Highland Creek is formed by two entrepreneurs who are dedicated full-time to finding, acquiring and operating a business. We have a complementary set of experiences including operating small businesses, management consulting, accounting, corporate finance, private equity, and entrepreneurship.

We are backed by over 25 seasoned entrepreneurs, executives, and investors, a group that includes 19 current and former CEO/Presidents, 20 partners at institutional investment firms and 4 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award winners. This team brings decades of experience to evaluating, acquiring and successfully growing small to mid-sized businesses across all sectors. This group will serve as advisors and directors in any Highland Creek Partners acquisition.

Managing Partners



Rameez S. Ansari

Prior to co-founding Highland Creek, Mr. Ansari worked as a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in Toronto, where he advised Canadian and international clients in financial services, telecommunications and technology. He gained expertise in the areas of corporate strategy, pricing, sales force optimization, program management and change management during his time at BCG. Since 2001, he has also acted as a strategic advisor and implementation lead for his family business, Synergy, which is a leading diesel power generator assembler in Pakistan.

Mr. Ansari has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He also received a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Toronto, where he graduated with High Distinction (top 5% in class). He is very passionate about sport and particularly enjoys tennis, squash, cricket and table tennis. He was, however, not as successful learning how to play basketball but remains an ardent spectator of the sport and huge fan of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Stephen Lau

Prior to starting Highland Creek, Steve worked at CPP Investment Board in London and Toronto where he evaluated, executed and monitored ~$11 billion worth of direct private equity transactions ranging from $4 million to $7 billion in size. Steve also developed operational expertise through serving as an Observer on the Board of Directors of Airwave, a CPPIB portfolio company, and as President and CFO of a consumer internet company called cloudable.me. In addition, Steve was an Investment Banker at TD Securities where he provided M&A and capital market advisory services.

Steve has an MBA from the Wharton Business School where he was a two-time recipient of the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Fellowship, a non-needs based award given to outstanding students. He also received a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Toronto, where he graduated with High Distinction. Steve is an avid traveler and has visited over 40 countries. Along the way he participated in the Running of the Bulls and the world’s largest tomato fight.

Watson Lin

Prior to joining Highland Creek, Watson worked with both the Financial Restructuring and the Investment Management teams for China Huarong Asset Management Co., one of the largest asset-management firms and the largest bad-debt manager in China. He was involved with ~$500 million worth of transactions while he gained significant exposure to the due diligence process, managing non-performing assets, corporate recapitalization, refinancing arrangements, and investment consulting. He is also currently a fund fellow and a Research Analyst at the Ivey Value Fund.

Watson holds an Honors Business Administration (HBA) degree from Ivey Business School (graduated with Distinction). He is very passionate about investing and gaming. In addition, he enjoys playing basketball and remains a huge fan of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Lester Tam

Prior to Highland Creek, Lester gained extensive business experience in the health care industry through his role at Gilead Sciences, where he provided clinical data support to the commercial sales team, and as an analyst in the Corporate Strategy department at St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto. Lester also has a rich background in biomedical research through his work with leading addiction scientists at Western University and as an international scholar where he presented experimental findings at a research-intensive university hospital in Germany.

Lester is a graduate of Western University where he received dual degrees including an Honors BSc. in biomedical science and an HBA from Ivey Business School. In his spare time, Lester pursues an interest in philosophy and enjoys reading biographies of prominent historical figures.

Marc Werthmoeller

Prior to joining Highland Creek, Marc worked for his family business in Germany, where he gained experience in the areas of risk management, marine insurance and international trade. Marc has an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia, where he majored in Transportation and Logistics. He is a licensed ski instructor and backcountry enthusiast, and he has also competed as a junior in national and international tennis tournaments.

AJ Wasserstein

Mr. Wasserstein is a private equity investor focusing on lower middle market services companies. Previously, Mr. Wasserstein was the founder and CEO of ArchivesOne, the third largest records management company in the United States. He successfully built ArchivesOne into a super-regional, full-service records management company before selling to Iron Mountain (NYSE: IRM) in May of 2007 after 16 years of operation.

