January Partners was formed by an entrepreneur who is dedicated full-time to sourcing, acquiring and operating a business. The firm is backed by a sophisticated group of investors comprised of seasoned business operators, successful entrepreneurs and professional investors with deep experience in evaluating, financing and building small and medium-sized companies. The January Partners team will bring its collective experience to bear to identify and grow an attractive target company. Click the names below for bios.
|Matthew D. Capell|
R. Scott Asen
Seth A. Bair
William P. Egan
Douglas M. Ghertner
Robert J. Oster
Matthew D. Capell
Matt Capell will conduct the search and subsequently manage the acquired company. Matt’s career has spanned general management, private equity and investment banking. Most recently, Matt was Acting COO responsible for the day-to-day operations of Payliance, a consumer collections business based in Oxford, Mississippi. Previously, Matt was a Vice President for Purepay Capital, a $100 million private equity group focused on buyouts of payments and financial technology companies with less than $5 million in cash flow. He was responsible for leading all aspects of investment activity including sourcing, evaluating, structuring and executing transactions.
Prior to joining Purepay, Matt led the sales and business development team for an early stage provider of financial technology software for consumer-driven healthcare and employee benefit plans. Previously, Matt worked for Soros Private Equity Partners, the $2.5 billion private equity division of Soros Fund Management. At Soros he identified, executed and monitored $10-50 million growth equity investments across a range of industries including business services, consumer and telecom services. Matt began his career in the investment banking divisions of BT Alex. Brown and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, where he advised clients in the financial institutions and media / communications sectors, respectively. Matt currently serves on the Advisory Boards of Payright Health Solutions (healthcare payment management) and Meloun Credit (prepaid debit and loyalty cards).
Matt earned his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated with distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he double majored in Economics and Psychology and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Matt resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife and daughter.
R. Scott Asen
Mr. Asen graduated from Harvard College in 1966. He spent many years in the venture capital industry, successfully managing a family of funds for a wealthy New York investor. He is currently investing solely for his personal account, managing a portfolio of public and private equity investments. He sits on several corporate boards as well as several not-for-profit boards.
Seth A. Bair
Seth Bair is a managing director in the insurance investment banking group at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc., the largest full-service investment bank that specializes exclusively in the financial services sector. Seth focuses on mergers and acquisitions, public and private debt and equity offerings and advisory work for a broad group of insurance company clients in the property-casualty, life and health and financial guaranty sectors. Prior to joining KBW in 1998, Seth was an analyst in the financial services group at Alex. Brown & Sons. Seth has a BA from Williams College and an MBA from Wharton.
Mr. Cassutt is Managing Partner of TD Investment Company, which has made investments in more than 50 private companies, and is CFO of American Security Products, a leading manufacturer of high-security safes. From 1984 to 2011, Mr. Cassutt was Co-President of Nelson Nameplate Company, a rapid prototyping and engineering support company based in Los Angeles, California. Prior to joining Nelson, Mr. Cassutt was the Controller of Bristol Corporation, the parent company of 10 manufacturing companies, from 1978 to 1984. He currently sits on the board of American Security Products, Columbia Sanitary Products and Yates & Associates Insurance Services, Inc. Mr. Cassutt received his Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of California, Irvine, and his MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
William P. Egan
Bill is founder and General Partner of Alta Communications and Marion Equity Partners, Massachusetts-based venture capital firms. He founded Alta's predecessor firm, Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co. in 1979, and has identified and backed several of America's leading growth companies in the information technology, life sciences, and communications industries. Prior to founding Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co., Bill was a Partner at TA Associates. He began his career as a Manager of Venture Capital for New England Enterprise Capital Corporation.
He is past President and Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association, a former Trustee of Fairfield University, a member of the Board of Overseers of The Wharton School and a Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Cephalon, Inc., CRH plc, and a number of privately held companies. Bill is also a trustee of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Duniry Foundation.
Bill received a degree in Economics from Fairfield University and an MBA from The Wharton School.
Mr. Ellis is a Lecturer in Management at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He is currently teaching two strategic management courses that center around the early stages of the entrepreneurial process. These courses include Formation of New Ventures and Managing Growing Enterprises. Mr. Ellis takes a personal interest and enjoys participating in and contributing to the learning process faced by each of his students.
