Saratoga Investment Corp. is externally-managed by Saratoga Investment Advisors, LLC, which serves as the Company’s investment adviser.
The investment professionals at Saratoga are involved in all aspects of the business, from origination and structuring through underwriting and management; you may always feel free to contact any professional you wish, and the team will work to make sure your opportunity is quickly addressed by the relevant expertise.


Saratoga Investment Advisors, LLC Professionals       

Christian Oberbeck, Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer

Investment Committee Member

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Chris Oberbeck has over 25 years of experience in leveraged finance, from distressed debt to private equity, and has originated, structured, negotiated, consummated, managed and monitored investments in a wide variety of middle-market businesses. Mr. Oberbeck is the Managing Member of Saratoga Investment Advisors, LLC, the Company's investment adviser, and the Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company. Mr. Oberbeck is the Managing Partner of Saratoga Partners, a middle market private equity investment firm, and has served on its investment committee since 1995.

Mr. Oberbeck assumed management responsibility for Saratoga Partners in 2008, having co-managed the firm since 1995 when he joined Dillon Read and Saratoga Partners from Castle Harlan, Inc., a corporate buyout firm. Mr. Oberbeck had joined Castle Harlan at its founding in 1987 and was a Managing Director, leading successful investments in manufacturing and financial services companies. Prior to joining Castle Harlan, he worked in the Corporate Development Group of Arthur Young and in corporate finance at Blyth Eastman Paine Webber. Mr. Oberbeck has been a director of numerous middle market companies while at Saratoga Partners and Castle Harlan.

Mr. Oberbeck graduated from Brown University with a BS in Physics and a BA in Mathematics, and he earned an MBA from Columbia University.

 

Mike Grisius, President & Chief Investment Officer

Investment Committee Member

212-906-7333   Email Mike

Mike Grisius has over 23 years of experience in leveraged finance and private equity. He is President, Chief Investment Officer and a Managing Director of Saratoga Investment Advisors, LLC, the Company's investment adviser, as well as a Director of the Company.

Prior to joining Saratoga, Mr. Grisius served as Managing Director at Allied Capital Corporation, where he was an investment professional for over 16 years. At Allied Capital Corporation, he held several senior positions including co-head of Mezzanine Finance and member of its Management Committee and its Investment Committee. In 2008, Mike was appointed co-chairman of the Allied Capital Corporation's Investment Committee. During his tenure at Allied, he produced an exceptional track record investing over $2 billion in a variety of asset classes. He built and led teams that made investments in mezzanine and senior debt, control equity and real estate mortgage debt. He also had primary responsibility for structuring and managing Unitranche Fund, LLC, a $3.6 billion joint venture between Allied and GE Capital. Mike has served on the board of directors of numerous middle market companies. Prior to joining Allied Capital Corporation, Mike worked in leveraged finance at Chemical Bank and served in Senior Accountant and Consultant positions with KPMG.

Mr. Grisius graduated with a BS from Georgetown University and earned an MBA from Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management.

 

Henri Steenkamp, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Compliance Officer

Investment Committee Member

212-906-7322   Email Henri

Henri Steenkamp is the Chief Financial Officer & Chief Compliance Officer of Saratoga Investment Advisors, LLC, the Company’s investment adviser. Prior to joining Saratoga, Mr. Steenkamp served as the Chief Financial Officer of MF Global from April 2011 to January 2013. Mr. Steenkamp held the position of Chief Accounting Officer and Global Controller at MF Global for four years prior to that. Before joining MF Global, Mr. Steenkamp spent eight years with PricewaterhouseCoopers, including four years in Transaction Services in its New York office, managing a variety of capital-raising transactions and SEC public company reporting processes on a global basis.

Mr. Steenkamp is a Chartered Accountant and graduated with an honors degree in Finance from the University of Johannesburg.

Joe Burkhart, Managing Director of Business Development

212-906-7840   Email Joe

Joe Burkhart leads the Company's new business origination efforts, working with the Saratoga team to increase deal flow, strengthen the firm's investment platform and increase assets under management. 

Prior to joining Saratoga, Mr. Burkhart was the Managing Director of Tatum’s private equity practice.  Previously, he was the Director of Business Development for American Capital’s Private Equity Group where he led the group’s deal origination, screening and staffing. Prior to joining American Capital, Mr. Burkhart was Managing Director at EJF Capital where he worked with the firm’s principals in the development and investment management of structured finance and private equity focused strategies.  Mr. Burkhart began his career at Allied Capital Corporation where he was a Vice President in the Private Finance group.

Mr. Burkhart has a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.

 

Tom Inglesby, Managing Director & Portfolio Manager

Investment Committee Member

212-906-7848   Email Tom

Tom Inglesby has more than 20 years of experience in leveraged finance and private equity. He is a Managing Director of Saratoga Investment Advisors, LLC, the Company's investment adviser, and is primarily responsible for management of the Company's CLO investment activities. Mr. Inglesby previously served as President and a Director of the Company from inception through September 2008.

