Diamond Capital Partners, Los Angeles-Based Investment Bank, Makes Strategic Move with New Managing Director, Donald A. Kurz

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Mid-Market Investment Bank Gains New Team Member, Bolstering The Firm’s Strategic and Operational Expertise, and Advisory Capabilities

Diamond Capital Partners (http://www.diamondcapitalpartners.com), a mid-market investment banking firm, is pleased to announce the addition of its newest team member, managing director Donald A. Kurz. Mr. Kurz brings more than twenty-five years of transactional and advisory experience in strategy, finance, marketing, and public company leadership to Diamond Capital’s already impressive management roster, which now boasts a combined 175 years of varied investment banking and advisory experience – in a multitude of industry arenas – amongst its seven other managing partners and directors.

Mr. Kurz’s main focus at Diamond Capital Partners will be strategic advisory services for media, entertainment, financial services, marketing and business services companies.

“At Diamond Capital, we’re looking to create the most optimal outcome for our clients, no matter their deal situation,” says Robert T. Smith, a Diamond Capital co-founder and managing partner. “Don brings a wealth of hands-on experience in strategic operational planning and improvement, marketing and communications, and investor fund raising; all key components to ensuring the health of our clients’ businesses, so we can raise the appropriate capital, and our clients can receive the best valuation possible.”

Prior to joining Diamond Capital Partners, Mr. Kurz was Managing Member and CEO of Artemis Capital Partners, LLC, an innovative hedge fund organization he co-founded in 2006. Mr. Kurz was responsible for the establishment of the legal structure of the management company, as well as the off-shore and on-shore funds, negotiating a flexible and low-cost, non-recourse bank credit facility for the funds, investor fund raising, investor communications, marketing, and all aspects of day-to-day operations.

Mr. Kurz was employed by EMAK Worldwide, Inc. (formerly Equity Marketing), from 1990-2005. EMAK was, during his tenure with the firm, a global NASDAQ national market-traded company that provided Fortune 1000 clients with a variety of measurable, integrated marketing solutions that positively affect consumer behavior. Mr. Kurz and a partner bought EMAK in a leveraged buyout transaction when the company was a small, privately-held New York agency. Mr. Kurz was Chairman, President and CEO for most of the six years prior to his 2005 departure from EMAK. Previously he had been President and Co-CEO. Mr. Kurz remains EMAK’s largest common shareholder.

While he was with EMAK, Mr. Kurz led the company’s initial public offering and subsequent relocation from New York to Los Angeles. Under his leadership, EMAK was frequently named in “top small companies” listings in Fortune, Forbes and BusinessWeek. During Mr. Kurz’s CEO tenure with EMAK, the company’s share price significantly outperformed major market averages and the S&P 500 Advertising index. Mr. Kurz’s leadership of the company led to sales growth from $15 million to over $230 million, and he established a company culture that was renowned for its attraction and retention of the industry’s “best and brightest”.

Prior to EMAK, Mr. Kurz spent 10 years as a management consultant with Coopers and Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and Cresap McCormick and Paget/Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson), where he was elected a senior partner and managed the New York office. His consulting specialty included strategy, organization planning, and operations improvement for industries including financial services, consumer products, media, and telecommunications, among others. Over the course of his career, Mr. Kurz’s consulting clients have included AT&T, Merrill Lynch, JPMorganChase, Citicorp, Vanguard and KB Home, just to name a few.

Mr. Kurz received an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business and a BA from The Johns Hopkins University, where he was a key member of the NCAA Division I national championship lacrosse team.

Mr. Kurz is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of The Johns Hopkins University, where he sits on the Finance, Debt and Development Committees. He has served as an adjunct professor or guest lecturer on various topics at Johns Hopkins, Columbia University Graduate School of Business, the Andersen School of Management at UCLA, and the Young Presidents’ Organization. Mr. Kurz is currently active as a donor, fundraiser and guest teacher with Teach For America, and has been active as a donor and advisor to Project Angel Food, in Los Angeles.

Mr. Kurz is an avid participant in, and fan of, a variety of sports, and enjoys mentoring young people on career and life choices. He has always been active in a variety of philanthropic ventures.

Mr. Kurz is available for interviews and/or comment, as well as public speaking opportunities, as a strategic advisory expert in media, entertainment, financial services and business services.

About Diamond Capital Partners

Diamond Capital Partners is currently led by its five founding and managing members, David Herman, Bruce Kobritz, Mark R. Ross, Robert T. Smith and Robert K. Whyte, each of whom has extensive transactional and negotiating skills, along with significant, corporate operational expertise. Diamond Capital Partners is headquartered in Century City, Los Angeles, with additional operations in New York.

Diamond Capital’s goal is to maximize clients’ shareholder value by providing senior-level banking and corporate strategic advisory services in mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance. The firm focuses on privately held companies with revenues of up to $200 million, and serves transactional arenas such as advertising and media, food services, consumer products, business services, entertainment, manufacturing, healthcare, Internet and technology, real estate, medical devices, retail and distribution, and alternative energy. Diamond Capital Partners works on both the buy- and sell-side of recapitalization and merger/acquisition transactions.

The Diamond Capital team’s experience and expansive network of institutional and high-net worth investors allows them to – among other services – conduct high-end, efficient auctions, often saving time and producing better-than-market valuations. Diamond Capital looks to take the most direct route in any given transaction situation; honing in on targeted opportunities in order to present the best possible scenario to its clients, allowing the client to focus on, and attain, their most optimal deal results. The Diamond Capital Partners team has completed hundreds of successful transactions, ranging from $10 million to over $200 million in value.

For further information and updates on Diamond Capital Partners, its individual management team members, completed transactions and services offered, please visit: http://www.diamondcapitalpartners.com.


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