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Ike Kier - Image Ike Kier
CEO

Ike Kier founded KG Funds Management in 2008 and served as its CEO until the Fund closed at the end of 2021.

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.

Gail Mantell - Image Gail Mantell
CFO

Gail joins KG Funds with a robust background in accounting. From 2019 to 2022, Gail worked as the Senior Controller for 2912 Advisors. There she provided middle and back-office support to Emerging Managers, Private Equity Funds, and Hedge Funds in liquidation. Her duties included, but were not limited to, providing trade support, compiling detailed performance reporting, and performing all aspects of fund and management company accounting.

From 2016 to 2019, Gail worked as a Senior Portfolio Accountant for Real Estate Systems Implementation Group. Again, Gail’s duties were vast. She provided fund accounting, investor relations, and treasury support to an array of clients.

Gail served as a Fund Accountant for GTIS Partners from 2015 to 2016. For the two years prior, Gail worked as a Senior Associate at KPMG.

Gail received her BBA in accounting from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.
 

Gianna Rosati - Image Gianna Rosati
Associate

Gianna joins KG Funds from Morgan Stanley where she worked in Private Wealth Management. Prior to that, Gianna worked in operations for UBS.

Gianna received a BA in Political Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. While there, she competed on the Division I Women’s Soccer Team. Gianna went on to earn her master’s degree in Marketing from Vanderbilt University.