RMG Team

The Riverside Management Group team and its advisors possess substantial management, investment and operational experience as well as significant relationships with some of the most successful investment banks, venture capital firms, technology companies, industrial companies and buyout firms.

James Carpenter, Senior Managing Director

James Carpenter is a Founder, Senior Managing Director of RMG. Mr. Carpenter focuses on venture capital and private equity opportunities in the clean energy, metals recycling and technology media telecom industries. As a principal investor, adviser and manager, he has completed more than 60 transactions since 1996. He is currently advising a $2 billion metals recycling and clean energy group on a variety of transactions. Mr. Carpenter also led the formation and management of joint initiatives with a major private equity firm and global financial institution to pursue investments in the metals and clean energy industries. From 2002 – 2004 he was CEO of Horsehead Industries, the largest recycler of hazardous waste and producer of zinc in the US. He is currently a senior advisor to Allied Resource Corporation, AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. and Puralube Inc.. Mr. Carpenter received a BS in communications from Boston University in 1989 and holds the series 24, 82 & 63 securities licenses.

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Mark A. Bernegger, Managing Director

Mr. Bernegger is a founder and Managing Director of RMG and also serves as President and Chief Compliance Officer of BCW Securities LLC, RMG’s broker dealer subsidiary. Since inception he has focused his efforts on targeting and developing new business initiatives, generating investment opportunities, portfolio management and fundraising. Additionally, Mr. Bernegger has a background in management and sales. Prior to founding RMG in 1996, he was a Director of Sales for the Marriott Corporation’s Residence Inn subsidiary. In this position, he specialized in direct sales, market research, contract negotiation and all phases of property management. As a managing director of RMG, Mr. Bernegger has sourced and/or provided oversight for transactions totaling over $350mm. Mr. Bernegger earned a BS from Cornell University in 1993 and holds the series 24, 7 , 79 & 63 securities licenses.

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John Baker, Managing Director

Mr. Baker rejoined Riverside Management Group in February, 2013 and is located in San Francisco, CA. Previously, from 2004 to 2007, Mr. Baker was a member of the RMG team serving in a similar capacity working with institutional clients and growth companies to identify private debt and private equity transactions. He is a seasoned professional with a background in venture capital investing with Hambrecht & Quist, private placement transactions with Alex. Brown, and, investment banking with Deutsche Bank. Mr. Baker been personally involved with over $1 Billion of private placement transactions with multiple firms with a wide variety of investors and growth companies operating in diverse sectors. He has an undergraduate degree from Williams College and a Masters of Business Administration from the Anderson School at The University of California at Los Angeles and holds the series 79 & 63 securities licenses.

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Forbes Burtt, Managing Director

Forbes Burtt brings to Riverside Management Group over 25 years of 
transaction experience both as a principal and as an investment banker. 
The primary focus of this activity has been lower middle market debt and 
equity transactions. Most recently, Forbes was a Managing Director at 
Hercules Technology Growth Capital. Hercules is a $1 billion publicly 
traded BDC that specializes in senior secured loans to growth oriented 
companies and also makes related equity investments. His prior principal 
activity was as a partner and head of business development at Laurus 
Capital Management, a $1.7 billion hedge fund focused on providing lower 
middle-market companies with creative debt capital solutions. As an 
investment banker, Forbes held the title of Managing Director at Bryant 
Park Capital, Tucker Anthony Sutro and Libra Investments. He started his 
investment banking career at Drexel Burnham.

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Eric Emmert, Managing Director

Mr. Emmert joined RMG as a managing director in 2014 and has over 17 years of Wall Street experience focusing on the consumer products, industrials, metals & mining, retail and technology sectors as an investor and an underwriter across the capital structure.  Prior to joining RMG, Eric was a managing director and the head of credit research for FBR Capital Markets where he developed the firm’s credit research product, introduced trade ideas to clients and partnered with the banking team on new issue underwriting.  From 2007 to 2011, Eric ran the high yield group at Allied Irish Bank and led them through the European financial crisis.  He began his career in commercial lending at Fleet Bank and also helped launch the high yield group at Guardian Life Insurance in 2000.  Mr. Emmert earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Tufts University and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at NYU.  He holds the series 24, 7, and 63 licenses.

