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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Philip Scheuerman

Associate
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Prior to joining Great Range Capital, Philip was an analyst at McCarthy Capital, a middle market private equity firm based in Omaha, NE with $1 billion of capital under management. While at McCarthy, Philip was responsible for deal screening, financial modeling, investment due diligence and portfolio company oversight.

 

Previously, Philip worked as an analyst in the Healthcare Investment Banking Group at Piper Jaffray in Minneapolis, MN. While at Piper, Philip was involved in a broad range of investment banking transactions including M&A advisory, debt and equity financings and leveraged buyouts. Prior to Piper, Philip was a CPA for KPMG in Washington, D.C., where he served as a senior associate.

 

Philip graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in accounting and finance.

 

You can reach Philip at 913-378-0857 or philip.scheuerman@greatrangecapital.com.

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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.

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Desire' Bates

Office Manager
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Prior to joining Great Range Capital, Desire’ was a director of process improvement and project management at Pioneer Services, a division of MidCounty Bank. Desire’ was responsible for overseeing the project management office and business system implementations. She also has experience in the areas of new product development and human resources.

 

Desire’ graduated from the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at University of Missouri—Kansas City with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

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