Mr. Rivers joined RLJ Equity Partners from The Carlyle Group, where he was a Managing Director and Co-Founder of Carlyle Mezzanine Partners, L.P., a $436 million investment fund. Prior to founding Carlyle Mezzanine Partners, Mr. Rivers was a Senior Vice President and Principal at TCW/Crescent Mezzanine, LLC, an investment firm with $4 billion of assets under management. Prior to TCW/Crescent Mezzanine, Mr. Rivers served as the Group Credit/Investment Officer of Heller Financial, Inc. Mr. Rivers received his B.A. from Morehouse College and his M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.
Jerry Johnson, Board Member
Mr. Johnson joined RLJ Equity Partners from American Capital, a publicly traded alternative asset management company with more than $20 billion of assets under management. Prior to joining American Capital, Mr. Johnson was a Vice President in the Financial Sponsors and Private Equity Group at Bank of America. He also served as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense. Mr. Johnson began his career with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, and prior to that, he was with McKinsey & Company. Mr. Johnson received his B.S. from the University of Tennessee and his M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Nigel Howard, Board Member
Mr. Howard joined RLJ Equity Partners from TA Associates, a growth-oriented private equity firm with approximately $12 billion of assets under management. Prior to joining TA, Mr. Howard was an Associate at JP Morgan Partners and Quetzal/JP Morgan Partners, as well as a Summer Associate at Goldman Sachs’ Principal Investment Area in New York. Mr. Howard also worked at Salomon Smith Barney as a Financial Analyst in the Mergers and Acquisitions group. Mr. Howard received a B.B.A. from Howard University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Jerad Speigel, Board Member
Mr. Speigel has a long history in developing and leading technology and management consulting firms. As the CEO at Phase One Consulting Group, Mr. Speigel is responsible for the firm's strategic direction, including growth strategies, investment strategies, and the overall health of the firm.
Mr. Speigel serves on the Executive Board at the TCU Neeley School of Business, and serves on two 1105 Conference Advisory Councils. Mr. Speigel graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas Christian University, where he later received a Masters of Business Administration. Mr. Speigel was honored as a 2012 Fed 100 award recipient.
Thomas Charuhas, Board Member
Mr. Charuhas is a leader in the use of modern technologies to solve some of the world's most complex challenges. As the President at Phase One, Mr. Charuhas is responsible for the firm's implementation of corporate strategy and investments.
Mr. Charuhas holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park, and a Master of Computer Science degree from Harvard University.