At ArchivesOne, 35 acquisitions were successfully completed to supplement growth. ArchivesOne employed 400 Team Members and had approximately 10,000 customers with total revenues of $50 million. Mr. Wasserstein graduated from Colgate University and received his MBA from New York University. He is a Trustee at Waterbury Hospital and the Connecticut Community Foundation and a board member at IPT and Ivize.

Bob Dahl

Mr. Dahl is a founding partner of Arrowhawk Capital Partners. From April 1999 until June 2006, Mr. Dahl served as the head of Global Healthcare for the Carlyle Group, a leading private equity firm with over $75 billion of equity under management, where he was responsible for the firm’s investments in the healthcare field. During his tenure at Carlyle, Mr. Dahl served on the investment committee of the U.S. buyout funds, including the $7.9 billion Carlyle Partners IV and the $3.9 billion Carlyle Partners III funds. Mr. Dahl also served on the investment committee of the $430 million Carlyle Mezzanine Partners. Prior to Carlyle, Mr. Dahl served as co-head of healthcare investment banking in North America at Credit Suisse First Boston. Earlier in his career Mr. Dahl was a CPA for Price Waterhouse. Mr. Dahl is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, where he was elected a Baker Scholar and received a Loeb Rhodes fellowship. He received a BA from Middlebury College.

Craig Burr

Mr. Burr has devoted his career almost exclusively to venture capital and private equity activities, having co-founded Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co. in 1979. Previously, Mr. Burr was a Partner at TA Associates. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the New England Venture Capital Association and serves on the Boards of Directors of several private companies. Mr. Burr received his BA, cum laude, from Harvard College and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

David Lazier

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.

Gerald Risk

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 200 fold. 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.

Jim Ellis

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 (S353), and Managing Growing Enterprises (S355). Mr. Ellis takes a personal interest and enjoys participating in and contributing to the learning process faced by each of his students. Prior to coming 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 bachelors 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.

Jose Stella

Mr. 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. He received the 2004 Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Media Category for Puerto Rico. 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.

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.

Kent Weaver

Kent Weaver is currently Chairman and CEO of Progressive Home Care, a Northern California-based health care company. Previously, Kent held executive positions in marketing and product management for a VC-backed marketing automation startup, as a regional CFO and business analyst in Pepsico's Pizza Hut Division, and as a management consultant at Ernst & Young. He received his MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles and a BS in finance from the University of Southern California. He is a board director at VRI, Discovery Outsourcing, Healthwyse, Integra and Onesource Water.

Kevin Taweel

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 holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Kevin is also a recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Lacey Wismer

Lacey was a health care investment banker at Deutsche Bank for two years, and for the past seven years has consulted for health care start-ups and the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She joined Hunter Trust in 2010. She sits on the board of a health care manufacturing and distribution company and co-manages the sourcing, assessment, and management of new investment opportunities. Lacey received a BA from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the Stanford GSB

Martin Steber

Mr. Steber co-founded Sverica International in early 1993. During his early tenure, Mr. Steber was CEO of two pre-fund investments in Birmingham, Alabama, Automatic Detection Systems Inc, an electronic security company, and Accudocs, a billing services company. Both of these entities were eventually sold to larger industry leaders. Later, Mr. Steber was actively involved in sourcing Sverica’s (since divested) Gainshare Media investment, Ackerman Security Systems in Georgia, and PROEM in Arizona/Colorado. Mr. Steber continues to represent Sverica on the board of Ackerman, a leading electronic security company in Atlanta. Mr. Steber is a Limited Partner in all of Sverica’s funds. A native of Canada, Mr. Steber earned his BSc degree in Engineering from Imperial College at the University of London and his MBA degree from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Mr. Steber retired from Sverica in 2007 to relocate to Europe. He lives in Geneva with his wife and three children.

