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This profile was last updated on 12/21/13  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Mr. James J. Zenni Jr.

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Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Bachelor of Science degree , economics
    Xavier University
  • University of Vienna School of Economics and Business Administration
  • Xavier University Graduate School of Business
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Web References
James J. Zenni, ...
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James J. Zenni, Jr.
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James J. Zenni, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer Mr. Zenni is President and Chief Executive Officer of Z Capital Partners, L.L.C. (“Z Capitalâ€) and is responsible for all portfolio management and business operations. Over the last sixteen years, Mr. Zenni has had substantial success investing in private equity distressed-for-control and related credit strategies. Mr. Zenni is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mrs. Fields Famous Brands ,LLC, and RealMex Restaurants and a Board member of 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 is also a member of the Board of Directors of MEFIC-Z Capital Special Situations Fund, a Riyadh, Saudi Arabia based investment fund. 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 President and Managing Partner and fifty percent equity owner of Black Diamond Capital Management, L.L.C. ("BDCM") which he founded 1995. Mr. Zenni was jointly responsible for all portfolio management and business operations at BDCM. Mr. Zenni divested his interest in BDCM in an employee-led buyout which led to the formation of Z Capital. BDCM managed funds including credit hedge funds, collateralized loan obligations (“CLO’sâ€) and distressed-for-control private equity 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. Mr. Zenni holds a gaming license in Nevada, Iowa, Colorado and Missouri. 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.
UNC AIC - AIC Team
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Jim Zenni 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. Mr. Zenni was jointly responsible for all portfolio management and business operations at BDCM. Mr. Zenni divested his 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.
CedarBridge Advisory Board
cedar-bridge.com, 26 April 2014 [cached]
James Zenni Founder, Z Capital & Black Diamond Capital
James J. Zenni, Jr., age 58, ...
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James J. Zenni, Jr., age 58, is President, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Principal of Z Capital, having served in such roles since 2006, and is responsible for all portfolio management and business operations. From 1995 to 2006, Mr. Zenni was Managing Principal of Black Diamond Capital Management, L.L.C. ("BDCM"). With over thirty years of experience, Mr. Zenni has had substantial success investing in and overseeing management of companies in multiple industries, and in private equity and related credit strategies. Mr. Zenni is currently a member of the board of directors of private companies Mrs. Fields Famous Brands, LLC, Neways Holdings, Ltd. and Real Mex Restaurants, 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 also served as a member of the board of directors of the Lake Forest Country Day School and Rosalind Franklin University.
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. In the states where the Company has been licensed (Colorado, Iowa, Missouri and Nevada), Mr. Zenni has sought approval from, and been "found suitable" by, the respective gaming authorities. The business and record address of Mr. Zenni is Z Capital Partners, L.L.C., Two Conway Park, 150 N. Field Drive, Suite 300, Lake Forest, IL 60045. The principal occupation or employment of Mr. Zenni is President, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Principal of Z Capital.
We believe that Mr. Zenni's extensive experience as an investor, manager and director, including experience with the hospitality and gaming industry, will be valuable to the Board. In addition, his depth of experience in financial and operational turnarounds will provide the appropriate perspective as the Board evaluates value maximizing alternatives.
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As of the date hereof, Mr. Zenni directly beneficially owns 6,171,017.40 Shares and, as such, is a beneficial owner of greater than 10% of the securities of the Company. Mr. Zenni has not failed to file, nor failed to file on a timely basis, reports during the last fiscal year or the current fiscal year related to the Company that are required by Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"). For information regarding purchases and sales during the past two years by each of the members of the Z Capital Group of securities of the Company that may be deemed to be beneficially owned by Mr. Zenni, see Schedule I.
Each of the Nominees specifically disclaims beneficial ownership of such Shares that he does not directly own.
Neways Enterprises Names New Board to Drive Global Growth – Neways in the News
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James J. Zenni, President and Chief Executive Officer of Z Capital, one of Neways' new major shareholders
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James J. Zenni is President and Chief Executive Officer of Z Capital Partners, L.L.C. ("Z Capital") where he is responsible for all portfolio management and business operations. Prior to founding Z Capital, Mr. Zenni was the founder, president and managing partner and 50 percent equity owner of Black Diamond Capital Management, L.L.C. ("BDCM"). During Mr. Zenni's ownership of BDCM, he was responsible for the success, growth and management of its funds and co-managed numerous private equity transactions such as Euro Disneyland S.N.C., Exide Technologies, Inc., Imperial Sugar Company, New World Pasta Company and Smarte Carte Corporation. Mr. Zenni is a member of the board of directors of Mrs. Fields Famous Brands, LLC.
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