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Peter Fine, Special Advisor Restaurants and Entertainment

Peter Fine is a seasoned Retail Restaurant and Entertainment Development specialist with decades of experience in creating, executing, and managing development and merchandising strategies for some of the world’s most innovative and unique retail, restaurant and entertainment projects. Fine began his career working with one of the world’s most innovative retail development minds, Sheldon Gordon, at the Battersea Power Station in London, where he served as the Joint Venture Partner Project Manager. After London, Peter continued to develop his skills working with Mr. Gordon on behalf of the Mohegan Tribe and Sol Kerzner, the former developer of The Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. Together they brought the notion of Las Vegas Style Retail Entertainment to one of the world’s largest and most profitable casinos in Connecticut, Mohegan Sun. The environment they created was one of the most successful “sales per square foot” retailing environments ever created and the centerpiece of Mohegan Suns $1.2 Billion Sunburst Expansion. Fine continued his work with Gordon Group Holdings, the developer of the Pier at Caesars in Atlantic City, where he aided in developing the project’s retail strategy and architectural concept and directed the leasing team for the 300,000 SF restaurant and entertainment destination, which was the first of its kind in Atlantic City. In addition to this work, he assisted Gordon Group with its consultant work with Vornado Realty in Manhattan in the Penn Plaza area as well as with the development of a master plan and leasing program for Lac Mirabel in Montreal. Most recently, Fine Retail Consultants has worked with JEMB Realty and Morris Bailey as well as Empire City Casino and the Rooney Family. Peter received his Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University in 1988.

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Niv Harizman, Managing Director

In addition to his responsibilities at RMG, Mr. Harizman is a Managing Member of Tyto Capital Partners LLC, a New Canaan, CT based private investment firm he founded in 2010 which specializes in debt and equity investing in special situations. From 2005 to 2010, Niv Harizman was a Founding Partner and Head of Corporate Finance at Plainfield Asset Management LLC, a $5.0 Billion special situations credit hedge fund. From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Harizman was a Managing Director of Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) and a member of the Firm’s Investment Banking Mergers & Acquisitions Group. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Harizman was a Managing Director in the Leveraged Finance/ Financial Sponsor Group of Bankers Trust and its successors Including BT Alex. Brown and Deutsche Bank. From 1994 to 1995, Mr. Harizman was an Associate in the M&A Group of Wasserstein Perella & Co. Mr. Harizman currently serves on the board of Network-1 Technologies Inc. (OTC BB: NTIP) and The Finance Company, LLC. Mr. Harizman received a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He currently holds the series 7, 24, 79 & 63 securities licenses.

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Richard A. Healy, Jr., Managing Director

Richard A. Healy, Jr. joined Riverside in 2011. Over the last ten years he was been President of CHART , a business consulting firm in Annapolis, MD focusing on international corporate development for top 50 brand European firms seeking US market entry, and North American startups seeking European expansion. His industry experience ranges from green/clean tech to automotive, IT/telecoms and home improvement industries. Prior to that he was Managing Director of a corporate communications firm he founded and headquartered in Germany, serving US corporations’ operations in Europe such as GM, AT&T and Hughes. Mr. Healy has an MA in Slavic Studies from the University of Würzburg and has done graduate work in Finance within the University of Maryland system. He holds the Series 7 and 63 securities licenses.

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Marko Issever, Managing Director

Mr. Marko Issever joined Riverside Management Group (RMG) as a Managing Director in May 2016 in order to, among other things, lead the Firm’s EB5 capital raising and placement activities. He is also the Founding Partner of BH Capital Management, LLC, a real estate investment company specializing in investment and development opportunities. Prior to joining RMG and establishing BHCM, Mr. Issever was a Managing Director at The Bank of New York Mellon Global & Capital Markets, leading the firm’s derivative business to financial institutions globally. Mr. Issever has been in Wall Street for over 30 years and was also a Founding member of the derivative business in Sakura Global Capital, a Japanese bank subsidiary that subsequently merged with Sumitomo Capital Markets to form SMBC Capital Markets. Mr. Issever started his Wall Street career in Prudential Securities’ Financial Strategies Group where he specialized in mortgage backed security opportunities such as CMO’s, risk-controlled arbitrage transactions, as well as other asset backed securitizations including securitization of policy holder loans. Mr. Issever is a graduate of The Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania where he earned his MBA degree in Finance and MA in Economics. He speaks Turkish (native) and Ladino Spanish fluently. He is the Founding President of Aleph Learning Center, a Jewish outreach organization and Board Member of Manhattan Sephardic Congregation. He holds the series 7 & 63 securities licenses. He is married and lives with his three children in New York City.

