Nina Lesavoy is the Founder of Avec Capital. She has spent over thirty-five years in the investment management business. Her career encompasses the marketing and sales of a range of investment products to institutional investors. Her focuses have included private equity and alternative investment funds, in addition to other classes of equity and fixed income products. She spent thirteen years with investment management firms including The Putnam Companies and Invesco (formerly Chancellor LGT Asset Management).
As Head of Sales and Client Service at Chancellor Capital, Mrs. Lesavoy developed one of the industry's premier sales and client service groups comprised of 25 individuals. From 1990 to 1995, her team brought in 200 new institutional relationships and serviced the needs of over 450 clients. In 2000, after working for the CEO of Invesco Institutional, Mrs. Lesavoy joined InvestorForce, an institutional investment technology enabling company, and was instrumental in its development both as an early founding shareholder, as well as supporting the capital raise of $72 million. In 2003, Mrs. Lesavoy co-founded Cue Capital, which successfully advised a range of private equity and alternative funds. With the founding of Avec Capital, Mrs. Lesavoy focuses on personally investing in and assisting emerging PE, VC, and Real Estate funds with differentiated skills and strategies that look to access institutional and high net worth investor groups.
Mrs. Lesavoy is an Independent Director on the U.S. SEI Mutual Funds Board and serves as Governance Chair. SEI's assets under management are approximately $100 billion. SEI U.S. Mutual Funds provide a solution based manager of manager program for institutions globally. Her charitable involvements include New Heights, an organization founded in 2001 that uses inner city youth’s excitement and talent on the basketball court as a means to focus their attention on values and skills that stretch beyond athletic competition to find success in other areas of life, including education and career development. She is also a supporter of the Financial Futures Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 2007 with the purpose of identifying, nurturing, and motivating minority or female students who may have career interests in the field of financial services, but lack exposure to the industry. Mrs. Lesavoy also sits on the senior advisory board of The Toigo Foundation. The Toigo Foundation, founded in 1987, provides minority students interested in the asset management business scholarships to the major business schools in the United States.
Mrs. Lesavoy is a founding member of PEWIN and sits on their Steering Committee. She is a member of the Editorial Committee of the Academy of Institutional Investors. Mrs. Lesavoy is a member of the Duke alumni association and remains very active with Duke University. Mrs. Lesavoy supports and fundraises for several Cancer Research Organizations including Fighting Chance, Conquer Cancer - The ASCO Foundation, Women Who Conquer Cancer, where she also funds a research analyst position. She is also an avid supporter of Global Empowerment Mission, a non-profit that provides international front line aid and support to survivors of war and natural disasters. She served on the Trinity College board of advisors for two terms and served on the NMS Advisory Board. Mrs. Lesavoy also participates in the Stanford University Fiduciary College, training pension fund trustees and staff on important fiduciary and ethical issues. She holds the Series 7 and 63 registrations with FINRA.
Mrs. Lesavoy is a native New Yorker. She attended The Brearley School for 13 years. She received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University in Management Science and French Studies.
Amanda Havriluk, a graduate of DePaul University in Chicago, began her finance career on fixed income trading desks in both Atlanta and New York. Ms. Havriluk was named Partner at Avec in 2019. Ms. Havriluk has worked closely with Ms. Lesavoy on business development activities since January 2016. Prior to this, Ms. Havriluk managed the fundraise process for Avec’s clients, including the monitoring of investor communications and focused on improving the operational aspects of the company. She holds the Series 7 and 63 registrations with FINRA.
Garrett Cushing rejoined Avec Capital in 2023 as Vice President. Mr. Cushing came to Avec from GCM Grosvenor where he worked as an Associate on the Fund Data Reporting and Analytics Team. He began his career at Grosvenor as an Associate on the Data Team within Marketing. Mr. Cushing is a graduate of Montclair State University, during that time he also completed the Wall Street Prep Financial Modeling Certification and the Bloomberg Market Concepts Certification programs. In his last semester at Montclair State University, Mr. Cushing worked as Research and Project Development Intern with Avec Capital.
Kari Fields joined Avec Capital in 2023. Ms. Fields has worked in administrative support roles at both Boston Consulting Group and Invesco. A graduate of University of North Florida, Ms. Fields began her career in marketing and event management in Jacksonville and Chicago.
Mr. Vet retired from Avec Capital in 2015 but continues as a Senior Advisor for the firm. Prior to joining Avec Capital in 2008, Mr. Vet was a Managing Director of Cue Capital, LP for three years. Mr. Vet performed due diligence on funds the placement agent was considering representing. In June 2005, Mr. Vet retired after almost 30 years from the NYS Teachers’ Retirement System, an $85 billion defined benefit public pension plan. Starting in with NYS Teachers’ in the mid-70’s, Joe held several positions, including Finance Officer, Division Manager (responsible for Finance, Human Resources and overseeing the System’s budget) and the Executive level position of Director of Internal Audit. He was appointed to the Executive position of Securities Investment Officer in 1998 which he held until his retirement. In this position, he was responsible for over 85% of the System’s assets, including investments in fixed income, international & domestic equities, and private equity. He also had responsibility for asset allocation, manager selection and monitoring outside managers. Mr. Vet rejuvenated the System’s interest in private equity and took the program from $100 million in commitments in 1998 to over $5.3 billion of committed capital by early 2005. Re-starting from the ground up, Mr. Vet developed a strategy to enhance the program by developing an internal professional staff, establishing a process to identify potential fund investments, performing due diligence alongside staff and working through an approval process with the Retirement Board. Beginning with a modest 3% target, the program is now on track for a 7% allocation of assets. Investments include direct fund investing, secondaries, buyouts, venture capital, domestic and international funds. The team reviewed almost 50 opportunities each quarter which ultimately generated between two or four commitments per quarter.
Mr. Vet received his B.S. with honors from Bryant College in Providence, RI, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS).
During his career, Mr. Vet was active in the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for over 15 years and served on the GFOA’s National Committee on Retirement and Benefits Administration, chairing the committee’s Accounting Subcommittee. He was an active member in the GASB Pension Task Force and functioned as an advisor for GASB Implementation Guides. In previous roles, he was active in the Association of Public Pension Fund Auditors (APPFA), serving as President (1997-1998) and as a Member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Vet is a frequent speaker at well-known public and endowment conferences on various investment related topics, including private equity. He holds the Series 7, 24 and 63 registrations with FINRA.