Prior to joining Saratoga, Mr. Inglesby was a Senior Managing Director at GSC Group. During his time at the GSC Group, Mr. Inglesby performed in a variety of roles, including: senior managing director in the Recovery Investment Group at GSC, serving on the Investment Committee for the Recovery Funds; Head of the U.S. Corporate Debt Group, during which period, GSC raised and managed $5.6 billion in capital across 12 corporate credit investment funds; and serving as a Managing Director at GSC focused on middle market buyouts.

Prior to joining GSC in 1997, Mr. Inglesby served as a Managing Director with Harbour Group, where he focused on acquisitions of manufacturing companies in fragmented industries. Previously, Mr. Inglesby had served as a Managing Director at the South Street Funds, a startup distressed debt investment fund founded by former partners at Goldman Sachs, and as a Vice President in the Merchant Banking Department at PaineWebber.

Mr. Inglesby received a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, and a BS in Accounting with General Honors from the University of Maryland.

 

Charles Phillips, Managing Director & Portfolio Manager

Investment Committee Member

212-906-7365   Email Charles

Charles Phillips has over 15 years of experience investing in the debt and equity of middle-market manufacturing and service companies, including extensive experience in dealing with both private public financings.  Mr. Phillips is a Managing Director of Saratoga Investment Advisors, LLC, the Company’s investment adviser, and is responsible for portfolio management and oversight.  Mr. Phillips is also a Managing Director of Saratoga Partners, a middle market private equity investment firm, and has served as a director of a number of Saratoga Partners' portfolio companies in addition to originating, structuring, negotiating, consummating, managing and monitoring middle market investments.

Prior to joining Saratoga Partners in 1997, Mr. Phillips worked in Dillon Read’s corporate finance department, where he was involved in mergers and acquisitions, advisory and capital markets assignments in a variety of industries industries, including packaged foods, consumer products, cable television, energy and education.  Prior experience includes McCown De Leeuw & Co., a corporate buyout firm.

Mr. Phillips graduated with an AB from Harvard College and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.

 

John MacMurray, Principal & Portfolio Manager

212-906-7182   Email John

John MacMurray is a Principal of Saratoga Investment Advisors, LLC, the Company’s investment adviser, and is involved in portfolio oversight with primary emphasis on transaction development and execution.  Mr. MacMurray is also a principal of Saratoga Partners, a middle market private equity investment firm, and has been involved in all phases of the investment process, from sourcing and through structuring, and has deep experience in executing add-on investments.  Mr. MacMurray has served as a director of a number of Saratoga Partners' portfolio companies.

Mr. MacMurray joined Saratoga Partners from Columbia Business School, previously working for EuroConsult, Inc., an independent investment banking firm, where he was involved in mergers and acquisitions and advisory assignments throughout Europe and North America in a variety of industries.

Mr. MacMurray graduated with an A.B. from Princeton University and earned an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

 

David Vavrichek, Principal & Portfolio Manager

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David Vavrichek is a Principal of Saratoga Investment Advisors, LLC, the Company’s investment adviser, and is involved in portfolio oversight with a primary emphasis on transaction development and execution.

Mr. Vavrichek joined Saratoga from Deerpath Capital Management, LP. At Deerpath, Mr. Vavrichek led the origination and execution of credit investments across a variety of industries. Prior to Deerpath, Mr. Vavrichek was an Analyst at Soros Fund Management LLC and an Analyst in investment banking at Bear, Stearns & Co.

Mr. Vavrichek is a CFA charterholder and graduated with a BA from Yale University.

 

Nick Martino, Vice President

212-906-7843   Email Nick

Nick Martino is a Vice President of Saratoga Investment Advisors, LLC, the Company’s investment advisor, and is responsible for originating, executing, and managing investments in a variety of industries. 

Mr. Martino joined Saratoga from Prospect Capital Management, where he focused on middle market leveraged finance investments.  Prior to Prospect, Mr. Martino was an Associate at Gleacher & Co., where he worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group in New York.  Prior to Gleacher & Co., Mr. Martino was an Associate at Citadel Securities where he helped build the Investment Banking platform in New York. Mr. Martino began his investment banking career as an Analyst at Credit Suisse, where he worked in the Real Estate, Lodging and Leisure Group in New York.

Mr. Martino graduated with a BA from Bucknell University.

 

Mark Weaver, Vice President

212-906-7842   Email Mark

Mark Weaver is a Vice President of Saratoga Investment Advisors, LLC, the Company's investment adviser, and is involved in credit analysis, underwriting, portfolio monitoring and valuation. Additionally, he is involved in executing controlled buyouts for Saratoga’s private equity funds.

