The Egis Capital Partners Team
Robert M. Chefitz
Robert Chefitz is a 36-year veteran of the private equity industry and has specialized in security industry investments since 1990. Mr. Chefitz built an investment track record with strong returns by leading and participating in numerous early-stage investments and leveraged buyouts. In 2008, Mr. Chefitz founded Egis Capital Partners in order to capitalize on his deep security industry investment expertise and to provide investors with a portfolio dedicated to the Security and Protection industry.
William L. Polk, Jr.
William Polk has over 30 years of corporate finance, banking, and private equity experience with a particular focus on the Security and Protection 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 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 Board Chair 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
Perot Bissell started providing consulting services to Egis in February of 2015 and joined as a Managing Partner in August of 2016. He has over 30 years of experience in the security and protection industry, operating management, and private equity. Over the past 15 years Mr. Bissell has played a lead role in executing two major consolidation strategies, one in the energy logistics industry and the other in the security and protection industry.
Christina Graziano is the Chief Administrative Officer of Egis Capital Partners. Ms. Graziano has over 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, II and III. 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 day to day operations.
David Reese is a Vice President at Egis responsible for origination, analysis, and execution of investment opportunities. Prior to joining Egis, Mr. Reese was an Associate with Emigrant Capital, a lower middle market private equity group based in New York. Prior to that, Mr. Reese worked as an analyst in the corporate lending division of Emigrant Bank. Mr. Reese holds a BA from Denison University and an MBA from Columbia University.
Annie J. Lan
Annie Lan is a Vice President at Egis responsible for origination, analysis, and execution of investment opportunities. Ms. Lan began her career advising institutional clients at UBS Investment Bank where she underwrote and structured Equity Derivatives. During business school, she interned with Spring Mountain Capital, a technology-enabled focused private equity firm. Ms. Lan holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
The Honorable Thomas J. Ridge
Egis Advisory Board Chairman
President and CEO, Ridge Global LLC
Mr. Ridge served as the first Secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security from January 2003 through January 2005, and the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security (an Executive Office created by President George W. Bush) from October 2001 through December 2002.
The creation of the country’s 15th Cabinet Department marked the largest reorganization of government since the Truman administration. Previously, he was the twice-elected Governor of Pennsylvania from 1995 through October 2001. He graduated from Harvard with honors and served as an infantry staff sergeant in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star for Valor, the Combat Infantry Badge, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. After returning to Pennsylvania and earning his law degree from Penn State University, he became one of the first Vietnam combat veterans elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served six terms. Mr. Ridge is a director of the Hershey Company.
John E. Mack III
Co-Head Corporate Finance,
Imperial Capital LLC
Mr. Mack was founder and Chief Executive Officer of USBX. Prior to USBX, Mr. Mack served as the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Protection One, Inc., then the nation’s second largest provider of life safety and property monitoring services. Prior to assuming the role of CEO, Mr. Mack held the positions of Chief Financial Officer, Chief Strategy Officer, and Executive Vice President of Business Development, where he was involved in over 200 acquisitions and oversaw the company’s growth from approximately 30,000 subscribers and $17 million in revenue to more than 1.6 million subscribers, $600 million in revenue and an enterprise value of over $2 billion. Before joining Protection One, Mr. Mack was Vice President of Sales with Westec Security, Inc. and prior to Westec he was a Senior Executive Officer with MCM, Inc., dba FAFCO Solar of Northern California. Mr. Mack earned a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Jeremy M. Kroll
CEO and Co-Founder, K2 Intelligence
Bernard C. Bailey
Chairman and CEO, Authentix
Mr. Bailey’s career spans over two decades of management experience in the technology and security industries. From 2002 to 2006, he served as CEO and Director at Viisage Technology, Inc. – a leading provider of advanced technology identity management solutions. Under his leadership, Viisage’s market capitalization grew from $60 million to over $1 billion. Mr. Bailey has served as a director to eight publicly traded companies, and currently serves on the boards of directors of Authentix, Inc., Telos Corporation, and Analogic Corporation. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Mr. Bailey served for eight years as an officer in the US Navy. He holds advanced degrees in engineering from the University of California – Berkeley and the University of Southern California, an M.B.A. from George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in Management from Case Western Reserve University. He also serves as a Member of the Committee for Economic Development in Washington, DC. Mr. Bailey has also served as an expert financial witness in front of the Delaware Court of Chancery, a major court in the United States.
Lessing E. Gold
Partner, Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp LLP
Mr. Gold serves as general counsel to the California Alarm Association, advising the organization on regulatory, antitrust, and liability issues, and has been honored by the Security Industry Association and the California Alarm Association for his extraordinary service to the security industry. He has also played leading roles in other security governing organizations, including the Security Industry Association and the Medical Alert Monitoring Association. In addition, Mr. Gold regularly advises and assists foreign and domestic companies regarding government contracts and financings, the development of new technologies, licensing and regulatory issues, and other emerging security and protective initiatives. He is the recipient of the George R. Lippert Memorial Award from the Security Industry Association for exemplary service to the security industry and is a member of the Security Industry Hall of Fame. Mr. Gold received a B.S. from Northwestern University and a J.D. from the University of Southern California.
Founder and CEO, ACRE
He participated in the management buyout of HID from Hughes Aircraft/General Motors in 1995. From 1995 to 2001, Mr. Grillo was Vice President of Sales and Marketing, COO, and eventually President as HID grew from a $15 million card and reader company to the dominant $100 million industry leader. He successfully led the effort to sell the company to Assa Abloy in 2001. At Assa Abloy, Mr. Grillo created and managed the Identification Technology Group, completing more than a dozen acquisitions. In 2005, he was promoted to Executive Vice President of the parent company Assa Abloy AB and President of its Global Technology Division. In that role, he successfully managed the $700 million division with 3,000 employees in 29 countries. Mr. Grillo served as President and Board Member of the Security Industry Association from 1998-2007. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Finance.
Thomas D. Hays III
Managing Director Emeritus, Gavin/Solmonese
Previously, Mr. Hays was Chairman of the Turnaround Management Association and was also Chairman of the Association of Certified Turnaround Professionals and its Standards Committee. Mr. Hays is currently the Board and Executive Committee member as well as the Chair of the Audit Committee Chairman of the American Red Cross, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter. He is also involved in the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Association for Corporate Growth. He is a Certified Public Accountant in Minnesota and Pennsylvania (inactive licenses) and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs. Mr. Hays received a B.S. in Accounting and an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota.
President and CEO, Central Security Group
Mr. Ginsburg has completed and integrated over 30 acquisitions and generated hundreds of thousands of commercial and residential customers through organic marketing campaigns he developed at his respective companies. Prior to leading Central Security Group, Mr. Ginsburg served as Managing Partner of G3 Capital Partners, a Miami-based investment firm and adviser to private equity firms in the security, telecommunications, and recurring service industries. Mr. Ginsburg has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Miami and was the youngest security industry professional to be inducted into the Security Industry Hall of Fame.