Team

Christopher D. Brady

Christopher D. Brady co-founded Chart National in 2018 and has earned his B.A. from Middlebury College (1977) and his M.B.A. from Columbia University Graduate School of Business (1981). Chris spent fourteen years in the corporate finance and capital markets departments of Lehman Brothers and Dillon Read. Thereafter, he was a founding member of The Chart Group, formed in 1995. With over 30 years’ experience in private equity, corporate finance and capital markets, Chris focuses on identifying and building defense and intelligence portfolio companies. Chris currently serves as a director of Miami International Holdings, North American Rescue and several other Chart investments and affiliates, including Chart Capital Partners II, LP, where he retains an advisory role pending dissolution of the fund.


Chris has been actively involved channeling the resources of the business community to assist with defense, security and intelligence initiatives. Projects include a leadership role with Warfighter Sports/DSUSA, a foundation dedicated to working with injured soldiers; and serving as a member of the Transition Team for the US Army Secretary Dr. Francis Harvey. He has served in senior management positions in numerous New Jersey political campaigns, including Millicent Fenwick (1978), Christine Whitman (1991) and George H.W. Bush (1992).

Khaled El-Marsafy

Khaled El Marsafy co-founded Chart National in 2018. Khaled has 26 years’ experience in U.S. and International Private Equity, having led and managed transactions aggregating more than $500mm invested capital.


His role during his tenure in several Private Equity firms has been sourcing private opportunities through his global network between the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. In particular, the bulk of his experience has been in structuring the investments and managing the growth of the portfolio companies.


Prior to The Chart Group, Khaled worked at Univest Group, a PE investment Advisory company based in Kuwait.; Al-Deera Holding, a publicly traded investment company in Kuwait; Fletcher Asset Management, a $1bln PIPE hedge fund in NYC and UBS New York.


Khaled graduated from University of Hartford with a Bachelors’ Degree in Business and International Finance. Khaled is a member of ABANA in New York and sits on the board of several companies including Miami International Holdings (US), Bag Borrow or Steal (US) and Abwab Capital (Dubai).

R. Lee Priest, Jr.

Mr. Priest joined Chart in 2018 after a 28-year career focused exclusively in the targeted Sector. He has extensive industry investment banking experience having advised on over 50 transactions representing over $5 billion in transaction value. Industry experience includes transactions for clients in the following sectors: Satellite Communications, Signals Intelligence, Commercial Aerospace, Defense Electronics, Intelligence Community, Transportation, Homeland Security, Government Services and Communications.


He has advised many leading industry participants, having represented clients in transactions with buyers such as Boeing, TPG, Veritas Capital, ManTech International, QinetiQ PLC, Arlington Capital, Chart Capital, SRA International and DC Capital, among others.


Over a 20-year investment banking career, Mr. Priest has advised on some of the more complex middle market transactions, to include ”going private” transactions, takeover defense and taking clients public through Special Purpose Acquisition Corporation (SPAC) transactions. Other transactions include sell side and buy side M&A, Lead and sole managed IPOs and follow on offerings.


In addition to his investment banking career, Mr. Priest served eight years active duty as a commissioned officer and naval aviator in the U.S Navy and also served two years as a public company CFO.  He holds an Aerospace Engineering degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and an MBA from the University of Maryland.

Joseph J. Boyle

Joe is a Vice President at Chart National and was previously Vice President at Chart Group Advisors, the investment banking division of The Chart Group L.P. in New York. Joe is involved in every stage of private placements and mergers & acquisitions including creating integrated financials models, authoring information memoranda, determining capital structure and liquidity events across multiple industries including transportation, defense, energy and financial products.


Previously, Joe worked for Univest Group, a partner of The Chart Group in Dubai. His primary responsibility was to evaluate cash flow for new investments in real estate projects, including the hotel franchise YOTEL.


Joe began his career at UBS as a Trade Management Specialist for derivatives in Stamford, Connecticut. Mr. Boyle graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a bachelor of science in business management in 2008.

Margaret Saracco

Margaret is Controller for Chart National where she handles accounting functions to support the preparation of tax and audit documents for investors. Other responsibilities include payroll processing, human resource compliance and vendor relations.


Margaret has worked at The Chart Group for 23 years and has served in the roles of executive assistant, bookkeeper, accounts payable and investor relations. Prior to working at Chart, Margaret was in the not-for-profit fundraising field for 7 years.

Deirdre Kilmartin

Deirdre is Operations Manager at Chart National. She is responsible for overseeing administrative activities and daily operations of the office.


Prior to joining Chart Group in 2004, Deirdre was an agent at Wilhelmina Models. She earned her B.A. from Central Connecticut State University and received her M.S. from New York University.