2020 VCPE Conference Keynote Speeches
Hamilton E. James, Executive Chairman, Blackstone
Hamilton (“Tony”) E. James is Executive Vice Chairman of Blackstone, and a member of Blackstone’s board of directors. He is also a member of Blackstone’s Management Committee and sits on the firm’s various investment committees. Mr. James previously served as the firm’s President and Chief Operating Officer.
Prior to joining Blackstone in 2002, Mr. James was Chairman of Global Investment Banking and Private Equity at Credit Suisse First Boston and a member of the Executive Board. Prior to the acquisition of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette by Credit Suisse First Boston in 2000, Mr. James was the Chairman of DLJ’s Banking Group, responsible for all the firm’s investment banking and merchant banking activities. Mr. James joined DLJ in 1975, became head of DLJ’s global M&A group in 1982, founded DLJ Merchant Banking, Inc. in 1985, and was named Chairman of the Banking Group in 1995.
Mr. James is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Costco Wholesale Corporation, and has served on a number of other corporate Boards. Mr. James is Chairman of the Finance Committee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Mount Sinai Health System, member of the Center for American Progress Board of Trustees, Vice Chairman of Trout Unlimited’s Coldwater Conservation Fund, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Wildlife Conservation Society, Advisory Board member of The Montana Land Reliance, Advisory Council member of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Chairman of the Education Finance Institute, Advisory Board member of the Max S. Baucus Institute at the University of Montana, and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of American Ballet Theatre. He is also a former member of the President’s Export Council and a former Commissioner of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
In 2018, Mr. James co-authored the second edition of Rescuing Retirement, a book proposing a solution to America’s looming retirement crisis. The first edition was published in 2016. He has also published articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Harvard Business Review and other major publications.
Mr. James graduated magna cum laude with a BA from Harvard College in 1973 and was a John Harvard Scholar. He earned an MBA with high distinction from the Harvard Business School and graduated as a Baker Scholar in 1975.
Tricia Patrick, Managing Director, Advent International
Tricia Patrick joined Advent International in 2016 as a Managing Director focusing on buyouts and growth equity investments in the retail, consumer and leisure sector.
Prior to Advent, Ms. Patrick spent 15 years investing across both Bain Capital Private Equity and the Private Equity Group of Goldman Sachs. She has closed transactions across the retail, healthcare, business services, real estate and media sectors in the US as well as internationally. Her current directorships include Lululemon Athletica (NASDAQ: LULU) and First Watch Restaurants.
Ms. Patrick earned an AB in Biochemical Sciences cum laude from Harvard College and an MBA, with high distinction, as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School.