The Executive Advisory Board, comprised of alumni and industry experts, provides recommendations on the direction and activities of the Richman Center. Board members support the center by leading new initiatives, participating in conferences, lecturing in classes, and advising students.
Current Board Members
Founder & Managing Partner
Trimaran Capital Partners
Geoffrey J. Colvin
CEW Partners New York
Commonwealth Asset Management LP
Paul M. Goldschmid
King Street Capital Management
Eric S. Haueter
Sidley Austin LLP
Former Chief Financial Officer
Bank of America
JANA Partners, LLC
Bruce Eben Pindyck
Chairman & CEO
Meridian Industries, Inc.
Richard Paul Richman
Chairman and Founder
The Richman Group, Inc.
Robert J. Rosen
Greyhawke Capital Advisors, LLC
Managing Director and Senior Client Adviser
Founder and CEO
Jay Bloom (JD '81)
Founder and Managing Partner at Trimaran Capital Partners
Mr. Bloom is a Founder and Managing Partner of Trimaran Capital Partners, and serves a manager of Trimaran Fund II, an existing private equity fund. Until February 2006, Mr. Bloom was a Vice Chairman of CIBC World Markets Corp. and co-head of Leveraged Finance.
Prior to joining CIBC World Markets Corp., Mr. Bloom was a co-founder and Managing Director of The Argosy Group L.P., an independent investment bank that focused on leveraged finance and restructuring advisory services. CIBC acquired The Argosy Group in 1995. Until February 1990, Mr. Bloom was Managing Director at Drexel Burnham Lambert and prior to 1985, was a Vice President of Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb. Prior thereto, Mr. Bloom practiced law at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison. Mr. Bloom currently serves on the Board of Directors of Chancelight Behavioral Health and Education.
He previously served on the Boards of Accuride Corporation, Brite Media Group LLC, Domino’s Pizza, Inc., El Pollo Loco, Inc., Freightcar America, Inc., Global Crossing Ltd., Heating Oil Partners, L.P., IASIS Healthcare Corporation, KCAP Financial Inc., Millennium Digital Media Holdings, Norcraft Companies, L.P., NSP Holdings LLC, PrimeCo Wireless Communications LLC, Source Financial Corporation, Standard Steel, LLC and Transportation Technologies, Inc. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Richman Center for Business, Law and Public Policy at Columbia University and as a member of the Cornell University Council and the Cornell University Undergraduate Business Program Advisory Council and is an emeritus member of the Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management Advisory Council.
Mr. Bloom graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University with a B.S and M.B.A, and J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Columbia Law Review.
Geoffrey J. Colvin (JD '77, MBA '78)
Partner at CEW Partners
Geoffrey J. Colvin is a partner in CEW Partners, a family investment firm with interests in publicly traded securities, private partnerships and companies, and real estate. Previously, he practiced law at Proskauer Rose LLP in New York.
Mr. Colvin is Honorary Chairman of the Columbia College Alumni Association. He is a member of the Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School and Co-Chair of the Board of Visitors of Columbia Law School. He is a trustee of Teachers College, Columbia University, and is chair of its Audit Committee.
Mr. Colvin is a trustee emeritus of the Trinity School in New York City. He is a member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Joint Distribution Committee. He also a trustee of the Wohl Foundation. He previously served as chair of the board of the Park Avenue Synagogue.
Mr. Colvin received an AB, summa cum laude, in 1974 from Columbia College, a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1977 and an M.B.A. from the Business School in 1978. He is married to Marcia Eppler. The couple lives in New York City with their three children, Jeremy CC ’08, BUS’14; Andrew CC’10, BUS’16, LAW’16 and Leigh CC’14.
Adam Fisher (JD '98, MBA'98)
Adam Fisher is the Founder and Chief Investor Officer of Commonwealth Asset Management, an investment platform with separate but complementary products in the two business lines of Global Macro and Real Estate.
