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Team

Passionate Investors and Partners

Our team collectively has more than 50 years of experience partnering with, advising and growing private companies.
Our unique combination of leadership experience, industry relationships, partnership mentality and professional integrity drives powerful outcomes for our business partners.

  • Kevin O’Malley

    Managing Partner

  • Troy Smildzins

    Managing Partner

  • Deepak Janardan

    Senior Associate

  • David Cheng

    Associate

Kevin O’Malley

Managing Partner

Kevin O’Malley is a founder and Managing Partner of Carmelina Capital Partners. He has over 20 years of experience investing in and operating rapidly growing private companies across a broad range of industries. Prior to Carmelina, Kevin was a Partner at Seidler Equity Partners, a global investment firm with over $1.5 billion of capital under management. Prior to Seidler Equity Partners, Kevin was at Hancock Park Associates, a private equity investment firm based in Los Angeles.

Kevin earned an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.

Troy Smildzins

Managing Partner

Troy Smildzins is a founder and Managing Partner of Carmelina Capital Partners. He has more than 20 years of experience investing in and advising rapidly growing private companies across a broad range of industries. Prior to joining Carmelina, Troy was a Partner at Seidler Equity Partners, a global investment firm with over $1.5 billion of capital under management. Troy started his career at Crowell, Weedon & Co., a boutique investment bank in Los Angeles. He later joined the Corporate Finance group at Arthur Andersen, LLP, where he was promoted to Manager in 2001. Following the dissolution of Arthur Andersen in 2002, Troy joined members of his former team in starting the Los Angeles Corporate Finance practice at KPMG.

Troy received an MBA with honors from the Anderson School at UCLA, and a BS in Business with an emphasis on Finance and Marketing from The Marshal School of Business at USC.

Deepak Janardan

Senior Associate

Deepak Janardan is a Senior Associate of Carmelina Capital Partners and has significant experience investing in and advising middle market and lower middle market companies across a broad range of industries. Prior to Carmelina, Deepak was a Senior Associate at Brentwood Associates, a leading private equity investment firm based in Los Angeles with over $2.4 billion of assets under management. During his tenure at Brentwood, Deepak focused on evaluating potential investments, performing due diligence and structuring, negotiating and closing portfolio investments. Additionally, he actively worked with portfolio company management teams, playing a significant role in supporting, growing and exiting these investments. Prior to Brentwood, he worked at the private equity practice at H.I.G. Capital in Boston, where he focused on evaluating, executing and supporting investments across the middle market.

Deepak started his career as an analyst in investment banking within the Industrials Group at Houlihan Lokey in Chicago.

Deepak graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota, where he received a BS in Business with an emphasis on Finance.

David Cheng

Associate

David Cheng is a Business Development Associate of Carmelina Capital Partners. Prior to Carmelina, David was at K1 Investment Management, a leading technology-focused private equity firm with over $4.1 billion of assets under management. During his tenure at K1, David was responsible for sourcing new growth and buyout investments. Additionally, he actively supported portfolio company management teams in identifying and executing acquisition opportunities.

David is a graduate of the University of Southern California where he earned a MS in Gerontology, and of Willamette University, where he earned a BA in Psychology.

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