Private equity of all types is a mainstay of our portfolio. Currently, we are invested in over 100 private equity funds, in addition to maintaining a portfolio of individual company investments. We seek top decile managers with which we can build a diversified portfolio of funds, while earning a liquidity premium. We co-invest extensively with our private equity partners. In real estate, we prefer regional and sector-focused managers with whom we can build long-term partnerships for co-mingled and direct investments.
John Repetti, CPA, Senior Advisor
John Repetti joined the Cooper Family Office as a CPA in New York and Florida. John is a founder and board member of Gold Coast Bank and serves or has served as an advisor or board member of numerous commercial and not for profit organizations, and he serves as an advisor to several venture capital firms. He was the founder and CEO of MGI Repetti, a regional CPA firm. John is a member of the advisory board for the Alliant Group, the premier specialty tax service provider in the US. He is the former Worldwide Chairman of MGI World, an international network of 280 accounting firms in over 80 countries around the globe. He is a member of the New York State Society of CPAs, the American Institute of CPAs, the Florida Institute of CPAs and has chaired committees for the profession. Mr. Repetti received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Fordham University and is a member of the Fordham University Athletic Hall of Fame. John is a life-long student of the martial arts, and is a third degree black belt instructor with American Nihon Jiu-Jitsu.
Michelle Dansky, Investment Analyst - Equities
Michelle Dansky joined the Cooper Family Office as an analyst in the alternative markets, specifically hedge and private equity funds. She received her B.A. in Education from Florida Atlantic University. Michelle is a participant in the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Global Investor’s Forum and a member of the Johns Hopkins University Discovery Council. With her background as an educator, Michelle is actively involved in the family’s philanthropic endeavors, supporting music and art education among underprivileged students in Florida.
Heather Williamson, MBA, CFA
Heather Williamson joined the Cooper Family Office with significant experience in large and complex investment programs. She has held leadership roles overseeing investment functions such as policy development, governance structures, risk management, portfolio construction, manager due diligence, operations management, and corporate social responsibilities efforts across all global asset categories. Heather has worked as an institutional consultant and managed global investment programs for pensions, private foundations, and large multi-generational family offices. Most recently, she was the Chief Investment Officer for Waycrosse (the Cargill and MacMillan families) and Central Financial Services (the Morrison Family). Ms. Williamson earned her Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Business. She also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
David Kestin, Venture/ESG Investments
David Kestin joined the Cooper Family Office as an investment analyst, specializing in venture and private equity. He is a member of the New York University Stern School of Business Family Office Council and the Stanford University Global Projects Center Family Office Forum. David studied Finance and Entrepreneurship at Syracuse University. Prior to joining the team, he founded a consulting company advising businesses on credit strategies. David’s primary focus is on impact ESG investing.