4PINES LEADERSHIP

With decades of combined experience in private equity, our leadership is applying the same attentive, high-touch approach to serving our fund administration clients.

Michael Trinkaus

CEO & Co-Founder

Michael Trinkaus

CEO & Co-Founder

Prior to 4Pines, Michael was the founder of Carta Fund Services, which was a private capital fund administrator that he formed in 2013 and later sold to AlterDomus in May 2017. Prior to Carta, Michael was the Chief Financial Officer of Portfolio Advisors for over eight years. During his time at Portfolio Advisors, Michael oversaw the firm’s growth from $2bn in AUM to over $11bn in AUM. During that substantial AUM growth, Michael oversaw all operations with regard to the firm’s management company, as well as all of the reporting aspects related to their funds management business. Prior to becoming the CFO of Portfolio Advisors, Michael was a Director of Finance and Fund Accounting of Moore Capital’s Japanese distressed debt joint venture and prior to that the Controller at the Blackstone Group in the private equity vertical. Michael started his career in private equity at Arthur Anderson back in 1997, servicing the PE space as a tax practitioner.

Bob Chowaniec

COO & Co-Founder

Bob Chowaniec

COO & Co-Founder

Prior to 4Pines, Bob was Head of Operations and Corporate Strategy for Carta Fund Services, where he implemented the management system to grow the firm to over $50B in Assets Under Administration before being acquired by Alter Domus in 2017.  Following the acquisition, Bob continued as Head of Operations (US) along with managing the lift-out of a 45 person back office in Chicago. Prior to joining Carta in 2014, Bob spent 20 years in the technology sector in roles ranging from product and process development to head of operations, business development and client support for a number of multinational public companies.

Bob Balfe

CTO

Bob Balfe

CTO

Prior to 4Pines, Bob spent 19 years as a Distinguished Engineer at IBM where he developed automation solutions for engineering and business problems. Bob was further a part of the Watson team that delivered over 27 global solutions to industries spanning eCommerce, supply chain, marketing automation, digital experience and order management. Bob holds multiple patents in the software automation space where his inventions automate applications, software build processes and workflows. Bob is a known fitness buff and currently owns an F45 Training studio that is part of a global fitness community specializing in innovative, high-intensity group workouts.

 

Brian Barrett

Managing Director

Brian Barrett

Managing Director

Brian has over twenty years of private equity accounting and finance experience working for top tier investment managers such as Blackstone, TPG, Citigroup PE and Merrill Lynch.  Brian’s responsibilities have included managing the operations of private equity funds and has extensive knowledge of direct investments, funds of funds, GP accounting, valuations, hedging, financial reporting and complex waterfall fund structures. Brian’s primary focus is managing a team that oversees daily client operations and deliverables, financial and investor reporting requirements and managing fund audits.

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