Our Team

Our Team

Senior Leadership

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Mr. Kurtas is the founder of Vibrant Capital Partners and serves as the firm’s Chief Investment Officer. Since 2002, Mr. Kurtas has analyzed hundreds of CLOs focusing on junior and mezzanine tranches in the U.S. and Europe and developed strong relationships with leading investment banks, asset managers, investors and agencies. Prior to founding Vibrant Capital, he launched the New York-based structured credit portfolio management effort for the Active Credit Portfolio Management Group of HVB, as well as built and managed the bank’s first CLO Equity portfolio. Prior to HVB, Mr. Kurtas was the Head of the Risk and Analytics Team at UNIQA Alternative Investments GmbH (UAI), a structured credit asset management firm based in Vienna. He was a member of the team that managed over $1bn CLO assets predominantly focused on Junior and Mezzanine CLO tranches and a sizeable portfolio of European assets; he was also responsible for all quantitative analysis of primary and secondary CLO deals. Mr. Kurtas developed quantitative and risk management models, reengineering tools, and managed various teams of quantitative and systems personnel in his previous roles. Mr. Kurtas has attended graduate studies in finance at Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria, and holds a B.S. in physics from Bilkent University, Turkey.

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Mr. Virani serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Vibrant Capital Partners. He brings more than two decades of relevant advisory, investing, and capital formation experience to the firm. Mr. Virani most recently served as Head of Business Development for private debt for the Americas and Asia at Partners Group. Prior to Partners Group, he was Head of Credit Product Development and Business Development at Bardin Hill Investment Partners. Previously, he served as Director of Business Development and Structured Credit Portfolio Manager at Napier Park Global Capital. Before that, Mr. Virani worked in securitized products at leading investment banks, beginning his career in Credit Suisse’s structured credit products division. Mr. Virani holds a B.A. in Economics with Honors from Georgetown University.

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Mr. Hilf oversees risk, technology and operations at Vibrant Capital Partners. He has 21 years of experience in portfolio management, financial modeling, and risk monitoring for credit instruments. Prior to co-founding Vibrant Capital, Mr. Hilf worked in the Active Credit Portfolio Management Department (ACPM) of HVB Group in the United States from 2000 to 2007. At HVB, Mr. Hilf was responsible for CSO investments, CDO model development, and all quantitative aspects of the active portfolio management of HVB New York’s loan and structured credit portfolio. He was a representative of ACPM in HVB New York’s loan investment committee. Mr. Hilf has done extensive modeling on CSOs and CLOs as well as established tools and methods to find relative value opportunities in the credit derivatives markets. Mr. Hilf further established HVB New York’s internal loan transfer pricing model, worked on early warning tools for investment grade and leveraged loans, developed portfolio hedging models as well as improved the bank’s RAROC model for credit investments. Mr. Hilf received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Physics from the Technical University of Munich, Germany and attended graduate studies in Business Administration at the University of Hagen, Germany.

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Mr. Darivoff serves as Chairman of the Board of the firm as well as the Board of the firm’s parent company, Vibrant Capital Partners, LLC. He has 35 years of experience working in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Vibrant Capital in July 2013, Mr. Darivoff spent nearly 27 years at Goldman Sachs, where he most recently served as a member of the firm's Structured Finance Capital Committee and director of the Goldman Sachs Office of Alumni Relations. He initially joined Goldman in 1985 as an associate in the Mortgage Securities Department, was named managing director in 1996, and general partner in 1998. He served as head of Capital Markets and co-head of the Corporate Bond Department until 2002, and chairman of Credit Capital Markets until 2005. Mr. Darivoff retired from Goldman Sachs in 2013. Mr. Darivoff graduated from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics and subsequently received his MBA from Wharton's graduate school. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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Mr. Arora serves as the co-CIO of Vibrant Capital Partners and is responsible for sourcing, investment analysis, and execution of structured credit investments. He is also involved in the company’s business and product development efforts. Mr. Arora has been an active participant in the CLO sector since 2008, investing across the CLO capital structure and more recently focusing on mezzanine CLO debt and CLO equity strategies. He also led the workout of a large strategic portfolio of CLO equities during the Global Financial Crisis. Mr. Arora has been with Vibrant Capital since the early stages of the company. He received an M.S. in Mathematics and Finance from New York University and a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in Chennai, India.

