Each of us shares a passion for investing and a set of values that are reflected in every aspect of the way we run our firm. We have spent our careers living in the trenches and investing as principals.
We have known each other for over a decade and have more than sixty years of combined experience making public and private equity investments.
Chris’ view of the Clash Col, Sentinel Range, Antarctica
Harvard Business School
Brown University (Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude)
Morgan Stanley, Mergers & Acquisitions
Goldman Sachs, Fixed Income
Atticus Capital, Research Analyst
Chilton Investment Partners, Research Analyst
MassMedium, Inc., Founder
Perennial Investors, Founder and CIO
Member of the Explorers Club, where he serves on the Finance Committee
Made first ascents of mountains in Greenland and Antarctica and summited others all over the world
Resides in New York City with his wife and three children
Chris Heintz is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Perennial. Prior to founding Perennial, he was the founder and Chief Investment Officer of Perennial Investors, a long-biased equity hedge fund that he built to approximately $400 million of assets under management across three value-oriented strategies over nine years. Prior to that, Chris was the founder of MassMedium, an online-based direct marketing company specializing in performance-based advertising and lead generation. MassMedium web properties were among the top 250 visited web sites in 2000 and 2001.
Chris began his career at Morgan Stanley as a generalist in the Mergers, Acquisitions and Restructuring department where he executed transactions for several Fortune 500 clients. Chris subsequently worked in the fixed income department of Goldman Sachs and as a research analyst with Atticus Capital, an event-driven hedge fund with over $1 billion under management. He also was a member of the investment team at Chilton Investment Partners, a growth-oriented investment firm with over $4 billion under management.
Chris received his MBA from Harvard Business School and holds a degree in International Relations from Brown University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. Chris is a member of the Explorers Club; he has made first ascents of mountains in Antarctica and Greenland and has reached the summits of mountains on multiple continents. He lives in New York City with his wife and three children.
Why Scott Chose Chris as his Partner
“Chris is one of those rare individuals with a remarkable degree of intellectual capacity that is balanced by genuine humility and a deep appreciation for ‘keeping things simple.’ He has a gift for distilling complex ideas into understandable terms and a keen awareness for what he knows and what he doesn’t. In a world driven by constantly changing narratives, Chris’ ability to block out the noise and maintain a thoughtful, balanced perspective is refreshing. And his wry sense of humor, enthusiasm for learning and intellectual curiosity contribute to a fun culture that emphasizes teamwork and the pursuit of excellence. Most importantly, Chris is an exceptional partner with uncompromising values and a passion for people, investing and entrepreneurship. These are a few of the many reasons I feel extremely fortunate to call him my friend and have him as a partner and co-founder of Perennial.”
Scott Strasser is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Perennial. Prior to founding Perennial, he was a Managing Director of GB Merchant Partners (GBMP), the principal investment affiliate of Gordon Brothers Group, where he helped manage a $320 million private equity fund focused on control and minority investments in middle market consumer companies. Prior to that, Scott focused on structured credit, private equity and special situations investment opportunities in the principal investment area of Gordon Brothers and GB Palladin Capital. Previously, Scott was an Associate at the Cypress Group, a private equity firm with over $3.5 billion under management, where he concentrated on investments in the healthcare, business services and specialty finance industries. Scott began his career as a financial analyst in the Investment Banking division of Bear Stearns, where he worked on mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and corporate finance transactions in the healthcare and pharmaceuticals industries. Scott has been investing in public and private companies personally and professionally for over fifteen years.
Scott received his MBA from Harvard Business School and holds a degree in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis. He has served as a board member of several privately-held companies in the U.S. and Canada. Scott is currently the Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Community Roots Charter School in Brooklyn. He lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters.
