Opus Connect’s mission is to enable our members to create, expand, and maintain long-term relationships within the finance industry. Membership to Opus Connect is by invitation only and all prospects are individually vetted and approved by the Opus Connect Selection Committee. Once admitted to our network, members gain unparalleled access to top-tier professionals through structured activities to form meaningful and long-lasting connections throughout the U.S. Our monthly chapter events feature a diverse group of esteemed speakers who deliver the latest state of affairs in the M&A and Real Estate domains.

Opus Connect members enjoy the following benefits:

  • Regular introductions to senior executives in fields such as financial services, M&A, real estate, law, international trade, accounting and more
  • Exchange of referrals for new business and deal flow
  • Exceptional presentations by industry leaders on a variety of topics of particular interest to senior level professionals
  • Monthly chapter events that accommodate hectic schedules (i.e. lunch or evening panels)

Los Angeles Private Equity Chapter Board Members

Haze Walker

Partner at Lawrence Financial Group

Haze Walker is a highly experienced financial professional who specializes in providing funding solutions and solving cash flow needs for small to medium business. Haze started in the banking field over 20 years ago and has transitioned into portfolio management and commercial financing solutions. Haze has developed strategic alliances and launched nationwide marketing plans in developing a strong name in the marketplace. She is strategic as a leader in the commercial financing arena and prides herself in the operational, marketing, and sales efforts that she sets forth in building business. Currently, Haze has partnered with The Lawrence Financial Group and is heading up the joint venture with FSW Funding where she focuses on working with commercial accounts in financing their businesses. She consistently builds strong customer relationships, partnerships, and alliances throughout the state and country. Haze serves on the Board of Directors for Turnaround Management Association.

David Giroux

Associate at Breakaway Capital Partners

David Giroux is an associate at Breakaway Capital. Prior to joining Breakaway, David was most recently a portfolio analyst at PIMCO where he worked on the investment grade credit trading desk. David graduated from UCLA with a degree in Mathematics/Economics. He was a UCLA Alumni Scholar, as well as captain and president of the UCLA Ice Hockey team.

Michelle Garret

Vice President of Business Development at OFS Management

Ms. Garrett is a Vice President, Business Development of OFS Capital Management, LLC and is responsible for business development for the Middle Market Lending business. Prior to joining OFS Capital Management in 2014, Ms. Garrett was responsible for business development at Bainbridge. Ms. Garrett holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of San Diego.

Larry Hurwitz

CEO and Founding Partner at Lawrence Financial Group

Mr. Hurwitz has served as CEO of Lawrence Financial Group (LFG) since its founding in Los Angeles in 1990. Since that time, Lawrence Financial has arranged more than $7 billion in financing, for companies with annual revenues ranging from $3 million to $1 billion, in a wide range of industries. Lawrence Financial has arranged financing through commercial banks, asset-based lenders, factors, mezzanine lenders, hedge funds, individuals and other sources. Prior to establishing LFG, Mr. Hurwitz served as CEO of Country Junction, a family-owned clothing retailer. In 1972, when he became CEO, the firm operated three stores with sales of $3 million. He eventually built the firm to 150 stores located in 17 states, with annual sales of $80 million, and then oversaw its sale. Mr. Hurwitz also spent a number of years on Wall Street, becoming the youngest member of the New York Stock Exchange and CEO of a member firm broker dealer. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Texas and earned an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School. Subsequently he was admitted into Harvard's doctoral program, and received an appointment to its teaching and research staff. Mr. Hurwitz is an active participant in the business community of Southern California. He established the California Capital Summit; was a co-founder of Business Forum International; is the founder and group leader of the Provisors Capital Markets Affinity Group; is a member of the Executive Committee of the Provisors Mergers & Acquisitions Group; and organized the CEO Round Table of the Harvard Business School Association of Orange County.

What Our Los Angeles Private Equity Chapter Members Are Saying

“Opus Connect holds a luncheon every month, and I attend as many as my schedule permits. I always find these luncheons productive, which is why I continue to go. I’ve made many new connections and have gained a few new friends. My network has grown significantly, and not just in regards to quantity, but also quality.”

Eric Coonrod, Cascadia CapitalLos Angeles Private Equity Chapter

“I’ve made several relationships just through general meetings with other lenders, and what I found great is that we’ve been able to be mutual referral sources back to each other. Even when we have a client who doesn’t fit into our portfolio, we know someone who can help them. We’ve received numerous direct and indirect business referrals and prospects through Opus Connect...”

David Ellis, GemCap SolutionsLos Angeles Private Equity Chapter

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