Mr. Egan has had a distinguished 20-year private equity career, primarily with the Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A. and its successor, JP Morgan Chase & Co. Prior to ECP, Mr. Egan was a Senior Advisor to J.P. Morgan Partners focusing on maximizing value and creating attractive exits for a diverse portfolio of private equity investments. Previously, Mr. Egan was a Partner with JPMorgan Entertainment Partners, an affiliate of J.P. Morgan Partners, where he led a variety of late stage growth and venture investments. Mr. Egan was a founding Partner of Chase Capital, which specialized in middle-market acquisitions, recapitalizations and growth investments. Prior to joining Chase Capital, Mr. Egan was a Vice President in Chase's Merchant Banking Group, providing equity and both subordinated and senior debt to leveraged transactions. Mr. Egan currently serves on the boards of Erickson Air-Crane, Inc. and Portola Packaging, Inc. Mr. Egan holds a B.S. from the School of Management at Boston University and an MBA from Columbia University.
Mr. Staudt has broad experience as both a private equity sponsor and an operating manager. Mr. Staudt has significant expertise in structuring and negotiating complex deals, having completed numerous leverage buy-out and real estate transactions. Most recently, he led a majority investment in Environmental Quality Management, Inc., a middle-market environmental services firm. Previously, Mr. Staudt was a Managing Partner of Hamilton Capital Partners, LLC, which sponsored successful leveraged buy-outs of middle-market companies, including Wennergren Williams AB and Global Refund Holdings AB. Mr. Staudt also has substantial management experience, most recently as President & CEO of Sirit, Inc., a publicly traded RFID company, the acquisition of which he led in 2002. Formerly, Mr. Staudt served as President of Hamilton Development Corp., which developed a variety of real estate projects, including four properties in partnership with SONY Corporation of America. Mr. Staudt received a B.A. in economics from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
Dr. Kellert is the Tweedy Ordway Professor of Social Ecology at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a leading authority on the Green built environment and environmental conservation. He has been a driving force in bringing the theory and science of biophilic building design to practice as an advisor on the development of many prominent Green building projects including Bank of America's office tower at One Bryant Park, Goldman Sachs' Jersey City Campus, Sidwell Friends Middle School, an office campus park for a global leader in information technology, and others. Dr. Kellert has been on the faculty at Yale since 1977, has served on committees of the National Academy of Sciences, and has been a member of the board of directors of numerous environmental organizations. He has authored more than 150 publications, including his most recent books, Building for Life: Designing and Understanding the Human-Nature Connection (Island Press 2005), and Biophilic Design: Theory, Science, and Practice (John Wiley & Sons, 2007). Dr. Kellert received a B.S. from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from Yale University.
Mr. Richter, a recognized environmentalist, currently serves on the Board of Directors for Riverkeeper, a leading environmental NGO organized by Robert Kennedy Jr., and on the Board of Trustees for the Adirondack Nature Conservancy/ Adirondack Land Trust. He recently began collaborating with the Natural Resources Defense Council in their efforts to bring best ecological practices to the sports industry, and is a frequent speaker at environmental events. Prior to joining ECP, Mr. Richter enjoyed a successful 15 year career with the New York Rangers where he was a three time NHL All-Star and in 1994 led the New York Rangers to their first Stanley Cup Championship in 54 years. Mr. Richter also represented the United States on numerous international competitions including three Olympic teams, earning World Cup gold in 1996 and an Olympic Silver Medal in 2002. While with the Rangers, Mr. Richter set numerous single season and career records and, in 2004, his jersey became only the third retired by the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. After retiring, Mr. Richter enrolled in Yale University and received his degree in Ethics, Politics, and Economics with a concentration in Environmental Policy.
Mr. Staudt has a wide range of experiences in both financial services and grassroots environmental initiatives. Prior to joining ECP, Mr. Staudt was at the Argentum Group, a New York based private equity firm, where he focused on new investments and developing M&A strategies for portfolio companies. Mr. Staudt previously spent two years serving in the Peace Corps in rural Haiti, where he designed and implemented numerous community based environmental programs, centered primarily on reforestation and soil conservation. Mr. Staudt began his career in the Technology Investment Banking group at CIBC World Markets, where he executed M&A and corporate finance transactions for a range of start-up and middle market companies. He received his B.A. in Physics from Pomona College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Prior to joining ECP, Mr. Schilowitz was an Associate at Kohlberg & Co., a middle market private equity firm based in New York, where he worked on a variety of buyout transactions. Mr. Schilowitz began his career in the Industrials Investment Banking group at J.P. Morgan, where he executed M&A and corporate finance transactions for a range of blue chip companies. Mr. Schilowitz received his B.A. in Economics from Cornell University, where he graduated both Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude.