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Douglas G. Levy

Chief Financial Officer

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Douglas G. Levy

Chief Financial Officer


Education: Binghamton University (BS); CPA

Prior Experience: CW Group; Warburg Dillon Read; Deloitte and Touche


Douglas Levy joined Sentinel as Chief Financial Officer in 2005. Previously, Mr. Levy spent six years as CFO of CW Group, a venture capital firm, where he was responsible for financial reporting, fund administration, and financial operations.

Previously, Mr. Levy was Manager of Partnership Accounting at Warburg Dillon Read where he was responsible for the accounting, tax, and administrative matters of corporate buyout and venture capital partnerships. Prior to that, he was employed by Deloitte and Touche, where he audited several financial services clients. Mr. Levy is a CPA and holds a BS in Accounting, summa cum laude, from Binghamton University.

David S. Lobel

Founder & Managing Partner

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David S. Lobel

Founder & Managing Partner


Education: Stanford University (MBA, MS); University of the Witwatersrand (B.Sc.(Hons))

Prior Experience: Smith Barney Private Equity; Bain & Company


David Lobel is the founder and Managing Partner of Sentinel Capital Partners. Over more than three decades, he has established a successful, long-term midmarket private equity record. Before establishing Sentinel, Mr. Lobel spent 15 years at Smith Barney's private equity affiliate. He served as a general partner of funds managed by Smith Barney and also as a Managing Director of Smith Barney. Before joining Smith Barney, Mr. Lobel was a consultant at Bain & Company.

Mr. Lobel received an MBA and an MS with distinction from Stanford University. He currently serves on the the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. Mr. Lobel, who was born in South Africa, received a B.Sc. (Hons), with highest honors, from the University of the Witwatersrand. He served with distinction in the South African Navy, where he graduated first in his class.

Bernard Banks

Senior Advisory Partner

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Bernard Banks

Senior Advisory Partner


Education: Harvard University (MPA); Northwestern University (MBA); U.S. Army War College (MSS); Columbia University (MA, PhD)

Prior Experience: U.S. Army; Northwestern University


General Bernard "Bernie" Banks joined Sentinel in September 2022 as Senior Advisory Partner, Leadership and Inclusion. Bernie is considered a leading authority regarding leadership development and organization change across all sectors. General Banks is currently a Clinical Professor of Management and Organizations at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management where he also serves as the school's Associate Dean for Leadership Development and Inclusion. Bernie is accountable for integrating leader development across Northwestern Kellogg's global portfolio of degree programs. Furthermore, he is Northwestern Kellogg's Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer.

General Banks graduated from West Point with a B.S. degree and served with distinction in the U.S. Army for 30 years. A trained combat helicopter pilot, Bernie led multiple U.S. Army Apache Helicopter organizations in the U.S. and abroad. His final operational position involved leading an Apache Helicopter Squadron in South Korea that was designated as the top unit of its type globally in the U.S. Army during his tenure at the organization's helm. Later, General Banks was competitively selected to serve as the Department Head (Dean) for Behavioral Sciences & Leadership at The U.S. Military Academy-West Point. As a young professional, General Banks was selected from more than 40,000 officers to receive the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award in 1994 (the Army top award for early career officers). As a cadet at West Point, General Banks also distinguished himself as an elite athlete where he was a running back for the Academy's Varsity Sprint Football team for all four of his undergraduate years.

In addition to his military accomplishments, General Banks has extraordinarily distinguished academic credentials. He holds a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University, an MA in philosophy from Columbia University, an MBA from Northwestern University, a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and a Ph.D in social-organizational psychology from Columbia University.

John F. McCormack

Co-Founder & Senior Partner

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John F. McCormack

Co-Founder & Senior Partner


Education: Boston College (BS); CPA (NY)

Prior Experience: Smith Barney Private Equity; Coopers & Lybrand


John McCormack is a co-founder of Sentinel Capital Partners and serves as a Senior Partner. Over more than two decades, he has established a successful, long-term midmarket private equity record. Before co-founding Sentinel, Mr. McCormack spent six years as a vice president of Smith Barney's private equity affiliate, where he worked closely with David Lobel.

Before joining Smith Barney, Mr. McCormack spent eight years at Coopers & Lybrand where his principal assignments included conducting due diligence and acquisition reviews of target investment opportunities for private equity firms and strategic buyers. He holds a BS in accounting from Boston College.


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AmWest Restaurant Group
Online Labels Group
New Era Technology
SmartSign
TriMech

Alemite
Border Foods
Captain D's
Checkers
Chromalox
Colson
Cottman Transmission
Falcon Holdings
Fazoli's
Floral Plant Growers
Growing Family
Holley
Huddle House
Inscape Publishing
LTI Boyd
Madill
Massage Envy
Met Merchandising
Nekoosa
Nivel
NorSun Food Group
Power Products
Strategic Partners
Tony Roma's
Southern California Pizza
TGI Fridays
Trinity Consultants
WellSpring Pharma

Sandy Tam

Chief Accounting Officer

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Sandy Tam

Chief Accounting Officer


Education: New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business (BS); CPA (NY)

Prior Experience: Ospraie Management; Drake Management; PricewaterhouseCoopers


Sandy Tam, Chief Accounting Officer, joined Sentinel in 2009 as Controller. Before joining Sentinel, Ms. Tam spent two years at Ospraie Management, an investment management firm. Most recently, she was Fund Controller of Ospraie's hybrid private equity/hedge fund. From 2003 to 2007, she was an Associate at Drake Management, an investment advisor specializing in global fixed income strategies. Previously, Ms. Tam spent two years at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She is a CPA and holds a BS degree in accounting and finance from New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

Owen M. Basham

Partner

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Owen M. Basham

Partner


Education: The University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce (BS)

Prior Experience: Macquarie Capital's Restructuring and Special Situations Group; Nancy Creek Capital


Owen Basham, Partner, joined Sentinel in 2012 as an Associate. Previously he was an Associate in Macquarie Capital's Restructuring and Special Situations Group. Before joining Macquarie, he spent two years as an analyst at Nancy Creek Capital, a lower midmarket private equity and mezzanine debt firm. Mr. Basham holds a BS degree in commerce from The University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce.


