North & Latin America

Ashley Arndt | Vice President, Client Solutions, North America | Austin, Texas, US

Ashley Arndt | Vice President, Client Solutions, North America | Austin, Texas, US

Ashley works on the client solutions team in North America.

Prior to joining Stafford, she worked in business development and client relations with DW Partners, a multi-strategy/special situations credit firm. Previously, Ashley was Director of Investor Relations at Meritage Capital, a boutique investment management firm specializing in differentiated hedge fund solutions and was a Senior Associate, Business Development with Pine River Capital Management, a global alternative asset manager. Ashley began her career in alternatives as an Investor Relations Analyst at King Street Capital Management.

She received a Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurial Management and Spanish Studies from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Andrew Betz | Investment Manager, Stafford Private Markets | Los Angeles, US

Andrew Betz | Investment Manager, Stafford Private Markets | Los Angeles, US

Andrew works on venture capital and growth equity opportunities.

Prior to Stafford, Andrew worked with Macquarie Investment Management Private Markets and GKM Newport as an investment manager. In these roles, Andrew was responsible for due diligence of primary and co-investment opportunities.

He holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelors degree from the University of California-San Diego.

Erica Bushner | Advisor, Stafford Private Markets |

Erica Bushner | Advisor, Stafford Private Markets |

Erica provides advice on all areas involving venture capital investment management.

Previously she served as a Senior Advisor for Macquarie Investment Management Private Markets. Prior to Macquarie, Erica founded GKM Newport, an investment firm specializing in venture capital and private equity. She also was co-founder of the Wilshire Private Markets Group. Erica began her career by establishing the venture capital and Private Equity Program for the PA State Employes’ Retirement System.

She earned a Masters of Business Administration from the Pennsylvania State University and holds both CFA and CPA designations.

Bryan Buter | Investment Manager, Stafford Private Markets | Austin, Texas, US

Bryan Buter | Investment Manager, Stafford Private Markets | Austin, Texas, US

Bryan is responsible for relationship management, sourcing and due diligence for private credit investments.

Prior to Stafford, Bryan worked in finance for over a decade with firms such as Bank of America, Wells Fargo Securities and Barclays Capital. In these roles, his primary duties were credit diligence and executing M&A and financing transactions, as well as monitoring expansive credit portfolios. He also spent time in the professional sports world with International Management Group.

Bryan attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for both his Bachelors of Science and his Masters of Business Administration.

Michelle Ewart | Head of Client Solutions, North America | Austin, Texas, US

Michelle Ewart | Head of Client Solutions, North America | Austin, Texas, US

Michelle is responsible for business development efforts in North America.

Prior to Stafford, she served as Managing Director at Meritage Capital, a boutique investment management firm specializing in differentiated hedge fund solutions. Previously, Michelle was Director of Investor Relations and Marketing at Bocage Capital, LLC and was an Executive Director and member of the Capital Introduction team at UBS Securities, LLC. Michelle began her career in alternatives as an Analyst at Mesirow Advanced Strategies, Inc.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance as well as Accounting from Miami University.

Dr. Miguel Fabra | Investment Manager, Stafford Timberland | Austin, Texas, US

Dr. Miguel Fabra | Investment Manager, Stafford Timberland | Austin, Texas, US

Miguel is involved in monitoring the operational and financial performance of investments, and due diligence focusing on timberland investments in South America.

He was previously with UPM as investment advisor and with Indufor as consultant involved in timberland appraisals internationally. Prior to this, he also founded BALMA, a consulting firm specialising in forest management and operations.

He holds a PhD in Forestry from the University of Eastern Finland.

Kurt Faulhaber | Partner, Stafford Private Markets | Austin, Texas, US

Kurt Faulhaber | Partner, Stafford Private Markets | Austin, Texas, US

Kurt is responsible for relationship management, sourcing and due diligence for sustainable investments.

