Susan Stone founded Sierra Wasatch in 2010 and is responsible for sourcing new deal investment opportunities, making investment decisions and day-to-day management of our private investments throughout their life cycles as CEO. Susan is a board member at Thumzap, Iris.tv, and Ubiquitous Energy and is actively involved with their founders and management teams.
Prior to founding Sierra Wasatch, Susan was a Senior Vice President in the Media and Entertainment Group at Houlihan Lokey in Los Angeles, where she provided strategic advice on buy-side, sell-side, leveraged buyout and minority investment transactions. She led new business development efforts, headed execution teams, and shared responsibility for the group’s P&L, recruiting and training. While at Houlihan Lokey, Susan worked primarily with companies in digital media, filmed entertainment, publishing and telecommunications. Before moving to Los Angeles to join Houlihan Lokey, Susan was a Vice President in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Group and an Associate in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at J.P. Morgan Securities in New York. She focused on mergers and acquisitions and capital raising in broadcasting, consumer products, digital media, infrastructure, publishing, and telecommunications. Susan is a graduate of Yale University, where she majored in Economics and competed on the Ivy League Champion varsity swim team. She earned her MBA in Finance with honors from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
An avid mountaineer, skier and mountain biker, she resides in the Lake Tahoe area with her husband, Ben, a professional ski patroller, and their avalanche rescue dog, Kaya. Susan has worked as a professional ski patroller at Park City Mountain Resort and Northstar California Resort. She volunteers with the Placer County Sheriff's Department Avalanche Dog Search and Rescue Team.