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Empire Auto Parts
High Bar Brands
Holley
L2 Brands
RefrigiWear

Altima Dental Centers
Fazoli's
GSM Outdoors
MB2 Dental Solutions
SONNY'S Enterprises

Eric D. Bommer

Partner

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Eric D. Bommer

Partner


Education: Brown University (BA)

Prior Experience: Kaizen Breakthrough Partnership; CS First Boston


Eric Bommer, Partner, joined Sentinel in 1997. Before joining Sentinel Capital Partners, Mr. Bommer spent two years as an Associate at Kaizen Breakthrough Partnership, a private equity fund that specialized in investing in underperforming midmarket companies. From 1993 to 1995, he was an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division of CS First Boston.

From 1992 to 1993, Mr. Bommer was a financial analyst at LaSalle Partners. From 1991 to 1992, he was captain of the Livingston Kings, a Scottish professional hockey team that he helped lead to the Scottish First Division Championship. Mr. Bommer holds a BA from Brown University with a double major in Business Economics and Organizational Behavior. He was also an assistant captain on Brown's varsity hockey team.


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Recreational Group
RefrigiWear
Revenew International
TranSystems

Alemite
Apex Companies
Chromalox
CINgroup
ECM Industries
Engineered Controls
Floral Plant Growers
GSM Outdoors
Hollander Sleep Products
IEP Technologies
LTI Boyd
The Luminaires Group
Madill
Met Merchandising
NorSun Food Group
PlayCore
Power Products
Precision Pipeline
SONNY'S Enterprises
Spinrite
Strategic Partners
Tony Roma's
Trinity Consultants
Trussbilt
WellSpring Pharma

James D. Coady

Partner

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James D. Coady

Partner


Education: Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Business (MBA); Harvard University (BA)

Prior Experience: First Chicago Equity Capital; Alex. Brown & Sons


James Coady, Partner, joined Sentinel in 1998. Over the past two decades, he has established himself as a successful midmarket private equity investor. Before joining Sentinel Capital Partners, Mr. Coady spent three years as an Associate at First Chicago Equity Capital, the private equity division of First Chicago NBD which specialized in investing in midmarket companies. Previously, he spent two years as an Analyst at Alex. Brown & Sons. Mr. Coady holds an MBA from Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Business and an AB from Harvard University where he was a member of Harvard's NCAA Championship hockey team.


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AmWest Restaurant Group
Empire Auto Parts
High Bar Brands
Holley

Cabi
Chase Doors
Checkers
Colson
Cottman Transmission
Engineered Controls
Falcon Holdings
Fasloc
Huddle House
Interim Healthcare
Massage Envy
Metro Dentalcare
Mid-West Wholesale
Newk's Eatery
Nivel
NorSun Food Group
Pet Supplies Plus
Quick Weight Loss Centers
RotoMetrics
Southern California Pizza
Vintage Parts

Michael J. Fabian

Partner

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Michael J. Fabian

Partner


Education: University of Notre Dame (BBA); New York University (MA)

Prior Experience: Blue Point Capital Partners; Brown, Gibbons, Lang & Co.; Deutsche Banc Alex Brown; Conway, DelGenio, Gries & Co.


Michael Fabian, Partner, joined joined Sentinel Capital Partners in 2006 as a Senior Associate. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Fabian was an Associate at Blue Point Capital Partners, a midmarket private equity firm. Previously, he was an Associate at Brown, Gibbons, Lang & Co., a midmarket investment banking firm, an Analyst at Deutsche Banc Alex Brown, and an Analyst at Conway, DelGenio, Gries & Co., a restructuring advisory boutique. Mr. Fabian holds an MA in economics from New York University and a BBA degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame.


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Apex Companies
Bandon Holdings
Bridgeview Eye
New Era Technology
New You Bariatric Group
TranSystems
UBEO Business Services

Captain D's
Checkers
Corporate Visions
Hollander Sleep Products
Hospice Advantage
Huddle House
IEP Technologies
Inscape Publishing
Marketplace Events
Massage Envy
National Spine & Pain
Newk's Eatery
Northeast Dental
Precision Pipeline
ReachOut Healthcare
Trinity Consultants

Paul F. Murphy

Partner

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Paul F. Murphy

Partner


Education: Georgetown University (MBA); United States Military Academy at West Point (BS)

Prior Experience: Dilmun Investments; Chase Manhattan Merchant Banking Group


Paul Murphy, Partner, joined Sentinel in 2000. Over the past two decades, he has established himself as a successful midmarket private equity investor. Before joining Sentinel Capital Partners, Mr. Murphy spent three years as a Director at Dilmun Investments, the U.S. private equity affiliate of Bahrain International Bank. While at Dilmun, he focused on originating, structuring, and executing private equity investments in lower midmarket companies.