Over the last 16 years, Adam has successfully built and led numerous investment management practices across both public and private markets. Prior to launching Commonwealth, from 2017 to 2019, Adam served as the Global Head of Macro and Real Estate at Soros Fund Management. Prior to joining Soros, Adam co-founded and served as the CIO of Commonwealth Opportunity Capital (“CWOC”), a global macro hedge fund, from its inception in November 2008 until it began the process of returning capital to investors in July 2017 when the investment team moved to Soros. CWOC had approximately $2.3 billion AUM at its closing and 25 employees across 3 office locations. The firm offered two comingled global macro hedge funds as well as multiple co-investment opportunities in both the liquid and illiquid space. Before CWOC, Adam co-founded Orient Property Group in 2006 focusing on investments throughout the Asia Pacific region and before that from 2003 to 2006, Adam co-founded Irongate Capital Partners, a property investment and development firm. Irongate and its predecessor entity were involved in property transactions in Florida, California, Hawaii, Mexico, and Canada. Prior to founding Irongate, Adam worked in New York for two private equity firms, NMS Capital and TD Capital, as well as a risk arbitrage firm affiliated with Reservoir Capital.
Adam holds a JD/MBA from Columbia University and serves on the Columbia University Richman Center for Business, Law and Public Policy Advisory Board. He received his B.S. from Washington University in St. Louis.
Paul M. Goldschmid (JD '06, MBA '06)
Paul M. Goldschmid is a partner at King Street Capital Management. Mr. Goldschmid serves on the Management Committee and Global and U.S. Investment Committees and has been a partner since 2012. Prior to joining King Street in 2006, Mr. Goldschmid was an analyst at Compass Partners International, a boutique merchant banking firm, focusing on principal investments and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Goldschmid received a J.D. and M.B.A. from Columbia University in 2006 and a B.A. from Harvard University in 2000.
Eric S. Haueter (JD '79, MBA '80)
Partner at Sidley Austin LLP
Eric S. Haueter is a corporate partner in the San Francisco office. His principal areas of practice include corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Haueter is recognized as a leading capital markets lawyer in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers Global. He was also named as one of the leading lawyers by the Legal 500 for his work in capital markets. He was named a 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Client Service All-Star by BTI Consulting Group based on a survey of corporate counsel from more than 250 Fortune 1000 companies, making him one of only three lawyers to have been named to the Team for more than four consecutive years.
Mr. Haueter has represented underwriters and issuers in a broad range of public and private debt and equity financings, merger and acquisition transactions and other matters.
Jennifer Hill (MBA '94)
Chair of the Executive Advisory Board of the Richman Center
Former Chief Financial Officer at Bank of America
Jennifer M. Hill is an independent non-executive director for a number of global fund management and investment companies, including Santander Asset Management, Melqart Asset Managment, and Argand Capital. She is the former chief financial officer of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, supporting trading, corporate, and institutional banking businesses. She and her team operated a series of key control processes to ensure the integrity of financial results for the businesses, and built on these activities to offer performance insight to business leaders.
Ms. Hill joined Bank of America in 2011 from Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), where she was group director of strategy and corporate finance and a member of the management committee. Prior to joining RBS, she was chief financial officer for Tisbury Capital Management in London. Before Tisbury, she held various roles as a managing director at Goldman Sachs, including roles in risk, investment banking, leveraged finance, and principal investing. In her early career, Ms. Hill was a FIG banker at Citibank and Credit Lyonnais.
She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Hamilton College. She is on the board of Fairfield County Community Fund, an organization focused on closing the opportunity gap by eliminating disparities in income, education, employment, housing, and health. She also sits on the advisory boards of buildOn, a nonprofit organization that builds schools in developing countries and runs afterschool service programs in America’s toughest inner cities, and of the Adirondack Scholarship Foundation, which helps children attend summer camps. Previously, she also served on the board of trustees of Hamilton College.
Scott Ostfeld (JD '02, MBA '02)
Partner at JANA Partners, LLC
Scott Ostfeld is a partner of JANA Partners where he is co-portfolio manager of JANA’s Strategic Investments Fund and is responsible for special situations investments, including active shareholder engagement.
Prior to joining JANA in 2006, Mr. Ostfeld was with GSC Partners in their distressed debt private equity group focused on acquiring companies through the bankruptcy restructuring process and enhancing value as an active equity owner. Prior to GSC Partners, Mr. Ostfeld was an investment banker at Credit Suisse First Boston where he worked on a variety of M&A and capital raising assignments.
