Team

INVESTMENT TEAM
Jesse Rogers
Steve Brownlie
Randall Eason
Casey Lynch
Keoni Schwartz

Jonathan Altman
Alex Rolfe

Iain Bridges
Sam Gaynor
Melissa Francis
Kevin Mason
Greg Ruiz

Nicolas Priem
Chase Beeler
Greg Corkran
Michael Davidov
Wande Olabisi
Steve Rizoli

Henry Anderson
Cait Bartlett
Sahil Bloom
Taylor Bradley
Eric Li
Bridget Meaney
CAPITAL MARKETS & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Kristin Johnson
Pete Meyerdirk
Brian Owusu

PORTFOLIO OPERATIONS
Jim Kunihiro
Jason Friedrichs
Kai Li

FUND OPERATIONS
Carol Pereira
Ilona Blanoutsa

Jesse Rogers is Co-Founder and Managing Director of ACP. Previously, Jesse co-founded and was Co-Principal Managing Director of Golden Gate Capital (GGC). Prior to co-founding GGC, Jesse was a long time partner at Bain & Company, where he founded and served as the Global Head of Bain’s Private Equity Group (PEG). Under his leadership, Bain’s PEG became the global leader in this business. He was also a Director and was elected to the firm’s Governance Committee. Jesse was also an officer of J.P. Morgan. He received a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Stanford University.

