Chicago, IL – November 18, 2015
Flexpoint Ford, LLC (“Flexpoint Ford” or the “Firm”), a Chicago-based private equity investment firm specializing in the financial services and healthcare industries, announced today that it has named four investment professionals, Daniel Edelman, Michael Fazekas, Steven Michienzi, and Michael Vostrizansky, to Principal. Flexpoint is also pleased to announce the hire of Kara O’Brien as Vice President of Investor Relations. In this role, Ms. O’Brien will focus on communications with the Firm’s Limited Partners across all of its funds.
Daniel Edelman joined Flexpoint Ford in 2013 and focuses on identifying, executing, and managing investments in the financial services industry in the New York office. Previously, Mr. Edelman was a Principal at Lee Equity Partners, where he served on several boards of directors, including MidCap Financial, Skopos Financial Group, and Captive Resources.
Michael Fazekas has been with Flexpoint Ford since 2007 and focuses on identifying, executing, and managing investments in the healthcare sector in the Chicago office. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Fazekas was an analyst with J.P. Morgan’s Mid-Corporate Investment Banking Group, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions.
Steven Michienzi has been with Flexpoint Ford since 2009 and focuses on identifying, executing, and managing investments across the financial services industry in the Chicago office. Prior to joining Flexpoint Ford, Mr. Michienzi worked in the Investment Banking Division of Wachovia Securities, where he focused on corporate advisory and capital raising assignments for various financial institutions.
Michael Vostrizansky also joined Flexpoint Ford in 2009 and focuses on identifying, executing, and managing investments across the financial services industry in the New York office. Mr. Vostrizansky previously worked in the Financial Institutions Group at Credit Suisse, where he focused on corporate merger advisory and capital raising assignments for a variety of financial institutions.
“All four of these professionals have proven to be incredibly invaluable to the growth and success of Flexpoint Ford,” said CEO Don Edwards. “In my mind, a Principal is someone who demonstrates leadership and innovation in developing investment opportunities for the Firm, and these guys have earned the title. Their dedication and extensive experience in their respective industries strengthen our senior team and aids in the continued growth trajectory of the Firm.”
Kara O’Brien joins Flexpoint Ford from Brigade Capital Management, an alternative investment advisor specializing in credit hedge fund and long-bias strategies, where she was a senior marketing and investor relations associate. Prior to joining Brigade, Ms. O’Brien was an investment banking analyst in the Financial Institutions Group at Raymond James in New York.
“As Flexpoint grows both in size and scope, the need for a dedicated resource to better serve our Limited Partners was important to me,” commented CEO Don Edwards. “Kara brings a truly unique background of financial services investment banking along with many years focusing on investor relations to institutional investors.”
Flexpoint Ford is a private equity firm dedicated to the healthcare and financial services sectors. Flexpoint Ford seeks to build relationships with executives and companies who look for Flexpoint Ford to be a value-added partner. Flexpoint Ford currently manages approximately $2.3 billion in committed capital on behalf of its limited partners.