Name

Position

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 has also served on the Management Board of the Stanford Graduate School of Business. 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.


Sentinel Board Affiliations


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Prior Boards

Cabi
TGI Fridays

Alemite
Border Foods
Buffets
Castle Dental Centers
Cottman Transmission
Floral Plant Growers
Growing Family
Interim Healthcare
Massage Envy
Met Merchandising
National Spine & Pain
ReachOut Healthcare
Spinrite
Strategic Partners
Tony Roma's

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.


Sentinel Board Affiliations


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Prior Boards

Colson
Captain D's
Driven Performance Brands
Fazoli's
Nekoosa
TGI Fridays

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

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.


Sentinel Board Affiliations


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Prior Boards

Credit Infonet
GSM Outdoors
Hollander Sleep Products
The Luminaires Group
Revenew International
SONNY'S Enterprises
WellSpring Pharma

Alemite
Chromalox
Engineered Controls
Floral Plant Growers
IEP Technologies
LTI Boyd
Madill
Met Merchandising
NorSun Food Group
PlayCore
Power Products
Precision Pipeline
Spinrite
Strategic Partners
Tony Roma's
Trinity Consultants
Trussbilt

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 lower middle market 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 middle market 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.


Sentinel Board Affiliations


Current Boards

Prior Boards

Cabi
Colson
Driven Performance Brands
Newk's Eatery
Quick Weight Loss Centers

Chase Doors
Checkers
Cottman Transmission
Engineered Controls
Falcon Holdings
Fasloc
Huddle House
Interim Healthcare
Massage Envy
Metro Dentalcare
Mid-West Wholesale
Nivel
NorSun Food Group
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 lower middle market private equity firm. Previously, he was an Associate at Brown, Gibbons, Lang & Co., a middle market 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.


Sentinel Board Affiliations


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Prior Boards

Captain D's
Corporate Visions
Hollander Sleep Products
Marketplace Events
Newk's Eatery
UBEO Business Services

Checkers
Hospice Advantage
Huddle House
IEP Technologies
Inscape Publishing
Massage Envy
National Spine & Pain
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 lower middle market 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 middle market 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 middle market 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.


Sentinel Board Affiliations


Current Boards

Prior Boards

Altima Dental Centres
Corporate Visions
Critical Solutions
MB2 Dental Solutions
Total Military Management

Castle Dental Centers
Fasloc
Hospice Advantage
Inscape Publishing
Interim Healthcare
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 middle market private equity firms. Mr. Perry holds a BS in Finance and Accounting with honors from the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce.


Sentinel Board Affiliations


Current Boards

Prior Boards

Colson
Nekoosa
SONNY'S Enterprises
Total Military Management
UBEO Business Services

Chase Doors
Engineered Controls
LTI Boyd
PlayCore
RotoMetrics
Vintage Parts

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 middle market private equity firm. Previously, he spent two years in Wachovia Securities' Analyst Program, where he worked on M&A transactions with middle market 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.


Sentinel Board Affiliations


Current Boards

Prior Boards

Altima Dental Centres
Fazoli's
GSM Outdoors
MB2 Dental Solutions
TGI Fridays

Chromalox
IEP Technologies
North American Rescue
Northeast Dental
Power Products
WellSpring Pharma

Luke J. Johnson

Partner; Head of Business Development

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Luke J. Johnson

Partner; Head of Business Development


Education: Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business (MBA); University of California Los Angeles (BA)

Prior Experience: Platinum Equity; Kroll Associates


Luke Johnson, Partner, joined Sentinel in 2013 as a Senior Managing Director of Business Development. Previously, he spent 12 years at midmarket private equity firm Platinum Equity, most recently as a Principal and Global Head of Business Development where he was responsible for overseeing its global origination efforts. Before joining Platinum Equity in 2001, Mr. Johnson was a Director at Kroll Associates, a leading business and competitive intelligence consulting firm. He holds an MBA from Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management and a BA from the University of California Los Angeles.

Joseph J. Catalano

Managing Director, Business Development

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Joseph J. Catalano

Managing Director, Business Development


Education: Pace University's Lubin School of Business (MBA); New York University (BA)

Prior Experience: FirstLight Financial Corporation; Longroad Asset Management; GE Capital


Joseph Catalano joined Sentinel in 2009. Before joining Sentinel, he spent two years as a Managing Director at FirstLight Financial Corporation, a commercial finance platform offering customized financings primarily for middle market companies, where he headed the Special Situations Group.

