Validor Capital has added Lauren Smyers to its investment team as Principal, Business Development.
As her title implies, Ms. Smyers will be active sourcing new transactions for Validor with a specific focus on family-owned manufacturing and industrial service businesses in the lower middle market.
Ms. Smyers has eight years of private equity experience. Prior to joining Validor, she led business development at Tampa-based Weatherford Capital, and earlier she was active in marketing and investor relations at The Carlyle Group and Siguler Guff. Ms. Smyers has her undergraduate degree in behavioral neuroscience from Northeastern University.
“I am excited to be joining the team,” said Ms. Smyers. “Validor embodies a work ethic and collaborative spirit, which has enabled them to have great success. I look forward to working with the entire team and helping grow Validor’s portfolio.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Lauren to the team,” said Matthew Kaufman, managing partner at Validor. “Lauren’s track record and experience will enable Validor to be more proactive and responsive to the community of intermediaries we work with as well as providing key insights to the investment team, particularly given the dynamic deal and economic environment we are in today.”
Boca Raton, Florida-based Validor invests equity of up to $20 million in companies that have revenues from $10 million to $100 million and EBITDA of up to $10 million. Sectors of interest include manufacturing, industrial, and business services with a specific Interest in niche manufacturing, industrial services, waste management, value-added distribution, aerospace and defense, and printing and packaging.
Private Equity Professional | August 28, 2020