Team


The Beekman Team has significant private equity experience and all its investment professionals are involved in evaluating new investment opportunities and portfolio company oversight.

Kenneth Wiesenfeld

Business Services, Healthcare Services, Consumer Services

Mr. Wiesenfeld has over 20 years of electronic security services experience. He has served in executive roles in leading security companies, including Sensormatic, Security Technology Group, and Guardian. Mr. Wiesenfeld was most recently Chief Financial Officer of Security Networks, Inc., an Oak Hill portfolio company, until its successful sale to Monitronics International for over $500 million at an industry leading valuation multiple. Mr. Wiesenfeld currently serves as a Board member for NorthStar Alarm Services.

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Investment Team

Investment Professional

John G. Troiano

Managing Partner & CEO
jtroiano@thebeekmangroup.com
Mr. Troiano is the Managing Partner, CEO and Co-Founder of TBG. Mr. Troiano has extensive experience in private equity, finance, turnarounds and restructurings, and portfolio company management and operations. He is the Chairman of the Investment Committee and manages TBG’s Industry Advisor network. He is the Chairman of the Boards of Directors of ABEA Master Holdings, Inc, Condado Tacos, TBG Food Acquisition Corp. (“TBG FAC”), REVA, NorthStar Alarm, Ted’s Café, Direct Connect Holdings, LLC and is a member of the boards of Mesmerize Media Holdings LLC, Riccobene Family Denistry, OneWater Marine, and Marlins Holdings, LLC. Prior to co-founding TBG in 2004, Mr. Troiano was Partner and Managing Director of Onex' New York office where he was significantly involved in and managed some of Onex' most successful investments, such as SKY Chefs, Hidden Creek Industries and Celestica. Mr. Troiano began as one of two investment professionals in Onex' New York office in 1996, and grew the office to eight investment professionals by 2004. Mr. Troiano was promoted to Managing Director in 1999. Onex, which is a publicly-traded investment company with offices in New York and Toronto, is one of the oldest and most successful private equity firms and has portfolio companies which aggregate approximately $20 billion in aggregate revenues and approximately $10 billion in total capital under management. Prior to Onex, Mr. Troiano spent two years from 1992 to 1994 at Gleacher & Co., a mergers and acquisition boutique founded by Eric J. Gleacher, former worldwide head of M&A for Morgan Stanley & Co., and was at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in 1991 working with its Merchant Banking and Investment Banking groups. Mr. Troiano has significant transactional experience in the aviation, consumer products, financial services, healthcare, business services, restaurant, automotive, industrial and technology, media and telecommunications industries. Mr. Troiano received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude, with concentrations in Finance and Accounting. Mr. Troiano earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Troiano is on the board of two academic institutions, has sponsored oncological research for the treatment of terminal brain cancers, has endowed a perpetual scholarship for underprivileged middle school children in his hometown, and is involved with various charitable organizations.
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Andrew V. Marolda

Managing Director
amarolda@thebeekmangroup.com
Mr. Marolda is a Managing Director and Co-Founder of TBG. Mr. Marolda has substantial experience in private equity, turnarounds, operations, accounting and finance. Mr. Marolda is a member of the Investment Committee and has oversight responsibility for portfolio company operations and strategic improvement initiatives. Mr. Marolda is a member of the Boards of Directors of TBG FAC, REVA, Ted's Café, Delaware Valley Management and New England Management Services. Prior to co-founding TBG in 2004, Mr. Marolda held a number of senior operating roles with Fortune 500 companies including American Express where he managed financial structuring and analysis for the company's strategic equity investments, and Philips Electronics where he was responsible for corporate strategy, planning and analysis. He began his career as a CPA with Ernst & Young in 1991 providing audit services to clients in the financial services sector, and subsequently joined Ernst & Young's Corporate Finance & Restructuring practice advising distressed companies in Chapter 11 reorganizations, debt refinancing and business divestitures. He has diverse industry and transaction experience in healthcare, food and restaurants, information technology, consumer and financial services. Mr. Marolda received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, cum laude, with a concentration in Accounting and was elected a Joseph Wharton Scholar. Mr. Marolda earned an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management with Distinction and Dean's Honors.
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Andrew M. Brown