Prior to Dilmun, Mr. Murphy was a Vice President in the Financial Buyers Group at NationsBanc Capital Markets, where he focused on providing debt and equity financing for leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations. Previously, he spent two years as an Associate in the Merchant Banking Group of Chase Manhattan Bank where he focused on private equity and subordinated debt investments in lower midmarket companies. Mr. Murphy holds an MBA from Georgetown University and a BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Mr. Murphy served in the U.S. Army for five years as an Artillery officer in a Light Infantry Division, where he attained the rank of captain.


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123Dentist
Elevate Care
Midwest Eye
New You Bariatric Group
Total Military Management
TTG Imaging Solutions
Vital Care

AirBoss Defense Group
Altima Dental Centers
Castle Dental Centers
Corporate Visions
Fasloc
Hospice Advantage
Inscape Publishing
Interim Healthcare
MB2 Dental Solutions
Metro Dentalcare
National Spine & Pain
North American Rescue
Northeast Dental
ReachOut Healthcare
Trussbilt

C. Scott Perry

Partner

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C. Scott Perry

Partner


Education: The University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce (BS)

Prior Experience: Wachovia Securities


Scott Perry, Partner, joined Sentinel Capital Partners in 2004 as an Associate. Previously, he spent two years as an Analyst in the M&A Group at Wachovia Securities, where he worked on transactions with midmarket private equity firms. Mr. Perry holds a BS in Finance and Accounting with honors from the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce.


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MCA
Recreational Group
SPL
Total Military Management
UBEO Business Services

Chase Doors
Colson
Engineered Controls
LTI Boyd
Nekoosa
PlayCore
RotoMetrics
SONNY'S Enterprises
Vintage Parts

Marissa S. Sutker

Managing Director, Head of Investor Relations

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Marissa S. Sutker

Managing Director, Head of Investor Relations


Education: Northwestern University (BS); Columbia University (MBA)

Prior Experience: Avenue Capital Group; Bank of America


Marissa Sutker joined Sentinel as Managing Director and Head of Investor Relations in 2022. Ms. Sutker joined Sentinel from Avenue Capital Group, where she spent more than seven years, most recently as a managing director in the investor relations group. At Avenue Capital Group, Ms. Sutker was responsible for investor relations and fundraising. Previously, Ms. Sutker spent three years at Bank of America’s Prime Brokerage and Capital Strategy group, most recently as an associate. Ms. Sutker holds a BS in communications from Northwestern University and an MBA from Columbia University

John C. Van Sickle

Partner

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John C. Van Sickle

Partner


Education: Harvard Business School (MBA); Emory University (BA)

Prior Experience: Wachovia Securities' Analyst Program; Castle Harlan


John Van Sickle is a Partner of Sentinel Capital Partners, which he joined in 2009 as a Senior Associate. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Van Sickle was an Associate at Castle Harlan, a midmarket private equity firm. Previously, he spent two years in Wachovia Securities' Analyst Program, where he worked on M&A transactions with midmarket private equity firms. Mr. Van Sickle holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BA, summa cum laude, from Emory University, where he graduated as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He was also a member of Emory's NCAA tennis team.


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L2 Brands
Market Performance Group
RefrigiWear

Altima Dental Centers
Chromalox
ECM Industries
Fazoli's
GSM Outdoors
IEP Technologies
MB2 Dental Solutions
North American Rescue
Northeast Dental
Power Products
TGI Fridays
WellSpring Pharma

Vincent E. Taurassi

Managing Director, General Counsel

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Vincent E. Taurassi

Managing Director, General Counsel


Education: New York University School of Law (JD); Union College (BS); New York and New Jersey Bar

Prior Experience: BlackRock; Kirkland & Ellis


Vincent Taurassi is a Managing Director and General Counsel of Sentinel Capital Partners. He joined Sentinel in 2015 from BlackRock, where he had been a vice president within Legal and Compliance since 2011. His responsibilities at BlackRock included legal coverage and oversight of transactions and investments for multiple products across the BlackRock investment platform, including private equity funds, hedge funds, mutual funds, CLOs, and separate accounts.

Previously, Mr. Taurassi spent four years as a corporate associate at Kirkland & Ellis. He holds a JD, magna cum laude, from New York University School of Law and a BS in mathematics, summa cum laude, from Union College. He is also a member of the New York Bar and the New Jersey Bar.


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CINgroup

Lauren H. Rakower

Director, Legal, Compliance, ESG, & DEI

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Lauren H. Rakower

Director, Legal, Compliance, ESG, & DEI


Education: Brooklyn Law School (JD); University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (BA)

Prior Experience: Kirkland & Ellis


Lauren Rakower joined Sentinel in 2019 and serves as Director, Legal, Compliance, Sustainability & Responsibility. Ms. Rakower joined Sentinel from Kirkland & Ellis, where she spent seven years, most recently as a partner in the corporate group. At Kirkland, Ms. Rakower represented private equity funds, private companies, and public companies in complex business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and dispositions, and governance and other general corporate matters. Ms. Rakower holds a JD, magna cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School and a BA with honors in international studies from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is also a member of the New York Bar.

Monique A. Mahl

Tax Director

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Monique A. Mahl

Tax Director


Education: Rutgers University (BS, MS); CPA

Prior Experience: Perella Weinberg Partners; York Capital Management; PricewaterhouseCoopers


Monique Mahl joined Sentinel as Tax Director in 2019 from Perella Weinberg Partners, where she had been a director of tax since 2010 overseeing the tax compliance and planning for the firm and its funds. Previously, she spent two years at York Capital Management as a tax manager. Before that, she was with PricewaterhouseCoopers from 2004 until 2008, most recently as a tax manager in its alternative investments group. Ms. Mahl holds a BS in accounting and a Master of Accountancy in taxation, both with highest honors, from Rutgers University. She is also a CPA.

