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James B. Crystal

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James B. Crystal


James B. Crystal, ’86 B.A., has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CV Holdings, Inc., a specialty lender focused on equipment finance and commercial real estate lending, since 2019. From 2013 to 2019, he was a Managing Director at Tricadia Capital Management, where he was the portfolio manager principally responsible for private equity investments in the financial services sector, overseeing funds with over $450 million in commitments and serving on various portfolio company boards. Prior to joining Tricadia, he was a Managing Director at Rockefeller & Co., one of the largest multi-family offices. Before joining Rockefeller in 2008, Jim was a Senior Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at Bear Stearns Asset Management, a Managing Director at Silverback Asset Management and, from 1997 to 2004, a Senior Managing Director at Bear, Stearns & Co., serving in the Investment Banking Department and the Asset-Backed Investments Group. Prior to joining Bear Stearns, he was a Director at predecessor companies to UBS Investment Bank from 1988 to 1997. He serves as the Treasurer of the American Friends of Herculaneum, a non-profit organization promoting education, conservation and research relating to the ancient Roman town of Herculaneum (now a World Heritage Site), which was buried and preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Jim received his B.A. magna cum laude from Yale College in 1986 and an A.M. from Harvard University in 1988.