The Ocean Avenue Capital team has an extensive network accumulated from over 50 years of collective investing experience. Together, we have invested capital in more than 300 co-investments, independent sponsor transactions, partnerships, and secondaries. We endeavor to be the partner of choice for high-quality sponsors.
Jeff Ennis is a Founding Partner of Ocean Avenue Capital Partners. He is active in all aspects of firm operations and portfolio management. Prior to co-founding Ocean Avenue, Jeff was a co-founder of the Private Market Group of Wilshire Associates Incorporated, helping to build the group to more than $6.0 billion under management and over 40 employees in five offices across the globe. During his tenure at Wilshire, Jeff served as Chief Investment Officer and led the oversight of the Private Markets Group’s substantial, global business operations. He has 18 years of private equity experience in all aspects of firm operations, investment strategy and process, and portfolio management. Jeff received his B.A. from Cal State Fullerton and his M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
(424) 238-0739 Jeff Ennis
Duran Curis, CFA
Duran Curis is a Founding Partner at Ocean Avenue Capital Partners where he focuses on special situation and small company investment opportunities. Prior to co-founding Ocean Avenue, he launched and managed the HRJ Special Opportunities Funds, a series of multi-manager funds focused exclusively on turnaround, distressed and restructuring investments on a global basis. Previously, he was Head of the U.S. office of LGT Capital Partners, where he managed LGT’s U.S. private equity investments. Duran began his private equity investment career at Pacific Corporate Group working with major global institutional investors. He received his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and his B.S. from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Duran is a CFA Charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute.
(424) 238-0738 Duran Curis
Jacques Youssefmir is a Founding Partner at Ocean Avenue Capital Partners where he focuses on special situation and small company investment opportunities. In addition to his involvement in Ocean Avenue’s investment activities, Jacques serves as the Firm’s Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to co-founding Ocean Avenue, he was a Managing Director in the Private Markets Group of Wilshire Associates Incorporated where he oversaw the process for global co-investment and secondaries. Jacques also managed all legal matters relating to Wilshire Private Markets Group’s business and investment activities. Prior to joining Wilshire, he served as Vice President and General Counsel for STM Wireless, Inc., a NASDAQ listed communications company, and as an Associate with the law firm of Latham & Watkins. Jacques received his B.A., with highest honors, from Arizona State University and his J.D., with honors, from Harvard Law School.
(424) 238-0736 Jacques Youssefmir
Pete Notz is a Partner at Ocean Avenue Capital Partners. His responsibilities include sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities, leading due diligence, portfolio monitoring, and oversight of portfolio administration. Prior to joining Ocean Avenue, Pete was a Vice President at Drum Capital and HRJ Capital where, working with Duran Curis, he was responsible for U.S. and European special situation investments and investor reporting. Pete began his career as an officer in the United States Navy, where he served as a naval aviator flying the F-14 Tomcat and the FA-18 Hornet. Pete received an MBA with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy.
(424) 238-0735 Pete Notz
Anthony Luchetta is a Vice President at Ocean Avenue Capital Partners. His responsibilities include sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities, performing due diligence, and monitoring portfolio investments. He is also involved with the Firm’s portfolio administration and investor reporting activities. Prior to joining Ocean Avenue, Anthony was an Associate in the Private Markets Group of Wilshire Associates Incorporated where, working with Jeff Ennis and Jacques Youssefmir, he was a member of the global investment team and was responsible for the sourcing, due diligence, and monitoring of private equity partnerships and co-investments. Anthony received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Notre Dame.
(424) 268-2715 Anthony Luchetta
Vice President and Controller
Melody Bamdad is a Vice President, Controller at Ocean Avenue Capital Partners. Her responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of accounting and financial reporting. She is also involved in investor reporting. Prior to joining Ocean Avenue, Melody was an Associate Vice President, Assistant Controller at Ares Management, where she managed the daily accounting and reporting requirements for a number of funds. Prior to Ares, Melody was an Audit Manager at PwC. Melody received her B.A. in Business Economics, emphasis in Accounting from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a Certified Public Accountant.
(424) 268-8763 Melody Bamdad
Alex Ouligian is an Analyst at Ocean Avenue Capital Partners. His responsibilities include investment diligence support, client reporting support, and database management. Prior to joining the firm, Alex was a legal assistant at Dovel & Luner LLP, a boutique intellectual property law firm in Santa Monica. Alex received a B.A., with highest honors, from the University of California, Berkeley and passed Level I of the CFA Program.
(424) 268-5467 Alex Ouligian
Daniel Smith is an Analyst at Ocean Avenue Capital Partners. His responsibilities include investment diligence support, client reporting support, and database management. Prior to joining the firm, Daniel completed internships in equity research at Wasatch Advisors, financial services consulting at Ernst & Young, and micro lending at Colorado Enterprise Fund. Daniel graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame with his B.B.A. in accountancy and international business.
(424) 286-1533 Daniel Smith