Justin Marcus, Special Advisor

Justin Marcus is the Chief Operating Officer of Princeton Information, LTD, one of the largest privately-held IT consulting firms in the U.S. As COO since 2003, Mr. Marcus has overseen the firm’s domestic and global operations and has held primary responsibility for Princeton Information’s corporate strategy. Mr. Marcus heads the Princeton Information Executive Committee and is also Chairman of Princeton Information Offshore – the firm’s offshore staffing and solutions facility in Hyderabad, India. Prior to 2003, Justin acted as Branch Manager of Princeton Information’s New York office, during which time he helped design and implement the firm’s expansion into new markets. Mr. Marcus began his 20-year career at Princeton Information as a Senior Account Executive in the New York office, selling consulting services to the Investment Banking industry. Mr. Marcus received his Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. He has been a member of Tulane’s President’s Advisory Council since 2008 and a Member of the Tulane Athletic Director’s Board since 2010. Mr. Marcus holds the series 7 and 63 securities licenses.

Nicky McGrane, Special Advisor

Nicky joined RMG as a managing director in 2013. Prior to joining RMG, Nicky served as the Interim Chief Executive Officer and Interim President of Sbarro Inc. from July 2010 to February 2012. Sbarro was a portfolio company of MidOcean Partners, where Nicky served as Managing Director. Nicky stepped into Sbarro to lead the Company through a financial reorganization and successful led the Company out of Chapter 11 in late 2011 and left the Company in early 2012. Nicky worked at MidOcean and its predecessors from 1997 until 2012. During his fifteen years with the group Nicky worked on transactions in both the consumer and industrial space and notable transactions included Jostens, Inc., Jenny Craig, Therma-Tru Doors and Hunter Fan Company. He also has experience as a Consultant at Bain & Company and as a Financial Analyst at Kidder, Peabody & Co. Incorporated. Today, Nicky serves on the Board of TastiD-Lite, a Snow Phipps portfolio Company. He graduated with an MBA from the Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar and has a B.Sc. (Hons) from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

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David E. Oliver, Managing Director

In addition to his responsibilities at RMG, Mr. Oliver is the Managing Principal of Cygnus Advisors LLC, a Greenwich, CT based private investment and advisory firm he founded in October 2006. From August 2005 to October 2006 he was a Portfolio Manager with client and investment management responsibility for Silver Point Capital, L.P. in Greenwich, CT. Prior to that time, Mr. Oliver was a Vice President in the Investment Banking Division of JPMorgan in New York City for over 5 years. While at JPMorgan he was responsible for originating, structuring, syndicating and restructuring corporate debt transactions primarily in the media, communication and technology industry sectors. Prior to that time, Mr. Oliver was a Vice President & Director at TD Securities in New York City for over 5 years. While at TD Securities he worked in the Corporate Finance and Leveraged Finance business units serving clients in the media, communication and technology industry sectors. Mr. Oliver earned a B.S. of Business Administration and an M.B.A. from the Clarion University of Pennsylvania and holds the series 7, 79 & 63 securities licenses.

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Clifford Smallman, Managing Director

Mr. Smallman joined RMG as a Managing Director and has over 20 years of experience on Wall Street having worked on +$13 billion of strategic advisory, M&A, & corporate restructuring assignments and +$30 billion of public/private securities transactions in the Media & Communications industries. From 2010 to 2012, Cliff was a Partner and Co-Head of the Media & Communications Group at Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. From 2007 to 2010, he was a Managing Director at Waller Capital, a Media & Communications advisory boutique. In 2004, Cliff founded VALNIC Capital, a firm focused on advising companies in the Media, Communications & Payments industries. From 1998 to 2004, Cliff worked as a Director at CSFB in the Media & Telecom Group. Mr. Smallman began his career at Deutsche Bank initially in Frankfurt/London and from 1993 in New York. Mr. Smallman graduated with Honors from the European Business Schools in London, Paris and Wiesbaden. He currently holds the Series 79 and 63 securities licenses.

