Team

Dan Kipp

Founder & Managing Partner

Dan is a seasoned, Chicago-based investment professional with three decades of investing and financial advisory experience.  He has extensive experience across venture capital, growth equity and buyout investments, as well as in financial advisory and corporate finance disciplines and has boardroom experience ranging from startup to multinational companies.  Prior to City Capital, Dan co-founded Winona Capital Management and served on its Board and Investment Committee since its inception in 2006. He previously enjoyed a 17-year investment banking career with Salomon Brothers and Bank of America, at the latter serving as Managing Director and Global Co-Head of the Consumer Markets investment banking unit.  Dan lives in Winnetka with his three great children, two playful dogs, and one fantastic wife, Suzanne.  He is an avid sports fan, long suffering Cleveland Browns and Cubs fan,  vintage jazz & R&B enthusiast, and bass player.

 

Previous Experience:

Winona Capital Management

Banc of America Securities

Salomon Brothers

PNC Bank

Education:

Miami University

MBA, Darden School at the University of Virginia

Allen Tibshrany

Managing Director

Allen has more than 17 years of investment, strategy and operations experience working with both privately held and publicly traded companies. He has worked across multiple industries including food, consumer products, retail, transportation and energy.  Prior to joining City Capital, Allen was with Sterling Partners – a Chicago-based growth private equity firm – where he focused on investing in growth consumer/retail businesses. Before Sterling, Allen was with A.T. Kearney, a leading global management consultancy.   Allen lives in Chicago with his amazing wife, Amy, and two wonderful daughters.  He is an optimistic golfer, passionate college sports fan, avid outdoorsman, and foodie.

 

Previous Experience:

Sterling Partners

A.T. Kearney, Inc.

Gregory Electric Company, Inc.

Fluor Corporation

Education:

University of South Carolina Honors College

MBA, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

Mark Holroyd

Managing Director & Finance Director

Over the course of the last 20+ years, Mark has held a wide variety of executive positions requiring the application of his business and financial acumen - working closely with established businesses, entrepreneurs and the venture capital/private equity community at large to source, diligence and close strategic and financial investments. Additionally, he has extensive experience monitoring portfolio companies as well as evaluating and executing principal investments. Prior to joining CCV, Mark spent several years in the investments industry. Mark and his wife live in Wilmette raising their two children.

Previous Experience:

White Rapids Capital, LLC

RIN Capital, LLC

GE Capital Americas - GE Equity

American Capital

Education:

MBA, The University of Chicago

BS, Indiana University, Kelly School of Business

BA, Indiana University Bloomington

Chartered Financial Analyst 

Blake Lantero

Vice President

Blake is a Vice President at City Capital Ventures. Prior to CCV, Blake served as an Investment Director at Asia Green Fund where he led domestic transaction activities for the fund, including the carve-out of Elessent Clean Technologies from DuPont. Before Asia Green Fund, Blake served as a consultant for Accenture within their Utilities practice. Blake holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He currently lives in the Lincoln Park neighborhood with his wife Lauren. Blake is an avid golfer, sports fan, and enjoys exploring the Chicago restaurant scene .

 

Previous Experience:

Asia Green Fund 

Accenture

 

Education:

BS, University of Notre Dame​​​​​​​

MBA, University of Chicago

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Brian George

Vice President

Brian has spent his professional career working alongside private equity firms and middle market companies across a variety of industries. Before joining CCV, Brian worked for Madison Capital Funding, a leveraged financing firm owned by New York Life Insurance Company, where he underwrote numerous private equity led leverage buyout and recapitalization transactions. Prior to this, Brian worked at KPMG, participating in buy-side and sell-side financial due diligence engagements for private equity transactions, as well as tax compliance services for private equity funds and asset management companies. Brian received a BA in Economics and a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Michigan. Brian grew up in Andover, MA and currently lives in Chicago with his wife Bryn.

Previous Experience:

Madison Capital Funding LLC

KPMG LLP

 

Education:

BA, University of Michigan

Master of Accounting, University of Michigan

Certified Public Accountant

Vladimir Sagalovskiy

Associate

Vlad is an Associate at City Capital Ventures. Prior to CCV, Vlad worked for Travelers Insurance as a Fixed Income Associate Analyst where he was responsible for credit analysis and investment decisions for investment grade and high yield credits in the Manufacturing, Metals & Mining, Media, and Foreign Banking industries as well as for municipal credit investments in the states of Texas, Maine, and Alaska. Prior to this, Vlad interned with Houlihan Lokey in the Financial Restructuring Group and Disciplined Growth Investors as an Associate Investment Analyst. Vlad received a BSB in Finance and a BA in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Vlad grew up in Apple Valley, MN and currently lives in Chicago with his pet cat Katya. When he isn’t exploring the city, Vlad is enjoys tinkering with his home server and other electronics as well as trying new craft beer.  

 

Previous Experience:

Travelers Insurance

   

 

Education:

BSB, University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management

BA, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, summa cum laude

Teddy King

Director of Administration

Teddy works across our portfolio, helping our companies with administrative, compliance and investor relations matters. Prior to City Capital, Teddy served as an Associate at a boutique law firm focusing on small to middle-market M&A transactions. Teddy holds a B.S. in finance from Miami University and a J.D. from The John Marshall Law School. Teddy currently lives in the West Loop neighborhood and is a die hard White Sox and Liverpool FC fan. He is an avid golfer, snowboarder and world traveler.

 

Previous Experience:

Roberts McGivney Zagotta, LLC

City Capital Advisors, LLC

Education:

BS, Miami University

JD, THe John Marshall Law School