Daniel Shribman, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer , has served as chief investment officer of B. Riley Financial and president of B. Riley Principal Investments, LLC since September 2019 and September 2018, respectively. Mr. Shribman helps oversee the asset base of B. Riley Financial alongside chief executive officer Bryant Riley. This asset base consists of several cash flow generating operating businesses in addition to cash and investments of over $1 billion as of September 30, 2020. The investment portfolio includes bilateral loans and small cap equity positions in both public and private markets. In virtually all investments, B. Riley Financial is involved at the board level and active in business and capital allocation decisions. Mr. Shribman has served as a member of the board of directors of Alta Equipment Group Inc. (Alta) (NYSE: ALTG) since February 2020, when it completed its business combination with BRPM, where Mr. Shribman was chief financial officer. Mr. Shribman has also served as a member of the board of directors of Eos Energy (Nasdaq: EOSE) since November 2020, when it completed its business combination with BRPM II, where Mr. Shribman was chief executive officer. Mr. Shribman also currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of BRPM III, another special purpose acquisition company. Mr. Shribman brings experience in both public and private equity. Prior to joining B. Riley, Mr. Shribman was a Portfolio Manager at Anchorage Capital Group, L.L.C., a special situation asset manager, from 2010 to 2018. During Mr. Shribman’s tenure at Anchorage Capital Group, L.L.C., he led investments in dozens of public and private opportunities across the general industrial, transportation, automotive, aerospace, gaming, hospitality and real estate industries. These investments ranged from public equities and bonds to deeply distressed securities, par bank debt, minority owned private equity and majority owned private equity. Mr. Shribman worked in close collaboration with management teams and boards to maximize shareholder value in the form of both operational turnarounds, capital market financing and capital deployment initiatives. Prior to Anchorage Capital Group, L.L.C., Mr. Shribman worked at Tinicum Capital Partners, a private equity firm, and in the restructuring advisory group at Lazard (NYSE: LAZ).
In April 2019, Mr. Shribman led the initial public offering of BRPM, a blank check company with a business purpose substantially similar to ours, which was also sponsored by an affiliate of B. Riley Financial. BRPM sold 14,375,000 units at a price of $10.00 per unit in its initial public offering, with each unit comprised of one share of Class A common stock and one-half of one warrant to purchase one share of Class A common stock, generating gross proceeds of $143,750,000. On December 12, 2019, BRPM announced its entry into a definitive agreement relating to its initial business combination with Alta, a leading provider of premium industrial and construction equipment and related services. The transaction was valued at approximately $540 million and closed on February 14, 2020.
Further, in May 2020, Mr. Shribman led the initial public offering of BRPM II, another blank check company with a business purpose substantially similar to ours, which was also sponsored by an affiliate of B. Riley Financial. BRPM II sold 17,500,000 units at a price of $10.00 per unit in its initial public offering, with each unit comprised of one share of Class A common stock and one-half of one warrant to purchase one share of Class A common stock, generating gross proceeds of $175,000,000. On September 8, 2020, BRPM II announced its entry into a definitive agreement relating to its initial business combination with Eos Energy, a leading manufacturer of safe, reliable, low-cost zinc battery storage systems. The transaction was valued at approximately $500 million and closed on November 16, 2020.
Further, in June 2020, Daniel Shribman became the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of BRPM III, another special purpose acquisition company that completed its initial public offering on February 23, 2021, with a business purpose substantially similar to ours. BRPM III is also sponsored by an affiliate of B. Riley Financial.