Managing Director
abrown@thebeekmangroup.com
Mr. Brown is a Managing Director of TBG. Mr. Brown has 20 years of experience in private equity, senior and subordinated debt investing and finance. Mr. Brown is a member of the Investment Committee and has responsibility for sourcing, evaluating, executing and monitoring TBG's investments. Mr. Brown is a member of the Board of Directors of REVA, NorthStar Alarm, Mesmerize Media Holdings LLC, Direct Connect Holdings, Elite ISI, Convenient Brands, and GED Holdings. Prior to joining TBG, Mr. Brown was a Principal at Patriot Capital Funding and its successor by merger, Prospect Capital Corporation. While at Patriot and Prospect, Mr. Brown sourced and led over 20 debt and equity investments in lower middle-market companies. Prior to joining Patriot, Mr. Brown was a Vice President in GE Capital's Global Sponsor Finance group, where he executed and monitored numerous debt investments in middle-market companies. Mr. Brown began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and spent time in both the Assurance and Transaction Services practices. Mr. Brown received a Bachelor of Science in Business at Lehigh University and an MBA with honors from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
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Christopher J. Artinian

Managing Director
cartinian@thebeekmangroup.com
Mr. Artinian is a Managing Director of TBG.  He has over 25 years of restaurant and retail experience, with both private and public companies, and focuses primarily on TBG's restaurant and consumer services investments.  Mr. Artinian currently serves on the Board of Directors of Another Broken Egg, Condado Tacos, TBG FAC, and Ted's Cafe. Mr. Artinian joined Beekman after leading TooJay’s Gourmet Deli, Bakery, & Restaurant, serving as the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer.  Prior to that, he served as President and CEO of Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill, and previously, was President and CEO of Morton's The Steakhouse, the largest fine dining brand in the world. Mr. Artinian was a success story at Morton's, starting in a back of the house kitchen position and rising through the ranks to eventually become the CEO of this leading publicly-traded steakhouse. Throughout his career Mr. Artinian has been recognized for leveraging his deep operational experience in developing winning strategies and exceptional teams. Passionate about the restaurant business, Mr. Artinian has provided key insight and commentary on the industry to numerous media outlets including CNBC, Fox Business and Bloomberg News, and is a sought-after guest speaker for industry conferences and events.
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James (Jim) H. Clippard

Principal
jclippard@thebeekmangroup.com
Mr. Clippard is a Principal at TBG and has over 10 years' experience in private equity, and senior and subordinated debt investing. Mr. Clippard is responsible for sourcing, evaluating, executing and monitoring TBG's investments. Mr. Clippard is a member of the board of directors of Direct Connect Holdings, Convenient Brands, and GED Holdings. Prior to joining TBG in 2016, Mr. Clippard was a private equity transaction professional at Prospect Capital Management, a private investment platform with approximately $6.5 billion under management. At Prospect, Mr. Clippard focused on middle market transactions in U.S.-based companies, particularly control investments in the industrial and business services sectors, including payment processing. Prior to joining Prospect, Mr. Clippard was a Principal at Circle Peak Capital where he executed private equity transactions in the consumer, financial services, and industrial sectors. Mr. Clippard began his career in equity derivatives at The Goldman Sachs Group (SLK unit) and The Bear Stearns Companies (Bear, Wagner unit). Mr. Clippard received a BA in Economics from Cornell University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Clippard also studied at the London School of Economics.
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Shaun Caesar

Vice President
scaesar@thebeekmangroup.com
Mr. Caesar is a Vice President at TBG and is responsible for transaction execution, financial analysis and portfolio company management. Mr. Caesar joined TBG in 2017 and is a member of the Board of Directors of Another Broken Egg and Condado Tacos. Prior to joining TBG, Mr. Caesar worked at Goode Partners, a middle-market private equity firm focused on consumer and retail investments. Prior to Goode Partners, Mr. Caesar worked at Wells Fargo Securities in the Consumer and Retail Investment Banking Group in New York, NY, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and capital raising for a number of middle market, Fortune 500 and private equity clients. Mr. Caesar received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Finance.
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Jonathan Kelemen

Vice President
jkelemen@thebeekmangroup.com
Mr. Kelemen is a Vice President at TBG and is responsible for transaction execution, financial analysis, and portfolio company management. Mr. Kelemen joined TBG in 2019. Mr. Kelemen is a member of the Board of Directors of Convenient Brands. Prior to joining TBG, Mr. Kelemen worked at Gladstone Investment, a publicly traded private equity fund. While at Gladstone, Mr. Kelemen evaluated, executed, and managed private equity transactions in the middle market across a variety of industries. Prior to Gladstone, Mr. Kelemen worked at Paul Capital Partners, where he focused on private equity secondaries investments. Mr. Kelemen received a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia and an MBA with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Kelemen is also a CFA Charterholder.
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Alex Grzymala

