TEAM

The power of the team is exponentially greater than that of any individual member of the team.

  • Robert J. Fitzsimmons email

    Managing Partner

    Robert J. Fitzsimmons co-founded High Road in 2007 and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Advanced Sleep Medicine Services, All Current Electrical Sales, BlueSpire, The Crown Group, Dowden Medical Communications Group, HandiQuilter, PANOS brands, and SMB Machinery Systems. As Managing Partner, he oversees all aspects of the firm’s activities.

    Previously, Bob served as a Managing Partner with The Riverside Company, a leading private equity firm focused on the smaller end of the middle market. Prior to joining Riverside in 1994, Bob was an investment professional with Citicorp Venture Capital, an investment banker with Citicorp Mergers & Acquisitions, and an auditor and tax accountant with Price Waterhouse. He has executed over $2 billion worth of transactions and is a frequent speaker at private equity industry events. Bob received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A in Finance from the University of Chicago.

  • William C. Connell email

    Partner

    William C. Connell co-founded High Road in 2007 and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Advanced Sleep Medicine Services, PANOS brands, Handi Quilter and The Crown Group, and previously served on the Board of Directors of Milwaukee Gear. Bill is a lead transaction partner responsible for reviewing investment opportunities and managing portfolio company investments. Bill has completed five platform company acquisitions (Milwaukee Gear, Advanced Sleep Medicine Services, PANOS brands, Handi Quilter, and The Crown Group) and one platform company exit (Milwaukee Gear).

    Previously, Bill was a Vice President with The Riverside Company. Bill was with Riverside from 2002 through 2006 and was involved in five acquisitions and three exits, and served on the Board of Directors of four portfolio companies. Prior to joining Riverside in 2002, Bill spent five years at Connell Limited Partnership, a holding company that owns controlling interests in several manufacturing companies. Bill worked in finance and operations at Connell Limited Partnership. Bill graduated from Boston College in 1994 with a B.A. in English, and received his M.B.A from Harvard Business School in 2002.

  • Jeffrey M. Goodrich email

    Partner

    Jeffrey M. Goodrich co-founded High Road in 2007 and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Accurate Component Sales, All Current Electrical Sales, BlueSpire, Celco, Dowden Medical Communications Group, and General Tools & Instruments, and previously served on the Board of Directors of Accentus. Jeff is a lead transaction partner responsible for reviewing investment opportunities and managing portfolio company investments. Jeff has completed five platform company acquisitions (All Current Electrical Sales, Accentus, Celco, Dowden Health Media and Accurate Component Sales) and one platform company exit (Accentus).

    Previously, Jeff was a Vice President with The Riverside Company. Jeff was with Riverside from 2002 through 2006 and was involved in five acquisitions and two exits, and served on the Board of Directors of three portfolio companies. Prior to joining Riverside in 2002, Jeff spent six years in the Corporate Finance Division of IBJ Whitehall Bank & Trust Company, where he provided senior debt, mezzanine debt, and equity co-investments to support middle-market buyouts and recapitalizations. Jeff graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 with a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in International Relations, and received his M.B.A in Finance and Accounting from the Stern School of Business at New York University in 2000.

  • William B.R. Hobbs email

    Operating Partner

    William B.R. Hobbs joined High Road in 2007 and serves on the Board of Directors of All Current Electrical Sales, BlueSpire, Advanced Sleep Medicine Services, Handi Quilter, Accurate Component Sales and The Crown Group, and previously served on the Board of Directors of Milwaukee Gear and Accentus. Bill is responsible for working with portfolio management teams to formulate and implement value creation initiatives, acquire and integrate add-on acquisitions with the goal of achieving operational excellence. Bill has worked in the past as CEO, chairman, and director of portfolio companies for several private equity firms. He has served in president and CEO roles in diverse industries such as construction equipment, steel processing, industrial distribution, plastic and metal manufacturing, direct mail catalog and Internet retailing. He has worked in companies ranging in size from $25 million to $1 billion in revenue with responsibility for operations in over 20 countries worldwide. Bill received a B.A. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in 1971 and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1975.

  • Jerome F. Anderson email

    Operating Partner

    Jerome F. Anderson joined High Road in 2012 and serves on the Board of Directors of Celco, Dowden Medical Communications Group, General Tools & Instruments, PANOS brands and SMB Machinery Systems. Jerry is responsible for working with portfolio management teams to formulate and implement value creation initiatives, acquire and integrate add-on acquisitions with the goal of achieving operational excellence.

    Jerry began his career with 3M Company in industrial and packaging related sales and marketing assignments and then moved to 3M’s Asia/Pacific operations and served as Managing Director of 3M Indonesia. Subsequent to 3M, Jerry was the President and CEO of Unipac Corporation and Stoffel Seals Corporation, two Riverside-owned companies with operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and Asia. Under Jerry’s leadership, both companies developed a clear strategic focus, completed add-on acquisitions and expanded to international markets resulting in successful exits to strategic and financial buyers. Jerry has also served on the boards of several private equity portfolio companies. Jerry received a B.A. in Finance and Marketing from Indiana University – Kelley School of Business in 1974.

  • Ben A. Schnakenberg email

    Partner

    Ben A. Schnakenberg joined High Road in 2008 and serves on the Board of Directors of BlueSpire, Dowden Medical Communications Group, Celco, Accurate Component Sales and SMB Machinery Systems. Ben is a lead transaction principal and has been involved in six platform company acquisitions and one platform company exit (Accentus).

    Prior to joining High Road, Ben was a Senior Vice President at LaSalle Bank, now part of Bank of America, where he served for three years as the chief of staff to LaSalle’s CEO and where he had also previously spent three years in middle-market commercial banking. Ben also spent two years at Madison Capital Funding, where he provided senior and subordinated debt financing and equity co-investments for leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations of middle-market companies. Ben received a B.A. in Political Science and English from Valparaiso University in 2000 and an M.B.A from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. He is a CFA Charterholder.

  • Richard P. Prestegaard email

    Director of Business Development

    Richard P. Prestegaard joined High Road in 2007 and is the Director of Business Development. Rich is responsible for leading the Firm’s dedicated deal sourcing effort by establishing relationships with business intermediaries across the U.S. and Canada. Prior to joining High Road, Rich was an investment banker in the consumer products and retail industry group at Barclays Capital. Prior to joining Barclays Capital, Rich worked as an investment banker in the consumer/retail groups at Citigroup and Advest, and was a valuation consultant at Price Waterhouse. Rich is an experienced corporate finance and business development professional who has succeeded in establishing and building client relationships through a combination of creativity and responsiveness, and is an active board member of the ACG New York chapter (Association for Corporate Growth). Rich received a B.A. in Sociology from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1991 and an M.B.A degree in Finance and Accounting from the Stern School of Business at New York University in 1996.

  • Daniel J. Gaspar email

    Principal

    Daniel J. Gaspar joined High Road in 2011 and serves on the Board of Directors of The Crown Group, General Tools & Instruments, Handi Quilter, PANOS brands and Advanced Sleep Medicine Services. At High Road, Dan has completed three platform acquisitions (The Crown Group, General Tools & Instruments and Handi Quilter), four add-on acquisitions (Electra Finish, Pacific Sleep, SDCV, and Ry-Con Specialty Foods) and one platform company exit (Milwaukee Gear).

    Prior to joining High Road, Dan worked in private equity at Gotham Private Equity Partners (formerly CN Private Equity) and Trimaran Capital Partners, where he was responsible for sourcing investment opportunities, leading diligence and negotiations and managing portfolio companies. At his previous firms, Dan was involved in five platform acquisitions, four add-on acquisitions and three exits. Previously, Dan served on the Board of Directors of Intergis LLC, Two-Twenty Records Management LLC and Cyalume Technologies Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB:CYLU). Dan started his career as an investment banker in the Global Media and Communications Group at Morgan Stanley. Dan received a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2001 and an M.B.A in Finance from Columbia Business School in 2005.

  • Paul C. Langley email

    Senior Associate

    Paul C. Langley joined High Road in 2010 and is a Senior Associate on the Investment Team. Previously, Paul was an investment banking analyst at Duff & Phelps, where he worked across various industries focusing on M&A, refinancing and restructuring transactions. Prior to Duff & Phelps, Paul was an analyst at Brown, Gibbons, Lang & Co, a middle-market investment bank. Paul received a B.A. in Economics and Finance from Washington University in St. Louis in 2007.

  • Ivane Chou email

    Chief Compliance Officer / Controller

    Ivane D. Chou joined High Road in 2009 and is the Controller and Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to joining High Road, Ivane was an Assistant Controller at Francisco Partners, a global private equity firm focused on investments in technology. Previously, Ivane worked at Presidential Brokerage, an asset management and advisory firm. Ivane received a B.S. in Management Science from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in 2003.

  • Matthew G. Rainwater email

    VP – Business Development and Investor Relations

    Matthew G. Rainwater joined High Road in 2012 and is responsible for deal origination and investor relations. Previously, Matt served as an investor relations professional at Aetos Capital Asia, an investment manager focused on acquiring real estate assets in Japan and China. In addition, he previously worked as an analyst for Park Hill and was involved with the origination and project management of several capital raising mandates. Matt started his career with KPMG as an associate in their corporate and real estate tax practices. Matt received a B.B.A and Masters in Accounting from the University of Georgia in 2004.

  • Scott J. Rubino email

    Vice President

    Scott J. Rubino joined High Road in 2014 and is a Vice President on the Investment Team. Prior to joining High Road, Scott worked in private equity at CI Capital Partners and Saw Mill Capital, where he was responsible for sourcing investment opportunities, leading diligence and negotiations and managing portfolio companies. At his previous firms, Scott was involved in five platform acquisitions, four add-on acquisitions and three exits. Scott started his career as an investment banker at RBC Capital Markets. Scott received a B.B.A. with a concentration in Finance from Emory University in 2004 and an M.B.A from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011.

  • James M. Karle email

    Research Analyst

    James M. Karle joined High Road in 2012 and is responsible for researching industry and market trends related to HRCP portfolio companies. James received a B.S. in Finance from Boston College in May 2012.

  • Jared Margulies email

    Senior Accountant

    Jared E. Margulies joined High Road in 2013 as a Senior Accountant. Prior to joining High Road, Jared was a Senior Fund Accountant at SS&C Technologies, a third party fund administrator, where he provided accounting and administrative services for various private equity firms. Previously, Jared audited alternative investment funds for both Pricewaterhouse Coopers and McGladrey. Jared received a B.S. in Telecommunications from Indiana University in 1999 and a M.S. in Accountancy from Baruch College in 2006. Jared is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York.

  • Steven J. Siwinskiemail

    Partner

    Steven J. Siwinski joined High Road in 2014 and is responsible for working with portfolio company management teams to formulate and implement financial best practices, value creation initiatives, and add-on acquisition integration plans across High Road’s portfolio companies with the goal of achieving excellence in financial operations. Steve brings to High Road a unique combination of private equity, corporate finance, public accounting and advisory experience. Prior to joining High Road, he was a Finance Operating Partner at Marlin Equity Partners where he led due diligence and transition activities on new investments, provided interim financial leadership to portfolio companies, and advised portfolio company CEOs, CFOs and boards on strategic initiatives. Prior to Marlin, Steve was the Vice President of Finance and Strategy at The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIN) where he was a member of the senior management team, advised the chairman and CEO on corporate-wide strategic initiatives, and served as a divisional CFO. Steve was also a Managing Director at FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: FCN) where he worked on the GM bankruptcy and led various advisory projects for private equity firms. Steve began his career at Ernst & Young, where he was a Partner in the transaction advisory services practice and worked with private equity firms and their portfolio companies.

    Steve received a B.S. in accounting and finance from Fairfield University and an M.B.A. in finance and management strategy from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He is a CPA in New York and Pennsylvania. He currently serves on the Fairfield University Dolan School of Business Advisory Board. Steve has spoken on private equity, corporate finance and M&A related topics for a variety of industry and educational organizations.