Geminus Capital Partners, we bring together a group of seasoned investors, advisors,
and business operators with experience across a host of industries. We have completed
dozens of buyout transactions, and served as buyers, sellers and management during
Unlike other traditional private equity firms, Geminus
Capital Partners brings unrivalled leadership and management experience to the
companies we acquire. This experience forms the cornerstone of our plans to grow
and improve the value of out investments.
Mr. Tuma is the
founder and managing partner of Geminus Capital Partners, and leads the firm's
acquisition and sourcing activities. Previously, he was the founder and CEO of
IRIS Consulting, Inc., a specialty-consulting firm that provided quantitative
and data analytic services to clients in multiple industries. At IRIS Consulting,
Mr. Tuma developed data management strategies and implemented solutions aimed
at solving critical business problems and improving operations.
clients included fortune 500 companies such as American Airlines, Texas Utilities,
HESS and other small and medium sized firms. Mr. Tuma also worked as a senior
consultant at Navigant Consulting Inc., where his clients were primarily from
the energy and customer care sectors .
Mr. Tuma received his Bachelors degree
with honors from the University of Texas, and an MBA from the Wharton Business
School, with a concentration on Restructuring and Turnaround Management. He also
obtained an MA in International Relations from the Lauder Institute at the University
Mr. Egan is a founder
and General Partner of Alta Communications. He co-founded Alta's predecessor firm,
Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co., in 1979 and has identified and backed several of
America's leading growth companies in the information technology, life sciences,
and communications industries. Prior to founding Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co.,
Mr. Egan was a Partner at TA Associates. He began his career as a Manager of Venture
Capital for New England Enterprise Capital Corporation. Mr. Egan is the past President
and Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association, a Trustee of Fairfield
University, a Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Graduate Board
Member of The Wharton School. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of
Village Voice Media and Cephalon, Inc. Mr. Egan received a degree in Economics
from Fairfield University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton
School of Finance.
career has been devoted almost exclusively to venture capital and private equity
activities, having founded Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co. in 1979. Previously,
Mr. Burr was a partner at TA Associates. In addition, he has been a member of
the Board of Directors of the New England Venture Capital Association and currently
serves on the Board of Directors of several private companies. Mr. Burr received
his Bachelors Degree, cum laude, from Harvard College and his MBA from Harvard
is currently the Managing Director of Headwaters MB. He has been the CEO or Chairman
of six middle market companies and has acquired and/or sold 55 companies in that
role. Mr. Dodson has also led multiple capital raises as CEO or Chairman with
a range of private equity firms, including TA Associates, Bain Capital, Housatonic
Partners, the Centennial Funds, and others. He currently serves as Chairman of
Wind River Management Inc., was formerly Chairman of Worldbridge Broadband Services
Inc., and has been Chairman & CEO of ADAP Inc. and Smith Alarm Inc. Mr. Dodson
has served on the boards of 16 middle market companies in which he was also a
private investor. As a board member, Mr. Dodson has played a role in numerous
debt and equity raises as well as ten significant M&A transactions. Prior
to his entrepreneurial and private equity career, Mr. Dodson worked for McKinsey
& Company. He holds a Bachelors degree in economics from Stanford University
and an MBA from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Lazier is a private investor who has made more than 130 investments in search funds. He is also the president of
American Security Products, a leading manufacturer of high-security safes. From 1984 to 2011, Mr. Lazier served as
Controller, Vice President of Sales and then Co-President of Nelson Nameplate Company, a manufacturer of membrane
switches and product identification based in Los Angeles, California. From 1982 to 1984, he worked as an engineer for
Mr. Lazier currently sits on the boards of American Security Products, Columbia Sanitary Products, Datum Technologies,
and Gogotech. He has previously served on the boards of Glendale Memorial Hospital Foundation, the San Gabriel Valley
Habitat for Humanity and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from
Grant is a Managing Partner of Coppermine Capital.
Prior to joining Coppermine, he worked at Megunticook Management, a Boston-based
venture capital firm. While at Megunticook, he served on the Boards of Carescout,
Choicelinx, Data TV Networks and Digital Reliance. Grant was previously General
Manager of Aware Records, an independent record label in Chicago, and prior to
that worked at Gund Investment Corp. and at the First National Bank of Boston.Grant
is currently serving on the Boards of Action Legal, Data TV Networks, Hunter Manufacturing,
and is an observer at Isis Maternity. He received a BA from the University of
Vermont and earned an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School
James L. Southern, III
Southern is the managing member of JS Capital Partners, an acquisition company
focused on service businesses in high growth industries. He served as Chairman
and CEO of Continental Fire & Safety Services, a privately held company providing
fire safety services to commercial and industrial customers; and Uniform Printing,
a national printer of specialty insurance forms and documents. Mr. Southern serves
or has served on the boards of ten privately held companies and is an investor
in more than 20 privately held companies. Mr. Southern received his BA from Southwestern
University and MBA from Harvard Business School.
John R. Kephart
Mr. Kephart has spent most of his career in the banking and financial services
industry, where he held numerous executive level positions. He currently serves
as the senior vice president at Washington First International Bank, where he
manages the bank's operations and leads the bank's restructuring efforts. He was
previously the executive vice president of Foundation Bank in Seattle, WA as well
as Managing Director at The Commerce Bank of Washington. He held similar positions
at Rainier National Bank. Mr. Kephart was also the CEO of Seattle based Mercury
Prime, a security software company, where he oversaw the acquisition of the company's
core technology by a new investor group. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from
the University of Washington.
