The Bridgewest Group is a closely held investment company with global assets in the biotech, wireless communications, infrastructure for "internet of things," semiconductor, real estate, and financial services industries.
Having been in business for over twenty-five years and headquartered in San Diego, California, the Bridgewest Group has operations across the USA, Europe, Australasia and Asia.
The Bridgewest Group creates long-term value through the application of superior industry knowledge, operational expertise and significant financial resources to attractive investment opportunities.
Dr. Massih Tayebi is a Founding Partner and Chairman of the Bridgewest Group, a closely held investment company with significant assets under management. Along with his brother, Dr. Masood Tayebi, Dr. Tayebi manages a portfolio of global investments in hi-tech and wireless technology, biotech, commercial real estate, banking and capital markets. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, the Bridgewest Group has over 1000 employees and operations in North America, Europe and Asia.
Dr. Tayebi and his team have a proven track record for successfully growing more than a dozen companies from seed to multinational status. Through his visionary leadership, Dr. Tayebi has created thousands of jobs globally and disrupted and significantly improved productivity in multiple industries.
Dr. Tayebi has led efforts to privatize, deploy, and manage telecom infrastructure in over 60 countries, making him and his brother pioneers in bringing wireless connectivity to billions of people. Additionally, Dr. Tayebi introduced cutting edge technology and forged novel business processes in both new and mature industries. Having created multiple public and private companies, his efforts have directly impacted global economic growth by introducing novel management methodology and tools to complacent industries, disrupting associated commerce and creating substantial shareholder value.
Dr. Tayebi actively participates in several philanthropic activities. Along with his wife Haleh, Dr. Tayebi funded the Massih & Haleh Tayebi Annual Scholarship fund supporting the education of children in need in many of the premier schools around the world. He has generously donated to local and international cultural centers, by being the Principal Financier and major contributor to building the Persian Cultural Center of San Diego. Dr. Tayebi is especially thankful for the opportunity to champion several causes benefiting underprivileged and abused children around the world, including building homes for the underprivileged in Mexico, curtailing cyber-bullying, being a major contributor to building hospitals for orphaned and disabled kids in the Yazd region, supporting hospitals and funding dozens of heart surgeries for children in need, and supporting universal education through building schools and funding educational staffing.
In 2016 Dr. Tayebi was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, for his contributions to, and exemplifying the values of, the United States of America.
Dr. Tayebi earned his M.S., Ph.D. and post-doctoral while in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Masood Tayebi is a Founding Partner, Board Member and CEO of the Bridgewest Group, a closely held investment company with significant assets under management. Along with his brother, Dr. Massih Tayebi, Dr. Tayebi manages a portfolio of investments in hi-tech and wireless technology, bio-tech and pharmaceuticals, commercial real estate, banking and capital markets. Dr. Tayebi and his team have a track record successfully growing more than a dozen companies from seed to multinational status. Through these companies, Dr. Tayebi has created thousands of jobs globally. Through his visionary leadership, Dr. Tayebi has created thousands of jobs globally and disrupted and significantly improved productivity in multiple industries.
Dr. Tayebi has led efforts to privatize, deploy, and manage telecom infrastructure in over 60 countries, making him and his brother pioneers in bringing wireless connectivity to billions of people. Additionally, Dr. Tayebi has been a leader throughout the biotech industry. He founded the Biotech Investment Group in 2006 providing growth equity capital to emerging and innovative companies in the biotech industry. Having created multiple public and private companies, his efforts have directly impacted global economy growth by introducing novel management methodology and tools to complacent industries, disrupting associated commerce and creating substantial shareholder value.
Dr. Tayebi brings a wealth of experience and critical insights into the service sector, gained through his success in the telecom, biotech, and real estate industries. Currently Dr. Tayebi and his brother are creating an incubator in Southern California to attract entrepreneurs driving innovation and success, which they believe will drive the creation of a new “Silicon Valley” in Southern California.
Dr. Tayebi actively participates in several philanthropic activities. Along with his wife Surinder, Dr. Tayebi founded the Lotus Children Foundation. His charitable interests also includes supporting local first responders, education, housing, and helping the families of current and former military personnel. Dr. Tayebi enjoys advising and teaching entrepreneurs through one-on-one sessions as well as volunteering as a speaker at various conferences and events.