Arielle Padover

Vice President, Legal & Compliance

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Arielle Padover

Vice President, Legal & Compliance


Education: Cornell Law School (JD); Tulane University (BS)

Prior Experience: Willkie Farr & Gallagher


Arielle Padover joined Sentinel in 2024 as Vice President, Legal & Compliance. Previously, she spent five years at Willkie Farr & Gallagher as an associate in the Corporate and Financial Services group, representing public and private companies in general corporate and securities law matters, including debt and equity offerings and corporate governance compliance. Ms. Padover holds a JD from Cornell Law School and a BS in management, cum laude, from Tulane University. She is also a member of the New York Bar.

Garrett B. Schires

Partner, Business Development

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Garrett B. Schires

Partner, Business Development


Education: Harvard University (BA)

Prior Experience: Enhanced Equity Funds; TA Associates; Morgan Stanley


Garrett Schires, Partner, Business Development, joined Sentinel Capital Partners in 2013 as a Senior Associate. Prior to Sentinel, Mr. Schires spent two years as a Senior Associate with Enhanced Equity Funds, a lower midmarket private equity firm. From 2008 to 2011, he was an Associate with TA Associates, a growth-focused private equity firm. Previously, Mr. Schires was an Investment Banking Analyst with Morgan Stanley. He holds an AB in economics from Harvard University where he was a member of Harvard’s varsity football team.

Joshua J. Garrett

Managing Director

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Joshua J. Garrett

Managing Director


Education: University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business (BBA)

Prior Experience: Oppenheimer's Investment Banking Analyst Program


Joshua Garrett, Managing Director, joined Sentinel in 2013 as an Associate. Previously, he was an Associate in Oppenheimer's Investment Banking Analyst Program. He holds a BBA degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business.


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AmWest Restaurant Group
Market Performance Group
Midwest Eye

Apex Companies
Captain D's
Pet Supplies Plus
Quick Weight Loss Centers

Michael A. Gebicki

Managing Director, Credit Strategies

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Michael A. Gebicki

Managing Director, Credit Strategies


Education: University of Notre Dame (BBA); New York University Stern School of Business (MBA)

Prior Experience: Bank of Ireland; JPMorgan


Michael Gebicki joined Sentinel as Managing Director, Credit Strategies in 2024. From 2003 until joining Sentinel, Mr. Gebicki was a managing director in the Leveraged Acquisition Finance group of Bank of Ireland, where he originated senior debt transactions with middle market private equity clients. Previously, Mr. Gebicki spent five years in the Technology, Media & Telecom group at JPMorgan, most recently as a vice president. He holds a BBA in economics and finance from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Jeffrey C. Groves

Managing Director, Head of Debt Capital Markets

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Jeffrey C. Groves

Managing Director, Head of Debt Capital Markets


Education: Dalhousie University (BComm); University of Western Ontario (MBA)

Prior Experience: Raymond James; UBS Investment Bank


Jeffrey Groves joined Sentinel as Managing Director and Head of Debt Capital Markets in 2023. Mr. Groves joined Sentinel from Raymond James, where he had been a managing director in the Capital Structure Advisory group since 2020. At Raymond James, Mr. Groves was responsible for private debt and capital markets origination. Previously, Mr. Groves spent 15 years in the Leveraged Finance group at UBS, most recently as a managing director. Mr. Groves holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University and an MBA from The University of Western Ontario.

Kristina R. Sherer

Director of Communications

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Kristina R. Sherer

Director of Communications


Education: New York University's Stern School of Business (BS)

Prior Experience: Royal Bank of Canada; Laifer Capital Management


Kris Sherer, Director of Communications, rejoined Sentinel in 2023. She was first employed by Sentinel in 2000 and has worked continuously for Sentinel as its consulting editor since. Kris is a published writer and nonfiction editor whose past clients have included the Electric Power Research Institute, several for-profit organizations, and a celebrity chef. Previously, she was a senior manager in Royal Bank of Canada's broker-dealer group and a portfolio assistant with Laifer Capital Management. She holds a BS in finance and international business from New York University's Stern School of Business

Louis A. Brotherton

Principal

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Louis A. Brotherton

Principal


Education: Wake Forest University School of Business (BS)

Prior Experience: Brookwood Associates' Investment Banking Analyst Program


Louis Brotherton, Principal, joined Sentinel in 2014 as an Associate. Previously, he was an analyst in Brookwood Associates' Investment Banking Analyst Program. He holds a BS degree, cum laude, from Wake Forest University School of Business.


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Corporate Visions
MCA
Online Labels Group
SmartSign
TTG Imaging Solutions

Holley
Nekoosa

Marc A. Buan

Principal

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Marc A. Buan

Principal


Education: Columbia Business School (MBA); Harvard University (BA)

Prior Experience: Thomas Weisel Partners' Analyst Program


Marc Buan is a Principal at Sentinel Capital Partners, which he rejoined as a Vice President after completing his MBA. He previously spent four years in Sentinel’s associate program, most recently as a Senior Associate. Before joining Sentinel, Mr. Buan spent three years in Thomas Weisel Partners’ investment banking analyst program. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and an AB Honors degree in economics from Harvard University. Mr. Buan, who played on Harvard’s varsity soccer team, was a member of Canada’s national Olympic soccer team and a gold medalist in the Francophone Games in Madagascar.


