Michael DuranFounder & Managing Partner

Michael Duran is the Founder and Managing Partner of Mill Point Capital. Prior to founding Mill Point, Mr. Duran was a Managing Director at Ripplewood Holdings. Mr. Duran joined Ripplewood in 1999 and during his thirteen-year tenure executed domestic and international investments in a variety of industries, including business services, industrials, consumer products, direct marketing, telecommunications equipment and consumer electronics. In addition, Mr. Duran held numerous board positions for Ripplewood portfolio companies. Prior to joining Ripplewood, Mr. Duran worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at Broadview International, a technology-focused boutique investment bank, in both their New York and London offices. 
 
Mr. Duran currently serves on the boards of all Mill Point portfolio companies, and previously served on the boards of Diversified Distribution Systems and Atlantix Global Systems prior to Mill Point’s exits. 
 
Mr. Duran earned a B.S. from Georgetown University, where he studied Finance, International Business and Psychology. He also completed a program in Comparative Business Policy and International Finance at Oxford University.

Dustin SmithPartner

Dustin Smith is a Partner of Mill Point Capital. Prior to joining Mill Point in 2016, Mr. Smith was a Managing Director and Head of Industrials at American Capital. Mr. Smith joined American Capital in 2004, and during his tenure was responsible for the origination, structuring, negotiation and oversight of the firm’s private equity transactions. Prior to joining American Capital, Mr. Smith worked at MML Capital Partners, a $530 million mezzanine and private equity fund specializing in growth financings for middle-market companies. Prior to MML, Mr. Smith worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at Credit Suisse First Boston, where he focused on transactions in the energy, consumer products and industrial sectors.
 
Mr. Smith currently serves on the boards of Huntington Solutions, Avenu Insights & Analytics, Metal Powder Products, KKSP Precision Machining and Dejana Industries. In addition, Mr. Smith was formerly a board member of DelStar Technologies, Dynojet Research, eLynx Holdings, Lifoam Holdings, Mirion Technologies and Pacific Handy Cutter, many of which were in a Chairman role. 
 
Mr. Smith is a Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University, where he earned both a B.S. and M.S. in International Relations, Economics and Business Diplomacy.

Jim MillsteinInvestment Committee Chairman

Until March 2011, Mr. Millstein was the Chief Restructuring Officer at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In that role, he was responsible for oversight and management of the Department's largest investments in the financial sector. He was the architect of American International Group's (AIG) successful restructuring, described by the Wall Street Journal as the "Super Bowl of Corporate Turnarounds."

From July 2000 to April 2009, Mr. Millstein served as Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Corporate Restructuring at Lazard. Mr. Millstein managed a leading restructuring practice in Europe, the United States and Asia. Selected engagements included representation of the United Auto Workers in connection with the restructuring of their contractual relationships with GM, Ford and Chrysler; representation of Charter Communications in connection with its pre-packaged plan of reorganization under Chapter 11; representation of the Republic of Argentina in connection with the exchange offer for its international bond indebtedness; representation of WorldCom in connection with its Chapter 11 reorganization; representation of United Pan-European Communications in connection with its pre-arranged plan of arrangement in the Netherlands and Delaware; and, representation of Marconi in connection with its scheme of arrangement in the United Kingdom.

Before joining Lazard, Mr. Millstein was Partner and Head of the Corporate Restructuring practice at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. From September 1982 to June 2000, Mr. Millstein managed a highly successful practice of a major international law firm. Significant engagements included representation of Daewoo Corporation in connection with its financial restructuring in Korea; representation of the Disney Corporation in connection with the financial restructuring of EuroDisney in France; representation of Pan-American Airlines in connection with its Chapter 11 reorganization; and, representation of the Zell-Chilmark Fund in its acquisition of various troubled companies in and out of Chapter 11.

He is currently a member of the boards of DLT Solutions and Avenu Insights & Analytics.

Mr. Millstein received a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He holds an M.A. in Political Science summa cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Millstein graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Politics from Princeton University.

Richard SummersVice President

Richard Summers is a Vice President of Mill Point Capital. Prior to joining Mill Point in 2013, Mr. Summers was with Barclays Investment Bank. At Barclays, he was a member of the industrials team responsible for providing strategic advice on mergers & acquisitions and capital raising across a variety of verticals, including aerospace & defense, automotive, building products, capital goods, engineering & construction, paper and packaging, and transportation. Additionally, Mr. Summers was a founding member of Barclays’ Strategic Finance Group, where he advised clients across all industries on shareholder activism, hostile M&A and takeover defense. The group also advised clients on non-distressed equity restructurings, including spin-offs, split-offs and IPO-carveouts. 
 
Mr. Summers currently serves on the boards of Huntington Solutions, Metal Powder Products and Dejana Industries. 
 
Mr. Summers earned a B.S. in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Mark PaolanoAssociate

Mark Paolano is an Associate of Mill Point Capital. Prior to joining Mill Point in 2016, Mr. Paolano was with American Capital. At American Capital, he was a member of the private equity team responsible for identifying and analyzing investment opportunities, structuring and closing transactions, monitoring portfolio companies, working closely with management teams to accelerate growth and implementing strategic and operational initiatives. At American Capital, Mr. Paolano worked on investments across the entire capital structure including both equity and debt. Prior to American Capital, Mr. Paolano was a member of the financial sponsors group at Citigroup Global Markets, where he advised clients on sponsor-led acquisitions and leveraged financings. 
 
Mr. Paolano is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a B.B.A. in Finance.

Ben RogersAssociate

Ben Rogers is an Associate of Mill Point Capital. Prior to joining Mill Point in 2017, Mr. Rogers was with Macquarie Capital. At Macquarie, he was a founding member of the Aerospace & Defense coverage team responsible for providing strategic advice on mergers & acquisitions and capital raising for companies in the aerospace, defense and government services sectors. Additionally, Mr. Rogers was a member of Macquarie’s Leveraged Finance & Merchant Banking team, where he advised clients on sponsor-led acquisitions and financings across the capital structure.
 
Mr. Rogers is a magna cum laude graduate of Colgate University, where he earned a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy.