Edify Acquisition Corp.
- Education, Technology
Peter Ma, Chief Executive Officer
Peter Ma is our Chief Executive Officer. Currently, Mr. Ma is a Partner and Managing Director at Colbeck which he joined in January 2012. At Colbeck, Mr. Ma leads the firm’s West Coast office based in Los Angeles, where he is responsible for sourcing opportunities and leading investment execution, including diligence, documentation, and portfolio management. Presently, Mr. Ma also serves as Executive Vice Chairman of Studio, where he leads the Company’s key strategic initiatives, including mergers and acquisitions, tactical investments, and capital markets activity in both debt and equity. In this capacity, Mr. Ma also works closely with management on critical operational projects. From June 2010 to January 2012, Mr. Ma was an investment banker at MESA Securities (acquired by Houlihan Lokey), where he advised media and entertainment companies on mergers, acquisitions, and capital raising, with a focus on structured financings. Mr. Ma was a Forbes 30 under 30 list maker in the media category and he was a Member of the Board of Trustees at Woodbury University, one of the oldest accredited institutions in Southern California. Mr. Ma graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, where he was a member of the football team.
Morris Beyda, Chief Financial Officer
Morris Beyda is our Chief Financial Officer. Currently, Mr. Beyda is a Partner, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at Colbeck, where he is responsible for all middle and back office functions including operations, finance, technology, and compliance. In March 2009, Mr. Beyda joined Colbeck. Prior to joining Colbeck, from May 2007 to February 2009, Mr. Beyda was Chief Technology Officer of Serengeti, where he had both systems and operational responsibilities from pre-launch through a four times growth in AUM achieved in less than a year. Before joining Serengeti, from October 2001 to March 2006, Mr. Beyda was the North American Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Information Technology for Dimension Data Holdings (LSE: DDT), a global systems integrator. From June 1995 to July 1997, Mr. Beyda worked with Arthur Andersen’s Business Consulting group, followed by various executive roles in early-stage ventures. Mr. Beyda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Susan Wolford, Chairwoman of the Board and Director . From April 2003 to July 2020, Ms. Wolford worked at BMO Capital Markets. In December 2018, Ms. Wolford became the Vice Chair of BMO Capital Markets after serving as the Head of the Technology and Business Services Group, which included the educational services and edtech, HCM, enterprise and application software, information services, and financial technology industries. During her tenure leading the education practice at BMO Capital Markets, Ms. Wolford sourced and executed 52 mergers and acquisition transactions, and was involved in over $37 billion in debt and equity financings. She has served on multiple nonprofit and publicly-listed Board of Directors and is currently on the Dean’s Advisory Council of Villanova School of Business and the Board of Director’s Leadership Council of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and previously served on the Board of the Center for Education Reform. Ms. Wolford graduated with honors from Villanova University and received a Master’s of International Affairs from Columbia University. Ms. Wolford was an investment banker for over 35 years, leading a wide variety of financing and merger- and- acquisition transactions across many industry groups. For the past 20 years, she has been focused on the educational services industry, working with pre-K-12, post-secondary, and lifelong learning companies. We believe that Ms. Wolford is qualified to serve on our board of directors based on her expertise in finance and her transaction expertise.
Jason Beckman, Director Nominee . Mr. Beckman will become one of our directors effective on the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. Mr. Beckman has spent his professional career in private equity and related areas of strategic credit. Mr. Beckman co-founded Colbeck with Mr. Colodne in January 2009. Mr. Beckman is currently a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Colbeck. At Colbeck, Mr. Beckman is intimately involved in all aspects of the business, including investment execution and management of the firm’s investment origination. From January 2005 to February 2008, Mr. Beckman worked at Deutsche Bank where he was the Vice President of Distressed Debt Sourcing and Sales. From July 1998 to February 2004, Mr. Beckman worked at Goldman Sachs as the head of Fixed Income Currency, and Commodities Division’s distressed debt sourcing business where he built and managed a team responsible for sourcing strategic lending opportunities and distressed asset divestitures. In this capacity, Mr. Beckman worked closely with Mr. Colodne. Mr. Beckman focuses his philanthropic efforts in the Arts, as a benefactor of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Art Production Fund and on global humanitarian issues through the World Food Program and International Rescue Committee. Mr. Beckman is a graduate of Union College and studied abroad at the London School of Economics. During his time at Union College, Mr. Beckman co-founded CollegetownUSA.com, an online education focused resource for College students around the United States. The company was ultimately acquired by Blackboard which later went public. We believe that Mr. Beckman is qualified to serve on our board of directors based on his expertise in finance.
