John is a Managing Director of H.I.G. Growth Partners. Since joining in 1996, John has led or had a significant role in more than forty H.I.G. investments in technology, media, healthcare, consumer oriented, and business service companies. His investments have supported management in the development and implementation of their growth strategies in a wide range of transaction dynamics including owner-operated/family business recapitalizations, corporate divestitures, take-private transactions, consolidations and minority growth equity investments. John is responsible for H.I.G.'s U.S. Growth Equity business.
Prior to H.I.G., John was a senior professional with several leading firms working with lower middle market businesses to identify and implement operational initiatives to enable the businesses to realize their full growth potential. John has held several executive level management positions including chief operating officer and chief financial officer. John began his career in the Corporate Finance Group at Ernst & Young.
John received his Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics - Economics from Harvard University.
As a Managing Director at H.I.G. Growth Partners, Craig has invested in a broad number of industries including consumer, information technology, industrial and healthcare. Craig focuses his investments on businesses that have the ability to change the status quo of their industry through transforming technologies and services. Current investments include: Cocona (37.5), FrameMax, HexaTech, HyperBranch Medical Technology, Integrity Nutraceuticals, LuLu’s and Nexidia. He previously invested in Calix (CALX), CYA Technologies (acquired by enChoice), eMedicine (acquired by WebMD), Ideal Image (acquired by Steiner Leisure Limited STNR), Oncogenex (OGXI), Optellios (acquired by Senstar), OptXcon (acquired by Optical Solutions), Optical Solutions (acquired by Calix) and Savvion (acquired by Progress Software).
Prior to joining H.I.G., Craig was a member of Raymond James & Associates technology investment banking practice where he was active in public offerings, private placements and mergers & acquisitions. In addition, Craig worked for the Boston Consulting Group doing analysis in a number of different industry segments. Prior to the Boston Consulting Group, Craig held management positions in engineering, sales, marketing and new business development with the Dow Chemical Company. His focus at Dow Chemical was on the healthcare, semiconductor, water treatment, mining and oil & gas industries. Craig also served as business development leader at Schlumberger where he was involved in advanced oil and gas well treatment technologies and Mobil Oil, where he worked as an engineer on the Parachute, CO oil shale project. He also spent some time working in the trenches as a roust-a-bout for Phillips Petroleum. Additionally, he is the founder of Aqua Molecular Inc., a firm that provided advanced water purification technologies to the industrial and consumer markets.
Craig earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Benjamin Kahn focuses on growth equity investments and is involved in all stages of the investment process.
Prior to joining H.I.G. Growth Partners, Benjamin spent six years at Glencoe Capital in Chicago, a middle market private equity firm where he was responsible for sourcing, analyzing and executing principal investment opportunities in consumer, business services and manufacturing companies. He most recently served on the board of System Development Integration and on the executive committee of Child Development Schools.
Previously, Benjamin worked at Madison Dearborn Partners where he focused on investing in healthcare services businesses. He began his career as a financial analyst in the investment banking division at Bear, Stearns & Co.
Benjamin earned a B.S. in finance and accounting with honors from New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business, and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Mr. Karp focuses on consumer investments for H.I.G. Growth Partners and is currently responsible for sourcing, evaluating and executing new investment opportunities. He has over 12 years of experience investing in lower-middle market private equity transactions and has worked on investments primarily in the consumer products and services, multi-channel retail and direct marketing industries.
Prior to H.I.G. Growth Partners, Mr. Karp was a Principal at Parallel Investment Partners (formerly d/b/a SKM Growth Investors) from 2001 until April 2012. Prior to joining Parallel Investment Partners, he was an Associate at J.H. Whitney & Co. He began his career at Salomon Smith Barney focusing on telecom mergers & acquisitions advisory services. Mr. Karp currently serves on the boards of LuLu*s, an e-commerce retailer of young women’s apparel, shoes and accessories and Pet Services Operating Corporation ("Paws Plus"), a provider of affordable pet vaccination services and pet hospitals across more than 430 retail locations in the U.S.
Mr. Karp graduated from the Business Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Finance.
