The Rizk Ventures Team

RV Global | Real Estate | Healthcare | Special Situations

The Rizk Ventures team is comprised of experienced and dedicated executives from a vast range of industries. Our team adds value to our investments and partnerships by strengthening consumer relationships, advising management teams, providing operational expertise.

RIZK VENTURES GLOBAL

Thomas Rizk

Thomas A. Rizk
Co-Founder, Chairman, & CEO

Linda Rizk
Co-Founder, Managing Partner

Geoffrey Rizk
Managing Partner

Klaus Lederer
Managing Partner

Leo Nolan
Vice President

REAL ESTATE

Roger Thomas
Managing Partner

Michael Gervasio
Principal

HEALTHCARE

Charlie Dawson
Managing Partner

Dr. Fernando Salgado
Principal-Latin America

Jason Palmer
Principal

SPECIAL SITUATIONS

Ernie Liang
Managing Partner

Jack Lyden
Managing Partner

James D. Wiley
Principal

Jessica Vincent
Analyst

Matt Gervasio
Analyst

Brian Taylor
Analyst

Thomas A. Rizk

Co-Founder, Chairman, & CEO

Thomas Rizk has 30 years of experience that includes building both private and public companies, managing alternative investments, and investing in special opportunities. His sector experience includes healthcare, technology, real estate, energy and education. Mr. Rizk founded TractManager Inc, the recognized leader in providing technology-based contract management solutions to healthcare organizations. He served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until April 2013. He led the company’s growth from a start-up operation to a company that served over 25% of the hospitals in the United States, with more than 130,000 end users at over 5,000 locations throughout all 50 states.

Prior to TractManager Inc, Mr. Rizk led the family-owned real estate partnership, Cali Associates, through its highly successful initial public offering as Cali Realty Corporation, a real estate investment trust (REIT) traded on the NYSE. Mr. Rizk led a management team that produced some of the strongest financial returns in the REIT sector. As President and Chief Executive Officer, he led the merger of Cali Realty Corporation into the Mack Company and Patriot American Office Group in 1997. Mr. Rizk was Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Mack-Cali Realty Corporation. He served as a member of the company’s Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

Thomas Rizk received his B.A. in Business Administration from Rutgers University, his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law, and his L.L.M. in Taxation from the New York University School of Law.

tom@rizkventures.com

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Linda Rizk

Co-Founder, Managing Partner

Over the past 20 years, Mrs. Rizk has been instrumental in sourcing and initiating many of the early stage investments for Rizk Ventures. Mrs. Rizk also leads the Rizk Ventures philanthropic initiative by supporting and partnering with countless charitable organizations to promote awareness for the needs of injured service members, to support youth education initiatives, and to combat the effects of poverty.

Mrs. Rizk has received numerous awards for her charitable efforts including the STRANG Humanitarian Award (STRANG Cancer Prevention Center is a diagnostic and research facility for the detection and prevention of cancer), the Wheelchair Charities Humanitarian Award (Wheelchair Charities supports and enhances the quality of life for paraplegics and quadriplegics at the Goldwater Memorial Hospital in New York), the Colleen Giblin Foundation Humanitarian Award (Colleen Giblin Foundation supports children’s neurological and cancer research), and an honorary special recognition by Operation Game On.

Mrs. Rizk is also the Founder of Rizk Compliance and Counter Human Trafficking Compliance Solutions (CHTCS), global compliance and advisory companies that provide corporations with various services including the training, assessment, research, and supply chain transparency required to combat human trafficking, forced labor, and child labor.

Mrs. Rizk serves on the Advisory Board for Operation Game On, an innovative golf rehabilitation program for returning combat-injured troops suffering from physical and mental disabilities and previously served on the board of directors for the Institute for Educational Achievement, the nation’s most prestigious non-profit school for children with autism.

