James J. Zenni, Jr.
James J. Zenni, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Zenni is President and Chief Executive Officer of Z Capital Partners, L.L.C. (â€œZ 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.
was jointly responsible for all portfolio management and business operations at BDCM
interest in BDCM
in an employee-led buyout which led to the formation of Z Capital
managed funds including credit hedge funds, collateralized loan obligations (â€œCLOâ€™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.
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.