Stephen Leist

Managing Director, Piedmont Partners Group Ventures

Stephen has a long track record of success in entrepreneurship, finance, operations, and leadership.  In 1987, he was voted one of Japan’s 12 Entrepreneurs of the Year by the Asahi Newspaper for his restaurant chain, Wall Street Sandwiches.  While in Asia, Stephen worked at Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, eventually joining Citigroup’s Asia Pacific Equity Sales and Marketing Division as its Managing Director.  In that capacity, he managed operations in 11 countries in the region.

More recently, Stephen served as COO of MCF Asset Management between 2005 and 2007. He is on the board of BrightCurrent, as well as a member of the Innovation Committee of the Japan Society of Northern California.

Stephen graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in History and attended the Falcon Program for Japanese Studies at Cornell University.