Mr. Weissenburger joined DDJ in 2015 and has more than 30 years of industry experience, including 13 years of experience in sourcing, analyzing, and direct lending across a variety of industries.  As the Head of Origination, Mr. Weissenburger is primarily responsible for building relationships across several financing channels, including investment banks, commercial lenders, private equity firms, Business Development Companies (BDCs), restructuring advisors/consultants and other non-traditional lenders.

Prior to joining DDJ, Mr. Weissenburger served for 10 years as Director of Direct Loan Origination at Wells Fargo Capital Finance, where he originated new transactions by effectively sourcing, reviewing, and establishing relationships from Maine to Pennsylvania as well as in Eastern Canada. Prior to his experience at Wells Fargo, he held financial positions at Sonus Networks, Inc., Cognos, Inc. (since acquired by IBM Corporation) and Converge, Inc.  Mr. Weissenburger received his MBA from Northeastern University and his BA at the University of Connecticut.

Ms. Duggan joined the DDJ legal department in 2006 and has over 18 years of experience structuring and negotiating corporate and finance transactions. She focuses the majority of her work on primary issuances of loans and private placements, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations and intercreditor issues. She is also a member of the Investment Review Committee.  Prior to joining DDJ, she was a senior associate in the Leveraged Finance Group at Goodwin Procter, LLP and an associate in the Corporate, Securities, and Finance Group of Pillsbury Winthrop, LLP, in New York.  Ms. Duggan has significant experience representing institutions on various domestic and cross-border financing transactions.  Ms. Duggan received her JD from Northwestern University School of Law and her BA from Cornell University.  She is a member of the bars of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of New York.

Mr. Rjanikov joined DDJ in 2007 and has more than 16 years of experience in sourcing, analyzing, and managing investments across a variety of industries. Mr. Rjanikov serves as the co-portfolio manager of DDJ’s Upper Tier U.S. High Yield strategy as well as the Director of Research. He is also a member of the Investment Review Committee.

Prior to joining DDJ, Mr. Rjanikov was an Equity Research Analyst at MFS Investment Management since 2003. While at MFS, Mr. Rjanikov covered a variety of industries with a focus on equities of public US companies. From 1995 to 2001, Mr. Rjanikov was a Senior Financial Analyst at Hewlett-Packard Company in the US, Switzerland and Russia. Mr. Rjanikov earned his MBA (with Distinction) from Harvard Business School and M. Sc. from Plekhanov Russian University of Economics.

Mr. Sherman joined DDJ in 2007 and has more than 15 years of corporate finance and investment experience. Mr. Sherman serves as co-portfolio manager of DDJ’s U.S. Opportunistic High Yield strategy, portfolio manager of DDJ’s Bank Loan strategy, and assistant portfolio manager of DDJ’s Total Return Credit strategy. He is also a member of the Investment Review Committee. Mr. Sherman serves as a member of the board of directors of a portfolio company.

Prior to joining DDJ, Mr. Sherman was an associate in the Healthcare Group at Thoma Cressey Equity Partners, focusing on private equity investments in middle-market companies. While at Thoma Cressey Equity Partners, Mr. Sherman participated in the due diligence of new standalone investments and tack-on acquisitions for existing portfolio companies. Prior to joining Thoma Cressey Equity Partners, Mr. Sherman was in the Investment Banking Division of Citigroup where he was an analyst in the Global Healthcare Group. While at Citigroup, he participated in the execution of initial public offerings, private placements, mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, and other corporate finance transactions. Mr. Sherman graduated magna cum laude with a BBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Mr. Santonelli joined DDJ in 2004 and has more than 15 years of experience in sourcing, analyzing, and managing investments across a variety of industries. Mr. Santonelli serves as co-portfolio manager of DDJ’s U.S. Opportunistic High Yield strategy, portfolio manager of DDJ’s Total Return Credit strategy, and assistant portfolio manager of DDJ’s Bank Loan strategy. He is also a member of the Investment Review Committee. Mr. Santonelli serves as a member of the board of directors of a portfolio company. Mr. Santonelli received his BA from Amherst College.

Mr. Breazzano is a co-founder of DDJ and has more than 39 years of experience in high yield, distressed, and special situations investing. At DDJ, he oversees all aspects of the firm and chairs the Management Operating, Remuneration, and Investment Review Committees. In addition, Mr. Breazzano serves as co-portfolio manager of DDJ’s U.S. Opportunistic High Yield and Upper Tier U.S. High Yield strategies. Prior to forming DDJ, from 1990 to 1996, he was a vice president and portfolio manager in the High-Income Group at Fidelity Investments, where he had investment management responsibility for over $4 billion in high yield and distressed assets. Specifically, he was a portfolio manager of the Fidelity Capital & Income Fund, which was one of the largest high yield funds in existence at that time. In addition, Mr. Breazzano co-managed the distressed investing operation at Fidelity.

Prior to joining Fidelity in 1990, Mr. Breazzano was a vice president and portfolio manager at T. Rowe Price Associates. Before joining T. Rowe Price in 1985, he was a high yield analyst and vice president at First Investors Asset Management, which had over $1 billion in high yield assets under management. Mr. Breazzano began his professional career at New York Life as an investment analyst.

Mr. Breazzano is the author of the chapter entitled “Distressed Investing” in Leveraged Financial Markets: A Comprehensive Guide to High-Yield Bonds, Loans, and Other Instruments and co-author of the chapter entitled “Trading in the Distressed Market” in Investing in Bankruptcies and Turnarounds. Mr. Breazzano serves as a member of the board of directors for the Children’s Trust Fund following his appointment by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker in 2016. He received his MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University where he currently is a member of the university’s board of trustees. Mr. Breazzano graduated cum laude with a BA from Union College, where he also currently sits on its board of trustees.