Gerald K. Hwasta
Mr. Hwasta is the founder and a Managing Director of Crest Equity Partners. He has spent his career operating, advising and investing in businesses. Prior to Crest Equity Partners, Mr. Hwasta was a founding team member of the middle-market fund of Silver Lake, the world’s leading private investor in technology businesses. With Silver Lake, his experience includes AVI-SPL, Power-One, PrimeSense, and Spansion. Earlier in his career, he was with Sun Microsystems where he led a business responsible for building network appliances. Formerly, Mr. Hwasta was the head of Corporate Development at Cobalt Networks, where he was responsible for strategic investments and M&A. In this position, he led the sale to Sun Microsystems for $2 billion. Mr. Hwasta’s experience also includes having been an investment banker at Robertson Stephens, Raymond James and McDonald & Co. (acquired by Key Bank).
Mr. Hwasta graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. from Baldwin Wallace University and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.