Jason Wild is the President & Chief Investment Officer of JW Asset Management, an SEC-registered investment adviser with more than $600 million in assets under management. Starting his first fund in 1998 with under $100,000 in assets, Jason achieved early success by leveraging his background as a pharmacist finding undervalued, specialty pharmaceutical companies and focusing on long-term price appreciation.
After building a strong track record as a stock picker, Jason expanded his investment universe and applied his experience and extensive healthcare network to private equity opportunities. He has since established himself as a highly respected investor and sought-after partner for both public and private companies. His Firm’s 20+ year audited track record is a testament to consistently sourcing quality deal flow, identifying exceptional investment opportunities, and adding significant value as both a portfolio manager and trusted business partner. The Firm’s largest fund has delivered 21%+ annualized returns, net of fees since inception.
Jason Klarreich joined JW Asset Management in 2006 and has more than 25 years of financial markets experience. As part of the senior leadership team, Jason oversees the business and financial operations of the firm in addition to his many contributions as a member of the investment team. He has extensive experience in trading, risk management, structured finance, and private equity transactions. Jason has also developed multiple teams across business lines and puts an added focus on employee development. He started his career at Smith Barney, later working at Morgan Stanley and Heartland Securities in a variety of analyst and financial market roles. Jason earned a bachelor’s degree from Emory University. He serves on the board of CityRow and Fyllo, both of which are portfolio companies.
David Pykon joined JW Asset Management in 2011 and has 20 years of equity and options trading experience. In addition to managing the firm’s equity trading platform, David handles daily cash management and financial reporting across all funds. Prior to joining the firm, David was a senior trader at both Mallette Capital Management and Panacea Asset Management. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Toby Pratt joined JW Asset Management in 2019 and has more than 12 years of experience in financial markets and investment management. As a member of the investment team, Toby helps source and underwrite prospective investments and works to support our portfolio companies. Prior to joining the firm, he worked on private equity transactions at Beem Holdings and spent seven years as a trader and equity portfolio manager at Capstone Investment Advisors. Toby earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from The University of Pennsylvania’s The Wharton School. He currently serves on the board of Tidal Vision, a portfolio company.
Ben Pustay joined JW Asset Management in 2022 and has more than 12 years of relevant experience. As part of his role, Ben is responsible for the accounting and financial reporting for each of the funds managed by JWAM. Prior to joining the firm, he was a manager at Integrated Solutions, fund controller at Prosiris Capital Management, and a senior associate at KPMG and Rothstein Kass. Ben earned a bachelor’s degree and MBA from Rutgers University.
Michelle Maranto joined JW Asset Management in 2018 and has more than eight years of relevant experience. As part of her role, Michelle manages fund administration and investor onboarding while also providing support for accounting and compliance functions. Prior to joining the firm, she was a financial administrator at Castle Harlan, Inc., an executive assistant at Union League Club, and a consultant at Bridgewater Associates. Michelle earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University and a graduate certificate from Adelphi University (where she also served as an assistant director in the Office of Student Affairs).
Yonina Horwitz joined JW Asset Management in 2021 and has eight years of relevant experience. As part of her role, Yonina leads up the marketing and investor relations efforts. Prior to joining the firm, Yonina developed her client capital management experience across various sectors including real estate and technology having worked at Clarion Partners, Amherst Capital, and Two Sigma Investments. She first started her career at J.P. Morgan’s Private Bank within the Wealth Management Analyst Program, rotating within the alternatives division and representing marketing efforts across their 100+ internal and external funds. Yonina earned a bachelor’s degree from Yeshiva University for which she continues to be an active alumna and mentor for students looking towards careers within the financial sector.
Sam Goldman joined JW Asset Management in 2021. As part of his role, Sam provides analytical support across investment, marketing, and financial reporting efforts. Sam recently earned a bachelor’s degree from The University of Pennsylvania’s The Wharton School where he simultaneously worked as an analyst intern at Main Street Global LLC and at J. Goldman & Co., LP.
Jennifer Poku joined JW Asset Management in 2021 and has 25 years of experience. As part of her role, Jennifer provides administrative support for Jason Wild. Prior to joining the firm, she worked as an executive assistant at Blue Harbour Group, Roger Ferris + Partners, Iris Wireless, NEC Unified Solutions, and at various Family Office practices. Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree from Sacred Heart University and a specialized license for executive assistants from the Katherine Gibbs School.