Scott fishing for rainbow trout in the Lamoille River, Vermont
Harvard Business School
Washington University in St. Louis
Bear Stearns, Investment Banking
The Cypress Group, Private Equity
GB Merchant Partners (Gordon Brothers), Private Equity and Principal Investments
Co-Chair of the Board, Community Roots Charter School (Brooklyn, NY)
Fly fishing in remote places, tennis and snowboarding
Resides in New York City with his wife and two daughters
Why Chris Chose Scott as his Partner
“I have known Scott, personally and professionally for almost twenty years. In all that time, I have never met anyone as universally trusted and admired by his friends and colleagues, both personal and professional. No one I know is more thoughtful and careful in the way he makes decisions – exhaustively thorough and detail-oriented. His work ethic is herculean, especially when it comes to caring for and protecting those he cares about. Much of the time, he is selflessly doing this behind the scenes and rarely gets or takes credit for it. But it doesn’t matter to Scott; for him, it’s just the right thing to do.”
Shyamli Milam is a co-founder and Partner of Perennial, where she is responsible for overseeing all activities related to portfolio research and analysis. Prior to founding Perennial Advisors, Shyamli was the Director of Research at Perennial Investors, a long-biased equity hedge fund with over $400 million under management across three value-oriented strategies. Shyamli began her career in the Investment Banking division of Bear Stearns, where she worked on mergers and acquisitions in the technology, aerospace and defense sectors. Shyamli subsequently worked as an analyst at the Chatterjee Group, a private equity firm with over $1 billion under management, and as an analyst with Rudman Capital Management.
Shyamli holds a degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School), where she was a Joseph Wharton Scholar and graduated summa cum laude. She was also the valedictorian of her class at College du Leman in Geneva, Switzerland. Shyamli is a member of the Children’s Cabinet at NYU Hospital and an advisory board member of the Manhattan Girls Chorus. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children.
Shyamli with her family on the High Line in New York City
Wharton School (summa cum laude and Joseph Wharton Scholar)
College du Leman, Switzerland (Valedictorian)
Bear Stearns, Investment Banking
Chatterjee Group, Private Equity Analyst
Rudman Capital, Research Analyst
Perennial Investors, Director of Equity Research
Member of Children’s Cabinet NYU Hospital
Advisory Board Member, Manhattan Girls Chorus
Resides in New York City with her husband and three daughters
Why Chris Chose Shyamli as his Partner
“It’s simple: Shyamli is the best securities analyst I have ever known. I have worked closely with her for more than fifteen years; during that time, I have witnessed first-hand her unequaled capabilities in research and portfolio management. Always up for new challenges, Shyamli possesses the rare and enviable ability to identify simple solutions to complex problems. I can think of no person on earth I would rather have leading our firm’s investment management effort. I am humbled to be able to call her my partner.”
Pamela descending into the Jupiter Bowl in Park City, Utah
University of Pennsylvania Law School
Debevoise & Plimpton, Associate
Tailwind Capital, Counsel
Apollo Global Management, Counsel
Executive Committee Member, Right To Play’s U.S. Champions
Steering Committee Member, 30% Club
Resides in New York City
Pamela Cogut is a Partner and Managing Director of Perennial where her responsibilities include business development, operations and strategic initiatives related to the growth of the firm.
Prior to joining Perennial, Pamela served as internal fund counsel to the private equity division of Apollo Global Management where she was actively involved in all aspects of the fundraising for Apollo Investment Fund VIII, the firm’s $17.5 billion flagship private equity fund. Prior to that, Pamela was a Vice President at Tailwind Capital, a middle-market private equity firm focused on the healthcare and business services sectors. At Tailwind she advised on corporate governance, legal, operations and compliance matters.
Pamela began her career as an Associate at Debevoise & Plimpton in the Investment Management group. She received her JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, as well as a certificate in Business & Public Policy from the Wharton School. Pamela holds a degree in Religion and Ethics from Dartmouth College. She is a member of the New York State Bar. Pamela is a member of the Leadership Council of Lawyers for Children and a member of the Steering Committee of the 30% Club. She resides in New York City.
Scott on Working with Pamela
“Pamela brings a refreshing entrepreneurial energy and intellectual curiosity to everything she does. She is remarkably personable and thoughtful, and it shows up every day in the way she collaborates with our team and interacts with clients. Pamela’s passion for helping others enables her to appreciate the subtle nuances of working with clients from various backgrounds. She is a gifted problem-solver, capable of combining her legal expertise with pragmatic business judgment to tackle complex challenges. I feel fortunate that Pamela chose to join our team; we could not have asked for a better colleague.”