Barry J. KostinerChairman & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Kostiner is serving as the Chief Executive and Chairman of Sagaliam Acquisition Corp (Nasdaq: SAGAU) and Chief Financial Officer of Sunfire Acquisition Corp (Nasdaq: SUNFU). Additionally, Mr. Kostiner has served as the President of Legacy Tech Partners, LLC (LTP), a microcap-focused EdTech investment vehicle, since February 2021, and has also been a Manager of Capital Markets at Legacy Education Alliance, Inc. (OTCQB: LEAI) since March 2021. Mr. Kostiner joined the Board of Directors of LEAI in May 2021. LEAI has had cumulative education revenues in excess of $500 million over the past decade, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mr. Kostiner was the CFO of Ameri Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: AMRH) from October 2018 through December 2020. The operations of AMRH, including its global IT services business focused on SAP with operations in both the US and India, was acquired by management, with the residual Nasdaq vehicle acquired by Enveric Biosciences (Nasdaq: ENVB), an evidence-based cannabinoid pharma company focused on palliative therapies for cancer patients. Mr. Kostiner has been a consultant to ENVB since January 2021. From May 2016 through October 2018, Mr. Kostiner was a consultant to Cypress Skilled Nursing, a healthcare facility operator and from May 2017 through October 2018 he was a consultant to LinKay Technologies Inc., an artificial intelligence incubator with a portfolio of intellectual property focused on AI and LiDAR / geospatial technology, with research staff in India and New York. Mr. Kostiner’s 20-year career in energy includes eight years at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch and their affiliates, with a focus on energy trading and portfolio management, as well as serving as the CEO of an oil & gas SPAC (Nasdaq: PGRI) from 2005 through 2009.
Mr. Kostiner earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in history, and a Master’s of Science in Operations Research from MIT. His thesis on the mathematics of electric industry deregulation was sponsored by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.