Vladimir founded Abundance Partners in 2003 to leverage his macro outlook with his trading & equity market expertise to deliver above market returns. Abundance Partners has often been ranked in the top ten by Barclays for average three year returns among long/short strategy hedge funds. Since immigrating from St. Petersburg, Russia Vladimir was a competitive chess player and active entrepreneur from an early age. He has been a professional investor since 1999. Over the last 10 years Vladimir has balanced his short term trading opportunities with long term fundamental investments in both the public and private markets. His focus on generating attractive returns for his investors has guided his opportunistic strategy throughout his career. Vladimir sat on the Board of Springtree Global Investors and is a formal advisor to PV Evolution Labs and Socure, as well as other private companies he has invested in throughout his career. He graduated summa cum laude from Binghamton University with a BS in Management and Concentrations in Finance and Management Information Systems. Vladimir and Abundance Partners have been featured in numerous industry publications as well as the book Extreme Investor.
Dave joined Abundance Partners in 2010 and is a cofounder of the Abundance Private Opportunity Fund. Prior to joining Abundance Partners, Dave co-founded Spruce Point Capital Management in 2008. Dave has spent his entire career working across numerous divisions within the capital markets. Dave was an investment analyst within the North American healthcare / technology industry for HCA Capital Partners/LSC Healthcare Partners from 2002 to 2004. From 2005 to 2008, Dave worked with AXA Financial as a Senior Associate. During college, Dave held two summer positions with UBS. Dave is a co-founder of NanoCare Technologies, Inc, a Board Member of The Arquin Corporation and an Advisor to Fame Theory, LLC. Dave is an active volunteer with numerous NYC based charities and is a member of the Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle. Dave graduated from Bates College with a BA in Political Science with a concentration in Economic Aspects and studied Government and Economics while at The University of London in England.
Dennis joined Abundance in 2013 and is a member of our Investment Committee. Dennis is a 20 year industry veteran and brings a diverse background and expertise to the team. He has held positions with AXA Equitable in their qualified plan group. He was a partner in an SEC Registered Investment Advisor and founded Verity Capital a long/short equity fund in 2005. During the dot-com boom he was a leader in the business incubator of Ford Motor Company that made over $50MM in equity investments in outside businesses. He was also a founding member of WorldCrest Group, a $15MM KKR funded business exchange launched in 2000 and later sold to DSSI. Dennis began his career in Management Consulting with Deloitte and IBM Consulting Groups, covering a wide range of financial consulting and strategic topics for Fortune 500 companies. Dennis holds a BA in Management from Michigan State University and an MBA with concentration in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin.
Jim joined Abundance Partners in February of 2010. He founded Azzinaro Management LLC in 2003, and launched the Azzinaro Emerging Equity Fund, LP in January 2004, where he served as the portfolio manager. The fund’s unique investment strategy involved investing in newly issued companies after they became public. From inception to the closing of the fund in 2008, it was up 62% versus 21% for the S&P over the same period, with 38 out of 47 months generating positive returns. In addition, Jim was a consultant to the Azzinaro Strategic Fund, a market neutral fund that focused on pairs trading in foreign stocks. Previously, Jim was the co-portfolio manager for 3 Sigma Partners from August 1998 through April 2003. Before working in the financial industry, Jim was a Project Engineer developing remediation strategies for contaminated waste sites. He has a BS in Civil Engineering from Lafayette College, a Master of Engineering from Manhattan College, and an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business. From 2008 through 2009, Jim also restructured Garden State German Shepherd Rescue, a non-profit organization, serving as President.
Leon began his investment career in 1996 as a trader for Harbor Securities. Between 1998 and 2006, he was a trader at various firms. Leon traded at Worldco LLC for a year. He served as senior trader for Andover Brokerage, LLC, where he oversaw the trading desk and was responsible for the management and professional development of up to 50 equity traders for the firm. At Weiskopf, Sliver Equities, Leon was one of five equity traders. Leon served as senior money manager for Praetorian Capital Management LLC, where he oversaw all trading operations while simultaneously managing the company’s prime portfolio. In 2007 after being impressed with Leon’s performance as one of their elite traders, the senior partners of Weiskopf, Silver Equities funded Leon who launched The Gorilla Capital Fund with $5MM. Danny Weiskopf was the driving force behind the fund. Danny fell ill in late 2007 and passed away in February of 2008. After December 2008 Leon went back to managing his personal capital. Leon re-launched Gorilla Capital in 2011 and managed it successfully through 2012. Leon graduated from Long Island University with a BA in Pharmacy and a minor in Economics. He is an RPH (Registered Pharmacist).
