Michael DuranFounder & Managing Partner

Michael Duran is the Founder & Managing Partner of Mill Point Capital and serves on the Investment Committee. 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 and serves on the Investment Committee. 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 Member

Jim Millstein serves on the Mill Point Investment Committee. Mr. Millstein is the Co-Chairman of Guggenheim Securities. Prior to joining Guggenheim, Mr. Millstein was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Millstein & Co., a financial advisory firm. Prior to founding Millstein & Co. in 2011, Mr. Millstein was the Chief Restructuring Officer at the Department of the Treasury from 2009 to 2011. In that role, he was responsible for oversight and management of the Department of the Treasury’s largest investments in the financial sector. Mr. Millstein was the principal architect of American International Group's successful restructuring and recapitalization.

Prior to joining the Department of the Treasury, Mr. Millstein served as Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Corporate Restructuring at Lazard from 2000 to 2008. Mr. Millstein managed a leading restructuring practice in Europe, the United States and Asia. Before joining Lazard, Mr. Millstein was Partner and Head of the Corporate Restructuring practice at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP, managing a highly successful practice of a major international law firm.

Mr. Millstein currently serves on the board of DLT Solutions.

Mr. Millstein received a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He earned 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, Dejana Industries and Affinion Insurance Solutions. 
 
Mr. Summers earned a B.S. in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Mark PaolanoVice President

Mark Paolano is a Vice President 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 currently serves on the board of Avenu Insights & Analytics.

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.

Tim StoneAssociate

Tim Stone is an Associate of Mill Point Capital. Prior to joining Mill Point in 2018, Mr. Stone was with Vestar Capital Partners. At Vestar, he was responsible for evaluating buyout and growth equity investment opportunities for information services, consumer products and healthcare companies. Prior to Vestar, Mr. Stone was a member of the Global Industrials Group at Barclays Investment Bank, advising on M&A transactions as well as debt and equity financings.

Mr. Stone is a cum laude graduate of the University of Richmond, where he earned a B.A. in Leadership Studies and a minor in Business Administration. 

Tim ChizakChief Financial Officer

Tim Chizak is the Chief Financial Officer of Mill Point Capital. Prior to joining Mill Point in 2017, Mr. Chizak was a Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer/Chief Administrative Officer within Fortress Investment Group’s Credit business. As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Chizak oversaw the financial and operational activities of a variety of Fortress Funds investing globally across credit, real estate and long-dated assets. As Chief Administrative Officer, Mr. Chizak oversaw Fortress’ Global Real Estate platform. Prior to Fortress, Mr. Chizak was a Principal at JP Morgan Partners, a global private equity organization that had over $13 billion in capital under management. Prior to JP Morgan, Mr. Chizak was a Principal and Group Controller at Ripplewood Holdings. Mr. Chizak began his career at Arthur Andersen working in Audit and the Transaction Advisory Services groups.
 
Mr. Chizak earned a B.S. in Accounting/Business Administration from Bucknell University.
 

Jiaeh KimDirector, Investor Relations

Jiaeh Kim is a Director, Investor Relations of Mill Point Capital. Prior to joining Mill Point in 2018, Ms. Kim was a Director at Corbin Capital Partners, responsible for investor relations. Ms. Kim started her career at J.P. Morgan Alternative Asset Management, and for nine years was a member of the Client Portfolio Management group where she focused on investor relations and business development.
 
Ms. Kim earned a B.S. in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University, and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.