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SGB '40 Under 40' 2009 Awards
 
  George K. Kollitides, II - SGB 40 Under 40 2009 Winner!
George K. Kollitides, II
Managing Director
Cerberus Capital Management

George joined Cerberus Capital Management in January 2004. Previously, George was president and managing director of TenX Capital Management, a special situations investor affiliated with Cerberus. Before joining TenX, George was a principal at Catterton Partners. Prior to working at Catterton, George held various positions of increasing responsibility at GE's Equity, Corporate Finance, and Corporate Restructuring Groups, focusing on leveraged recapitalizations, reorganizations, change of control transactions, and minority equity investments. George received an M.B.A. in Finance and Management of Organizations from Columbia Business School and a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Government and Law from Lafayette College. George sits on numerous private company and charitable boards.

Years in Industry:  4

Years with Company:  7

Current & Past Positions:  Managing Director - Cerberus
Managing Director - Ten X Capital Management
Principal - Catterton Partners


Years in Current Position:  7

Primary Responsibilities:  Group Head in Government and Defense

Education & Degree(s):  Lafayette BA 1991, Columbia MBA 1998

First Job:  GE Capital

I couldn't do my job without:  Good partners

Most important thing I have learned:  To listen

Best advice I was given:  Gather the facts.

Best advice I would give:  Pick your partners carefully.

Married:  Yes

Children:  2

Favorite Book:  "Lord of the Rings" Series, J.R.R. Tolkien

Favorite Movie:  Wall Street

Favorite Vacation Spot:  Southampton, NY

Favorite Sport:  Football

Favorite Team:  NY Jets

Favorite Hobby:  Hunting

Favorite Quote:  "Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." - 'The Strenuous Life' by Theodore Roosevelt

Your childhood dream:  To become a successful finance executive.

Biggest Accomplishment to Date:  Creating one of the largest firearms companies in the world.

What has enabled you to become successful?  Strong family support, hard work, and good partners

What do you want your legacy to be?  That I'm a good father.

Describe yourself in two words:  Intense, Driven

Early mentor helpful to your career:  John Flannery, GE Capital

People you admire the most:  My father and Steve Feinberg

Biggest life lesson:  Be forgiving.

 
 

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