Linda Rizk received her B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University Douglass College and worked in public finance as an investment banker while completing her M.B.A. in Finance from Pace University.

linda@rizkventures.com

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Geoffrey Rizk

Managing Partner

Mr. Rizk is a Managing Partner at Rizk Ventures. Mr. Rizk has been involved in all phases of the firm’s development since its founding in 2013. His focus within the firm has been on the capital markets side of the business, as well as helping with the business’ global expansion.

Mr. Rizk has also been active in Rizk Ventures philanthropy efforts. His passion has been to help inner city children in impoverished communities. He has been extremely involved in raising money specifically for the Mourning Family Foundation as well as the HoneyShine Mentoring Program.

Previously, Mr. Rizk was the Co-founder of TractManager International LP, a leading contract management solution for the healthcare industry. He was responsible for opening the companies offices in Colombia and Brazil. TractManager and TractManager International LP was sold in 2013.

Prior to TractManager, he worked at JP Morgan in Sales and Trading in the Rates Group. He was involved in trading repurchase agreements and agency mortgage-backed securities.

Mr. Rizk started his undergrad for the University of Pittsburgh. He later transferred and received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland.

geoff@rizkventures.com

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Klaus Lederer

Managing Partner

Mr. Lederer is a Managing Partner at Rizk Ventures. He is a multicultural, multilingual executive who understands the requirements of operating businesses in international markets. He has significant business relationships and experience in both Europe and Latin America.

Mr. Lederer has been part of the development of Rizk Ventures since its founding in 2013. His primary focus has been on the development of Rizk Ventures’ international business and capital markets.

Prior to Rizk Ventures, Mr. Lederer held the position of Head of Global at TractManager Inc. and was a Co-founder of Tractmanager International LP. In this role, Mr. Lederer was responsible for managing the operations of TractManager International and pursuing additional opportunities in untapped international markets. He was responsible for building the TractManager operation in Colombia and Brazil and establishing the company’s presence in the Latin America marketplace. In 2012, he was featured in the Colombia business publication El Portafolio as a rising business leader.

Mr. Lederer received a J.D. from the University of Miami and a B.S. in Economics and Finance from Bentley University.

klaus@rizkventures.com

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Leo Nolan

Vice President

Mr. Nolan has a diverse background having previously worked in investment banking, credit investing, and healthcare technology. He brings both a financial and corporate perspective across a variety of industries. Prior to Rizk Ventures, Mr. Nolan held the position of Co-Head of Global Business Development at TractManager Inc, in this role he was responsible for managing the operations of TractManager International and pursuing additional opportunities in untapped international markets. Prior to TractManager Inc, he worked in the Credit Opportunities fund at Summit Partners, where he created tailored capital solutions that fit the unique needs of the companies in which the fund invested while focusing on the healthcare, gaming and energy industries. ​ He began his career within Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking Division, advising on and executing numerous strategic transactions including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and divestitures.

Mr. Nolan received his B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University.

leo@rizkventures.com 

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Tara Viserto-Rose

Office Manager

Ms. Viserto has more than 10 years of experience as the Executive Assistant to “C-Level” personnel. Prior to Rizk Ventures, Ms. Viserto served as Office Manager and Executive Assistant at TractManager Inc. She provided administrative support to the company’s Chief Executive Officer while also organizing and coordinating the daily office operations. ​Ms. Viserto’s additional experience includes more than five years of high-level executive and administrate support to various organizations. During these years, Ms. Viserto also attended New Jersey City State College.

tara@rizkventures.com 

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Roger Thomas

Managing Partner

Mr. Thomas has more than 30 years of experience working in the real estate sector and assisted Mr. Rizk in taking Cali Associates public. From 1994 to 2014, Mr. Thomas served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary at Mack-Cali Realty Corporation where he was responsible for structuring and overseeing all acquisitions, dispositions, and joint ventures. During his time at Mack-Cali, Mr. Thomas also oversaw the human resources and marketing departments and was a key member of the executive team that reported to Mr. Rizk. Prior to working at Cali Associates and Mack-Cali, Mr. Thomas was a Partner at the New York law firm, Dreyer & Traub.

