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Our People

A Long History of Family Ties, Midwest Roots and Enterprise-Grade Experience

Great Range Capital’s founders, Ryan Sprott and Paul Maxwell are more than business partners. They are brothers-in-law. Both Kansas City natives, they graduated from the University of Kansas and went on to work for well-known and respected investment banking and private equity firms on the east coast prior to returning to the Midwest and establishing Great Range Capital. The two have worked on approximately $5 billion worth of private equity transactions across a broad range of industries and deal types. And, they have built a private equity investment firm that values the work ethics, dedication and discipline that Heartland-based companies are known for.

The Team

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Ryan Sprott

Managing Partner
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Prior to co-founding Great Range Capital in 2010, Ryan Sprott was a managing director and partner of DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, the private equity division of Credit Suisse, in New York. DLJMBP was focused on middle market buyouts and growth capital and invested more than $10 billion of private equity capital. Ryan also worked with DLJ Growth Capital Partners, the lower middle-market fund within Credit Suisse’s merchant banking group.

 

While at DLJMBP, Ryan completed transactions across many sectors, including industrial and business services, healthcare, media, energy, and retail/consumer. He was responsible for deal sourcing, investment due diligence, deal execution and portfolio company oversight. Before joining the private equity division, Ryan worked in the Natural Resources Group at Credit Suisse, where he worked on a variety of M&A, debt and equity transactions for corporate clients in the energy industry.

 

You can reach Ryan at 913-378-0850 or ryan.sprott@greatrangecapital.com.

Paul-Maxwell

Paul Maxwell

Managing Partner
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Prior to co-founding Great Range Capital in 2010, Paul was a principal at Monitor Clipper Partners, a middle market private equity firm that was affiliated with the strategic consulting firm Monitor Group in Boston, MA. Before joining Monitor Clipper, Paul worked with private equity firm Fenway Partners in New York. While with Monitor Clipper and Fenway, Paul was responsible for originating and executing transactions in the healthcare, business services, consumer, and manufacturing industries, among others. In addition, Paul worked extensively with portfolio companies on operational improvements, financings, acquisitions, and divestitures.

 

Previously, Paul worked for investment bank Salomon Smith Barney (Citigroup) in New York, where he worked on debt, equity and M&A assignments for the firm’s financial sponsor clients.

 

You can reach Paul at 913-378-0855 or paul.maxwell@greatrangecapital.com.

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Mark Robinson

Principal
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Prior to joining Great Range Capital in 2011, Mark was an associate at Wind Point Partners, a middle market private equity firm in Chicago, IL, with $2.5 billion under management. While at Wind Point, Mark was responsible for investment due diligence, deal execution, financings and portfolio company oversight across a variety of industries, including consumer, industrial services and industrial products.

 

Previously, Mark worked at Piper Jaffray, a middle market investment bank based in Minneapolis, MN. While at Piper he focused on the healthcare industry, working with clients on M&A, debt and equity transactions.

 

Mark graduated with distinction from the University of Kansas with a degree in finance.

 

You can reach Mark at 913-378-0852 or mark.robinson@greatrangecapital.com

Pete-Fields

Pete Fields

Associate
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Prior to joining Great Range Capital, Pete was an associate at LaSalle Capital Group, a lower middle market private equity firm based in Chicago, IL, with $330 million of capital under management. While at LaSalle, Pete was responsible for deal screening, financial modeling, investment due diligence and portfolio company oversight with a focus on the food and industrial products industries.

 

Previously, Pete worked as an analyst at Piper Jaffray Merchant Banking, a late-stage, growth equity fund based in Minneapolis, MN. As part of the PJMB team, Pete evaluated and executed equity investments in companies across multiple industries, including healthcare, clean technology and industrial products.

 

Pete graduated with distinction from the University of Kansas with a degree in finance.

 

You can reach Pete at 913-378-0854 or pete.fields@greatrangecapital.com.

Larry-Flanagan

Larry Flanagan

Associate
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Prior to joining Great Range Capital, Larry was an analyst in the Consumer Products and Retail Investment Banking Group at UBS in New York City. While at UBS, Larry was involved in a broad range of investment banking transactions including M&A advisory, debt and equity financings and leveraged buyouts. Previously, Larry was an intern with Great Range Capital while completing undergraduate studies.

 

Larry graduated with highest distinction from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in finance and a concentration in international business. Larry is also an Officer in the Army National Guard.

 

You can reach Larry at 913-378-0856 or larry.flanagan@greatrangecapital.com.