Jesse is a current or past member of the Board of Directors of a number of public and private companies, including: Beringer Wine Estates, CCCS, Cydcor / 2020, Employer’s Direct Insurance, Endurance Re (observer), Eye Care Centers of America, Herbalife, Interstate National, Lexicon, Makena Capital (observer), Pinnacle, Rocket Dog, Ruiz Food Products, Tactical Holdings, and TauTona. In addition, he has served on several non-profit boards, including: Common Sense Media, Stanford University’s DAPER Investment Fund, The Stanford Athletic Board Executive Committee, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) and the United Way of the Bay Area.
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Steve Brownlie is a Managing Director of ACP. Prior to ACP, Steve was a Vice President at Lazard Alternative Investments and a Senior Associate at Golden Gate Capital where he focused on investments in the consumer products and retail sectors. He has also completed transactions in the financial services, industrial, and business services sectors. Prior to joining GGC, Steve worked as an investment professional at American Securities Capital Partners and an investment banking analyst in the Mergers and Acquisitions group of Credit Suisse. Steve received a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University.
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Randall Eason is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of ACP. Prior to ACP, Randall was a Principal at Golden Gate Capital, where he was co-Domain Lead for the firm’s investments in the industrials vertical and also completed transactions in the consumer products and technology sectors. In addition, Randall helped to build and manage the firm’s credit investing activities, working extensively on the firm’s debt investing portfolio company, GGC Credit Opportunities. Previously, Randall was a consultant at Bain & Company in the San Francisco office and he worked in the Business Development group at Williams-Sonoma, Inc., evaluating future growth opportunities and implementing operational improvements. Randall received an M.A. degree in Sociology (Organizational Theory) from Stanford University and a B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, in Economics from Stanford University.
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Casey Lynch is a Managing Director of ACP. Prior to joining ACP, Casey Lynch spent 14 years as a middle market private equity investor. Most recently, Casey was a Partner of SFW Capital Partners L.L.C., a middle-market private equity fund with $300 million under management. Prior to joining SFW Capital, Casey was a Partner at Parthenon Capital L.L.C., a middle market private equity fund with $1.5 billion under management, where he led the healthcare investment activity for the firm. Previously, Casey also served as a Vice President of North Castle Partners L.L.C., a private equity fund focused on consumer healthcare products and services. Casey began his career at Bain & Company in the San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. Casey has a Masters of Science in Management from Stanford University Graduate School of Business as well as a B.A. in Public Policy from Stanford University.
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Keoni Schwartz is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of ACP. Prior to ACP, Keoni was a Principal at Golden Gate Capital, where he served as Domain Lead for the firm’s investments in the financial services vertical and also completed transactions in the consumer products and technology sectors. In addition, Keoni helped to build and manage the firm’s public equities investing activities, working extensively on the firm’s public equity investing vehicle, GGC Public Opportunities. Prior to joining GGC, Keoni worked as a consultant in both the Boston and San Francisco offices of Bain & Company. Previously, Keoni also worked as a consultant for The Bridgespan Group, a 501(c)(3) consulting firm. Keoni received a B.A. in History with honors from Princeton University.
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Jonathan Altman is a Principal of ACP. He has a combination of private equity, start-up, operating, and consulting experience. Prior to ACP, Jonathan was President of ClearMechanic, a software business that improves the car repair process. Before that he worked at Berkshire Partners, LLC, a private equity fund, where he initiated investments and helped manage portfolio companies in the business services, retail and consumer sectors. Prior to that, Jonathan worked in Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc.’s real estate group. He began his career at Bain & Company in the Boston and New York offices. Jonathan received an M.B.A from Harvard Business School with distinction as a Baker Scholar and graduated from Dartmouth College as valedictorian.
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Alex Rolfe is a Principal of ACP. Prior to ACP, Alex was a Principal at Alpine Investors, L.P. where he focused on investments in the software, business services and gaming sectors. Prior to Alpine, Alex worked at Golden Gate Capital, where he completed transactions in the technology and retail sectors. Alex began his career as a consultant at Bain & Company. Alex received an M.B.A. with distinction as an Arjay Miller Scholar from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, from Dartmouth College.
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Iain Bridges is a Vice President of ACP. Prior to ACP Iain worked at Cambrian Capital, an energy and natural resources investment fund covering the oil and gas sectors. At Cambrian, he was a Research Analyst, responsible for all facets from developing investment ideas to execution of the investment and management of the position. Prior to Cambrian, Iain was a senior associate at The Parthenon Group in both the Boston and San Francisco offices, where he worked across a number of industries including publishing, food and beverage, education and a variety of private equity due diligence projects. Iain received an MBA with honors from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. with honors in economics from Harvard University.
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Sam Gaynor is a Vice President of ACP. Prior to ACP, Sam was a Consultant in The Boston Consulting Group's Dallas office, working primarily with clients in the consumer and technology sectors. Sam received a B.A. in Economics and Chinese from Washington University in St. Louis.
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Melissa Francis is a Vice President of ACP. Prior to ACP, Melissa worked at GTCR, a Chicago-based private equity firm, where she focused on investments in the healthcare sector. Prior to joining GTCR, Melissa worked in the Healthcare Investment Banking group at Goldman Sachs. Melissa received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
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Kevin Mason is a Vice President of ACP. Prior to ACP, Kevin was the Director of Operations at Vizzia Technologies, a technology-enabled healthcare services firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. Before that he worked as an investment professional at Fenway Partners focused on the business services, consumer and transportation sectors. Kevin began his career as an investment banking analyst at Merrill Lynch. Kevin graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University.
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Greg Ruiz is a Vice President of ACP. Prior to ACP, Greg worked at Friedman, Fleischer & Lowe, a San Francisco-based private equity firm. At Friedman, Fleischer & Lowe, he focused on investments in the consumer, business services, and education sectors. Greg began his career as an analyst at Goldman Sachs. Greg received an M.B.A. with distinction as an Arjay Miller Scholar from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in Public Policy from Princeton University.
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Nicolas Priem is a Senior Associate of ACP. Prior to ACP, Nicolas was a Senior Associate Consultant in the Los Angeles and Brussels offices of Bain & Company. At Bain, he advised clients in the consumer, healthcare, and private equity sectors. Nicolas received a Masters in General Management from the Vlerick Leuven Ghent Management School and a MA in Finance from the Catholic University of Leuven, as well as completed his CFA level III.
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Chase Beeler is an Associate of ACP. Chase received an M.A. in Russian and Soviet History from Stanford University and a B.A. in History from Stanford University and previously played in the National Football League.
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Greg Corkran is an Associate of ACP. Prior to ACP, Greg was a Consultant in The Boston Consulting Group’s Dallas office, working primarily with clients in the healthcare and travel & tourism sectors. Greg received a B.A. in Economics and History from the University of Virginia.
