Our Team

Morty Schaja, M.B.A., CFA, CEO and Managing Partner - Morty graduated from Tel-Aviv University in 1975 with a BS in Physics and from Columbia University in 1976 with an MBA in finance and accounting. From 1977 to 1985, Morty was Vice President for Consulting with Data Resources, Inc., a leading economic consulting and forecasting firm. From 1986 through 1987 he was a Senior Analyst with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette’s Stock Index Department. From 1987 until 1990, Morty was Executive Vice President of First Security, a registered investment advisor and hedge fund. From February 1991 through March 2006, Morty had various responsibilities with Baron Capital, leading to his position as President and Chief Operating Officer, where he managed the growth of the firm from $40 million in assets under management to over $15 billion. As CEO and a founding partner of RiverPark Capital, Morty has responsibility for all of the firm’s business activities as well as overseeing the firm’s risk management, compliance and trading infrastructure and participating in the portfolio management process.

Mitch Rubin J.D., CFA, CIO and Managing Partner - Mitch Rubin received a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Michigan in 1988 and a JD from Harvard Law School in 1991. From 1991 to 1994, Mitch was an associate with the New York office of Latham & Watkins specializing in corporate finance transactions. From 1994 until joining Baron Capital in November of 1995, Mitch was an equity research analyst for Smith Barney in emerging growth stocks. In 1995, Mitch joined Baron Capital as a research analyst covering consumer/retail, gaming/leisure/lodging and real estate. In 1999 Mitch was co-portfolio manager for Baron Growth Fund. From the March 2000 inception through March 2006, Mitch was the portfolio manager for the Baron iOpportunity Fund and from the fund’s May 2004 inception to March 2006 he was also the portfolio manager of Baron Fifth Avenue Growth Fund, a large cap growth fund. As CIO and a founding partner of RiverPark Capital, Mitch has responsibility for managing the firm’s investment-related research efforts and is the Portfolio Manager of the RiverPark Large Growth Fund and the RiverPark Long/Short Opportunity Fund. 

Conrad van Tienhoven - Principal and Assistant Portfolio Manager - Conrad graduated from the University of Texas with a BA in Economics in 1997. He then joined Baron Capital as a junior analyst and covered the real estate and consumer/retail industries. In 2000, he became a senior analyst on the Baron iOpportunity Fund covering internet media, ecommerce, hardware, software, and online business services. In 2004, in addition to his information technology work, Conrad was made a senior analyst on the Baron Fifth Avenue Growth Fund. In this role, he worked as a generalist in large cap growth ideas. Conrad joined RiverPark Capital at its inception and is a senior research analyst within the firm.

Justin Frankel - Portfolio Manager - Justin joined RiverPark in June of 2013 when the Wavecrest Partners Fund was converted into the RiverPark Structural Alpha Fund. Prior to co-founding Wavecrest in September of 2008, Justin managed the Structured Investments business at Morgan Stanley. He began his career on the floor of the NYSE working for a Specialist firm before becoming a market maker for a NASDAQ trading firm in the late 1990’s. Justin also worked at Merrill Lynch where he helped grow their structured products business before becoming a Private Wealth Advisor at UBS. Justin has a B.A. from Lehigh University in International Relations and was a Martindale Scholar.

Jeremy Berman - Portfolio Manager - Jeremy joined RiverPark in June of 2013 when the Wavecrest Partners Fund was converted into the RiverPark Structural Alpha Fund. Jeremy has been responsible for creating, trading, and marketing structured products throughout his career. Prior to co-founding Wavecrest in September of 2008, he managed Morgan Stanley’s Structured Solutions group for the eastern half of the U.S., creating customized derivative solutions in structured note and over-the-counter format. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Jeremy held similar positions at Bank of America and JP Morgan. Jeremy has a B.A. from Haverford College, and graduated Beta Gamma Sigma with an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

Andy Appelbaum - JD and Managing Partner, RiverPark Ventures - RiverPark Ventures was formed in April of 2014 to make venture capital investments in high growth, early stage business that we believe have significant opportunities to create leadership positions in their industries. Andy received a BA in Philosophy and Political Science, summa cum laude from SUNY Binghamton in 1988 and a JD from New York University School of Law in 1991. From 1991 through 1992, he was an associate with the New York office of Latham & Watkins, specializing in corporate transactions and restructuring. From 1992 through the present, Andy has been a serial entrepreneur with a focus on creating marketplaces and disrupting inefficient supply chains. The companies he has co-founded have spanned a broad diversity of industries, including technology, energy, food services, e-commerce, media and real estate. Andy is the co-founder of Cleaner Options, Seamless (formerly Seamless Web), mdenergy, Blue Ribbon Partners and domino Media Group. Prior to joining RiverPark Ventures, Andy was an active angel investor. As Managing Partner of RiverPark Ventures, Andy is responsible for all of the fund's business activities including deal sourcing and portfolio management.

