Who We Are
Churchill Asset Management combines a team of highly experienced investment professionals with a strong track record and TIAA’s best-in-class institutional infrastructure to deliver flexible, reliable financing solutions that meet the needs of middle market private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies.
Managing Director, Origination
Leland Richards serves as a Managing Director for Churchill Asset Management. He is on the originations team where he focuses on developing relationships with private equity sponsors and middle market lenders. Before joining Churchill Asset Management, he was a Managing Director at GE Capital where he originated and evaluated new opportunities for private equity sponsors, including first lien, second lien and uni-tranche loans. Prior to GE Capital, he was a Director at CIT Healthcare where he was involved in structuring and executing debt financing transactions. Before that, he was a leveraged finance Vice President at Merrill Lynch, Citigroup/Salomon Smith Barney and J.P. Morgan & Co. Mr. Richards began his career in capital markets for CIBC World Markets.
Mr. Richards earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Pratt Institute and an M.B.A. from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.
Managing Director, Underwriting & Portfolio Management
Mathew Linett serves as a Managing Director of Churchill Asset Management. He brings over 20 years of leveraged finance experience to the company with a strong emphasis on the middle market. He has invested at all levels of the capital structure including senior secured loans, public and private mezzanine debt, as well as private equity co-investments. In addition, he has significant distressed debt experience both as an investor in the secondary market as well as through direct workouts of middle market loans. Previously, he was a Credit Portfolio Manager at Loeb King Capital and Havens Advisors, a Senior Vice President at Jefferies & Co., as well as a Vice President at Indosuez Capital – a middle market merchant banking and asset management business. Mr. Linett and Mr. Kencel worked closely together at Indosuez Capital.
Mr. Linett graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania’s dual degree program with a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School and a B.A. (honors) in international relations from the College of Arts and Sciences.
Principal, Underwriting & Portfolio Management
Eric Wieczorek serves as a Principal with Churchill Asset Management. Before joining in 2015, Mr. Wieczorek worked at Apex Credit Partners, a credit asset management firm owned by Jefferies, and at GSO Capital Partners, the credit platform of the Blackstone Group, where he focused on the public and private debt markets and evaluated primary and secondary investments across various investment strategies and asset classes. Earlier, Mr. Wieczorek worked at Churchill Financial, where he evaluated investments across the capital structure, and at Praesidian Capital, where he was involved in the origination, execution, and monitoring of mezzanine debt investments. Prior to that, he worked as a consultant for two private equity firms and worked for C.E. Unterberg, Towbin, where he worked on principal investments and a variety of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, and private placements of debt and equity. Mr. Wieczorek began his career in equity research with Brean Murray & Co.
Mr. Wieczorek received his A.B. in biochemistry and pre-med studies from Brown University.
Alona Tolentino Gornick
Alona Tolentino Gornick is a Director for TIAA Global Asset Management’s private markets team. In this role, she manages the direct originations effort for debt private placements. Ms. Gornick is also on the originations team for Churchill Asset Management, where she focuses on the West Coast to develop relationships with private equity sponsors and middle market lenders. Previously, Ms. Gornick was an advisor to Golden Gate Capital where she directed strategic initiatives for the firm’s captive credit platform. Prior to Golden Gate Capital, Ms. Gornick was a Vice President at Oaktree Capital Management where she evaluated investments in high yield bonds and senior leveraged loans, and most recently managed the Capital Markets and Investor Relations effort for Oaktree as the General Partner. Ms. Gornick began her career in investment banking in the Gaming & Leisure Group at Banc of America Securities.
Ms. Gornick earned her B.A. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Kenan-Flagler Business School and M.B.A. from The Wharton School.
Kevin Meyer joined Churchill Asset Management in 2015 and currently serves as Principal with over seven years of experience in middle market leveraged finance. Previously, Mr. Meyer was an Assistant Vice President and Underwriter at GE Capital, a financial services institution that is focused on making direct senior, middle market loans. Prior to GE Capital , Mr. Meyer worked in sports marketing and event management at FIFA.
Mr. Meyer graduated from Fordham in 2008 with a B.A. in finance and minor concentration in economics. He received his MBA with specializations in finance and international business from Fairfield University’s Dolan School of Business in 2012.
Vice President, Underwriting & Portfolio Management
Carol Loundon joined Churchill Asset Management in 2015 as a Vice President in the underwriting and portfolio management group with over 13 years of experience in middle market leveraged finance. Previously, Ms. Loundon was a Vice President and Portfolio Manager at BDCA, a business development corporation that is focused on making direct senior, middle market loans. Prior to BDCA, Ms. Loundon was a Senior Associate at Churchill Financial where she worked in the Underwriting and Portfolio Management group. Before then, she worked at CapitalSource, focused on underwriting leveraged loans for lower and traditional middle market companies. Ms. Loundon also held Associate and Analyst positions at Bank of Ireland (Leveraged Acquisition Finance group) and Lehman Brothers (Mergers & Acquisitions group).
Ms. Loundon graduated from Georgetown University in 2001 with a B.S. in business administration.
Senior Associate, Underwriting & Portfolio Management
Sean Mancini joined Churchill Asset Management in 2015 as a Senior Associate in the underwriting and portfolio management group with over three years of experience in middle market leveraged finance. Previously, Mr. Mancini was an Associate at GE Capital, a financial services institution focused on making direct senior, middle market loans. Mr. Mancini was accepted and graduated from the GE Capital Financial Management Program.
Mr. Mancini graduated from The Pennsylvania State University, Smeal College of Business with a B.S. in finance. He also received an international business degree from Institute at Palazzo Rucellai.
Associate, Underwriting & Portfolio Management
Nicholas Carroll joined Churchill Asset Management in 2017 as an Associate in the underwriting and portfolio management group with over three years of experience in leveraged finance markets across both large cap and middle market deals. Previously, Mr. Carroll was an Analyst within the Investment Bank at JP Morgan working with the diversified industrials credit group. Prior to joining JP Morgan, Mr. Carroll worked as an Analyst at GE Capital, a financial services institution that focused on making direct senior, middle market loans.
Mr. Carroll graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2012 with a B.A in economics, with minors in accounting and communications.
Associate, Underwriting & Portfolio Management
Steve Jordan joined Churchill Asset Management in 2016 as an Associate in the underwriting and portfolio management group with two years of experience in middle market leveraged finance. Previously, Mr. Jordan was an Associate at Antares Capital, a financial services institution focused on providing financing solutions for middle-market, private equity-backed transactions. Prior to Antares Capital, Mr. Jordan was accepted and graduated from the GE Financial Management Program.
Mr. Jordan graduated magna cum laude from Boston University in 2012 with a B.S. in business administration, with concentrations in finance and entrepreneurship.
Ryan Babakian, CFA
Senior Analyst, Underwriting & Portfolio Management
Ryan Babakian joined Churchill Asset Management in 2016 as a Senior Analyst in the underwriting and portfolio management group with more than two years of experience in middle market leveraged finance. Previously, Mr. Babakian was a Financial Analyst with Audax Group, a financial services institution providing mezzanine and senior debt to middle market companies. Mr. Babakian began his career in the Advisory practice of Ernst & Young.
Mr. Babakian graduated from The Pennsylvania State University, Smeal College of Business with a B.S. in finance. Mr. Babakian is a CFA charterholder.