Mr. Ostfeld received a J.D. from Columbia Law School where he was a Senior Editor of Columbia Law Review, an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School (Beta Gamma Sigma) and a B.A. from Columbia University (Magna Cum Laude/Phi Beta Kappa).
Mr. Ostfeld serves as a member of the board of directors of TeamHealth Holdings, Inc. and on the nonprofit boards for Columbia University’s Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy and The Opportunity Network.
Bruce Eben Pindyck (JD '70, MBA '71)
Chairman and CEO at Meridian Industries, Inc.
Bruce Eben Pindyck is chairman and CEO of Meridian Industries, Inc., a mid-size manufacturing company with eighteen plants, all of which are located in the United States. He has been the senior operating officer of Meridian since February 1984.
Mr. Pindyck also sits on the advisory board of the PrivateBank in Milwaukee, which recently merged with its Chicago branch, serves as an adviser to a Wisconsin angel investment fund, and is a member of the Wisconsin chapter of the World Presidents’ Organization. Mr. Pindyck has served on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations, including the Milwaukee Public Museum and Junior Achievement.
Mr. Pindyck is an alumnus of Columbia College, Columbia Law School, and Columbia Business School. He served on both Columbia College’s Board of Visitors and the board of the Columbia College Alumni Association for several years, chairing the committee on admissions and financial aid.
His wife Candy is an alumna of Columbia Law School and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University. They have three children, one of whom attended Columbia College.
Richard Paul Richman (JD '72, MBA '73)
Chairman and Founder of The Richman Group, Inc.
Richard Paul Richman is the Chairman and founder of The Richman Group, Inc. and its affiliates, the seventh largest apartment owner in the United States according to the National Multi-Housing Council. The Firm’s portfolio includes approximately 1,400 housing properties, containing nearly 110,000 apartment units located in 49 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam and Saipan. The firm is headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut and has regional offices throughout the nation.
Mr. Richman is nationally active in the fields of housing and urban development. Mr. Richman is a frequent speaker nationally and has appeared in a variety of venues; business, governmental and educational, including Yale University, Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania and New York University, and on ABC's Nightline and National Public Radio.
Mr. Richman is a member of the Dean’s Council of Columbia Law School, the Board of Overseers of the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, the University of Pennsylvania’s Urban Research Institute and has been a member of the University of Pennsylvania Parents’ Leadership Board. Mr. Richman is also a Trustee of NYU Langone Health System.
Mr. Richman and his wife, Ellen, a former corporate executive and currently Columbia Business School Adjunct Professor and Trustee of The Leonard N. Stern School of Business of New York University, through their Family Foundation have been supporters and active in numerous philanthropic endeavors and organizations, including establishment at Columbia University of the Richman Center for Business, Law and Public Policy.
In addition to numerous honors and awards, Mr. Richman was recognized by The National Housing Conference as “Developer of the Year” and by the Urban League of Southwest Connecticut for the Richman Group’s Commitment to Diversity. Mr. Richman is also a member of WPO/YPO.
Mr. Richman graduated from the Columbia University Law School with a Juris Doctor (JD) degree, the Columbia University Graduate School of Business Administration with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, and Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Political Science.
Tom Rogers (JD '79)
Executive Chairman of Winview, Inc.
Tom Rogers currently serves as Executive Chairman of WinView, Inc. WinView operates at the intersection of TV sports, social media, gaming and mobility, and with 28 patents, is the leading player in the application of games in which viewers can engage while simultaneously watching live TV sports.
Between 2005 and 2016, when the company was sold, Tom was CEO, as well as, Chairman of TiVo, Inc., which changed TV viewing behavior forever. His career has operated at the nexus of media, technology and public policy for more than three decades. With vast experience running traditional media and new media companies, and creating innovative business models for companies facing new challenges, Tom’s efforts have revolutionized the way consumers experience home entertainment. Under Tom’s leadership, TiVo was totally turned around from a company many thought was “going away” to one that is the leader in providing cable operators worldwide with an advanced television user experience; while also providing consumers the only retail cable set top box (receiving rave reviews and widespread acclaim); not to mention providing the media industry with an array of TV audience research data solutions considered truly unique by advertisers and marketers. Tom’s handling of TiVo’s patent and intellectual property rights were widely heralded as enormous victories for the company.
