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Christopher J. Baclawski
Managing Partner ~ Investment Banking
(949) 415-7321 | christopher.baclawski@cbcapital.com | vCard

Mr. Baclawski is the founding Managing Partner for CB Capital Partners which was established in 2001. Mr. Baclawski has participated in numerous corporate finance transactions, including mergers & acquisitions; initial, secondary and convertible subordinated debenture offerings; private placements of equity and debt securities; recapitalizations and go-private transactions, business valuations and fairness opinions. In aggregate, Mr. Baclawski has been involved in excess of $2.0 billion of transactional value. Mr. Baclawski's investment banking experience spans working in a variety of industries including digital media, retail & consumer, healthcare, financial services and technology.

Prior to forming CB Capital Partners, Mr. Baclawski held Investment Banking and Corporate Finance positions with firms such as Wells Fargo Securities, L.H. Friend & Co., T Rowe Price, Bankers Trust, and the Real Estate Asset Management divisions of both Goldman Sachs Company (Archon Group) and CB Richard Ellis Investors. Mr. Baclawski began his career in the financial services industry with AT&T's Global Business Financial Division and was the recipient of the 1994 AT&T Academic Achievement Award. Mr. Baclawski has lectured on various corporate finance topics both domestically and internationally and is active with a limited number of philanthropic activities.

Mr. Baclawski received a B. A. degree in Economics and Business with distinction from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1994 with a concentration in Biological Sciences. In addition, Mr. Baclawski is a founding charter member of TiE Orange County (which is now TiE South Coast) and currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Don Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of California, Irvine, where he is a longtime supporter and sponsor of the Business Plan Competition at the Paul Merage School of Business, and is a co-developer of the school’s “Anatomy of Business” educational series.

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Henry To, CFA, CAIA, FRM
Partner & Chief Investment Officer
(214) 932-3421 | henry.to@cbcapital.com | vCard

Mr. To currently serves as Chief Investment Officer and Head of Research for CB Capital Partners by leveraging his many years of investment, consulting, and valuation experience. Mr. To has extensive experience in institutional asset management, portfolio allocation, global macroeconomics and public policy. Mr. To brings his unique business ideas, entrepreneurial mindset, managerial experience, and professional consulting skills to CB Capital Partners.

Previously, Mr. To was the Founder and Managing Partner of MarketThoughts LLC, an investment advisory service catering to global investors, including the world’s largest alternative asset management firms (e.g. Tudor Funds). Prior to  MarketThoughts LLC, Mr. To held Investment, Energy Consulting, and Actuarial Consulting positions with firms such as Buck Consultants, Lukens Energy Group (now part of Black & Veatch), and Mercer, where he obtained substantial experience in institutional asset management, team management, and performed valuations on non-traditional assets such as ERISA pension/actuarial contracts, natural gas storage fields, and weather derivative contracts.

Mr. To is also an Adjunct Professor at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. In that capacity, Mr. To created a class curriculum and lectured on a variety of public policy areas, including education, crime, drug, national security, international policy, and global leadership. Mr. To has been a featured speaker at the Western Pension & Benefits Conference (Orange County Chapter), where he discussed the role of private equity and infrastructure investing in pension fund portfolios. Mr. To has been interviewed and quoted by CNBC, CCTV, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times Business Section, among other media outlets and publications.

Mr. To received a BA in Mathematics and Economics from Rice University, an MBA in Finance from UCLA Anderson School of Management, and a Masters of Public Policy (MPP) in International Policy from UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

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Jules Jomsky
Managing Director ~ Investment Banking
(949) 415-7320 | jules.jomsky@cbcapital.com| vCard

Mr. Jomsky currently serves as Managing Director for CB Capital Partners. Mr. Jomsky has over 20 years experience in transactional financing including mergers and acquisitions, company recapitalizations, real estate acquisition, refinancing, development, and/or construction, and business working capital requirements. Mr. Jomsky also has an extensive background in small business lending completing over $2.5 billion in conventional and SBA (Small Business Administration) financings for his clients. Mr. Jomsky’s clientele and industry expertise is diverse; however, he has extensive experience in the hospitality, convenience store, gas station, and wireless industries. Mr. Jomsky also has international transaction experience completing with strong relationships in South America and Asia.

Prior to joining CB Capital Partners, Mr. Jomsky served as CCO for Cobblestone Financial Group a full service commercial real estate financing company specializing in procuring commercial loan financing for all properties types from owner user to large investment properties. He also played a key role in the acquisition, recapitalization, and 70% equity sale for $100 million of a mine in South America to a major Chinese State run company. Mr. Jomsky has also held positions in several major US Banks such as Comerica Bank and Premier Commercial Bank on both the Business Development and Credit Underwriting sides of commercial lending divisions.

