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Investment TeamThe Ohio Capital Fund is managed by Buckeye Venture Partners, with oversight provided by the Ohio Venture Capital Authority. Buckeye Venture Partners is wholly owned and managed by Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc.
Investment Team Biographies
Stephen A. Baker - Managing Director, Head of Private Equity
Steve has been instrumental in the development of FW Capitalís private equity business since joining the firm in 2000. Steve has 20 years of private equity experience, having invested in more than 50 companies in his career. He is a member of the FW Capital Investment Committee and serves on several portfolio fund advisory boards. Prior to FW Capital, Steve was a principal with Seaport Capital Partners, a New York-based private equity firm where he made growth equity and buyout investments in the media, communications, Internet and telecom sectors. Prior to Seaport, Steve headed corporate development for the Providence Journal Company, overseeing venture investing, partnership development, and mergers and acquisitions for this nearly 200 year-old media company.
Steve earned his BA, cum laude, in History from the University of Cincinnati and his MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Tarik Adam - Senior Investment Manager
Tarik joined FW Capital in 2008 and focuses on venture capital investments. Tarik has nearly a decade of relevant public and private equity experience. Prior to joining FW Capital, Tarik was an Investment Manager at Peppertree Partners, a Cleveland based fund of funds manager. At Peppertree, Tarik managed primary investments in growth equity and buyout funds. Prior to joining Peppertree, Tarik held various analyst positions at Allegiant Asset Management, Brantley Asset Management and McDonald Investments.
Tarik earned a BS in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.
Paul D. Cohn - Managing Director
Paul joined FW Capital in 2006 and focuses on venture capital investments and customized programs. He has nearly 30 years of private equity and commercial lending experience. Prior to Fort Washington, Paul served as Founder and Managing Director for Navigation Capital Partners, LLC, a boutique investment bank. He has held executive positions with G4 Venture Partners, a venture capital firm, Mellon Ventures, Inc, a private equity firm, Mellon Bank and Westinghouse Credit Corp.
Paul earned a BS in Administration and Management Services and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.