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AmWest Restaurant Group
Bandon Holdings
Cabi

ECM Industries
Hospice Advantage
The Luminaires Group
PlayCore
Pet Supplies Plus
Power Products
Southern California Pizza
Spinrite

Jennifer L. Goldman

Vice President, Finance

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Jennifer L. Goldman

Vice President, Finance


Education: Touro College (BS)

Prior Experience: Allianz Global Investors; Stillwater Capital Partners


Jennifer Goldman, Vice President, Finance, joined Sentinel in 2011 as a Senior Accountant. Before joining Sentinel, Ms. Goldman was a staff accountant at Allianz Global Investors. Previously, she was a fund accountant at Stillwater Capital Partners. Ms. Goldman holds a B.S. in Accounting, summa cum laude, from Touro College.

Patrick D. Knise

Principal

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Patrick D. Knise

Principal


Education: Middlebury College (BA)

Prior Experience: Macquarie Capital's Investment Banking Analyst Program


Patrick Knise, Principal, joined Sentinel in 2014 as an Associate. Previously, he was an analyst in Macquarie Capital's Investment Banking Analyst Program. He holds a BA degree, magna cum laude, from Middlebury College. He was also co-captain of Middlebury men's varsity tennis team, who were the 2010 NCAA Champions and ranked first nationally in Division III.


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Recreational Group
TranSystems

ECM Industries

Felix Dai

Assistant Controller

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Felix Dai

Assistant Controller


Education: Northeastern University (MS, MBA); Colgate University (BA)

Prior Experience: Atalaya Capital Management; Ernst & Young


Felix Dai, Assistant Controller, joined Sentinel as Fund Accounting Manager in 2018. Prior to joining Sentinel, Mr. Dai spent three years at investment management firm Atalaya Capital Management as a fund accountant. He previously spent two years at Ernst & Young, where most recently he was an audit senior focusing on private equity funds. Mr. Dai is a CPA, holds a BA degree in economics from Colgate University, and an MS in Accounting and MBA from Northeastern University.

James Lypen

Assistant Controller

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James Lypen

Assistant Controller


Education: St. John's University (MS Accounting); University of Notre Dame (BA)

Prior Experience: Fortress Investment Group; Deloitte & Touche LLP


James Lypen joined Sentinel as Assistant Controller in 2022. Prior to joining Sentinel, Mr. Lypen spent five years at Fortress Investment Group as a Corporate Accounting Manager. He previously spent five years at Deloitte & Touche LLP, where he was most recently an Audit Manager in the Financial Services Private Equity group. Mr. Lypen is a CPA and a CMA, and holds an MS in Accounting from St. John’s University and a BA in History from the University of Notre Dame.

George B. Appling

Vice President

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George B. Appling

Vice President


Education: University of Richmond (BS; BA)

Prior Experience: Wells Fargo Securities Investment Banking Program


George Appling, Vice President, joined Sentinel in 2018 as an associate. Previously, he spent three years in Wells Fargo Securities' Investment Banking Analyst Program. He holds a BS in business administration and a BA in environmental studies, magna cum laude, from the University of Richmond.


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L2 Brands

 

Rachel C. Cantor

Vice President

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Rachel C. Cantor

Vice President


Education: University of Virginia (BS; MS)

Prior Experience: SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Investment Banking Analyst Program


Rachel Cantor, Vice President, joined Sentinel in 2015 as an Associate. Previously, she spent three years in SunTrust Robinson Humphrey’s Investment Banking Analyst Program. She holds an MS in finance from University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce and a BS in economics from University of Virginia.


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New You Bariatric Group

 

James B. Frier

Vice President

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James B. Frier

Vice President


Education: University of Pennsylvania (BA)

Prior Experience: Houlihan Lokey's Investment Banking Analyst Program


James Frier, Vice President, joined Sentinel in 2018 as an associate. Previously, he spent two years in Houlihan Lokey’s Investment Banking Analyst Program. He holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.


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Bandon Holdings
New You Bariatric Group
SmartSign
TTG Imaging Solutions

 

Dale Gao

Fund Accounting Manager

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Dale Gao

Fund Accounting Manager


Education: Binghamton University (MS; BS)

Prior Experience: Insight Partners; PricewaterhouseCoopers


Dale Gao joined Sentinel as Fund Accounting Manager in 2023. Prior to joining Sentinel, he spent three years at Insight Partners, most recently as an accounting manager. He previously spent three years at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was most recently a senior audit associate in its asset and wealth management practice. Mr. Gao is a CPA and holds a BS and MS in Accounting from Binghamton University.

Cameron A. Smith

Vice President

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Cameron A. Smith

Vice President


Education: University of Kansas (BS)

Prior Experience: UBS's Investment Banking Analyst Program


Cameron Smith, Vice President, joined Sentinel in 2017 as an associate. Previously, he spent two years in UBS's Investment Banking Analyst Program. He holds a BS degree, highest distinction, with a double major in finance and accounting from the University of Kansas.


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Empire Auto Parts
High Bar Brands
Recreational Group
SPL

 

Erika K. Stanford

Vice President

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Erika K. Stanford

Vice President


Education: Georgetown University (BA)

Prior Experience: Jefferies' Investment Banking Analyst Program


Erika Stanford, Vice President, joined Sentinel in 2017 as an associate. Previously, she spent three years in Jefferies' Investment Banking Analyst Program. She holds a BA in economics, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University.


