TEAM

KRISTOFFER MACK

President and Senior Managing Director
Kris is the President, Senior Managing Director and Co-Founder of Wavecrest Securities. He has 28 years of investment banking experience having executed a broad range of advisory and financing assignments covering nearly every product and industry vertical.

Kris was previously the Global Head of Hedge Fund coverage for Deutsche Bank. Prior to leading Global Hedge Fund coverage, Kris founded and ran the Deutsche Bank Principal Distressed, Leverage Finance, Sponsor Coverage and Real Estate Finance businesses in the Asia Pacific region; he was also a member of the Asia Pac management committee. In addition to these responsibilities, Kris established and managed a $1.5 billion internal hedge fund focused on investing in non-performing assets in the Japanese and Chinese markets. Over the course of his career, Kris has held various senior Leverage Finance, High Yield and Capital Markets positions with Morgan Stanley, Bankers Trust and Drexel Burnham Lambert.

Kris currently sits on the Board of Georgetown University. Kris holds a BA in International Economics and Japanese language, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University and an MBA from Wharton School of Business. He is a Phi Beta Kappa honors recipient and speaks fluent Japanese.

PAUL RAPELLO

Senior Managing Director
Paul is a Senior Managing Director and Co-Founder of Wavecrest Securities. He has 28 years of investment banking experience with expertise in M&A, corporate finance and private equity in the US and emerging market as well as in the transportation and industrial sectors.

Prior to cofounding Wavecrest, Paul was a founding Senior Managing Director of Great Circle Capital LLC, the general partner of The Great Circle Fund LP, a private equity fund dedicated to investing in the transportation and infrastructure sector in Russia, CIS, Eastern Europe and Turkey. In addition to siting on the investment committee, Paul sat on the boards of several Great Circle Capital portfolio companies’ including Caspian Services, Inc., STS Logistics Corp., and the Balnak Group. Prior to Great Circle, Paul was a Managing Director at Stanton Capital Corp., a New York-based private equity firm specializing in emerging markets. Prior to Stanton Capital Corp, Paul held senior positions at Credit Suisse First Boston and PaineWebber.

Paul holds a BA from Georgetown University and a MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

JOHN B. CRAVENS, AWMA

Managing Director
John is a Managing Director at Wavecrest Securities and founder of Cravens Brothers Wealth Advisors, a registered investment advisor located in Dallas, Texas. He has 31 years of experience in financial services advising affluent families in the areas of multi-generational wealth management and philanthropic planning. John earned the Accredited Wealth Management Advisor (AWMA) designation awarded by the College for Financial Planning. He is an active member of Wealth Advisor Institute, an organization of professionals engaged in financial advisory and wealth management services.

John holds a BS in Finance from University of Arkansas. John is a member of the board of Junior Players Guild and Friends of WRR Radio.

TONY WOOD

Managing Director
Tony is a Managing Director at WaveCrest Securities with a focus on real estate and finance. He has deep international experience and knowledge of global capital flows having dealt in the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and the US. Tony has completed transactions in a broad range of capacities including as a principal, financier and adviser in both physical and securitized assets.

Originally from the United Kingdom, Tony moved to Australia and in 2005 established Blaxland Funds to become a successful cross border advisory practice. Now based in New York, Tony focuses on creating and executing investment / divestment strategies, typically cross border, for institutions, P/E, HNW’s and family offices. Previous senior roles have included National Australia Bank, Bankers Trust, Barclays and Jones Lang LaSalle.

Tony is currently a non-executive Board director for two Australian REIT groups. Tony holds an Honors BSc from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Australian Property Institute.

CHARLES E. WOMACK

Managing Director
Charles is a Managing Director at Wavecrest Securities. He has 18 years experience in debt capital markets, working with a broad array of institutional investors from around the world. Prior to joining the Wavecrest team, Charles was Managing Director and Head of Loan Sales at Canaccord Genuity.

After beginning his career at Citigroup, where he spent four years working in Loan Origination and Structuring, Charles moved to BNP Paribas where he focused on sponsor-driven middle market transactions across various industries, including media, consumer products, business services, energy and general & industrial verticals. During his ten years at BNP Paribas, Charles also served as secondary loan sales/trader and leading salesperson. Charles has built loan trading platforms for three broker dealers, contributing significantly to capital markets origination, structuring, sales and trading efforts, including Loans, Mezzanine and High Yield bonds.

Charles holds a Bachelor’s degree from Tulane University, an MBA from Emory University and a Magister degree from Austria’s Johannes Kepler Universität. Charles has lived in Europe and Japan and speaks French, German and basic Japanese.

TODD HELLMANN

Managing Director
Todd is a Managing Director at WaveCrest Securities. He has been active in the investment banking and advisory businesses for more than 25 years. Over the course of his career, Todd has represented clients in more than 100 completed M&A and capital raising transactions totaling more than $19 billion in transaction value, and his experience includes tender offers, exclusive sales and divestitures, fairness opinions, public and private debt and equity offerings as well as financial restructurings/bankruptcies. He has a specialized focus on the TMT (Technology, Media and Telecom) sector and has supported dozens of companies within communications technology, software and other Digital Media relevant sectors. Todd also has significant experience working with consumer products, retail and traditional entertainment sector clients such as professional sports franchises and gaming operators.

