About Us

Founded in 2004 by seasoned recruiting professionals, Long Ridge Partners is a boutique executive search firm focused on the specialized staffing needs of the alternative investment industry. Long Ridge’s client base spans the alternative investment community including hedge funds, funds of funds, private equity and real estate investment firms as well as foundations and endowments. Unlike other firms with multiple recruiting disciplines, our concentration on the alternative niche allows us to superserve our clients’ distinctive needs.

The firm was founded on guiding principles:
• Understand and serve our clients’ needs.
• Be completely immersed and educated in all facets of the alternative investment industry.
• Build upon our market intelligence and our resources.
• Take a bespoke approach to each search.
• Execute searches efficiently and effectively.
• Uphold the highest level of integrity and discretion for our clients and candidates.

Why Long Ridge Partners?

  • We Understand Your Needs

    Simply put, we get “It”. “It”, is your unique business objectives. “It” is what you do and why you do it. “It” is what drives you, what gets you up in the morning. “It” is what separates you from the pack and why you are successful, we understand “It”. We also understand that having the right team in place is essential for the development and growth of both your core and ancillary businesses.

  • A Singular Focus

    Long Ridge Partners sole focus is Executive Search for the Alternative Investment industry. We are not bogged down with making Capital Introductions or providing Advisory services that can often cloud the waters. We do one thing and one thing well: sourcing, recruiting and placing Investment, Marketing and Infrastructure professionals in the Alternative Investment industry. Long Ridge Partners’ success is evident by our high level of repeat business, client retention and access to leading industry professionals.

  • A Wealth of Experience

    Research and process are the foundation of Long Ridge Partners. Not only is our team of experienced recruiters well informed, but they have access to a breadth of resources necessary to execute your search. Our recruiters have practical hands-on experience in many of the functional areas for which they recruit. As a result, they have a deeper understanding of what functions a prospective candidate is performing and how relevant it is for your search.

Our Management

Michael Goodman, Managing Partner

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Michael Goodman

Michael began his career in Executive Search in 1993 and he’s been recruiting for the Alternative Investment industry ever since. In April of 2004 , Michael launched Long Ridge Partners with then colleague Adam L’Esperance. Michael has an expertise in recruiting for a number of different disciplines including Portfolio Management, Trading, Research, Risk Management, Marketing, Investor Relations, Legal and Finance. Over the years he has recruited for a number of different investment firms including hedge funds, fund of hedge funds, private equity firms, venture capital firms, family offices and investment banks. In 1993 Michael joined Jay Stevens Associates, an Executive Search firm specializing in the Financial Services industry.

Four years later he started the firms Investment Management practice building the framework for what is today Long Ridge Partners. Michael’s extensive recruiting background allows him to not only understand clients’ functional needs and cultural requirements, it also allows him to understand the emotional and psychological needs of candidates ensuring the right fit between client and candidate

Michael graduated from the University of Maryland where he received a BS in Marketing. As an industry expert he is often quoted in industry trades and has been a frequent guest on CNBC and Bloomberg Television.

Adam L’Esperance, Partner

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Adam L’Esperance

Adam is a Founding Member and Partner of Long Ridge Partners. Beginning his Investment Management career in 1998, Adam spent several years with Deutsche Asset Management as a Trading Assistant on a buy-side international equities trading desk. In 2001 he joined Citco Fund Advisors, the Fund of Hedge Funds division of Hedge Fund Administrator, Citco. After two years at Citco Fund Advisors Adam joined Michael Goodman at Jay Stevens Associates and helped to build out the firms Alternative Investment recruiting practice. He founded Long Ridge Partners with Michael Goodman in 2004. Adam’s Recruiting experience has centered around Hedge Funds and Diversified Alternative Investment Managers across such disciplines as Research, Trading, Portfolio Management, Risk Management, Marketing and Infrastructure.

Adam received his BS in Economics and Finance from State University, College at Oneonta.