Prior to Stanford, Mr. Ellis held a number of positions with both large and small companies. In 1995, Mr. Ellis cofounded Asurion with Kevin Taweel to provide value-added solutions for the wireless communications industry. Previously responsible for Asurion’s sales and marketing efforts, Mr. Ellis is an active member of the company’s board of directors. Mr. Ellis has also held positions as a research associate at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and as a consultant with IMG and Cresap, McCormick, and Paget. He is a member of a number of Boards of Directors including BUILD, Asurion, Service Source Inc., Memento Press, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, and Southern California Risk Management Associates. Mr. Ellis holds an MBA from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree with high honors in economics from Dartmouth College. He is also a recipient of Ernst and Young’s prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Mr. Lazier is Managing Partner of TD Investment Company. TD makes private equity investments, primarily in search funds. Mr. Lazier also serves as President of American Security Products, a leading manufacturer of high-security safes. He has served as Controller, Vice President of Sales and Co-President of Nelson Nameplate Company, a manufacturer of durable graphics and membrane switches based in Los Angeles, California. Prior to joining Nelson, Mr. Lazier worked as an engineer with IBM Corporation from 1982 to 1984. He is currently on the board of Nelson Nameplate Company, American Security Products, Columbia Sanitary Products and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. He has also served on the board of Glendale Memorial Hospital Foundation and the San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity. Mr. Lazier received his Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University.
Mr. Mehta was most recently a Managing Director for Karsch Capital Management for eight years, where he headed the Technology Group. Previously, he was employed at Soros Fund Management LLC. Mr. Mehta was responsible for evaluating long/short investment opportunities within equities in the Technology and Telecom sectors globally. Prior to the public equities role at Soros, Mr. Mehta worked at Soros Private Equity Partners and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Mr. Mehta graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Economics and a B.S.E. in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Michael T. Oakes
Michael T. Oakes is the former Chief Executive Officer of James River Group Inc. James River, through its subsidiaries, underwrites property/casualty insurance for businesses. Mr. Oakes served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of James River from April 2004 to December 2007. Previously, he served as Managing Director of Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods Inc. Mr. Oakes received a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Michael F. O’Connell is the head Managing Director at M2O, Inc. He oversees the assessment of investment opportunities and reviews the ongoing performance of portfolio companies. Michael also sits on the board of American Biosurgical, Inc.
For most of his career, Michael was President and Managing Director of Anhalt, O’Connell & Steffanci Inc., a Los Angeles-based investment management firm with almost $1 billion under management. In 1992, Michael purchased the National Lines Bureau, a ship mooring company operating at the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors, the largest (combined) commercial port in America. This initial, successful investment prompted many more and Michael soon shifted his focus from investment management to venture capital. Today, he leads M2O with a portfolio of more than 30 companies.
Michael holds a B.A., with high honors, from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Michael-Kevin (M-K) O’Connell joined M2O, Inc. as a Managing Director in 2009. He is responsible for sourcing and reviewing new investment opportunities as well as monitoring the performance of portfolio companies.
Prior to joining M2O, M-K was a Manager with L.E.K. Consulting. During his tenure there, M-K led project teams across a diverse range of industries and business issues. His projects included the strategic due diligence of a $1 billion building materials company, the development of a customer contact and support strategy for a legacy airline, the strategic realignment and long-term plan for a major Los Angeles attraction, and the strategic due diligence of a leading equipment supplier to solar cell manufacturers. Before L.E.K., M-K worked in commercial real estate as the Director of Research for CB Richard Ellis in New England.
M-K received his B.S, magna cum laude, from Boston College and his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he was the recipient of the Thomas P. Gerrity Leadership Award for achieving “excellence in both academic and co-curricular pursuits.”
