Dallas-based private equity firm CenterOak Partners has hired three new professionals with the additions of Jeff Moredock, Vice President; Megan Kneipp, Vice President for Business Development and Investor Relations; and Casey Gribble, Associate. With these hires the team at CenterOak now numbers 21 individuals, including 12 members of the investment and operations team and three operating partners.
“We are pleased to round out our team with the hiring of Jeff, Megan and Casey, accomplished individuals with strong financial services backgrounds,” said CenterOak Managing Partner Randall Fojtasek. “They are joining an experienced and successful team, many of whom have worked together for more than a decade.”
CenterOak was launched in September 2014 by Mr. Fojtasek, former Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Brazos Private Equity Partners. He leads the firm alongside former Brazos senior executives Michael Salim, Lucas Cutler, Jason Sutherland and William Henry.
Mr. Moredock will serve as a Vice President of CenterOak and will support the firm’s investment and monitoring activities. Prior to CenterOak, Mr. Moredock served as an Associate with Brazos Private Equity Partners and as an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division of Deutsche Bank. Mr. Moredock received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University. He will join CenterOak in June 2015 after receiving his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Ms. Kneipp serves as CenterOak’s Vice President for Business Development and Investor Relations. Prior to CenterOak, Ms. Kneipp served as an Associate in the Private Bank at Credit Suisse, where she focused on capital raising and investment management. Previously, Ms. Kneipp was an Associate in Brokerage Services at Direct Development in Dallas. Ms. Kneipp received a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas.
Ms. Gribble will serve as an Associate with CenterOak and will support the firm’s investment and monitoring activities. Prior to CenterOak, Ms. Gribble served as an Analyst in the Investment Banking Group at Credit Suisse in Houston. She will join CenterOak in June 2015. Ms. Gribble received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas.
CenterOak makes equity investments of $20 million to $50 million in companies with enterprise values of $50 million to $200 million. Sectors of interest include: distribution; outsourced industrial services; building products; specialty coatings, chemicals and adhesives; active, outdoor and lifestyle apparel and accessories; food and restaurants; specialty retail; health and personal care; pet products and services;
technology-enabled services; information services; and marketing and professional services. The firm invests in companies across the US but has a specific focus on the Southwest and South. CenterOak is headquartered in Dallas (www.centeroakpartners.com).
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