Robert Chefitz is a 32 year veteran of the private equity industry, and has built an investment track record with superior returns by leading and participating in numerous early stage investments and leveraged buyouts. He has specialized in security industry investments since 1990. In 2007, Mr. Chefitz founded Egis Capital Partners in order to capitalize on his deep security industry investment expertise.
Mr. Chefitz began his career with Golder Thoma Cressey, where for seven years he focused on evaluating and executing various sector-driven investment strategies. After Golder Thoma Cressey, he joined Apax Partners where he built a successful investment track record with a focus on security industry investments. During his 15 year tenure at Apax, Mr. Chefitz served as a General Partner in nine funds representing over $2 billion of capital, and led numerous key security deals including Protection One, Casi Rusco, CML, and Regent Lighting.
Mr. Chefitz’s investment expertise spans a broad range of industries and stages, including buyout, expansion, and venture capital. Selected non-security investments in which Mr. Chefitz has led or participated include Office Depot, Intermedia, and Xpedite.
After his tenure at Apax, Mr. Chefitz launched the NJTC Venture Fund, focused on making investments in early stage technology companies. He made a number of successful personal venture investments, including theLadders.com, an online employment marketplace with revenues currently in excess of $80 million, and iLevel Solutions, a market-leading financial services software firm spun-out of Blackstone.
Mr. Chefitz holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Northwestern University. He is an active board member of FreightWatch International, Alarm.com, Achieve3000, theLadders.com, and iLevel Solutions, where he serves as Chairman. Mr. Chefitz also sits on the board of The Lang Fund, Columbia Business School’s seed stage investment fund, and is an adjunct faculty member at the NYU Stern School of Business.
Mr. Polk has over 30 years of corporate finance, banking, and private equity experience with a particular focus on the security and homeland defense industries. Over that period, Mr. Polk has been involved in more than $6 billion of middle market security industry transactions across a variety of security industry sectors.
Prior to joining Egis Capital Partners, Mr. Polk served as Managing Director of the Security, Defense, and Technology Finance practice at Capital One where he and and his team provided financing to companies who protect life, property, and information serving the commercial, residential, and government security markets. Particular areas of Mr. Polk’s focus include physical security products and services, information security, public safety and corrections, the national intelligence contracting community, and the federal, state and local homeland security marketplace.
Prior to joining Capital One, Mr. Polk served as Managing Director of CapitalSource Finance’s Security Lending Group and served on CapitalSource’s Executive Committee. Before his tenure at CapitalSource, Mr. Polk was a co-founder and President of SLP Capital, a specialty finance company focused on security industry lending which was acquired by CapitalSource in 2004. SLP Capital was named to the INC 500, Inc. magazine’s list of the 500 fastest growing private companies in the United States, for five consecutive years from 1998 to 2002. Mr. Polk began his career with the Multinational Lending Group at Chemical Bank in New York. He was inducted into the Security Industry Hall of Fame in 2010.
In addition to his professional activities, Mr. Polk currently serves as a trustee of the Edward Mallinckrodt Foundation, and a board member of The Jefferson Scholars Foundation at the University of Virginia, and a trustee of Mary Institute Country Day School. Mr. Polk holds a BA with Honors from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Harvard University.
Ashley Larson is a Principal at Egis Capital Partners and has ten years of corporate finance, investment, and operating experience. She has worked with Mr. Chefitz since 2009.
Ms. Larson is responsible for all aspects of Egis’ investment process, including transaction sourcing, analysis, structuring, financing, negotiation, and documentation. She also plays an active role in portfolio company oversight and provides ongoing operational support to management teams in marketing strategy, sales execution, business development, and corporate finance and acquisitions.
Previously, Ms. Larson was an Associate in the Corporate Development division of Red Ventures, a global marketing services firm, where she managed all aspects of M&A, venture investments, and capital raise transactions. She began her career as an investment banking analyst at Wells Fargo Securities, focused on the origination and execution of middle-market M&A and private placement transactions.
Ms. Larson holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Wake Forest University.
Christina Graziano is an Associate at Egis Capital Partners. Ms. Graziano has seven years of private equity and venture capital fund management experience.
Ms. Graziano has worked with Robert Chefitz since 2006, and assisted with the creation and fund formation of Egis Security Fund I. In her current role, Ms. Graziano is responsible for managing all aspects of the firm’s operation, administration, subscription and marketing activities.
During her tenure at Egis Capital Partners she has played a critical role in a myriad of key internal and external initiatives, ranging from client and project management to internal and external correspondence. She is responsible for the fund’s overall administration and supervises accounting, budgeting, and finance activities.
Ms. Graziano holds a BA from Villanova University.