Partner, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Ike Kier co-founded KG Funds Management with Ilya Zaides in 2008. In addition to his role as Chief Executive Officer, Ike is also a member of the Investment Committee for the KG Investments Fund LLC.
From 2004 to 2008 Ike created management groups which were responsible for 4 SPACs raising collectively $200 million from the public markets. All of the management teams completed their merger/purchase of their targets.
Ike's business experience includes serving on numerous boards and building two businesses, both of which went public: Lida Inc. (formerly NASDAQ: LIDA) and eDiets (formerly NASDAQ: DIET).
Ike took over as the CEO and majority owner of Lida Inc., a family business, after practicing law. He grew the Company from being a regional fabric supplier in North Carolina to the largest producer of cotton/lycra/spandex fabrics globally, supplying 55% of the world’s consumption and employing 700 when Lehman took the firm public in 1992. Ike sold the business to a New York based LBO firm, in 1995.
eDiets was founded in Florida to help people tailor diet plans on the internet. Ike discovered the company, raised capital as the lead investor and served on the company’s board. The business grew to become one of the largest sellers of diet programs over the internet. The company went public through a reverse merger using Lida’s original public listing and was subsequently bought by a private equity firm.
In 1989, Ike received from the FCC the right to build cellular towers in the I-85 corridor between Montgomery, AL and Atlanta, GA. He held the rights for 2 years, and then negotiated a sale of his spectrum rights to the surrounding providers who were already encroaching on his territory. The sale of his rights brought him earnings of over 150 times his original investment.
Ike earned a J.D. from George Washington University and a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University.
Ilya Zaides, Esq.
Partner, Co-Founder, Chief Investment Officer & Portfolio Manager
Ilya Zaides co-founded KG Funds Management with Ike Kier in 2008. In addition to being Portfolio Manager, Ilya serves on the Investment Committee for the KG Investments Fund LLC.
Before co-founding KG Funds Management, Ilya worked as an analyst for Ivy Asset Management and then as a Senior Vice President and Head of Hedge Fund Research for Auda Asset Management. Ilya began his career as an attorney working on corporate transactions and financial products as an Associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and later at King & Spalding.
Ilya earned a J.D. from New York University and a B.A in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Partner, Director of Research
In addition to his role as Director of Research, Ron Mandel is also a member of the Investment Committee for the KG Investments Fund LLC.
Prior to joining KG in 2010, Ron worked in the Investment Banking division of Credit Suisse in New York and Los Angeles, where he was involved in a number of merger, acquisition, and financing transactions.
Ron holds an Honors Business Administration degree (with Distinction) from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
Kevin Butler is an analyst at KG Funds Management.
Kevin graduated from the Stern School of Business at New York University where he was a Dean’s List student. During his time at NYU, Kevin held internships at Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods, as well as Wells Fargo Securities.
Alex is an investment analyst at KG Funds Management. He started his career as an analyst in the Investment Banking Division at Citigroup in New York.
Alex received his B.B.A in Finance and Economics from the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University.
Devansh Khaitan is an Associate at KG Funds Management. Prior to joining KG, Devansh held internships with the investment banking groups at Cantor Fitzgerald and Petsky Prunier, and the investment team at Radius Ventures.
Devansh received his B.S. in Finance and Operations Management from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Chief Financial Officer & Chief Compliance Officer
Bryan Gleason joined KG Funds Management in 2015 and is the acting CFO and CCO. Bryan served as Controller from 2013 to 2014 at Wing Lake Capital LLC, an investment advisor for a master feeder fund and managed account specializing in global long-short equity platform. Prior to Wing Lake, from 2010 to 2012, he was Assistant Controller at JANA Partners LLC, an investment advisor to various event-driven funds. Between 2006 and 2010, Bryan was a Senior Accountant at Wyser-Pratte Management Co., where he was responsible for accounting and operations. He started his career in fund administration at Citigroup Alternative Investments (formerly BISYS-RK Alternative Investment Services).
Bryan graduated in 2005 from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Accounting.
Jin Bai is the operations manager at KG Funds Management. She is actively involved in many projects at KG, working closely with the CFO and CCO in handling day-to-day accounting and operations.
Jin graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Business & Technology and a M.S. in Technology Management.
Managing Director, Head of Marketing & Investor Relations
Jen Reinglass leads the marketing and investor relations efforts of the firm. In this role, Jen is responsible for maintaining and cultivating relationships with current and prospective investors and consultants. Jen works closely with the investment team to develop strong product knowledge so she can serve as a product specialist and point person for existing and potential investors.
Previously, Jen held senior marketing and leadership positions at firms including Muzinich & Co., Guggenheim Partners, Southpaw Asset Management and Davidson Kemper Capital Management LLC. Jen began her career at Morgan Stanley and worked as a hedge fund research analyst before transitioning to marketing and investor relations.
Jen earned an M.B.A. from Columbia University and a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from Lehigh University.
Managing Director of Marketing
Anastasia Sharipova joined KG Funds Management in 2016. Prior to joining the firm, from 2015 to 2016, Anastasia was responsible for capital raising efforts at OCP Capital, a leading independent capital raising/placement investment boutique specializing in real and financial assets. From 2013 to 2015 she acted as the Director of Coverage at Bouchard Family Office based in Switzerland. Between 2011 and 2013 Anastasia worked as the Director of Coverage and Origination at VTB Bank. She started her career at JPMorgan Chase & Co. as a financial analyst.
Anastasia holds Honors Business Administration Degree with a concentration in Finance from Lebow School of Business at Drexel University.
Managing Director of Business Development
Josh Hamilton joined KG Funds Management in 2018. Previously, Josh held senior positions in capital raising and investor relations with Welton Investment Partners, Visium Asset Management, Aristarc Capital and PSQR Capital Management. Earlier in his career, Josh spent 12 years as a financial journalist, the majority of that time with Bloomberg News, where he covered a variety of beats from commodity and equity markets to insurance and banking.
He received a B.A. in political science from Columbia University.
Julia Nowell is an Investor Relations associate at KG Funds Management. Prior to joining the firm in 2017, she worked at Silver Point Capital in Greenwich, CT.
Julia graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.A. in Communications and Information Sciences with a concentration in Public Relations, and a minor in Business Administration.