He received a BA in Finance and Real Estate from California State University, Northridge and an MBA in Finance from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

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Charles L. Baecker
Chief Operating Officer
(949) 415-7322 | charles.baecker@cbcapital.com | vCard

Charles Baecker serves as CB Capital’s Chief Operating Officer, providing leadership to the firm in designing, implementing and overseeing the firm’s systems, processes and procedures.  A 35-year veteran of Southern California industry, Mr. Baecker has 20 years’ experience in various executive management roles including Founder, President, VP Sales & Marketing as well as having served as adviser and observer to various start-ups.

Prior to coming to CB Capital, Mr. Baecker worked for industry leaders Baxter, Beckman Coulter, Exxon, Ernst and Young and Wonderware Corporation in a number of management roles.  As an executive in the Los Angeles management consulting practice of Ernst & Young, Mr. Baecker provided consulting services in IT and software systems for both mid-cap companies and Fortune 500 divisions across the Western US.  At Wonderware, Mr. Baecker was part of the team that took the company public, creating a market capitalization of over $300 million.  From 2005 to 2015, Mr. Baecker was Administrative Director of The Beall Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business where he was also a Lecturer in both entrepreneurship and business strategy. 

Mr. Baecker received a B. A. degree in Economics from the University of Southern California and a Master of Business Administration from California Polytechnic University, Pomona.

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Meghana S. Gaikwad
Director
(949) 415-7327 | meghana.gaikwad@cbcapital.com | vCard

Ms. Gaikwad is a Vice President at CB Capital Partners where she supports the firm’s corporate finance and Merger & Acquisition activities in the US and emerging markets. Since joining CB Capital Partners Ms. Gaikwad has been extensively involved in cross border business development in the Indian market by leveraging her knowledge of the US and Indian business cultures. In addition, she also specializes in technology-related M&A transactions and investment opportunities.

Prior to joining CB Capital, Ms. Gaikwad has worked in India and the US in the Telecommunication and IT industry for companies like Nextwave Wireless Inc., Qualcomm, and SEED Infotech Ltd.

Ms. Gaikwad has an MBA with honors from the UCI Paul Merage School of Business, Masters of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Summa Cum Laude from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and a Bachelor in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from Pune University.

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Tauna K. Vandeweghe
Director ~ Business Development
(949) 415-7320 | tauna.vandeweghe@cbcapital.com | vCard

Ms. Vandeweghe is a Director of Business Development for CB Capital Partners. Ms. Vandeweghe has over 20 years of global diversified financial and business development experience. She has played an integral role in a variety of assignments including mergers & acquisitions, fairness opinions, valuation, litigation, recapitalizations, divestitures, private placements of debt and equity securities and restructurings. She also has notable expertise in sports, technology, apparel and media. Ms. Vandeweghe comes from one of the most recognized family names in the sports industry. Her father Ernest was a NY Knick and team doctor to the Los Angeles Lakers, her brother Kiki was a multiple NCAA and NBA All Star, GM and Coach, and her daughter Coco was a 2008 US Open Junior Champion and is currently ranked in the top 100 in professional tennis.

Considered as one of the top 50 athletes in California history, Ms. Vandeweghe brings a multifaceted expertise to the company. She competed in the 1976 Olympics in Swimming while attending UCLA, winning 5 NCAA titles, then went on to USC playing Volleyball, winning a NCAA Title then going on to the 1984 Olympic Volleyball team. Ms. Vandeweghe went on to a successful broadcast/journalism career in L.A., New York and Oregon, working with ESPN, Sports Channel and various Networks. She also became one of the major fund raisers in NY, working with charities, government and local entities, entrenching herself with numerous high profile financial individuals and institutions. Ms. Vandeweghe also worked on the initial stages of marketing for SoBe and marketing tours for Sugar Free Jello. She marketed and ran various non-for-profit events moving on to become the first women to be a General Manager for a men’s professional basketball team. Since she has relocated to California, she worked with Niken, in sales, developing marketing tools and also raising private equity.

Ms. Vandeweghe attended both the University of California at Los Angeles where she studied Communications, and the University of Southern California where she studies Broadcast Journalism.

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Matt Wu
Vice President ~ Investment Banking
(949) 415-7320 | matt.wu@cbcapital.com | vCard

Mr. Wu is Vice President for CB Capital Partners of Investment Banking with a specialization in the Chinese markets. Since Mr. Wu first joined CB Capital Partners as an associate in 2010, Mr. Wu has been engaged in our cross border M&A transactions and general M&A due diligence by leveraging his bilingual language skills and his comprehensive knowledge in US and China business cultures, as well as his previous experience in corporate strategy and quantitative analysis.

Prior to joining CB Capital Partners, Mr. Wu worked for Roth Capital Partners in Equity Research and has more than 10 years of experience in supply chain management in a global environment, working for a group of prominent companies such as 3M, within the Asian, North American, European and Latin American markets. He’s a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese and speaks fluent English.

Mr. Wu received his MBA degree from University of California, Irvine with a concentration in Finance and Strategy and a B.E. degree in Aircraft Manufacturing Engineering from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

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