Robert J. Oster
Mr. Oster started his career as a professional economist and moved on to become CFO of several companies, taking two of them public. Since 1987, he has been a private investor working with other private and institutional investors in all phases of the venture investing process from incubation and due diligence through building the management team and sale of the company or initial public offering. He was a first round investor and Director of LifeUSA Holding, Inc. a life and annuity company that went public and was later merged into Allianz Life of North America. He was a first round investor and special advisor to Informatica, Inc. (“INFA”), a provider of data integration software. Also, he was a founding investor and director of several search fund companies: Asurion, Inc., a specialty insurance company; Pacific Pulmonary Services, (now part of Teijin Holdings) an oxygen and medications company; Carillon Assisted Living, Raleigh, NC, a private assisted living company; and Wind River Environmental, Boston, MA, a private roll-up in the non-hazardous liquid waste industry. He is currently a founding investor and director of iNET Interactive, Dayton, OH, a private internet advertising company, a special limited partner in Spring Ridge Ventures, a health care venture capital partnership, and an advisor to several private equity search funds.
He received a BA in economics from Occidental College in 1963 and an MA and Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1965 and 1967, respectively. He is an Overseer and Vice-Chairman of The Hoover Institution at Stanford University and Chairman of Summit Public Schools, a charter public high school management organization in Redwood City, CA.
Gerald Risk is the President of Asurion, the world’s leading provider of handset protection and other value added services to the wireless industry. Prior to serving as President, Mr. Risk was Asurion’s CFO. Since joining Asurion in 1999, Mr. Risk has been a key member of a management team that has grown the business 200fold. Today, Asurion’s 5,000 team members serve over 110 million subscribers globally.
Prior to joining Asurion, Mr. Risk helped a wide variety of clients, from Fortune 500 firms to early stage start-ups, execute their strategic and financial plans as an investment banker with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in San Francisco, Hong Kong and New York. Mr. Risk has also worked for Hambrecht and Quist and the private investment arm of Toronto Dominion Capital.
Mr. Risk is an active mentor of entrepreneurial leaders in the for-profit and non-profit worlds. In this capacity, Mr. Risk is an active private investor and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Carillon Assisted Living (provider of assisted living services in the Southeast), HealthCPA (provider of medical expense management services for consumers), and QMC Telecom (cell tower operator in Brazil).
Mr. Risk holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar and where he served as a case writer for Jack McDonald, the Stanford Investors Professor of Finance. Mr. Risk also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce with honors from Queen’s University in Canada where he was on the Dean’s List.
Rafael Somoza most recently was the co-founder and CEO of VIU Media, Puerto Rico's largest locally-owned outdoor advertising company, which was sold to Lamar Advertising. Prior to becoming CEO of VIU Media, he was the co-founder and CEO of Quest Management Corporation, a private equity group formed to identify, acquire, and operate a company in Puerto Rico. Previously, Mr. Somoza worked at Credit Suisse First Boston, where he was involved in structuring over $1.2 billion in financings, and at Chase Manhattan Bank.
Mr. Somoza received the 2004 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Puerto Rico and currently sits on the board of the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau and EM Assist, LLC. Mr. Somoza graduated magna cum laude with a BA in economics and political science from Yale University and holds an MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business.
Jose Stella most recently was the co-founder and president of VIU Media, Puerto Rico’s largest locally-owned outdoor advertising company, which was sold to Lamar Advertising. Prior to becoming president of VIU Media, he was the co-founder and president of Quest Management Corporation, a private equity group formed to identify, acquire, and operate a company in Puerto Rico. Previously, Mr. Stella worked at KPMG Peat Marwick in the middle-market Mergers & Acquisitions Advisory Group. He also worked for UBS and Chase Manhattan Bank.
Mr. Stella received the 2004 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Puerto Rico and currently serves as a director of Rocket Learning, LLC and Centros Sor Isolina Ferre, the largest Puerto Rico based not-for-profit organization. Mr. Stella graduated with high honors with a BA in economics, finance and investments from Babson College and graduated cum laude with an MBA from The University of Michigan.
Howard Stevenson currently serves as senior associate dean of Harvard Business School. He is also the director of publication activities, chair of the Harvard Business School Publishing Company board, and the Sarofim-Rock Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus. The Sarofim-Rock Chair was established in 1982 to provide a continuing base for research and teaching in the field of entrepreneurship. Professor Stevenson is its first incumbent. He has authored, edited, or co-authored eight books, 42 articles and over 150 cases at Harvard Business School. He served as the vice provost for Harvard University Resources and Planning after service as senior associate provost of Harvard University from 2005 to 2007 and as senior associate dean and director of external relations at Harvard Business School from 2001 to 2005.
