The Renaissance Advisory Board includes nationally recognized leaders with business and investment experience spanning decades.

  • Sam Valenti III

    Chairman

    Mr. Valenti is Chairman of the Board of TriMas Corporation, a NYSE 1 billion- dollar manufacturer of highly engineered precision products for industry. He is also lead director of the Board of American Axle Corporation, a 7 billion dollar public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. He is the former President of Masco Capital Corporation, and a 40-year veteran of Masco Corporation, a Fortune 500 manufacturer of home building and home improvement products.

    Mr. Valenti is the former Chairman of the Investment Advisory Board of the $50 billion State of Michigan retirement system. In his nearly 20 year participation with the Advisory Board, Mr. Valenti spearheaded the State’s initial investments in venture capital as well as a broad range of alternative investments.

    Mr. Valenti serves on the advisory board at the University of Michigan Business School Zell-Lurie Institute, he served on the Advisory Council at the University of Notre Dame, and also served on the Harvard Business School Advisory Council.

    Mr. Valenti is a member of the Business Leaders for Michigan and serves as Chairman of the Business Leaders for Michigan Renaissance Venture Capital Fund.

    Mr. Valenti also serves as Chairman and C.E.O. of Valenti Capital, an investment firm located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

    Mr. Valenti served on the Board of Horizon Global Corporation and is the former Chairman of the Board. Horizon Global is a billion dollar manufacturing company that is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

    Mr. Valenti was one of Crain’s Newsmakers of the Year for 2007; recipient of the 2010 “Spirit of Michigan” award, presented at the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, was presented the 2012 Crain’s M&A Lifetime Achievement Award, and was one of Crain’s Newsmakers of the Year 2016.

  • Erik Lundberg

    Erik Lundberg is the Chief Investment Officer at University of Michigan, responsible for directing the University’s more than $14 billion of investment programs, which includes the 9th largest endowment of an institution of higher learning.

    Since joining the University as its first Chief Investment Officer in the fall of 1999, Mr. Lundberg has established the University’s Investment Office as a highly regarded institutional investor and has seen the endowment grow from being the 17th largest endowment when he joined to being 9th in size today with a value of $12 billion. Mr. Lundberg received Institutional Investor Magazine’s Award for Excellence in Investment Management for Endowments in 2007, was recognized as the endowment CIO of the decade, and has been listed among the top 25 CIOs globally by CIO magazine three years running.

    Mr. Lundberg has been a trusted advisor to many institutions, including the Skillman Foundation in Detroit, Father Flanagan’s Fund for Needy Children, The Investment Fund for Foundations (TIFF), the State of Michigan’s Pension Funds, Capital International (EMGF), the Detroit Renaissance Venture Capital Fund, Okabena Investment Services, Agility, and Alternative Investment Management.

    Mr. Lundberg is a CFA charterholder.

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