Pete Karabas, Founding Partner at KEY Investment Partners

Pete Karabas

Founding Partner

At KEY Investment Partners, Pete is responsible for origination, due diligence, and execution of investment opportunities in addition to developing strategic partnerships and fundraising initiatives for the firm. Pete currently sits on the Board of Directors of BDSA and Front Range Biosciences, two of KEY’s portfolio companies.

Prior to founding KEY, Pete spent four years as a member of Partners Group’s (SIX: PGHN) Private Real Estate Group where he was responsible for originating opportunities, conducting due diligence, and executing portfolio transactions valued between $300mn and $1.5bn in gross asset value. While at Partners Group, Pete closed 12 portfolio acquisitions, deploying ~$700mn in equity ($2.5bn gross asset value).

Prior to Partners Group, Pete spent three years at Equity Residential (NYSE: EQR) where he focused on the acquisition and asset management of Class A multifamily properties.

Pete holds a BBA in Finance and Real Estate from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Originally a Chicago native, he moved to Denver in 2016 to help build out Partners Group’s U.S. real estate team. After seeing the growth in the cannabis industry first-hand, Pete pivoted his career to focus on connecting investors with early-stage cannabis companies.

Tiby Erdely, Founding Partner at KEY Investment Partners

Tiby Erdely

Founding Partner

At KEY Investment Partners, Tiby is responsible for developing the marketing and client relations initiatives, driving firmwide strategic initiatives, conducting due diligence on deal opportunities, driving proactive outreach for deal sourcing opportunities, and leading co-investment syndication processes. Tiby championed and led KEY’s first investment in BDS Analytics (‘BDSA’) and championed the formation of KEY’s advisory board.

Prior to co-founding KEY, Tiby spent three years as a member of Partners Group’s (SIX: PGHN) client solutions team, where he was responsible for raising flagship funds and sourcing opportunities. While at Partners Group, Tiby worked with the various deal teams learning Partners Group’s approach to sourcing deals and conducting due diligence.

Prior to Partners Group, Tiby spent four years with Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS), working most recently for the Fundamental Equity team in Goldman Sachs Asset Management (‘GSAM’).

Tiby was born and raised in San Antonio, TX and holds a BBA in Finance from The University of Texas at San Antonio where he graduated with honors. In his free time, Tiby enjoys skiing, traveling, hiking and live music.

Jordan Youkilis, Founding Partner at KEY Investment Partners

Jordan Youkilis

Founding Partner

At KEY Investment Partners, Jordan is responsible for developing due diligence strategy, leading co-investment syndication processes, writing blog posts and driving proactive outreach for deal sourcing opportunities. Jordan led KEY Investment Partners’ investment in springbig.

Prior to founding KEY, Jordan spent four years as a member of Partners Group’s Private Equity team responsible for sourcing investment opportunities, conducting due diligence, and executing lead, control leveraged buyout transactions for companies between $500 million and $2.5 billion in enterprise value.

Prior to Partners Group, Jordan spent four years with GE Capital predominantly in Leveraged Finance, underwriting debt facilities for business services companies in lower-middle market buyout transactions.

Jordan was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Indiana University as a Wells Scholar, majoring in Economics & Political Science. Jordan is a Leafwire Expert Contributor. In his free time, Jordan enjoys traveling, skiing, reading & hiking.

Colby McKenzie, KEY Investment Partners

Colby McKenzie

Strategic Advisor

At KEY Investment Partners, Colby is responsible for developing fund strategy, deal sourcing and diligence, negotiating deal terms, assisting/advising portfolio companies, and expanding the fund’s cannabis network.

Colby is a co-Founder of Enlighten, a leading technology provider in the cannabis industry, bringing cutting edge retail technology and marketing solutions to more than 1,200 customers across the U.S. and Canada.

Prior to Enlighten, Colby founded a sweat equity fund, McKenzie Ventures, where he took a hands-on approach with the startups and small growth companies in the fund’s portfolio to drive strategic growth and rapidly expand market footprint. Colby started his career as a private equity attorney at Weil, Gotshal & Manges. He currently resides in Austin, TX and received his undergraduate degree in finance from Texas A&M University and his JD from Southern Methodist University.

James Burlage, Associate at KEY Investment Partners

James Burlage


Prior to KEY, James was at Lynwood Capital Partners, a Denver-based private equity firm, where he held a hybrid investor/operator role focusing on technology businesses. Here James diversified his investment skill set by founding a cannabis biotech startup where he scaled the company to post-revenue.

James also spent time working at numerous VC firms including Arbor Ventures – a FinTech focused early-stage fund based in South East Asia.

James grew up in Hong Kong & Boston and graduated as a Ralph J. Bunche Scholar from Colby College holding a dual degree in Biology and Economics: Financial Markets. Outside of work, James enjoys skiing, hiking, and fostering diversity initiatives at KEY.