Who We Are

Churchill Asset Management combines a team of highly experienced investment professionals with a strong track record and Nuveen’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.

Benefits to Borrowers and Sponsors

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Reliable partner for both private equity sponsors & other middle market lenders

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One-stop capability across the capital structure

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Senior management involved in all aspects of deal process

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Agile and responsive team with consistent 
investment approach

Our History

  • 2006

    Established as Churchill Financial LLC by Bear Stearns Merchant Banking and Senior Management

  • 2010

    Becomes a portfolio company of Olympus Partners, a significant middle market private equity sponsor

  • 2011

    As part of The Carlyle Group’s Global Market Strategies platform, the Churchill team raises over $2 billion in committed debt and equity capital for its inaugural BDC vehicle

  • 2015

    Churchill team joins Nuveen to represent the firm’s exclusive middle market senior debt financing group, creating an independent boutique within Nuveen’s Private Markets platform

  • Senior Management Team

    Deep experience in middle market lending with an established senior management team averaging over 25 years of investment experience

    Churchill Asset Management executives have an average of 25 years of experience in financing middle market companies. As a team, we focus exclusively on originating, underwriting, and monitoring investments.

     

    Senior Management Team

    • Ken Kencel

      President & CEO

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      Ken Kencel

      President & CEO

      212.478.9201 // ken.kencel@churchillam.com

      Kenneth J. Kencel serves as President & CEO of Churchill Asset Management. Throughout his over 30-year career Mr. Kencel has accrued a broad range of experience in leading middle market financing businesses. Previously, he was President and a Director of Carlyle GMS Finance; founded and was President and CEO of Churchill Financial; and served as Head of Leveraged Finance for Royal Bank of Canada as well as Head of Indosuez Capital—a leading middle market merchant banking and asset management business. Mr. Kencel also helped to found high yield finance businesses at both Chase Securities (now JP Morgan) and SBC Warburg (now UBS). 

      Mr. Kencel serves on the Board of Trustees of Canisius High School, is a member of the Investment Advisory Committee of the Archdiocese of New York and is a former member of the Board of Advisors and Adjunct Professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. He earned his B.S. in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University and his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.  

    • George Kurteson

      Senior Managing Director, Head of Underwriting & Portfolio Management

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      George Kurteson

      Senior Managing Director, Head of Underwriting & Portfolio Management

      212.478.9204 // george.kurteson@churchillam.com

      Overseeing underwriting and portfolio management at Churchill Asset Management, Senior Managing Director George F. Kurteson brings over 30 years of middle market leveraged lending experience to the company. Prior to founding Churchill Asset Management, Mr. Kurteson served as a Managing Director of Carlyle GMS Finance and as a Founder and Senior Managing Director, Head of Origination and Underwriting at Churchill Financial. At GE/Antares (a division of GE Capital), he held the position of Senior Managing Director, Head of the New York office, and he acted as a member of the GE/Antares leadership team. Mr. Kurteson has also served in senior positions at Heller Financial, Fleet Bank, and Maryland National Bank.

      Mr. Kurteson received his MBA and his B.S. (honors) in business and economics from Lehigh University.

    • Randy Schwimmer

      Senior Managing Director, Head of Origination & Capital Markets

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      Randy Schwimmer

      Senior Managing Director, Head of Origination & Capital Markets

      212.478.9203 // randy.schwimmer@churchillam.com

      Senior Managing Director Randy Schwimmer supervises origination and capital markets for Churchill Asset Management. He is widely credited with developing loan syndications for middle market companies. Mr. Schwimmer brings 30 years of experience in middle market finance to Churchill Asset Management, having served as a Senior Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets and Indirect Origination at Churchill Financial. In those positions, he took responsibility for all loan capital markets activities and for managing the firm’s indirect origination platform. Before then, Mr. Schwimmer worked as Managing Director and Head of Leveraged Finance syndication for BNP Paribas. He spent 15 years at JP Morgan Chase in Corporate Banking and Loan Syndications, where he originated, structured, and syndicated leveraged loans.

      Mr. Schwimmer graduated cum laude from Trinity College with a B.A. He earned his M.A. from the University of Chicago.