Dr. Stevenson was a founder and first president of the Baupost Group, Inc., an investment firm he grew to $400 million in assets. He is now co-chairman of the Advisory Board of Baupost LLC, which has $5.4 billion under management. From 1978 to 1982, Dr. Stevenson was vice president of finance and administration and a director of Preco Corporation, a large privately-held manufacturing company. In addition, in 1970-71, he served as vice president of Simmons Associates, a small investment banking firm specializing in venture financing.
Dr. Stevenson is currently a director of Camp Dresser & McKee Inc., Landmark Communications, Inc. and a trustee for several private trusts and foundations. He is a life trustee of the Boston Ballet and has been a director of Sudbury Valley Trustees where he served as president from 1996 to 2000. He is vice chairman-elect of the Board of Directors of National Public Radio and a trustee of Mount Auburn Hospital. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the J.J. Strossmayer University in Osijek, Croatia. Dr. Stevenson received his BS in mathematics, with distinction, from Stanford and his MBA with high distinction and DBA degrees from Harvard University.
Kevin Taweel is the CEO and Chairman of Asurion and NEWAsurion, the world’s largest providers of technology protection services, serving many of the world’s leading companies. Since co-founding Asurion in 1994, the company has grown from a 40 person operation and now employs more than 10,000 people, serving over 200 million customers worldwide.
Prior to Asurion, Kevin served as Chairman and President of Mill River Corporation, an investment company. He also worked in mergers and acquisitions for the investment bank Salomon Brothers.
Kevin is a member of the board of ResponseLink, a provider of personal emergency response systems. He is a recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Kevin holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He is currently co-teaching a class in Entrepreneurship at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Kevin resides in Atherton, CA with his wife Debra and their three children.
Anacapa Partners is a private equity firm focused on investing in lower middle market companies acquired through the search fund business model.
Five Elms Capital
Five Elms is a private equity firm focused on providing capital to high growth businesses. The fund collaborates with strong management teams who are looking for a value-added partner to contribute financial, strategic, and operational resources.
Housatonic Partners is a private equity investment firm founded in 1994 with over $1 billion in capital under management. The firm invests in growing, profitable companies in the recurring services, media and communications industries.
HV Capital Investors
HV Capital Investors is a private investment company that provides debt financing to lower middle market companies. HVCI was formed in 2003 and has completed a dozen transactions in which it invested $80 million. The firm provides both senior and subordinated debt. HVCI targets companies that have the capacity to generate predictable cash flow from operations. The transaction size range is $5 million to $20 million.
HVCI also makes search fund investments and minority equity investments in operating companies through its affiliate, RHV Capital, LLC. RHV Capital has made 27 such investments over the last three years.
Search Fund Partners
Search Fund Partners invests in small, profitable companies with $5 million to $30 million in revenue. The firm works primarily with Search Funds, partnering with entrepreneurs to find, acquire and build successful businesses.
Mr. Augustyn is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the NIP Group, Inc., a specialized business insurance and risk management intermediary ranked among the 100 largest in the United States. Mr. Augustyn has been a successful entrepreneur and business leader for over 20 years. In addition to founding and leading NIP Group, Mr. Augustyn has founded and directs a portfolio of successful financial services businesses. His business success led to being named in 2003 NJ Biz’s NJ’s Forty under Forty, which recognizes young men and women who have made outstanding contributions to their fields. Mr. Augustyn is a nationally recognized expert on alternative risk insurance matters who has interviewed on CNN/FN and WABC. He is quoted in publications such as the New York Times and speaks on insurance-related topics throughout the country. Mr. Augustyn also serves as Chairman of Extensis Holdings, LLC, one of his portfolio companies.
Douglas M. Ghertner
Doug is currently President of change:healthcare, a Nashville-based company focused on cost transparency in healthcare. change:healthcare works with self-insured employers who have implemented a high deductible health plan and are seeking a tool to ease that transition for their employees. Previously, Doug was Senior Vice President of Client Solutions for CVS Caremark. In that capacity he maintained responsibility for the PBM product and service offerings that ensured clients and their participants maximized the value from their pharmacy benefit, most notably through the use of benefit plan designs, clinical programs and a variety of member outreach programs. Doug also led CVS Caremark's Consumer Programs business, providing products and services to the uninsured and underinsured. Doug also served in a series of strategy, corporate development and product innovation roles at the CVS Caremark.
Prior to his 8-year tenure with Caremark, Doug served as Director of Strategic Alliances for Broadbay Networks, an information technology company in San Francisco, California. He began his career with Magellan Health Services in Atlanta, Georgia.
Doug has a Masters of Business Administration from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia and earned a Bachelor of Science degree with Special Attainments in Commerce from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. He is married with two children and enjoys traveling, playing sports and spending time with his family.
Karen is the founder and CEO of Carillon Assisted Living, a North Carolina-based developer and operator of quality, moderate-income assisted living communities providing residential living services to seniors. Ms. Moriarty has raised nearly $30 million in equity funding, secured $80 million in construction and permanent mortgage loans, and negotiated a $105 million sale leaseback of Carillon's original properties. Ms. Moriarty is a graduate of Stanford University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is a Director of Liberty Towers and Yoforia.
Michal Petrzela is a Principal at Lightyear Capital, a middle-market private equity firm focused on financial services companies. Since joining the firm in 2005, Michal helped to develop the firm’s investment efforts in the financial technology sector.
Michal co-led Lightyear’s investment in Higher One, an electronic payment processing company in the higher education space, which completed an IPO in June 2010 (NYSE: ONE). Michal serves as an observer on the Board of Directors of Higher One. He has also executed Lightyear’s investments in BakerCorp, a specialized equipment leasing company and Flagstone Reinsurance (NYSE: FSR), a global reinsurance company. Prior to joining Lightyear Capital, Michal worked at Barclays Capital in London in the Financial Institutions Group, where he helped to develop a balance sheet advisory practice. Prior to Barclays, Michal was at Credit Suisse in New York, also in the Financial Institutions Group, where he advised on mergers and acquisitions in the financial technology sector.
Michal graduated cum laude from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Accounting and Finance and received an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Jeff Stevens is Managing Partner of Anacapa Partners. Jeff has 20 years of experience structuring, operating and investing in search fund companies. Jeff has managed three funded searches during the period from 1990-2005, each one culminating in the acquisition of a lower middle market company. Jeff understands the elements of the search fund model that drive success. In addition, Jeff's relationships with other experienced, successful search fund investors and current search fund principals allows Anacapa Partners access to invest in concert with a group that has been participating in this business model for over 20 years.
Prior to founding Anacapa Partners, Jeff was the CEO of three venture-backed buyouts – Balkin Cable Holdings (cable television system operator), Ancora Capital (mail presort), and Liberty Fitness (women's fitness centers). Following these three buyouts, Jeff founded Deeelish! (manufacturer/retailer of ready-to-cook gourmet meals). In each of Jeff's four ventures he has maintained responsibility for all aspects of sourcing acquisition/start-up opportunities, including identifying potential targets, industry analysis, company specific due diligence, and fundraising (debt and equity) to complete the transaction. Following the completion of each acquisition Jeff became the senior executive of the acquired company with direct reporting responsibility to a shareholder group and Board of Directors. Prior to beginning his entrepreneurial path Jeff was an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company. Jeff received his Bachelor of Arts and MBA from Stanford University, and remains actively involved in the Stanford community. He participates in classroom case discussion for entrepreneurship courses at the Graduate School of Business, serves as a mentor for students participating in a two-quarter business planning course, and volunteers in numerous capacities for the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.
Jeff is a member of the Board of Directors of Midwest Supplies.
Fred Coulson has more than 14 years of financial services and private equity investing experience. Before founding Five Elms, he was with TH Lee Putnam Ventures, a $1.1 billion top decile growth equity firm sponsored by Thomas H. Lee Partners and Putnam Investments. At TH Lee Putnam, he invested in and actively managed a variety of businesses within financial services and technology-enabled business services.
Before joining TH Lee Putnam, Fred was an investment banker with Morgan Stanley, working in mergers & acquisitions, media banking, and firm management. Fred began his career in asset management with Citibank in London. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Kansas, where he currently serves on the Finance Board of Advisors for the School of Business.
