Tom Schmidt is a Managing Director at Lantern, bringing extensive investment experience and credit market knowledge to the firm. Prior to joining Lantern, in 2001 Mr. Schmidt founded Providence Capital, a boutique alternative asset management firm focused on managing credit and deep value strategies, where he served as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer. Prior to founding Providence Capital, Mr. Schmidt was a fund manager in the Value Investing Group at EBF & Associates, a multi-billion dollar asset management firm. Before joining EBF in 1997, Mr. Schmidt was the Associate General Counsel and the Head of Business Development for CDI & Associates, headquartered in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Prior to joining CDI & Associates, Mr. Schmidt was an associate with Willian, Brinks, Olds, Hofer, Gilson & Lione in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Schmidt focused on litigation of intellectual property claims for a variety of fortune 100 companies and leading academic institutions. Mr. Schmidt received a juris doctorate from Wake Forest University and has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Wheaton College, where he was also a member of the 1984 NCAA Division III National Championship soccer team. Mr. Schmidt also attended the United States Air Force Academy.