Alice Epstein is the marketing and communications manager for First Analysis. She leads the creative process and focuses on publishing, graphic design, PR and event planning. Prior to joining First Analysis in 2010, she worked at the renewable energy startup Solargenix Energy. She has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Chicago.
David Hess is a vice president leading marketing for the firm’s venture capital activities and integrative industry research. Prior to joining First Analysis in 1992, he was a member of the institutional sales staff of Cowen & Co.’s Chicago office. His work included managing relations with institutional clients and analyzing and recommending investment opportunities. Earlier, he worked as an investment analyst for Institutional Capital Corp., CTT Investment Management Group, and Daseke & Co. He earned an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in economics from DePauw University. He holds the CFA charter.
Riaad Khan is treasurer and specializes in financial administration. Prior to joining First Analysis in 2005, he worked as an intern in the firm's accounting department for two years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Paul Kropke is the firm's compliance director. Prior to joining First Analysis in 2005, he was a securities compliance examiner with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and chief examiner at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Earlier, he worked in sales with Kraft Foods and as a financial advisor. He earned a bachelor's degree in finance with an emphasis in accountancy from Northern Illinois University.
Dave Leshuk is a managing director and research director, working closely with the firm's sector experts to shape white papers that illuminate promising opportunities in emerging high-growth sectors in technology and healthcare and collaborating on numerous research and investment efforts. Prior to joining First Analysis in 1989, he worked with Arthur Andersen & Co., the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the State of Wisconsin. He earned an MBA in finance and accounting from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a certificate in environmental studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also studied at the University of Dakar in Senegal, West Africa.
Daniel Smereczynski is a vice president specializing in research and investment in selected information technology sectors. He also coordinates the firm’s communications infrastructure. Prior to joining First Analysis in 1997, he owned and operated a computer consulting business, whose clients included OSHA and the City of Chicago. Earlier, he served as an aide-de-camp and corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps. He earned a master's degree in information technology from Northwestern University's Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science and a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in information and decision science from the University of Illinois.
Angela Soliz is a vice president and has been the chief fund financial officer since 1999. She coordinates all fund accounting, reporting, and limited partner communications. She joined First Analysis in 1997 as a member of the accounting department. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Miami University and is a certified public accountant.