Virginia Ventures
FAQ Principals Nan Strader Leighton Strader


Leighton was educated at both Louisburg College and Hampden Sydney College. From 1971 to 1988 he was a Managing Director for Salomon Brothers involved in securities sales, finance and administration. In 1989, he joined Greenwich Capital of Greenwich, CT, where he was involved in marketing, administration, and investment management. From 1992 until 1995, he was a Managing Director at Bear Stearns, NYC, responsible for private equity, investment management, and investment consulting. He is a founder of Value Asset Management (1996), a $150mm private equity financial firm with more than $30BN in peak AUM in equity, fixed, MOM, and Hedge Strategies.

Leighton has worked with the top 200 public/corporate pensions, endowments and foundations, financial services firms, and major investment consultants. His institutional business management expertise includes a detailed knowledge of administration, operations and research; as well as investment aspects of asset management firms. His direct product exposure covers all fixed income sectors, equity capitalization and strategies, REIT's, hedge fund strategies and Fund of Funds. He also serves as an outside expert for investment consultants, managers and fiduciaries in the development of traditional, hedge fund and hedged fund of funds platforms.

Leighton is a frequent public speaker on hedge fund industry issues, and various topics on the investment management industry; business reorganizations and restructurings, and mergers and acquisitions.

Leighton has served as an Advisor on investments to the Park Foundation Board. Park is a $300MM Foundation dedicated to: Communication, Education and the Environment. Park Foundation was founded in 1994. He currently serves as independent member of the Investment Committee for a multibillion dollar NYC based Multi-family office and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Williamsburg Area Meals on Wheels.