Sentinel Board Affiliations


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New Era Technology
Online Labels Group
RefrigiWear
TriMech
UBEO Business Services

 

Evan T. Yulo

Fund Accounting Manager

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Evan T. Yulo

Fund Accounting Manager


Education: Loyola University Maryland (BBA); CPA

Prior Experience: Cerberus Capital Management; KPMG


Evan Yulo, Fund Accounting Manager, joined Sentinel as Senior Fund Accountant in 2019 from Cerberus Capital Management, where he spent two years as a fund accountant. He previously spent three years at KPMG, where most recently he was a senior audit associate in KPMG's asset management practice. Mr. Yulo is a CPA and has a BBA in accounting with a minor in information systems from Loyola University Maryland.

Alexandra Ladley

Senior Associate, Investor Relations

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Alexandra Ladley

Senior Associate, Investor Relations


Education: Southern Methodist University (BBA)

Prior Experience: Avenue Capital Group; Global Endowment Management


Alexandra Ladley joined Sentinel as a senior associate in 2024. Previously, Allie spent three years at Avenue Capital Group, most recently as a senior associate with a focus on investor relations and fundraising; before that, she was an analyst at Global Endowment Management. Ms. Ladley holds a BBA in finance from Southern Methodist University.

Tyler G. Lowenstein

Vice President, Business Development

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Tyler G. Lowenstein

Vice President, Business Development


Education: University of Minnesota (BA)

Prior Experience: Piper Jaffray Investment Banking Analyst Program


Tyler Lowenstein, Vice President, joined Sentinel in 2018 as an associate. Previously, he spent three years in Piper Jaffray’s Investment Banking Analyst Program. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Minnesota where he was the captain of the varsity men's golf team.

Haley C. Abate

Senior Associate

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Haley C. Abate

Senior Associate


Education: University of Richmond (BS)

Prior Experience: Harris Williams Investment Banking Program


Haley Abate, Senior Associate, joined Sentinel in 2020 as an associate. Previously, she spent three years in Harris Williams' Investment Banking Analyst Program. She holds a BS in business administration, magna cum laude, from the University of Richmond.

Trevor W. Anderson

Senior Associate

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Trevor W. Anderson

Senior Associate


Education: University of Chicago (BA)

Prior Experience: Citigroup Investment Banking Program


Trevor Anderson, Senior Associate, joined Sentinel in 2021 as an Associate. Previously, he spent two years in Citigroup’s Investment Banking Analyst Program. He holds a BA in economics from the University of Chicago, where he was a member of the varsity football team.

Michael J. Griffin

Senior Associate

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Michael J. Griffin

Senior Associate


Education: University of Notre Dame (BS; BA)

Prior Experience: Jefferies Investment Banking Program


Michael Griffin, Senior Associate, joined Sentinel in 2021 as an Associate. Previously, he spent two years in Jefferies’ Investment Banking Analyst Program. He holds a BS in chemical engineering and a BA in political science from the University of Notre Dame, where he was a member of the rowing team.

Grant M. Wilson

Senior Associate

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Grant M. Wilson

Senior Associate


Education: Northwestern University (BA)

Prior Experience: Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Program


Grant Wilson, Senior Associate, joined Sentinel in 2020 as an associate. Previously, he spent two years in Goldman Sachs' Investment Banking Program. Prior to investment banking, he was an analyst in Goldman Sachs' Equity Solutions Group focused on equity derivatives. He holds a BA in economics from Northwestern University, where he was a member of Northwestern's Big 10 Championship soccer teams.

Kamryn Bloh

Associate

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Kamryn Bloh

Associate


Education: University of South Carolina (BSBA)

Prior Experience: Piper Sandler Investment Banking Program


Kamryn Bloh joined Sentinel in 2023 as an Associate from Piper Sandler's Investment Banking Analyst Program, where she spent two years. She holds a BSBA in international business and finance, summa cum laude, from the University of South Carolina.

Grant R. Dalton

Associate

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Grant R. Dalton

Associate


Education: Boston College (BS)

Prior Experience: Atlantic Street Capital; UBS's Investment Banking Program


Grant Dalton joined Sentinel in 2022 as an Associate from private equity firm Atlantic Street Capital. Previously, he spent two years as an analyst in UBS's Investment Banking program. He holds a BS in finance from Boston College, where he was a member of the varsity swimming and diving team.

Claire Fletcher

Associate

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Claire Fletcher

Associate


Education: Wake Forest University (BS)

Prior Experience: BlackRock Private Equity Partners


Claire Fletcher joined Sentinel as an Associate in 2023. Previously, she completed BlackRock's two-year Analyst Program, then was promoted to associate of BlackRock Private Equity Partners. Her responsibilities included a six-month rotation as secondee to BlackRock investor Teacher Retirement System of Texas. She holds a BS in mathematics and business, magna cum laude, from Wake Forest University.

Adam W. Jacobs

Associate

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Adam W. Jacobs

Associate


Education: Vanderbilt University (BA)

Prior Experience: Prospect Hill Growth Partners; Harris Williams' Investment Banking Program


Adam Jacobs joined Sentinel as an associate from private equity firm Prospect Hill Growth Partners. Previously, he spent two years as an analyst in Harris Williams' Investment Banking Analyst Program. He holds a BA in medicine, health, and society, cum laude, from Vanderbilt University.

Samuel Lettes

Associate

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Samuel Lettes

Associate


Education: Vanderbilt University

Prior Experience: Harris Williams Investment Banking Program


Sam Lettes joined Sentinel in 2023 as an Associate from Harris Williams' Investment Banking Analyst Program, where he spent two years. He holds a BA in economics and history, cum laude, from Vanderbilt University.

