Our team is comprised of successful founder-entrepreneurs that lead public and private companies and experienced investors who bring significant value in their ability to help a partner grow their business and generate strong returns.
Mr. Kiev has over 28 years of alternative investing experience. He is the President and Founder of MK Capital Partners, a private investment firm. The firm’s primary investment strategies include direct private equity, growth equity and venture capital. Mr. Kiev was Co-CEO and President of Forum Merger Corporation. Mr. Kiev was previously a Director of Cohen Private Ventures (“CPV”). CPV is a family office investing long-term capital in direct private investments and other opportunistic transactions. Prior to his position with CPV, Mr. Kiev was Chief of Staff at S.A.C. Capital Advisors.
Prior to joining S.A.C., Mr. Kiev was President of Alternative Investments at Family Management Corporation, a multi-family office, where he oversaw a portfolio of investments in hedge funds and private equity funds. Previously, Mr. Kiev was a Partner at Main Street Resources, a middle-market private equity firm. He began his career at Family Management Corporation where he held a variety of roles over more than a decade.
Mr. Kiev holds an MBA degree from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a BA degree also from New York University. Mr. Kiev is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.
Mr. Boris has over 30 years of Wall Street experience in mergers and corporate finance and has been involved in more than 15 SPAC transactions as a board member, underwriter and M&A advisor, including seven business combinations totaling over $3.4 billion. Mr. Boris was Co-CEO and CFO of Forum Merger Corporation.
Mr. Boris previously was a Director of ConvergeOne (NASDAQ: CVON). Mr. Boris previously was a director of Pacific Special Acquisition Corp., a SPAC formed by one of the leading independent investment banks in China which completed a business combination with Borqs in 2017. In addition, he served as advisor to Limbach Holdings in connection with its merger with the 1347 Capital Corp. SPAC. From November of 2010 to May of 2013, Mr. Boris served as Chairman of Primcogent Solutions LLC, leading the board during the period of the company’s preparation to seek reorganization by way of a voluntary bankruptcy petition, which was filed in 2013. Mr. Boris served as a Director of Trio Merger Corp. (a SPAC) from its inception through its business combination.
Mr. Boris served as Senior Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking at Pali Capital, Inc., an investment banking firm, and prior to this was a founding member and Managing Director of Morgan Joseph & Co. Inc., where he was head of both the Financial Sponsors and Media Groups. Mr. Boris is the former President of Ladenburg Thalmann Group Inc., where he was also Executive Vice President and Head of Investment Banking. In addition, he was a co-founder, director, and a principal shareholder of Brenner Securities Corporation and its successors. Prior to Brenner, Mr. Boris was at Oppenheimer & Company, as a Senior Vice President and Limited Partner. Mr. Boris began his career as a member of the Business Development Group of W.R. Grace & Company.
Mr. Boris is a graduate of Columbia University Business School and a graduate of Vassar College, cum laude. He is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.
Mr. Berns is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of TripleLift, an advertising technology company reinventing ad placement at the intersection of creative, media and data. Prior to his current role, Mr. Berns served as the Chief Financial Officer of GTT Communications, Inc. Mr. Berns served as a Director of Forum Merger Corporation. From September 2015 through July 2019, Mr. Berns served as the Co-Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK), a leading global provider of high-quality licensed photographs, vectors, illustrations, videos and music to businesses, marketing agencies and media organizations around the world.
From July 2013 through August 2015, Mr. Berns served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Tribune Media (formerly Tribune Company), one of the country’s leading multimedia companies, operating businesses in broadcasting, publishing and digital media. Prior to that time, Mr. Berns was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Revlon, Inc. (NYSE: REV), a worldwide cosmetics and beauty products company, from May 2009 to July 2013. Prior to that time, Mr. Berns was Chief Financial Officer of Tradeweb, LLC, a leading over-the-counter, multi-asset class online marketplace for securities tradingand trade processing, from November 2007 unitl May 2009. From November 2005 until July 2007, Mr. Berns served as President, Chief Financial Officer and Director of MDC Partners Inc. (NASDAQ: MDCA) and from September 2004 to November 2005, Mr. Berns served as Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President of MDC Partners. Prior to that, Mr. Berns was the Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc., (NYSE: IPG) an organization of advertising agencies and marketing services companies from August 1999 until September 2004. Before that, Mr. Berns held a variety of positions in finance at Revlon, Inc. from April 1992 until August 1999, becoming Vice President and Treasurer in 1996. Prior to joining Revlon in 1992, Mr. Berns worked at Paramount Communications Inc. and at a predecessor public accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche.