As Managing Director at H.I.G. Growth Partners, John focuses primarily on Internet, media and technology investments. He currently serves on the boards of Batanga, Escalate Media, Funambol, Go2mobi, LuLu*s, RxStrategies and SpotXchange and formerly served on the board of REVShare and Triad Retail Media.
Previously, John was a co-founder, interim CEO and board director of Cooligy, a semiconductor cooling manufacturer started by three Stanford professors, backed by top-tier venture capital firms and acquired by Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR). He also was the COO of a 100+ person eCommerce portal, General Manager of a semiconductor equipment manufacturer and Business Development Director at a product development software company. He began his career at Booz, Allen & Hamilton where he consulted on operations strategy to Fortune 500 companies.
John received an M.S. and B.S. with Phi Beta Kappa honors in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an M.B.A. degree with distinction from Harvard Business School.
As a Managing Director at H.I.G. Growth Partners, Steve focuses primarily on business services, industrial technologies, and consumer businesses.
Prior to joining H.I.G. Growth Partners, Steve was a Managing Director at Audax Private Equity, a middle market private equity firm where he spent eight years. While at Audax, Steve was responsible for investments in multiple platform companies and add-on acquisitions across a variety of sectors including manufacturing, distribution, and business and consumer services. He served as a board representative in a number of these companies. Steve began his career at Audax working in senior operating management roles within the portfolio.
Previously, Steve was a Manager at Bain & Company where he consulted to Fortune 500, as well as mid-sized companies in a variety of industries, including healthcare, food and manufacturing. Prior to that, Steve worked at GE, first in finance at GE Plastics, and later in business development at GE Capital.
Steve earned a B.A. in Mathematical Economics from Colgate University, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Sami Mnaymneh is a Founder and Co-CEO of H.I.G. Capital. He has directed the firm's development since its founding in 1993 and approves all capital commitments made by H.I.G. Sami currently serves on the Board of Columbia College and on the Dean's Council of the Harvard Law School.
Prior to founding H.I.G., Sami was a Managing Director with The Blackstone Group in New York. Prior to that, he was a Vice President in the Mergers and Acquisitions department at Morgan Stanley & Co., where he devoted a significant amount of his time to leveraged buyouts, serving as senior advisor to a number of prominent private equity firms. Over the course of his career, Mr. Mnaymneh has led over 75 transactions in a wide range of industries.
Sami earned a B.A. degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Columbia University where he graduated first in his class, and subsequently received a J.D. degree and an M.B.A. degree, with honors, from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, respectively.
Nick Scola focuses on healthcare investments for H.I.G. Growth Partners and is responsible for sourcing, executing and monitoring transactions. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Community Intervention Services, Inc., and Just Home Healthcare Services, Inc.
Prior to joining H.I.G. Growth Partners, Nick spent seven years at Capital Resource Partners (CRP), a Boston-based private equity firm that specializes in hybrid debt and equity growth financing solutions for lower middle-market companies. Most recently, Nick was a Partner at CRP and was responsible for leading the firm's investment efforts in the healthcare and consumer verticals. In this role, Nick sourced, executed and managed multiple investments across the healthcare services, healthcare IT, medical device and branded consumer products sectors. He served on the board of a number of portfolio companies, including MedMark Services, Revenue Cycle Solutions, Gamma Medica, Ganeden Biotech, Solis Women's Health and The Art of Shaving.
Previously, Nick spent three years at Broadview International, a boutique investment bank focused on mergers and acquisitions across all sectors of technology. While there, he completed numerous M&A transactions across a range of industries and was a founding member of the firm's healthcare technology practice group.
Nick received his B.A. in Economics from Tufts University.
As a Managing Director at H.I.G. Growth Partners, Nik focuses primarily on investments in the business services, technology, media, and Internet industries. He serves on the board of several H.I.G. portfolio companies across all industries.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Nik was with Landmark Growth Capital Partners in Boston, a private equity firm focused on buyouts and growth equity investments in business services, manufacturing and consumer companies. At Landmark, he was responsible for deal sourcing, due diligence and assisting management as a board director and observer of several portfolio companies.
