Mr. Scharfman has over two decades of experience as an investor, corporate executive, and investment banker. In addition to private equity and operating experience, Mr. Scharfman has successfully raised both equity and debt capital for companies in a wide variety of industries.
Prior to joining Mill Road Capital, Mr. Scharfman was the senior Managing Director of the Equity Capital Markets origination group at Robertson Stephens. Prior to Robertson Stephens, Mr. Scharfman was the Chief Financial Officer of Mercata, Inc. a start-up founded by Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft. Prior to Mercata, Mr. Scharfman was head of the Equity Capital Markets Origination Group at Bear Stearns & Co. Before Bear Stearns, Mr. Scharfman was a Vice President at The Blackstone Group, investing Blackstone's funds in a variety of companies. Mr. Scharfman began his career with The First Boston Corporation.
Mr. Scharfman is Chairman of the Board of PRT Growing Services Ltd. and R.G. Barry Corporation, and the former Chairman of Rubio's Restaurants, Inc. He earned an A.B. (cum laude) from Princeton University, where he was elected to Sigma Xi, the science honor society.