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.
E. Perot Bissell joined Egis as a Managing Partner in July of 2016. He has extensive experience in operating management, security and homeland defense, and private equity. Mr. Bissell has been providing consulting and advisory services to Egis since February 2015.
Mr. Bissell is on the board of directors of Acadia Health Care Company, one of the largest owners and operators of psychiatric care hospitals in the world. From late 2013 to June 2015 he was CEO of Next Generation Energy Logistics LLC (“NxGen”). From September 2012 to July 2013, he was Vice Chairman of Maxum Petroleum, Inc. (“Maxum”) where he was responsible for $300 million of acquisition and divestiture activity. From April 2004 to September 2012, Mr. Bissell served as a board member and CEO of Maxum. From 1996 to 2006 Mr. Bissell was a partner at Northwest Capital Appreciation, Inc. (“NCA”), a merchant bank headquartered in Seattle, Washington that provided capital and advisory services for middle market companies. While at NCA, he led an investment in ASG Security in 2002, and also was ASG’s interim CEO in 2003.
Mr. Bissell served as a senior executive of SLP Capital the largest specialty lender to security alarm dealers from 1996 to 1999 including CFO from 1996 to 1998. From 1984 to 1996, he worked on Wall Street as an investment banker. He served as a managing director in the corporate finance department at Bankers Trust from 1990 to 1996, where Mr. Bissell originated, structured, and closed over $5 billion in financings. He also served as a Co-Head of the Transportation and Aerospace Group and Head of the Structured Products Group at Bankers Trust. He was a Vice President in the Corporate Finance Departments of Drexel Burnham from 1989 to 1990 and Paine Webber from 1984 to 1989.
Mr. Bissell holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Columbia College.
Chief Administrative Officer
Christina Graziano is the Chief Administrative Officer of Egis Capital Partners. Ms. Graziano has ten 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.