Ethan Assal, Managing Partner
Ethan Assal is managing partner of CYPF Manager LLC, which manages CYwP Fund I and CYwP Fund II; managing partner of CYPF Manager III LLC, which manages CYwP Fund III; managing partner of CYPF Manager IV LLC, which manages CYwP Fund IV; managing partner of CYPF Manager V LLC, which manages CYwP Fund V and CYwP Multifamily I; and managing partner of CYPF Manager VI LLC, which manages CYwP Fund VI and CYwP Private Debt I.
Assal is also Chairman of Verasolve, which provides comprehensive strategic direction and program implementation in the areas of branding, marketing and public relations for government contracting, financial services, wealth management, professional services, IT, high-technology, software development, construction, property management, architecture, healthcare, insurance, hospitality, transportation and manufacturing clients. Assal has more than 30 years of experience investing his own capital in middle market and real estate deals.
Before establishing Verasolve, Assal founded and served as Chairman and CEO of Multi-Media Holdings, Inc. (MHI). In 2000, Washington Business Journal ranked MHI as the largest advertising firm in Washington, DC. At MHI, Assal grew capitalized billings to $400 million and managed a staff of 600 employees in offices across five states. He negotiated more than $50 million in a combination of mezzanine and equity financing and oversaw a mergers and acquisitions program that successfully purchased and integrated more than 20 competitors’ firms.
Prior to MHI, Assal founded Personalities, Inc. while in college. Assal directed all licensing, marketing, product development and manufacturing. Under his leadership, the company grew to be the largest manufacturer and distributor of non-apparel licensed rock n’ roll merchandise. In the 1980s, Personalities shipped more than one million buttons and key chains per month to major retailers for bands including The Police, Duran Duran, AC/DC, Grateful Dead and The Rolling Stones. Assal sold the business in 1986 at the age of 25.
A graduate of Brandeis University and the Harvard Business School OPM Program, Assal is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award winner and served as a judge for the prestigious award for several years. He also is a recipient of Washington Business Journal’s “Forty under Forty” award and the Mass Mutual Blue Chip Award. Assal served on the Board of Directors of Imagination Stage and the Community Foundation of Montgomery County, and is an active member of the Washington-Baltimore World Presidents’ Organization.
David H. Brink, Partner
David H. Brink is a partner of CYPF Manager IV LLC, which manages CYwP Fund IV; a partner of CYPF Manager V LLC, which manages CYwP Fund V and CYwP Multifamily I; and a partner of CYPF Manager VI LLC, which manages CYwP Fund VI and CYwP Private Debt I.
Brink is the Mid-Atlantic Managing Director of Riveron Consulting, primarily responsible for practice development and client relationship expansion in Riveron’s Washington, DC region. With more than 15 years of corporate finance and leadership experience, he has worked with a wide variety of companies in the areas of finance, strategy and transaction advisory, with an emphasis on middle market M&A. He has worked on deals in a variety of industries, including aerospace and defense, government contracting, business services, healthcare, technology and energy services, among others.
Brink plays an active role in his community as a founding member of NextGen Now, an organization focused on encouraging young professionals to get involved in local philanthropy. He is also a mentor and member of the Development and Outreach Committee at YearUp, a nonprofit organization that seeks to close the opportunity divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience and support that will empower them in their professional careers. Brink is on the board of the local chapter of AM&AA and is involved with the Baltimore chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG).
A native of Arlington, Virginia, Brink has been in the greater Washington, DC area for most of his life. He earned his undergraduate degree from James Madison University and his MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. He previously worked as an investment banker for Houlihan Lokey and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Troy Peple, Partner
Troy Peple is a partner of TKP8 LLC, which is an owner of CYPF Manager V, which manages CYwP Fund V.
Peple has over three decades of experience in corporate leadership, private equity investing and growing and managing successful companies.
He is CEO and owner of Accelerent, a business development company currently operating in six markets, with growth plans to ultimately enter 20-30 markets throughout the US. In addition to Accelerent, he owns interests in just under 100 privately held companies, nine private equity funds, and approximately 150 commercial real estate projects located throughout the United States.
Before starting Accelerent, Peple was president of Fameco Real Estate Services (subsequently acquired by CBRE). During his tenure, Fameco was named one of the top five fastest growing retail real estate firms in the US. Prior to Fameco, he was president, CEO and majority shareholder of ChainLinks Retail Advisors, the largest retail real estate brokerage network in the world. He started his career with Arthur Andersen in Washington, DC and was later part of the leadership team that ran the real estate practice in the middle Atlantic for Coopers and Lybrand (which later became PWC after merging with Price Waterhouse). Prior to leaving, Peple became the youngest manager in the firm’s history, worldwide. He was also CFO, and later EVP and COO, of a top 50 commercial real estate development company, and part of a team that liquidated the largest insolvent estate in Virginia’s history.
