Our Team

Paul Fischer

Managing Partner

Paul is a Managing Partner and co-founder of One Eighty Capital. Prior to One Eighty Capital, Paul was the Chief Financial Officer at Amsted Industries, a $3.0 billion diversified manufacturing company.  During his 27 years at Amsted, Paul held fifteen positions of increasing responsibility in Accounting, IT, Manufacturing and Finance. Paul is a Certified Public Accountant, has a Master’s degree in Finance from Creighton University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Accounting from Loyola University of Chicago.  Paul enjoys traveling with his family, triathlons and fantasy football.

Chris Baltes

Managing Partner

Chris is a Managing Partner and co-founder of One Eighty Capital. Prior to One Eighty Capital, Chris was a partner at Three Cities Research, Inc., a top quartile private equity firm focused on buyouts of middle-market companies. At Three Cities, Chris was responsible for structuring and executing operational and strategic turnarounds. His portfolio companies created in excess of $480 million of investor returns (5.6X invested capital.) Chris graduated magna cum laude from the University of San Diego where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Chris enjoys distance running, military history, back-country skiing, and spending time with his wife and their 3 boys.

Zak Fischer

Senior Associate

Zak is a Senior Associate with One Eighty Capital. Prior to joining the firm, Zak worked as a consulting actuary for Milliman Financial Risk Management, where he focused on hedging variable annuity risk for insurance companies. Zak graduated with a 4.0 GPA from Brown, earning his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics. Zak enjoys swimming, playing piano, and competing in triathlons.

Joshua Kent

Chief Technology Officer

Josh is the Chief Technology Officer with One Eighty Capital. Prior to joining the firm, Josh was the Lead Senior Software Engineer with Mazzetti. Prior to that, he was Associate Director of application development at Vanderbilt University, where he focused on providing custom software solutions to support faculty, research and education. Josh has extensive experience in web application development, database design, micro-service architecture and business intelligence. In addition to his extensive experience as a senior software developer, he has a proven track record as an exceptional product & team manager. Josh graduated cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University; he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a minor in Business Administration. Josh enjoys boating, wake surfing and spending time with his daughter.

Steve Bryson

Controller

Steve is the Financial Controller with One Eighty Capital. Prior to joining the firm, Steve was the Accounting Manager for Ebuys Inc., an e-commerce retailer, where he led the Accounting department and prepared the company for its sale to DSW, Inc in 2016. Steve graduated from California State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Steve enjoys playing soccer, golf, and the guitar.

Austin Hitt

Software Engineer

Austin is a Software Engineer with One Eighty Capital. Prior to joining the firm, Austin worked as a front-end software developer in the taxonomy field. Austin graduated summa cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Austin enjoys reading, computers, music, and cars.

Dan Certa

Junior Software Engineer

Dan is a Junior Software Engineer with One Eighty Capital. Prior to joining the firm, Dan was a recording engineer for various major-label artists and a web developer for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Dan received an AS in Audio Technology from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and completed the Full-Stack Web Developer Bootcamp at the Nashville Software School.  Dan enjoys software development, music, and spending time with his wife and young children.

Emilia Camargo

Junior Accountant

Emilia is a Junior Accountant with One Eighty Capital. Prior to joining the firm, Emilia was an Accounts Payable Specialist with MRC Smart Technology Solutions in San Diego. Emilia will be graduating in December 2018 from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s in Accountancy. Emilia enjoys hiking, kayaking, and traveling. 

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