Paul Light is a second year MBA student at CBS. Prior to CBS, Paul was a Senior Financial Analyst at Coastal Forest Resources Company, primarily working on investments in the timberland sector. Previously, he was an Associate at Thomas H. Lee Partners, focusing on private equity investments in the healthcare and consumer sectors. Before Thomas H. Lee Partners, Paul was an Analyst at Jefferies in the Restructuring & Reorganization Group, and at Credit Suisse in the Financial Sponsors Group. Paul received a B.S. in Commerce (concentrations in Finance and Accounting) from the University of Virginia.
Chris Wells is a second-year MBA student at CBS. Prior to CBS, Chris was a Senior Associate at Saw Mill Capital, a private equity firm specializing in the manufacturing, industrial services and distribution sectors. Previously, Chris was an analyst at Edgeview Partners where he focused on middle-market mergers & acquisitions across a variety of industries. Chris received a B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration from Washington and Lee University.
VP, State of Private Equity
Ankit Chadha is a second-year student at Columbia Business School and is on the PE Conference State of Private Equity Panel team as a VP. Prior to Columbia Business School, Ankit was an associate at Welsh Carson, a middle market private equity firm focused on the technology and healthcare industries. Previously, Ankit worked at Evercore Partners as an investment banking analyst in the Healthcare M&A team. Ankit graduated from NYU-Stern with a B.S. in Finance and Economics.
VP, Consumer / Retail
Alan Chen is a second-year student at Columbia Business School and is on the Private Equity Consumer / Retail Team as a VP. Prior to Columbia Business School, Alan was an associate at Endeavour Capital, a middle market private equity firm with a focus on investments within the food and consumer, transportation and logistics, healthcare, and business services industries. Previously, Alan worked at Piper Jaffray & Co. as an investment banking analyst in the consumer & retail M&A team. Alan graduated from The University of Southern California-Marshall School of Business with a B.S. in Finance and Business Economics.
Ryan Snyder is a second year MBA student at Columbia Business School. Prior to CBS, Ryan was an Investment Analyst at PGIM, where he executed middle-market private equity and mezzanine investments across sectors. Previously, Ryan was a credit trading analyst at Morgan Stanley. Ryan received a B.S. in Finance from Lehigh University.”
Rob Schaus is a second year MBA student at CBS. Prior to CBS, Rob was an Investment Banking Associate in Wells Fargo Securities’ Public Finance Department, working with large government clients to issue and refinance tax-exempt and taxable debt. Previously, he was a Senior Analyst at Goldman Sachs in their Investment Management Division focusing on equity derivative strategies. Rob also spent one year in rural China as a Teaching Fellow with Teach for China. Rob graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with a B.S.F.S. in International Economics and is also a CFA® charterholder.
Alex is an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School and AVP of Sponsorship for the 25th CBS PE Conference. Prior to CBS, Alex was a Principal at FW Cook, a leading board and executive compensation advisory firm. He started his career at Deloitte Consulting. Alex graduated with a BA in Economics, cum laude, from Boston College.
AVP, State of Private Equity
Charles Zheng is a first year MBA student at Columbia Business School. Prior to CBS, Charles worked as a private equity associate at Partners Group, focused on leveraged buyouts of middle-market businesses across industries. Previously, he worked as an investment banking analyst in the Financial Services Group at Raymond James & Associates. Charles graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Economics.
Alex Chouraqui is a first year MBA student at CBS. Prior to CBS, Alex was an Associate in Piper Jaffray’s Healthcare Group, primarily focused on sell-side M&A for sponsor-owned healthcare services companies. Previously, he was an Associate and Analyst in CIT Group’s Debt Capital Markets Group, focusing on underwriting and syndicating leveraged loans for middle market clients. Alex received a BSBA in Finance from Washington University in St. Louis.