Greg E. Markovitz

Associate

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Greg E. Markovitz

Associate


Education: Emory University (BBA)

Prior Experience: Raymond James' Investment Banking Program


Greg Markovitz joined Sentinel in 2022 as an Associate from Raymond James' Investment Banking Analyst Program, where he spent two years. He holds a BBA with a concentration in finance from Emory University.

Liam D. McCabe

Associate

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Liam D. McCabe

Associate


Education: University of Richmond (BS)

Prior Experience: Harris Williams Investment Banking Program


Liam McCabe joined Sentinel in 2023 as an Associate from Harris Williams' Investment Banking Analyst Program, where he spent three years. He holds a BS in business administration, cum laude, from the University of Richmond.

Conor W. Murphy

Associate

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Conor W. Murphy

Associate


Education: University of Michigan (BBA)

Prior Experience: AEA Investors; Houlihan Lokey's Investment Banking Program


Conor Murphy joined Sentinel as an associate from private equity firm AEA Investors. Previously, he spent two years as an analyst in Houlihan Lokey's Investment Banking Analyst program. He holds a BBA in finance and accounting from the University of Michigan.

Lucy S. Pearce

Associate

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Lucy S. Pearce

Associate


Education: University of Pennsylvania (BA)

Prior Experience: BlackArch Partners Investment Banking Program


Lucy Pearce joined Sentinel in 2023 as an associate from BlackArch Partners' Investment Banking Analyst Program, where she spent two years. She holds a BA in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the varsity swimming team.

Carter M. Thompson

Associate, Business Development

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Carter M. Thompson

Associate, Business Development


Education: University of Pennsylvania (BA)

Prior Experience: Stifel, Nicolaus' Investment Banking Program


Carter Thompson joined Sentinel in 2022 as an Associate from Stifel, Nicolaus' Investment Banking Analyst Program, where he spent three years. He holds a BA in economics from the University of Pennsylvania where he was the captain of the varsity men's golf team.

Josiah O. Wilson

Associate, Portfolio Talent

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Josiah O. Wilson

Associate, Portfolio Talent


Education: Denison University (BA): Endicott College (MBA)

Prior Experience: Spencer Stuart; The Fallon Company


Josiah Wilson joined Sentinel in 2023 as an Associate, Portfolio Talent, from Spencer Stuart's Private Equity group, where he spent more than two years. Previously, he was an Analyst at The Fallon Company. He holds a BA in political science from Denison University and an MBA from Endicott College.

Sidney J. Feltenstein

Senior Advisory Partner; Operating Partner Emeritus

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Sidney J. Feltenstein

Senior Advisory Partner; Operating Partner Emeritus


Education: Boston University (BA)

Prior Experience: CEO, A&W/Long John Silver; EVP Worldwide Marketing, Burger King; Chief Marketing Officer, Dunkin' Donuts


Sid Feltenstein is a Senior Advisory Partner and Operating Partner Emeritus of Sentinel Capital Partners. He has worked closely with Sentinel since 2001, primarily with Sentinel's restaurant and franchising companies. Mr. Feltenstein has had a successful career as a corporate executive and entrepreneur. In 1995, he led a private equity investment group that acquired A&W Restaurants. Under his leadership, the chain grew from 450 to almost 1,000 units in just five years. In 1999, Mr. FeItenstein led A&W's purchase of Long John Silver's. Under his leadership, A&W/Long John Silver's sales grew fivefold and its operating profits grew by 40 times. The company was sold to YUM! Brands in 2002 in a highly successful transaction.

Previously, Mr. Feltenstein was EVP of Worldwide Marketing for Burger King and is credited for reversing an eight-year decline in customer traffic. Before that, he spent 19 years at Dunkin' Donuts in both operations and marketing positions. Most recently, he served as its Chief Marketing Officer.

Mr. Feltenstein is a past chairman of the International Franchise Association (IFA) and a former chairman of the IFA Educational Foundation. He is also a member of the IFA Hall of Fame and a past recipient of the IFA's Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Mr. Feltenstein is a Trustee of Boston University from which he received a BA degree.


Sentinel Board Affiliations


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Captain D's
Checkers
Fazoli's
Huddle House
Inscape Publishing
Interim Healthcare
Massage Envy
Southern California Pizza
TGI Fridays
Tony Roma's

Thomas P. Fitzpatrick

Senior Advisor; Operating Partner Emeritus

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Thomas P. Fitzpatrick

Senior Advisor; Operating Partner Emeritus


Education: St. John's University (BBA); CPA (NY)

Prior Experience: Partner, PriceWaterhouseCoopers; Partner, Coopers & Lybrand; SVP/CFO, Englehard Corporation


Thomas Fitzpatrick is a Senior Advisory and Operating Partner Emeritus of Sentinel Capital Partners, which he joined in 2001. Previously, Mr. Fitzpatrick spent the majority of his career at Coopers & Lybrand, where most recently he led the team that supported acquisition due diligence reviews required by private equity firms and strategic buyers to support their investment operations. Sentinel was one of his clients.

During his 34 years with Coopers & Lybrand, Mr. Fitzpatrick was a member of its Executive Committee, National Director of Mergers and Acquisitions, and Partner-in-Charge of the New York office's Financial Advisory Practice. Over the course of his career, he has worked with dozens of private equity firms conducting due diligence and acquisition reviews on hundreds of investment opportunities. In addition, Mr. Fitzpatrick was the Partner in Charge of Coopers & Lybrand's Investment Committee, which was responsible for investing the partners' personal capital in private equity.

