Eric was previously responsible for all aspects of domestic and international operations for “The WorldLeader in Private Clubs”. Prior to joining ClubCorp, Eric served as a principal of KSL Capital Partners, the private equity firm that purchased ClubCorp in 2006. Affeldt also previously served as president and CEO of KSL’s former golf division, KSL Fairways; vice president and general manager of Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami and the combined PGA West and La Quinta Resort and Club in California; and was a founding partner of KSL Recreation.
In addition, Eric was president of General Aviation Holdings, Inc. He is currently an MDA Vice President and a member of the World Presidents Organization and serves on the Boards of Cedar FairEntertainment Company (NYSE:FUN) and Fremont College. In 2010 Eric was named themost powerful person in golf by Golf Inc. magazine and was a regional finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Eric is the former manager of the Belgian National Baseball team. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Religion fromClaremont McKenna College.
Lawrence Elbaum is the co-head of V&E’s Shareholder Activism practice. He leverages more than a decade of experience as a securities litigator and business advisor to counsel senior management and boards of public companies with respect to shareholder activism campaigns and complex corporate governance matters.
Lawrence is highly experienced in advising clients concerning proxy fights, merger contests, consent solicitations, "Withhold the Vote" or "Vote No" campaigns, precatory proposals and short attacks. He also counsels clients on strategic investor relations and shareholder activism-related litigation and investigations in the U.S. and abroad.
Andrew Shapiro is Founder, President and Portfolio Manager of Lawndale Capital Management, a manager of small-cap
activist hedge funds for more than 21 years. In addition to leading Lawndale, Mr. Shapiro has also served as a Director or Observer on Lawndale portfolio boards and debt/equity bankruptcy committees. Prior to founding Lawndale’s funds in 1993, Mr. Shapiro accumulated a rare combination of experience in credit, legal and equity analysis in a variety of roles managing bankruptcy, turnaround, leveraged buyout, risk arbitrage, and small-capitalization investments. Mr. Shapiro has both JD and MBA degrees from the UCLA School of Law and UCLA Anderson School, respectively, and a BS in Business from UC Berkeley, where he has also taught finance courses. He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and was selected to the 2012 NACD Directorship 100, a list of the most influential leaders in the boardroom and corporate governance community. Mr. Shapiro is also a frequent speaker on activist investing and has been the subject of several articles, including a Business Week article calling him “The Gary Cooper of Governance”. Mr. Shapiro is on the faculty of UCLA Anderson’s Director Education and Certification Program.