J. Armand Musey is a financial consultant in the telecom sector who built a successful career on Wall Street while pursuing his dream of climbing the highest mountains on the seven continents on the globe. He completed his goal of climbing the Seven Summits with his ascent of Mt. Everest in May of 2008. Mr. Armand began climbing as a novice in 1991, and although he climbed several peaks in South America following graduation from business school, he put pursuit of the activity on hold when he went to work as an investment banker on Wall Street.
Armand is the president and founder of Summit Ridge Group, LLC a valuation and financial consulting firm specializing in the telecom, media and satellite industries. He started his career as a Wall Street research analyst and soon became the lead analyst covering the industry for Bank of America, and later Solomon Smith Barney. In 2003, he helped establish Near Earth LLC, a boutique investment bank specializing in the satellite, media and telecom industries. He left his position as president of Near Earth in 2007 to train for his dream of climbing Mt. Everest. Mr. Musey was also a managing director and head of the communications practice at Goldin Associates, LLC. As president/founder of Summit Ridge Group, LLC, he continues to work on consulting projects. He is a regular speaker at major telecom industry conferences. Armand is frequently quoted in telecom and satellite trade publications and by major national publications as an expert in telecom finance and related corporate governance issues. He has also published extensively on telecom law and finance issues including his “Spectrum Handbook 2013”, a commonly used industry reference manual as well as articles in leading law journals.
In addition to Mt. Everest. Armand has also climbed the rest of the “Seven Summit” including Mt. McKinley (AKA “Denali”) in Alaska, Mt. Elbrus in Russia, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Aconcagua in Argentina, Mt. Vinson in Antarctica, and the Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia. As part of his training for the cold weather of Mt. Everest, he went on a ski expedition to the South Pole in 2007, dealing with -30 to -35 deg C weather almost the whole way. He has also climbed variety of other peaks in the US and Europe including Mt. Blanc, the Matterhorn and Mt. Rainer.
Armand hold an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a JD from its Pritzker School of Law. He also holds an MA in Modern European Studies from Columbia University and a BA from the University of Chicago. Armand is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), a member of the CFA Institute, and the New York Society of Securities Analysts where he chaired the Corporate Governance Committee from 2007 to 2009 (vice-chair 2005-2007). He is also a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and is a co-chair of the New York Chapter (2016-2017).
Armand is also an extensive reader of continental philosophy, a former member of the board of directors of the Riverside Symphony (2008-2011) and previously the treasurer of the board of directors of the Foucault Society (2004-2009) a non-profit organization devoted to providing philosophy educational events.