Prior to joining Saratoga, Mr. Weaver was an Associate with GSC Group's Corporate and Distressed Investing Group where he worked on a number of high yield bond and leveraged loan financings. Mr. Weaver began his career at Citigroup where he was an Analyst within the Relative Value Trading Group.

Mr. Weaver holds a BS in Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a MS in Finance from the University of Cambridge. He is a CFA charterholder and member of the New York Society of Security Analysts.

 

Paul West, Vice President

212-906-7841   Email Paul

Paul West is a Vice President of Saratoga Investment Advisors, LLC, the Company's investment adviser, and is involved in credit analysis, underwriting and portfolio monitoring and valuation.

Prior to joining Saratoga, Mr. West was the Senior Analyst of Watermark Advisors' Investment Banking practice, providing process execution and financial analysis to support middle-market business owners through the merger and acquisitions and valuation processes. Mr. West's background brings considerable financial and business knowledge across a diverse range of industries.

Mr. West holds a BS in Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

Marissa Mann, Associate

212-906-7845   Email Marissa

Marissa Mann is an Associate of Saratoga Investment Advisors, LLC, the Company's investment adviser, and is involved in credit analysis, underwriting, portfolio monitoring, and valuation.

Prior to joining Saratoga, Ms. Mann was an Analyst with J.P. Morgan's Leveraged Finance Group where she worked on a number of high yield bond and leveraged loan financings.

Ms. Mann graduated cum laude with a BS in Business Administration from Washington and Lee University.


Sandy Rodriguez, Analyst

212-906-7847   Email Sandy

Sandy Rodriguez is an Analyst of Saratoga Investment Advisors, LLC, the Company's investment adviser, and is involved in operations, portfolio monitoring, and valuation.

Prior to joining Saratoga, Ms. Rodriguez worked at Kempisty and Company, where she was responsible for accounting and operations.

Mr. Rodriguez holds a BS in Business Management and Finance at Brooklyn College.



Saratoga Investment Corp. Independent Directors        

In addition to the Officer and Director roles of the Saratoga Investment Advisors, LLC professionals noted above, the Company's board is composed of the following independent directors:

Steven M. Looney, Director

Chair of the Audit Committee
Steve Looney is a Managing Director of Peale Davies & Co. Inc., a consulting firm with particular expertise in financial process and IT outsourcing, and is a CPA and an attorney.  Mr. Looney also serves as a consultant and director to numerous companies in the healthcare, manufacturing and technology services industries, including WH Industries Inc.  Between 2000 and 2005, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PCCI, Inc., a private IT staffing and outsourcing firm. Between 1992 and 2000, Mr. Looney worked at WH Industries as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer.  Mr. Looney also serves as a director of Excellent Education for Everyone, a nonprofit organization.

Mr. Looney graduated summa cum laude from the University of Washington with a B.A. degree in Accounting and received a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law where he was a member of the law review.

 

Charles S. Whitman III, Director

Chair of the Nominating Committee
Sandy Whitman is senior counsel (retired) at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. Mr. Whitman was a partner in Davis Polk's Corporate Department for 28 years, representing clients including AT&T, Exxon Mobil, General Motors and BP in a broad range of corporate finance matters, such as shelf registrations, securities compliance for financial institutions, foreign asset privatizations, and mergers and acquisitions.  From 1971 to 1973, Mr. Whitman served as Executive Assistant to three successive Chairmen of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  Mr. Whitman serves on the Legal Advisory Board of the National Association of Securities Dealers.

Mr. Whitman graduated from Harvard College and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School with a LL.B.  Mr. Whitman also received an LL.M. from Cambridge University in England.

 

G. Cabell Williams, Director

Chair of the Compensation Committee
Cabell Williams has served as the Managing General Partner of Williams and Gallagher, a private equity partnership located in Chevy Chase, Maryland since 2004; since 2011, Mr. Williams has also served as a partner of Farragut Capital Partners, an investment firm based in Fairfax, VA.  In 2004, Mr. Williams concluded a 23-year career at Allied Capital Corporation, a business development company based in Washington, DC, which was acquired by Ares Capital Corporation in 2010.  While at Allied, Mr. Williams held a variety of positions, including President, COO and finally Managing Director following Allied's merger with its affiliates in 1998.  From 1991 to 2004, Mr. Williams either led or co-managed the firm's Private Equity Group.  For the nine years prior to 1999, Mr. Williams led Allied's Mezzanine investment activities.  For 15 years, Mr. Williams served on Allied's Investment Committee where he was responsible for reviewing and approving all of the firm's investments.  Prior to 1991, Mr. Williams ran Allied's Minority Small Business Investment Company.  He also founded Allied Capital Commercial Corporation, a real estate investment vehicle.  Mr. Williams has served on the Board of various public and private companies.

Mr. Williams attended The Landon School, and graduated from Mercersburg Academy and Rollins College, receiving a B.S. in Business from the latter.

 


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