We have more than 170 years of combined experience across a broad range of financial, operating, advisory, and legal disciplines. This investment experience and operational expertise has enabled Victory Park Capital to consistently act as a value-added partner to our portfolio companies.
Scott Zemnick joined VPC in 2008 and is the General Counsel. He oversees the firm’s legal operations and the structuring, negotiation, execution and protection of the firm’s investment portfolio. He is an ex officio member of the firm’s investment committees.
Previously, Mr. Zemnick was a partner in the Restructuring Group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He focused on representing large domestic and international debtors, lenders, and strategic and financial investors in complex Chapter 11 bankruptcies, out-of-court restructurings, distressed investments, and other corporate and financing matters.
Mr. Zemnick received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan and a J.D. with high honors from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was selected to the Order of the Coif. He is an active member of the Illinois bar.
Jeff Schneider joined VPC in 2010 and is the Chief Financial Officer. He oversees the accounting, tax, finance, treasury and fund operations of the firm and assists in the structuring of VPC’s investments. Mr. Schneider is a member of the valuation committee and ex officio member of the investment committee.
Previously, Mr. Schneider served as the controller/vice president of corporate finance for Citadel Group’s fund administrator Omnium, now Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services, LLC, where he oversaw the development and build out the firm’s corporate accounting, financial reporting, budgeting and planning processes. Previously, he was an auditor in the Investment Banking Group at JP Morgan Chase and led a middle office supporting a large proprietary commercial mortgage backed securities portfolio. Mr. Schneider also has held various finance and accounting roles at Divine, a start-up software company, and was an auditor at Arthur Andersen.
Mr. Schneider received a B.S. in accountancy from the University of Illinois. He is a registered CPA in the state of Illinois.
Robert Goldstein joined VPC in 2011 and is a Principal. He is primarily involved in various operational roles with the Firm’s portfolio companies.
Previously, Mr. Goldstein was managing partner of New Trier Real Partners LLC, a real estate private equity firm, and New Trier Merchant Partners LLC, a merchant banking firm he founded. He also served as a transactional attorney and co-managing partner at Levenfeld Pearlstein, a Chicago-based, middle market law firm. Before practicing law, Mr. Goldstein was a registered Certified Public Accountant at KPMG LLP.
Mr. Goldstein received a B.S. in business at Indiana University and a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is also the vice chair of the Business Economic Development Committee of the City of Highland Park, IL. Mr. Goldstein is a member of the Illinois bar.
Ron Rolighed joined VPC in 2015 and is a Principal. He is primarily responsible for new business development, investor relations, and client servicing. Mr. Rolighed is also involved in developing new investment strategies and institutional product offerings. Previously, Mr. Rolighed was a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Mira Capital Advisors L.L.C., a boutique placement agency and advisory firm for emerging alternative investment firms.
Prior to forming Mira, Mr. Rolighed was a Partner at Aurora Investment Management, a fund of hedge funds based in Chicago. At Aurora Mr. Rolighed oversaw the firm's growth from a $1B AUM organization which catered primarily to private investors, to a $10B+ AUM organization serving a wide range of institutional investors all over the world and earning a top ten global ranking.
Mr. Rolighed began his career with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, where he was responsible for the supervision and regulation of larger banks' proprietary trading and risk management activities.
Mr. Rolighed received a BA in Economics and Finance from the University of Northern Iowa and a MBA from Indiana University.
Matt Coad joined VPC in 2008 and is a Vice President. He is primarily responsible for investor relations as well as marketing and communications for the Firm.
Mr. Coad is also actively involved in sourcing and fundraising for Victory Park Funds and assists with portfolio management and industry research.
Previously, Mr. Coad was a Credit Products Underwriter in the Middle Market Commercial Banking Group at Bank of America where he specialized in structuring and executing senior debt transactions. Prior to joining Bank of America, he completed the Commercial Banking Development Program at LaSalle Bank.
Mr. Coad received a B.S. in finance from West Virginia University.
Terry Walters joined VPC in 2011 and serves as the Controller. He is primarily responsible for the accounting, finance and treasury operations of the Firm. Mr. Walters also serves as the Compliance Manager.
Previously, Mr. Walters was a Vice President in Financial Control for Citadel Group’s fund administrator Omnium, where he was responsible for the financial reporting and investor accounting of Citadel’s hedge funds and broker-dealer entities. He also held a senior auditor position with the Banking & Capital Markets practice at Ernst & Young LLP, where he specialized in investment banking and financial services clients.
Mr. Walters received a B.S. in accountancy and finance from Augustana College and a Masters of Accountancy from the University of Iowa. He is a registered Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois.
Christie Lacy joined VPC in 2016 and is a Marketing Associate. She is primarily responsible for the firm's marketing and communications.
