David Russekoff is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Smith Cove Capital, a privately held investment firm. Smith Cove has an opportunistic investment philosophy reflecting over 20 years of Dave’s buyside experience. Prior to founding Smith Cove in 2015, Dave was Chief Investment Officer and Managing Partner at Perry Capital, a New York based hedge fund. Dave’s responsibilities included managing the portfolio, team and investment process. Dave built and developed businesses at Perry including starting the Credit business in 2006 and the Special Situations equities group in 2009. Dave began his career as an analyst at Prudential-Bache Securities and subsequently worked in the Leveraged Finance group at Lehman Brothers and as a principal at Oak Hill Advisors evaluating high yield and distressed investments.
Dave holds a BA in Economics from Cornell University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
In honor of his mother, a dedicated and loyal Cornellian, Dave established the Muriel Sutton Russekoff ‘54 Scholarship in 2011 to help deserving underprivileged students attend Cornell. The scholarship targets students from the Bedford-Stuyvesant school system in Brooklyn, where Mitzi taught elementary school for 37 years. In her memory, Dave also established the Mitzi Sutton Russekoff ‘54 Lecture in 2015 that takes place annually at the Cornell Club-New York.