#5 Kirsten Bartok Touw, Visionary & Investor - CoFounder New Vista Capital

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Kristen is the Co-Founder of New Vista Capital. Previously, Kirsten was Hawker Beechcraft's VP, Strategy, Corporate Development & Structured Finance where she was responsible for strategy, strategic partnerships, M&A, and sales financing. At HBC, she spends much of her time on growth in the Asia Pacific. Before that, Kirsten was a co-founder, board member, and CFO of XOJET, a next-generation fleet operator that was eventually sold to Vistajet. As CFO, Kirsten oversaw the financial and strategic initiatives including equity, debt, and aircraft financing for a rapidly growing fleet, and was responsible for raising more than $2 billion. Before XOJET, Kirsten worked in private equity, investment banking, and capital markets. She was a partner at the San Francisco-based private equity firm, Alpine Investors. Before that, Kirsten was with JPMorgan Partners/Hambrecht & Quist Ventures, where she invested in technology companies and startups. Kirsten began her career at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where she worked in the firm's investment banking division and later in capital markets.

Kristen Bartok Touw is Co-President, Chief Operating Officer,  and a member of the New Vista Capital board of directors since December 2020. She is the founder and managing partner of AirFinance, which has sourced, structured, diligenced, and serviced more than $1.2 billion in financing across a variety of structured products to aerospace companies, their suppliers, and their customers globally since 2008.

Ms. Bartok Touw has also been an active early-stage investor in new and emerging advanced air mobility, or AAM, technologies through AirFinance’s Venture Capital arm. She has sourced, diligenced, and executed early-stage investments in AI, machine learning, computer vision, autonomy, Urchin Tracking Module, data analytics, drones, vertical take-off and landing aircraft, electrification, and battery technology. Ms. Bartok Touw is also an active advisor to many AAM startups and a frequent speaker on the topic of the intersection of AAM and finance. She was named to Corporate Jet Investor’s “Power List” in 2015 as one of the industry’s top 10 innovators and is currently the only woman on the list.

Discussion Topics Include: 
  • Going from Politics to Investment Banking to Entrepreneurship 
  • Entrepreneurship on the West Coast VS East Coast 
  • Being smart enough to ask dumb questions
  • Learning from Failure
  • Building Relationships 
  • Work-Life Balance - Family and a Career 
  • Kitchen cabinet of diverse mentors 

#5 Kirsten Bartok Touw, Visionary & Investor - CoFounder New Vista Capital
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