Tracy-Christian

Tracy Christian

Chief Financial Officer
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Tracy is a licensed certified public accountant with over twenty years of experience assisting companies in a variety of consulting capacities. She began her career with the international public accounting firm Ernst & Young. While working as a manager for Ernst & Young, she was responsible for supervising staff as well as planning, organizing and administering all facets of audit engagements and other consulting projects for businesses in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneurial Services Group.

 

In 1996, Tracy began her own consulting practice where she has served businesses primarily in the private equity, manufacturing, airline and high-tech industries. She performs outsourced CFO services for her clients and her consulting projects have included accounting and investor relations for private equity firms, developing and performing due diligence procedures for acquisitions, assisting with the preparation for financial statement audits, initial public offerings and the preparation and filing of registration statements, analyzing and streamlining business processes, and designing models for financial statement and cash flow forecasting.

 

Ms. Christian received her accounting degree from the University of Tulsa where she graduated with honors in 1989.

 

You can reach Tracy at tracy.christian@greatrangecapital.com.

Industry Advisors & Operating Partners

A. Joseph Brandmeyer

Enturia, Inc.
Founder
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Mr. Brandmeyer founded and served as the Chairman of Enturia, Inc. (originally named Medi-Flex), a manufacturer of disposable antiseptic applicators for medical facilities. Mr. Brandmeyer began the company in 1985 after acquiring antiseptic product lines from Marion Laboratories, Inc. In May 2008, Enturia was sold to Cardinal Health for nearly $500 million. Prior to founding Enturia, he served as the President of the scientific division of Marion Laboratories, Inc.

David B. Dillon

The Kroger Co.
Former Chairman & CEO
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Mr. Dillon is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR). Today the company employs 450,000 associates who serve customers in more than 2,800 supermarkets under two dozen names. Kroger also operates 28 food-processing plants, and convenience stores and jewel stores.

 

Dave served in a variety of leadership roles since joining the Dillons Company in 1976 with its King Soopers division in Denver, Colorado. During his career, he also served in various positions with Fry’s Food Stores and with the Dillon Companies prior to being named president of Dillon Companies in 1986.

 

He was appointed executive vice president of Kroger in 1990 and was elected president and chief operating officer of the company in 1995. Dave was named CEO of Kroger in 2003.

 

Dave’s current and former Board of Director or Trustee roles include: Kroger, Union Pacific, 3M, Convergys Corporation, Bethesda, Inc., Catalyst, University of Kansas Hospital, MRI Global, University of Cincinnati Foundation, Urban League of Greater Cincinnati and University of Kansas Endowment. Dave holds a B.S. in business from the University of Kansas and a J.D. from Southern Methodist University.

William P. Egan

Alta Communications
Founder and General Partner
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Mr. Egan is a founder and General Partner of Alta Communications, a Boston-based private equity firm specializing in equity investments in media and communications companies. Since its inception, Alta has managed private equity funds representing $1.5 billion in com-mitted capital for investors, including several of the world’s most prominent university endowments and pension funds. Mr. Egan also founded Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co., Alta’s predecessor firm, in 1979, where he identified and supported several of America’s leading growth companies in the information technology, life sciences, and communication industries.

 

Prior to founding Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co., Mr. Egan was a partner at TA Associates. Mr. Egan began his career as a manager of Venture Capital for the New England Enterprise Capital Corporation. Other past and present leadership roles that Mr. Egan has held include: president and chairman of the National Venture Capital Association, trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, member of the board of overseers at the Wharton School, and trustee of Fairfield University. Mr. Egan is also a member of the Board of Directors of CRH plc. Mr. Egan holds a degree in economics from Fairfield University and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance.

Bob Fasso

GirtonLLL Chairman,
President and CEO
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Mr. Fasso assists GRC in sourcing, performing diligence and assisting portfolio companies with a particular focus in the transportation and logistics sector. He is currently the chairman, president and CEO of GirtonLLL, a liquid bulk hauling company and GRC Portfolio Company, based in Mission, Kansas.

 

Mr. Fasso has a history of turnaround and growth leadership at private and public transportation companies of $40 million to over $2 billion in annual revenues. Mr. Fasso founded Evergreen Management, a business management consultancy with a focus in the transportation and logistics industry and specializing in start-up, undervalued or underperforming companies.