    • Christopher Cox

      Senior Managing Director & Chief Risk Officer

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      Christopher Cox

      Senior Managing Director & Chief Risk Officer

      212.478.9212 // chris.cox@churchillam.com

      Senior Managing Director Christopher Cox serves as Chief Risk Officer of Churchill Asset Management. Previously, he was a Principal of Carlyle GMS Finance and was a Managing Director and Chief Risk Officer for Churchill Financial, which he joined in 2006. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing the company’s risk management infrastructure, including all risk management process and policies. Prior to this, Mr. Cox was a Senior Vice President at GE Commercial Finance (a division of GE Capital) from 1997 to 2006, where he held various risk management roles within the corporate lending group, focusing on middle market transactions. Mr. Cox also worked at Gibbs & Cox, Inc. in New York, NY. Mr.

      Cox received his B.S. in civil engineering from Tufts University and his MBA from Fordham University.

    • David Heilbrunn

      Senior Managing Director, Head of Product Development & Capital Raising

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      David Heilbrunn

      Senior Managing Director, Head of Product Development & Capital Raising

      212.478.9281 // david.heilbrunn@churchillam.com

      David Heilbrunn is a Senior Managing Director of Churchill Asset Management. As the firm’s Head of Product Development & Capital Raising, Mr. Heilbrunn focuses on capital raising activities and strategic initiatives, structuring new products and developing important institutional client relationships. Mr. Heilbrunn also focuses on optimizing the firm’s various financing arrangements and oversees Churchill’s collateralized loan obligation (CLO) platform. Prior to joining the Churchill team in 2017, Mr. Heilbrunn held senior roles at several firms, including Managing Director at Fifth Street Asset Management; Managing Director of The Carlyle Group; Senior Managing Director and Head of Corporate Strategy & Development at Churchill Financial and Managing Director and CDO Group Head at Bear Stearns & Co. and JP Morgan.

      Mr. Heilbrunn received an M.B.A., with Distinction, from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan Business School and a B.S. in accounting, magna cum laude, from The State University of New York at Albany in 1987.

    • Alastair Merrick

      Chief Financial Officer & Chief Administrative Officer

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      Alastair Merrick

      Chief Financial Officer & Chief Administrative Officer

      212.478.9202 // alastair.merrick@churchillam.com

      Alastair Merrick serves as Chief Financial Officer & Chief Administrative Officer of Churchill Asset Management. Mr. Merrick brings over 35 years of financial experience to the company. Previously, he was Chief Financial Officer for WhiteHorse Finance, a publicly traded BDC managed by HIG Capital; served as Chief Financial Officer & Chief Administrative Officer for Churchill Financial, where he was a founding member; and worked as Chief Financial Officer for E*TRADE Bank. Before then, he spent 16 years at IBJ Whitehall Financial Group, eventually serving as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Director of Operations. Mr. Merrick began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

      Mr. Merrick is a Certified Public Accountant. He received a B.A. in economics from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.

    Nuveen Private Markets

    • Brian Roelke

      Head of Private Capital, Nuveen Private Markets

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      Brian Roelke

      Head of Private Capital, Nuveen Private Markets

      Brian Roelke serves as Head of Private Capital of Nuveen Private Markets. In this capacity he sits on the private markets investment committee and leads a group of investment professionals responsible for originating investment transactions in private asset classes including debt private placements, project finance, credit tenant loans, private ABS, senior leveraged loans, mezzanine, and private equity funds and co-investments. In addition to serving on Churchill Asset Management’s board of directors, he is on the firm’s investment committee.

      He previously served as Head of the Debt Private Placements team, and in a number of different positions throughout Nuveen’s investment organization. Mr. Roelke has over 20 years of industry experience and joined the Nuveen organization in 2002.

      Mr. Roelke earned a B.A. in history and economics from Colgate University and an M.B.A. in finance and accounting from New York University, where he was a Stern Scholar, was awarded a Stern Fellowship, and was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business honor society.

    • Shai Vichness, CFA

      Head of Senior Leveraged Lending, Nuveen Private Markets

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      Shai Vichness, CFA

      Head of Senior Leveraged Lending, Nuveen Private Markets

      Shai Vichness serves as Head of Senior Leveraged lending for Nuveen private markets team. Mr. Vichness also serves as the Portfolio Manager for middle market loans for Nuveen and is a member of Churchill Asset Management’s investment committee. He was previously a member of the distressed investments team, responsible for workouts and direct distressed investments, as well as secondary fixed income and equity trading. Mr. Vichness joined Nuveen in 2005 and has over 10 years of investment experience across multiple asset classes.

      Mr. Vichness holds a BBA from Baruch College, CUNY. He is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute and the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA).

  • Board of Directors

    Board of Directors

    • Heather Davis

      Head of Nuveen Private Markets

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      Heather Davis

      Head of Nuveen Private Markets

      Heather Davis is Head of Nuveen Private Markets. Ms. Davis is responsible for strategy, investment originations, portfolio management and board reporting for the organization’s investments in real assets and alternatives sectors including real estate, agriculture, timber, infrastructure and energy, private equity and private debt.