Peple is a CPA, having received his BBA in accounting from the college of William and Mary, and a recipient of the Elijah Watt Sells Award for scoring in the top 100 out of 76,000 on the CPA exam. Troy and his wife, Kathryn, currently live in Denver, Las Vegas and Scottsdale when not traveling internationally.
Barry Dickstein, Partner
Barry Dickstein is a partner of CYPF Manager III LLC, which manages CYwP Fund III.
Barry Dickstein has nearly three decades of experience in investment banking, business transactions and managing successful companies. He was a Development Director in the Washington, DC Financial Institutions Group of Houlihan Lokey, an international investment bank with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, valuation, financial restructuring and strategic consulting.
Dickstein is also a principal shareholder of Comsource, one of the largest residential property management firms in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Comsource currently manages more than 20,000 units in more than 150 properties.
Before joining Houlihan Lokey, Dickstein was a Managing Director at Milestone Advisors (acquired by Houlihan Lokey in 2012), where he specialized in providing mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and restructuring advisory services to middle market companies. During his tenure, Dickstein was involved in the capital formation and launch of Blackstreet Capital, a private equity firm focused on investments in underperforming corporate orphans with up to $150 million in revenue. To date, Blackstreet has invested in 30 companies with combined sales in excess of $1.5 billion and more than 8,000 employees.
Dickstein is the co-founder and former principal of The McLean Group, an independent investment bank that provides mergers and acquisitions, business valuation and strategic consulting services to middle market businesses. He is a founding shareholder and serves on the Board of Directors for Zenetex, a government services contractor that was listed in Washington Business Journal’s Fast 50 for 2012, 2013 and 2014. He received his B.S. in finance from The University of Maryland.
Alain Chetrit, Advisory Board
Alain Chetrit is chairman of LabConnect, a laboratory services company he founded in 2002. LabConnect provides global central laboratory services, including sample management, biostorage and scientific support services, for drug research and biopharmaceutical clients.
In 2002, Chetrit also co-founded and managed Brochet Capital Partners (“BCP”), a hedge fund that invests long and short in U.S. equities and provides a 16% average annual return to its limited partners. BCP returned capital to investors two months before the 2008 market crash.
Previously, Chetrit was a partner at Focus Bankers, a Washington, D.C. boutique investment banking and consulting firm that offered M&A, capital growth and corporate development consulting services to mid-market companies. From 1996 to 2000, Chetrit was CEO of First Regional Telecom, a full service broadband and internet communications solutions provider serving residential communities across the U.S.
Chetrit started his career in the luxury apparel industry; he founded and served as CEO of Hugo Boss Stores Holdings until he sold rights to the parent company in 1995. He is a dedicated member of the YPO-WPO network; he served on the international board from 2010 to 2015, as finance chair from 2011 to 2013 and as WPO international chair from 2013 to 2014.
Walter Hsu, Advisory Board
Walter Hsu is the founder and president of HSU Builders, a global commercial construction firm engaged in government, private sector and classified international contracting. The firm’s commercial division services a wide range of tenant improvement needs, including interiors and base buildings.
HSU Builders has proudly served the greater Washington, DC area for more than 20 years. Notable award-winning projects include renovations of the US Marine Corps War Memorial – Iwo Jima, the White House West Wing and James S. Brady Press Briefing Room, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, the Pentagon Athletic Center and the National Zoo’s Elephant Community Center.
A graduate of The University of Maryland and American University’s Kogod School of Business, where he received his MBA, Hsu is an active member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO). He is past president and board member of The Associated General Contractors of America’s (AGC) Metropolitan Washington, DC chapter.
Hsu is a native Washingtonian and currently lives in Maryland with his wife of 16 years and their four children. In his spare time, Hsu enjoys martial arts (a lifelong passion), coaching and mentoring youth in sports and entrepreneurship, and purchasing commercial properties.
John F. (Jay) Ripley, Advisory Board
Jay Ripley recently formed Vivant Behavioral Healthcare to buy a majority of the business of Sequel Youth & Family Services, a national operator of behavioral health services in the USA. He co-founded Sequel in 1999, became the majority owner in 2014, and sold it to a private equity firm in 2017. Ripley serves as Chairman of the Alaris Equity Partners Income Trust board of directors. Alaris is a publicly-traded investment company located in Calgary, Alberta that has invested over $1.5 billion to date in North American companies. Ripley also is a founding stockholder and board member of Global Partner Acquisition Corp II, a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company. He was also a founding partner of and serves as an advisory board member to CYwP Funds.
