Team

Sy Jacobs - Managing Partner of JAM, General Partner at JAM Special Opportunity Ventures

Sy Jacobs is the founding and managing member of Jacobs Asset Management (JAM), the management company of our hedge fund and private investment vehicles. He is also General Partner at JAM Special Opportunity Ventures. Prior to founding JAM in 1995, Mr. Jacobs spent 12 years as a research analyst covering specialty financial services and bank stocks at Alex. Brown and Sons, Mabon Nugent, L.F. Rothschild and Co., and Salomon Brothers, Inc. He earned his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan and his MBA at New York University. Sy also serves as Chairman Emeritus of Venture for America, a non-profit whose mission is to revitalize American cities and communities through entrepreneurship.

Tom Jonovich - Chief Financial Officer & Chief Compliance Officer

Tom Jonovich joined JAM in 2010 and currently serves as its Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. Mr. Jonovich has over 20 years experience in accounting for Private Investment Partnerships. Prior to JAM, Tom was with Cougar Trading, LLC, a family office with both an internal Hedge Fund and numerous private investments with outside advisers. Prior to that, Tom was CFO and CCO of Keefe Managers, LLC, a SEC Registered Investment Advisor, which he joined in 1999. While at Keefe, Tom co-founded Keefe Ventures, LLC, a Broker / Dealer specializing in capital raises for financial institutions. Tom was the group’s CFO and Financial and Operations Principal and represented the group’s investors as member of the Board of Directors of Red Oak Bank. Prior to 1999, Tom held positions at a number of prominent Investment Advisers, including Appaloosa Management, Inc. and Steinhardt Management, LP. Earlier in his career, Tom was a CPA auditing Private Investment Partnerships and Broker Dealers at Rothstein, Kass & Company. Tom received his Bachelor of Science in accounting from Rutgers College and the School of Business.

Luke Kautzer - Director, Bank Research

Luke Kautzer joined JAM in 2011 and is Director, Bank Research. Prior to JAM, Luke served as an Equity Research Associate at D.A. Davidson & Co. During his tenure Luke was the lead research associate on the financial institutions team covering a universe of banks and thrifts. Luke received his Bachelor of Business Administration, maxima cum laude, from the Pamplin School of Business at the University of Portland and is a CFA charterholder.

Millys Lee - Administrative Director & Controller

Millys Lee joined JAM in 1999 and currently serves as the Administrative Director and Controller. She oversees business administration and daily operations at JAM, as well as assisting the Managing Partner. Prior to JAM she was an independent film publicist at Clein + White, Inc. Millys holds a BA in English from Oberlin College and an MFA in Creative Writing from New School University.

Ronick Sanon - Analyst, Fintech & Specialty Finance

Ronick Sanon joined JAM as an Analyst in 2021 and is focused on public and private opportunities in fintech, payments and specialty finance. Prior to JAM, Ronick was an investment analyst at PointState Capital, where he focused on investments in payments, financial services, and crypto. Before that, Ronick was an investment analyst focused on financial services and fintech at Strycker View Capital, Citadel’s Aptigon Capital and Seawolf Capital. Ronick received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Binghamton University, with a minor in Evolutionary Studies.

Ryan Zacharia - Business Operations Manager at JAM

Ryan Zacharia joined JAM as an Analyst in 2007 and currently serves as Business Operations Manager. Prior to JAM, Ryan was an investment banking Analyst at Citi Corporate Markets & Banking in the Diversified Financial Services group. During his tenure he worked on a number of strategic advisory, capital raising and structured finance projects. Ryan received his Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, from Cornell University. He helps oversee the firm’s business operations.