THE LEADERSHIP TEAM

Breakwater Management is led by a team of experienced executives with concentrated expertise in private and institutional client portfolio management, strategic planning and corporate governance, corporate development, investment planning, and direct capital placements.


ERIC BECKMAN

CHAIRMAN AND CO-MANAGING PARTNER

Eric BeckmanEric Beckman is responsible for the origination, structuring, execution and oversight of Breakwater’s portfolio and brings 22 years of experience in private company investing.

From 1998 to 2014, Eric was a senior investment professional at Ares Management. He joined Ares as a Principal, focusing on mezzanine, special situations and private equity, and was a Partner of Ares Corporate Opportunities Fund I, Ares’ first private equity fund with $750 million of commitments. He subsequently became a Senior Partner and the West Coast Group Head of the Ares Direct Lending Group, where he built the West Coast origination and execution effort and supervised the Venture Lending and Project Finance teams. Eric served as an Executive Vice President of Ares Capital Corp. (NASDAQ: ARCC), which grew during his tenure from $250 million to $7.5 billion in assets, and as the Co-Portfolio Manager of Ares Mezzanine Partners. He was also a member of several investment committees at Ares for private equity, direct lending and syndicated loan strategies. Eric began his finance career at Goldman Sachs, where he focused on leveraged finance and assisted in the creation and management of the West Street Bridge Loan Fund. Previously, he worked in the Office of the Mayor and for the City Council of New York. Eric graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. from Cornell University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and attended Christ Church, Oxford. He was a Rotary International Graduate Scholar at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India, and received his J.D. from the Yale Law School where he was a Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Eric has invested successfully through economic cycles in the debt and equity of private companies in various industries, and brings particular expertise in transaction structuring, debt financing and portfolio management. He has led investments and served on the Boards of Directors of several companies, including Samsonite Corp., House of Blues Entertainment, Stag Parkway, Penn Power and BenefitMall. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Posse Foundation and was the founding Chair of its Los Angeles Advisory Committee.

Email: ebeckman@breakwaterfunds.com
Phone: (424) 777-4024
Fax: (424) 777-4001
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SAIF MANSOUR

Founder and Co-Managing Partner

Saif MansourSaif Mansour is responsible for the origination, structuring, execution and oversight of Breakwater’s portfolio and brings 16 years of experience in private company investing.

In 2006, Saif identified a significant market opportunity for a relationship-oriented investment firm built on a deep commitment to values-based business principles. To that end, he founded Breakwater and positioned it into a leading, high-growth private investment firm with a meaningful presence in the U.S. lower middle market. Prior to founding Breakwater, he was a Vice President at a Los Angeles-based private family investment firm and served as a Strategy Consultant to the Office of the President at Union Bank of California. Saif began his finance career in the venture capital industry at The Avram Miller Company.

In 2014, Saif was selected as a semifinalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award in Greater Los Angeles, and in 2011 he was selected a winner of the 40 UNDER 40 M&A Advisor Recognition Award.  He is actively involved in several charities and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. He also advises and serves on the Boards of Directors of a number of Breakwater portfolio companies. Saif holds a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University, where he was a member of its Division I Varsity Men’s Soccer Team.

Email: smansour@breakwaterfunds.com
Phone: (424) 777-4000
Fax: (424) 777-4001
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DARRICK GEANT

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Mr. Geant is a Managing Director of Breakwater focused on the origination, execution and monitoring of investments.

Prior to joining Breakwater, Mr. Geant was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, where he co-led their middle market leveraged finance group, and was responsible for the sourcing, underwriting and monitoring of new transaction opportunities, as well as the management of the origination, underwriting and syndications teams. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. Geant worked at Barclays Capital, where he helped found the Los Angeles office, and build the firms North American leveraged finance platform. Mr. Geant started his career at DLJ / Credit Suisse as an investment banker in their Los Angeles office, and focused on capital markets and advisory transactions. Mr. Geant earned his B.A. Honors in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Email: dgeant@breakwaterfunds.com
Phone: (424) 777-4020
Fax: (424) 777-4001
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JOE KACZOROWSKI

MANAGING DIRECTOR & CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Mr. Kaczorowski is responsible for financial, legal, tax and general administration of Breakwater, its funds and its portfolios. He also serves as Head of Portfolio Management and as Breakwater’s Chief Compliance Officer.

Prior to joining Breakwater, Mr. Kaczorowski was the President of Grosvenor Park Media, an alternative lender that provided asset-based loans and consulting services to the media and entertainment industry. Before Grosvenor, Mr. Kaczorowski served as President and Chief Financial Officer of HOB Entertainment, a private equity-sponsored music and hospitality company that was successfully sold to Live Nation Entertainment. Mr. Kaczorowski began his career with Kenneth Leventhal & Company, a leading national CPA firm. In addition, he has served on the Board of Directors for two publicly-traded companies, Napster and Roxio. Mr. Kaczorowski earned his B.S. from St. John’s University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Email: jkaczorowski@breakwaterfunds.com
Phone: (424) 777-4025
Fax: (424) 777-4001
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Walter Chung

DIRECTOR

Walter Chung is a Director of Breakwater focused on the origination, execution and monitoring of investments.

Prior to joining Breakwater, Walter was a Director at THL Credit, an investment firm focused primarily on lower middle market credit opportunities.  As a member of THL Credit's Direct Lending platform, he was responsible for sourcing and evaluating new investment opportunities, executing transactions and managing portfolio investments.  Prior to joining THL Credit in 2009, Walter worked at Libra Securities, LLC, a Los Angeles-based investment bank, where he executed private placements and M&A transactions. Prior to Libra, he worked in the Corporate Finance department at FTI Consulting, Inc. and in the Assurance & Advisory practice at Ernst & Young, LLP.  Walter earned his B.A. in Business Economics with a minor in Accounting from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Email: wchung@breakwaterfunds.com
Phone: (424) 777-4017
Fax: (424) 777-4001
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DANA L. GOLDSTEIN

Managing Director, Investor Relations

Dana Goldstein is responsible for investor relations, business development and marketing for Breakwater.

Prior to joining Breakwater, Dana spent 10 years in investor relations and business development within leading alternative investment management firms in New York City and Los Angeles. Most recently, she served as Managing Director, Investor Relations of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners in Los Angeles, where she managed existing investor relationships and built relationships with new institutional investors and consultants.  Before this, she served as Director of Business Development and Investor Relations for Guggenheim Partners, focused on its infrastructure investment effort. Dana also worked at Avenue Capital Group in investor relations, business development and marketing, concentrating on Avenue’s private equity and hedge fund strategies. Prior to her investor relations career, she was an Associate at Morgan Stanley in Equity Research covering the restaurant industry and worked in accounting and finance at Bear Stearns. Dana graduated magna cum laude with a B.S.B.A. from Washington University’s Olin School of Business.

Email: dgoldstein@breakwaterfunds.com
Phone: (424) 777-4028
Fax: (424) 777-4001
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