Mr. Berns has served on several boards including Shutterstock, Inc. (from 2012 to 2015 as Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee), LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPSN from 2002 to 2011 as Director and Chariman of the Compensation Committee). Mr. Berns received a BS from Lehigh University and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Mr. Goldberg served as a Director of Forum Merger Corporation and has 45 years of retailing, merchandising, general management and real estate experience.
Mr. Goldberg currently serves as President and CEO of Raymour and Flannigan Furniture and Holdings, one of the largest furniture retailers in the United States. He has lead the growth of Raymour and Flannigan from three local stores in 1972 to its current 106 locations across seven Northeast states employing more than 4,700 people.
In addition, Mr. Goldberg has been active on numerous national industry boards including the National Home Furnishing Association, the Home Furnishing Council, the American Furniture Hall of Fame and FurnitureFan.com. He has also participated on the board of local and national charitable organizations including the HSBC Bank Regional Board, the Metropolitan Development Association, Say Yes to Education, the Salvation Army of Central New York and the Syracuse University School of Management. Mr. Goldberg has been honored for his work as a recipient of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, the City of Hope Spirit of Life Award and the Anti-Defamation League American Heritage Award. He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.
Mr. Goldberg graduated from the Syracuse University School of Management with a B.S. in accounting.
Mr. Katzman is a private investor in early stage companies and a member of the New York Angels investing group. He is also an Executive Director and board member of Noodle Education, a search and advice site for education resources, based in New York City.
Mr. Katzman is a Director of ConvergeOne (NASDAQ: CVON) and was a Director of Forum Merger Corporation. Mr. Katzman was Chairman & CEO of Kaz, Incorporated, a multinational consumer appliance company, until its sale in December 2010. Kaz’s products include humidifiers, vaporizers, digital thermometers, hot/cold therapy, heaters, fans, and air cleaners. Under his leadership, the company grew from $4 million in annual sales to $500 million by expanding its product offerings, developing international distribution, and pioneering brand extension licensing with global power brands Vicks, Honeywell and Braun.
Mr. Katzman also co-founded Terra Firma Software, a provider of enterprise solutions and an early developer of Macintosh applications.
Mr. Katzman is a board member of Brown University’s Entrepreneurship Program, was Executive in Residence for the first cohort of the IE-Brown Executive MBA program in 2011-12 and has been a judge in several business plan competitions. Mr. Katzman was a board member of Princeton Review from its founding in 1982 until 2012 and was a trustee of Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, NY. He is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.
Mr. Katzman graduated with an A.B. from Brown University and attended the Singularity University Executive Program.
Mr. Kiam has been president of Kiam Ventures LLC and Kiam Equities Corporation since 1996. These are holding companies consisting of diversified passive investments and one operating division, Cirrus Healthcare Products LLC, a manufacturer and distributor of patented and proprietary consumer health products such as Earplanes and WeatherX. Mr. Kiam also serves as Managing Partner of Slasticarna LLC and Slasticarna II LLC, investment funds focused on venture/growth equity companies since 2016. From 2001 to 2014, Mr. Kiam served as CEO and President of lia sophia, the largest direct seller of fashion jewelry in the world prior to the rise of online shopping. He had previously run the Lady Remington Company, the predecessor of lia sophia, and served in a variety of positions at Remington Products since 1986. Mr. Kiam began his career in 1982 as an analyst in the corporate finance department at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Mr. Kiam serves on the Board of Advisors of the Northcreek Mezzanine fund, on the Boards of the Trinity School, New York Junior Tennis and Learning, and is on the Board of Governors of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and YPO Gold since 1997. Mr. Kiam holds a BA in Government from Harvard College and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.