Ike Kier - Image Ike Kier
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.  - Image 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.

Ron Mandel - Image Ron Mandel
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 - Image Kevin Butler
Senior Analyst

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.

Mike Choi - Image Mike Choi
Senior Analyst

Mike Choi is a senior analyst at KG Funds Management. Mike started his career as a research associate at Alleghany Corporation, where he was a part of the public equity investment team managing the firm’s long term internal capital and investing in a concentrated portfolio of high-quality businesses.  Mike also worked as an analyst at Hawkeye Capital Management, which invested in deep-value, special situation securities across capital structure.

Mike received his B.S. in Finance and Economics from the Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania.

Alex Liebert  - Image Alex Liebert

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  - Image Devansh Khaitan

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.

Bryan Gleason - Image Bryan Gleason
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 - Image Jin Bai
Operations Manager

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.

Anastasia Sharipova - Image Anastasia Sharipova
Managing Director of Business Development

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. 

Alexis Versandi - Image Alexis Versandi
Managing Director of Business Development
Alexis Versandi joined KG Funds Management in 2020. Prior to joining the firm, Alexis was responsible for capital raising efforts at Avenue Capital Group, a distressed debt asset manager, Advent Capital Management, the convertible arbitrage hedge fund, both in New York City and Marshall Wace, an equity long/short hedge fund, in their Hong Kong and Greenwich, CT offices. She started her career at Morgan Stanley in London as a fixed income analyst before moving to their Hong Kong office to join the equity derivatives sales trading team.
Alexis holds a Masters Degree with Honours in History of Art from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Alexis is originally from New York City.
Julia Nowell - Image Julia Nowell
Investor Relations

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.