Experienced Leadership Team

Our expert team specializes in the alternative investment space with a focus on private markets.  We have a proven track record of success raising over $2B in alternative investment assets throughout our careers.

Michael F. Lee, Jr., CAIA

Founding Member & Managing Partner

Prior to founding Gondola, Michael played an instrumental role in the success and growth of Hatteras Funds for nearly a decade as a Partner and Executive Director. In addition, Michael was previously Senior Vice President at Direxion Investments in New York City. His passion for alternative investments and looking after the best interest of his clients within the private wealth channel is what has led to forging meaningful relationships with many of the leading RIAs, family offices, and consultants across the United States. Michael earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. He also obtained the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation (CAIA) in 2011.

Justin Lee

Managing Partner

Justin is a seasoned leader with a proven track record of building large, successful businesses. His strong technology background, entrepreneurial approach, and immense business IQ are unique ingredients that have propelled his success and the success of the businesses he’s worked with. The foundation for Justin’s technology background is a Computer Science degree from Drexel University. For the past decade, Justin has excelled in the advertising technology space where he grew a company from two employees to over 120 employees in four countries and from zero revenue to over $250M in annual revenue. Leveraging Justin’s experience in advertising and technology brings a unique perspective to the alternative investment space that helps set Gondola apart from its competition.

Michael Russ

Sr. Vice President

Prior to joining Gondola Capital, Michael worked closely with co-founders Casey Brunner and Michael Lee at Hatteras Funds. Together they played an important role in the success and growth of the firm. Michael’s background prior to Hatteras includes more than a decade of working with individual and institutional clients on meeting their financial goals. Having spent time within the RIA (Stearns Financial Group in Chapel Hill, NC), multi-family office (Gresham Partners in Chicago, IL), and institutional consulting worlds (Capital Strategies Investment Group in Oakbrook Terrace, IL), Michael has developed a deep knowledge of various alternative investments and how certain groups utilize them. This has also allowed him to develop deep friendships with a wide network of professionals in the space. Michael earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Marquette University, where he double majored in Finance and Information Technology. He and his wife moved to Durham, NC from Chicago, IL in 2017 and enjoy all that the southern lifestyle have to offer. Outside of the office, you can find Michael visiting many of North Carolina’s wonderful golf courses, mountain towns, and beaches.