Institute for Private Capital


Greg Brown
Research Director, Institute for Private Capital
Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Scholar of Finance
Director, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

Shawn Munday
Executive Director, Institute for Private Capital
Professor of the Practice

Jessica Amato
Assistant Director, Institute for Private Capital

MBA Leadership Team

Bryan Beall +
Bryan Beall

Prior to pursuing his MBA at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, Bryan Beall was the Director of Operations at Byliner.com, an early-stage technology firm located in San Francisco, CA. While at Byliner, Bryan was primarily responsible for business intelligence, revenue operations, and investor relations. Bryan came to Byliner from the M&A group at CRH, an international building materials group headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. Bryan holds a BBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School where he focused on Finance and Organization Management. This summer, Bryan will be interning with the investment banking division of Wells Fargo Securities in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Bryan Beall

Ravi Saini +
Ravi Saini

Prior to pursuing his MBA at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, Ravi Saini was an Analyst with the D. E. Shaw Group covering hedge fund operations. At D. E. Shaw group, he managed the global equities and securities class action team. In this role, Ravi managed operations for six trading units, initiated trading cost optimization projects and also handled over a hundred securities litigation filings. Mr. Saini holds a Masters degree in Business Economics from University of Delhi with dual Major in Finance and Statistics along with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Indraprastha University.

Ravi Saini

George Purrington +
George Purrington

Prior to pursuing his MBA at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, George Purrington was an Investment Banking Analyst with Eastdil Secured / Wells Fargo Securities. At Eastdil, he created valuation models to project financial results and evaluate strategic and financial alternatives. In this role, Mr. Purrington completed 50+ deals representing $14B+ of advisory transactions as well as debt and equity placements. Before joining Eastdil, Mr. Purrington was an Analyst with Fifth Street Finance, a specialty finance company that lends to and invests in middle market companies in connection with private equity sponsors. At Fifth Street, Mr. Purrington underwrote mezzanine investment opportunities and worked closely with distressed portfolio companies on waiver negotiations and restructurings. Prior to Fifth Street, Mr. Purrington attended Washington & Lee University where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration.

George Purrington

Benjamin Berkowitz +
Benjamin Berkowitz

Prior to pursuing his MBA at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, Ben Berkowitz was an Associate at StoneCreek Capital, a private equity firm located in Irvine, CA. While at StoneCreek, Mr. Berkowitz assisted in sourcing, executing and managing private equity and private debt investments in startup and middle market companies with a particular focus on consumer products and professional services. Mr. Berkowitz came to StoneCreek Capital from Canyon Capital Advisors, a $23B hedge fund located in Los Angeles. Mr. Berkowitz holds a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara where he ran track and cross country. In 2010 he briefly trained for the Marathon Olympic Trials.

Benjamin Berkowitz

Nick Stommes +
Nick Stommes

Prior to pursuing his MBA at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, Nick Stommes was an Associate at BB&T Capital Partners, a private equity firm located in Winston-Salem, NC. While at BBTCP, Mr. Stommes evaluated and executed numerous middle market private equity and mezzanine debt investments within the business and media services, education, manufacturing, and value-added distribution industries. Prior to BBTCP, Mr. Stommes was an Analyst in the Consumer Group at Harris Williams & Co., an investment banking firm focused on providing middle market M&A advisory. While at Harris Williams, Mr. Stommes completed numerous transactions in the consumer, retail, and diversified industrial sectors. Mr. Stommes holds a B.S.B. in Finance and Mathematics with a minor in Accounting from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, where he was also a member of the varsity football team.

Nick Stommes