Prior to joining TiVo, Tom was President of NBC Cable and Executive Vice President of NBC, as well as NBC’s Chief Strategist. During his accomplished tenure at NBC, Tom founded CNBC, the nation’s leading business channel, and in so doing changed the face of business news. He also established the NBC/Microsoft cable channel and Internet joint venture, MSNBC. In addition, he served as Co-Chairman of the Arts and Entertainment and History Channels, and was responsible for overseeing many other cable channels, including Court TV, Bravo, American Movie Classics, Independent Film Channel, the National Geographic Channel, and numerous regional sports channels. After NBC, Tom was Chairman and CEO of Primedia (NYSE: PRM) which at the time was the leading targeted media company in the US, where he oversaw such diverse properties as New York Magazine, Motor Trend, Seventeen, and Cable World. Tom drove the digital development and online presence of scores of the company’s print properties.
Prior to NBC, Tom was Senior Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Telecommunications, Consumer Protection and Finance Subcommittee, where he was responsible for drafting a number of communications laws, including the Cable Act of 1984, which established a federal framework to replace a patchwork of local regulatory burdens.
Tom has been inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame, as well as the Cable Hall of Fame. He is also the winner of Emmy Awards for his contributions to the development of advanced television and advanced advertising. Tom also served for four years as President of the International Television Academy.
Robert J. Rosen (JD '72)
Managing Member at Greyhawke Capital Advisors, LLC
Robert Rosen has served as a Managing Member of Greyhawke Capital Advisors LLC since 1998. The Greenwich, Connecticut-based company invests capital in, and applies management expertise to, corporate and asset restructuring in selected investment opportunities generally involving real estate assets. The company controls assets with a gross asset value of more than $500,000,000.
From 1990 through 1998, Mr. Rosen was Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Odin Management Company, LP and Newkirk Limited Partnership, two companies, which were formed to manage operations of 175 limited partnerships that were syndicated by Integrated Resources, Inc. These companies and the assets they controlled were sold in 1997 and 1998. Prior to 1990, Mr. Rosen practiced real estate and securities law as a senior partner at Hertzog, Calamari & Gleason and Rosen, Hacker & Nierenberg.
Mr. Rosen graduated cum laude with departmental honors in political science from the University of Massachusetts where he is currently an adjunct professor in the political science department. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He is also a member of the Dean’s Council Columbia Law School.
Jane Symington (MBA '94)
Managing Director and Senior Client Adviser at Bessemer
Jane Symington is managing director and senior client advisor at Bessemer Trust. In this role, she leads a team responsible for providing clients with proactive, highly personalized advice across investment management, wealth planning, and family office services. She is a member of the firm’s Special Investments and Discretionary Distributions Committee.
Prior to joining Bessemer, Jane was vice president and trust officer at US Trust Company of New York, responsible for managing high net worth family relationships. Before that, she was trust officer at J.P. Morgan Private Bank. Jane has over 20 years of experience working with wealthy individuals and families.
She earned an MBA from Columbia Business School, where she was part of Beta Gamma Sigma, and a BA in English from Trinity College, where she was part of Phi Beta Kappa.
Jeffrey Witten (CC '10, JD '15, MBA '15)
Founder and CEO, Coin Out
Jeffrey Witten is the founder and CEO of Coin Out, a retail rewards and data platform that processes more than a billion product purchases annually. Coin Out rewards close to 1 million users for their everyday purchases, building a highly engaged community focused on earning extra income. In doing so, Coin Out has built a treasure trove of invaluable data. The company provides its clients visibility into the anonymous world of retail, working with some of the largest asset managers and consumer packaged goods firms by combining traditional market research with cutting edge alternative data approaches. Prior to founding Coin Out, Jeff worked in payments technology at Apple. Before that, he worked for several years in emerging markets fixed income at Nomura Securities.
Jeff earned a BA from Columbia College in 2010 cum laude, a JD from Columbia Law School in 2015, and an MBA from Columbia Business School in 2015. He and his wife life in New York City with their daughter Julia and dog Michelangelo.