Great Range Capital Welcomes Monica Reinert as Director of Business Development
Great Range Capital would like to welcome our newest member to the team, Monica Reinert. With her background in both business operations and private equity, Monica is the perfect fit for our Director of Business Development role.
Midwest is Best
Born and raised in Kansas City, Monica has more than just the right address to work at GRC. She shares our passion for legacy businesses, the towns they’re a part of, and the people behind them. “We’re so excited to have Monica join our team,” said Ryan Sprott, Managing Partner. “Her strong background in operations and private equity, along with her passion for building relationships and orchestrating solutions, will be a huge asset to our firm and our partners.”
An Uncommon Path
Monica graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and a goal of working for the EPA in Dallas. “I was born on Earth Day, so it seemed like a calling,” she laughed. But after moving to Texas, Monica’s hopes and plans dissolved: The EPA wasn’t willing to hire her—even for the most entry-level positions. “I think moving eight hours from home without locking down a job first shows my entrepreneurial spirit,” she said. “I just believed it would all work out.”
With only one month’s rent in the bank and no EPA job, Monica joined a college acquaintance who’d started a tooling and plastic injection molding company. This would be the first of many entrepreneurs and early-stage companies she would partner with over the course of her career, working in marketing, sales, customer service, training, auditing and operations.
After three years in Dallas, Monica made her way back to Kansas City where she took a job with the Kauffman Foundation. She filled various positions within the organization, but it was her role as Operations Manager of the Kauffman Fellows Program, a venture capital fellowship, that forever changed her career trajectory. “Looking back, I really didn’t understand venture capital when I took the job,” Monica explained. “But then I gained exposure to this whole new path for entrepreneurs and their businesses and received a very valuable education.”
Monica put that knowledge to work for a few early-stage companies in Kansas City and eventually bought a company of her own. In 2011, she joined the growing team at KBP Investments, a Kansas City-based quick-service restaurant franchisee, where she was part of the leadership team, assisted with M&A integration (including onboarding nine acquisitions consisting of 295 restaurants in just over five years), and became an investor.
The more business operations experience Monica acquired, the more she wanted to focus on helping companies grow through investment. After earning her MBA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, she joined an independent private equity sponsor focused on manufacturing and B2B services. For three years, she led proprietary deal sourcing efforts, generated strategic growth plans, and managed capital raises.
Outside of the office, Monica enjoys spending time with her family, rooting for the Chiefs and Royals, and traveling.
Christie McFall has decided to step down from the Director of Business Development role to pursue her marketing passion with a return to the agency world. We wish her all the best in her new endeavors and thank her for her past contributions. She will always be a part of the GRC team.
If you have any tips for Monica–whether about business or travel–don’t hesitate to contact her by phone at 913.378.0853 or by email at email@example.com.