Stephen made a personal investment in Corlex Capital in 2018 and joined the firm in 2020 as President and Chief Investment Officer after a 27-year career in investment banking and asset management. At Corlex, Stephen is responsible for co-managing the business with JB Bedasse, the firm’s Founder and CEO, as well as leading Corlex’s Finance Team.
Stephen was the Chief Investment Officer of GM Advisory Group (GMAG), a NY-based Registered Investment Advisor and Multi-Family Office with over $2 billion in assets under management from 2017 to 2020. As the CIO of GMAG, Stephen identified the multiunit franchise industry as one where proprietary deal flow in conjunction with significant operational prowess can deliver significant cash-on-cash returns to investors.
Prior to his stint in the wealth management business at GMAG, Stephen had a successful 20+ year career in the alternative asset management business having served as the Chief Executive Officer of LionEye Capital Management, an alternative asset management firm that he co-founded in early 2009 and grew to manage approximately $1.4 billion in assets. Prior to LionEye, Stephen managed capital as a Managing Director of Ramius Capital, an Analyst at Soros Fund Management and Loeb Partners, as well as a Vice President of Bankers Trust. Stephen started his career in the investment banking department of Bankers Trust.
Stephen serves as a member of the Advisory Board of Engaged Capital, a constructive activist fund manager that invests in small and mid-cap public companies. He is also on the Board of Directors of SQ4D, Inc., a construction technology company that has developed large-scale 3D printing technology that “prints” houses out of cement.
When he’s not working, you’ll find Stephen out on a drive with friends or playing the piano at home to entertain his wife and four children.
Stephen graduated magna cum laude in 1993 from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Economics with a concentration in Finance and Decision Sciences.