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Ms. Cilka is the co-Chief Risk Officer and works closely with the Chief Risk Officer to oversee and implement risk management across Vibrant Capital Partners' platform. Ms. Cilka has 24 years of experience in portfolio and risk management, with the last 14 years focused on structured credit. She joined Vibrant Capital in early 2007, shortly after the firm was founded. Until October 2020, she had been responsible for investments and portfolio management for various structured credit mandates. Previously, Ms. Cilka spent 10 years at HVB Group, where she worked in the controlling group responsible for credit and market risks of all business units of the bank. In 2006, she joined HVB’s Active Credit Portfolio Management Group, reporting to Vibrant Capital’s Founder & CIO, Volkan Kurtas. Ms. Cilka holds an M.B.A. from Pace University, an M.S. in Financial Engineering from Baruch College, and a B.S. in Physics from University of Tirana.

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Mr. Iwamoto is responsible for business development, marketing and client relations at Vibrant Capital Partners. He has 23 years of business development and relationship management experience in financial services. Prior to co-founding Vibrant Capital, Mr. Iwamoto spent nine years at Moody’s KMV (Moody’s Analytics) in San Francisco, where he worked on starting and growing its business in Asia. Prior to joining Moody’s in 1998, Mr. Iwamoto worked at international trading companies both in Tokyo from 1991 to 1994 and in Los Angeles from 1996 to 1998. Mr. Iwamoto received a B.A. in Economics from Aoyamagakuin University in Tokyo and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Mr. Iwamoto holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, is a Certified Financial Risk Manager and a member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP).

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Mr. Nerguizian is responsible for business development, marketing and client relationship activities at Vibrant Capital Partners. In addition to his business development role, he is responsible for coordinating the firm’s CLO structuring and capital markets efforts. He has 11 years of experience in the credit asset management and structured finance industries. Prior to joining Vibrant Capital in 2009, Mr. Nerguizian conducted several internships in the fields of commercial banking, wealth management, and debt capital markets, both in the United Arab Emirates and in New York, at firms such as Merrill Lynch, BNP Paribas, and Bank of Sharjah. Mr. Nerguizian received MBA degrees from Columbia Business School and London Business School as well as Bachelor of Science in Finance from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.

Structured Credit

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Mr. Kurtas is the founder of Vibrant Capital Partners and serves as the firm’s Chief Investment Officer. Since 2002, Mr. Kurtas has analyzed hundreds of CLOs focusing on junior and mezzanine tranches in the U.S. and Europe and developed strong relationships with leading investment banks, asset managers, investors and agencies. Prior to founding Vibrant Capital, he launched the New York-based structured credit portfolio management effort for the Active Credit Portfolio Management Group of HVB, as well as built and managed the bank’s first CLO Equity portfolio. Prior to HVB, Mr. Kurtas was the Head of the Risk and Analytics Team at UNIQA Alternative Investments GmbH (UAI), a structured credit asset management firm based in Vienna. He was a member of the team that managed over $1bn CLO assets predominantly focused on Junior and Mezzanine CLO tranches and a sizeable portfolio of European assets; he was also responsible for all quantitative analysis of primary and secondary CLO deals. Mr. Kurtas developed quantitative and risk management models, reengineering tools, and managed various teams of quantitative and systems personnel in his previous roles. Mr. Kurtas has attended graduate studies in finance at Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria, and holds a B.S. in physics from Bilkent University, Turkey.

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Mr. Arora serves as the co-CIO of Vibrant Capital Partners and is responsible for sourcing, investment analysis, and execution of structured credit investments. He is also involved in the company’s business and product development efforts. Mr. Arora has been an active participant in the CLO sector since 2008, investing across the CLO capital structure and more recently focusing on mezzanine CLO debt and CLO equity strategies. He also led the workout of a large strategic portfolio of CLO equities during the Global Financial Crisis. Mr. Arora has been with Vibrant Capital since the early stages of the company. He received an M.S. in Mathematics and Finance from New York University and a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in Chennai, India.

