On Sunday, Oct. 2 at 6:45 p.m., Brian Chiappinelli '92 and Sean Epps '91 presented "Introduction to Private Equity – Middle Market Buyouts." Peter Tonetti, Hamilton's chief investment officer, working on the endowment, also participated. The presentation was the seventh installment in the alumni-led "Investment & Finance Education Series," which was founded by Chiappinelli and John Merill '92, who wanted to make current Hamilton students aware of the breadth of career opportunities available to them in the field of finance.
Chiappinelli is a vice president at HarbourVest. He focuses on coordinating, monitoring, and enhancing relationships with new and existing investors and consultants. He previously served as product specialist and manager of sales at Batterymarch Financial Management and as director of consultant relations and a manager of the RFP team at GE Asset Management in Stamford, Connecticut and Tokyo. He has also held positions at Institutional Investor Conferences, the Consulate General of Japan in New York, and as a teacher in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program.
At Hamilton, Chiappinelli majored in public policy and minored in Asia Studies. He was a member of Alpha Delta Phi. In 2005 he earned his master's degree in investment management from Boston University.
Epps is a partner at Snow Phipps, LLC in New York. Prior to joining the firm in 2007, he was a principal of JP Morgan Partners, LLC and an associate with Paribas Principal Partners, the principal investing arm of BNP Paribas SA. He has also served in the Merchant Banking groups at the Chase Manhattan Bank N.A. and Banque Paribas.
Epps majored in economics at Hamilton. He was a member of the men's track and field team and of Chi Psi fraternity. After graduating with honors, he went on to earn his master of business administration degree at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves on the boards of ArrMaz Custom Chemicals, Inc., ITSolutions, LLC, and Tasti D-Lite LLC. He previously served on several Boards of Directors, including Brand Intermediate Holdings.
Previous HIFS events have included:
1. "The Great Divide: Understanding the Buy Side and Sell Side"
Brian Chiappinelli '92, Batterymarch Financial Management
2. "Risky Business: The Role of Insurance & Reinsurance in Commerce and the Capital Markets"
Iain Boyer '90, Guy Carpenter
3. "Understanding Venture Capital"
Skip Besthoff '92, Castile Venture
4. "Investment Banking- Technology"
Brian Truesdale '92, Deutsche Bank
5. "Institutional Sales and Trading"
John Merrill '92; Macrae Sykes '93, Gabelli; and Andrew Taylor '88, JP Morgan
6. "Sell Side and Capital Introduction"
Brooke Jones '97, Citi and Paul Jones '03, Morgan Stanley