Mr. Thomas received his B.S.B.A. in Finance and his J.D. both from the University of Denver.

roger@rizkventures.com

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Michael Gervasio

Principal

Mr. Gervasio is Senior Vice President of Workspace Property Trust. His experience in the commercial real estate industry includes asset management, brokerage, property management, and consulting. As Senior Vice President he has been part of the executive leadership team that has led WPT through over $1.2 billion of acquisitions in less than one year. During this time WPT has grown from its infancy stage to expanding its portfolio to 149 properties totaling approximately 10 million square feet.

Mr. Gervasio began his career at CB Richard Ellis in the commercial real estate brokerage division. During his tenure, he worked closely with senior management of both private and public companies to develop strategic real estate plans and implementation strategies. He negotiated commercial real estate leasing and sales transactions for both acquisition and disposition assignments on behalf of landlords and tenants.

Mr. Gervasio has previously served as the Vice President of PropertyTract, and was also part of the real estate financial services division of FTI, where he was responsible for providing consulting services to public and private real estate companies including REIT’s, investment and commercial banks, opportunity funds, private equity funds, and insurance companies.

Mr. Gervasio received his B.A. in Communications from the University of Rhode Island.

mike@rizkventures.com 

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Charlie Dawson

Managing Partner

Charlie Dawson married strong mathematic and pattern recognition skills to the world of consulting in 1987 when he combined the analytical skills of physics with business process principals. By devising successful new methodologies for identifying, measuring and remediating business problems Mr. Dawson garnered wide industry appreciation culminating in his partnership in a now publicly traded consulting firm. During his career he has successfully concluded engagements that included leading functional redesign activities with some of the world’s best known organizations including: Southwest Airlines, McCloud USA, Schwab Online, Methodist Health System (Houston), and many others.

Along the way Mr. Dawson wrote 6 books on business topics including, “The Complete Guide to Technical Recruiting”, 1999, Management Advantage, Inc. and “The Human Resource Technology Handbook”, 2002, CRC St Lucie Press.

Mr. Dawson has been published/interviewed for over 20 magazines and online venues, has delivered over 100 speeches and continues to provide guidance as a member of various associations, boards and industry collectives.

Mr. Dawson’s approach to consulting starts with his belief that while there are organizations that are exceptional in certain disciplines, every organization needs to create its own “Best Practices” based on its unique operating circumstances. As a result, Mr. Dawson has pioneered a structured process that assists organizations in discovering how to adapt and evolve existing resources to meet changing business demands.

Perceiving a growing need, In 1999 Mr. Dawson made the choice to focus a majority of his time providing operational support in not-for-profit healthcare and in 2005, he founded Workforce Prescriptions (acquired by Rizk Ventures) as a means of carrying his unique methodology to the broader market.

Mr. Dawson is married with 2 adult children and 2 children still in the home. He and his family live in a bedroom community of Tampa, FL.

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Dr. Fernando Salgado

Principal-Latin America

Fernando Salgado is a medical doctor with over 25 years of experience in clinical practice and has held top managerial positions in both public and private sectors including the Multinational Pharmaceutical Industry. He has experience in creating innovative clinic and business models, audit of health care services, and Business Insights and Strategic Planning (BI&SP).

Dr. Fernando Salgado is a well recognized health care consultant with a track record of success in health organizations including those of the biopharmaceutical industry, health insurers, health care services,  Government and institutional business.