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Mr. Rios is responsible for sourcing, investment analysis and execution of structured credit investments. He has 15 years of investment experience in structured credit at leading asset management firms. Prior to Vibrant Capital, he was a portfolio manager in the Structured Products team at BlueMountain Capital Management for 5 years where he focused on public and private asset-based investment opportunities across asset classes. Earlier in his career, he worked for Serengeti Asset Management where he primarily traded multi-sector ABS CDOs and for Ellington Management Group where he focused on non-agency RMBS/CMBS and CDOs. Mr. Rios received undergraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004.

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Mr. Walsh is responsible for analyzing investment opportunities and assisting in driving investment decisions for the Structured Credit Investment Team. He has 7 years of experience analyzing and trading structured credit instruments. Prior to DFG, he worked at Citigroup in its Credit Correlation Trading and Structured Credit Strategy teams for about three years as well as interned as a Quantitative Trading & Analysis Summer Analyst. Mr. Walsh graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.S. in Mathematics.

Syndicated Credit

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Mr. Cabral is a Managing Director and co-heads portfolio management for the Syndicated Credit team. He has 23 years of experience investing across the capital structure and in different asset classes. Prior to Vibrant Capital, Mr. Cabral had been a Portfolio Manager and Senior Analyst at several long/short funds focused on fundamental investing across debt and equity, including Citadel and Emrys Partners with Steven Eisman, since 2011. Before that, he spent 3 years as a Senior Investing Analyst in the Bank Loan Distressed Investing Group at Goldman Sachs & Co. Previously, he worked at GoldenTree Asset Asset Management as a Research Analyst and Portfolio Manager for 6 years. Mr. Cabral was trained as a financial analyst in the Merchant Banking Group of Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. Mr. Cabral holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Mr. Hyatt is a Managing Director and heads trading for the Syndicated Credit Investment team. He has been with Vibrant Capital Partners for 8 years with experience working across credit analysis, trading, capital markets, and CLO portfolio construction functions. In total, he has 16 years of experience in financial services, the majority of which are in corporate credit analysis-specific roles. Prior to Vibrant Capital, he worked at Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers primarily focusing on performing due diligence and credit analysis on new and existing transactions in addition to providing governance and accountability around the lending processes across each bank’s investment banking platforms. He received a B.S. (magna cum laude) in Finance from Quinnipiac University.

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Mr. Raymond is a Director and co-heads portfolio management for the Syndicated Credit team. He has 10 years of investment experience across asset classes. Prior to joining Vibrant Capital, he was Director of Investments at Delaware Life Insurance Company, managing $12bn of assets comprised of high-yield loans and bonds, commercial real estate financing, and other structured assets (CLOs, CDOs, etc.). Before that, he worked at Guggenheim Investments as a credit analyst covering various sectors including Gaming, Leisure, Lodging, Business Services, and REITs/Real Estate. Mr. Raymond holds a B.A. in Economics from Bowdoin College.

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Mr. Ross is a senior research analyst responsible for credit analysis of leveraged loans, high yield bonds, and other credit-based securities for the Syndicated Credit Team. He has 9 years of experience in the financial services industry, the majority of which were in corporate credit analysis-specific roles. Prior to joining Vibrant Capital, he worked at Goldman Sachs as a credit analyst covering a wide range of industries. In addition to approving transactions, he was responsible for performing diligence and credit analysis on new and existing transactions. He received a B.S. (cum laude) in Finance and Economics from Fordham University.