Senior Associate
agrzymala@thebeekmangroup.com
Mr. Grzymala joined TBG in 2019 as a Senior Associate responsible for transaction execution, financial analysis, and portfolio company management. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of New England Management Services, Ted's Cafe, and Twin Boro Physical Therapy. Prior to joining TBG, Mr. Grzymala was an Associate at Goode Partners, a NYC-based middle-market private equity firm focused on the consumer and retail sectors. Prior to Goode, Mr. Grzymala worked at NYC-based private equity firm Altpoint Capital, where he worked on investments in the energy and telecommunications industries. Mr. Grzymala began his career working in the Mergers & Acquisitions group of middle-market investment bank Oppenheimer & Co., where he was a generalist focused on executing M&A and other financial advisory assignments for corporate clients. Mr. Grzymala holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Quantitative Economics from Tufts University.
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Will Round

Senior Associate
wround@thebeekmangroup.com
Mr. Round joined TBG in 2020 as a Senior Associate responsible for transaction execution, financial analysis, and portfolio company management. Mr. Round is a member of the Board of Directors of GED Holdings and Mesmerize Media Holdings LLC. Prior to joining TBG, Mr. Round was an Associate at Wellspring Capital Management, a middle-market private equity firm focused on the healthcare, consumer and business services sectors. Prior to Wellspring Capital Management, Mr. Round worked at UBS in the Global Industrials Investment Banking Group, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and financings for Fortune 500 and private equity clients. Mr. Round holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Brown University.
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Raleigh Chapin

Associate
rchapin@thebeekmangroup.com
Mr. Chapin is an Associate at TBG and is responsible for transaction execution, financial analysis, and portfolio company management. Mr. Chapin joined TBG in 2019. Prior to joining TBG, Mr. Chapin worked at Houlihan Lokey, in the Industrials Investment Banking Group, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and capital raising for a number of large-cap, mid-cap and private equity clients. Prior to Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Chapin worked at Lloyds Banking Group, in the Debt Capital Markets Group, where he analyzed credit risk and provided debt-financing solutions to large-cap corporate clients. Mr. Chapin received a BS in Finance from Georgetown University.
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Shelby Zucker

Associate
szucker@thebeekmangroup.com
Ms. Zucker is an Associate at TBG and is responsible for transaction execution, financial analysis and portfolio company management. Ms. Zucker joined TBG in 2020. Prior to joining TBG, Ms. Zucker worked at Raymond James in the Healthcare Investment Banking Group in New York, where she focused on mergers and acquisitions and capital raising for a number of middle market and private equity clients. Ms. Zucker received her BBA in Finance with Distinction from Emory University.
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Finance and Operations

Crystal Smith

Vice President of Investor Relations
csmith@thebeekmangroup.com
Ms. Smith is Vice President of Investor Relations at TBG, having joined the firm in 2019. Prior to joining TBG, Ms. Smith worked in the Client and Product Solutions group at Apollo Global Management, a global private equity and alternative asset management firm. Prior to Apollo, Ms. Smith worked in the Client Advisory group at York Capital Management, a New York based investment management firm. Ms. Smith began her career in the Operations group at Garrison Investment Group, a middle market credit, distressed and asset based investor. Ms. Smith received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at Longwood University.
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Maria Ninua

Senior Accountant
mninua@thebeekmangroup.com
Ms. Ninua joined TBG in 2019 as a Senior Accountant providing support to the Vice President of Finance in various financial reporting aspects of the firm, including fund accounting, audit and tax. Prior to joining TBG, she was a Senior Tax Associate at Ernst & Young, where she provided tax compliance in the asset management division to various private equity, fund of funds, and management company clients. Maria graduated cum laude from Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business, with a Bachelor of Science in Public Accounting and a minor in Economics. She has been a Certified Public Accountant in New York State since 2018.
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Jana Gerrard

Finance and Operations
jgerrard@thebeekmangroup.com
Ms. Jana Gerrard is in charge of TBG special events, travel, board meeting coordination, special projects, and executive assistance to the team. Ms. Gerrard has been part time with TBG since 2006. Prior to joining TBG, Ms. Gerrard worked at Limited Design Services and Onex Corporation's New York City offices. Ms. Gerrard received degrees from Robert Morris College, Fashion Institute of Technology, and Society of Human Resources Management.
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Rhita Njuki

Office Assistant / Receptionist
rnjuki@thebeekmangroup.com
Ms. Rhita Njuki joined TBG in 2019 as an Office Assistant/Receptionist. She is responsible for specific research on TBG projects, providing administrative support to the investment team and ensuring the smooth operation of the TBG office. Ms. Njuki has a background in medical and legal administrative assistance and management. Ms. Njuki received her Bachelor of Laws with Honours degree from University of Essex in Colchester, England.
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