For Immediate Release
Media Relations Coordinator
Challenges of Raising Venture Capital Money with R. Adam
Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Circle Peak Capital
Venture Capital Happy Hour (http://www.VCHappyHour.com), October 2, 6PM, Will Bring Together
Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors, Seeders, Entrepreneurs, Technologists and Visionaries for an
Evening of Networking and Cocktails in New York City
(September 24, 2012, New York) The most pressing issues (and glowing successes) raising venture capital
money will be presented at Venture Capital Happy Hour (http://www.VCHappyHour.com), on Tuesday
October 2, 6:00pm, by R. Adam Smith, Founder & CEO, Circle Peak Capital. Visionaries, investors and
advisors of the next Facebook, Google and Groupon are invited to join Venture Capital Happy Hour, organized
by Golden Networking (http://www.goldennetworking.net), great opportunities for practitioners to speak with
unprecedented candidness about their trade, both opportunities and challenges.
R. Adam Smith is an experienced investor and advisor to small and middle market private companies, with
approximately 20 years of experience in private equity and mergers & acquisitions at leading private investment
and advisory institutions, including Caxton-Iseman Capital, Castle Harlan, Inc., Salomon Brothers and Lehman
Brothers. Prior to forming Circle Peak, Mr. Smith served in principal capacities at two leading private equity
firms based in New York City, Caxton-Iseman Capital LLC and Castle Harlan, Inc., each with over $2 billion in
managed equity capital.
At these firms, Mr. Smith worked directly with senior management teams and institutional limited partners, co-
investors, and lenders in the acquisition and growth of $25 million to $1 billion companies in food, beverage,
restaurant, distribution, industrial, and asset management sectors. Mr. Smith has been involved in control-stake
private investments collectively representing approximately $1.5 billion in sales, $200 million in EBITDA, and
$400 million in equity commitments.
Mr. Smith is an advisor and/or board member to several private businesses and partnerships, including Rocket
Dog Holdings LLC, Fischbein LLC, Luxury Optical Holdings LLC, Shari's Management Corp., Hill & Valley
Inc., Stride Capital LLC, Design Holdings Company LLC and Aqua Capital Partners.
Mr. Smith was also in the Financial Sponsors Group at Lehman Brothers where he advised on financial and
strategic issues for leading consumer, financial services, and industrial U.S. and European middle market
corporations and private equity firms. Mr. Smith was also employed by Columbus Advisors, prior to Columbia
Business School, then a leading emerging markets alternative investment partnership with approximately $100
million in assets, and began his career in the global financial institutions practice at Salomon Brothers Inc.
Mr. Smith earned an MBA with honors from Columbia Business School and a BA cum laude in International
Relations and Economics from Boston University. Mr. Smith is an active alumnus of Columbia Business
School, a founding board member of the School's Private Equity Advisory Board, and a founder of the School's
Investment Management Conference in 1997.
Mr. Smith is a co-founder of Friends of Leukemia Fighters, an oncology non-profit associated with the Weill
Medical College of Cornell University and New York Presbyterian Hospital of New York City. Mr. Smith is
Chairman, Inaugural Piece for Peace Concert of the Tanenbaum Center in New York City, a Board Member at
the Museum of Modern Arts, and an advisor to 1000 Museums and Sylvester Manor, an educational farm on
Shelter Island, NY. Mr. Smith is married with two children and lives in New York City.
Venture Capital Happy Hour, featured in The New York Times, is produced by Golden Networking
(http://www.goldennetworking.net), the premier networking community for business executives, entrepreneurs
and investors. Panelists, speakers and sponsors are invited to contact Golden Networking by sending an email to
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