Kurt Brungardt is the Managing Partner at Swifte, a private equity firm that he founded in 2015. Mr. Swifte invests equity capital in small and medium sized businesses with revenues of $500k - $100mm. His fundamental mandate is to help portfolio company owners, board, and management teams accelerate growth, increase profitability and create new value for both owners and employees.
Mr. Brungardt is also a founder and the Chief Operating Officer for Central Shore Holdings, where he is responsible for business operations, organizational design and building processes, teams and technology to support its continued rapid growth.
Prior to Central Shore Holdings, Mr. Brungardt served as Chief Information Officer and Managing Director for over 14 years at MSD Capital, L.P., the New York-based private investment firm managing Michael Dell and his family’s fortune. During this time, he worked with both investment and operations teams to enable MSD Capital’s growth to $15 billion in assets under management, while designing and implementing the business process and systems needed by MSD to manage, mine and share its proprietary research.
Prior to MSD Capital, Mr. Brungardt spent 12 years in business operations and project roles at Digital Power Networks and General Dynamics Electric Boat Division.
Mr. Brungardt co-founded the Hedge Fund Technology Group (HFTG), and currently serves as President of the New York chapter of the Society for Information Management. Kurt is also a mentor for Columbia University's Executive Master of Science in Technology Management Program.
Mr. Brungardt holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology and is a member of the Aji Network’s Business Professionals program.