Dr. Tayebi and his brother received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, American Electronics Association High Technology Industry Recognition Award for telecommunications, the Venture Capital Success Story award by the San Diego Venture Group, and Visionary of the Year by the Coastline Foundation.
Dr. Tayebi earned his M.S. in Electronics Engineering and Ph.D. in mobile radio propagation while in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Surinder Tayebi is a Founding Partner, Board member and Head of Global Finance of the Bridgewest Group, a closely held investment company with significant assets under management globally. Dr. Tayebi received her medical degree from NYCOM and BS Biochem from SUNY StonyBrook, and is closely aligned with the local charitable sector and has held Board positions in different academic institutions.
Haleh Tayebi is a Founding Partner, Board Member and Head of Global Real Estate of Bridgewest Group, a closely held investment company with significant global assets under management. Mrs. Tayebi’s emphasis at Bridgewest Group is managing the Group’s Global Real Estate holdings. Before Bridgewest, Mrs. Tayebi was CEO of an outsourcing company based out of San Diego which had strategic alliances within the telecommunications sector. Mrs. Tayebi has also been actively involved in the charitable sector, focusing on helping women and children in need domestically and internationally.
Kevin M. Russell is a Partner and the Group Chief Legal Officer of the Bridgewest Group. Prior to joining Bridgewest, Mr. Russell was the General Counsel for Emirates International Investment Company LLC (EIIC), a multi-billion dollar global asset manager based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Prior to joining EIIC, Mr. Russell was a Vice President at Cantor Fitzgerald LP, acting as lead counsel for several real estate and asset management businesses. He was previously an attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in both New York and London. Mr. Russell has also served as an arbitrator in complex commercial disputes conducted under the ICC rules.
Saum Vahdat is Managing Partner of Bridgewest Ventures (BV) and the Bridgewest Group's Director of Finance and Corporate Strategy. Mr. Vahdat leads investment strategy for Bridgewest Ventures while leading corporate strategy for BV’s investment holdings. In this role, Mr. Vahdat also provides leadership to Bridgewest Ventures’ portfolio companies. He is also responsible for leading the Group's finance and business development initiatives. Previously Mr. Vahdat worked with Johnson & Johnson's venture capital platform, assisting with commercialization strategy formation and market research. Prior to J&J, Mr. Vahdat led financial analysis and business development at a real estate investment firm. Mr. Vahdat graduated from Cornell University with an MBA focused on Finance and Strategy.
Chandima Mendis is Bridgewest Group's Treasurer and Head of Portfolio Management, focusing on bonds, commodities and currencies. Mr. Mendis is responsible for coordinating Treasury operations and liquidity management of the Group. The portfolios he manages includes bonds, credit, commodities and currencies in multi-currencies, with a special focus on sovereigns of emerging and developed countries. He also advises the Group with respect to its investments in real asset investment and economic trends in terms of asset allocation. Mr. Mendis has been ranked among the leading emerging market debt fund managers and previously worked for several international asset managers, including AXA Investment Managers and Fortis. Previously, Mr. Mendis worked as an economist at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC. He graduated with a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Oxford. He has been ranked among the leading Emerging Market Debt portfolio managers by the UK fund rating agency Citywire, and the funds he managed have won several Morningstar and Lipper Awards for being the best in class in their respective sectors. Mr. Mendis is also recognized as a leading expert on emerging markets and his track record and achievements has been cited in the financial media and newspapers. Mr. Mendis has also published extensively on the areas of economics, emerging market investing and financial crises in journals and industry publications and his work has been quoted in numerous countries. He has also been invited to speak at numerous conferences and written advisory white papers on fixed income, emerging markets and pension fund investments at forums hosted by international agencies such as the OECD and Central Banks.