      Most recently she was Chief Investment Officer of Private Markets Investments for Nuveen. Prior to this position, she served as Head of Global Private Markets Investments and Head of Global Private Markets Portfolio Management where she oversaw the $40 billion global private markets portfolio which included private placements, private equity, distressed investments, commercial mortgages, natural resources and infrastructure investments. While at Nuveen, she has been an investor in many sectors within the private asset classes. Ms. Davis joined the organization in 1995 and has 31 years of investment industry experience.

      Prior to joining Nuveen, Ms. Davis worked for Prudential Financial in a variety of roles including commercial mortgage origination, mortgage underwriting, portfolio management, and credit underwriting. In 2009, Ms. Davis created TIAA’s Fruits of Employment initiative, which employs people with autism and other disabilities on TIAA farms. The Fruits of Employment program has won numerous awards for its groundbreaking work in autism employment in the farming sector. In 2014, Ms. Davis received the Athena International award for Corporate Leadership. Ms. Davis serves on the boards of Westchester Global Investment Management, Radar Propriedades Agricolas, S.A., Churchill Asset Management, the John M. Belk Endowment and the Carolinas Chapter of Autism Speaks. Ms. Davis holds a B.A. in economics from Cornell University and an M.B.A. in finance from Cornell University, Johnson School of Management. She serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

    • Ken Kencel

      President & CEO

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      Ken Kencel

      President & CEO

      212.478.9201 // ken.kencel@churchillam.com

      Kenneth J. Kencel serves as President & CEO of Churchill Asset Management. Throughout his over 30-year career Mr. Kencel has accrued a broad range of experience in leading middle market financing businesses. Previously, he was President and a Director of Carlyle GMS Finance; founded and was President and CEO of Churchill Financial; and served as Head of Leveraged Finance for Royal Bank of Canada as well as Head of Indosuez Capital—a leading middle market merchant banking and asset management business. Mr. Kencel also helped to found high yield finance businesses at both Chase Securities (now JP Morgan) and SBC Warburg (now UBS). 

      Mr. Kencel serves on the Board of Trustees of Canisius High School, is a member of the Investment Advisory Committee of the Archdiocese of New York and is a former member of the Board of Advisors and Adjunct Professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. He earned his B.S. in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University and his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law. 

    • John MacCarthy

      General Counsel, Nuveen

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      John MacCarthy

      General Counsel, Nuveen

      John MacCarthy serves as General Counsel of Nuveen.  John has been Chief Operating Officer of Nuveen since January 2016.  Responsibilities include overseeing and serving on the boards of subsidiary asset managers specializing in Real Estate, Agriculture, Timber, Agribusiness Private Equity and Middle Market Lending.  Initial focus was on unifying the $65 billion AUM U.S. Real Estate business of Nuveen with the $30 billion AUM TH Real Estate business headquartered in London.

      John joining Nuveen as General Counsel in 2006 and becoming Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel in 2008.  John was also a member of Nuveen’s Executive Committee.  Before joining Nuveen, John held various positions at the law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP starting in 1985, including Chairman of the Corporate Department and member of the firm’s Executive Committee from 2001 to 2006.

      John received his undergraduate degree from Williams College in 1982 and his law degree from Stanford Law School in 1985.  He is currently the Board Chair of Metropolitan Family Services.

    • Jose Minaya

      President Nuveen Global Investments

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      Jose Minaya

      President Nuveen Global Investments

      Jose Minaya serves as President of Nuveen Global Investments and was named President of Global Investments in December 2016 with accountability for leading and managing over $900 billion in AUM within thirteen distinct Public and Alternative affiliates. He also acts as Chairman to several of our subsidiary companies. In addition, he is a member of the Nuveen Investment and Risk committees. Previously, Mr. Minaya was President of Nuveen Global Real Assets where he was responsible for the business activities and strategic direction across various asset classes including real estate, agriculture, timber, infrastructure, energy, and alternative credit strategies. Prior to that, Mr. Minaya was Head of Private Markets Asset Management and served as Head of Natural Resources & Infrastructure Investments where he was responsible for building and managing the agriculture, timber, energy, and infrastructure investment platforms. Since joining the Nuveen organization in 2004, Mr. Minaya also managed transactions involving privately-placed debt and equity.