Prior to Stafford, Kurt worked for Macquarie Investment Management Private Markets as Senior Vice President. He also spent several years identifying clean tech ventures and technologies, incubating start-ups for launch and growth, and consulting with sustainable start-ups.

He earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas-Austin and a Bachelors degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

Rick Fratus | Managing Partner, Stafford Private Markets | Austin, Texas, US

Rick Fratus | Managing Partner, Stafford Private Markets | Austin, Texas, US

Rick is involved in relationship management, due diligence and negotiation.

He was previously Managing Director for Macquarie Investment Management Private Markets which advised on over $7 billion of assets, including private funds, secondary investments and co-investments. Prior to co-founding MIMPM global private equity and real asset operations, Rick was Vice President at Pacific Corporate Group.

He earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas-Austin and a Bachelors degree from the United States Naval Academy.

Ron Heinz | Investment Manager, Stafford Private Markets | Austin, Texas, US

Ron Heinz | Investment Manager, Stafford Private Markets | Austin, Texas, US

Ron is responsible for sourcing and due diligence of private markets investments.

He was previously a Principal at Sweetwater Capital Partners, a boutique private equity secondaries firm. Prior to Sweetwater, Ron held investment roles at StepStone Global and Signal Peak Ventures.

Ron holds an MBA from Mannheim University in Germany and a BA in economics from Villanova University.

Carolyn Houren | Investment Analyst, Client Solutions, North America | Austin, Texas, US

Carolyn Houren | Investment Analyst, Client Solutions, North America | Austin, Texas, US

Carolyn is an Investment Analyst responsible for secondaries deals sourcing across all service lines.

Prior to joining Stafford, Carolyn was a Deals Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she focused on M&A valuations, deals targeting, and data analytics.

She is a Certified Public Accountant, has a Master of Accountancy, and a Bachelors of Business Administration in International Business and Accounting from The University of Georgia.

Juli Lis | Investment Analyst | Curitiba, Brazil

Juli Lis | Investment Analyst | Curitiba, Brazil

Juli is an investment analyst focused on providing project support across the Stafford Group. She delivers various business process improvements and special projects across the business.

Prior to joining Stafford Juli assisted in the development of research for Brazilian public agricultural research corporation.

Juli is a qualified Chemical Technician and Forest Engineer and is currently enrolled for a Masters in Business Administration specialising in Big Data and Market Intelligence.

Jerry Mahon | VP Portfolio Management, Stafford Timberland | Austin, Texas, US

Jerry Mahon | VP Portfolio Management, Stafford Timberland | Austin, Texas, US

Jerry has oversight over all in place US timberland investments.

Prior to joining Stafford, Jerry held various technical, operational, and investment management roles with both Timberland Investment Resources and The Molpus Woodlands Group.

He holds a Masters in Forest Resources, as well as a Bachelor's in Forestry and Wildlife Biology from the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.

Matthew McPhee | Partner, Stafford Infrastructure | Boston, US

Matthew McPhee | Partner, Stafford Infrastructure | Boston, US

Matthew coordinates the activities of the Stafford Infrastructure team.

Most recently he was Managing Director at Royal Bank of Canada’s Infrastructure Investment Group, which launched the first US based infrastructure fund of funds. Prior to RBC he was head of Global Fundamental Strategies at State Street Global Advisors, and before that was at AMP Capital Investors in Australia.

He earned a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney.

Shan Singh | Investment Analyst, Stafford Private Markets | Austin, TX, US

Shan Singh | Investment Analyst, Stafford Private Markets | Austin, TX, US

Shan is an Investment Analyst responsible for research, analysis, and due diligence on Sustainable and Private Equity investments.

Prior to Stafford, Shan spent two years at Morgan Stanley as a Capital Markets Analyst working on LBO, M&A, and Growth related financings. He also interned at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Management division, gaining exposure to both Equites and Fixed Income investing.

He completed degrees in the Business Honors Program and Finance at The University of Texas at Austin within the McCombs School of Business.