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Mr. Dugger is a research analyst responsible for credit analysis of leveraged loans, high yield bonds, and other credit-based securities for the Syndicated Credit Team. He has 9 years of corporate credit analysis experience, most formerly at Morgan Stanley as a High Yield/Leveraged Loan Desk Analyst as well as a Distressed Debt Analyst. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he was an Investment Banking Senior Analyst and Associate at Alvarez & Marsal and Lazard with a focus on Restructuring Advisory. Mr. Dugger holds a B.S. in Economics with dual concentrations in Finance and Strategic Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Mr. Rayant is a research analyst responsible for credit analysis of leveraged loans, high yield bonds, and other credit-based securities for the Syndicated Credit team. He has 6 years of experience in investment grade and leveraged financing. Prior to joining Vibrant Capital, he was a Corporate and Investment Banking analyst at RBC Capital Markets, where he structured, modeled, and executed investment grade and leveraged financings for corporations and financial sponsors. He previous interned in the Venture Debt Department at Silicon Valley Bank. Mr. Rayant holds a B.S. in Business Administration, Finance and Economics & Strategy, from Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School.

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Mr. Winik is a research analyst responsible for credit analysis of leveraged loans, high yield bonds, and other credit-based securities for the Leveraged Credit Team. He has 6 years of experience in credit research and investing. Prior to joining Vibrant Capital, he was an investment analyst at Medley Management, focusing on leverage loans and structured credit. He began his career at Moody’s Investors Service as a credit analyst covering a variety of sectors. Mr. Winik graduated magna cum laude from Tulane University, A.B. Freeman School of Business with a B.S. in Management.

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Mr. Ohri is a research analyst responsible for credit analysis of leveraged loans, high yield bonds, and other credit-based securities for the Leveraged Credit Team. He has 3 years of experience in credit research and investing. Prior to joining Vibrant Capital, he was a High Yield Credit Research Analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he performed credit analysis and published weekly reports on a diverse portfolio of high yield and distressed issuers. Prior to Bank of America, he was an Investment Banking Analyst at Peter J. Solomon Company with a focus on Mergers & Acquisitions. Mr. Ohri holds a B.A. in Economics from Vanderbilt University.

Risk Management

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Mr. Hilf oversees risk, technology and operations at Vibrant Capital Partners. He has 21 years of experience in portfolio management, financial modeling, and risk monitoring for credit instruments. Prior to co-founding Vibrant Capital, Mr. Hilf worked in the Active Credit Portfolio Management Department (ACPM) of HVB Group in the United States from 2000 to 2007. At HVB, Mr. Hilf was responsible for CSO investments, CDO model development, and all quantitative aspects of the active portfolio management of HVB New York’s loan and structured credit portfolio. He was a representative of ACPM in HVB New York’s loan investment committee. Mr. Hilf has done extensive modeling on CSOs and CLOs as well as established tools and methods to find relative value opportunities in the credit derivatives markets. Mr. Hilf further established HVB New York’s internal loan transfer pricing model, worked on early warning tools for investment grade and leveraged loans, developed portfolio hedging models as well as improved the bank’s RAROC model for credit investments. Mr. Hilf received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Physics from the Technical University of Munich, Germany and attended graduate studies in Business Administration at the University of Hagen, Germany.

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Ms. Cilka is the co-Chief Risk Officer and works closely with the Chief Risk Officer to oversee and implement risk management across Vibrant Capital Partners' platform. Ms. Cilka has 24 years of experience in portfolio and risk management, with the last 14 years focused on structured credit. She joined Vibrant Capital in early 2007, shortly after the firm was founded. Until October 2020, she had been responsible for investments and portfolio management for various structured credit mandates. Previously, Ms. Cilka spent 10 years at HVB Group, where she worked in the controlling group responsible for credit and market risks of all business units of the bank. In 2006, she joined HVB’s Active Credit Portfolio Management Group, reporting to Vibrant Capital’s Founder & CIO, Volkan Kurtas. Ms. Cilka holds an M.B.A. from Pace University, an M.S. in Financial Engineering from Baruch College, and a B.S. in Physics from University of Tirana.

Business Development

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Mr. Virani serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Vibrant Capital Partners. He brings more than two decades of relevant advisory, investing, and capital formation experience to the firm. Mr. Virani most recently served as Head of Business Development for private debt for the Americas and Asia at Partners Group. Prior to Partners Group, he was Head of Credit Product Development and Business Development at Bardin Hill Investment Partners. Previously, he served as Director of Business Development and Structured Credit Portfolio Manager at Napier Park Global Capital. Before that, Mr. Virani worked in securitized products at leading investment banks, beginning his career in Credit Suisse’s structured credit products division. Mr. Virani holds a B.A. in Economics with Honors from Georgetown University.

