Of course, it all started with the company’s namesake,
George Smith. Any of the founding partners—Gary Tenzer,
Steve Bram, Gary Mozer and David Rifkin—would tell you that
George Smith was a fervent mentor with a pioneering outlook
on the finance market.
“When I got into the business, there wasn’t really a sense of
professionalism and intellectual rigor,” Tenzer says about his
early days working with Smith. “At that time, people in this
industry would take operating statements from a client, copy
them and send them off to several lenders. They wouldn’t
give it thoughtful approach or strategy. Yet that’s what
George brought to the process. He would bring deals to lend-
ers that fit their criteria, and he helped them underwrite the
deal and present it to a loan committee to support approval.
I don’t think anyone at that time was putting that kind of
work and rigor into submitting a transaction to a lender.”
George Smith Partners’ leadership team includes (from left) Jonathan Lee, principal and managing partner; Bryan Shaffer, principal and managing
director; Steve Bram, principal and co-founder; Shahin Yazdi, principal and managing director; Gary E. Mozer, principal and co-founder; Gary M.
Tenzer, principal and co-founder and Malcolm Davies, principal and managing partner. Not pictured: Antonia Hachem, principal.