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Jeffrey Balash

Mr. Balash has worked with and in successful growth companies for over thirty years, including his full-time involvement in four start-ups. He was a managing director in corporate finance and M&A, both at Lehman Brothers (NYC) and at Drexel Burnham (Beverly Hills). At Drexel, he founded the Buyers Advisory Group, which originated corporate development and acquisition ideas to accelerate growth for a broad range of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to private equity investment groups to successful entrepreneurs, thereby creating billions of dollars in value. He also represented companies both in the sale process and for their corporate financing requirements, both debt and equity, in private and public financings in domestic and international capital markets. In 1991, he co-founded Anthem Partners LLP, a joint venture with the Sanwa Bank of Japan (one of the world’s largest banks), to make private equity investments in operating companies and to provide financial advisory services.
      Mr. Balash has been involved in operating roles, including co-founding JL Furnishings (design, manufacture and marketing of upholstered furniture for the hospitality industry) and serving as CFO/Chief Strategic Officer for Telephony@Work (a leading software application for multimedia contact centers). Early in his career, as a director at Avon Products, he was responsible for its export operations (sales to distributors in emerging countries) and also for the creation and establishment of new businesses in emerging countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He initially worked for the CEO of Louis Dreyfus & Cie., a privately held multinational conglomerate. Mr. Balash graduated from Princeton University (summa cum laude), Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar), and Harvard Law School (cum laude).