Mark G. Hilderbrand
Mr. Hilderbrand joined Housatonic Partners in 2006, bringing more than ten years of private equity experience to the firm. Most recently, he was a General Partner at Onset Ventures. He previously worked at Summit Partners and Fox Paine & Company, where he focused on recapitalizations and buyouts of software and recurring services-related businesses. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hilderbrand worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company.
Mr. Hilderbrand holds a BS from Boston University, an MS from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is a Director of Learner's Digest International; On-Site Dental Care, Inc. and the Harvard Business School Alumni Association of Northern California.
Joseph M. Niehaus
Mr. Niehaus was a Managing Director at Hellman & Friedman before joining Housatonic Partners in 2001. During his twelve-year career at Hellman & Friedman, he was involved in several of the firm's recurring services, media and communications investments including Eller Media, Falcon Cable, and Mitchell International. Earlier in his career, Mr. Niehaus was employed in the Merchant Banking and Mergers and Acquisitions departments at Morgan Stanley & Co.
Mr. Niehaus is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Harvard Business School. He is a Director of Aircraft Fasteners International, LLC; California Communications, LLC; Continental Fire & Safety Services, LLC; Convergent Broadcasting, LLC; HemaSource, Inc.; ResponseLink, LLC and South Florida Media Group, LLC.
Barry D. Reynolds
Mr. Reynolds founded the San Francisco office of Housatonic Partners in 1998. Previously, he worked with private equity firms including Bain Capital, Texas Pacific Group and Trident Capital, focusing on information and business services companies. Prior to becoming a principal in the private equity industry, he was a Manager with Bain & Company. At Bain, he co-founded the Principal Investor Services practice, consulting to medium and large buyout funds and strategic buyers. Earlier in his career, Mr. Reynolds worked as an engineer for the General Electric Company.
Mr. Reynolds is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was the Ford Scholar. He is a Director of CaseCentral, Inc.; ProService Hawaii; ServiceSource International, LLC; and Onsite Heath, Inc.
William N. Thorndike
Mr. Thorndike founded Housatonic Partners in Boston in 1994 and has been Managing Director since that time. Prior to that, Mr. Thorndike worked with T. Rowe Price Associates where he did investment research in the nascent field of business services and Walker & Company where he was named to the Board of Directors.
Mr. Thorndike is a graduate of Harvard College and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is a Director of Access Information Management; Alta Colleges; Continental Fire & Safety Services, LLC, Carillon Assisted Living, LLC; Liberty Towers, LLC; OASIS Group Ltd.; White Flower Farm, Inc., and a Trustee of Groton School and the College of the Atlantic.
Mr. Healey joined HVCI in 2003 and is a Managing Director. He was a successful entrepreneur, manager and investor for 20 years prior to joining HVCI. During that time he was a principal in six different operating companies. He has also participated in several subordinated debt and equity investments as an investor, and he has provided management turnaround and consulting services to several private equity firms. Mr. Healey was the CFO of a division of a large, public company, and he has worked in both the investment banking and public accounting industries. Mr. Healey earned a Master in Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Journalism degrees from the University of Missouri. He was certified in the state of Missouri as a Certified Public Accountant.
Mr. Rogers joined HVCI in 2008 and is a Managing Director. Prior to joining HVCI, Mr. Rogers was the Chairman and CEO of CIBC World Markets Corp. in New York where he had direct responsibility for equity origination, M&A, Loan, High Yield and Structured Finance products with a focus on middle market companies. He had a 22 year career with CIBC and Wood Gundy (which was acquired by CIBC), and he worked in New York, Toronto and Tokyo during that time. Mr. Rogers has direct experience in a wide variety of investment banking disciplines including corporate finance, global currency and interest rate derivatives, M&A and loan origination and administration. Mr. Rogers earned a Master in Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School with High Distinction where he was also a Baker Scholar and Knox Fellow. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics from Royal Military College of Canada where he was the winner of Governor’s General of Canada Bronze and Silver Medals for academic excellence. Mr. Rogers recently earned a Master of Science in Applied Physics from the New Jersey Institute of Technology as a first step to achieving his PhD in Applied Physics.
David Carver is a co-founder of Search Fund Partners. He and his partner, Rich Kelley, have spent the last four years developing and managing the SFP portfolio. He is on the Board of iNet Interactive, Behavioral Health Group, iVize, WebEquity, and VRI. He was formerly on the board of ProService Hawaii.
