David Conrod is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of FocusPoint and LandC Investment, LLC. Mr. Conrod is a veteran private fund placement executive, with more than 25 years’ experience fundraising and building profitable new financial services businesses. Prior to launching FocusPoint in 2010, Mr. Conrod was a Senior Managing Director at Guggenheim Partners, LLC, where he led the firm’s institutional distribution initiatives globally. Mr. Conrod joined Guggenheim at the firm’s inception in 2000 and for over a decade played a key role in the sourcing, diligence, and growth of six distinct Guggenheim-sponsored asset management entities. Collectively, these businesses raised $6 billion of limited partnership commitments. During his Guggenheim tenure, Mr. Conrod also established the firm’s Private Fund Group and successfully obtained over $7 billion of fund allocations for general partnerships external to the firm. From 1992-1999, Mr. Conrod was Director of Sales and Marketing at HSBC Asset (Americas), Inc., where he was responsible for distributing the bank’s private equity vehicles in Asia and Europe. Mr. Conrod earned an A.B. from Kenyon College and an M.B.A. from Columbia Graduate School of Business. Mr. Conrod serves on the Board of Directors of Rise Line Business Credit.
Robert Mortimer is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of FocusPoint. Mr. Mortimer is a tenured investment banker, with over 20 years’ experience raising equity and debt for a variety of fund and transaction structures. Throughout his career he has specialized in understanding the specific needs of family office and insurance investors, maintaining relationships within these segments across North America, Europe, and the Middle East. At FocusPoint, Mr. Mortimer initiated and leads coverage of non-traditional limited partners, earning the firm its reputation for success in obtaining capital commitments from allocators not broadly known to the placement agent community. Prior to co-founding FocusPoint, Mr. Mortimer was a Managing Director at Guggenheim Partners, LLC from 2000 to 2010 and a principal contributor to the build-out and success of its Private Fund Placement group. Mr. Mortimer attended New York University as well as the Venture Capital Executive Program Certificate from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Gaurang Vyas is a Senior Advisor to FocusPoint. He has previously served as a Senior Managing Director of FocusPoint and Chief Operating Officer of our parent company, LANDC Investment, LLC. Prior to joining FocusPoint and LANDC, Mr. Vyas was a Managing Director at Enhanced Capital, a private investment firm. At Enhanced, he sourced and evaluated investment opportunities in specialty finance with a focus on commercial finance. Prior to joining Enhanced, Mr. Vyas was Co-Chief Investment Officer and Partner at a $1 billion + family office in New York where he played a key role in developing the firm’s investment program across a broad range of asset classes. Mr. Vyas led investments in traditional and alternative assets across credit and equity strategies, co-investment, and directs. Prior to joining the family office, he covered specialty finance companies in the financial institutional group at UBS Investment Bank. Prior to that, Mr. Vyas had held positions as an engineer in consulting firms and startups. Mr. Vyas holds a BS in Computer Science and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Rashi Dhir is a Senior Legal Consultant to FocusPoint. Mr. Dhir has close to three decades of corporate and international transactional experience. He brings a unique blend of business thinking and strategy to structuring, negotiating and closing complex commercial and corporate transactions. Mr. Dhir advises multi-national companies, including, a number of Fortune 500 companies, private equity funds, ﬁnancial institutions and business houses globally and in India in areas pertaining to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, investments, asset management (private equity funds and hedge funds), project ﬁnancing, corporate restructuring, structured investments, securitization, structured ﬁnance, capital markets and general corporate matters. From 2002 to 2010, Mr. Dhir was Managing Director and General Counsel at Guggenheim Advisors, LLC where he worked with David Conrod. Prior to Guggenheim Advisors, LLC, he was senior member of the corporate finance and structured finance team at Clifford Chance US LLP. Mr. Dhir graduated from Delhi University and received an LL.M. from Harvard Law School.
Cheryl Rogers is responsible for marketing to and raising capital from institutions and family offices in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions of the U.S., as well as parts of Canada. Prior to joining FocusPoint in 2010, Ms. Rogers was Vice President in the Private Fund Group at Guggenheim Securities, LLC. Before joining Guggenheim in 2005, she was a Project Manager at Penn, Schoen, & Berland Associates, a political consulting and marketing strategy firm. Prior to Penn, Schoen, & Berland Associates, Ms. Rogers worked at East Gate Capital Management & Private Equity. She graduated with a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University.