Previously, Mr. Catalano spent three years as a Director of Longroad Asset Management, a private equity firm focused on special situation investing. Prior to Longroad, Mr. Catalano spent 13 years at GE Capital Corporation, most recently as a Senior Vice President of its Global Sponsor Finance Group. While at GE Capital, he focused on investing senior and junior debt and equity in lower middle market companies. He holds an MBA from Pace University's Lubin School of Business and a BA from New York University.

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.


Sentinel Board Affiliations


Current Boards

Prior Boards

Cabi
The Luminaires Group

Hospice Advantage
PlayCore
Power Products
Southern California Pizza
Spinrite

Owen M. Basham

Vice President

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Owen M. Basham

Vice President


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, Vice President, 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.


Sentinel Board Affiliations


Current Boards

Prior Boards

Altima Dental Centres
Driven Performance Brands
Fazoli's
GSM Outdoors
MB2 Dental Solutions
SONNY'S Enterprises

 

Louis A. Brotherton

Vice President

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Louis A. Brotherton

Vice President


Education: Wake Forest University School of Business (BS)

Prior Experience: Brookwood Associates' Investment Banking Analyst Program


Louis Brotherton, Vice President, 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.

Joshua J. Garrett

Vice President

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Joshua J. Garrett

Vice President


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

Prior Experience: Oppenheimer's Investment Banking Analyst Program


Joshua Garrett, Vice President, 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.


Sentinel Board Affiliations


Current Boards

Prior Boards

Captain D's
Quick Weight Loss Centers

 

Jon Z. Gurss

Vice President

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Jon Z. Gurss

Vice President


Education: University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School (BS)

Prior Experience: Harris Williams' Investment Banking Analyst Program


Jon Gurss, Vice President, joined Sentinel Capital Partners in 2011 as an Associate. Previously, he spent two years in Harris Williams' Investment Banking Analyst Program. He holds a BS degree with distinction and highest honors from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


Sentinel Board Affiliations


Current Boards

Prior Boards

Corporate Visions
Credit Infonet
Marketplace Events
Nekoosa
Newk's Eatery
Revenew International
UBEO Business Services

 

Patrick D. Knise

Vice President

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Patrick D. Knise

Vice President


Education: Middlebury College (BA)

Prior Experience: Macquarie Capital's Investment Banking Analyst Program


Patrick Knise, Vice President, 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.

Garrett B. Schires

Vice President, Business Development

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Garrett B. Schires

Vice President, Business Development


Education: Harvard University (BA)

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


Garrett Schires, Vice President, 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 middle market 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.


Sentinel Board Affiliations


Current Boards

Prior Boards

Hollander Sleep Products

 

Rachel C. Cantor

Senior Associate

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Rachel C. Cantor

Senior Associate


Education: University of Virginia (BS; MS)

Prior Experience: SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Investment Banking Analyst Program


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

Andrew Iftode

Senior Associate

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Andrew Iftode

Senior Associate


Education: Lehigh University (BS)

Prior Experience: Morgan Stanley's Investment Banking Analyst Program


Andrew Iftode, Senior Associate, joined Sentinel in 2016 as an Associate. Previously, he spent three years in Morgan Stanley's Investment Banking Analyst Program. Andrew holds a BS in finance, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University.

George B. Appling

Associate

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George B. Appling

Associate


Education: University of Richmond (BS; BA)

Prior Experience: Wells Fargo Securities Investment Banking Program


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

James Frier

Associate

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James Frier

Associate


Education: University of Pennsylvania (BA)

Prior Experience: Houlihan Lokey's Investment Banking Analyst Program


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

Cole Shields

Associate

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Cole Shields

Associate


Education: University of Southern California (BS)

Prior Experience: Piper Jaffray Investment Banking Program


Cole Shields joined Sentinel in 2018 as an Associate from Piper Jaffray’s Investment Banking Analyst Program, where he spent two years. Cole holds a BS in business administration, with honors, from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.

Cameron A. Smith

Associate

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Cameron A. Smith

Associate


Education: University of Kansas (BS)

Prior Experience: UBS's Investment Banking Analyst Program


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

Erika K. Stanford

Associate

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Erika K. Stanford

Associate


Education: Georgetown University (BA)

Prior Experience: Jefferies' Investment Banking Analyst Program


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


At a Glance

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