Storm has been actively involved in the technology sector for nearly 20 years, and has successfully sat on all sides of the table – investor, advisor, board member, founder and CEO. Storm was the first CEO for, Essess, a startup spun out of MIT. Storm is currently co-founder of his second startup, a Data as a Service company (DaaS) in the residential real estate sector. Storm served as a Senior Advisor to Credit Suisse, and prior to that served as the Global Head of Technology Mergers & Acquisitions where he also served as a member of the firm’s Investment Banking Advisory Committee. Storm advised some of the most leading edge technology companies in the world throughout various stages of their growth cycle, including Google, Alibaba, Microsoft, SAP, VeriSign, Hewlett-Packard, Intuit, RightNow, and Symantec, amongst others. This experience has provided Storm with an understanding of how to scale a start-up from the very early stages into a multi-billion global corporation. Storm has also advised and angel-funded numerous extremely successful startups, including Automatic, Den-Mat, Essess, Matterport, Plyfe, Business.com (acquired by RH Donnelly), DemandTec (acquired by IBM), Nishan Systems (Acquired by McData), and SunDrop Mobil (where Storm was an executive board member – acquired by Mercury Payment Systems). Storm’s ability to simultaneously invest and advise his portfolio companies has allowed him to have a 90% success rate for his investments. Storm received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his Master’s degree from the University of Michigan
Philip began his career at Morgan Stanley in Corporate Finance and M&A as an analyst in the Telecommunications group. Subsequently he joined Cerberus Capital Management as a Vice President where he co-invested up to $1.3bn in distressed debt and post-reorg equities. At Cerberus he led a foray into early stage technology companies. He was the first founding investor of Livestream.com and still is the third largest investor and holds a board seat. In 2009 Philip set up his own family office 8an Capital. At that time Philip started to invest more heavily in startups. Today Philip has a portfolio of startup investments across multiple industries. He participates on the Board of Advisors of Kapitall and Citivox and is a Board Member of Socure, a cyber security company. Other investments include Uber, Backplane, Shoeprivee, Flotype, Hopskoch and Talenthouse. Philip holds a Master in Economics and Finance from the business school of the University of Geneva (HEC).
Jochen brings a diverse global perspective to our advisory team. In his distinguished 25+ year career he has held executive positions in the media and alternative energy industries. As a former executive with Bertlesmann Group he held key sales and marketing roles including creation and management of retail distribution and channel partners managing over $2B in sales. As an Executive with Schüco International and President of Schüco USA he doubled sales in his 8 year tenure to $3 billion. He has been involved with environmental issues since 2002 on climate change and developed leading marketing and product strategies in the field of energy efficient products and solar technology. Since 2010 he’s been an independent investor and consultant engaged in entrepreneurial ventures and provides strategic advice to listed and international companies on a board and shareholder level in the fields of media, internet technology and sustainability.
With nearly a decade of experience in the Digital Media industry, Douglas Bandes is known as a pioneering industry expert and deal maker. As a key leader for start-ups such as Broadband Enterprises (now Specific Media), IFILM (now Viacom), Digital Broadcasting Group; as well as traditional media companies such as COX Communication and KRON-TV/Young Broadcasting, Mr. Bandes trail blazed the digital video market place- evangelizing integrated (traditional and digital) brand strategies and intricate cross platform brand executions. Mr. Bandes excels at keeping relationships with top tier brand and content partners while nationally deploying sales efforts; effectively executing strategy and managing a national team. As a sought after speaker, Mr. Bandes has delivered addresses at the Banff Media Festival, Toronto International Music Conference, iMedia Video Summit, iMedia Agency Summit, OMMA Video Conference.