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Ronald Statile, Senior Advisor

Mr. Statile joined Riverside Management Group in 2008. Most recently he was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Great Lakes Carbon, LLC, a publicly traded industrial company that was sold for over $800 million in 2007. He was previously the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Horsehead Industries, Inc., an industrial holding company that included the largest zinc producer and recycler of hazardous waste in the United States. Earlier in his career he was a Senior Manager with Cooper and Lybrand. Mr. Statile has extensive experience in all areas of financial and administrative management including financial reporting and analysis, treasury, tax, risk management, pension, plan fiduciary and investor relations. He has led or participated in numerous financial transaction activity including acquisitions, divestitures, private and public debt financings, leasing, etc. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a M.B.A. in taxation and Finance from New York University and a B.A. in Economics and Accounting from Holy Cross College and holds the series 7, 79 & 63 securities licenses.

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Jay Wickham, Managing Director

Jay Wickham joined Riverside Management Group in 2012 following an entrepreneurial career path. Prior to RMG he was a trader on the floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) where he was a member and worked for over 20 years. There he founded Anaconda Trading Corp., a commodity brokerage, buying and selling futures contracts in the oil complex for institutional clients including those in refining, airline and hedge fund industries. His experience extends to startup investing and direct management. Mr. Wickham earned BA degrees in Finance and Criminal Justice from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and holds the series 7 and 63 securities licenses.

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Michael Wimert Jr., Special Advisor

Michael joined RMG as a Special Advisor in 2012 with a focus on M & A transactions in the Brazilian marketplace. Mike most recently was the CEO of Elucid, a Brazilian software application firm, which he sold to Sonda, a Chilean multinational IT company, in 2012. Prior to guiding Elucid through its sale to Sonda, Michael worked as a team leader with prominent companies including Oracle, Informix and KPMG. With over 22 years of proficiency in technology and specifically the Energy arena in Brazil, he is an expert in working with the largest Brazilian firms, both private and public. Today he is part of Brazil’s G100, the most influential business members in Brazil. He graduated with a BA in International Relations from Boston University.

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Christopher R. Wood, Managing Director

Mr. Wood is a founder and Managing Director of RMG. Mr. Wood concentrates on finding and developing new investment opportunities with an emphasis on broadband, software and semiconductor industry opportunities. From 1991 to 1996, Mr. Wood was co-founder and General Manager of four Philadelphia area restaurants. He was responsible for all phases of management, including operations and finance. As a managing director of RMG, Mr. Wood has sourced and/or provided oversight for transactions totaling over $200mm and is an advisor to iCueTV, an interactive media company. Mr. Wood graduated with a BA in Operations Management from Wesley College and holds the series 82 & 63 securities licenses.

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Eston Woodard, Managing Director

Mr. Woodard is a Managing Director of RMG. Since joining the firm, he has focused his efforts on developing new business initiatives, generating investment opportunities, portfolio management and institutional fundraising. Mr. Woodard has an extensive background in high-technology. Recently, he was a Lead Sales Executive at IBM positioning their flagship private and hybrid-cloud computing platform on Wall Street. Prior to his tenure at IBM, Mr. Woodard was one of Oracle Corporation’s most successful business development executives for SaaS applications. As a managing director of RMG, Mr. Woodard has sourced and/or provided oversight for venture capital, tech, industrial, and commercial real estate transactions. Mr. Woodard earned a BA from The College of William & Mary in 2002, a MAR with a Concentration in Social Ethics from Yale University in 2004, and an MBA in Banking with Merit from The University of London in 2011. He holds FINRA Series 62 & 63 securities licenses, and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designee.

Eddy Zervigon, Special Advisor

Eddy ZervigonjJoined RMG in 2013. He is a Principal at Alta Loma Energy. Prior to forming Alta Loma, Eddy was a Managing Director in the Principal Investments Group at Morgan Stanley, where he worked for fourteen years. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he was a Certified Public Accountant at Coopers and Lybrand. He currently serves as a director for Bloom Energy. He previously was a director of Digitalglobe, TVN Entertainment, MMC Theatres, and Impsat Fiber Networks. Eddy has a Bachelor of Accountancy degree and master’s degree in Tax from Florida International University and a MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Eddy holds the series 7 and 63 securities licenses.

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