Robertson Stephens Expands Investment Management Group
Robertson Stephens, a global wealth advisory and investment management firm for high net worth individuals, family offices, institutions and corporations, today announced four new hires. Gordon Fallone, Jim Kozak and Wesley Gordon have been named Managing Directors and Dan Barth has been named Operations Manager. They will report to Ren Riley, President, Robertson Stephens Partners LLC, a subsidiary of Robertson Stephens LLC.
Robertson Stephens Partners provides strategic capital to entrepreneurial clients to help grow their businesses and manage their liquidity needs at the corporate and individual level. The team will focus on direct investment opportunities in next generation companies. “The venture capital business is as much about personal relationships as finding the unicorns. Gordon and Jim have spent over a decade introducing clients to private investment opportunities and establishing a network of trusted innovators,” said Mr. Riley. “The team’s addition extends our initiative to continue Robertson Stephens' legacy of connecting investors to dynamic, emerging growth companies.”
“We immediately recognized the opportunity to take advantage of the legacy, platform and leadership that Joe Piazza [Chairman and CEO of the parent company Robertson Stephens] and Ren Riley provide,” said Mr. Fallone. “We believe there is an unprecedented opportunity to create an access point for high net worth and family office investors to evaluate and invest in top tier venture backed private companies. With these companies staying private longer, the ability to evaluate and participate in them is becoming a critical part of any serious investor’s growth strategy.”
Prior to Robertson Stephens, Mr. Fallone was a Managing Director at ROTH Capital Partners where he led the venture group through private company finance for Allegiance, Gazillion, Revel Systems, Soasta, Smule, Liquidspace, SellPoints, Sunbasket, and TaskRabbit. He serves as an observer or active Board member at SellPoints, LiquidSpace, Connected Data, Sunbasket and TaskRabbit. He holds a BS Honors Scholar degree in Finance from the University of Connecticut.
Jim Kozak was most recently Managing Director at ROTH Capital Partners where he ran the capital markets and fundraising efforts for companies such as Revel Systems, Smule, Sun Basket, LiquidSpace, Soasta, Allegiance, Gazillion, SellPoints and TaskRabbit. He holds a BA in Business Management from Ripon College.
Wesley Gordon was also a Managing Director at ROTH Capital Partners where he headed the New York office for the Venture Finance Group. He earned a BA in English from Colgate University.
Mr. Barth began his career as a financial analyst at Aon Hewitt before joining ROTH Capital Partners as an Associate. He holds a BA in Economics from DePauw University.
"We have worked with Gordon and Jim's team twice and couldn't be bigger fans of their model. The venture capital ecosystem has been missing an alternative financing resource that truly understands the landscape and the priorities of fast growing start-ups like Sunbasket,” said Adam Zbar, CEO of Sunbasket. “The decision to make the move to a platform like Robertson Stephens allows them to amplify their impact and I couldn't be more excited for them."