Jay Ferguson, Managing Partner, has over 20 years of private equity experience. Prior to co-founding Vicente Capital Partners, he was a Partner at Kline Hawkes & Company, which he joined at the firm’s inception in 1995. During his tenure at Kline Hawkes & Company, he was actively involved in substantially all of Kline Hawkes’ investments and was a member of the investment committees for both Kline Hawkes California, L.P. and Kline Hawkes Pacific, L.P. Selected current and past board seats and board observer positions include: Advanced Products Corporation, CampusLink Communications, Evant, Intellectual Technology, Inc., MicroNet Technologies, Overture Services (formerly GoTo.com), Sports Media Technology, TranSoft Networks, UFO Communications (which was acquired by Cogent Communications), Global LT, and VXi Corporation. Mr. Ferguson began his career in the investment banking industry, having worked for both Merrill Lynch & Co. and Smith Barney Inc. While at Merrill Lynch, he was a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Group and the General Corporate Finance Group. From 1989 to 1994, he worked on over 30 public and private transactions for numerous emerging growth and middle market companies. Mr. Ferguson received a B.B.A in Finance from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. At the Anderson School, he was named a Toigo Fellow and a Venture Capital Fellow. Mr. Ferguson is a member of the Board of Trustees for The Wildwood School, the Toigo Board of Directors, Motorcar Parts of America (MPAA), and a member of the Board of Advisors at UCLA Anderson. In June 2006, he was named to Black MBA Magazine’s list of “Top 50 Under 50” Corporate Executives for 2006. In 2017, he received the the Leading By Example Award from the Toigo Foundation. Mr. Ferguson is a past-president of the UCLA Anderson School’s Alumni Association, and was the recipient of the 2006 UCLA Anderson Outstanding Alumni Service Award. He is a former member of the Steering Committee for the Cedars-Sinai Sports Spectacular, and served on the Board of Governors for NASBIC from 1999-2001.
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