Adam J. Epstein, Founding Principal
A nationally recognized small-cap expert, Mr. Epstein has advised, governed, and provided growth capital to hundreds of small-cap companies. His capital markets and corporate governance acumen are products of singular perspective – a former corporate attorney, operating executive, institutional investor, and, now, board advisor and director. Mr. Epstein is a distinguished National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Board Leadership Fellow, sought after keynote speaker, and author of a category-defining corporate governance book about which Bloomberg Businessweek commented, “[a]ttention, directors of small-cap companies. Help is on the way.”
Mr. Epstein is an advisor to the boards of pre-IPO and small-cap companies through his firm, Third Creek Advisors, LLC (TCA). He speaks monthly at corporate governance and investor conferences, is a small-cap contributing editor for Directorship magazine, and author of The Perfect Corporate Board: A Handbook for Mastering the Unique Challenges of Small-Cap Companies (New York: McGraw Hill, 2012). At various times since being published, The Perfect Corporate Board has been ranked in the top 20 of numerous categories on Amazon.com.
Previously, Mr. Epstein was lead independent director, then chairman of OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a leading global provider of solid-state drive storage and computer components. Prior to founding TCA, he co-founded and was a principal of Enable Capital Management, LLC (ECM). During his tenure, ECM’s special situation hedge funds invested in more than 500 small-cap financings in the United States, the European Union, and Australasia. Before ECM, Mr. Epstein held senior operating roles with Enable Capital, LLC, a merchant bank, Surge Components, Inc., a vendor of discrete capacitors and semiconductors, MailEncrypt.com, Inc., a provider of encrypted email services, Tickets.com, Inc., an entertainment ticketing company, and Achilles’ Wheels, Inc., an operator of skate and snowboard retail locations. He started his career as an attorney at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, after having been a law clerk at Willkie Farr & Gallagher.
Mr. Epstein has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek and on CNN Presents, and has been quoted in, among others, Forbes, Agenda (Financial Times), Compliance Week, CBS Marketwatch, Lipper Hedge World, Reuters, and American Bar Association Journal.
He is an active supporter of U.S. veterans and their families; all of his royalties from The Perfect Corporate Board are donated to Fisher House Foundation, and he serves as a mentor to retired military officers seeking board of directors’ positions through NACDs “From Battlefield to Boardroom” initiative.
Mr. Epstein earned a Juris Doctor from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Vassar College. Preceding undergraduate study, he graduated from the American School in London.