Chair of the Investment Committee, Warren Wilson College; Impact Fund Manager, BEI Business Equity Fund
Currently, Mr. Rust is the Impact Fund Manager of the BEI Business Equity Fund, which is an innovative program and initiative designed to finance, invest and focus on Minority Business Enterprises, a business sector that has historically been denied and/or had a difficult time accessing the requisite capital for growth. This innovative program utilizes an active private equity fund model providing MBEs with strategic advisory, management consulting and business distribution services in addition to capital.
Additionally, Mr. Rust serves as a Partner at Caribbean Private Equity Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in private companies and renewable energy projects around the Caribbean Basin. In addition to Mr. Rust’s private equity experience, during his professional tenure, Mr. Rust was an Investment Banker with the First Albany Corporation and Newport Capital. As an Investment Banker, Mr. Rust was involved in the structuring and underwriting of multi-million dollar senior managed and co-managed financing transactions. He assisted in providing financial advisory services to private market clientele, structured finance clients, authorities and issuers in the cumulative issuance of several billions of dollars of financing transactions. Further, Mr. Rust specialized in providing quantitative analysis through self designed and custom built in-house financial modeling software that provided financial plans and investment portfolios, performed cash flow analysis and structured debt service options.
Mr. Rust holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Tufts University and a Master’s Degree from The George Washington University / SUNY joint program and is a candidate for an International Masters of Business Administration from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill School of Business, Barbados, WI.