Prior to joining WaveCrest, he was the founder and Managing Partner of Hexagon Advisors, and held senior investment banking positions with several major and bulge bracket financial institutions in San Francisco and New York. On the West Coast Todd worked in the Technology M&A Group at UBS Warburg and in the Technology M&A Group of JP Morgan Chase (and Hambrecht & Quist in the Branded Consumer Group prior to its acquisition by JP Morgan). Todd also worked in the Investment Banking and M&A Groups of CIBC Oppenheimer, Houlihan, Lokey, Howard & Zukin and PaineWebber in New York.

Todd holds a BA in Economics from Brown University, and sits on the board of Influence Technologies.

Peter C. Hitt

Managing Director
Over the past three decades, Peter has held senior leadership and client service positions in corporate, investment and private banking at SunTrust, Wells Fargo and U.S. Trust. Most recently at U.S. Trust Peter provided leadership and management support directly to client family offices, while developing methodologies for thinking, communicating and operating in support of ultra-high net worth families and family offices. Peter’s experience also includes senior leadership positions in the private sector with Baker Hughes, Inc. and Landmark Land Co., Inc. where he was heavily involved in merger and acquisition activity.

He resides in Baltimore and New Orleans and is very active in those communities. Peter is the Chairman of The Aethena Group, LLC, a company dedicated to identifying asymmetric risks to national security and to forming partnerships to develop solutions. He is also currently a Regional Board Member of The Green Beret Foundation and Gardens for Heroes. He is a Former Board Chair of Maryland Family Network, Inc., the leading organization in addressing developmental needs of children ages 0 to 3 through education and support of their caregivers. Peter is also a Former Co-Chair of the Maryland Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council, the Leadership Team of the Maryland HLS Public/Private Sector Information and Intelligence Sharing System Development Program.

Peter holds a BA with Honors in Economics from Tulane University and has a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) designation.

Ryan Kuhn

Managing Director
Ryan is a Managing Director at WaveCrest Securities.  He has 15 years of investment banking experience with expertise in M&A, corporate finance, private equity and venture capital.  Ryan has successfully executed advisory and financing assignments for clients across a range of industry verticals.

Prior to joining WaveCrest, Ryan served as a senior merchant banker at Cambridge Capital where he was responsible for building the firm’s energy practice.  Ryan also led M&A sale transactions and strategic advisory assignments for clients in the transportation and logistics, and technology sectors.  Prior to Cambridge, Ryan held senior positions at World Fuel Services (NYSE: INT), a global leader in the downstream energy sector, where he spearheaded various acquisition and divestiture transactions in addition to other strategic initiatives, including co-founding the company’s venture capital group.  Before World Fuel, Ryan served as M&A advisor and principal investor on behalf of William I. Koch’s multinational energy and commodity trading firm – Oxbow Carbon.

Ryan began his career as an industrials investment banker at J.P. Morgan where he advised on M&A and capital markets transactions for companies including Emerson Electric, Tyco International and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners.  He has also held positions with Kidd & Company private equity and Spencer Trask venture capital.  Over the course of his career, Ryan has completed over $5 billion in aggregate M&A and financing transaction value.

Ryan holds a BS in Applied Economics and Business Management from Cornell University.

Stefan Banks

Managing Director
Stefan is a Managing Director at Wavecrest Securities. Over the course of his career as an executive and senior level operator, Stefan has managed re-organizations, turnarounds, and successfully guided organizations through distressed and rapidly evolving situations. He has specialized focus in retail, beverage alcohol distribution, beverage alcohol manufacturing, and military/defense industries. Prior to joining Wavecrest, he was a Managing Partner of Hexagon Advisors and held multiple executive level positions, to include CEO and President, within multiple organizations. Prior to joining the civilian sector, Stefan was a successful Special Forces Medical Sergeant assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). His unit led multiple combat missions with an exceptional mission success rate.

Stefan earned a BS in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

Stephen Cervieri

Managing Director
Stephen has been active in the investment banking and advisory business for more than 20 years. Over the course of his career, Stephen has represented emerging technology clients in the information technology and now healthcare sector in M&A and capital raising transactions.  Experience includes sell side and buy side M&A, spin outs and divestitures, distressed sales, fairness opinions, public and private debt and equity offerings. He has extensive cross border experience, having represented clients based in Germany, Finland, England, Scotland, Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Israel, and Canada.  He speaks both German and French.

Prior to joining WaveCrest, he was a Managing Director at Covington Associates.  Industry experience includes healthcare manufacturing (Medline Industries – VP Marketing) and healthcare IT (Distance Learning, Inc. – VP Sales).

Stephen holds a MBA from Harvard University, and a BA in International Relations  from Brown University.

