Mark Anderegg is the founder and Managing Partner of Madison Equity Associates and is responsible for investment origination, transaction structuring, acquisition execution and management of acquired companies. Mark brings a wealth of finance, marketing and strategy experience to our team. Prior to founding Madison Equity Associates, he most recently served as an international marketing strategist for VF Corporation, the world’s largest branded apparel company. VF owns brands such as The North Face, Reef, Nautica, Vans, Wrangler and 7 For All Mankind. Previously, Mark was a private equity investor with Chicago Growth Partners, a middle-market buyout firm where he focused on investments in the education industry. His portfolio company responsibility included a chain of preK-12 private schools, a classroom technology firm and a provider of marketing services to traditional colleges and universities. Before joining Chicago Growth Partners, Mark was an investment banker for Goldman Sachs, both in their New York and Chicago offices. Mark attended Vanderbilt University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University for his MBA.
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.
Mr. Bjorklund is a co-founding Partner of Sverica International and is based in the San Francisco office. He is responsible for Sverica’s investments in Accuvant, PsPrint, iCoat Company, Prospect Education, PROEM, and Delphon Industries, all of which he serves as an active board member. Mr. Bjorklund previously co-managed Accudocs, a leading billing service provider and Sverica pre-fund portfolio company. Prior to co-founding Sverica International, Mr. Bjorklund served as Director, Strategic Planning for American Express Company and was also a consultant with McKinsey & Company. He has been a consultant or advisor to the executives of several American corporations and a large European telecommunications company, focusing on strategic development, management, and operations issues. He serves on the board of Ross Stores (NASDAQ: ROST). A native of Sweden, Mr. Bjorklund holds a BA degree in Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics. As a Fulbright Scholar, Mr. Bjorklund earned his MBA degree at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.
Anders Brag is currently president of GARB Holdings LLC, which takes positions in value oriented investments and in technology growth companies. He is an investor/director of several international companies located in the U.S., Europe, and China. Mr. Brag previously served as general partner of Hambro International Venture Fund, the U.S. affiliate of London-based Hambros Bank PLC, from 1979 to 1990, and subsequently as special limited partner until 1997. The partnership investments were diversified between early stage venture capital financings and leverage buyouts of more mature companies. Mr. Brag is a charter board member of the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA), which provides a summer scholar leadership program. He is a director/member of the American Scandinavian Foundation, the Watson Institute, and the Brookings Institution Council. Mr. Brag, a Swedish citizen, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the Institut Europen de Cooperation et d’Economie in Paris (1975) and a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business (1979).
Mr. Burr’s career has been devoted almost exclusively to venture capital and private equity activities, having founded Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co. in 1979. Previously, Mr. Burr was a Partner at TA Associates. In addition, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the New England Venture Capital Association and currently serves on the Board of Directors of several private companies. Mr. Burr received his Bachelors Degree, cum laude, from Harvard College and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Dave is a founding Partner of Chicago Growth Partners. Prior to founding CGP, Dave was a Managing Director at William Blair Capital Partners and, currently, is a Managing Director and member of the Board of Managers of WBCP V, VI and VII. Early in his career, Dave spent three years in Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division. Select current and past directorships include: American Civil Constructors, Inc., American Education Group, DJ Pharma, eInstruction Corp., Footprint Retail Services, Jonathan Engineered Solutions, Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals, Inc., PharmaResearch Corporation, Paramount Services, Inc., PRIMIS Marketing Group, Royall & Co., TimePlus Payroll, The Plastics Group, and U.S. Education Corporation. Dave received a BA from Princeton University and a MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.
Bob 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.
Bill 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. 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 received a degree in Economics from Fairfield University and an MBA from The Wharton School.
Mr. Healey is currently a Managing Director of HV Capital Investors, LLC and RHV Capital, LLC, which provide debt and equity capital to lower middle market private companies. Prior to that, Glenn was the CEO of several different companies over the last 22 years ranging in size from $2 million to $90 million in revenue. He completed 45 transactions at those companies, including acquisition, financing and divestiture transactions. Glenn is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of the University of Missouri and the Harvard Business School. He is a Director of Continental Fire & Safety Services, LLC and Wind River Environmental, LLC.