Previously, Nik was at AH Ventures, a growth equity investment firm in Boston. He joined AH Ventures at the firm’s inception and participated in the firm’s creation and fundraising and also participated in all aspects of the investment process, including deal sourcing, diligence and management. Nik began his career as an Investment Banker at Adams, Harkness & Hill, where he executed high tech IPOs and M&A transactions. Additionally, Nik was a consultant to several startup companies, assisting management on growth, operational and financial initiatives.
Nik received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry with honors from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Mr. Sheth focuses on lower middle market and growth equity investment opportunities for H.I.G. Growth Partners, and is responsible for sourcing, executing, and monitoring investments. He has evaluated and completed investments across technology-enabled services, managed IT services, telecommunications and broadband infrastructure, and business/industrial services.
Prior to joining H.I.G. Growth Partners, Mr. Sheth spent approximately eight years at Altpoint Capital Partners (f/k/a Stone Tower Capital), a New York-based lower middle market private equity firm focused on buyouts and platform “buy and build” investments. Most recently, Mr. Sheth was responsible for leading all aspects of the firm’s investment efforts around telecommunications/broadband infrastructure and technology-enabled services, including not only sourcing and executing investments but also serving on portfolio company Boards and working closely with the management teams of TowerCo, ByteGrid, AmQuip Crane Rental, and VAZATA.
Previously, Mr. Sheth was a Director at AlixPartners, a leading turnaround management advisory firm where he focused on operational turnarounds and performance improvement. Mr. Sheth also spent several years with GE Capital, L.E.K. Consulting, and Arthur D. Little where his work spanned strategy, operations management and improvement, transaction due diligence, and business development across a broad range of industry verticals.
Mr. Sheth received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with Honors from the Universiy of Michigan, and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania.
Tony Tamer is a Founder and Co-CEO of H.I.G. Capital. He has directed H.I.G.'s development since its founding in 1993 and approves all capital commitments made by the firm. Tony has led a number of successful investments at H.I.G. in both the management buyouts and growth capital arenas. He has extensive experience working with, and coaching, early stage and middle-market companies. Tony is a board member of several H.I.G. portfolio companies. He currently also serves on the Dean's Council of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
Prior to H.I.G., Tony was partner at Bain & Company where he developed business unit and operating strategies, implemented productivity improvement initiatives, and led acquisition and divestiture activities for a number of Fortune 500 clients. Tony has extensive operating experience. He has held marketing, engineering and manufacturing positions at Hewlett-Packard and Sprint Corporation.
Tony holds an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School, and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. His undergraduate degree is from Rutgers University.
Eric Tencer is a Principal in the Boston Office. Mr. Tencer focuses on lower middle market and growth equity investment opportunities for H.I.G. Growth Partners, where he is responsible for sourcing, executing, and monitoring investments. While at H.I.G., he has evaluated and completed numerous investments in digital media, business services and healthcare sectors.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Eric was a Principal with The Mustang Group, a Boston-based private equity firm focused on leveraged buyouts and growth equity investments in business services, interactive media, consumer and manufacturing companies. Eric began his career in investing at Arcadia Partners, a venture capital firm focused on education and training related business service companies.
Eric began his career at Bain & Company where he helped lead initiatives for consumer, retail, healthcare and manufacturing businesses evaluating new product introductions, analyzing pricing programs, creating business unit growth plans, developing supply chain strategies and conducting due diligence for acquisitions.
Eric received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Duke University and received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Mark is a Managing Director at H.I.G. Growth Partners based in the Boston office. He joined H.I.G. in 2012 and is responsible for sourcing, executing and monitoring transactions.
Before joining H.I.G., Mark was a partner at Enhanced Equity Fund, a lower middle market private equity firm where he was responsible for investments in the healthcare industry. Previously he was with J.W. Childs where he focused on investments in the healthcare, consumer, retail and business service industries. He was on the board of a number of companies including Sheridan Healthcare, Equinox Fitness, Joseph Abboud and CHG Healthcare. Mark began his private equity career at William Blair Capital Partners and was also previously a member of the Principal Investment Area at Goldman Sachs. He began his career in the healthcare group of Chemical Securities, Inc.
Mark received his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from the The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.