Board of Advisors
Sean Stiefel founded Navy Capital in 2016, and assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2019. Prior to founding Navy Capital, Mr. Stiefel was a research analyst and trader for Northwoods Capital Management Partners, a TMT-focused global long/short hedge fund. Mr. Stiefel had previously served as an associate within an equity long/short fund at Millennium Partners, and he began his career as an equities trading analyst for Barclays Capital. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.
John T. Kaden is Executive Chairman of Navy Capital. Prior to joining Navy, Mr. Kaden was the Portfolio Manager at Northwoods Capital Management Partners, a TMT-focused global long/short hedge fund. Prior to joining Northwoods, Mr. Kaden was the Founder and Managing Partner of Cynthion Partners, LLC from 2006 through the end of 2013, a global macro thematic hedge fund. Prior to founding Cynthion Partners, Mr. Kaden worked in the Strategic Division of Blackrock. Mr. Kaden began his career as a macro strategist for The G7 Group, a global consulting firm that advises its clients on macroeconomic and political developments that affect financial markets. Mr. Kaden graduated Magna Cum Laude with an A.B. from Harvard University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
Scott has over 30 years of investment and product development experience specific to alternative investments. Prior to co-founding Benchmark Plus, Scott founded Parkway Capital Corporation, a NASD registered broker/dealer focused on assisting Institutional, Financial and Family Office investors with the design and implementation of alternative and private equity exposure. Prior to forming Parkway Capital, Mr. Franzblau served as Senior Vice President with CIBC/Oppenheimer. Scott earned a BA in Economics and a BS in Political Science from Rutgers University in 1979, where he currently serves as a member of the Rutgers University Board of Overseers.
Mr. James A. Weil, also known as Jim, has been the President of Insl-x Products Corporation since 1979. Mr. Weil is lead investor and an advisor for NY Fuel Distributors, LLC. Previously, Mr. Weil gained experience in all areas of general management and product development by working at Stevens Paint, which he later acquired and changed its name to INSL-X Products Corp and later led its sale to Berkshire Hathaway. He serves as a Director of DioGenix, Inc. He is a Member of National Paint and Coatings Association. Previously, he spent time doing philanthropic work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Gilda’s Club of Westchester, where he was awarded the coveted Red Door for his time as a member of the board of directors, exceptional service and funding of their programs for patients and survivors of cancer. He was also a member of the board of trustees of Boston University’s School of Communications. Mr. Weil received his BS Degree in communications from Boston University in 1972.
Rob Stavis is a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, and is primarily focused on financial services and investments in emerging software and hardware technologies. He’s been actively investing for more than 15 years and currently serves on the board of directors for fintech companies such as Betterment, Knewton, Gerson Lehrman Group, and United Capital Financial Partners, along with education startups including 2U and BrightBytes. He was an early investor Skype (acquired by eBay), consumer web application Hunch (acquired by eBay), and mobile gaming company OMGPOP (acquired by Zynga). Rob entered venture capital after a 15-year career at Salomon Smith Barney, where he was co-head of global arbitrage trading, a member of Salomon’s operating and risk-management committees and chaired the recruiting committee. He earned his degrees in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and education from the Wharton School of Management.
Head of Research
Chetan Gulati joined Navy Capital in 2019 as Partner and Head of Research. Mr. Gulati brings nearly 20 years of experience to Navy’s team, having begun his career practicing law at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz, where he focused on corporate restructurings and finance. He joined Perry Capital in 2007, and was ultimately appointed to run Perry’s London operations from 2010-2016. Most recently, Mr. Gulati was a Partner at Smith Cove Capital. He holds a BA from the University of Rochester and a JD from Yale Law School.
Head of Trading
Peter Watts joined Navy Capital in June of 2018, with thirteen years of trading experience. He was named a Partner of the firm in 2019. Prior to joining Navy Capital, Peter worked at Goldman Sachs and was responsible for Canadian Equity Trading. He started his career with UBS in 2003 and spent 7 years working as sector trader focused on precious metals, base metals and small cap energy. Mr. Watts holds a BA in History from Colgate University.
General Counsel/Chief Compliance Officer
Jeffrey Schultz joined Navy Capital in November 2018 as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, and was named Partner in 2019. Mr. Schultz brings more than 12 years of experience as an attorney in the hedge fund and private equity fund industry. Prior to joining Navy, Mr. Schultz served as Managing Director, Senior Counsel and CCO for an emerging private equity fund manager, and prior to that, he served as Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of Phoenix Investment Adviser LLC, a hedge fund manager with peak AUM of $1.4B. At Phoenix, Mr. Schultz oversaw all legal and compliance matters, and was instrumental in designing and building an institutional legal, compliance and operational infrastructure for both firms. Mr. Schultz began his career in private practice as an associate in the investment management practices of Bingham McCutchen LLP and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He is a sought-after speaker and guest-lecturer on legal and compliance issues in the hedge fund and cannabis industries. Mr. Schultz is also a member of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Cannabis Law.
Chief Financial Officer
Kevin McLaughlin joined Navy Capital in February 2019 as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. McLaughlin has over twenty-five years’ experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Navy Capital, Mr. McLaughlin spent over two years at MANA Partners LLC in various roles including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to MANA, Mr. McLaughlin spent eight years each at Karamaan Group, LLC and Colden Capital Advisers LLC as their Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer where he oversaw all aspects of accounting, tax, back office operations, compliance, administration and client reporting. Prior to Karamaan and Colden, he worked for eight years in various rolls at Tiger Management LLC. Mr. McLaughlin began his career at Rothstein, Kass & Company, P.C. auditing hedge funds and broker dealers. He received his M.B.A in Professional Accounting from Rutgers University and his B.S. in Biology from Syracuse University.
Director of Operations
Frank Corso joined Navy Capital in 2019 as Director of Operations with over a decade of experience in equity trading and operations. Previously, Mr. Corso spent six years as a trading and operations analyst with Talisman Group Advisors, a Long/Short Equity Hedge Fund, where he was responsible for all equity, derivatives and fixed income trade execution. Prior to this, he worked at Brencourt Advisors, LLC, and also spent three years with Serengeti Asset Management. Mr. Corso is a graduate of Towson University with a degree in Computer and Information Systems.
Director of Investor Relations
Jaci Daudt joined Navy Capital in 2019 as Director of Investor Relations. Most recently, Jaci served as Vice President of Investor Relations at Belle Haven Investments, an $8bn municipal bond manager. Prior to Belle Haven, Jaci was on the sell-side as an equity sales trader at both Piper Jaffray and Autonomous Research, covering mostly NY-based institutions. A born and raised Minnesotan, Ms. Daudt holds a BSB in Finance from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management.
Dennis Deng, CFA
Dennis Deng joined Navy Capital in 2019 as an Analyst after spending five years covering technology and consumer stocks at Infinitas Capital, a long/short equity Registered Investment Adviser. Mr. Deng graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University with an M.F.E. degree in Financial Mathematics, a B.S. in Applied Mathematics, and a B.A. in Economics. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder.