JAY COUGHLON

CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING PARTNER

jay@lariatpartners.net

Jay is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Lariat Partners and leads the LaMi Products and SubSea Global Solutions partner company relationships. Prior to co-founding Lariat Partners in January 2013, Jay spent 12 years with KRG Capital Partners, a Denver-based private equity firm with over $3 billion of capital under management. He started at KRG as an Associate in 2000 and was promoted to Managing Director and elected to the Investment Committee in 2007. During his tenure at KRG, Jay closed 36 platform and add-on acquisitions and served on numerous portfolio company boards including Fire & Life Safety America, Varel, Avizent, UniversalPegasus, Federal and Focus Corporation. He has been an active investor in numerous industry verticals including healthcare services, energy services, engineering and construction, building materials and transportation and logistics. Jay started his career at Banc of America Securities in middle-market Financial Sponsor Leveraged Finance.

Education: B.S. Marquette University

KEVIN MITCHELL

CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING PARTNER

kjm@lariatpartners.net

Kevin is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Lariat Partners and leads the Willowood, Northern Seed and Ecoserv partner company relationships. Prior to co-founding Lariat Partners in January 2013, Kevin was the Managing Partner of RedCloud Capital, an independent private equity firm focused on the lower middle-market that he founded in 2005. He has focused on building industry-leading companies through both buy-and-build consolidations and growth capital investments. During his tenure with RedCloud, Kevin was responsible for originating and executing all five RedCloud platform acquisitions and served on all portfolio company boards. Previously, he was Managing Director of FMI Corporation, a middle-market investment banking and management consulting firm focused on the engineering and construction industry. During his tenure at FMI, Kevin was responsible for creating and building their financial sponsor practice and focused primarily on targeted buy-side proprietary searches for select middle-market financial sponsors.

Education: M.B.A. University of Michigan Ross School of Business, B.A. University of California Berkeley

MATTHEW AMANN, CPA

VICE PRESIDENT, CFO, AND CCO

mja@lariatpartners.net

Matt joined Lariat Partners when it was founded in 2013. As Vice President and CFO, Matt is responsible for transaction execution and partner company management, as well as the operations, accounting, compliance and investor relations aspects of the firm. Prior to this, he worked with Kevin Mitchell at RedCloud as Vice President. Prior to joining RedCloud, Matt was the Vice President of Finance/Corporate Development for ViaWest, a privately-held data center and managed services provider owned by Oak Hill Capital Partners; in this role, he was in charge of M&A activity, as well as the strategic planning, financial analysis and forecasting initiatives of the company. Previously, he was Managing Director at Evergreen Mergers & Acquisitions, LLC (EMA), a boutique investment banking group located outside of Denver; responsibilities at EMA included transaction execution, client sourcing, and financial oversight and analysis throughout the transaction process. Throughout his career, Matt has held various positions in M&A and corporate finance. He is a CPA and started his career as an Audit Associate with Deloitte & Touche.

Education: B.A. University of Notre Dame

JASON URBAND

PRINCIPAL

jason@lariatpartners.net

Jason is responsible for evaluating and executing transactions within the firm’s CORE Investment Strategy, as well as providing support to the firm’s partner companies. Prior to joining Lariat, Jason spent over five years with Grey Mountain Partners, a Boulder-based private equity firm with approximately $700 million of capital under management, where he executed leveraged buyouts across a number of industries and assisted portfolio companies with strategic initiatives. Jason was also responsible for covering investment banks and business brokers in both the western and southwestern United States. He served on the boards of directors for several portfolio companies, including Dimex LLC and Ajubeo LLC. Prior to Grey Mountain, Jason was an investment banker focused on M&A, most recently with RBC Capital Markets, and began his career at an investment firm funded by Fortress Investment Group.

Education: B.S.B.A. University of Denver

MAC HAMPDEN, CFA

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

mac@lariatpartners.net

Mac joined Lariat Partners in 2013. Prior to joining the team, he was an Associate in the Acquisition Finance Execution & Structuring group at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, a middle-market focused investment bank. He was responsible for analyzing, recommending, and structuring capital commitments to numerous acquisition and leveraged finance transactions for industrial manufacturing, business services, financial technology, specialty finance, and media companies. Prior to joining the Acquisition Finance Execution & Structuring team, he was an analyst in the Financial Services & Technology investment banking group within SunTrust. Mac holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.

Education: B.S.B.A. University of Richmond

JOSH SARTISKY

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

josh@lariatpartners.net

Josh joined Lariat Partners in 2016. Prior to joining the team, he was an Associate at Grey Mountain Partners, a Boulder-based private equity firm with approximately $700 million of capital under management, where he managed the due diligence process and supported in transaction execution for leveraged buyouts across several industries. He acted as the Affiliate Manager for the Dimex and Varial investments. Prior to Grey Mountain, Josh was an Analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey in Atlanta, where he provided sell-side, buy-side, take private and divestiture advisory services.

Education: B.A. Vanderbilt University

SAMUEL SIMPSON

OPERATING PARTNER

sms@lariatpartners.net

Sam initially partnered with Kevin Mitchell at RedCloud Capital in 2005. His primary role as Operating Partner with Lariat Partners is to advise and assist portfolio company management teams on the development and execution of aggressive growth strategies. Sam has extensive management and operating experience in several industries, including consumer products, wholesale distribution, and the oil and gas business. He was the founder and CEO of Stewart’s Beverages, Inc., a publicly-held soft drink company. Stewart’s became a leading national brand in the super premium soft drink segment with significant market penetration in all 50 states and Canada. In 1998, Sam led the sale of Stewart’s to the parent company of Snapple Beverages, where he remained as President of the Stewart’s brand and also served on Snapple’s senior management team until 2001. Prior to starting Stewart’s, Sam was a principal in Capvest Limited, a Melbourne, Australia-based investment company, with primary responsibilities of identifying, financing and managing the firm’s investments in the U.S. and Canada. Sam was also a co-founder of Energy Prospects, Inc. and Wazee Energy LLC, two oil and gas businesses with operations in the Rocky Mountain and Mid-Continent regions. He also served as corporate counsel for Frontier Land and Exploration, Inc., a Denver-based oil and gas business. Sam began his career as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division.

Education: J.D. University of Utah College of Law, B.S. University of Utah

WADE GROETSCH

INDUSTRY PARTNER

Wade Groetsch is the recently retired CEO/COO of Colorado-based Noosa, LLC, which was acquired in 2014 by a Boston-based private equity firm. Founded in 2010, Noosa has become a nationally recognized brand of yogurt. Wade joined the company in 2012 where he was responsible for strategic direction and profit and loss, as well as day-to-day operations, sales, marketing, production, sourcing, engineering, R&D and quality control. Prior to Noosa, Wade spent 13 years with Blue Lake Citrus Products (Noble Juice), where he served as President. In that time, he grew the retail and commercial brands by 500% and established the company as a leader in natural and organic juice. Wade has spent most of his career in leadership roles in the consumer products space. His prior experience includes leading operations at Dole, Dannon and General Mills.

Education: B.S. Purdue University

JIM NIXON

INDUSTRY PARTNER

Jim Nixon is the President of Sandvik Venture a 4,000 employee and $1.4BN business area and a member of the Sandvik’s Group Executive Management. He previously was President of Texas-based Varel International Energy Services. Before their acquisition by Sandvik, the Varel Companies stood as the largest independent drill bit suppliers to the oil and gas and mining industries, with DHP as a market leader in casing accessories and completion tools. Under Jim’s stewardship, Varel’s annual revenue grew from $30M to more than $375M, while EBITDA grew 20 fold. Jim’s combination of engineering, technology and entrepreneurial skill, along with extensive international business experience, helped him lead the company to become a global player in drilling and completion technology. He has more than 30 years of entrepreneurial experience and in 2016 will be a Global Judge in the EY World Entrepreneur of The Year Awards. Jim has served three terms as SW USA Regional Judge, three Terms National USA Judge, two Terms as EOY Global Finalist coach and was a 2010 SW USA EOY winner and National Finalist.

Education: O.N.C. Stow College of Engineering (Glasgow, Scotland)

BILL YEARSLEY, PH. D.

INDUSTRY PARTNER

Bill Yearsley

Bill joined Lariat Partners in 2013. His primary role includes implementing Board of Director best practices, assisting with portfolio company strategic initiatives, and supporting the transaction process through due diligence and integration planning. Prior to joining Lariat Partners, Bill spent four years as a professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Colorado where he was awarded an endowed professorship. He co-founded American Civil Constructors in 1999 serving as Chairman and CEO of this leading heavy civil service company, employing over 1,500 professionals. Earlier in his career, Bill spent 15 years with Redland Plc., a FTSE 100 firm on the London Stock Exchange. During his tenure at Redland, he held a variety of operating positions culminating in becoming chairman for the international construction materials manufacturing and services group. Bill served on the company’s Board of Directors and was a member of the International Executive Committee. Over his career, he has served as chairman of six different company boards of directors and as an outside and/or executive director for over a dozen private and public company boards.

Education: B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from Colorado State University

BEN BRAHINSKY

HEAD OF STRATEGIC PLANNING

Ben has over 25 years of experience advising construction companies on strategy, mergers and acquisitions, management transitions, and capital transactions. From 2005 to 2008, Ben was Managing Director of a Denver-based private equity firm where he led a team responsible for purchasing and improving distressed businesses. Previously, he was a principal of FMI Corporation’s investment banking practice, advising clients on strategy, transactions, capital and structuring transactions. Since 2008, Ben has provided advisory services to a broad range of entities, including all of Lariat’s partner companies. His unique background provides him the ability to understand the organizational, leadership, and strategic issues necessary to help implement successful changes to strategy, leadership, ownership and governance.

Education: B.A. and M.B.A., University of Denver

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