R. Adam Smith is an experienced investor and advisor to small and middle market private companies, with approximately 20 years of experience in private equity and mergers & acquisitions at leading private investment and advisory institutions, including Caxton-Iseman Capital, Castle Harlan, Inc., Salomon Brothers and Lehman Brothers. Prior to forming Circle Peak, Mr. Smith served in principal capacities at two leading private equity firms based in New York City, Caxton-Iseman Capital LLC and Castle Harlan, Inc., each with over $2 billion in managed equity capital. At these firms, he worked directly with senior management teams and institutional limited partners, co-investors, and lenders in the acquisition and growth of $25 million to $1 billion companies in food, beverage, restaurant, distribution, industrial, and asset management sectors. Mr. Smith has been involved in control-stake private investments collectively representing approximately $1.5 billion in sales, $200 million in EBITDA, and $400 million in equity commitments.
Mr. Smith was also in the Financial Sponsors Group at Lehman Brothers where he advised on financial and strategic issues for leading consumer, financial services, and industrial U.S. and European middle market corporations and private equity firms. Mr. Smith was also employed by Columbus Advisors, prior to Columbia Business School, then a leading emerging markets alternative investment partnership with approximately $100 million in assets, and began his career in the global financial institutions practice at Salomon Brothers Inc.
Mr. Smith earned an MBA with honors from Columbia Business School and a BA cum laude in International Relations and Economics from Boston University. Mr. Smith is an active alumnus of Columbia Business School, a founding board member of the School's Private Equity Advisory Board, and a founder of the School's Investment Management Conference in 1997. Mr. Smith is an advisor and/or board member to several private businesses and partnerships, including Rocket Dog Holdings LLC, Fischbein LLC, Luxury Optical Holdings LLC, Shari's Management Corp., Hill & Valley Inc., Stride Capital LLC, Design Holdings Company LLC and Aqua Capital Partners. Mr. Smith is a co-founder of Friends of Leukemia Fighters, an oncology non-profit associated with the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York Presbyterian Hospital of New York City. Mr. Smith is Chairman, Inaugural Piece for Peace Concert of the Tanenbaum Center in New York City, a Board Member at the Museum of Modern Arts, and an advisor to 1000 Museums and Sylvester Manor, an educational farm on Shelter Island, NY. Mr. Smith is married with two children and lives in New York City.
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