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Michael Davidov is an Associate of ACP. Prior to ACP, Mr. Davidov was a Senior Associate Consultant in the Los Angeles office of Bain & Company. At Bain he advised clients in the aerospace and defense, pharmaceutical, utility, and media sectors. Michael received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Wande Olabisi is an Associate of ACP. Prior to ACP, Mr. Olabisi was a Business Analyst in Mckinsey & Company’s San Francisco office. At Mckinsey, he worked across various industries (e.g., aerospace, medical device, mining, industrials) on operations and strategy engagements. Prior to Mckinsey, Mr. Olabisi was a professional baseball player in the San Diego Padres organization. Wande received an M.S. in Management Science & Engineering and a B.S. in Biomechanical Engineering from Stanford University where he was a recipient of two Dean’s Awards for Academic Achievement.
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Steve Rizoli is an Associate of ACP. Prior to ACP, Steve was an Associate Consultant in L.E.K. Consulting’s Boston and London offices. At L.E.K., he worked with North American, Asian, and European clients, primarily in the travel & tourism, private equity, retail & consumer products, and basic industries practices. Steve received an A.B. in History from Harvard University.
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Henry Anderson is an Analyst of ACP. Henry received a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Italian from Dartmouth College.
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Cait Bartlett is an Analyst of ACP. Cait received a B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, in Public Policy from Princeton University.
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Sahil Bloom is an Analyst of ACP. Sahil received an M.A. in Public Policy and a B.A. in Economics and Sociology from Stanford University, where he twice received the Bruce Cameron Memorial Award for Excellence in Academics, Athletics, and Leadership stemming from his contributions as a member of the varsity baseball team.
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Taylor Bradley is an Analyst of ACP. Taylor received a B.A. in Economics modified with History, magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College.
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Eric Li is an Analyst of ACP. Eric graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Bridget Meaney is an Analyst of ACP. Bridget received a B.S. in Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, from Duke University.
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Kristin Johnson is the Director of Business Development of ACP. Prior to ACP, Kristin was a Principal in the fundraising group at TPG Capital, where she helped raise capital for the firm and manage investor relations. Previously, Kristin was a Managing Director in Morgan Stanley’s corporate finance department, focused on working with private equity clients, for 10 years. Kristin began her career as a Consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton, focused on marketing-intensive clients. Kristin received an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in Math and Economics from Pomona College.
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Pete Meyerdirk is Principal of Business Development and Capital Markets at ACP, focused on the firm’s relationships with intermediaries, as well as financing for ACP’s portfolio companies. Prior to ACP, Pete was a Vice President in Morgan Stanley’s investment banking department, working with financial sponsor clients. Previously, Pete worked at GI Partners, a middle-market private equity firm, where he worked across a number of sectors, including data centers, wineries, specialty lending, and homebuilding. He also served as CFO of Duckhorn Wine Company, a GI Partners portfolio company. Pete started his career at Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, where he worked on the Brand/Sales strategy team. Pete received an BA with honors in Social Studies from Harvard College.
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Brian Owusu is an analyst of ACP. Brian earned his B.A. in Economics from Harvard University where he was a recipient of the Joe Restic Award for Leadership, Scholarship, and Integrity as a member of the Harvard football team.
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Jim Kunihiro is a Director of Portfolio Operations at ACP. Prior to ACP, Mr. Kunihiro spent over seventeen years driving profitable growth across numerous businesses, including eight years at Bain & Company and seven years at Clayton, Dubilier, & Rice portfolio companies as head of Strategy and Marketing. Mr. Kunihiro was most recently Chief Marketing Officer at Sears. Prior to Sears, Mr. Kunihiro served as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Marketing at ServiceMaster and Executive Vice President of Strategy and Marketing at Culligan International. Mr. Kunihiro holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Kunihiro is a current or past member of the Board of Directors of Anytime Fitness, Aftermath, and Make-A-Wish of the Midsouth.
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Jason Friedrichs is a Principal of ACP where he works on Portfolio Operations. Jason partners with management teams to drive change with ACP’s portfolio companies. Prior to joining ACP, Jason worked with the portfolio companies of private equity firm Advent International. As a Vice President, he drove strategic initiatives which created a foundation for growth at a family-run healthcare technology / business service firm, Connolly. He also led teams to drive multiple operational improvements that supported the successful turnaround at Charlotte Russe, a fast-fashion retailer. Jason began his career at Bain & Company. While working in Bain’s New York, Sydney, Boston and San Francisco offices, he helped drive organizational transformations and successful growth strategies across the telecom/technology, consumer, and business services industries. Jason received an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. with honors from Yale University.
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Kai Li is a Vice President of Portfolio Operations at ACP. Previously, he was part of the Clinical Operations team at Paladina Health, a direct primary care subsidiary of DaVita Healthcare Partners. Before that, he was a senior associate at ACP, focusing on investments in the healthcare services sector. Kai began his career at Bain & Company in the San Francisco and Hong Kong offices, where he advised clients in the health insurance, biopharma, technology, and telecom industries. Kai received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.
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Carol Pereira is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of ACP. Prior to ACP, Carol was the Chief Financial Officer of Opus Capital Group, a venture capital firm focused on seed and early stage IT investments, where she was responsible for all of the administrative and financial operations of the firm, including leading and managing the accounting, control, budgeting and financial reporting functions, producing quarterly and year-end limited partner financial and investment reports and assisting with fundraising. Previously, Carol was the Chief Financial Officer of Red Rock Ventures, an early stage IT venture capital firm. Prior to that, Carol was the Chief Financial Officer of Strata Biosciences, a functional genomics company. She was also the Chief Financial Officer of TeleSoft Partners, a venture capital firm focused on technology, communications and energy value chain companies. Carol’s earlier experience includes more than a decade in investment banking with The First Boston Corporation, Sterling Payot Company and HW Jesse & Co. Carol received an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and a B.Sc. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a B.Sc. in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Ilona Blanoutsa is the Director of Finance of ACP. Prior to ACP, she was the SVP of Finance at Tenaya Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in early growth technology companies. Previously, Ilona was the VP of Finance at Opus Capital, a venture capital firm focused on seed and early stage technology companies. Prior to that, Ilona was an audit manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers serving venture capital firms, healthcare and technology companies. Ilona received a B.S. in Economics from the International University of Moscow, Russia and holds CPA (Certified Public Accountants) and ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) qualifications.
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