Bryant R. Riley, our Chairman , has served as B. Riley’s Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer since June 2014 and July 2018 respectively, and as a director since August 2009. He also previously served as B. Riley’s Chief Executive Officer from June 2014 to July 2018. In addition, Mr. Riley served as the Chairman of B. Riley & Co., LLC since founding the stock brokerage firm in 1997 until its combination with FBR Capital Markets & Co., LLC in 2017; Chief Executive Officer of B. Riley & Co., LLC from 1997 to 2006; as Chairman of B. Riley Principal Merger Corp. from April 2019 to February 2020, at which time it had completed its business combination with Alta Equipment Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALTG) and as Chairman of B. Riley Principal Merger Corp. II from May 2020 to November 2020, at which time it had completed its business combination with Eos Energy (NASDAQ: EOSE). Mr. Riley is also currently Chairman of BRPM III. Mr. Riley has served as director of Select Interior Concepts, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIC) since November 2019. He also previously served on the board of Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: BW) from April 2019 to September 2020, Sonim Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SONM) from October 2017 to March 2019 and Franchise Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRG) (fka Liberty Tax, Inc.) from September 2018 through March 2020. Mr. Riley received his B.S. in Finance from Lehigh University. Mr. Riley’s experience and expertise in the investment banking industry provides the Board with valuable insight into the capital markets. Mr. Riley’s extensive experience serving on other public company boards is an important resource for the Board. Mr. Riley is also Chairman of BRPM III.
Nicholas Hammerschlag is currently a Senior Advisor to Guild Education as well as an active investor in and advisor to early and expansion-stage education, financial technology, and business service companies. He currently serves as a director of BRPM III and a number of venture-backed companies such as Staircase, Inc. since January 2020, Pathstream, Inc. since February 2018, and Yellowbrick, Inc. and Entangled Ventures LLC since February 2017. Previously, Mr. Hammerschlag was the President and co-founder of Entangled Group from 2015 to 2020, an education-focused venture studio and consultancy, part of which was sold to Guild Education in 2020. Entangled raised over $60 million in financing across its holding and portfolio companies. Mr. Hammerschlag has extensive experience in capital raising and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Hammerschlag was previously on the investment teams at General Atlantic from 2013 to 2015 and OpenView Venture Partners from 2010 to 2013, where he focused on investments in the internet, technology, and education sectors. Notably, Mr. Hammerschlag led OpenView’s investment in Instructure (NYSE: INST) and served on its board as an observer. He graduated from Columbia University with a degree in history.
Samuel McBride is an investor, advisor and board member for high growth food and beverage companies and served as the former Chief Operating Officer and Chief Sales Officer of RXBAR from 2017 to 2019. Mr. McBride currently serves as a director of BRPM III. At RXBAR, Mr. McBride drove net sales growth from $2 million in 2014 to $220 million in 2018 leveraging e-commerce as well as traditional retail distribution helping fuel its acquisition for $600 million by Kellogg in 2017. Mr. McBride started in finance at Wellspring Partners in 2008, focusing on healthcare mergers and acquisitions. In 2010, he moved to LiveWatch Home Security, helping build one of the fastest-growing and most disruptive companies in the direct-to-consumer home security space before its acquisition by Ascent Capital for $67 million in 2015. Prior to RXBAR, Mr. McBride oversaw sales and marketing for nine operating companies with a combined $180 million in annual revenue at the Rabine Group from 2013 to 2014. Mr. McBride has been the Chief Executive Officer and Principal at McBride Capital LLC since 2017, investing in early to mid-stage food and beverage companies and has been a member of the Board of Directors at Kettle & Fire, Inc. since 2018, MUSH since 2019 and Four Sigmatic and Minor Figures since 2020.
Timothy Presutti currently serves as managing partner and chief investment officer of Woody Creek Capital Partners LLC, a private investment firm he founded in 2007 that specializes in private credit and special situation investing. Mr. Presutti has been the sole owner and managing director of Woody Creek Capital Partners LLC since 2006, Woody Creek Capital Management LLC since 2018 and Wocap II GP, LLC since 2017. Mr. Presutti additionally serves as senior advisor to the Bosarge Family Office based in Houston, TX. Mr. Presutti has nearly twenty-four years of finance experience, spanning investing, portfolio management, trading and capital markets. As co-founder of Broadbill Investment Partners, an investment management firm, Mr. Presutti oversaw all capital raising for two funds and a co-investment platform. He was a member of the Investment Committee and is now a senior advisor, minority owner and managing director to Broadbill Investment Partners since 2011. Mr. Presutti started his career at Bankers Trust, which was acquired by Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. in 1999; his last position there was managing director and head of High Yield trading from 2005 to 2007. Mr. Presutti served on the board of directors of BRPM from 2018 until the completion of its business combination in February 2020. Mr. Presutti served on the board of directors of BRPM II from May 2020 until the completion of its business combination in November 2020.