Dr. Fernando Salgado’s highlighted experience includes his current role as CEO at S&P International Health S.A.S and a current senior consultant and partner at GES consulting group.  His past experience includes being the Director General for development of health services at the Ministry of Health of Colombia and he also held the position of Medical Director and partner at Centro de Investigación y Control de Enfermedades Crónicas y de Alto Costo Cic Altocosto S.A.  He has also held positions at Baxter Inc., the Colombian Social Security Institute, and at the CAFABA institute for family compensation programs.

fernando@rizkventures.com

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Jason Palmer

Principal

A decorated business leader across multiple industries from technology to education, Mr. Palmer has 20 years of experience in business management, marketing and sales. He is the Founder of several companies in software (SaaS), marketing, retail, and manufacturing, including the online marketing platform Launchpad IMG. Mr. Palmer currently serves as President of Rizk Ventures Healthcare Analytics, a full service healthcare consulting and advisory company focused on helping healthcare organizations and facilities manage costs, optimize their process, and enhance overall revenue.

As Vice President of Classroom24-7, Mr. Palmer led business development efforts in legal, medical, and pharmacy education, and worked with Georgetown Law School, Northwestern Law School and the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.

For over a decade, Mr. Palmer served as the President of a business consulting firm offering best of breed management consulting to major corporations as well as venture-backed start-ups including Epson Corporation and Phosphor Technologies. Under Mr. Palmer’s management, Epson was named Inside Track’s #1 Video Manufacturer for 5 consecutive years and Epson Corporation’s North American Home Entertainment market share rose over 400% and now represents over half of all North American sales in the retail front projection market.

Mr. Palmer was honored as a Top Executive in Manufacturing by CTPG and was recognized as one of the Top Executives under 40 in Consumer Electronics by the North American Publishing Company. He is a strong believer in “doing well by doing good”, and is a patent holder in cause-based crowdfunding.

Mr. Palmer has a J.D from UCLA Law School and a B.A. in Journalism/ Advertising from the University of Maryland. He is a dedicated husband to his wife Stephanie, and his four young children, Sophie, Jake, Tessa, and Emerson.

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Ernie Liang

Managing Partner

Mr. Liang has over 20 years of experience leading both entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial ventures within the education, technology, and consumer product sectors.

Currently, Mr. Liang is Chief Executive Officer of Classroom24-7, a leading provider of online education technologies and services. He has led the expansion of the business in the online healthcare and legal education markets as well as spearheaded the development of core technologies and services that will fuel the company’s continued growth. Under Mr. Liang’s leadership, Classroom24-7 has dramatically increased its revenues and added top-tier clients to its customer list, including Georgetown Law, the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), and the New Jersey State Bar Association. He is a legacy member of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy’s National Advisory Board.

Mr. Liang co-founded Brattle Street Coaching LLC, a coaching and mentoring firm focused on providing advisory and educational services to individuals and families interested in top-tier U.S. universities and graduate schools. Prior to Brattle Street Coaching, Mr. Liang helped start Epson America, Inc.’s New Ventures group where he built a team that designed and launched products in the consumer electronics, business audio/visual, and education technology markets. Having been awarded four patents, Mr. Liang’s work has been recognized with the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design’s Good Design Award.

Mr. Liang received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from MIT and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

eliang@classroom24-7.com

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James D. Wiley

Principal

Lieutenant Colonel James Wiley brings his decades of leadership and operational experience with the United States Marine Corps and Special Operations to bear on new business development for Rizk Ventures. His unique background commanding combat forces, running intelligence operations, directing major international military exercises and working as a Law Enforcement officer, combined with his on-the-ground familiarity with Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, makes him ideally suited to understanding and assessing the business needs of government, military and international contractors / clients.

Lieutenant Colonel Wiley is an expert in the field of operations and intelligence who maintains a current top-secret security clearance, TSSCI. In the course of his long military service, he was instrumental in standing up Detachment 1 (Det. 1) and Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC). Lieutenant Colonel Wiley was responsible for developing the Counterterrorism Engagement Program for U.S. Special Operations Command Central and was instrumental in standing up the only Crisis Response Element (CRE). He is highly skilled at coordinating international counterterrorism efforts in key regions and has also acquired a strong background in science, technology and agriculture.