Barry W. Dennis, CFA

Managing Director
Mr. Dennis joined Wavecrest in May 2018.  He recently served as President of Strategos Capital Markets, an SEC registered structured products hedge fund manager based in Philadelphia, beginning in April 2015.  He vacated his role as President and assumed the role of Chairman, Risk Committee in March 2017, which he continues today.  Prior to joining Strategos, Mr. Dennis spent over 25 years in credit markets holding several senior positions at both large and small investment banks/broker dealers.  Most recently he was Senior Managing Director, Head of Structured Products Sales & Trading at Canaccord Genuity in New York.  He also spent 9 years at Merrill Lynch (Managing Director, Strategic Solutions Group) where he was a senior structuring, solutions representative covering hedge funds, insurance companies and pension funds for Derivative and Structured Products. Prior to that, he spent 3 years at TD Securities, Credit Derivatives Structuring (New York and London) and 4 years as an illiquid asset swap trader at BMO Nesbitt Burns in London and Toronto.  He also spent 3 years as an investment analyst at Great-West Life Assurance Company, Canada prior to completing an MBA from Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario.  Mr. Dennis has a Bachelor of Commerce (finance) from the University of British Columbia.

Jeremy Gordon

Jeremy Gordon is a commercial real estate broker and the founder of August Realty Capital, an international commercial real estate brokerage company. His areas of expertise include commercial real estate brokerage, investment analysis, market research and due diligence.
Jeremy began his real estate brokerage career in 1994, working for six years as a residential leasing agent for Manhattan Apartments Inc. In early 2001, he moved into commercial real estate brokerage and investment banking at JSBO Realty & Capital Inc. Jeremy also completed CMBS field loan assignments and commercial real estate site inspections for McDargh Real Estate Services and their Wall Street institutional clients. During 2003 Jeremy founded JL Gordon Advisors LLC, a New York City based commercial real estate brokerage and consulting company, which he owned an operated for 9 years. In 2004, while operating JL Gordon Advisors, he spent two years partnering with the Mumbai technology company Real Estate Back
Office, Inc., to pilot an outsourced commercial real estate services platform for investment and leasing analysis. Jeremy served over eight years as an early stage investor, consultant and advisor to start-ups in: communications software (Gov Interact), real estate services outsourcing (Real Estate Back Office), and consumer sports nutrition supplements (Ignite Naturals). In 2016, Jeremy founded August Realty Capital where he serves private clients in the purchase, sale, leasing and financing of commercial real estate.
Jeremy is a member of the Urban Land Institute, International Council of Shopping Centers, NAIOP, the Real Estate Board of New York and the Denver Metro Commercial Association of Brokers. He is a lifetime affiliate member of the Cornell Hotel Society. Jeremy earned a BA in History from Lake Forest College and earned an MBA from The International University in Geneva, Summa Cum Laude. He was inducted into the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, where he is a lifetime member. Jeremy is a licensed real estate broker in New York and Colorado. He holds Series 7, 63 and 79 FINRA registrations.

INSURANCE PRODUCTS GROUP

LOUIS KREISBERG

Principal of Pioneer Wealth Partners
Louis is responsible for the areas of risk management and estate planning advisory as well as leading the firm’s business development initiatives. He has been a leading figure in the insurance industry for over three decades having led production at numerous life insurance companies, including Guardian, John Hancock, American General, US Life and New York Life. During his ten year tenure as a top insurance producer at New York Life, Louis served also as Chairman of the Advisory Board and as Council President. As an acknowledged expert in estate planning, he has counted among his clients a large number of Forbes 400 families. In recent years while at KBC Bank and Park Venture Advisors, Louis led a number of pioneering efforts to create innovative financing structures for life insurance assets.

Louis holds a B.A. from Drew University.

BRIAN LANDAU

Chartered Financial Analyst
Brian Landau has significant experience in structured finance, investment banking and investment research.

Brian began his career performing equity analysis in the investment research department at Goldman, Sachs & Co. In this role, he carried out detailed financial analysis on numerous companies and communicated investment ideas to institutional clients. He then transferred to the investment banking department where he structured and marketed asset-backed transactions. In addition, he advised companies on the acquisition and sale of real estate assets.

Subsequently, he joined Morgan Stanley where he advised insurance companies and other institutions on asset strategies related to their loan and structured securities portfolios. He led the structuring and marketing of tax-related products, including an innovative cross-border securitization of Canadian bonds. Brian was instrumental in educating companies regarding the creation of loan origination programs. In addition, he arranged numerous joint ventures and raised capital for funds.

Brian is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

GRANT HELLER

Principal in Pioneer’s estate planning advisory and risk management group
Grant has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Grant began his career as entrepreneur, forming a pension administration firm in the 1980’s. In the 1990’s, Sagemark Consulting hired Grant to develop and grow their fee-based estate planning business. Grant’s innovative solutions coupled with his keen understanding of clients’ concerns helped create his reputation as an exceptional advisor to a select group of America’s most successful families. In 1999, Grant left Sagemark to join his current partners in the predecessor firm to Pioneer. Since that time, private wealth managers, financial advisors, major law firms, banks and CPA’s have leveraged his expertise in advanced estate planning and risk management for their most valued clients. Grant is a frequent lecturer on advanced estate planning and has been a platform speaker for law firms, insurance companies, accounting firms, banks and various financial planning groups.

Grant holds a BA from Franklin & Marshall College. He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU).