How did you end up in your line of business?
Even in law school, I was interested in business but I didn’t know that private equity would be my focus until I started practicing. As a young lawyer, I worked with founders who had started a company in their garage—literally—and were taking on a nine-figure growth capital investment. The deal was personal and, of course, financially significant to them and it was challenging and exciting to be part of the team. I loved all of it and I was hooked.
How did you first get involved with ACG Boston?
I started attending events years ago and, over time, I’ve come to see how important the organization is for deal professionals in the city. We’re a tight group here in Boston but there’s so much activity that being part of the leading network is crucial. It’s great to know there’s one group that combines the contacts, content, and resources like this.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
An early mentor harped on how connected the various pieces of a deal were. He compared it to building a house, where every detail had to be considered in light of the overall project. If we put the kitchen there, what does that mean for the plumbing? If we add this concept to the reps and warranties in the purchase agreement, what does that mean for the indemnification section? Understanding those issues helps me better achieve the client’s over-arching goals.
What is something people don’t know about you?
I won a blueberry pie eating contest at a county fair. And I haven’t had blueberry pie since.
What is your most satisfying professional accomplishment?
The most rewarding part of my job is being able to develop long term relationships with owners and sponsors and getting deals done. Growth capital investments, exit transactions, add-on acquisitions—it’s exciting to help people develop a strategy, put things in place, and realize their goals.
What is the best vacation you’ve ever had?
I had the chance to go to Brazil for the World Cup in 2014. We followed the US team for the group stage, spent a little time traveling around the country, and saw some incredible soccer. I’ve got my eye on Russia for 2018…