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Mr. Iwamoto is responsible for business development, marketing and client relations at Vibrant Capital Partners. He has 23 years of business development and relationship management experience in financial services. Prior to co-founding Vibrant Capital, Mr. Iwamoto spent nine years at Moody’s KMV (Moody’s Analytics) in San Francisco, where he worked on starting and growing its business in Asia. Prior to joining Moody’s in 1998, Mr. Iwamoto worked at international trading companies both in Tokyo from 1991 to 1994 and in Los Angeles from 1996 to 1998. Mr. Iwamoto received a B.A. in Economics from Aoyamagakuin University in Tokyo and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Mr. Iwamoto holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, is a Certified Financial Risk Manager and a member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP).

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Mr. Nerguizian is responsible for business development, marketing and client relationship activities at Vibrant Capital Partners. In addition to his business development role, he is responsible for coordinating the firm’s CLO structuring and capital markets efforts. He has 11 years of experience in the credit asset management and structured finance industries. Prior to joining Vibrant Capital in 2009, Mr. Nerguizian conducted several internships in the fields of commercial banking, wealth management, and debt capital markets, both in the United Arab Emirates and in New York, at firms such as Merrill Lynch, BNP Paribas, and Bank of Sharjah. Mr. Nerguizian received MBA degrees from Columbia Business School and London Business School as well as Bachelor of Science in Finance from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.

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Ms. Fan is responsible for business development, marketing, and client relationship activities. She has 8 years of experience in business development, investor relations, and portfolio analysis across alternative and traditional asset classes. Prior to joining Vibrant Capital, she was a Portfolio Analyst at AlpInvest Partners, a subsidiary of The Carlyle Group, where she focused on portfolio analysis, investor relations, and marketing. She previously worked at BlackRock Solutions as a Client Solutions Analyst, providing relationship management, client services, and portfolio analysis for institutional clients of the Aladdin platform. Ms. Fan holds a B.S. in Economics and a concentration in Finance from Duke University.

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Mr. Pritchard is responsible for business development, marketing, and client relationship activities. He has 4 years of experience in business development and investor relations across alternative asset classes. Prior to joining Vibrant Capital, he was an Associate at Invesco, Ltd, where he focused on fund strategy, fund development, client relations, and capital raising across the firm’s Private Capital offering platform. Mr. Pritchard holds a B.S in Business Administration and a concentration in Finance from the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond.

Operations

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Mr. Hilf oversees risk, technology and operations at Vibrant Capital Partners. He has 21 years of experience in portfolio management, financial modeling, and risk monitoring for credit instruments. Prior to co-founding Vibrant Capital, Mr. Hilf worked in the Active Credit Portfolio Management Department (ACPM) of HVB Group in the United States from 2000 to 2007. At HVB, Mr. Hilf was responsible for CSO investments, CDO model development, and all quantitative aspects of the active portfolio management of HVB New York’s loan and structured credit portfolio. He was a representative of ACPM in HVB New York’s loan investment committee. Mr. Hilf has done extensive modeling on CSOs and CLOs as well as established tools and methods to find relative value opportunities in the credit derivatives markets. Mr. Hilf further established HVB New York’s internal loan transfer pricing model, worked on early warning tools for investment grade and leveraged loans, developed portfolio hedging models as well as improved the bank’s RAROC model for credit investments. Mr. Hilf received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Physics from the Technical University of Munich, Germany and attended graduate studies in Business Administration at the University of Hagen, Germany.

