Peak Rock Capital

Anthony DiSimone

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

Mr. DiSimone is the Chief Executive Officer and a Managing Director of Peak Rock. He has extensive industry leadership experience both as a Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer at Aurora Resurgence and as a Managing Director at H.I.G. Capital/Bayside Capital. He has completed a broad variety of investments in middle market businesses and has served on the board of directors of numerous companies. Previously, Mr. DiSimone was a Manager at Bain & Company, a leading consulting firm, where he led turnaround/performance improvement, merger and acquisition, and strategy engagements for private equity and Fortune 500 businesses both domestically and internationally.

Mr. DiSimone received a master’s degree in business administration from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College and a bachelor of science degree in business administration, summa cum laude, from Boston University.

Steve Martinez

President and Managing Director

Mr. Martinez is the President and a Managing Director of Peak Rock. Most recently Mr. Martinez was a Managing Director of Aurora Resurgence. Prior to that he led the West Coast Private Credit business for Goldman Sachs Special Situations Group and led the San Francisco office of American Capital. He began his career in private equity at H.I.G. Capital in their Miami and San Francisco offices.

Mr. Martinez received a master’s degree in business administration from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College, where he was a Citibank Fellow, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California.

Thibaud Caulier

Managing Director

Mr. Caulier is a Managing Director of Peak Rock Capital Europe. Most recently Mr. Caulier was a Managing Partner of Ponsardin, an independent restructuring advisory firm. Prior to that he was a Principal at H.I.G. Capital Europe. He previously worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Business Recovery Services group in London and Paris, where he led numerous operational improvements and turnarounds. Mr. Caulier has more than fifteen years in private equity investing, performance improvement and turnaround experience across a broad range of industries. In addition, he has served on the board of directors for numerous companies in Europe.

Mr. Caulier received degrees in Corporate Strategy and Auditing from the Conservatoire National Des Arts et Métiers and Accounting and Finance from the Institut National des Techniques Economiques et Comptables.

Peter Leibman

Managing Director

Mr. Leibman is a Managing Director of Peak Rock. Previously he was a Principal at Aurora Resurgence. Mr. Leibman has focused on making debt and equity investments in middle market companies and has served on the boards of directors of multiple portfolio companies. Mr. Leibman was formerly a Manager at Bain & Company, where he led numerous engagements in operational turnarounds, performance improvement and strategy development for middle market and Fortune 500 clients in North America and Europe.

Mr. Leibman received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in economics, magna cum laude, from Northwestern University.

Robert Strauss

Managing Director

Mr. Strauss is a Managing Director of Peak Rock. Most recently he was a Principal at Aurora Resurgence and previously he was a Principal at Insight Equity. Mr. Strauss focused on making debt and equity investments in a variety of middle market companies at both prior firms and has served as a board member or observer for numerous portfolio companies. Prior to Insight Equity, Mr. Strauss was an Investment Analyst with Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst, and prior to Hicks Muse, Mr. Strauss was a Financial Analyst in the investment banking divisions of Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette and Salomon Smith Barney.

Mr. Strauss received a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Jung Woo Choi

Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer 

Mr. Choi is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of Peak Rock. Most recently Mr. Choi was a Vice President at the Carlyle Group where he served as Chief Financial Officer for Carlyle Mezzanine Partners and head of partnership accounting for Carlyle’s distressed debt and energy mezzanine funds within the Global Market Strategies group. Prior to that he was at Credit Suisse where he was a controller for one of the DLJ Merchant Banking funds. He also previously spent time at JP Morgan Partners and began his career in public accounting at Arthur Andersen.

Mr. Choi received a master’s degree in business administration from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Tulane University. He is also a CPA in the state of New York.

Laurent Blumberg

Vice President

Mr. Blumberg is a Vice President of Peak Rock Capital Europe. Most recently Mr. Blumberg was an investment associate at AEA Investors in London, where he focused on investments in middle market companies across various industries. Before joining AEA Investors, Mr. Blumberg was an Analyst in the Investment Banking division of Nomura, where he was involved in a variety of mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Blumberg received a master’s degree in financial economics from Erasmus University and a bachelor’s degree in applied economics and mathematics, with honors, from the University of Antwerp.

Jordan Campbell

Vice President

Mr. Campbell is a Vice President at Peak Rock. Previously, he was with McKinsey & Company, a leading consulting firm, where he worked across a variety of industries on operational and organizational improvement initiatives. Prior to joining McKinsey, he was an Associate at Houlihan Lokey, where he was a member of the Financial Restructuring Group. While at Houlihan, he was involved with a variety of both in-court and out-of-court transactions, including complex financial restructurings and distressed mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Campbell received a master’s degree in business administration, with distinction, from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in economics, magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University.

Ryan Fitch

Senior Vice President

Mr. Fitch is a Senior Vice President and leads business development for Peak Rock Capital. Previously, Mr. Fitch spent nearly a decade as part of the business development team at Platinum Equity where he was responsible for deal origination and managing strategic relationships with corporate sellers, investment banks and other intermediaries across all industries. Most recently, Ryan led the coverage efforts for middle market intermediaries.

