Matt Kaufman is Managing Partner of Validor Capital LLC, a private investment firm and has over 24 years of principal investing experience. Over the course of his career he has led the execution of over 40 equity, debt and M&A transactions and has significant experience managing portfolio companies and turnarounds. Matt was previously Senior Managing Director with GSC Group where he was a member of the Investment Committee of the private equity and distressed debt group. Prior to that he worked at The Blackstone Group and Bear Stearns. Matt has served on the Board of Directors of numerous corporate and not-for-profit entities and has held steering committee positions in several bankruptcies. Select board memberships include EDSCO Fasteners (manufacturer of anchor bolts), BICO Steel (heavy plate steel processing), The Marwin Company (building products), Boehm Pressed Steel (metal stamping), Pacific Aerospace & Electronics, Inc. and Aeromet Holdings (both in the aerospace and defense industry), Burke Industries, Inc. (commercial flooring), Day International Group, Inc. (printing press consumables and chemical products), Safety-Kleen Corp. (environmental services), and Woods Equipment Company (agricultural and construction equipment). Matt graduated from the University of Michigan with B.B.A. and M.A.C.C. degrees.