Gary N. Lewis
Mr. Lewis brings 20 years of private equity investing, investment banking and operational experience to the firm, including involvement in approximately $8 billion in transaction and advisory assignments. He has an extensive background in mergers & acquisitions and capital raising, including asset-based, senior cash flow, mezzanine and unitranche debt, and public and private equity offerings.
Mr. Lewis began his career in investment banking with Banc of America Securities in New York City. While working in the firm’s Global Industrials and Services Group, Mr. Lewis assisted middle market and Fortune 500 clients with mergers, acquisitions and divestitures and capital-raising transactions. At Banc of America Securities, Mr. Lewis’ clients operated in a wide array of industries such as aerospace and defense, automotive, business services, chemicals, general manufacturing, metals and mining, paper/packaging, and transportation and logistics.
After Banc of America Securities, Mr. Lewis served as a private equity investor and/or advisor with Michigan-based Bainbridge Ventures and Chicago-based Winona Capital Management, specializing in working with and investing in growth-oriented lower and middle market companies. During his tenure with both firms, he focused on a variety of industries, including healthcare, business and consumer services, niche manufacturing, and consumer products and retail.
Following his time at Winona Capital and Bainbridge Ventures, Mr. Lewis was a vice president with Goense & Company, a Chicago-based private equity firm that invests exclusively in labor-based service businesses. In addition, Mr. Lewis previously held an operating role as a vice president of acquisitions and business development with a healthcare services company providing care for patients along the post-acute care continuum.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Lewis’ responsibilities have included sourcing and evaluating potential investments and acquisitions and divestitures, structuring and executing transactions, leading due diligence activities, negotiating transaction agreements, and managing portfolio company investments, including actively working with company leadership on numerous financings and acquisitions/divestitures. Mr. Lewis has also played a significant role in assisting companies in operational enhancement initiatives, including managing operations on an interim basis and working with executives on general corporate strategy, marketing, labor and cost optimization, inventory and working capital management, as well as the implementation of operational and financial controls.
Mr. Lewis graduated from Kalamazoo College with a B.A. in economics. He also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and has studied at L’Ecole Superieure de Commerce in France.