Mark D. Ein has served as our Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Director since our inception. Mr. Ein is an investor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, who has created, acquired, invested in and built a series of growth companies across a diverse set of industries over the course of his 25-year career. During this time, Mr. Ein has been involved in the founding or early stages of six companies that have been worth over one billion dollars and has led over $1.5 billion of private equity, venture capital and public company investments.
Mr. Ein was the Chairman and CEO of Capitol I, II and III. In June 2017, Capitol III merged with Cision (NYSE:CISN), the leading provider of cloud-based software for the communications and PR industries, and Mr. Ein became its Vice-Chairman. He is also currently Chairman of the Board of Lindblad Expeditions (NASDAQ:LIND), a global leader in marine expedition travel and a private sector thought leader on environmental conservation, that merged in July 2015 with Capitol II. From 2009 until 2015, Mr. Ein was the Vice-Chairman and Co-Founder of Two Harbors Investment Corp (NYSE:TWO), one of the largest residential mortgage REITs that today has a market capitalization of approximately $4.0 billion and that was formed through a merger with Capitol I.
Mr. Ein is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Venturehouse Group, LLC and Leland Investment Co., holding companies that create, invest in and build growth businesses in a range of industries. Among the current majority-owned companies in the portfolios are Kastle Systems, LLC, the country’s leading provider of building and office security systems acquired in January 2007 and VSGi, a nationwide provider of videoconferencing solutions acquired in 2001. Mr. Ein is Chairman of both companies. Mr. Ein is the Founder and Owner of the Washington Kastles WTT franchise that has won the league championship six of its eleven years since its founding and set the record for the longest winning streak in US pro team sports history winning 34 straight matches from 2011 through 2013. In September 2018, Mr. Ein purchased an Overwatch League Team bringing the premier global esports league to Washington, DC. Also in 2018, Mr. Ein acquired the Washington City Paper, the renowned weekly paper serving the Washington, DC metropolitan area since 1981. Mr. Ein has been a member of the World Economic Forum since 2016, and has served on the Board of Directors of Soho House since September 2018.
A native of the Washington area, he actively supports many community, charitable and cultural organizations and currently serves on the boards of the DC Public Education Fund (raising $120 million of philanthropic support for DC Public Schools since he became Chairman in 2010), the United States Tennis Association (USTA) (where he is a Vice President of the Board), the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, International Tennis Hall of Fame, DC College Access Program (DC-CAP), and DC Policy Center (Co-Founder). He has won numerous awards including the Washington Business Hall of Fame 2018 Laureates Award, Washington DC Business Leader of the Year from the Chamber of Commerce, the Jefferson Award (the nation’s highest honor for public service), Washington Business Journal Top Corporation for Philanthropy (Small Companies), Washington Business Journal Power 100, Entrepreneur of the Year Awards from Ernst and Young and the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). In September 2009, Washington DC Mayor Adrian Fenty presented Mr. Ein with the Key to the City, highlighting not only his Washington Kastles success on the court, “but for their commitment to the District’s communities and our youth.”
Prior to starting his firm, Mr. Ein worked for The Carlyle Group, Brentwood Associates and Goldman Sachs. He received his BS in Economics with a concentration in finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from The Harvard Business School.
Mr. Dryden has served as our President, Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Board of Directors since our inception. From July 2015 until it completed its business combination in June 2017, Mr. Dryden was the President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, Secretary and a Director of Capitol III. Since the closing of the business combination, Mr. Dryden has continued to serve as a director of Capitol III (now known as Cision Ltd.). From March 2013 to July 2015, Mr. Dryden served as the Chief Financial Officer and a Director of Capitol II. Mr. Dryden has continued to serve as a director of Lindblad Expeditions since the closing of its business combination. Mr. Dryden is also the founder of Dryden Capital Management, LLC, a private investment firm that invests in and builds private companies, and has served as its President since March 2013. Mr. Dryden has also been Vice Chairman of CDS Logistics Management, Inc., one of the largest providers of home improvement product delivery services in the United States, since 2009. From August 2005 to February 2013, Mr. Dryden worked in Citigroup’s Investment Banking division in New York, most recently as a Managing Director where he led the coverage effort for a number of the firm’s Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications clients. From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Dryden held the titles of Associate and Vice President at Jefferies & Company, a middle market investment banking firm. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Dryden worked in the investment banking group at BB&T Corporation. Mr. Dryden holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a dual concentration in finance and management from the University of Richmond.
Ms. Saemundsson has served as our Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Secretary since July 2017. From October 2015 to June 2017, Ms. Saemundsson served as Vice President of Capitol III. From May 2013 to July 2015, Ms. Saemundsson served as a consultant to Capitol II and has continued to serve as a consultant to Lindblad Expeditions since the closing of its business combination with Capitol II. From November 2011 to May 2013, Ms. Saemundsson was a Vice President with Quadrangle Group LLC, a private investment firm focused on the communications, media and information sectors. Prior to joining Quadrangle, Ms. Saemundsson held the role of Vice President in Citigroup’s investment banking division in New York where she covered the media and telecom sectors. Previously, Ms. Saemundsson was an Analyst with British Sky Broadcasting in London. Ms. Saemundsson also previously served on the Board of Directors of NTELOS Holdings Corp. Ms. Saemundsson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management where she was a Silver Scholar. Ms. Saemundsson is a CFA charterholder.
Mr. Preston Parnell has served as our Senior Associate since August 2017. From February 2016 to June 2017, Mr. Parnell served as an Associate for Capitol III. Prior to joining Capitol III, Mr. Parnell was as an Analyst in the Media and Telecommunications investment banking group at Citi, where he covered a wide array of media and telecom clients and was an advisor to Capitol II. Mr. Parnell graduated cum laude from New York University’s Stern School of Business, where he received a B.S. in Finance and Accounting with a minor in politics.
Mr. Lin has served as our Associate since September 2017. Prior to joining Capitol IV, Mr. Lin served as an Analyst in the Media and Telecommunications investment banking group at Citi, where he covered a number of media and telecom clients. Mr. Lin graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Finance from the Wharton School and a B.A.S. in Computer Science from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Ms. Kline has served as the Assistant to our President and CFO since January 2018. Prior to joining Capitol IV, Ms. Kline served as the Assistant to our CEO, Mark Ein, at Venturehouse Group – a D.C.-based Venture Capital firm. Before moving to D.C., she held a position as the Assistant to a private family (hedge fund Co-Founder) in New York City. Ms. Kline has a diverse background in high-level executive support, project management, and event planning. Ms. Kline graduated from the University of Mississippi, where she received a B.A. in Art and English.