 

Prior to Evergreen, Mr. Fasso was the president and CEO of Central Freight Lines, a $400 million regional LTL truck line, where he led a successful turnaround and subsequent IPO. Before that Mr. Fasso was an officer of USFreightways Corporation and president of the USF Regional Carrier Group, overseeing the five LTL and one TL group of truck lines, with revenues of $2.2 billion, 18,000 employees, 257 terminal locations, 21,000 trailers and 9,000 tractors. Mr. Fasso was also the CEO at three of the USF trucking subsidiaries where he completed successful turnarounds while managing the consolidated group to industry leading profit and growth.

 

Mr. Fasso served on the boards of Bestway, a Southwest $150 million regional carrier, Red Star, a Northeast $300 million regional carrier, Dugan, a $200 million Midwest regional carrier and Central Freight Lines, a $400 million Western States regional carrier. Mr. Fasso has also served on the Executive Committee and on the Board of Directors of the American Trucking Association and has been the president and partner of Southwest Premier Properties, which owned commercial and industrial properties, with more than $110 million of appraised value.

W. Thomas Grant, II

LabOne
Former CEO
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Tom Grant served as CEO of one of the nation’s largest life reinsurance companies called BMA from 1983 to 1990 until the sale of the company to Generali in 1990. In 1995, Mr. Grant took over as CEO of an insurance testing laboratory called Home Office Reference Laboratory that had been a subsidiary of BMA. Mr. Grant changed the name of the company to LabOne, and diversified the insurance lab’s business. The company expanded its product offering in the risk assessment market and expanded into the toxicology and clinical lab business growing the business from $50 million in sales to just under $600 million in sales by 2005. LabOne became the largest central lab in the North American continent testing approximately 60,000 people a day and generating well over 1,000,000 tests per year. In November of 2005, LabOne was acquired by Quest Diagnostics for a little under $1 billion.

 

Mr. Grant’s past and present board of director roles include: AMC Entertainment, Inc., Assicurazioni Generali Life Insurance Company, BMA, LabOne, Inc., Commerce Bancshares and Kansas City Power and Light, among others.

 

Mr. Grant has a B.A. from the University of Kansas and an M.B.A. from Wharton, University of Pennsylvania.

Jeff Hale

GirtonLLL
CFO
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Mr. Hale is a licensed certified public accountant with over 25 years of experience as the chief financial officer for four transportation companies ranging in size from $20 million to $400 million of annual revenue. He has extensive experience handling complex accounting, treasury, information technology, operating tax, human resource, and legal issues. Mr. Hale assists GRC in sourcing, performing diligence, and assisting portfolio companies with a particular focus on the transportation sector. He is currently the CFO of GirtonLLL, a liquid bulk hauling company and GRC portfolio company based in Mission, KS.

 

Mr. Hale began his career as an accountant for Big State Freight Lines, a less than truckload (LTL) carrier based in Texas. He progressed to CFO and a board member of Big State, which in 1989 was purchased by USFreightways (USF), a publicly traded $2.2 billion transportation company. Big State was merged into USF Bestway, a $150 million subsidiary company of USF, and Mr. Hale was named CFO of the surviving company. In 2002 Mr. Hale left USF to join Central Freight Lines, a $400 million regional LTL carrier based in Texas, as CFO. At Central, Mr. Hale was a key member of the team that took the company public in 2003.

John Janitz

Evergreen Capital Partners
Co-Founder and Chairman
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Janitz supports The Gores Group by sourcing investment opportunities and advising on strategy, technology, manufacturing and operations matters in the industrial sector. Evergreen has previously been engaged by TowerBrook Capital Partners where Mr. Janitz was a member of the Management Advisory Board and by DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, the Private equity arm of Credit Suisse where he held the position of Chairman – Global Industrial Partners Prior to forming Evergreen, Mr. Janitz served as Co-Managing Principal for Questor Partners Funds, a $1 billion private equity turnaround fund. Before that Mr. Janitz was President, Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Board of Textron Inc. a NYSE-listed multi-industry company with over $12 billion in worldwide sales. Before Textron, Mr. Janitz was an Executive Vice President with TRW Inc. a multi-national company providing advanced technology products and services. In addition, he served as President of Wickes Manufacturing Company, and held a number of key executive positions with Wickes’ predecessor company, Gulf+Western Industries, Inc. Mr. Janitz began his career with Ford Motor Company. Mr. Janitz holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Villanova University, an M.B.A. from Eastern Michigan University and is a graduate of the Harvard University Advanced Management Program. Mr. Janitz is a director of Kodak (NYSE:KODK), STR Holdings LLC (NYSE:STRI), Sparton Corp. (NYSE:SPA), Aerostar Logistics, Davalor Mold, Continental Structural Plastics, Taco Inc., Store It Cold, TurbineAero and US Farathane.