Matt Kelly - Chief Marketing Officer - Matt Kelly joined RiverPark Capital in June of 2010 as a Partner with responsibility for marketing and distributing the firm’s asset management products. Prior to joining RiverPark, Matt was responsible for third-party distribution for the Baron Funds from 1997 to 2010. Matt has over seventeen years of experience in the mutual fund industry. Matt graduated from Lehigh University in 1991.
Contact: mkelly@riverparkfunds.com

Paul Genova - Chief Financial Officer - Paul received his bachelor’s degree in accountancy from Bentley College in 1999. From 1999 to 2002, Paul was a Senior Auditor for Pustorino, Puglisi and Co., Grant Thornton, LLP and PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, whereby he led various high profile audit engagements in their respective capital markets groups. In 2003, Paul joined Exis Capital Management, Inc as a Senior Accountant, a multi-strategy / multi-prime broker / multi-manager hedge fund platform with assets reaching $1.5 billion under management. Within a year’s time at Exis Capital Management, Inc., Paul was promoted to Controller whereby he was responsible for two master-feeder complex capital structures as well as managing a group of several back office members. Prior to joining RiverPark Capital LLC in May of 2008, Paul spent just under a year and a half as Controller at K Squared Capital Advisors, LP, a high-yield / distressed opportunities hedge fund with approximately $270 million in assets under management.

Kristi Caruso - Head Trader - Kristi received her bachelor’s degree as a teacher for the speech/hearing handicapped from New York University in 1996. From 1996 to 2006, Kristi worked at Baron Capital Inc. rising from marketing intern to an administrative manager. Her roles included research support, trading operations, human resource management and marketing. From 2006 to present, Kristi has worked at RiverPark as Head Trader and Office Manager. Kristi is also an accomplished chef and recently completed training at the French Culinary Institute.

Jim Brophy - Trading/Research - Jim graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Natural Resources and Environment in 1995 and from New York University with an MBA in Finance and International Business in 2003. Jim has over 17 years of securities industry experience as both a buy and sell side trader. From 1995 through 2005, Jim has held positions at Bank of America, ABN Amro and NatWest Markets. From 2005 through 2009, Jim managed the trading operation of Arience Capital, a value oriented long/short equity hedge fund with over $1bn in assets under management. Most recently, he was a managing director in institutional equity sales and trading at Canaccord Financial before joining RiverPark in 2012. Jim is married and lives with his wife and 3 children in New York City.

Gary Schnierow, J.D., CFA - Director of Research - Gary Schnierow received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois in 1988, a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1992, and an LL.M. in Tax Law from NYU in 1994. From 1994 to 1996, Gary was a Managing Partner for Automatic Entertainment, an independent record label. Gary was a Junior Equity Research Analyst for William Blair & Company covering transportation stocks from 1996 to 1998 and then a Senior Equity Analyst at Cleary Gull from 1998 to 1999. Gary joined JP Morgan Investment Management in 2000 as an Analyst on the JP Morgan Microcap Fund. From 2007 to 2008, he was the Portfolio Manager for both the JP Morgan Microcap Fund and the JP Morgan Small Cap Core Fund. From 2009-2010, Gary was the Portfolio Manager for 79th Street Capital. Gary Schnierow joined RiverPark Capital in 2011 as a Research Analyst focused on financial analysis including detailed financial models and database management.

Elizabeth Schaja - Research Analyst - Elizabeth graduated from Brown University with a BA Magna Cum Laude in Economics and Architectural Studies in 2011. Upon completing a number of internships, Elizabeth joined RiverPark in 2012 as a Research Analyst focusing on secular trends.

Matt Parkinson - Controller - Matt received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Connecticut in 2007. From 2007 to 2011 Matt worked as a Senior Fund Accountant at GlobeOp Financial Services LLC where he performed all back office responsibilities for numerous hedge fund clients. In 2011 Matt joined LightBox Capital Management Ltd., an equity market neutral/multi-prime broker hedge fund as Controller. At LightBox, Matt was responsible for all accounting and operations for the funds’ master-feeder structure. Matt joined RiverPark as Controller in May 2012.