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Leadership Team

Nicholas Skibo

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Nicholas Skibo is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Gritstone Asset Management and is based in Bethesda, Maryland. 

Prior to co-founding Gritstone, Mr. Skibo served as a Vice President at American Capital.  Mr. Skibo joined American Capital in 2006 and worked at the company until it was ultimately sold in 2017.  At American Capital, Mr. Skibo focused on establishing and building the company’s asset management platform.  Mr. Skibo’s experience at American Capital included establishing multiple asset management platforms, including the formation of a variety of public and private alternative asset investment funds.  At American Capital, Mr. Skibo also worked closely with Justin Cressall and Tom McHale, the other co-founders of Gritstone, to underwrite and close multiple alternative investment opportunities representing aggregate committed capital of more than $1 billion.

Prior to its sale, American Capital was publicly traded on the NASDAQ and was a leading alternative asset manager, with $77 billion in assets under management generating $152 million in related annual revenue.  American Capital was acquired by Ares Capital Corporation in 2017. Following the sale of American Capital, Mr. Skibo joined Ares Management, a global alternative asset manager with $106 billion in assets under management.  Mr. Skibo served as a Vice President at Ares.

Prior to American Capital, Mr. Skibo was a Management Consultant at a boutique consulting firm, where he focused on corporate development and raising capital for growth stage companies. He began his career as an Investment Accountant for mutual funds and hedge funds. 

Mr. Skibo holds a B.S. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Finance. Mr. Skibo is a CFA® charterholder and holds a CAIA designation.

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