David spent thirty years as an executive in the high tech industry, and has extensive experience in all phases of business, including M&A, fund-raising, corporate strategy and operations. He was CEO of HiFive!, an application service provider; CEO of Hipbone Networks, an online collaboration company; EVP and GM at Network Associates; COO of Network General; EIR at Institutional Venture Partners; and an executive at Hewlett-Packard, including ten years in the professional service/software divisions of HP.
Dave has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Arkansas. Dave and his wife Julia have two boys, RJ and Sam. He is active in community and non-profit organizations, having founded the Redwood Chapter of National Junior Basketball serving 650 children.
Jim Edmunds brings practical search fund and portfolio company management experience to the firm. Jim's search fund, Ephesus Capital, acquired Celebrity Kids Portrait Studios, a leading provider of upscale children's photography in 2005. Jim served as President and CFO of the company. Jim currently serves on the board of Ascentia and Consumeraffairs.com.
Before launching a search fund, Jim was an Associate at McKinsey & Company in Palo Alto. Prior to attending business school, Jim conducted business development for PetSmart.com, managed a successful political campaign in Texas, and worked in Investment Banking and Equity Capital Markets at Bear Stearns.
Jim holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was named a Siebel Scholar, and an A.B. in History from Harvard University. Jim and his wife Christine have a daughter, Emiko.
Rich Kelley is a co-founder of Search Fund Partners, having started the firm in 2004. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of San Francisco Legal, HemaSource, Verengo, H&R Accounts, Asset Recovery Corporation and Medical Positioning, Inc.
Rich Kelley has been involved in numerous small businesses and start-up companies as an operator, owner, and investor. His varied experience includes: CFO of Score Learning Centers, CEO of San Jose Giants, General Partner of the Stanford Terrace Inn, developer of houses and subdivisions, owner of office buildings, investor in successful tech start-ups (Coinstar, PLX Technology, Corcept Therapeutics). He has also invested in many limited partnerships, including venture funds, and has been involved as a search fund investor since 1994.
Rich has an MBA from Stanford and a BA from Stanford. Rich and his wife Gina have two children, Riley and Sam. He was recently an elected school board trustee and is active with the Positive Coaching Alliance and Sustainable Conservation as an advisor.
Owen is a senior analyst at PresPoint Capital, a healthcare and technology focused hedge fund based in San Francisco. Prior to PresPoint. Owen spent four years covering Healthcare at Partner Fund Management in San Francisco. Owen's career also includes four years in marketing roles at Medtronic and XTENT. Prior to his time in industry, he held investment banking and equity research roles at Deutsche Bank. He has an undergraduate degree from Harvard and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern).
Ryan Hahn is a healthcare executive and entrepreneur. He is currently focused on corporate acquisitions and strategic alliances as Director of Corporate Development for Premier Inc., a provider of group contracting and clinical data serving more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals and 73,000-plus other healthcare sites. Previously, Ryan was the Vice President of Development at Hospital Partners of America, responsible for acquisitions of new hospitals and partnerships with physicians, helping the company grow to over $600 million of revenue. Prior to Hospital Partners of America, Ryan spent six years in the healthcare consulting industry with Accenture. He split his time between the payer and provider side of the industry, focusing on process reengineering projects, e-commerce portal designs, system implementations, and project management.
Ryan also owns and manages two entrepreneurial businesses, a children’s fitness center and a pest control business. Ryan received a BS from Virginia Tech.
Rick Taketa is President of Commercial Businesses and Chief Strategy Officer of York Risk Services Group. In this role, Rick oversees the York Programs, York Public Entity, Risk Management Practices, Alternative Risk Solutions, and York Pooling businesses. Mr. Taketa joined York as the Chief Executive Officer of Southern California Risk Management Associates, which was sold to York in 2006, and during his tenure at York has served as CEO of York Risk Management Services, American Risk Pooling Consultants, and WellComp Managed Care Services. Previously, he was the founding managing director of a small private equity investment firm, Eventide Management, and a corporate securities lawyer at DLA Piper Rudnick. Rick has served as the executive director and legislative director for two charitable organizations in Washington DC. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Casa Teresa women’s shelter and Trumpet Behavioral Health. Mr. Taketa earned his Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University and Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School. He resides in Newport Beach, California.