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Ms. Kallicharran directs the firm’s syndicated credit operations. Ms. Kallicharran has 27 years of experience in portfolio administration and operations in leveraged and structured finance. Prior to joining Vibrant Capital, she spent 6 years as the Senior Portfolio Administrator at Kingsland Capital, where she was responsible for bond and loan administration of five CLOs with total AUM of $2.1bn. Her responsibilities included compliance reporting and duties as relationship manager on three CLO funds. Prior to joining Kingsland, Ms. Kallicharran was a Portfolio Administrator at Bayerische Hypo-und Vereinsbank AG (HVB Group) in the Acquisition and Leveraged Finance Department, and a Fund Administrator with HVB Credit Advisors LLC for 4 years, where she was mainly responsible for the administration of two CLO funds. Prior to HVB Group, Ms. Kallicharran was a Portfolio Administrator in the Leveraged and Structured Finance Department of The Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank. Ms. Kallicharran received a diploma in Economics, English Literature and Geography from Queens College, Georgetown, Guyana.

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Ms. Kondo is responsible for the firm’s structured credit operations including operational aspects related to risk and fund reporting. She has 13 years of experience in structured credit operations. Prior to joining Vibrant Capital, Ms. Kondo worked as a representative analyst and subsequently as a technical specialist at the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) in Philadelphia from 2005 to 2007. Prior to ECFMG, Ms. Kondo worked as a Software Engineer at Siemens AG, in Vienna, Austria, for more than 10 years. Before her role at Siemens AG, Ms. Kondo worked as a physicist in the radiometry department of the Nuclear Physics Institute in Tirana, Albania, for 13 years. Ms. Kondo received a Diploma in Physics from the University of Tirana, Albania.

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Mr. Chung holds investment and technology roles at Vibrant Capital Partners. He brings 21 years of technology and financial experience. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Chung worked at One William Street as CLO Quantitative Analyst building analytics and models for various CLO investment strategies. Prior to this role, Mr. Chung was a director at The Blackstone Group, where he was tasked with building the firm’s next generation of investment management systems. Prior to starting his career in financial services, Mr. Chung worked in legal, healthcare, and broadcasting industries and held roles in technology leadership from software architect to technical leads. Mr. Chung received a B.A. in Computer Information Systems from The State University of New York at Buffalo.

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Mr. Huang is an Associate Director within the Syndicated Credit Operations Group. He has 26 years of experience in credit operations and services. Prior to joining Vibrant Capital, Mr. Huang worked at Deutsche Bank where he served as a VP in the Bank Loan Services group within Global Transaction Banking; he also worked as an Operations AVP supporting the High Yield Strategies / Specialty Fixed Income group within Deutsche Asset and Wealth Management. Mr. Huang started his career in Credit Services at Bank of America. He received an MBA in International Business Management from the City University of New York, Baruch College, as well as dual bachelor’s degrees in Business Management and Economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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Mr. Mak is an Associate within the Syndicated Credit Operations Group. He has 7 years of experience in CLO operations and client services. Prior to joining Vibrant Capital, he worked at Virtus Partners for about 6 years in CLO operations and client services. He received an M.S. in Finance from the University of Houston – Clear Lake, as well as a B.S. in Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Houston.

Finance and Compliance

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Mr. Hilf oversees risk, technology and operations at Vibrant Capital Partners. He has 21 years of experience in portfolio management, financial modeling, and risk monitoring for credit instruments. Prior to co-founding Vibrant Capital, Mr. Hilf worked in the Active Credit Portfolio Management Department (ACPM) of HVB Group in the United States from 2000 to 2007. At HVB, Mr. Hilf was responsible for CSO investments, CDO model development, and all quantitative aspects of the active portfolio management of HVB New York’s loan and structured credit portfolio. He was a representative of ACPM in HVB New York’s loan investment committee. Mr. Hilf has done extensive modeling on CSOs and CLOs as well as established tools and methods to find relative value opportunities in the credit derivatives markets. Mr. Hilf further established HVB New York’s internal loan transfer pricing model, worked on early warning tools for investment grade and leveraged loans, developed portfolio hedging models as well as improved the bank’s RAROC model for credit investments. Mr. Hilf received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Physics from the Technical University of Munich, Germany and attended graduate studies in Business Administration at the University of Hagen, Germany.