Jason Schulman, Partner

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Jason Schulman

Jason began his career at Long Ridge Partners in 2006 and was named Partner in 2012. He is the first non-founding partner in the history of the company. Jason specializes in sourcing and evaluating talent for the Alternative Investment industry across a number of disciplines including Portfolio Management, Research, Trading, Risk as well as Marketing and Sales. Jason’s search expertise covers a number of different strategies including L/S Equity, Event Driven, Distressed & High Yield Credit, Global Macro and Commodities. His clients consist of Hedge Funds, Diversified Alternative Asset Managers, Family Offices, Merchant Commodity Firms, Hedge Fund Solution Platforms, and Private Equity Firms.

Jason graduated with a BS in Sociology from the University of Albany.

Our Team

Jeffrey Gelband, Managing Director

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Jeffrey Gelband joined Long Ridge Partners in March of 2014. Jeffrey brings to the firm a well-rounded knowledgebase and network, developed over the years from his various roles on both the buy-side and the sell-side, from marketing to fixed income and equity sales and trading. Jeffrey most recently worked at Nomura Securities specializing in Securitized Products Whole Loan Trading. Jeffrey’s primary focus spans across the investment management industry, specializing in Research, Portfolio Management, and Fund Distribution roles. Jeffrey also works closely with a select client base as their primary global talent sourcing resource.

Jeffrey graduated from the University of Michigan. He also was Captain of the University’s Boxing Club.

David Floyd, Managing Director

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David is a Managing Director and leads the firm’s real estate practice. He has twenty-two years of experience in real estate acquisitions, originations and asset management, transitioning to senior-level recruiting in 2013. David brings a wealth of experience and a principal’s perspective when evaluating a client’s needs and assessing a candidate’s skills and talents. He has worked with private equity firms, owner/operators and lenders in successful placements within all the verticals of real estate investment.

David graduated magna cum laude with B.S. in Accounting from The University of Maryland. He co-Founded and leads the NYC Terp CRE network.

Evan Fox, Managing Director, Legal Division

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Evan is the Managing Director of the Legal Division at Long Ridge Partners. He has made dozens of associate, counsel and partner placements with top-tier, international, national, and specialty law firms in a broad range of practice areas, including: Corporate & Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, FinTech, Investment Management, Banking & Finance, Bankruptcy & Restructuring, Real Estate, Tax, and Litigation. Evan also handles in-house roles for private equity, alternative asset management and financial services companies.

Evan’s prior experience as a practicing attorney allows him to understand and empathize with a lawyer’s motivations. He takes pride in his diligent, thorough and up-front approach to recruiting, always keeping candidates informed as he leads his candidates through the entire hiring process. His ability to identify inefficiencies in the market has enabled him to assist candidates transition into Big Law from government, in-house and other non-traditional legal roles.

Previously, Evan was a Director of Recruiting at Audrey Golden Associates. Evan received his B.S. from Rutgers University and his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.

Guy Cipriano, Director

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After spending over fifteen years as a trader on the buy-side, Guy joined Long Ridge Partners as a Director. Having been on the front lines, he is intently focused on recruiting Portfolio Managers, Analysts, and Traders across all strategies. Guy’s specific focus is on opportunities within the global Equity Long/Short landscape. Prior to joining Long Ridge, Guy spent six years on the trading desk at Millennium, where he worked closely with Portfolio Managers in several capacities – trade execution, idea generation, and risk management.

Guy graduated with a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia.

Doug Cohen, Director

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Doug is currently a Director with Long Ridge Partners. Since joining the firm in early 2014, he has been focused on working with mid to senior level investment professionals including Portfolio Managers, Analysts, and Traders across Equity Long/Short, Credit, and Macro strategies. Prior to Long Ridge, Doug spent close to five years on the Business Development team of Diamondback Capital. There he was responsible for sourcing Portfolio Managers and Senior Analysts for the fund. Doug began his career on the sell side with Citigroup as a Salesperson on their Institutional Equity Sales Team covering Hedge Funds.

Doug graduated with a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University and received his MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business.

Alan Lowe, Director

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Alan joined Long Ridge Partners in May of 2007. He got his start in the executive search industry in 2006 after spending time with Oak Hill Advisors, a distressed credit fund. Prior to Oak Hill, Alan built and managed a contracting business focused on home remodeling and historic preservations. At Long Ridge he originates and executes searches focused on Investment Analysts and Marketing/IR professionals within Credit, L/S Equity and Real Estate.

Alan is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo with a BS in Marketing.

