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Martin Stein - Blackford Capital - Managing Director

Martin is the founder and managing director of Blackford Capital, a Private Equity firm located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Martin started his career as a management consultant for Mercer before earning an MBA from Harvard Business school and then founding Blackford Capital. Before Harvard, Martin earned a BA from the University of Chicago in 1994.

Blackford Capital is a Private Equity firm focusing on middle-market manufacturing firms. Since its inception in 2000, Blackford has successfully completed more than 34 transactions and enjoys its standing as one of Michigan's top PE firms.


Jason Lee - Moelis & Company - Vice President

Jason Lee is an investment banking vice president at Moelis & Company, a premier boutique investment banking firm. During his time as a BBA here at the Ross School of Business, Jason founded the Alternative Investments Club before graduating in 2010. After Ross, Jason worked in London for RBS and then for Marlin & Associates.

Moelis & Company is top 10 investment banking firm with a global presence and a headquarters in New York. Since its inception, Moelis has advised on more than $2.3 trillion of transactions, including work for names like Hilton, Anheuser-Busch, and Yahoo. 

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David Colman - ROCO Real Estate - Principal

David is a Principal at ROCO Real Estate, which he co-founded, and is responsible for asset management. Previously, David worked for BlackRock in their Proprietary Alpha Strategies Group, later transitioning to a fixed income Product Strategist. A Bloomfield Hills, MI native, David earned a BBA from the University of Michigan – Ross School of Business in 2010.

Founded in 2012, ROCO Real Estate is a privately owned and operated full service real estate investment and management company headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, MI. The firm currently owns approximately 20,000 apartment units across 13 states and has over 500 employees. ROCO has a long-term hold strategy for their assets.

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Jeffrey Rinvelt - Renaissance Venture Capital Fund - Principal

Jeffrey Rinvelt is the Principal for The Renaissance Venture Capital Fund, a Michigan-based fund that supports the growth of venture capital in Michigan while serving as a bridge between Michigan’s emerging innovation community and its strong industrial and commercial base.  Jeff’s diverse background in venture capital and technology along with his experience working in various start-up ventures uniquely positions him for this role. In addition, Jeff is quite active in the Michigan start-up community, volunteering his time to mentor young entrepreneurs, judge pitch competitions, and guest lecture student classes and organizations. Through Jeff’s work on the Fund, his volunteer efforts and his role on the Michigan Venture Capital Association’s board of directors, his passion for fostering a productive environment for venture capital investment in the State of Michigan is clearly evident.

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Uday Rajan - Stephen M. Ross School of Business - Chair and Professor of Finance and Real Estate

Uday Rajan's research focuses on informational frictions such as adverse selection and moral hazard and their effect on market transactions, with recent work on the role of credit ratings in the financial markets and on bank regulation. Uday was a Vice President of Fixed Income Research at Drexel Burnham Lambert in the late 1980s, and received a PhD in Economics from Stanford University in 1995. His research has been published in the American Economic Review, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics and Review of Financial Studies. He has received the GSAM award for the best paper in the Review of Finance and the NYSE award for the best paper on equity trading at the WFA meetings. He is an Editor of the Review of Corporate Finance Studies and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Finance, and has been an editorial review board member at Marketing Science and an Associate Editor at Management Science. He is a former President of the Finance Theory Group. He has received MBA teaching awards at the Ross School and at Carnegie Mellon, and a PhD teaching award at the Ross School.