Rob is a founding Partner of Chicago Growth Partners. Prior to founding CGP, Rob was a Managing Director at William Blair Capital Partners and, currently, is a Managing Director and member of the Board of Managers of WBCP VII. Rob spent three years as a General Partner with ClearLight Partners, a private equity firm based in Newport Beach, California. Prior to ClearLight Partners, Rob was a Principal at William E. Simon & Sons, a Los Angeles based private equity firm. Rob worked in investment banking in New York and Los Angeles with Merrill Lynch & Company prior to joining Simon. Early in his career, Rob served for nine years as an officer in the United States Army. Select current and past directorships include: ABC Window Company, Aimnet Solutions, Airpax Corporation, Benetech, Contempo Ceramic Tile Corporation, eInstruction Corp, Footprint Retail Services, FutureLogic Group, Inc., HouseValues, Paramount Services, Inc., Quality Tools for Learning, Royall & Co., SF Interactive and U.S. Education Corporation. Rob graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds a MBA from Harvard Business School.
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.
Ted McCarthy has been an owner/operator of private companies since 1982. He is currently the owner, Chairman and CEO of Sensorex, a Southern California manufacturer of sensors used to measure water quality. Sensorex is a global provider of sensors to instrument manufacturers, distributors, catalogs and end users. Prior to purchasing a company, Ted worked for Citibank’s consumer business in New York, Sydney, Australia and Los Angeles. He has served on the boards of several private companies and charitable organizations. Ted received a BSME from Villanova University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
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 is a founding Partner of Chicago Growth Partners. Prior to founding CGP, Tim was a Managing Director at William Blair Capital Partners and, currently, is a Managing Director and member of the Board of Managers of WBCP V, VI and VII. Prior, Tim was a member of William Blair’s Corporate Finance Department, where he initiated, organized and had an on-going role in several firm-sponsored leveraged buyouts. Select current and past directorships include: Airpax Holdings, Inc., American Blind & Wallpaper Factory, Inc., CES, Inc., Compete, Daisytek Corporation, Engineered Materials Corporation, Extended Care Information Network, Inc., Sanford Corporation, TimePlus Payroll and Towne Holdings, Inc. Tim holds a BA from Duke University and a MBA from the University of Chicago.
Michael O’Connell is a Managing Director at M2O, Inc., a family investment company. For the bulk of his career, Michael was the Managing Director and President of Anhalt, O’Connell & Steffanci Inc., a Los Angeles-based investment management firm with almost $1 billion under management. In 1992, Mr. O’Connell purchased the National Lines Bureau, a ship mooring company operating in the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors, the largest commercial port in America. That initial investment spawned several others 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.
Bill Royall founded Royall & Company in 1983 to provide direct mail support for nonprofit and political organizations. Bill’s pioneering work in college recruitment has been shaped by client needs and fueled with emerging technologies. He has effectively adapted more and more tools to all facets of the college recruitment process, improving list targeting, incorporating email and online applications, and providing email-based research. An advocate of increasing access to higher education, Bill is advisor to the Virginia Commonwealth University Interactive Marketing Institute and has served on the Board of Visitors of George Mason University.
A.J. Wasserstein is a private equity investor focusing on lower middle market services companies. Previously, A. J. 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.
Kent Weaver is CEO of Progressive Home Care, a Northern California-based home health care company. Previously, Mr. Weaver held executive positions in marketing and product management with KnowledgeLINK, a VC-backed startup. Before that, Mr. Weaver served as a regional CFO and business analyst in Pepsico’s Pizza Hut Division and as a management consultant at Ernst & Young. Mr. Weaver received his MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles and a BS in finance from the University of Southern California.
The Cambria Group is a private investment company which acquires and invests in small and mid-sized businesses. Cambria has completed over 25 investments since its founding in 1996, investing across a wide range of industries, including the low-tech manufacturing, distribution and service sectors. The firm differentiates itself in two ways – first, each of the firm’s three principals has both operating and financial experience, and, second, the principals provide the majority of the equity for each transaction personally. These distinctions allow the firm to add value both in the acquisition effort and in building value in the companies in which it invests; to make decisions quickly and without uncertainty as to its source of capital; and to accommodate a long-term perspective with respect to building shareholder value and seeking liquidity.
Jim Southern is the senior partner and Chief Investment Officer of Pacific Lake Partners, a $35 million private equity fund focused on small cap buyouts exclusively through the search fund model. Mr. Southern also manages a personal portfolio of more than 45 investments in small to medium sized private companies sourced exclusively through the search fund model. Previously, Mr. Southern was himself a beneficiary of search fund investors early in his career, resulting in the acquisition of Uniform Printing, a $43 million printer of specialty insurance documents. Investor cash on cash returns during his tenure exceeded 30x the acquisition capital. Mr. Southern holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Southern is accompanied by Coley Andrews, the junior partner of Pacific Lake Partners. Mr. Andrews’ career has included experience at Tech for Less, a small, growing, and profitable company owned by two successful search fund entrepreneurs, as well as at Golden Gate Capital and The Parthenon Group. Coley holds an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and a BA from Dartmouth College.