Previously, Ripley co-founded and was the principal owner of BGR The Burger Joint, an upscale, fast casual gourmet burger restaurant concept, which he sold in 2015. He also was a founding stockholder of Youth Services International and served as its President and COO, as well as its CFO. Additionally, he has served as President and CEO of Precision Auto Care, a worldwide franchiser of automotive service centers, and was an executive with Jiffy Lube, the leading franchiser of quick lube centers in America. Ripley was intimately involved with the IPOs for each of these last three companies. He began his career with Ernst & Young, CPAs in Baltimore, MD.
Ripley is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Baltimore and a licensed CPA. He is a member of both CEO (Chief Executives Organization) and YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization), serves on the University of Baltimore President’s Advisory Council, and is a partner in Sageworth, a shared family office that serves its members and clients globally. He has been married to his wife Barbara for 41 years; they live in Northern Virginia and have five children and eight grandchildren.
Dr. Robert Samit, Advisory Board
Dr. Robert Samit founded MyEyeDr. in 2001. MyEyeDr. delivers the highest quality vision care to more than 200,000 patients annually. Since its founding, the company has amassed a 14% share of the local vision care market.
In May 2012, Samit was featured in Washington SmartCEO magazine in recognition of his “Entrepreneurial Spirit.” In June 2013, Samit was named “Retail Entrepreneur of the Year” by EY.
Samit grew up in Great Neck, New York, where he attended Great Neck South High School. He earned his undergraduate degree from Kenyon College in 1978. He graduated from the New England College of Optometry in 1982.
Samit has four children. He and his wife, Nancy, live in Bethesda, Maryland with their two youngest sons.
Mark Segal, Advisory Board
Mark Segal is the CEO of Shady Grove Fertility, the largest fertility medical services organization in the U.S., with 40 physicians, more than 700 employees and 25 offices, primarily in the Mid-Atlantic. Previously, Segal was regional president of IntegraMed America, where he oversaw the Mid-Atlantic region for 17 years.
Segal has more than 30 years’ experience in healthcare consulting, finance and management. He is the managing partner of Seglo Capital, a family-held angel and venture capital partnership, where he serves on the boards of five private companies. He participated on the advisory boards of several public companies, including EMD Serono and Capital One Bank. In 2015, Segal was awarded the E&Y Entrepreneur of Year award and today is one of nine judges for the competition.
Segal is a member of the AICPA, the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the Medical Group Management Association. He has written articles for Medical Economics, Today’s Healthcare Magazine and Doctors Perspectives Newsletter.
Segal has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from the University of Cape Town, South Africa and an MBA from the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business. He and his wife, Amanda, live in Potomac, Maryland. They have three children.
Satin Mirchandani, Advisory Board
Satin Mirchandani is a serial entrepreneur, technology executive and investor who has called Texas home since 1998. He currently serves as President and CEO of FireMon LLC, the PE-backed global leader in network security policy management.
Prior to FireMon, Mirchandani partnered with a PE firm to purchase and run MD Buyline, a Dallas-based healthcare analytics company. Mirchandani served as CEO from 2011 – 2015, when he conducted its sale to a strategic acquirer (TractManager/MediTract) for a top-quartile PE return.
Before MD Buyline, Mirchandani co-founded MessageOne in 2002, and served as CEO until its acquisition by Dell Inc. in 2008, after which he served as Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Dell’s SaaS businesses. MessageOne was the global leader in integrated SaaS-based email continuity, security and archiving services. The company raised $33 million in equity funding from a syndicate of five top VCs, and was acquired for just under $200 million.
Previously, as a partner at Impact Venture Partners, Mirchandani focused on e-business services and next-generation enterprise applications investments. Other professional experiences include stints at pcOrder.com, McKinsey & Company and Microsoft, where he started his career as a software engineer. Mirchandani received an AB in Computer Science and Economics from Dartmouth College, Phi Beta Kappa, and an MBA with Honors from the Harvard Business School.
Mirchandani was honored with the 2008 EY Entrepreneur of the Year (EOY) award for Central Texas, and has since served as a judge for the EOY program in Central and North Texas regions. He is a Charter Member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) and serves as a judge for TiE’s International Startup Competition across Europe, Asia and the Americas.