Z Capital Partners
Mr. Zenni is President and Chief Executive Officer of Z Capital Partners, L.L.C. ("Z Capital") Lake Forest, IL and is responsible for all portfolio management and business operations. Over the last sixteen years, Mr. Zenni has had substantial success investing in the distressed private equity strategy. Mr. Zenni is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Mrs. Fields Famous Brands, LLC and Neways Holdings, Ltd. and was previously a member of the board of directors of Automotive Aftermarket Group, LLC, Bayou Steel Corporation, Smarte Carte Corporation and Sun World International, LLC, all of which were or are portfolio companies.
Mr. Zenni has managed numerous distressed debt/private equity transactions including ARI Holdings, Inc., Bayou Steel Corporation, Diamond Brands Operating Corp., Euro Disneyland S.N.C., Exide Technologies, Inc., Imperial Sugar Company, Mrs. Fields Famous Brands, Neways Holdings, Ltd., New World Pasta Company, PTC Alliance Corp., Real Mex Restaurants, Smarte Carte Corporation, Sun World International, Inc., Thomas Nelson, Inc. and Venture Holdings Company LLC.
Prior to founding Z Capital, Mr. Zenni was the founder, President and Managing Partner and fifty percent equity owner of Black Diamond Capital Management, L.L.C. ("BDCM") which was established in 1995.
was jointly responsible for all portfolio management and business operations at BDCM
interest in BDCM
in an employee-led leveraged buyout in October 2006 which at the time had $9B AUM including credit hedge funds, collateralized loan obligations ("CLO's") and distressed private equity funds. During Mr. Zenni's
ownership of BDCM he
was responsible for the success, growth and management of its funds.
Prior to founding BDCM, Mr. Zenni was a Managing Director and senior member of the Fixed Income/Capital Markets Department of Kidder, Peabody & Co.
Inc. ("Kidder"), formerly a wholly-owned subsidiary of GE Capital Corporation.
Mr. Zenni had a distinguished career while at Kidder and played a significant role in its growth and success and gained significant experience in financial asset engineering, acquisitions, distressed mortgages and real estate.
Mr. Zenni was the only non-management/department head in the firm to hold the title of Managing Director.
Mr. Zenni is a graduate of Xavier University with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and attended Xavier University Graduate School of Business and University of Vienna School of Economics and Business Administration.
Mr. Zenni is also a member of the advisory board of Cedar Bridge Partners, a Cairo, Egypt and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia based private equity firm which focuses its investment strategy in the Middle East.
In addition, Mr. Zenni served on the Board of Trustees and was Chairman of the Investment Committees of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and Lake Forest Country Day School.