Chirag Jethanandani, Director

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Chirag is currently a Senior Associate with Long Ridge Partners. He specializes in the sourcing and recruitment of Investment Analysts, Traders, Quantitative Analysts and Risk professionals across Equity Long/Short, Quantitative and Global Macro strategies. Chirag was born and raised in Queens, NY. During the summers, Chirag can be found on the sidelines at the US Open where he moonlights as a Ballperson.

Chirag graduated with a BS in Finance from Fordham University.

Jason Sklar, Director

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Jason joined Long Ridge in 2016 after spending the previous two years at a large national search firm where he helped build out the firm’s buy side practice. His expertise covers senior discretionary and quantitative investment professionals across a number of different hedge fund strategies in the US and Europe. Jason spends much of his time recruiting Portfolio Managers, Research Analysts and Traders for strategies that include Fixed Income, Long/Short Equity, Volatility and Credit. He also has an expertise in recruiting for Real Estate investment firms.

Jason graduated with a BA in Economics and Spanish from Vanderbilt University.

Matt Sullivan, Director

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Matt joined Long Ridge Partners as an Associate in 2014. He specializes in sourcing and recruiting Investment Banking and Capital Markets Analysts who are looking to transition to the buy side. Matt grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Soccer, Hockey, Skiing and Reading are a few of his favorite activities.

Matt graduated from The University of Wisconsin, Madison with a BA in Economics.

Sarah Bachmann, Senior Associate

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Sarah is currently a Senior Associate on Long Ridge Partner’s Alternative Investment Team. She joined the firm in 2018 and specializes working with long/short equity hedge fund analysts at the mid-senior level in addition to those currently in Investment Banking and Private Equity looking to transition to the public markets. A Virginia Beach native, Sarah enjoys traveling, high energy fitness classes, live concerts and anything involving chocolate.

Sarah graduated with a BA in Science from Old Dominion University.

Michael Snyder, Associate

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Michael is currently an Associate Recruiter with Long Ridge Partners. He joined the firm in 2018 and specializes in the recruitment and placement of Investment Banking and Capital Markets Analysts. Michael grew up in Long Island, New York, and enjoys watching film, swimming, traveling, and attending sporting events.

Michael graduated with a BA in Economics and Psychology from the University of Michigan in 2018.

Colin Cummings, Associate

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Colin joined Long Ridge in May 2018 as an Associate Recruiter, specializing in the recruitment of investment banking analysts looking to make the transition to the buyside. As a student, Colin participated in Northeastern’s 5-year co-op program where students complete two 6-month internships. He did his first co-op with MFS Investment Management on the Global Investment Technology team and his second with Thompson Hennessey & Partners, a boutique commercial real estate brokerage in Boston. He was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, and enjoys backgammon, cards, reading, and playing pick-up basketball, soccer, and golf.

Colin graduated from Northeastern in 2017 with a BS in Finance.

Charlotte Strindlund, Director of Research

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Charlotte re-joined Long Ridge Partners in 2018 as the Director of Research. She builds upon the already existing research practices to ensure the company maintains its competitive position. Charlotte also collaborates with the research team, recruiters and client managers to ensure that specific projects are applicable and met on time. During her free time, Charlotte can be found at New York’s Best Friends Animal Society where she both fosters and volunteers.

Charlotte graduated with a BA in International Affairs as well as a double MS in International Relations & Development and China & International Relations.

Rebecca Causey, Research and Content Associate

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Rebecca started her career at Long Ridge Partners in January of 2018. Utilizing both her research and writing skills, she works closely with the associates and partners to help find and place the best possible talent. Rebecca is from Northern Louisiana and, in her spare time, loves to read, play tennis, travel with friends, and explore the city of New York.

Rebecca graduated from Baylor University in 2017 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in English.

Megan Johansen, Recruiting Coordinator

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Megan joined Long Ridge Partners in June 2018. As a Recruiting Coordinator, she supports the Managing Directors and Recruiters through documenting invoices, updating active mandates, maintaining the company database, and coordinating additional projects and events as needed. Megan grew up in Rochester and is an avid traveler, yogi, and Manhattan dog walker.

Megan graduated in 2015 from LIM College with a degree in Business.