R. Adam Smith is an experienced investor, advisor, and builder of tens of startup, venture and private equity-backed companies in the U.S., and abroad, since the mid-1990s. Adam is an expert in the branded space with a focus on all matters related to the consumer. In 2002, Adam founded Circle Peak Capital LLC, a private investment merchant banking partnership based in NYC that he actively manages today and which has served tens of limited partners with over $50 million of invested capital over time. Earlier in his career, Adam served as a principal at two leading private equity firms in New York City, Caxton-Iseman Capital, and Castle Harlan, Inc. Prior to business school, Adam was an early employee at Columbus Advisors LLC. Adam started his career on Wall Street in 1993, holding positions at top firms including Salomon Brothers Inc., and later, J.P. Morgan, and Lehman Brothers Inc. After Salomon Brothers, Adam earned an MBA in 1998 with Beta Gamma Sigma honors from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University (CBSGSB), and a BA cum laude in International Relations and Economics from Boston University.