Mr. Fitch earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Joe Garigliano

Associate

Mr. Garigliano is an Associate at Peak Rock. Previously, he was an Analyst at Lazard, where he was a member of the middle market group. While at Lazard, Mr. Garigliano worked on merger and acquisition advisory engagements across a variety of industries. Prior to Lazard, Mr. Garigliano worked in the Transaction Advisory Services division of Ernst & Young.

Mr. Garigliano received a master’s degree in accountancy and bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Mendoza School of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

Heather Hohn

Senior Accountant

Ms. Hohn is a Senior Accountant at Peak Rock. Previously, she was a staff accountant at Aurora Resurgence. Prior to joining Aurora, she held accounting positions focused on financial reporting and analysis.

Ms. Hohn received a bachelor’s degree in managerial economics from the University of California, Davis and a certificate in accounting from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Chris Mason

Senior Associate

Mr. Mason is a Senior Associate at Peak Rock. Previously, he was an Associate at CCMP Capital, where he focused on middle market private equity investments across various industries. Prior to joining CCMP, Mr. Mason was an Analyst at Lazard, where he was a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group. While at Lazard, Mr. Mason worked on a number of public and private transactions across various industries.

Mr. Mason received a bachelor’s degree in economics, magna cum laude, from Middlebury College.

Jared Mason

Senior Associate

Mr. Mason is a Senior Associate at Peak Rock. Previously he was an Analyst at Houlihan Lokey, where he was a member of the Financial Restructuring Group. While at Houlihan, Mr. Mason worked on a number of middle market restructurings and distressed mergers and acquisitions across industry segments.

Mr. Mason received a bachelor’s degree of business administration in finance, with honors, from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.

Spencer Moore

Vice President

Mr. Moore is a Vice President at Peak Rock. Previously, he was a Vice President at The Riverside Company where he led investments in middle market companies across various industries and assisted multiple portfolio companies with strategic planning and operational improvement. Prior to joining The Riverside Company, Mr. Moore was an Associate at Arcapita and Banc of America Capital Investors. Mr. Moore began his career at Harris Williams where he assisted in executing numerous M&A transactions across a variety of industries.

Mr. Moore received a master’s degree in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in economics and history from Vanderbilt University.

Mitchell Peoples

Controller

Mr. Peoples is the Controller of Peak Rock. Previously, he was a Manager with Deloitte where he focused on the audits of hedge funds, funds of hedge funds and private equity clients. His clients included leading private equity and investment managers.

Mr. Peoples is a CPA who received a master’s degree in professional accountancy and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Robert Pistilli

Principal

Mr. Pistilli is a Principal at Peak Rock. Previously, he was a Vice President at Halyard Capital where he led investments in middle market companies across various industries and served on the boards of directors of multiple portfolio companies. Prior to joining Halyard, Mr. Pistilli was an Associate at Hampshire Equity Partners. Mr. Pistilli began his career at CIBC World Markets in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group where he assisted in executing numerous public and private transactions across various industries.

Mr. Pistilli received a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in economics and business management from Cornell University.

Matthew Puglisi

Vice President

Mr. Puglisi is a Vice President at Peak Rock. Previously, he was a Senior Associate at Wind Point Partners, where he focused on investments in middle market companies across various industries. Before joining Wind Point Partners, Mr. Puglisi was an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division of Citigroup, where he was involved in mergers and acquisitions across a variety of industries.

Mr. Puglisi received a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in accountancy, summa cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame.

Yoni Riemer

Vice President

Mr. Riemer is a Vice President at Peak Rock. Previously, he was an Associate at Aurora Resurgence, where he focused on making debt and equity investments in middle market companies. Before joining Aurora Resurgence, Mr. Riemer was an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs, where he was involved in a variety of mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Riemer received a master’s degree in business administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in economics, cum laude, from Duke University.

Trina Segura

Senior Accountant

Ms. Segura is a Senior Accountant at Peak Rock. Previously, she was a Senior Accountant at TPG Capital where she focused on the accounting and reporting of private equity funds across multiple platforms. Prior to joining TPG, she was a Senior Accountant at Ernst & Young.

Ms. Segura received a master’s degree in professional accountancy and a bachelor’s in degree business administration from the University of North Texas.

Justin Wang

Senior Associate

Mr. Wang is a Senior Associate at Peak Rock. Previously, he was an analyst at Credit Suisse, where he was a member of the Investment Banking Division.  While at Credit Suisse, Mr. Wang worked on a number of capital raises and M&A transactions across different industries.

Mr. Wang received a bachelor’s degree of business administration in finance, with honors, from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.

Ben Williams

Vice President

Mr. Williams is a Vice President at Peak Rock. Prior to joining Peak Rock, he served as the Interim CFO of Atlantic Energy Holdings, an oil and gas company. Previously he was a Vice President at Aurora Resurgence. Before joining Aurora Resurgence, Mr. Williams was an investment professional at Insight Equity. He focused on making debt and equity investments in middle market companies at both firms. Prior to joining Insight Equity, Mr. Williams was an Analyst at Houlihan Lokey, where he was a member of the Financial Restructuring Group. While at Houlihan, he was involved with a variety of both in-court and out-of-court transactions, including complex financial restructurings and distressed mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Williams received a master’s degree in business administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration, magna cum laude, from TCU.