Trimaran Capital Partners has an experienced team, led by Jay Bloom and Dean Kehler, who have worked together since the 1980’s. The team has broad industry expertise, experience across all aspects of the corporate capital markets, and a history of equity and credit investing across many industries, sectors and economic cycles.
Jay R. Bloom, Managing Partner
Managing Partner of Trimaran, which he co-founded in 1998, and serves as a Manager of Trimaran Fund II. Prior to Trimaran, Mr. Bloom was a Managing Director and Vice Chairman of CIBC World Markets Inc. (“CIBC”), where he was responsible for CIBC’s United States and European Merchant Banking activities, which were conducted through the CIBC Funds. In addition, Mr. Bloom was responsible for overseeing CIBC’s United States and European Leveraged Finance businesses, which included financial sponsor coverage; acquisition finance; high yield origination, underwriting, sales and trading; private placements; and financial restructuring advisory services. Prior to CIBC, Mr. Bloom was a co-founder of the Argosy Group, L.P. (“Argosy”), a boutique investment bank that engaged in leveraged finance activities and principal investing. Argosy was acquired by CIBC in 1995. Prior to Argosy, Mr. Bloom was a Managing Director of Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc., and before that he was an investment banker at Lehman Brothers. Mr. Bloom also practiced law at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison. Within the last five years, Mr. Bloom has served on the Board of Directors of El Pollo Loco, Inc. until its IPO (restaurants), KCAP Financial Inc. (fixed income investments/asset management; NASDAQ: KCAP), Chancelight, Inc. (for-profit education), Norcraft Companies, Inc. (building products) and Brite Media Group LLC (specialty advertising). He has also in the past served as a director of Accuride Corporation (heavy truck components; NYSE: ACW), Consolidated Advisors, LLC (asset management), Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (restaurants), Freightcar America, Inc. (rail cars), Global Crossing Ltd. (telecommunications; NYSE: GX), Heating Oil Partners, L.P. (energy) , IASIS Healthcare Corporation (hospitals and insurance), Millennium Digital Media Holdings (cable/telecom), Morris Materials Handling, Inc. (capital equipment), NSP Holdings LLC (safety products), PrimeCo Wireless Communications LLC (communications), Source Financial Corporation (retail), Standard Steel, LLC (railcar components) and Transportation Technologies, Inc (heavy truck components). He serves on the Advisory Board of the Richman Center for Business, Law and Public Policy at Columbia University, has served as a member of the Cornell University Council and the Cornell University Undergraduate Business Program Advisory Council, and is an emeritus member of the Advisory Council of the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. Mr. Bloom graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University with a B.S degree, from the Johnson Graduate School with an M.B.A degree and from Columbia University School of Law with a J.D. degree, where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Columbia Law Review.
Dean C. Kehler, Managing Partner
Managing Partner of Trimaran, which he co-founded in 1998, and serves as a Manager of Trimaran Fund II. Prior to Trimaran, Mr. Kehler was a Managing Director and Vice Chairman of CIBC, where he was responsible for CIBC’s United States and European Merchant Banking activities, which were conducted through the CIBC Funds. In addition, Mr. Kehler was responsible for overseeing CIBC’s United States and European Leveraged Finance businesses, which included financial sponsor coverage; acquisition finance; high yield origination, underwriting, sales and trading; private placements; and financial restructuring advisory services. Prior to CIBC, Mr. Kehler was a co-founder of Argosy. Prior to Argosy, Mr. Kehler was a Managing Director of Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc., and before that he was an investment banker at Lehman Brothers. Mr. Kehler serves on the Boards of Directors of El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (restaurants; NASDAQ: LOCO); KCAP Financial Inc., (fixed income investments/asset management; NASDAQ: KCAP) and Security First Corp. (cyber security and data management software), of which he is Vice Chairman. He also serves as a Member of the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and formerly served as its Chairman. Within the last five years, he has served a director of Ashley Stewart Holdings, Inc. (retail), Inviva Inc. (insurance), and Graphene Frontiers, LLC (graphene). Mr. Kehler previously served as a director of Continental Airlines Inc. (airlines; NYSE: CAL); Global Crossing Ltd. (telecommunications; NYSE: GX); Hills Department Stores, Inc. (retail; NYSE: HDS); TeleBanc Financial Corp. (Internet banking; NASDAQ: TBFC); Booth Creek Ski Group, Inc. (real estate;leisure); CB Holding Corp. (restaurants); CNC Holding Corp. (retail); Heating Oil Partners, L.P. (energy); Jefferson National Financial Corporation (annuities); PrimeCo Wireless Communications, LLC (communications); Source Financing Corp(retail).; TLC Beatrice International Inc. (consumer products); and Urban Brands, Inc (retail). In addition, Mr. Kehler previously served as a board observer of ITC Holdings, Inc. (electric transmission). Mr. Kehler previously served as a Director, Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee of CARE USA, one of the world’s largest private humanitarian organizations. Mr. Kehler graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Michael G. Maselli, Managing Director
Managing Director, has been a Managing Director of Trimaran Fund Management, L.L.C. since 2006. Mr. Maselli has guided companies and their boards as a director or advisor for over 30 years. Before joining Trimaran, Mr. Maselli worked in the Corporate and Leverage Finance Groups of CIBC. Prior to joining CIBC in 1997, Mr. Maselli served as a Managing Director in Bear Stearns’ corporate finance group and, prior to that, as a Vice President at Kidder Peabody & Co. Incorporated. Since, 2011, Mr. Maselli has served as the Chairman of the Board of El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. (Ticker: LOCO, NASDAQ). From 2013 to 2015, he served on the board of directors of Norcraft Companies, Inc., and served on the board of managers of its predecessor company beginning in 2003. Additionally, Mr. Maselli served on the board of directors of ChanceLight, Inc. (f/k/a Educational Services of America, Inc.) and Standard Steel, LLC, and was director as well as Chairman of the Board of CB Holding Corp. Mr. Maselli received an MBA with distinction from The A.B. Freeman School at Tulane University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Colorado.
Andrea J. Kellett, Managing Director
Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, has been a Managing Director and the Chief Financial Officer of Trimaran since 2006. Mrs. Kellett is responsible for accounting, management and financial reporting, human resources and administrative matters. Prior to joining Trimaran, Mrs. Kellett was an Executive Director in the Leveraged Finance Group of CIBC and was the Controller of Argosy, which she joined in 1990. Prior to joining Argosy, Mrs. Kellett was a Vice President in the Real Estate Tax Shelter Department of Thomson McKinnon Securities, Inc. Mrs. Kellett began her career as an auditor for Arthur Young & Co. Mrs. Kellett received her B.S. from the School of Business at the State University of New York at Albany.