John is the Head of H.I.G. Growth Equity. He is responsible for all the day-to-day activities of H.I.G. Growth Partners, H.I.G.’s dedicated growth equity investment group.
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.
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 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, and LuLu’s. He previously invested in Calix (CALX), CYA Technologies (acquired by enChoice), eMedicine (acquired by WebMD), Ideal Image (acquired by Steiner Leisure Limited STNR), Nexidia (acquired by Nice Systems), 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.
Mark is an Operating Partner at H.I.G. Growth Partners focused on marketing and digital strategies. Mark is based in the San Francisco office. In his role, he partners with our portfolio organizations to develop and build comprehensive marketing and digital strategies throughout an organization including customer acquisition, customer lifecycle, monetization, infrastructure, brand development and user experience. Mark has 15 years of experience in consumer and retail marketing, building teams at companies ranging in scale from startups to Fortune 500 organizations.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Mark was the VP of Marketing at Credit Karma, a global consumer finance company, where he built the team responsible for member growth and engagement. He also led online & offline marketing at Ancestry where he launched media for the world’s #1 DTC consumer DNA testing brand and helped build out global digital marketing for the Gap family of brands. Mark has deep consumer and retail marketing experience, launching new businesses and brands over the last decade.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Michigan State University.
Jeff is a Principal at H.I.G. Growth Partners in the Boston office. He is responsible for all aspects of the investment process including deal origination, financing, transaction execution, and implementation of post-closing operational initiatives. Jeff has private equity investing experience across a wide range of industries including technology-enabled services, healthcare and business services, and currently serves on the boards of several of H.I.G.’s portfolio companies.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Jeff worked for Waud Capital, a middle-market private equity firm based in Chicago. Jeff began his career in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Jeff received his undergraduate degree in Economics, Cum Laude, from Harvard University and his M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Scott is a Managing Director with H.I.G. Growth Partners and is based in the San Francisco office. He is responsible for all key aspects of the private investment transaction process including deal origination, transaction structuring and negotiating, and post-closing company building. Scott has almost two decades of experience investing in venture capital and private equity transactions, and focuses on SaaS software, consumer Internet, marketplaces, digital media, tech-enabled business services, and consumer product investments.
Prior to joining H.I.G. in 2018, Scott was a Partner with Revolution and a Managing Director with Steamboat Ventures. Before that, he was a Senior Associate at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. Scott has led or co-led over 30 investments in technology, media, software, and consumer companies, and has been a board member for many industry-leading companies; including BigCommerce, EdgeCast, Elemental, Handy, MediaOcean, SpareFoot, and Quigo. Scott has extensive operating experience, and has held strategy, business development, engineering and manufacturing positions at IBM, LaSalle Partners, and Synopsis.
Scott graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude with a B.S.M.E. degree from the University of Washington and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Scott is a Principal at H.I.G. Growth Partners in the Boston office, where he focuses on lower middle market growth buyouts and and minority growth equity investments in high-growth companies. Scott is responsible for all aspects of the investment process and sits on the board of several H.I.G. portfolio companies.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Scott was a Vice President at Gemini Investors, a private equity firm focused on growing lower middle market companies. At Gemini, Scott completed investments in a wide range of sectors including consumer products and business services. Prior to Gemini Investors, Scott was a Vice President at Altus Capital Partners. Scott began his career as a strategy consultant at Deloitte Consulting where he advised Fortune 500 healthcare companies on M&A strategy.
Scott earned an M.B.A. from the Tuck of School of Business at Dartmouth and an undergraduate degree in business from Boston University.
As a Managing Director at H.I.G. Growth Partners, Evan focuses on e-commerce, tech-enabled business services, and consumer oriented investments. He has over 17 years of experience investing in lower-middle market private equity transactions.
Prior to H.I.G. Growth Partners, Evan was a Principal at Parallel Investment Partners (formerly d/b/a SKM Growth Investors) investing primarily in consumer oriented, multi-channel businesses and served as a board representative for numerous portfolio companies. Prior to joining Parallel, he was an Associate at J.H. Whitney & Co. He began his career at Salomon Smith Barney focusing on telecom mergers & acquisitions advisory services. Evan currently serves on the boards of Lulus Fashion Lounge, SCUF Gaming, and Tax Defense Network. He previously served on the board of Pet Services Operating Company.
Evan 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, e-commerce, media and technology investments. He currently serves on the boards of Cuyana, Funambol, Lulus, Parachute Home and SCUF Gaming and formerly served on the boards of SpotX 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.
Danielle is a Principal at H.I.G. Growth Partners in the Boston office and focuses primarily on the technology-enabled services, internet, media, and consumer sectors. Danielle has responsibility for all aspects of the investment process and sits on the Board of several H.I.G. portfolio companies.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Danielle was with Alliance Holdings, a private equity firm focused on lower middle market companies in a wide range of industries. Previously, Danielle co-founded Veritat Advisors, a financial advisory firm and technology platform acquired by LPL Financial. She began her career at McKinsey & Company, consulting to Fortune 500 companies in variety of industries, including financial services, health care, and media.
Danielle received a B.S. in Economics (The Wharton School) and B.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Rick is Co-President of H.I.G. Capital with over twenty-five years of private equity and M&A experience. In his current position, along with Co-President Brian Schwartz, he helps run the day-to-day operations of the firm and sits on the investment committees for all H.I.G. funds. Since joining H.I.G. in 1998, he has been involved in all aspects of the investment process; and has held leadership positions in several of the firm's funds. He also currently heads the firm's Middle Market Fund. Located in the Miami office, Rick currently serves on the Board of numerous H.I.G. Capital portfolio companies. He has worked with companies in a variety of industries, with a focus on healthcare, business services, specialty chemicals, and niche manufacturing.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Rick worked at General Electric Company and GE Capital. As part of their Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions teams, he coordinated a variety of strategic acquisitions in the financial services, plastics, medical systems, electronics, and aerospace industries. Before joining the M&A group, Rick was a member of the GE Corporate Finance Staff, where he helped design and implement improved business strategies and operating processes for GE Capital business units.
Rick received his undergraduate degree with honors from Stanford University and earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Brian is Co-President of H.I.G. Capital. He joined the firm in 1994. In his current position, along with Co-President Rick Rosen, he helps run the day-to-day operations of the firm and sits on the investment committees for all H.I.G. funds. He also currently leads the firm’s Advantage Fund where he is responsible for all of the day-to-day activities. Prior to this role, Brian held a number of leadership positions at the firm, as well as having led the acquisition of over 25 platform investments in a variety of industries.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Brian worked in PepsiCo’s strategic planning group. His responsibilities included managing strategic acquisitions for PepsiCo and evaluating new business opportunities. Brian began his career with the investment banking firm of Dillon, Read and Co. where he split his time between the corporate finance group and the private equity funds, Saratoga Partners and Yorktown Partners.
Brian earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and his B.S. with honors from the University of Pennsylvania.
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 Managing Director 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.
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