Top Tier Capital Partners hires chief business development officer

Top Tier Capital Partners, a $2.4 billon San Francisco-based venture capital fund of funds manager, has recruited Jeff Watts as chief business development officer. He will lead Top Tier’s investor client business activities in the areas of sales, marketing and customer service while also contributing his perspective to Top Tier’s investment team.

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Top Tier Capital Partners, a $2.4 billon San Francisco-based venture capital fund of funds manager, is pleased to welcome Jeff Watts as Chief Business Development Officer. Jeff will lead Top Tier’s investor client business activities in the areas of sales, marketing and customer service while also contributing his perspective to Top Tier’s investment team. Jeff comes to Top Tier with over 30 years of private equity experience in both direct and fund investing, as well as extensive fundraising experience.
The addition of this prominent role underscores the Firm’s commitment to superior customer service. David York, CEO and Managing Director, states, “We feel complimented that such a great role model chose to join our team and are very excited to welcome Jeff to Top Tier Capital Partners.”
In joining Top Tier, Jeff is returning to his venture capital roots, originally established while President of Union Venture Corp, at that time the venture capital subsidiary of Union Bank of California in Los Angeles. “I am thrilled to be part of the Top Tier team, happy to be back in the venture ecosystem, and honored to join such a talented firm with its great future,” says Jeff.
Prior to joining the Top Tier team, Jeff served as: Managing Director with Thomas Capital Group, a third party broker/dealer private placement firm, in Gig Harbor, WA; Managing Director at Russell Investment Group in Seattle, where he co-founded Russell’s initial private equity Fund of Funds group; Senior Investment Officer at the Washington State Investment Board in Olympia, WA (which, at the time, was one of the ten largest private equity institutional investors in the world); President of Union Venture Corporation in Los Angeles; various positions at Northern Trust Co. and Arthur Andersen & Co. in Chicago.
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Jeff is a CFA and CPA (inactive) and received his M.B.A. and B.S. from University of Michigan. Though not a rower or runner in the Top Tier tradition, he was a member of the collegiate swim team while at Michigan.
Sajan Thomas, Founder and President of Thomas Capital had this to say about Jeff: “Jeff and I have been friends since 1995 and colleagues for nearly 12 years. I have valued Jeff’s insights and perspective regarding our industry and I will miss his guidance, humor and style. We appreciate his years of service to TCG and wish him well with his new career and move to the Bay Area. He has joined a great organization in Top Tier.”
About Top Tier Capital Partners
Top Tier Capital Partners, LLC is a venture capital specialist managing niche-focused funds of funds. We make primary and secondary investments in venture capital funds and co-invest in select portfolio companies. Based in San Francisco with roots back to 1999, the Top Tier team manages $2.4 billion in commitments from a global base of institutional investors including pension funds, insurance companies, foundations, and family offices. Top Tier Capital Partners is an SEC registered investment adviser. For more information, visit www.ttcp.com.
Contact: David York, CEO & Managing Director, Top Tier Capital Partners
dyork@ttcp.com