Before founding Alcova Capital Management, Russell was President of Spectrum Group Management, a direct lending and distressed debt asset manager. Previously at Gates Capital Management, he institutionalized the investment offering and directed business efforts to grow from $400mm to $3B. He led a similar growth effort from 2000-2008 at West Side Advisors, which grew from $40mm to $800mm and launched new funds under his direction. Russell began his career in 1991 at Prudential Securities, where he was an analyst and became a Vice President.
Along the way he has been a General Partner in venture funds related to medical devices and renewable energy. Russell earned an MBA from Columbia University in 1998 and a BA from Cornell University in Government and Italian Literature 1991.
He founded the BHAG Foundation in 1998 and in 2007 was awarded the Global Achievement Award from buildOn, for his work promoting education for underserved communities. He is Treasurer of Children's Aid, the largest children's welfare agency in NYC with a $140mm annual budget and $350mm pool of assets. Russell lives in Westport, CT with his wife and two children and is a founder of the Sag Harbor Cycle Company.
Prior to Founding Alcova Capital Management, Matthew was a Managing Director at Spectrum Group Management, a direct lending and distressed debt asset manager. At Spectrum, he was responsible for sourcing, underwriting, structuring and asset managing investments in real estate across property types such as multifamily, office, retail, and industrial as well as hospitality, gaming, senior housing, land development and homebuilding. Prior to joining Spectrum in 2005, Matthew spent 5 years at JPMorgan Securities in its Real Estate Investment Banking Group structuring and executing transactions for REIT, gaming, lodging and homebuilding clients. At JPMorgan, he worked on several M&A transactions and executed over $10 billion of financings, including bank debt, bonds, mortgage backed securities and equity.
Matthew received a B.S. from Cornell University, 2000. He lives in Armonk, NY with his wife and two children and serves on the young leadership board of JOIN Israel, a non-profit which helps Israelis in need.
For more than 10 years, Matthew has been an active angel investor in early-stage technology companies. Representative venture-backed Fintech investments include, Dataminr, AngelList, RealtyMogul.com, CompStak, REscour, Lenda, Bread and Artivest.
Prior to founding Alcova in 2016, Bill founded Clovis Capital Management in 2002, a bottom-up, fundamental, concentrated long-short equity manager which at its peak had $2.8B under management. He served as Chief Executive Officer with responsibility for all non-investment activities at the firm.
From 1995-2002 Bill was a Principal and Executive Vice President at Cramer Rosenthal McGlynn (CRM) where he served on both the Operating and Strategic Planning Committees. At CRM, Bill managed the business development and client services group. Previously, he was Vice President of client services at Delaware Investment Advisers and an account manager with Aetna Capital Management.
Bill earned a BA in Economics from Bucknell University, 1985. He is a Trustee and Board Member at The Evergreens Cemetery in Bushwick where he also serves on the Investment Committee. He also is a Board Member and serves on the Investment Committee at StreetSquash, an urban youth enrichment program in Harlem. Bill lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three children.
Prior to joining Alcova Capital Management, Samuel was an Investment Associate at Corridor Ventures, a real estate investment company. At Corridor, Samuel worked closely with senior management on all investments and new acquisitions for the firm. Additionally, he focused on sourcing new opportunities for the company through a combination of analytics and relationships that he has developed throughout his time in the real estate industry. He also led Corridor's analytics department by building sophisticated models, which helped Corridor make the best decisions for the company and its investors.
Prior to joining Corridor, Samuel was a member of the highly competitive Wheel Program at CBRE, which is a 14-month rotational program in which associates rotate through four different groups to build a strong foundation in various subsectors of the real estate industry. He worked closely with the National Loan Sales Advisory Group, Debt and Structured Finance, Consulting Group and Office Leasing.
Samuel graduated with high distinction from the University of Michigan, and is currently pursuing his Master's degree in Real Estate Finance and Investment at NYU.