Lieutenant Colonel Wiley has worked as an adviser for U.S. Special Operations Command Science and Technology and the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon Univ, overseen security for presidents and heads of state, and directed U.S. Special Operation Forces (in Cairo, Egypt) during the largest-ever military exercise for all Special Forces.

wiley@rizkventures.com

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Jack Lyden

Managing Partner

Mr. Lyden has significant business development and marketing experience in the education, technology, and non-profit sectors.

Currently, Mr. Lyden is President and an investor in Classroom24-7, a leading provider of online education technologies and services. Since joining the company, he has helped lead the expansion of the business into the healthcare education market. Under his leadership, Classroom24-7 developed and launched a highly successful online Pharmacy Technician Training program in partnership with the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, a top ranked pharmacy school in the United States. This pharmacy technician training program is now the largest revenue-producing program within the Continuing Education Department at the UF College of Pharmacy.

Mr. Lyden was also integral in building Classroom24-7’s relationship with the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS). Among other services, Classroom24-7 provides HSS with its C2 Learning Management System which powers the HSS eAcademy, a premier global destination for online musculoskeletal education including Continuing Medical Education, surgical videos, and residency training.

Prior to Classroom24-7, Mr. Lyden invested in and worked for Legacy Connect, a leading online fundraising platform for charitable organizations. During his time at Legacy, Mr. Lyden helped to identify strategic partners in the corporate and non-profit spaces. He also helped to develop innovative technologies to drive awareness for charitable causes through the integration of social media and other marketing platforms.

Prior to Legacy, Mr. Lyden worked in American Express’ Global Merchant Marketing Department as well as in Fox News’ Digital Marketing Department.

Mr. Lyden received his B.A. in History from Trinity College.

jlyden@classroom24-7.com

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Jessica Vincent

Analyst

Jessica Vincent has served as Senior Intelligence Specialist to a Special Mission Unit in support of Tier Force Commanders, Chiefs of Stations, and senior U.S. State Department officials since 2001.

Mrs. Vincent has extensive regional deployment experience in austere environments supporting NATO war crimes investigations and the Global War on Terror, which have required advanced facilitation of intelligence gathering and reporting. These regions include the Balkans, Southwest Asia, and the Saudi Peninsula.

Mrs. Vincent draws from her leadership background and research expertise to write detailed collections reports that provide innovative intelligence solutions to Tier Force Commanders, Chiefs of Stations, and senior U.S. State Department officials.

Throughout her career, Mrs. Vincent has developed comprehensive training modules for the Department of Defense and commercial customers. These training modules require design, cooperation, and implementation of dynamic training scenarios, programs of instruction, and written assessments. She designed the Army’s comprehensive 30-hour, all-source Company Intelligence Support Team course and supported a U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group special access program as the lead Tactical Advisory Cadre.

Mrs. Vincent is the Co-founder of 4P Project, a collaborative non-profit corporation committed to delivering the counter human trafficking 4P paradigm: Prevention, Protection, Prosecution, and Partnership. She also presides over several community workgroups in southeast Arizona focused on education, collaboration, policy-making, and funding.

Mrs. Vincent is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center at the Presidio of Monterey, where she earned a degree in Russian.

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Brian Taylor

Analyst

Mr. Taylor brings years of domestic and international operational experience in the healthcare and education sectors to the Rizk Ventures team.

As Director of Operations at Classroom24-7, Mr. Taylor manages the day-to-day operations and manages technology implementation projects for our clients. He has invaluable business process optimization knowledge and ensures that Classroom24-7 runs as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Prior to Classroom24-7, Mr. Taylor was a Liaison of International Operations at TractManager Inc. and was responsible for the implementation of all new clients, providing the first line of communication, as well as the training of all new international employees. Mr. Taylor has years of experience as a market analyst and possesses a great understanding of the various industries and sectors relevant to Classroom24-7.

Mr. Taylor received his B.A. in Communications from the University of Maryland.

btaylor@classroom24-7.com

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