Mr. Alperin spent the last thirty years of his career in the financial services industry prior to retiring in 2017. The last twelve of these years, he acted as head of Fixed Income for the Western Region of the U.S. for Credit Suisse. He was responsible for all institutional sales and trading of Fixed Income product in the Region, as well as hiring, mentoring employees, coordinating with senior bank management across functions, and all aspects of compliance. Additionally, he was responsible for all major client relationships across bank products (a separate function under the Key Account Management initiative of the firm). Prior to his management role, Mr. Alperin was a Fixed Income sales person, specializing in Structured Products for Credit Suisse from 1997- 2005. He was in a similar role at Salomon Brothers (later Citibank) from 1987-1997. There, he began his financial markets career, structuring mortgage backed securities transactions in the nascent MBS market from 1985. Mr. Alperin began his post graduate career at Arthur Anderson and Company where he attained a CPA. He has an MS from the State University of New York, Buffalo and an MBA from NYU Stern. Since retiring, Mr. Alperin served a term on the Marin County Civil Grand Jury, which provides oversight and recommendations to the County government. He was also a member of the Bay Area Leadership Council for the Brady Campaign & Center for Gun Violence Prevention and to date, has been additionally involved in volunteer work with several non-profits.
Ms. Bowen is an experienced public company director with extensive knowledge of corporate governance, capital markets strategies and strategic transactions. She has served on over a dozen public and privately company boards, including the former military freight and passenger airline, Global Aviation Holdings. Ms. Bowen has served on the board of newly reorganized companies and has experience chairing Audit and Transaction / Independent Committees. Ms. Bowen’s directorships follow a nearly 20 year career in investment banking at Houlihan Lokey, advising boards of public companies on transactional, strategic and other shareholder matters, serving as a member of the firm’s senior management team, heading the industry leading fairness opinion practice, and providing leadership as the most senior woman at the firm. Ms. Bowen banking expertise includes corporate, securities, business/operation/division and asset valuation methodologies and resulting consideration of various stakeholder value issues and alternatives in both healthy and restructuring situations.
Mr. Varner is currently the Chief Transformation and Financial Officer (“CTFO”) of a private independently owned Emergency Medical Services company. Formally a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal in Los Angeles, where he was a leader in the firm’s Turnaround and Restructuring practice. He brings extensive operational and financial transformation and restructuring expertise and has worked with clients across a wide range of industries. With more than 30 years of experience, Mr. Varner has served as a business and restructuring advisor and in interim senior management roles in the retail, transportation and logistics, aviation, mortgage, consumer finance, real estate, telecommunication, media, technology, construction, power and utility, consumer products and hospitality and travel industries. Mr. Varner holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Arizona State University.
Hooman Yazhari is VAH’s acting Executive Chairman of the Board of Managers. Mr. Yazhari has over 20 years of experience in the aviation and aviation finance industries and has served as a member of our Board of Managers since 2017. Among other roles, Mr Yazhari serves as the Chairman of Mobility Capital, an impact aligned finance platform deploying non equity capital to the next generation of sustainable transportation. He is also CEO of Kiverdi, a carbon negative producer of essential carbon based compounds. Previously, he served in board and executive positions at lessors including CEO of Waypoint Leasing, and General Counsel of International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), as well as some of the leasing industry’s major customers. Mr. Yazhari holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Oxford and graduated from the London school of Economics and Political Science (LSE) with an LLM in corporate and commercial law.