From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Fitzpatrick was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Englehard Corporation. He received a BBA from St. John's University.


Sentinel Board Affiliations


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Alemite
Chase Doors
Chromalox
Colson
Engineered Controls
Fasloc
Holley
Hospice Advantage
IEP Technologies
Interim Healthcare
LTI Boyd
Madill
Nivel
PlayCore
Power Products
RotoMetrics
Spinrite
Trinity Consultants
Vintage Parts

Edward L. Kuntz

Senior Advisory Partner; Operating Partner Emeritus

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Edward L. Kuntz

Senior Advisory Partner; Operating Partner Emeritus


Education: Temple University (BA; JD)

Prior Experience: Chairman/CEO, Kindred Healthcare.; Chairman/CEO, Living Centers of America


Edward Kuntz is a Senior Advisory Partner and Operating Partner Emeritus of Sentinel Capital Partners. He has worked closely with Sentinel since 2003, primarily with Sentinel's healthcare companies. Mr. Kuntz currently serves as chairman of Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE), one of the largest providers of long-term health care services in the United States. He joined Kindred in 1998 and served as CEO from 1999 to 2003. In 2004, he retired as CEO and became Executive Chairman. Mr. Kuntz also serves as a director of Rotech Healthcare, a publicly held provider of oxygen and related healthcare products. Previously, he was Chairman and CEO of Living Centers of America (NYSE), a long-term health care company operating more than 250 nursing centers and a pharmaceutical distribution and contract rehabilitation therapy business.

Mr. Kuntz is a director of the Alliance for Quality Healthcare, a multi-facility long-term care organization, and a past member of the Board of Governors of the American Health Care Association.

Mr. Kuntz, who began his career as an attorney, served as Associate General Counsel of ARA Services (now Aramark) from 1978-1985 when he became Executive Vice President of ARA Living Centers. He held that position from 1985  to 1992. Mr. Kuntz received a BA degree, magna cum laude, and JD and Master of Law degrees from Temple University, where he was an editor of the law review and a Barenkopf Scholar.


Sentinel Board Affiliations


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Castle Dental Centers
Interim Healthcare
Metro Dentalcare
National Spine & Pain
Northeast Dental
ReachOut Healthcare

Michael J. Myers*

Senior Advisory Partner

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Michael J. Myers*

Senior Advisory Partner


Education: Harvard University (MBA); George Washington University (JD); University of Illinois (BS)

Prior Experience: J.H. Whitney & Co.; First Century Partners; Smith Barney


Our friend and colleague, Michael J. Myers, passed away on July 1, 2009 at the age of 69.

An executive with a long and distinguished career in private equity, Michael Myers had been a Senior Advisory Partner to Sentinel Capital Partners since its inception in 1995. He made a profound impact on Sentinel's founders during an association that spanned almost three decades.

Mr. Myers previously served as a Director of Sentinel portfolio companies Growing Family, Floral Plant Growers, and Tony Roma's prior to the sale of these businesses.

In 1972, Mr. Myers co-founded First Century Partners, the venture capital affiliate of Smith Barney, and had overall responsibility for First Century's investment operations for 23 years. During this period, First Century invested in more than 60 venture-stage and middle market companies, primarily in the consumer, healthcare, and technology industries. In addition to serving as a Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Smith Barney, Mr. Myers was associated as an investor or director of several highly successful companies including American Health Corp., Apple Computer, Applicon, Entre Computer Centers, Colorcon, Floating Point Systems, FoxMeyer, HealthSouth, Iomega Corporation, Mobex Corporation, Office Depot, Perrigo Corporation, PhyCor, Prime Computer, Storage Technology, Summit Design, and ValleyLab.

From 1968 to 1972, Mr. Myers was associated with J.H. Whitney, a leading venture capital firm. He held an MBA from Harvard University, a JD with honors from George Washington University, and a BS from the University of Illinois.

Our loss is softened by knowing what a privilege it was to know Mike and to work with him. We miss him greatly.

Frank E. Richardson

Senior Advisory Partner

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Frank E. Richardson

Senior Advisory Partner


Education: Princeton University (BA); Oxford University (MA); Harvard University (JD)

Prior Experience: Wesray Capital Corporation


Frank Richardson, an executive with a long and distinguished career in private equity, is a co-founder of Sentinel Capital Partners and has been a Senior Advisory Partner to the firm since its inception. Most recently, he was chairman and majority shareholder of Enterprise NewsMedia, a publisher of newspapers in New England. He has been an investor and director of several high-profile companies, including Wilson Sporting Goods, Avis, Outlet Communications, Six Flags Amusement Parks, Sonic Industries, TLC Beatrice, and Western Auto. He was also lead outside director of Alex. Brown & Sons until its merger with Bankers Trust.

From 1986 to 1995, Mr. Richardson was President of Wesray Capital Corporation, a private investment firm founded by William E. Simon, former Secretary of the Treasury. During his association with Wesray, Mr. Richardson was directly involved in the acquisitions of more than 35 businesses in a variety of industries. He holds a BA, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Princeton University, an MA with Honors from Oxford University, and a JD from Harvard University.


At a Glance

  • Broad and deep private equity experience
  • Responsible stewards of businesses
  • Friendly and supportive investment partners
  • Focus on midmarket
  • Fully integrated, deep investment team
  • Equipped to execute a variety of private equity transactions