Mr. Gickling is the Executive Vice President of the BridgeWest Group. Mr. Gickling manages all aspects of corporate finance and operational strategy for the Group. In addition, Mr. Gickling manages the Group’s accounting and human resource teams which support the Group’s various portfolio companies. Mr. Gickling joined BridgeWest in 2000 and has served as an operating CFO for several of the Group’s Private Equity portfolio companies. Mr. Gickling brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Group’s portfolio companies through his extensive first-hand operational M&A and capital raising experience, having guided several of the Group’s portfolio companies to successful exits. Prior to joining BridgeWest, Mr. Gickling was an investment banker for Houlihan Lokey specializing in M&A and private equity/debt placements in technology, media and telecommunications. Mr. Gickling received his BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia and his MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.
At BridgeWest Group, we live by a set of core values that govern all that we do and serve as bedrock principles for our investment activities. Our team members are family and we strive to take extra steps to improve their experience at work and at home, giving every team member a voice in our processes.
We constantly strive to adhere to the highest ethical standards and fundamentally believe in always doing things the right way.
We believe that a willingness to put in the extra effort, go the extra mile and have a “never say die” attitude greatly enhances our investment success.
A diversity of backgrounds, knowledge, experience and skills make us stronger and greatly improve outcomes.
We believe in the highest level of personal responsibility and expect all our team members to own the challenges as well as the outcomes.
When we make an investment we are 100% committed to its success and will pour every ounce of our energy and resources into helping it achieve its greatest potential.
The Bridgewest Group is genuinely proud to call San Diego, CA home. Service to the San Diego community is a cornerstone of the Bridgewest Group’s mission and commitment as a local business leader. We believe it is our responsibility to give back to America’s Finest City, a city that has contributed greatly to our firm’s success over the past two decades. The Bridgewest Group actively invests in San Diego and global communities through diverse contributions to charities that have a strong track record of generating superior social return on investment.
A steadfast commitment to the city of San Diego is a philosophy driven by our Founders, Dr. Massih Tayebi and Dr. Masood Tayebi. Dr. Massih Tayebi and Dr. Masood Tayebi, along with their respective families, are actively involved in positively contributing to the San Diego community. Their dedication to San Diego is manifested through their championing a wide range of causes, including organizations benefiting underprivileged children, military families and entrepreneurship.
In addition to their enduring commitment to the city of San Diego, the Tayebi family is proud to have partnered with numerous organizations that reflect their vision for a more unified and peaceful world.
Below is a selection of local and international charitable organizations that the Tayebis are honored to support.
To support individual and family readiness through an array of programs specifically targeted to assist the Naval Special Warfare community in maintaining a resilient, sustainable, and healthy force in this era of persistent conflict and frequent deployments.
Their vision is to be the premier provider of benevolent civilian support services to the NSW communities they serve. This is pursued by collaborating with the leaders in Family Support to better understand the effects of deployment; by frequent analysis to ensure they are meeting current needs; by the delivery of exceptional programs; and by educating and involving the civilian population in support of these elite warriors.
The San Diego Military Family Collaborative’s mission provides an inclusive forum to maximize the collective impact of community resources to enhance military family life.
PCI’s mission is to empower people to enhance health, end hunger and overcome hardship.
Motivated by their concern for the world's most vulnerable children, families and communities, PCI envisions a world where abundant resources are shared, communities are able to provide for the health and well-being of their members, and children and families can achieve lives of hope, good health and self-sufficiency.
The iBRIDGES initiative is an open, inclusive and collaborative community, free from any political or ideological affiliations, that works towards bringing to life a diversity of impactful initiatives, platforms and spaces that all tangibly serve to contribute to the development of the high-tech entrepreneurial sector in Iran.
Dr. Massih Tayebi was privileged to be a speaker at the 2014 iBRIDGES meeting on the topic Transitioning into Productivity. You can see the video here
Voices for Children transforms the lives of abused children by providing them with volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs). We believe that every child deserves a safe and permanent home, and to that end, will review and monitor every court file in the system, provide a CASA to every child in the foster care system who needs one, and advocate to improve the lives of foster children.
The Bridgewest Group is actively seeking investment opportunities and is interested in engaging with entrepreneurs regarding their ideas and business proposals. Our value proposition is built on a foundation of significant investible capital, tested management expertise and an extensive network of tier 1 investors that are eager to partner with us to build businesses and create long-term shareholder value.
While we we are generally agnostic as to asset class and industry, the Bridgewest Group has significant expertise in the biotechnology, material technology, financial services and the real estate sectors.