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Mr. McCormick serves as fund controller for Vibrant Capital’s structured credit mandates. He has 9 years of experience in investment accounting. Prior to joining the firm, he was a Fund Accountant at MIO Partners, a subsidiary of McKinsey & Company, where he focused on Fund of Fund portfolios, performance calculations, and 401k plan accounting. Prior to MIO, he worked at US Bancorp Fund Services as an Alternative Investment Supervisor providing fund accounting services and managing multiple client relationships across a wide variety of investment strategies and fund structures. Mr. McCormick received a B.S. in Accounting from Rider University and is a CPA licensed in the state of New Jersey.

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Ms. Saraguro is responsible for corporate accounting, reporting directly to the COO. She also assists Vibrant Capital’s senior management in various capacities. She has 6 years of experience. Ms. Saraguro holds a B.A. in Economics from Fordham University.

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Mr. Felsher works as compliance associate responsible of maintaining and enhancing policies and procedures, conducting compliance testing, reviewing marketing materials, and managing the firm’s regulatory filing processes. He has 7 years of experience in compliance and operations. Prior to joining Vibrant Capital, he spent over 3 years in a compliance role at Family Management Corp (“FMC”), a Registered Investment Adviser serving families and high net worth individuals. Prior to FMC, Mr. Felsher served as an operations specialist at USI Consulting Group, a premier provider of defined contribution and defined benefit plan consulting. Mr. Felsher received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Connecticut.

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Ms. De Feo is responsible for office management and executive administration duties for Vibrant Capital’s senior leadership. She has 12 years of experience in administrative support in various industries including finance and consumer products. Ms. De Feo holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Louisiana College.

Technology

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Mr. Gumus is responsible for developing the firm’s proprietary systems and other technology projects by applying the latest data analysis, data visualization, and machine learning techniques to finance. Mr. Gumus has 20 years of experience working in various capacities in technology and developing decision support systems. Prior to joining Vibrant Capital, he worked as a Senior Member of Technical Staff at Cox Enterprises and Verizon Communications. Previously, he also served as a senior management consultant at Peppers & Rogers Consulting as well as Managing Partner & CTO at Turkline Digital Web Agency, working with large finance and telecommunications companies on various technology projects. Mr. Gumus completed studies towards a PhD program at Northeastern University and holds an M.B.A. from Babson College, an M.S. in Operations Research and Computer Software Engineering from Northeastern University, and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Bogazici University, Turkey.

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Mr. Chung holds investment and technology roles at Vibrant Capital Partners. He brings 21 years of technology and financial experience. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Chung worked at One William Street as CLO Quantitative Analyst building analytics and models for various CLO investment strategies. Prior to this role, Mr. Chung was a director at The Blackstone Group, where he was tasked with building the firm’s next generation of investment management systems. Prior to starting his career in financial services, Mr. Chung worked in legal, healthcare, and broadcasting industries and held roles in technology leadership from software architect to technical leads. Mr. Chung received a B.A. in Computer Information Systems from The State University of New York at Buffalo.

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Ms. Kurtas is responsible for managing technology projects and initiatives to support proprietary systems development. She has 22 years of experience in design and development of web-based organizational capacity development tools and applications. Ms. Kurtas started her career as a software programmer in London in 1998 and continued her work as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in web based content management systems, leading Instructional Technology projects, at various prestigious organizations in the US and Europe, including KING’s College London, UN-CTBTO and the UNICEF. Ms. Kurtas holds an M.S. in Electronic Commerce from School of Information Science & Engineering, Middlesex University in London, and an M.A. in Instructional Technology from Columbia University in New York, as well as a B.S. in Information Systems and Management from Birkbeck College, University of London.

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Ms. Cui is responsible for developing proprietary systems as well as data processing and visualization efforts. She has 5 years of experience in technology development and is proficient in various programming languages and database systems. Prior to joining Vibrant Capital, she participated in various computer science-related projects and competitions, including claiming third place in 2016 CodeGS – an annual hackathon sponsored by Goldman Sachs. Ms. Cui holds an M.S. in Computer Science from New York University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tongji University in China.

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