Bradley Palmer is Chairman of Palm Ventures which he founded in 1992. Previously, Mr. Palmer was a Senior Associate with James D. Wolfensohn, Inc., a strategic advisory and investment banking firm with an extensive client base of multinational corporations. While at Wolfensohn, Mr. Palmer worked for James Wolfensohn, Paul Volcker and other firm partners on numerous acquisitions for major clients. Before Wolfensohn, Mr. Palmer was a Vice President in the Acquisition Finance division of Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company where he financed numerous management-led buyouts.Mr. Palmer began his career as an entrepreneur, starting a multi-location restaurant concept in the Midwest which he sold successfully. Mr. Palmer holds a B.S. from Indiana University and a MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Palmer serves on the Board of Advisors for The Farm Institute and a number of other private companies and charitable organizations.
Russell Palmer The Palmer Group, an investment company founded by Russell Palmer (Bradís father), co-invests in many transactions with Palm Ventures. Prior to founding The Palmer Group, he was Managing Partner and CEO of Touche Ross & Co. for ten years and Dean of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania for seven years. Additionally, he serves or has served on the Board of Directors of Verizon, Honeywell, The May Department Stores Company, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, Goodyear Tire, IMASCO, Bankers Trust Company, Alco Standard and Safeguard Scientifics, and the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, the National Constitution Center and as Chairman of the Board of the University of Pennsylvania Hospital System.
Jason Woody is a Managing Director at Palm Ventures and focuses on investments in the education, business services and renewable energy sectors. Prior to joining Palm Ventures, Mr. Woody was an associate with Dubilier & Company, a private investment firm focused on the middle-market, and an analyst in the acquisition finance group at Chase Securities Inc. Mr. Woody holds a B.S. from Cornell University and a MBA, summa cum laude, from Babson College. Mr. Woody serves on the boards of several private companies.
Stephen Skoczylas is Chief Operating and Financial Officer at Palm Ventures. He has extensive finance, accounting, operations and executive recruiting experience. Prior to joining Palm Ventures, Mr. Skoczylas was a Managing Director at Glocap Search, where he led the firmís C-Level executive search practice, working with corporate, hedge fund, and private equity fund clients. Previously he was a Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase, where he was CFO of various lines of business including the private equity division, and spent three years in the firmís Paris office. Early in his career, Mr. Skoczylas spent four plus years at Peat Marwick Mitchell in the firmís small business advisory group. He holds a B.S. in Economics and Mathematics from Boston College and a MBA from The Wharton School.
Joshua Horowitz is a Portfolio Manager at Palm Managment (US) LLC where he focuses on the hedge funds portfolio. He previously served as Director of Research for Inverlochy Capital, an asset management firm. Prior to Inverlochy he worked with a boutique European investment bank in Berlin and London. Mr. Horowitz also spent several years at Berggruen Holdings in New York, sourcing and working on several of their private equity deals, and helped oversee their entire public markets portfolio. He began his career at Crossway Partners LP, a value strategy hedge fund. He holds a B.S. in Management magna cum laude from Binghamton University and also studied at the Bath School of Management in the U.K. He is a director of Lincoln General Insurance Company.
Karen Johnson Orphanos is a Director at Palm Ventures where she manages administration, finance and provides transaction support. Prior to joining Palm Ventures Ms. Johnson was Director of Operations for Reach Financial, LLC where she managed the financial operations for a specialty finance company that provided working capital to small businesses. She also coordinated all operations for a venture fund with fifty limited partners. Previously, she held several media-related positions in the advertising industry, including ad sales for Family Circle Magazine, and Vice President, Group Supervisor of Print Services at Young & Rubicam. She holds board positions with several community non-profit organizations. Ms. Johnson has a B. A. in English and Economics from BucknellUniversity.
Carolyne McEnery is the Controller at Palm Ventures. Her responsibilities include directing the firm's accounting operations, financial reporting and its transaction and financial analysis activities. Prior to joining Palm Ventures, Ms. McEnery was Manager of Accounting at the private equity firm of Atlas Holdings LLC. Earlier in her career she was a project manager at the FASB where she lead the development and issuance of the Statement: ďConsolidation of All Majority-Owned SubsidiariesĒ. Previously Carolyne held senior accounting positions at The Singer Company, a Fortune 100 company, and spent five years planning and directing audits at Arthur Andersen. She has a B.S. in Accounting from New York University and is a Certified Public Accountant in New York State.