Justin is a Managing Director at MiddleGround where he is responsible for originating, evaluating and executing private equity investments. Justin brings 18 years of private equity investing experience to the firm, gained through his time serving as a Managing Director in the private equity business of Evercore and, more recently, as a Managing Director on the Private Capital team of PineBridge Investments. Prior to focusing on private equity, Justin formally began his career in investment banking as part of the Global Industries & Communications group at Merrill Lynch; informally, when Justin started Summer work at a local Tool & Die shop during his highschool years in the Detroit area, he became at least the third generation in his family to work in the automotive industry.
Justin earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with High Distinction from the Stephen M Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in Economics from New York University. He also studied public policy at New York University’s Wagner School.
Justin and his wife Amanda, a Conservation Biologist, are the proud parents of two girls, Samantha and Beatrix. As with most of our NY team, Justin has had his run-in with a celebrity – he met Prince while in Hawaii! Justin has said that if he didn’t work in private equity, he would work as a carpenter or in light construction, though his growing tool collection is limited by the storage constraints of New York City living.