Tyler Franz joined January Partners in 2011 and is responsible for research and analysis of investment sectors, compiling comprehensive lists of acquisition candidates, qualifying investment prospects and assisting with due diligence. Tyler is a junior at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida where he is pursuing a dual degree in Finance and Economics. He has several years of experience in public relations and marketing. Most recently, Tyler worked with the University of Miami School of Business’s marketing and communications office. Tyler is originally from Richmond, Virginia where he played basketball and tennis in high school and was also the head editor of the school newspaper. He has three younger siblings who currently live in Charlotte, NC. Tyler enjoys playing basketball, listening to and creating music, and cheering on the Miami Hurricanes.
Ricky Stephens joined January Partners in 2011 and is responsible for research and analysis of investment sectors, compiling comprehensive lists of acquisition candidates, qualifying investment prospects and assisting with due diligence. Ricky is a rising senior at Davidson College where he is a John I. Smith Scholar, a member of the Kappa Alpha Order, and a writer for The Davidsonian. Originally from Bronxville, New York, Ricky is pursuing a BA in history and is interested in marketing and research. He has interned at Cancer Support Team, a non-profit that provides free nursing assistance and financial support to needy cancer patients in Westchester County. Last summer, he worked as a campaign assistant for New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin.
Nick is a recent graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he double-majored in Finance and Accounting, and as a co-captain started on the collegiate baseball team. In addition to his work at January Partners, Nick is studying for his Chartered Financial Analyst designation, as well as interning at Keane Capital Management, and Chanticleer Holdings. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Nick enjoys travelling, motorcycling, and sports.
Linda Zhang joined January Partners in 2011 as a Marketing Analyst and is responsible for initiatives designed to broaden awareness of our firm and extend our reach to both business owners and intermediaries. She assists with traditional and e-marketing initiatives, social media, website traffic analysis and tracking industry trade shows. Linda is a senior at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill finishing her degree in Business Administration with a minor in Chinese. She has experience in marketing and international business. Most recently, Linda studied abroad at the National University of Singapore Business School. During her time in Southeast Asia, she traveled to five different countries to study the local culture and business development. Linda enjoys scuba diving, learning about contemporary art, and traveling the world.
Brett Vickey joined January Partners as an Associate in 2011 shortly after moving to Concord, NC from Pittsburgh, PA. Brett is focused on research and analysis of investment sectors, qualification of investment prospects and due diligence. Prior to January Partners, Brett spent four years with Bank of New York Mellon, earning multiple promotions in accounting and finance roles supporting institutional investment management clients. While with BNY Mellon, Brett was involved with the company’s HEART affinity network and active in numerous other volunteer activities. Brett is a Level II CFA candidate and holds a B.S.B.A. degree with a concentration in finance from Robert Morris University. Brett enjoys playing golf and disc golf, running, reading, and watching March Madness.
Christie Lainez is a sophomore pursuing a business major and music minor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She joined January Partners summer of 2012 as a marketing and private equity analyst. She is responsible for shaping investment themes through primary and secondary industry research as well as helping broadening awareness of the firm. In her spare time, Christie enjoys singing through her classical music repertoire and is also heavily involved with her church's praise and worship team. Additionally, Christie loves learning about other cultures and traveling. This year Christie will be continuing her business degree at Copenhagen Business School and Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Chris joined January Partners in February 2013 as an Associate. His areas of focus include research and analysis of investment sectors and the qualification of investment prospects. Prior to joining January Partners, Chris worked in mortgage banking operations for JPMorgan Chase & Co. He is a recent graduate of Francis Marion University, where he earned his B.S. in Psychology and is currently completing further studies in Finance at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Kay Cho is an Associate with January Partners. Kay is currently an MBA candidate at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, where she is concentrating on Corporate Finance and Entrepreneurship. Prior to business school, Kay specialized in the primary market of mezzanine bonds for small to middle capitalized Korean companies targeting domestic and overseas investors. She was responsible for creating marketing materials, internal reports and executing bond issuance.
Kay is a Level II CFA candidate and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul, Korea. She enjoys watching movies and traveling to different countries.