Peter Francis

Peter Francis is board chair, president and CEO of J. M. Huber Corporation, a diversified, multinational supplier of engineered materials, natural resources, and technology-based services. Mr. Francis joined the company in 1992 as vice chairman. In 1993, he became board chair of Huber and president of its largest division, AVEX Electronics, which he led in a major turnaround to profitability. He became CEO and president of the parent corporation in 1994, which he has since grown to over $2.5 billion in revenues. In 2004, the company completed the largest acquisition in its history when it acquired CP Kelco, a global leader in the hydrocolloids industry.

Before joining Huber, Mr. Francis was CEO of a leveraged buyout in the wood products industry. He also designed and managed the development of a high-technology oceanographic instrument for the oil and gas industry. He and his wife circumnavigated the world by sailboat, visiting 38 countries, covering 55,000 miles, and spending 558 days at sea. Mr. Francis served on the Board of Overseers of the New Jersey Institute of Technology for five years, where he chaired its strategic planning committee. He is a trustee of the Rumson Country Day School and chair of its long-range planning committee. Mr. Francis graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with his BA from Middlebury College and received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.

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.

Rafael Samoza

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.

Robert J. Oster

Mr. Oster started his career as a professional economist and corporate banker with Bank of America in 1967. He then moved on to positions in corporate finance with a number of Bay Area companies. In 1983, he joined Oracle Corporation as Vice President-Finance and Administration and was responsible for Oracle's initial public offering in 1986. Since 1987, he has been a private venture 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 or initial public offering. He was a founding investor and special advisor to Informatica, Inc. (INFA), a provider of analytic applications and infrastructure software. He is currently a director of Carillon Partners, LLP, Raleigh, NC, a private assisted living company; iNET Interactive, Dayton, OH, a private internet advertising company; Wind River Environmental, Boston, MA, a private LBO roll-up in the non-hazardous liquid waste industry.

Mr. Oster received a Bachelors degree in Economics with honors from Occidental College in 1963 and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1965 and 1967, respectively.

Sandro Mina

Sandro Mina is a co-founding Partner of Sverica International and is based in the Boston office. He currently serves on several portfolio company boards including Ackerman Security Systems, Center Rock Inc., Creative Catalog Concepts, iCoat Company, Oasis and Prospect Education. Mr. Mina also serves on the board of the Swedish School of Boston. He was previously President and CEO of Cameraworld.com, one of Sverica’s pre-fund portfolio companies.

In earlier careers, Mr. Mina worked in the public and private sectors in a number of industries, including technology (United Nations Computing Centre and Storage Technology), banking (Citibank, Goldman Sachs & Co. and VISA) and telecommunications (consultant for a large European company).

A native of Italy and Sweden, Mr. Mina earned his BSc degree in Computer Engineering from Imperial College at the University of London and his MBA degree at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

Tim Ludwig

Tim Ludwig is Managing Partner at Ohana Capital, a private equity firm that invests in search funds and profitable lower middle-market companies. Prior to founding Ohana Capital, Mr. Ludwig was President of a privately-held, commercial real estate company where he oversaw projects totaling over $150 million in value and led teams in asset management, acquisitions, and dispositions. Mr. Ludwig also served in a junior executive role at a middle-market manufacturing business, worked in business development at a venture-backed start-up, and began his career as a consultant with Arthur Andersen Business Consulting. He holds a BA from The College of Wooster (Phi Beta Kappa, honors) and an MBA from the Ross School at the University of Michigan, where he was a student member of the Wolverine Venture Fund.

Thomas Cassutt

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.

Will 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.

William P. Egan

Mr. Egan is founder and General Partner of Alta Communications and Marion Equity Partners LLC, 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. He was one of the first investors in Fedex Corporation and is currently part owner of the Boston Celtics. Prior to founding Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co., Mr. Egan was a Partner at TA Associates. He began his career as a Manager of Venture Capital for New England Enterprise Capital Corporation.

Mr. Egan is past President and Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association, a former Trustee of Fairfield University, a member of Wharton’s Board of Overseers, 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. Mr. Egan is also a trustee of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Duniry Foundation. Mr. Egan received a degree in Economics from Fairfield University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Finance.