Mr. Stella most recently was the Co-Founder and President of VIU Media, Puerto
Rico's largest locally-owned outdoor advertising company, which was sold to Lamar
Advertising. Prior to becoming President of VIU Media, he was the Co-Founder and
President of Quest Management Corporation, a private equity group formed to identify,
acquire, and operate a company in Puerto Rico. Previously, Mr. Stella worked at
KPMG Peat Marwick in the middle-market Mergers & Acquisitions Advisory Group.
He also worked for UBS and Chase Manhattan Bank and received the 2004 Ernst &
Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Puerto Rico. Currently he serves as a
director of Rocket Learning, LLC and Centros Sor Isolina Ferré, the largest
Puerto Rico based not-for-profit organization. Mr. Stella graduated with high
honors, with a B.A. in Economics, Finance and Investments from Babson College
and graduated cum laude with an MBA from The University of Michigan.
Mr. O'Connell is currently the Managing
Director of M2O Investments, a family investment fund. He was formerly the Managing
Director and President of Anhalt, O'Connell & Steffanci, Inc., an investment
management firm specializing in debt securities with $1 billion under management.
Previously, Mr. O'Connell owned and operated the National Lines Bureau, a ship
mooring company for the Los Angeles and Long Beach Harbors. He is currently an
investor in over 20 private companies. Mr. O'Connell received a B.A. with high
honors from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Somoza most recently was the Co-Founder
and CEO of VIU Media, Puerto Rico's largest locally-owned outdoor advertising
company, which was sold to Lamar Advertising. Prior to becoming CEO of VIU Media,
he was the Co-Founder and CEO of Quest Management Corporation, a private equity
group formed to identify, acquire, and operate a company in Puerto Rico. Previously,
Mr. Somoza worked at CS First Boston, where he was involved in structuring over
$1.2 billion in financings. He received the 2004 E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year
Award for Puerto Rico, and currently sits on the board of the Puerto Rico Convention
Bureau and EM Assist, LLC. Mr. Somoza graduated magna cum laude, with a B.A. in
Economics and Political Science, from Yale University and holds an MBA from Stanford's
Graduate School of Business.
R. Scott Asen
Mr. Asen graduated from Harvard College in 1966. In 1966 and 1967 he co-authored
a study of the put and call options markets, How to Make Money Selling Stock Options.
Mr. Asen joined the brokerage firm of Mitchell, Hutchins & Co. in 1967 where
he worked in the investment advisory department with responsibility for research
on small technology stocks. Between 1969 and 1974, Mr. Asen was a portfolio manager
with Research and Science Investors, a New York based venture capital and money
management firm. From 1974 until 1977, Mr. Asen was self-employed as a journalist
specializing in reporting on municipal finance issues. In 1977, Mr. Asen became
a general partner of Pioneer Ventures, a group of venture capital and special
situations entities created by a wealthy New York investor. Throughout the following
two decades, Mr. Asen had primary responsibility for managing the various Pioneer
Ventures entities, which were successfully liquidated over a number of years with
final payments made in 2002. Mr. Asen is currently a private investor managing
a portfolio of equity and real estate investments for his personal account. At
present, Mr. Asen sits on the boards of three privately held companies. He is
a Trustee of Groton School and The Paris Review and a board member of the Mt.
Desert Land and Garden Preserve.
Mr. Cassutt has made more than 130 investments in search funds. He is also the CFO of American Security Products, a
leading manufacturer of high-security safes. From 1984 to 2011, Mr. Cassutt was Co-President of Nelson Nameplate
Company, a manufacturer of membrane switches and product identification based in Los Angeles, California. From 1978 to
1984, he was the Controller of Bristol Corporation, the parent company of 10 manufacturing entities.
Mr. Cassutt currently sits on the boards of American Security Products, Columbia Sanitary Products, Dynamic Growth
Dental, and Positive Coaching Alliance. He received a Bachelor of Physics Degree in 1982 from the University of
California, Irvine, where he was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate. In 1986, he received an MBA from Stanford University’s
Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar and the recipient of the Alexander A. Robichek Award,
given each year to the top student in finance.
William N. Thorndike
Mr. Thorndike founded Housatonic Partners in 1994. Prior to that,
Mr. Thorndike worked with the Walker Publishing Company and T. Rowe
Mr. Thorndike is a graduate of Harvard College and the Stanford
Graduate School of Business. He is a Director of Access Information
Management; Alta Colleges; Continental Fire & Safety Services,
LLC; Carillon Assisted Living, LLC; Rapid Communications, LLC; White
Flower Farm, Inc. and a Trustee of the Groton School, the Boston
Athenaeum, and the College of the Atlantic.
The Cambria Group
Cambria Group is a private equity firm which acquires and invests in small and
mid-sized businesses across a wide range of industries and geographies. We seek
sound businesses with established operating histories, rather than startups and
turnarounds. Our principals bring a blend of operating and finance experience
and will work closely in each situation with entrepreneurial management both to
build the enterprises they run and to increase the value of those businesses.
Cambria focuses on quality businesses with revenues of under $50 million and
valuations of under $25 million, investing across a wide range of industries,
including the low-tech manufacturing, distribution and service sectors. Cambria
considers a variety of transaction types as well, from outright acquisitions to
growth equity financings.
Coppermine Capital, LLC
Coppermine Capital is a private investment firm looking to acquire small to mid-size
manufacturing and service companies with sales between $5 and $25 million. We
have a long-term investment horizon and are committed to managing and growing
our investments over many years. Coppermine Capital will play an active role in
management, but is willing to partner with existing management to create lasting
value and growth.
Housatonic Partners is a private equity investment firm founded in 1994 with over
$600 million in capital under management. We invest in growing, profitable companies
in the recurring services, media and communications industries. We have partnered
with exceptional management teams in more than fifty small to mid-sized companies
in these industries over the last thirteen years.