Maria Balodimas Staton
Chief Investment Officer

Mrs. Staton has served as our Chief Investment Officer and a Managing Director since our inception.  She served as Corporate Secretary for Enterprise Acquisition Corp. from its inception in July 2007 to November 2009.  Mrs. Staton founded Ariston Capital, an early stage investment company, where she served as Chief Executive Officer.  Prior to founding Ariston Capital, Mrs. Staton was an Associate at Blue Chip Venture Company, a venture capital and leveraged buyout fund based in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Prior to Blue Chip Venture Company, Mrs. Staton was an Associate in the Financial Institutions Group at A.T. Kearney, a management consulting firm, in New York. Prior to A.T. Kearney, Mrs. Staton was an Institutional Salesperson in the Fixed Income group at Union Bank of Switzerland in New York where she specialized in trading derivatives and structured products with U.S. branches of foreign commercial banks.  Mrs. Staton began her career at Nomura Securities International, where she worked as a Quantitative Analyst on the equity derivatives trading desk.

Mrs. Staton holds an M.B.A. and M.S. degree in Real Estate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard College.