Three Rookie Mistakes Experienced CEOs Make in Managing a Private Equity-Backed Company, The Journal of Private Equity (Vol. 20, No. 1)

Robert Damon (Bob Damon), Partner, was recently published in The Journal of Private Equity. The article, as titled above, provides a top-line analysis of mistakes new CEOs, with deep Fortune 1000 company experience, make in running a private-equity backed company. Bob is a thirty-year veteran in advising private-equity firms on the hiring of C-level executives. In the article, Bob offers prudent advice for new CEOs as they take on these challenging assignments. Here is a link to the article:

Creating a Culture of Collaboration, by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief, Hunt Scanlon Media

Ventura Partners’ Founder Julie Ford, along with Robert Damon (Bob Damon), were interviewed by Hunt Scanlon on the topic of how the emergence and evolution of LinkedIn has compelled a new model in the recruiting industry. LinkedIn has made the recruiter’s once sacrosanct golden Rolodex virtually obsolete — and no longer a key networking differentiator. The result is widening demand for a ‘culture of collaboration’ among recruiting partners and between search firms and clients. For a look at the interview in its entirety, click the link:

Ventura Partners Recruits President for Zildjian

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5.11 Tactical (Irvine, California)  Vice President, Human Resources

The FBI Training Academy adopted the original 5.11® Pant as its training pant in 1992 forging a decade long relationship. 5.11 is now a leading brand in uniforms, tactical equipment and performance apparel/accessories for military, law enforcement and public safety personnel.

ACG Materials (Norman, Oklahoma)  Chief Financial Officer

ACG Materials, operating out of 30 locations in the United States and Canada, mines, mills, processes, and distributes minerals and aggregates to a wide variety of end-use industries.  The company is owned by HIG Capital.

Affinitiv (Chicago, Illinois)  Chief Financial Officer

Affinitiv, a CIP Capital company, is a marketing technology company built on advanced analytics and a leading-edge technology platform, enabling car manufacturers (OEMs) and dealers to produce, manage, measure, and optimize multi-channel communications.

Big 10  (Confidential)

Successfully identified and recruited a defensive coordinator for one of the Power 5 conference schools.

Boyd Corporation (Modesto, California)  Chief Financial Officer

Genstar Capital-owned Boyd Corporation is a global manufacturer and market leader in engineered rubber, plastic, metal, flexible environmental sealing and energy management solutions.

Community Investors, Inc. (Denver, Colorado)  Chief Financial Officer

Community Investors, owned by CIP Capital, is a leading technology company providing SaaS-based solutions to businesses and groups dedicated to the support of homeowners.

Confluence Outdoor (Greenville, South Carolina)  Chief Financial Officer

Confluence Outdoor, a premiere designer and manufacturer of canoes, kayaks and accessories, is the country’s leading provider of watersport products.  Owned by J.H. Whitney & Co., Confluence is committed to helping every customer find their paddling passion.

Dakine (Hood River, Oregon)  Chief Financial Officer

Located at the base of Mt. Hood in Hood River, Oregon, Altamont Capital-owned Dakine builds backpacks, travel bags, accessories, outerwear and clothing for people who love to surf, snowboard, skateboard, mountain bike, ski, windsurf, kiteboard and travel.

G-Form (Providence, Rhode Island)  Chief Executive Officer

Founded by athletes that shared a vision for using advanced polymer technology to revolutionize impact protection and vibration dampening for competition, G-Form uses a rate dependent material that stiffens on impact to absorb energy.

Lindora Clinic (Costa Mesa, California)  Chief Marketing Officer

Lindora Clinic is America’s leading clinical weight management provider and enjoys a reputation as the gold standard in weight management.

Nixon Watches (Encinitas, California)  Adidas Brand Manager

Blending style and sport, Nixon produces premium watches and accessories for the active/lifestyle consumer.

Southeastern Conference  (Confidential)

Worked alongside our client, one of the Power 5 college conference, to identify and successfully recruit an offensive coordinator.

Sheex (Sarasota, Florida / Marlton, New Jersey)  Chief Merchandising Officer

Sheex is the creator and disruptive leader in premium performance bedding and sleepwear that breathes better than traditional cotton and regulates body temperature for a cool and dry slumber through the night.

Valtris Specialty Chemicals (Independence, Ohio)  Chief Financial Officer

A carve-out of Ferro Corporation, HIG Capital-owned Valtris is a leading provider of specialty chemicals, serving industries as diverse as building and construction, packaging, consumer goods, transportation and oilfield additives.

Avedis Zildjian Company (Norwell, Massachusetts)  President

The global leader in cymbals, drumsticks and other percussion products, Zildjian was founded in Constantinople by an Armenian alchemist named Avedis Zildjian in the 17th century, during the Ottoman period

Vizio (Irvine, California)  Board Director

Founded in 2002 as “V Inc.” by William Wang and Ken Lowe, Vizio is the maker of the top-selling UHD TVs and America’s #1 Sound Bar Company. The company is best known as a producer of affordable flat-screen televisions.


Confidential (New York, New York)  Chief Financial Officer

We have been confidentially retained by a leading technology-enabled B2B services company marketing a wide array of services to over 1500 clients across industries including several companies in the Fortune 1000. With 2015 revenues between $50 million and $100 million, the company is well poised for aggressive growth with its recent acquisition by a well-known New York- based private equity investor

Boa Technology (Denver, Colorado)  Chief Executive Officer

Founded in 1998 in Steamboat Springs, Gary Hammerslag revolutionized the snowboard boot with his dial-based closure system. Since its initial creation, Boa has become the leading designer and manufacturer of dial-based closure systems that are utilized in various shoe applications, sports, utility wear, and medical products.

Convene (New York, New York)  Chief Operating Officer

Convene is the nation’s fastest growing, hospitality industry disruptor with an expanding network of meeting, event, and conference venues that combine technology, culinary, production, and human-centered design into a transformative user experience. In partnership with leading commercial landlords, the company also leverages its workplace as a service platform to provide on-demand solutions for building tenants and their employees.

EagleRider (Hawthorne, California)  Head of Marketing, eCommerce and Digital

In 1992, EagleRider pioneered the motorcycle rental and guided motorcycle tour business. The company started with Harley-Davidson and has since gone on to become the world’s largest motorcycle tourism company providing a vast array of Harley-Davidson, Indian, Triumph, BMW, and Honda motorcycles as well as a wide variety of ATVs, Dirt Bikes, and Scooters to accommodate any motorcycle rental or tour experience.