Brian has been involved in raising capital in alternatives for over 20 years. He joined FocusPoint in 2022 and leads global coverage of consultants and is responsible for raising capital primarily from institutions and high net worth platforms in the West and Midwest. He previously held senior distribution roles at ITE Management and First Eagle Investment Management. Prior to that, he spent over a decade at JPMorgan Asset Management focusing on distribution of alternatives to asset owners of all types. Before JPMorgan, he played professional baseball for 4 years. Brian has an undergraduate degree in sociology from Harvard University.
Kevin Pizzolo is responsible for marketing and capital raising from pension plans, institutions, and family offices across the Eastern US. Prior to joining FocusPoint, Mr. Pizzolo was a Financial Consultant with AXA where he held his financial advisory practice servicing both individuals and institutions. Mr. Pizzolo currently holds his FINRA Series 7, 63, & 65 licenses and has completed the Certified Financial Planner designation course through Fairleigh Dickinson University. He graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Fairfield University.
Camilla Davies is responsible for marketing and capital raising from institutions and family offices in the Westcoast and Midwest regions of the U.S.. Prior to joining FocusPoint, Ms. Davies was a Vice President at CAIS, an alternatives investment platform to the wealth management industry. Prior to CAIS, she worked at the Credit Suisse Private Bank in London in their Client Advisory Group from 2010 to 2011 where she was responsible for cross-selling the Private Bank’s products and services to the Investment Bank and their clients. Previously, Ms. Davies worked as a Junior Investment Advisor at Credit Suisse Private Bank covering High Net Worth finance professionals from 2007 to 2010. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology, Art History and Theory from The University of Sydney.
Jeremy Ward is responsible for marketing and raising capital from family offices in the UK and mainland Europe. Prior to joining FocusPoint Europe in 2021, Mr. Ward was involved with Crux Asset Management marketing to family offices in the UK. Prior to this, Mr. Ward spent 5 years from 2014 to 2019 working with GVO Capital, a single family offices based in London. Prior to this Mr. Ward worked for Caledon Partners, a London based hedge fund capital raising firm from 2007 -2013. Previous roles also include Jupiter Asset Management in London along with some time at Credit Suisse First Boston. Mr. Ward graduated with a BA in International Relations from Brown University.
Thomas Chi is a Managing Director at FocusPoint where he is in charge of the project management team. Prior to joining FocusPoint, Mr. Chi was a Managing Director in PJT Park Hill’s Private Credit/Hedge Fund Group based in New York and has over twenty years of experience in the alternative investments industry. Before PJT Park Hill, Mr. Chi was an allocator at Citi Private Bank, EIM Management, and Merrill Lynch. Prior to his role as an allocator, Mr. Chi was a trader/analyst at Rudman Capital and a research associate at Salomon Smith Barney. Mr. Chi holds a B.B.A from Hofstra University and an M.B.A from the Fordham Gabelli School of Business.
Cassidy Joseph is an Analyst on the Project Management team. She is a recent graduate of Duke University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in International Comparative Studies and Chinese Language. Previously, she held internships at Rothschild & Co., Mount Street Group, Birchbox and Wilhelm et Associes Law Firm.
Jakub Malecki is an Analyst on the Project Management team. Prior to joining FocusPoint, Jakub was an Alternative Investment Analyst at F.L Putnam Investment Management. Previously, Jakub held internships at CurAlea Associates and Bayard Asset Management. Jakub holds a B.B.A from Bucknell University.
Michael Wychozowycz serves as the Senior Controller for FocusPoint. Prior to joining the FocusPoint in 2014, Mr. Wychozowycz worked as a staff accountant for PEF Services, from 2011 to 2014, where he administered the back office accounting and reporting for multiple private equity clients.
Louis Mattielli has held senior legal, compliance and administrative positions in several financial services firms over a lengthy career. He holds the Series 7, 10 and 24 FINRA licenses. He is a graduate of Saint Peter's College and New York Law School.
Uroosa Khan joined the accounting team as an Accounting Manager. Uroosa has a BBA in Accounting & Finance from Pace University and I am currently a CPA candidate. Uroosa has been in the financial services industry for last 6 years. Prior to joining Focuspoint, she was a Senior Associate at Mizuho Americas.
Karen Katona is a member of the Operations team and is responsible for day-to-day operating matters including HR, Marketing, and Technology. [Ms. Katona’s prior experience include office manager and executive assistant roles at major institutional firms.]
Christina Perez serves as an Executive Assistant and Office Manager for FocusPoint. Prior to joining our team, Christina has served as a Financial Advisor at a NYC law firm and Executive Assistant at a NYC Plastic Surgical Group.