James J. Zenni Jr.
Mr. Zenni is President and Chief Executive Officer of ZCG, and is responsible for all portfolio management and business operations. ZCG is a leading, privately held global investment firm with approximately $4.0 billion of assets under management across complementary private equity and credit businesses. Over the last 26 years, Mr. Zenni has had substantial success investing in private equity and credit strategies.
Mr. Zenni is currently Chairman of the Board of Affinity Interactive, Gaming & Hospitality Acquisition Corp., Mrs. Fields Famous Brands, LLC, Pink Taco, Premier Thermal Solutions, LLC., Techniks Holdings, LLC, Twin-Star International, Inc., Waldhaus Flims Alpine Resort & Spa, and XRG Xperience Brands. Mr. Zenni also serves on the boards of Carillon Miami Beach, CTM Holding, Inc., Daily Racing Form Intermediate Holdings, LLC. and Modere, Inc.
Mr. Zenni was previously Chairman of the Board of MSDP Group, LLC and a member of the boards of Bayou Steel Corporation, PTC Alliance Corp., Smarte Carte Corp., and Sun World International, LLC, all of which were portfolio companies. He also served on the Board of Guarantee Title & Trust Insurance Company, a non-portfolio company.
Prior to founding ZCG, Mr. Zenni was President, Founder, and Co-owner of Black Diamond Capital Mgmt., L.L.C. (“BD”), which he founded in 1995. Mr. Zenni was jointly responsible for all portfolio management and business operations at BD. Mr. Zenni divested his interest in an employee-led buyout which led to the formation of ZCG.
Prior to founding BD, Mr. Zenni was a Managing Director and senior member of the Capital Markets Department of Kidder, Peabody & Co. Inc. (“Kidder”). Mr. Zenni had a distinguished career while at Kidder in financial asset engineering, acquisitions, and value-oriented investing.
Mr. Zenni has had numerous accomplishments in his career including development and holds the patent for a data-management software platform and search engine tool developed by Olympus Fintech, L.L.C. (a ZCG affiliate).
Mr. Zenni previously served on the Board of Trustees and was Chairman of the Investment Committees of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and Lake Forest Country Day School. Mr. Zenni has supported various philanthropic endeavors and initiatives.
Mr. Zenni is a graduate of Xavier University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Economics and was the recipient of the Department of Economics Award. Mr. Zenni also attended Xavier University Graduate School of Business and University of Vienna (Austria) School of Economics and Business Administration.