Ms. Lacy has over eight years of experience in financial services. Most recently, Ms. Lacy was a Senior Marketing Associate at Aurora Investment Management L.L.C., where she handled day to day client service and marketing. Prior to joining Aurora, she began her career at BMO Global Asset Management in the marketing and client service department.
Ms. Lacy received a B.S. in business administration and an MBA from DePaul University. She is involved in several volunteer initiatives including the DePaul Alumni Association and Chicago Public Library Foundation Junior Board.
Joel Hart joined Victory Park Capital in 2014 and is a credit risk manager. He is responsible for monitoring and oversight of the Victory Park Capital portfolio companies from initial due diligence through the entire course of the relationship.
Previously, Mr. Hart was a manager in the Risk and Compliance practice at global consulting firm, Protiviti where he specialized in credit risk and lender due diligence for asset securitizations and other structured finance transactions.
Mr. Hart received a B.S. in finance and Masters of Accountancy from the University of Illinois. He is a registered CPA in the state of Illinois and Certified Financial Risk Manager.
Scott Conquest joined VPC in 2015 and is an Assistant Fund Controller. He assists with accounting, finance, and treasury-related activities for all Victory Park Capital funds.
Previously, Mr. Conquest was an accounting manager within the Alternative Investment Services group at J.P. Morgan where he provided financial reporting and fund administration services for private equity clients. He also held an investor reporting analyst position with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he specialized in analysis of collateralized debt obligations and other securitization instruments.
Mr. Conquest received a B.A. in Finance from Michigan State University and a M.S. in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Tom Gazdziak joined VPC in 2015 and is an Assistant Fund Controller. He assists with various accounting, finance and treasury related activities for all Victory Park Capital funds. He also assists with valuation and performance analytics for all Victory Park Capital investments. His role also includes assisting with the preparation of the funds’ year end audited financial statements and coordination with the funds’ external auditors.
Previously, Mr. Gazdziak was an assurance senior associate within the Financial Services practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, specializing in the banking and capital markets industry.
Mr. Gazdziak received a B.S. in accountancy and finance and a MBA in accountancy and financial analysis from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He is a registered Certified Public Accountant in the state of Illinois.
Joe Hughes joined VPC in 2012 and is an Assistant Fund Controller. He assists with accounting, finance, and treasury-related activities for all Victory Park Capital funds. Mr. Hughes also oversees all Small Business Administration matters, including preparing and executing debenture draws, preparing quarterly and annual SBA financial statements, and maintaining all supporting schedules to meet SBA guidelines and regulations.
Previously, Mr. Hughes he served as a senior financial accountant in the Finance Group for Golub Capital, where he specialized in its SBIC funds. He also worked as a senior associate in the Private Equity Group at McGladrey LLP.
Mr. Hughes received a B.S. in accountancy from Miami University of Ohio.
Andrew Murray joined VPC in 2014 and is an Vice President. He assists with deal execution, valuation, risk management and performance analytics for all Victory Park investments.
Previously, Mr. Murray was an associate at Scout Capital Management, LLC covering the operations, risk management and trade support functions of the firm. He also worked as a senior operations analyst at Highland Capital Management, L.P.
Mr. Murray received a B.S. in business management from Providence College.
Matt Schick joined VPC in 2013 and is a Fund Controller. He is responsible for various accounting, investor and treasury related activities for all Victory Park Capital funds. His role also includes the oversight and review of the books and records maintained by the funds’ third party administrator, preparation of the funds’ year end audited financial statements and coordination with the funds’ external auditors.
Previously, Mr. Schick was an audit manager within the Financial Services practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, specializing in the asset management industry.
Mr. Schick received a B.S. in accountancy and a minor in economics from The Ohio State University. He is a registered Certified Public Accountant in the states of Illinois and Ohio.
Jitin Garg joined VPC in 2016 and is a Vice President of Finance. He is responsible for various accounting and FP&A activities of the firm.
Previously, Mr. Garg was a Vice President at GCM Grosvenor, where he was responsible for forecasting, budgeting, and reporting. He also led various operational projects and initiatives. Prior, he was the FP&A Manager at Citadel, LLC where he was responsible for the firm’s corporate financial planning and analysis function. Mr. Garg has also held various finance and project management roles at HSBC North America. He started his career as a forensic accountant with Deloitte Financial Advisory Services and Huron Consulting Group.
Mr. Garg received a B.S. in Accountancy with Honors and a B.S. in Finance with Honors from the University of Illinois. He is a registered CPA in the state of Illinois and a CFA charterholder.
Laura Woolf joined VPC in 2013 and is an Assistant Corporate Controller. She is responsible for performing various accounting, finance and compliance activities of the firm.
Previously, Ms. Woolf was a senior associate within the audit practice at Deloitte & Touché LLP, specializing in the manufacturing industry.
Ms. Woolf received a B.S. and Masters of Accountancy from the University of Illinois. She is a registered Certified Public Accountant in the state of Illinois.