About us



  • George Fogel Chief Executive Officer

    George has over 25 years of education services, operational, and development experience throughout his career. Most recently, George held various senior management positions at Bennett Day School, a private pre-kindergarten to 12 school, Rasmussen College, a private equity backed for-profit college, and Deltak edu, a leader in online higher education partnership and technology solutions. He holds an MBA from Booth School of Business at University of Chicago and a BA in Economics from DePauw University.

  • Emmett Riordan Chief Financial Officer

    Emmett has over 15 years of finance and accounting experience, primarily at growth-stage, investor-backed businesses. Most recently, he was Director of Finance and Accounting at Q-Centrix, a private equity owned Healthcare IT firm. Emmett’s other roles include leading the finance function for Sagence, a venture capital-backed data consulting/analytics firm. Prior to working in industry, he was an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC. Emmett is a CPA with a Finance degree and recently earned an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • David Prekop Chief Development Officer

    David has almost 15 years of lower middle market private equity and investment banking experience. He was most recently an investment professional at a lower middle market private equity investment firm that focused on education, consumer and healthcare companies. Prior to working in private equity, David was part of the investment banking team at Duff & Phelps. He holds an MBA from the Booth School of Business at University of Chicago and a BBA degree with distinction in Finance, Investment & Banking from the University of Wisconsin.

  • Nathan Miller Director of Business Development

    Nathan brings almost a decade of corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, and investing experience. He most recently worked as a private equity investor at CHS Capital and previously worked in investment banking at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and at Lincoln International. Nathan holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.S. degree with distinction from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

  • Cameron Smith Advisor

    Cameron is the founder and CEO of Bennett Day School, a private pre-kindergarten – 12 school. The school was created to fill the unmet need for progressive education in the vibrant West Loop of Chicago and most importantly for his children. Previously he was a vice president at CHS Capital and has been a board member of the New York Kids Club, Namaste Charter School, and Royall & Company. He holds a B.S. degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania as well as J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Northwestern University.

  • Paul Simcox Advisor

    Paul is the Founder and CEO of NorthHaven Capital and serves as a Director of Villarboit Realty Partners. He previously co-founded Whiterock REIT and grew assets under management from $0 to $600 million, resulting in the company's public listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange and eventual sale to Dundee REIT for over $1 billion. Paul also worked at JPMorgan in the real estate private equity group and at Credit Suisse (DLJ) investment banking in New York. He holds an undergraduate business degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.