Board of Directors

Gregory G. Galdi


Gregory Galdi is an accomplished entrepreneur, philanthropist, and information technology visionary. As Founder and Chairman of Custom Computer Specialists, headquartered in Hauppauge, NY, Greg has helped transform the adoption of outsourced technology services in healthcare, education, commercial and non-profit businesses, and local government.

Greg was first introduced to technology when he began his career as a chemist at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Four decades later, his technology solutions firm has grown to over 400 full-time employees with locations in New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Rhode Island—including a 100,000 sf facility on Long Island.

With his visionary perspective, Greg has earned the Long Island University Southampton College’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, is a three-time Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, and is a Young Presidents’ Organization honored member. He is a board member of the International Motor Racing Research Center, HIA-LI, and the Long Island University Board of Trustees.

Impassioned with giving back to the communities he serves, Greg has been frequently recognized for his philanthropic efforts, supporting Long Island’s associations, hospitals, schools, and museums. He was also recognized at Parker Jewish Institute’s annual gala for his accomplishments, values and ethics. Greg is an avid auto racing enthusiast and resides on Long Island with his wife Linda.

Nathan Chandrasekaran

Co-Founder/Partner, Columbia River Partners

Nathan has been in private equity/finance for over 15 years. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor in Neuroscience from Bowdoin College.

Nathan spent over ten years at a NY-based middle market private equity firm with $1.5 billion of assets under management before starting Columbia River Partners. He was a board member of numerous companies, including Lift Brands, The Dwyer Group (now called Neighborly), DLT Solutions, and BQ Resorts.

Earlier in his career, Nathan spent several years at Merrill Lynch in the media and telecom investment banking division as a telecom strategy consultant at Code Wireless (now a subsidiary of Ericsson). He started his career as a business analyst at Deloitte Consulting.

Pooneet Goel

Co-Founder/Partner, Columbia River Partners

Pooneet has been an entrepreneur and investor in the technology space for over twenty years. He holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a bachelor’s in computer science from Stanford University.

Pooneet started his career as a software developer before spending several years at Booz & Company advising Fortune 500 CEOs on operations strategy. He then invested in, built, and operated ten megawatts of solar farms in India and Spain and continues to operate today. Sample investments include Aera Technology, Punchh Inc., PowWow Mobile, LeanData Inc., and True Green Solar.