Jason Colodne, Director Nominee . Mr. Colodne will become one of our directors effective on the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. Mr. Colodne’s investment experience runs over two decades. Mr. Colodne co-founded Colbeck with Mr. Beckman in January 2009. Mr. Colodne is currently a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Colbeck. He is the senior transaction partner at Colbeck and oversees all aspects of investment execution, including diligence, documentation, and portfolio management. From April 2007 to January 2008, Mr. Colodne served as the President and Head of Leveraged Loan and M&A Activity at the private equity firm Patriarch Partners. From June 2004 to March 2007, Mr. Colodne was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and, as the founder of the division, established all infrastructure for deal sourcing, accounting, deal execution, portfolio management, loan closing, loan administration, and credit trading. Under Mr. Colodne’s leadership, the Morgan Stanley Strategic Finance division transacted on $19 billion of Strategic Lending loan volume. From July 1998 to May 2004, Mr. Colodne served as the Head of Bank Loan Research and Investing and the Hybrid Lending Business in the Fixed Income Currency and Commodities Division at Goldman Sachs. Mr. Colodne joined Goldman Sachs after gaining proprietary investment and investment banking experience at UBS and Bear Stearns. Mr. Colodne has held board seats on multiple portfolio companies and participated in numerous restructuring steering committees. Mr. Colodne is a member of the Young Professionals Organizations – Metro New York (YPO), is a Board Member of the Centurion Foundation, and is a Committee Member at the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Mr. Colodne is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. We believe that Mr. Colodne is qualified to serve on our board of directors based on his transaction expertise.
Rosamund M. Else-Mitchell, Director Nominee . Ms. Else-Mitchell will become one of our directors effective on the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. In December 2020, Ms. Else-Mitchell rejoined Scholastic as President of Education Solutions. Ms. Else-Mitchell is currently a Visiting Teaching Fellow at Harvard GSE and Chair of the Edtech Evidence Exchange K-12 Industry Council. From June 2015 to July 2019, she was Chief Learning Officer and Executive Vice President at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. In this role, she oversaw efficacy research, learning science, and data analytics teams, as well as the company’s teaching and learning platforms and professional learning business. From August 2013 to May 2015, Ms. Else-Mitchell was Executive Vice President of K–12 at Scholastic Education in the U.S. There she was responsible for the company’s product strategy and development, including product and platforms which use technology and analytics to enhance teaching and learning. She began her career as a high school English teacher in Australia and has worked as a publisher, a researcher, with education non-profits, and as a television book reviewer. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Sydney in Australia and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oxford, UK. We believe that Ms. Else-Mitchell is qualified to serve on our board of directors based of her extensive education experience.
Ronald H. Schlosser, Director Nominee . Mr. Schlosser will become one of our directors effective on the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. Currently, Mr. Schlosser advises global leaders in private equity on investing in education and information services companies. From March 2013 to October 2020, he has served as an Executive Chairman and as a Director of McGraw-Hill Education. From May 2010 to March 2012, Mr. Schlosser was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Haights Cross Communications (“HCC”), an educational and library publishing company, where he led expansion of the company’s product lines especially with digital segments. Before HCC, from October 2008 to November 2009, he served as senior advisor to Providence Equity Partners (“Providence”) and was chairman of several of Providence’s education and information services companies, including Jones & Bartlett and Assessment Technologies Institute (now Ascend Learning), Edline, and Survey Sampling International. Mr. Schlosser started at Thomson Corporation in July 1995. Mr. Schlosser spent 12 years at Thomson Corporation, including four years as Chief Executive Officer of Thomson Learning Group (now Cengage Learning). Additionally, he has held executive positions at Elsevier Science, which he started at in 1988. Mr. Schlosser currently serves on the Board of Directors of Copyright Clearance Center and the Warehouse Arts District in Florida. Mr. Schlosser holds an MBA from Farleigh Dickinson University and is a graduate of Rider University. We believe that Mr. Schlosser is qualified to serve on our board of directors based on his extensive edtech experience.