Cougar Capital Leadership Team

Gary Williams
Gary WilliamsFounder, Advisor
Matt Phillips
Matt PhillipsFund Managing Director
Dave Christison
Dave ChristisonManaging Director - Deals
Erika Nash
Erika NashManaging Director - External
Derek Schlenker
Derek SchlenkerManaging Director - Internal

Cougar Capital Management Team

Ian Baenziger
Ian BaenzigerDirector of Communications
Jordan Booth
Jordan BoothDirector of Portfolio
Corbin Coil
Corbin CoilDirector of Tech Transfer
Alex DuBois
Alex DuBoisDirector of VC Partner Relations
Jared Fowler
Jared FowlerDirector of PE Partner Relations
Kyle Poulin
Kyle PoulinDirector of Research and Analysis
Lance Stewart
Lance StewartDirector of Legal Affairs
Brooke Reynolds
Brooke ReynoldsDirector of Competitions and Conferences
Spencer Vail
Spencer VailDirector of Deal Sourcing
Sarah Wasden
Sarah WasdenDirector of Alumni Affairs
Aidi (Judy) Zhu
Aidi (Judy) ZhuDirector of Finance

Industry Advisors

Blake Modersitzki
Blake ModersitzkiManaging Director at Pelion Venture Partners
Fraser Bullock
Fraser BullockCo-founder, Managing Director of Sorenson Capital
Mathew Wells
Mathew WellsPartner at Holland & Hart
Peter Bodine
Peter BodineManaging Director at Allegis Capital
Jason Gull
Jason GullGlobal Head of Secondary Investments at Adams Street Partners
Jared Stone
Jared StoneManaging Director of Northgate Capital

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Who Manages Cougar Capital

The Cougar Capital fund is run by 15 BYU MBA students in their second year of study and is advised by Gary Williams, the founder and faculty sponsor. Three or four students are selected each year for Managing Director responsibilities and all Cougar Capital members contribute to specific functions in the fund ranging from deal flow to communications.

How Students Are Selected

Students participating in Cougar Capital are selected through a thorough screening processes, which includes exemplary performance in an introductory private equity / venture capital course (taken during their second semester), relevant industry experience prior to the MBA, and recommendation to the program by BYU MBA professors and peers.