      Mr. Minaya has over 23 years of investment experience including positions at AIG Global Investment Group where he was involved in emerging markets equity transactions, and the investment banking groups at Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan where his responsibilities included mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. He holds a B.S. in finance from Manhattan College, where he was a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, an international economics honor society, and an MBA from Dartmouth College, Amos Tuck School of Business where he was a Robert Toigo Fellow.

      Mr. Minaya is a distinguished recipient of the 2016 Toigo Blazing Trails award for his demonstrated commitment to the education and leadership of the next generation of financial services talent. He also Co-Chairs the TIAA Military/Veterans Employee Resource Group which advances active duty and reserve military membership while helping TIAA better serve military and veteran clients. Finally, he is a recognized expert on real assets investing and is frequently sought after by the media and industry events for his perspectives and insights on the asset class.

    • Brian Roelke

      Head of Private Capital, Nuveen Private Markets

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      Brian Roelke

      Head of Private Capital, Nuveen Private Markets

      Brian Roelke serves as Head of Private Capital of Nuveen Private Markets. In this capacity he sits on the private markets investment committee and leads a group of investment professionals responsible for originating investment transactions in private asset classes including debt private placements, project finance, credit tenant loans, private ABS, senior leveraged loans, mezzanine, and private equity funds and co-investments. In addition to serving on Churchill Asset Management’s board of directors, he is on the firm’s investment committee.

      He previously served as Head of the Debt Private Placements team, and in a number of different positions throughout Nuveen’s investment organization. Mr. Roelke has over 20 years of industry experience and joined the Nuveen organization in 2002.

      Mr. Roelke earned a B.A. in history and economics from Colgate University and an M.B.A. in finance and accounting from New York University, where he was a Stern Scholar, was awarded a Stern Fellowship, and was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business honor society.

  • Investment Professionals

    Investment Professionals

    • Leland Richards

      Managing Director, Origination

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      Leland Richards

      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.

    • Mathew Linett

      Managing Director, Underwriting & Portfolio Management

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      Mathew Linett

      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.

    • Eric Wieczorek

      Principal, Underwriting & Portfolio Management

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      Eric Wieczorek

      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

      Principal, Origination

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      Alona Tolentino Gornick

      Principal, Origination

      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

      Principal, Origination

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      Kevin Meyer

      Principal, Origination

      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.

    • Carol Loundon

      Vice President, Underwriting & Portfolio Management

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      Carol Loundon

      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.

    • Sean Mancini

      Senior Associate, Underwriting & Portfolio Management

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      Sean Mancini

      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.

    • Nicholas Carroll

      Associate, Underwriting & Portfolio Management

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      Nicholas Carroll

      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.

    • Steve Jordan

      Associate, Underwriting & Portfolio Management

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      Steve Jordan

      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

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      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.

    • Tyler Donofrio

      Senior Analyst, Underwriting & Portfolio Management

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      Tyler Donofrio

      Senior Analyst, Underwriting & Portfolio Management

      Tyler Donofrio joined Churchill Asset Management in 2017 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. Donofrio was an Analyst with Hancock Capital Management, a financial services institution focused on providing mezzanine debt and equity co-investments to middle-market, private equity-backed companies.

      Mr. Donofrio graduated from Boston College, Carroll School of Management with a B.S. in management, with concentrations in finance and accounting.

  • Other Professionals

    Investor Relations and Business Development

    • Liz Perreten

      Principal, Head of Investor Relations & Business Development

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      Liz Perreten

      Principal, Head of Investor Relations & Business Development

      Liz Perreten joined Churchill Asset Management as a Principal in 2015 and focuses on investor relations and business development. Previously, Ms. Perreten served as Director of Investor Relations and Portfolio Initiatives at Kohlberg & Company, a middle market private equity firm. In addition to her experience in investor relations and fundraising, she spent seven years with SPP Capital Partners, arranging private debt financing for sponsor-backed and independent middle market companies. She was also involved in the origination, execution and monitoring of mezzanine debt investments for SPP Mezzanine Partners. She began her career in equity sales with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.

      Ms. Perreten received a B.A. with honors in international relations from Brown University, and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.

    • Louisa Colon

      Executive Assistant and Investor Relations

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      Louisa Colon

      Executive Assistant and Investor Relations

      Louisa Colon joined Churchill Asset Management in the summer of 2017 as the Executive Assistant to the President & CEO as well as working with the Investor Relations team and head of Product Development and Capital. Previously, Ms. Colon has served as the Executive and Personal Assistant to C-Level executives at Blackstone Group, General Growth Properties, Guggenheim Partners and Thomas Weisel Partners. She has experience within the asset management, hedge fund, investor relations, real estate and investment banking areas. She began her career at TIAA in the Private Placements and Project Finance Divisions after earning her B.A. in history from Colgate University.

