Mark D. Ein is an investor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, who has created, acquired, invested in and built a series of growth companies across a diverse set of industries over the course of his 22 year career. During this time, Mr. Ein has been involved in the founding or early stages of six companies that have been worth over $1 billion and has led over $600 million of private equity, venture capital and public company investments generating an internal rate of return of 34%.
Currently, Mr. Ein is the founder and CEO of Venturehouse Group, LLC, an investment holding company; Chairman and CEO of Capitol Acquisition Corporation 2 (NASDAQ:CLAC), a public company formed in May 2014 with $200 million for the purposes of making an acquisition. Through Leland Investment Co, his personal investment holding company, he serves as the Co-Chairman and Principal Shareholder of Kastle Systems, LLC, the country’s leading provider of managed security systems for commercial office buildings; Chairman and Lead Investor of Reed Krakoff Inc., a global luxury clothing and accessories company; and, the Vice-Chairman of Two Harbors Investment Corporation, (NYSE:TWO) one of the largest residential mortgage REITs. Mr. Ein also currently serves as Chairman of the Board of VSGi, a provider of videoconferencing solutions. Throughout his career, Mr. Ein has invested in a wide range of other successful growth companies that have gone public or merged into larger companies including XM Satellite Radio, Nextel, American Tower, Cibernet and Matrics. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ein worked for The Carlyle Group, Brentwood Associates and Goldman Sachs.
Mr. Ein is also the Founder and Owner of the Washington Kastles, his hometown’s World TeamTennis (WTT) franchise. After just seven years in the league, the Kastles have captured the coveted King Trophy five times (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014). The 2011 Kastles made history by becoming the first team in the 36-year history of the league to complete a perfect season (16-0). The 2012 Kastles repeated this remarkable feat with a second-straight undefeated season. From 2011 through 2013, the franchise won 34 straight matches – the longest winning streak in major U.S. pro sports history. With their most recent title in 2014, Washington is 58-6 over the last four seasons (0.906 win percentage). The Kastles and Mr. Ein have been honored often for their contributions on and off the court, including four proclamations of "Washington Kastles Day" by the Mayor of Washington, D.C. and the Washington, D.C. City Council. In recognition of the team’s first championship in 2009, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty presented Mr. Ein and the Kastles with the Key to the City, highlighting not only their success on the court, “but their commitment to the District’s communities and youth.”
A native of the Washington area, Mr. Ein actively supports many community, charitable and cultural organizations. Through both his professional and philanthropic activities, he is committed to bringing his community together as well as helping those in need with a particular focus on the youth of the city. Mr. Ein has been frequently recognized and honored for his contributions to his community including being named Business Leader of the Year by the Washington DC Chamber of Commerce in October, 2011 and the region’s Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) in 2009. In addition, Mr. Ein was inducted into the Mid-Atlantic Tennis Hall of Fame in March 2012. On June 18th, 2013, Mr. Ein received the prestigious national 2013 Jefferson Award for the Greatest Public Service by an Athlete.
Mr. Ein is currently the Chairman of the Board of The District of Columbia Public Schools Education Fund (DCPEF) which serves to catalyze private sector support for the DC Public School System and that has raised over $90 million of philanthropic funds in just five years. Mr. Ein also serves on the Board of Directors of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), the District of Columbia College Access Program (DC-CAP), International Tennis Hall of Fame, the Executive Committee of the Federal City Council and was appointed by Mayor Vincent Gray to be a member of the D.C. Tax Revision Commission. He previously served on the Boards of Directors of The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the SEED Foundation, The Economic Club of Washington, D.C., The Washington Tennis & Education Foundation and The Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Art as well as the Advisory Board of The Tennis Center at College Park (TCCP), the Steering Committee for the Business Executives for National Security (BENS) DC, the selection Committee for the George J. Mitchell Scholarship program, the Trustees Council of The National Gallery of Art and the Donor Advisory Group for the FasterCures Philanthropy Advisory Service. He received his BS in Economics with a concentration in finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from The Harvard Business School.