MEET OUR PROFESSIONALS

David Bonrouhi

David Bonrouhi

Managing Director
david@calabasascapital.com

David Bonrouhi has over 20 years of investment banking and private equity experience. David began his investment banking career at Merrill Lynch in New York in the mid 1990’s where he worked on a number of M&A transactions, IPOs, private placements, high yield debt offerings and leveraged loan transactions in the media and telecom industries. David later worked in private equity and venture capital for UnionBanCal Equities, where he co-managed Union Bank’s $200 million portfolio of private equity investments in middle market companies in a wide range of industries, including consumer products, industrial manufacturing, business services, technology/internet/new media, telecom, publishing, radio and TV broadcasting, towers, energy and real estate. In this capacity, David was a Board member of several portfolio companies. David also founded a financial consulting firm, Blue Line Capital, and he previously spent approximately two years as a VP with Hunter Chase, a real estate private equity firm.

David began his career as a CPA and tax consultant with Price Waterhouse in New York. David holds Series 7, 63 and 79 licenses with Fallbrook Capital Securities Corporation (Calabasas Capital is a dba of Fallbrook Capital). David is a licensed California CPA (inactive) and a licensed California real estate broker.

David has an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Studies from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management; and a Masters in Tax and a B.S. in Accounting from Miami of Ohio. David is active in the Los Angeles community with such organizations as Temple Isaiah, Guardians, VICA, Gold Coast Business Forum, the Anderson Private Equity Alumni Association, Provisors, Association for Corporate Growth, LAVA, Bruin Professionals, and the California Restaurant Association.

David is originally from Buffalo, NY and currently lives in Marina Del Rey with his wife and two sons.


Brandt Blanken

Brandt Blanken

Managing Director & Principal
blanken@calabasascapital.com

Brandt Blanken is a managing director and principal of Calabasas Capital and founder and President of Fallbrook Capital Securities Corporation. Brandt has over 20 years of experience in investment banking focused in the areas of real estate, energy, entertainment and tax credits. Prior to co-founding Fallbrook Capital, Mr. Blanken and his partner developed a specialized business of raising capital for tax incentive investments, mostly Low Income Housing Tax Credit partnerships. During that period, Mr. Blanken and his partner raised capital, advised on and financed over $2 billion of investments for large institutional clients.

Brandt holds Series 7, 24, 63, and 79 securities licenses with Fallbrook Capital Securities Corporation.

Brandt is a graduate of The George Washington University and lives with his wife and children in Calabasas, CA.


Laura Azzalina

Laura Azzalina

Vice President
laura@calabasascapital.com

Laura is an enthusiastic finance leader with 15 years of experience building and leading startup and hyper growth companies. Laura began her career in public accounting as an auditor with Deloitte and quickly moved into private accounting at startups so she could make more immediate and significant impact. She has served in corporate controller, M&A, and VP Finance roles in startups across various industries, from travel, fashion, and lifestyle to renewable energy. As corporate controller of Harvest Power, a renewable energy startup aggressively trying to transform the energy industry, Laura took the company from zero to $100 million in revenue, oversaw five acquisitions in less than two years, and assisted with three rounds of funding totaling over $210 million – including the company’s series C round of $110 million, which was the largest funding round in the US in 2012. Most recently, she led a celebrity branding powerhouse through dramatic strategy and finance turnaround efforts, globalizing the company’s celebrity brands through 37 countries.

Laura holds Series 63, and 79 securities licenses with Fallbrook Capital Securities Corporation.

Laura graduated summa cum laude from Boston University School of Management with a degree in business, earned her MBA from Babson College with a focus in entrepreneurship, and is a CPA. She is an active member of the community, serving as an advisor to growing businesses as part of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, and on the board of several nonprofits including the LA Chapter of UN WOMEN, The Soldiers Project, and Las Fotos Project. She loves to travel and is an avid painter and musician.