    Finance and Operations

    • Heather McNally

      Senior Vice President, Manager of Loan Operations

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      Heather McNally

      Senior Vice President, Manager of Loan Operations

      Heather McNally joined Churchill Asset Management in 2016 as a Senior Vice President, Manager of Loan Operations with over ten years of financial services experience. Previously, she was a Managing Director at Garrison Investment Group where she was responsible for the Operations team and direct lending administration.  Ms. McNally has also served as Operations Manager at Fraser Sullivan Investment Management; Loan Administrator at Fortress Investment Group; and Trust Officer at LaSalle Bank, with a focus on CLO administration and back office processes.

      Ms. McNally received her B.A. in political science from DePaul University and her MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

    • Michelle Rancic

      Senior Vice President, Funds Controller

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      Michelle Rancic

      Senior Vice President, Funds Controller

      Michelle Rancic joined Churchill Asset Management in 2017 as a Senior Vice President, Funds Controller with over ten years of financial services experience. Previously, she was the Chief Accounting Officer and Director at Garrison Investment Group, a middle market credit and asset based fund, responsible for accounting operations and financial reporting.  Ms. Rancic was also a manager in the Banking and Capital Markets Assurance Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, responsible for the planning, implementation, and completion of financial statement audits of top tier SEC and non-SEC clients in the Banking and Capital Markets industry.

      Ms. Rancic received her B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration from the University at Albany and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York.

    • Kyle Linnemeyer

      Associate, Finance and Accounting

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      Kyle Linnemeyer

      Associate, Finance and Accounting

      Kyle Linnemeyer joined Churchill Asset Management in 2017 as an Associate in Finance and Accounting. Previously Kyle was a senior associate at Grant Thornton in the Financial Services Assurance Practice. Mr. Linnemeyer was responsible for financial statement audits of Real Estate Investment Trusts, Hedge Funds, and Fund of Funds. Mr. Linnemeyer also tested internal controls over financial reporting as required by section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act for publicly traded companies.

      Mr. Linnemeyer graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A in Economics. Mr. Linnemeyer graduated with distinction from Wake Forest University with a Masters in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York.

    • Theo Cerigo

      Loan Operations Specialist

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      Theo Cerigo

      Loan Operations Specialist

      Theo Cerigo joined Churchill Asset Management in 2017 as a Loan Operations Specialist on the Operations Team, with over 4 years of broadly syndicated Loan Operations experience. Previously, Mr. Cerigo was a Loan Administrator at GoldenTree Asset Management. Mr. Cerigo started his career with International Fund services (IFS), where he started as a Loan Administrator who oversaw a vast range of broadly syndicated loan portfolio managers.

      Mr. Cerigo received both his BBA in Operational Management and his MF with a concentration in Finance from Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business. Mr. Cerigo finished his MS in Finance with Honors and was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

    Legal and Compliance

    • John McCally

      Managing Director and Associate General Counsel, Nuveen

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    • Heather McFarland

      Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer

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    • Noelle Sproul

      Associate General Counsel, Nuveen

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    Advisor

    • Kevin Burke

      Senior Advisor

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      Kevin Burke

      Senior Advisor

      Kevin Burke serves as a Senior Advisor to Churchill, assisting with developing middle market private credit investment funds and strategies designed to meet the current income needs of institutional and high net worth investors across the globe. Most recently, Mr. Burke served as a Senior Managing Director of Antares Capital, where he headed the firm’s loan syndication, sales and trading division. During his 40-year career, he has held senior roles at GE Capital and Bankers Trust (now Deutsche Bank), and served as a Board member of the Loan Syndications and Trading Association, where he remains on its Senior Advisory Board. Mr. Burke is a graduate of Harvard University.

    Executive Assistant

    • Bailey Richard

      Executive Assistant

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      Bailey Richard

      Executive Assistant

      Bailey Richard joined Churchill Asset Management as an Executive Assistant in 2016 and has over six years of experience as an administrator and office manager. Previously, she was the Executive Assistant for the Senior Vice President of Advancement and Chief of Staff at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, where she dealt with donors, trustees and heads of schools of Dartmouth. Bailey has also served as Executive Assistant and Office Manager at Loeb Enterprises, a private investment firm located in New York, New York.

      Bailey received her B.A. in Advertising and Public Relations from Texas Christian University and is from Fort Worth, Texas.