Chester Rodeheaver, CFA is a Miami-based expert on investment funds, real estate, entrepreneurial strategy, and finance who has provided guidance and professional advice to family offices, real estate investors, startups, private equity firms, investment companies, and closely-held businesses for 18 years.
Chester is both an avid entrepreneur and advisor to other companies. He is currently, a founding partner in a quantitative, algorithmic, long-short equity hedge fund, a co-founder of a film fund in partnership with a leading Hollywood-based management and production company, and a former CFO and ongoing shareholder and advisor to a Dubai-based sporting platform that has grown to over 100,000 members since it began in 2007.
Chester began his career with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, DC. In 2003, he was recruited to join a Cisco- and Corning-led consortium in Dubai that was investing in the deregulating Middle Eastern telecommunications space.
In 2004, Chester formed a strategy and financial consulting boutique with two partners. Based in Dubai, the company focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, start-up financing, real estate, and entertainment. The firm represented the Saudi seller in a $400 million buyout of the regional presence of a globally-recognized German software enterprise, advised a regional government on the formation of its flagship sovereign wealth fund, participated in the strategic and financial planning for the Ferrari World Theme Park in Abu Dhabi, led the capital raise of $200 million for a regional chain of primary and secondary schools, and subsequently led a $100 million buyout of a competitor. The firm dissolved in 2009 after its senior partner was appointed CEO of Dubai’s second-largest property developer.
After forming Pont Capital, Chester worked with dozens of start-up companies on strategic planning, budgeting, and capital raising. He also served as the founding CFO of a social sports platform that has grown to over 100,000 members, a role in which he helped raise two rounds of capital. He also worked extensively with family offices, negotiating cross-border joint ventures and investments, as well as helping execute growth strategies domestically.
In addition to helping dozens of other companies during their start-up phase, Chester has founded or co-founded three firms, and has served on multiple boards of directors and executive committees.
Chester holds An MBA (with honors) from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, an MPA from Harvard, a BA in economics from the University of Virginia, certificates in financial modeling and entrepreneurship from Wharton, and a CFA designation (Chartered Financial Analyst). He studied abroad in Germany (math and physics) and at the Sorbonne in Paris, France and lived abroad for a total of 12 years.