Scott C. Marden

CIP Capital
Managing Director
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Scott C. Marden is managing director of CIP Capital, a middle-market private equity fund targeting the business information and services industry. Previously, he was chairman, Information & Media Partners, DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, Credit-Suisse, where he was responsible for overseeing the firm’s equity investments in media, entertainment and information services companies and sat on the Investment Committee of DLJ Merchant Banking.

 

Before joining Credit-Suisse, Scott was president, Information and Media segment of The McGraw-Hill Companies, where he served as a member of McGraw-Hill’s management committee. He was responsible for managing all of the operations within this segment, including The BusinessWeek Group, The McGraw-Hill Broadcasting Group, and The Business Information Group, which included McGraw-Hill Construction, The Aviation Week Group, Platts and JD Power and Associates. Before joining McGraw-Hill, Scott was a partner with Compass Partners International, L.L.C. where he originated and executed private equity transactions for its $917 million European private equity fund.

 

Mr. Marden spent over ten years in financial services, directing the media, entertainment and information services investment banking practices at Bear Stearns & Co., Schroder & Co., and Bankers Trust Company. Further, in addition to McGraw-Hill, he served in senior management roles at: CBS, Inc., where he was president of CBS International Publishing and Broadcasting; Marvel Entertainment Group, as president and chief operating officer, and; Philips Electronics where as president and C.E.O. of Philips Media, a $1.5 billion division, where he held worldwide operating responsibility for Philips software, digital broadband and service businesses. Mr. Marden holds a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and has completed his doctoral coursework from the University of Chicago, where he also received a master’s degree in international policy from the University of Chicago’s Harris School. He has served on several corporate boards including Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Advanstar, Inc., Marvel Entertainment, Whittle Communications, General Magic, Navteq, and United Pan European Communications, and is a trustee of the Museum of the Moving Image.

Dominick J. Schiano

Evergreen Capital Partners LLC
President and Co-founder
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Dominick J. Schiano is president and co-founding partner of Evergreen Capital Partners LLC. Evergreen provides advisory services and co-invests with private equity sponsors under exclusive contractual relationships. Evergreen is affiliated with The Gores Group where Mr. Schiano is responsible for sourcing investment opportunities, and for providing strategic, operational and financial guidance to the firm with respect to portfolio company investments in the industrial sector.

 

Evergreen has previously been engaged by TowerBrook Capital Partners where Mr. Schiano was a member of the Management Advisory Board and by DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, the private equity arm of Credit Suisse where he held the position of vice chairman – global industrial partners. Prior to forming Evergreen, Mr. Schiano served as a managing director and member of the Investment Committee of Questor Partners Funds.

 

Previously, Mr. Schiano served in various executive roles at Textron Inc., including executive vice president and CFO of Textron Automotive, executive vice president and CFO of Textron Fastening Systems, Inc., and finally as executive vice president and general manager of Textron Fastening Systems Inc. (Threaded Products Group). Prior to Textron, Mr. Schiano held senior positions at TRW Inc., where he was responsible for mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, licensing, and strategic alliances. Prior to that, Mr. Schiano held progressively responsible finance, M&A and operating roles at Wickes Companies Inc., its predecessor, Gulf+Western Industries Inc. and Emerson Electric Company Inc.

 

Mr. Schiano attended Long Island University, majoring in finance and has completed the University of Pennsylvania – Wharton School Management Development Program and the Northwestern University – Kellogg School Mergers and Acquisitions Program.

Charles R. Yoon

Bregal Partners
Managing Partner
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Charles Yoon has more than two decades of experience in the private equity industry, with an investment focus primarily targeting the consumer, food, and multi-unit retail industries.

 

He serves on the boards of American Seafoods Partners, TDBBS, Blue Harvest Fisheries, United Sports Brands, Earth Fare, and Pilot Automotive. He has previously served as a director of MyEyeDr., Paradigm Tax Group, Market Track, TPI, and Merrick / Castor & Pollux.

 

Prior to joining Bregal Partners, Mr. Yoon served as a Partner of Monitor Clipper Partners in Boston. He joined MCP in 2004, and, during his tenure, the firm invested over $1.3 billion in equity capital. Prior thereto, Mr. Yoon was a Principal at Brentwood Associates. He began his private equity career in 1995 at Morgan Stanley Capital Partners.

 

Mr. Yoon holds a B.A. in economics modified with mathematics, magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College.

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