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Kristin Bentz is the Executive Director of PMG Venture Group, a private equity firm focused on three sectors – professional sports, media and luxury. PMG provides strategic advisory, M&A services and the proven ability to raise capital. Ms. Bentz primary focuses on the luxury sector.

Ms. Bentz is also President of Talented Blonde LLC, an advisory firm focusing on the consumer/retail industry that caters to select corporations and equity funds. Online, she is founder of the consumer investing blog by the same name talentedblonde.com, which provides an unconventional look at the consumer sector, trends, and individual stock issues.

A Wall Street veteran, Ms. Bentz served as an analyst in the consumer brands sector for Lehman Brothers, where she was known for identifying trends in the retail sector and her contrarian views on the stock market. Before her tenure at Lehman Brothers, Kristin was a member of Northeast Securities’ Independent Research Group, an acclaimed and highly visible research team on Wall Street.  She began her research career at one of the industry’s preeminent investment banks, Ladenburg Thalmann.

Ms. Bentz was a senior correspondent at Jim Cramer’s TheStreet.com, joining the company in 2007 as managing editor of RealMoney.com

Kristin Bentz received a BA from Arizona State University, and MBA from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business Administration. Consistently recognized for her forward-looking knowledge of consumer trends and how to invest in them, she appears regularly on Bloomberg TV and Radio, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, and has appeared on CNBC and GMA. Ms. Bentz has been featured in The New York Times, Women’s Wear Daily, and the Wall Street Journal. She is the author of the forthcoming book It’s Worse Than You Think: The US Economy and the Decline of the Middle Class (Wiley). Kristin was also Voted One of the Top 10 Female Investors to Follow by The College Investor.

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