IOps initiative throughout the portfolio.

Previously, Stephanie worked at Wells Fargo Capital Finance in their Origination and Technology Finance Groups. Stephanie received her BS in Finance, magna cum laude, from the University of Denver, where she was involved in the Pioneer Leadership Program.

Stephanie is a mentor for Minds Matter, a non-profit organization committed to transforming the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families.

Lisa Cushing

Lisa Cushing

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Lisa Cushing is a Learning and Development Manager at K1 Operations. She is responsible for leading Learning & Development initiatives throughout the portfolio.

Previously, Lisa worked as a Learning & Development Consultant and Facilitator at KPMG and FTI Consulting and as an Associate Director of Learning & Development at Evolent Health. Lisa received a Bachelor of Science in Teaching and Psychology at Wheelock College.

Lisa served as an advocate for employees with disabilities by partnering with Ability, the Easter Seals Society, Jewish Community Services for the Deaf, and many others agencies to provide training and employment opportunities for the disabled.

Raeya Deppa

Raeya Deppa

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Raeya Deppa is an Executive Assistant at K1 Operations. She is responsible for assisting K1’s Practice Directors and office operations.

Previously, Raeya worked as an Administrative Assistant in Chanel, at Nordstrom. She graduated with honors from University of Washington where she received her B.A. in Media and Communication and a minor in Human Rights. While in school she was involved in Debate Team, Event Planning, Production Team, and various volunteer work.

She currently volunteers with Royal Family Kid’s Camp, an organization providing summer camps and year-long mentorship programs to abused and neglected children in foster care, and also volunteers at the Watts Empowerment Center.

Maurice Ducoing

Maurice Ducoing

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Maurice leads the Human Capital Practice at K1 Operations covering a range of end-to-end talent management services for K1 portfolio companies. These services include Recruiting/Executive Search, Learning & Development, HR operations/Performance Management, and Change Management, Communications and Engagement.

Previously, Maurice worked at Deloitte Consulting in the Human Capital Practice in both their New York and Los Angeles offices.

Maurice sits on the board of a collegiate educational foundation.

Brooke Hogoboom

Brooke Hogoboom

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Brooke Hogoboom is a Recruiter at K1 Operations. She is responsible for supporting recruiting efforts throughout the portfolio.

Previously, Brooke worked as a middle school math and science teacher at St. Raphael Elementary School. Brooke received a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences at Samford University.

Brooke has volunteered for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, an organization that provides housing and food to families with sick children during their hospital stays.

Prachi Kanabar

Prachi Kanabar

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Prachi Kanabar is the Chief of Staff at K1 Operations. She is responsible for leading the K1 Operations and its proprietary IOps initiative throughout the portfolio.

Previously, Prachi worked at Vista Consulting Group, the consulting arm of Vista Equity Partners, where she led transformation initiatives with portfolio companies. Prachi graduated from the Executive Management Program at UCLA and received her MS in Biomedical Engineering from The University of Akron.

Scott Kaplan

Scott Kaplan

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Scott Kaplan a Practice Director at K1 Operations. He is responsible for leading Sales Enablement and Training initiatives throughout the portfolio.

Previously, Scott was the Vice President of Sales Operations at Guidance Software and Director of Sales Operations at Thompson Reuters. Scott received his MBA from Loyola Marymount University and BA in Fine Arts from the University of Arizona.

Todd Lietha

Todd Lietha

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Todd Lietha is a Practice Director at K1 Operations. He is responsible for leading Product and Development initiatives throughout the portfolio.

Previously, Todd was the Senior Vice President of Product Development at Core Security. He was also an Executive Consultant at Providence Partners and Associates and Vice President of Product Development at Mitratech. Todd received his BS in Management Information Systems from Michigan Technological University and completed his post-grad in Operations Research and Systems Analysis at the US Army Logistics College.

Shermeen Malik

Shermeen Malik

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Shermeen Malik is a Recruiter at K1 Operations. She is responsible for supporting recruiting efforts throughout the portfolio

Previously, Shermeen was an Account Manager at ZipRecruiter, Real Estate Sales Associate at Climb Real Estate Group, and Account Manager at Google. Shermeen received her BS in Communications at California State University, Fullerton.

Laura Montalto

Laura Montalto

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Laura Montalto is a Recruiter at K1 Operations. She is responsible for supporting recruiting efforts throughout the portfolio.

Previously, Laura was a Customer Experience Applications Consultant at Oracle. Laura received her BA in English Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Ian Paice

Ian Paice

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Ian Paice is a Operations Consultant at K1 Operations. He is responsible supporting and executing K1 Operation’s proprietary IOps initiative throughout the portfolio.

Previously, Ian worked as an Associate at State Street and is a founder at Aura Knifeworks LLC. Ian received a BS in Business Administration and Finance from Boston University.

Ian is a Big Brother at Big Brother Big Sister Los Angeles and Mentor at LULAC.

Allison Ray

Allison Ray

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Allie is a Senior Consultant at K1 Operations. She is responsible for developing and supporting Sales, Marketing, and Customer Success initiatives throughout the portfolio.

Previously, Allie worked at CareCloud as a Product Marketing Manager. Allie received her BS in Nutrition Science from Texas A&M University.

Jenna Wall

Jenna Wall

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Jenna Wall is an Ops Consultant at K1 Operations. She is responsible supporting and executing K1 Operation’s proprietary IOps initiative throughout the portfolio.

Previously, Jenna worked as a Recruiter at K1 Operations. Jenna received her BS in Finance and Applied Mathematics, Cum Laude, at Pepperdine University.

Jenna is a child sponsor through Compassion International, a child sponsorship ministry that helps release children from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty.

Valerie Zhang

Valerie Zhang

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Valerie Zhang is an Ops Consultant at K1 Operations. She is responsible supporting and executing K1 Operation’s proprietary IOps initiative throughout the portfolio.

Previously, Valerie was an intern in Pricewaterhouse Cooper’s Audit practice. Valerie received a B.A. in Business Economics and a minor in Accounting at the University of California Los Angeles.

She volunteers for and was the president of Ascend at UCLA, a pan-Asian professional organization.