Cambria Group (www.cambriagroup.com)

The Cambria Group is a private equity firm that acquires and invests in small and mid-sized businesses across a wide range of industries and geographies. We seek sound businesses with established operating histories, rather than startups and turnarounds. Our principals bring a blend of operating and finance experience and will work closely in each situation with entrepreneurial management both to build the enterprises they run and to increase the value of those businesses.

Paul L. Davies

Paul L. Davies founded The Cambria Group in 1996 and is its Managing Principal. He is an experienced private equity investor, having previously been a Principal in the leveraged buyout groups of both Brentwood Associates and The Fremont Group. Mr. Davies brings experience in all stages of the private equity process — identifying and sourcing opportunities, arranging financing for transactions, building management teams at both the functional and executive levels, assisting with portfolio company acquisition and divestiture programs, and exiting investments. He currently serves on seven corporate boards, as well as serving on the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution, the Board of Trustees of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the Advisory Council of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He is a former National Trustee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Previously, Mr. Davies worked for Bechtel Group, Inc., a leading international engineering-construction firm, in both operating and financial roles. Mr. Davies holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering, with distinction, from Stanford University. He also received an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.

René Lajous

Mr. Lajous is a Principal with The Cambria Group, working in the firm’s Menlo Park office. He participates in all aspects of Cambria’s activities, focusing equally on originating and evaluating investment opportunities, negotiating and arranging financing for transactions, and providing oversight for the firm’s portfolio companies. He has experience both as a member of and observer to the boards of directors of several private companies.

Prior to joining Cambria, Mr. Lajous was a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, a boutique management consulting firm, working in Dallas, Texas and Buenos Aires, Argentina. At BCG, he advised clients in the transportation, energy and telecommunications industries on a variety of issues ranging from strategy and operations to merger and acquisition activity and due diligence.

Earlier, Mr. Lajous focused on logistics and operations in the consumer packaged goods industries, working for Procter & Gamble in Canada and Mexico, as well as Pillsbury in Canada. He also draws on broad experience developed leading projects in inventory control and supply chain management for these companies.

Mr. Lajous earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto, earning the W.S. Wilson Medal for academic excellence. He subsequently received an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Pangea’s Edge

Pangea’s Edge is an independent, privately owned family investment firm founded to support the multi-generational financial management and investment activities of its stakeholders. Pangea’s Edge has a strong focus on private equity opportunities and participates in both controlling and minority equity investments as well as financings. We participate in a wide array of private equity opportunities ranging from angel & seed investments, venture capital investments, and search funds to the more mature lower-middle market. Additionally, we maintain a targeted portfolio of real estate and energy related investments. We often co-invest with others, though we prefer to have a position of influence (e.g., board membership) within our investment portfolio. Pangea’s Edge maintains a long-term portfolio strategy and can invest in opportunities with varying exit time horizons. We invest across industries and can participate in opportunities with non-traditional or unorthodox structures.

RHV Capital (www.rhvcapital.com)

RHV Capital, LLC is an affiliate of HV Capital Investors, LLC that provides equity to search funds and makes minority investments in operating companies in conjunction with other institutional investors and private equity firms. RHV has invested in 25 search funds and has seven active minority equity investments in operating companies. RHV was formed in 2008, is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and is led by Glenn Healey and Paul Rogers.

Glenn Healey

Mr. Healey joined HVCI in 2003. 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.

Paul Rogers

Mr. Rogers joined HVCI in 2008. 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.

Search Fund Partners (www.searchfunds.net)

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. The firm's team has over 40 years of management and investment experience in a wide spectrum of industries.

Jim Edmunds

Jim Edmunds recently joined Search Fund Partners, bringing 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. He is on the boards of Ascentia, Consumeraffairs.com and UCIT Online.

David Carver

David Carver is a co-founder of Search Fund Partners. He 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.

Rich Kelley

Rich Kelley is a co-founder of Search Fund Partners. He 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.