John Sinnenberg — Chairman
Mr. Sinnenberg is Chairman and a founding member of Cyprium Partners. Prior to forming Cyprium, he was CEO and the Managing Partner for Key Principal Partners (KPP). Prior to KPP, he co-founded Key Mezzanine Capital Fund I, L.P., the predecessor group to Key Principal Partners. Prior thereto, Mr. Sinnenberg founded Regis Capital Partners, L.P., a private investment firm for wealthy families. Mr. Sinnenberg also previously worked at The Barclays Group, where he co-founded BZW’s Mezzanine Capital Group, which began operations in 1989. He has also served in a variety of investment banking, trading and senior lending functions with BZW and Bankers Trust Company. In addition to several board roles on behalf of Cyprium Partners, Mr. Sinnenberg also serves on the boards of The Edwins Foundation, Breakthrough Charter Schools, Laurel School and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Mr. Sinnenberg received his M.B.A. from the Wharton School and a B.A. in Economics from Bucknell University.
Cindy Babitt — Managing Partner
Ms. Babitt is a founding member of Cyprium Partners. Prior to forming Cyprium, she was a partner at Key Principal Partners (KPP). She joined KPP in 1998 from Carleton, McCreary, Holmes & Co., a Cleveland-based investment banking firm. Ms. Babitt spent three years at CMH with a primary focus on industry research, financial analysis, buy and sell side transactions and valuation for public and private companies. Prior thereto, Ms. Babitt worked as a laboratory technician for Seibert Powder Coatings and as a statistician for the University Hospitals of Cleveland. Ms. Babitt received her M.B.A. from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and her B.S. in Biology from the University of Miami.
Beth Haas — Partner
Ms. Haas joined Cyprium Partners from Key Principal Partners (KPP). She joined KPP from KeyBanc Capital Markets where she was an Associate in the Investment Banking division. Ms. Haas was actively involved in the completion of a variety of corporate finance transactions, including private equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions, private placements and fairness opinions. Previously, she served as an analyst at Carleton, McCreary, Holmes & Co. where she was responsible for research and financial analysis in support of middle market mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Haas received her B.A. degree in Government with honors from Dartmouth College and received her M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Daniel Kessler — Partner
Mr. Kessler joined Cyprium Partners from Key Principal Partners (KPP). Prior to KPP he was with GlobalStreams, Inc., a developer of streaming media management software where he served as Vice President. Previously, Mr. Kessler spent five years at PricewaterhouseCoopers, most recently as Manager in the M&A Transaction Services group, where he managed project teams conducting financial and operational due diligence and post-acquisition integration consulting. Mr. Kessler received his B.S. in Accounting from Indiana University, his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Patrick Rond — Principal
Mr. Rond joined Cyprium Partners from Key Principal Partners (KPP). He joined KPP in 2002 from ABN AMRO in New York, where he was an Analyst in the investment banking division. While at ABN, Mr. Rond was involved in the execution of M&A and capital raising transactions for companies in various segments of the telecommunications industry, including satellite, wireless, and local exchange services. Prior to ABN, Mr. Rond worked in the telecommunications investment banking groups at Furman Selz and ING Barings in New York. Mr. Rond received his B.S.B.A. in Finance with honors from John Carroll University and his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Drew Molinari — Vice President
Mr. Molinari joined Cyprium Partners from Key Principal Partners (KPP). He joined KPP from Agilysys, Inc., a provider of IT solutions with expertise in the retail and hospitality markets, where he served as an Associate in the corporate development group. While at Agilysys, Mr. Molinari was responsible for the evaluation and execution of M&A transactions, including financial analysis and modeling, coordination of due diligence procedures and post-closing integration. Prior to Agilysys, Mr. Molinari was an Analyst for Croft & Bender and Brown, Gibbons Lang & Co., both of which are middle market investment banks focused on M&A and capital raising transactions. Mr. Molinari received his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and his B.B.A. in Finance with honors from Kent State University.
Peter Chung — Associate
Mr. Chung joined Cyprium Partners from SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (STRH). As an Investment Banking Analyst in the Technology, Media & Telecom group, Mr. Chung supported senior bankers in pitching and executing mergers and acquisitions, equity offerings and debt financings for both publicly-traded and private companies. Prior to joining STRH, he worked in middle-market credit at BB&T, where he underwrote debt transactions as a generalist. Mr. Chung received his B.B.A in finance from Temple University.
Taylor Dye — Associate
Mr. Dye joined Cyprium Partners in 2018 from KeyBanc Capital Markets. As an Investment Banking Analyst in the Financial Services & Diversified Industries groups, Mr. Dye supported senior bankers in pitching and executing syndicated loans, equity offerings, and debt financings for both publicly-traded and private companies. Prior to working as an Analyst at KeyBanc he began his career as an Intern, where he structured interest rate and commodity derivatives on the Derivatives Sales & Trading team. Mr. Dye received his B.S in Theoretical Mathematics graduating with honors from Walsh University.
Ted Laufik — Chief Financial Officer & Chief Compliance Officer
Mr. Laufik joined Cyprium in 2014 and has almost 30 years of experience in the private equity and venture capital industries. He is a senior financial professional and has been responsible for the finance, strategy, investor relations and compliance functions including over 25 years as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Partner for Morgenthaler – a national private equity and venture capital firm. He has helped raise over $3.0 billion of investment capital that provided financing to more than 350 companies. Prior to Morgenthaler, Mr. Laufik was the Chief Financial Officer for a regional real estate development firm. He began his professional career with the international public accounting firm Deloitte, LLP. Mr. Laufik has also consulted with several early stage and middle market companies providing financial and strategic support. Mr. Laufik serves on JumpStart – a nationally recognized economic development organization, Finance and Audit Committee, and is a member of the Cleveland State University College of Business Visiting Committee. He received a B.B.A. degree, with a major in Accounting, and an M.B.A., both from Cleveland State University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Lisa Vulic — Senior Accountant
Ms. Vulic joined Cyprium Partners from Key Principal Partners (KPP). She joined KPP in 2004. Prior to KPP, she spent five and one-half years in public accounting specializing in taxation. She graduated summa cum laude from Baldwin Wallace College with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. Ms. Vulic is a Certified Public Accountant.
Karen Heise — Marketing Coordinator
Ms. Heise joined Cyprium Partners in 2018 after spending over a decade working in marketing and advertising for clients including Key Corp., Renaissance Hotels, TRW, and Chrysler Corporation as a Senior Account Executive at Bozell Worldwide, Wyse Advertising, and Lintas Campbell-Ewald. Ms. Heise received her BA in Journalism and Advertising from The Ohio State University.