Advisory Board

Jeff Hammes
Kirkland & Ellis

Jeff Hammes is the former Chairman of Kirkland & Ellis, a leading international law firm. Jeff served in the Chairman role since 2010. He also was a founding partner of K&E’s San Francisco, Palo Alto, Houston and Hong Kong offices, and led the transformation of Kirkland’s New York and London offices. Jeff now serves on the advisory boards of the Wisconsin University School of Business and the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.

Dan Helle
CIVC Partners

Dan Helle is a former partner and management leader of CIVC Partners. Dan joined CIVC in 1989, and led its growth as a national middle market leader in private equity. Dan has substantial experience in the financial services industry, and has served on the boards of many companies in that sector. Prior to CIVC, he worked at Citicorp Leveraged Capital and Continental Bank.

Bob Manning
M2P Capital

Bob Manning is a co founder of M2P Capital. Prior to forming M2P, Bob was a partner at Thoma Cressey Equity Partners. Additionally, Bob was the co founder and managing director of Green, Manning & Bunch, a cornerstone investment banking firm based in Denver.

Lanny Martin
Platte River Equity

Lanny Martin is the founder of Platte River Equity. Prior to forming Platte River, Lanny was Chairman and CEO of Titanium Metals Corporation. Lanny was formerly the managing partner of Kirkland & Ellis, one of the world’s foremost private equity law firms.

Sal Paolantonio

Sal Paolantonio has been a national ESPN correspondent since 1995. He has won 6 Emmys and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Previously, Sal was a national and international correspondent at the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Richard Porter
Kirkland & Ellis

Richard Porter is a corporate and private equity partner at Kirkland & Ellis. He has a wide ranging practice that focuses primarily on private equity. Mr. Porter has served as Counselor to Vice President Quayle, Special Assistant to President Bush and Executive Secretary of the Domestic Policy Council.

Robert GradyRobert Grady
Summit Partners

Robert Grady is an Advisory Partner at Summit Partners. Prior to joining Summit Partners, Mr. Grady was a Partner at Gryphon Investors. Previously, Robert was a Partner at the Carlyle Group and a Deputy Assistant to President George H.W. Bush.

Steve TomlinsonSteve Tomlinson
Kirkland & Ellis

Steve Tomlinson is a partner with Kirkland & Ellis with a practice focused on business transactions in the real estate and hospitality industries. His clients include real estate private equity sponsors, sovereign and other non-U.S. investors and real estate operating companies that are engaged in a wide variety of real estate transactions, including acquisitions and divestitures, fund formations and investments.

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