Private Equity Roundtable


The Fink Center Private Equity Roundtable. The next roundtable will be held on March 9, 2016.

The Fink Center cosponsors the annual Private Equity Roundtable event to bring together over 100 individuals to discuss the state of private equity today. The event offers students a chance to mingle with industry professionals coming from the top private equity shops in Southern California. The keynote speaker, a top PE executive, is interviewed and offers insights and advice to students and professionals in the audience.

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Past Events

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Keynote and Special Q&A

David Kaplan

David Kaplan
Co-Founder of Ares Management,
Senior Partner & Co-Head of Private Equity Group

David Kaplan joined Ares Management in 2003 and co-founded the firm’s private equity group. Presently, David serves as Chairman of the Boards of Directors of the parent entities of The Neiman Marcus Group LLC, 99 Cents Only Stores LLC and Smart & Final, Inc. and as a member of the Boards of Directors of the parent entity of Floor and Decor Outlets of America, Inc. and of Guitar Center Holdings, Inc. David also serves on the Board of Directors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, is a Trustee of the Center for Early Education, is a Trustee of the Marlborough School and serves on the President’s Advisory Group of the University of Michigan.

Prior to joining Ares, David was a Senior Principal at Shelter Capital Partners, LLC, a Senior Partner of Apollo Management, L.P. and a member of the Investment Banking Department at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corp. David graduated with High Distinction, Beta Gamma Sigma, from the University of Michigan, School of Business Administration with a B.B.A. concentrating in Finance.

Special Q&A moderated by Al Osborne.

From the Blog

Fink Center Private Equity Roundtable Brings Together Students and Top Business Professionals

On March 10, 2015, the Fink Center at UCLA Anderson held its 5th annual Private Equity Roundtable in the Executive Dining Room in Gold Hall. More than 100 individuals gathered to discuss the state of private equity today.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Keynote and Special Q&A

William Barnum

William Barnum
Partner, Brentwood Associates

Mr. William Barnum Partner, Brentwood Associates William Barnum joined Brentwood in 1984 and co-founded the firm's private equity effort. Presently, Bill serves as a Director of K-Mac Holdings, Lazy Dog Café, Sundance Holding Company, The Teaching Company, Veggie Grill and Zoës Kitchen. He also serves as an outside Director of Quiksilver, Inc. (NYSE: ZQK) and as a member of the Advisory Council of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Board of Trustees of the Harvard-Westlake School.

Previously, Bill served as a director of Ariat International, Filson Holdings, ThreeSixty Group and Zumiez (NASDAQ: ZUMZ). He was also a member of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University from 2005 to 2010. Prior to joining Brentwood, Bill worked at Morgan Stanley & Co. in the investment banking division. He is a graduate of Stanford University, Stanford Law School, and Stanford Graduate School of Business. Bill was both an Arjay Miller Scholar and a member of the Order of the Coif.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Keynote and Special Q&A

William Barnum

Robert Sinnott
President & CEO,
Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors

Mr. Robert Vose Sinnott, also known as Rob, is the Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chief Investment Officer at Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P. He oversees all of the Firm's investment teams. Since joining in 1992, Mr. Sinnott founded and built Kayne's energy platform into one of the largest energy investment firms in the country with more than $22 billion in energy investments. He maintains a direct management role in the firm's energy private equity group. Mr. Sinnott joined Kayne Anderson Capital in 1992 and served as a Managing Director, from 1992 to 1996.

He is also a member of the board of visitors of UCLA's Anderson School of Management and Board of Overseers (Athletics) for the University of Pennsylvania. He has over 40 years of investment experience. Mr. Sinnott earned an M.B.A. in Finance from the Graduate School of Business Administration at Harvard University in 1976 and a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Virginia in 1971.

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