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David R. Abraham Vice President
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David joined Roark in 2016.  Prior to joining Roark, David was a Vice President with The Carlyle Group, where he was involved with the firm’s consumer investments in Alamar Foods (Domino’s & Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee in MENA), Blyth, Nabil Foods, and WorldStrides as well as with Traxys Group.  Prior to joining Carlyle, David was an Associate with CIVC Partners, a middle-market private equity firm focused on the business and financial services sectors, where he played an active role in the firm’s investments in L.A. Fitness and Medical Knowledge Group.  David began his career at UBS Investment Bank as an Analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group.  David received an MBA from The Wharton School and a BS with distinction from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University.

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Rajiv Asnani Associate
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Rajiv joined Roark in 2014. He is actively involved in Roark’s investments in FOCUS Brands, Corner Bakery, Il Fornaio and Naf Naf Grill. Prior to joining Roark, Rajiv was an investment banking analyst at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey in the Technology & Services Group. Before SunTrust, Rajiv was an associate in the Transaction Advisory Group at Ernst & Young. Rajiv received a B.S. and M.S. in Accounting from the University of Florida and is also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

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Thomas D. D'Alessandro Senior Associate
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Thomas joined Roark in 2012. He is actively involved in Roark’s investment Quala. Prior to joining Roark, Thomas worked as an investment banking analyst at Harris Williams & Co. in the Diversified Industrials Group, where he focused on middle-market mergers and acquisitions across a variety of sectors. Thomas received a B.S. in Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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William N. Degerberg Analyst
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William joined Roark in 2015 upon graduating with a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Vanderbilt University. He interned with Eaton Vance Investment Managers, working in the Investment Grade Fixed Income department.

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Sagar S. Gandhi Senior Associate
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Sagar joined Roark in 2010. He is actively involved in Roark's investments in CKE, Massage Envy, and Atkins Nutritionals. He was an Analyst with Roark in the summer of 2009. Sagar received a BBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

 

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Rebecca D. Gilbert Analyst
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Rebecca joined Roark in 2017, having been a Summer Analyst with Roark in 2016. Rebecca received a B.A. in Economics from Vanderbilt University.

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Dylan A. Grien Analyst
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Dylan joined Roark in 2017 upon graduating with a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University. Previously, he interned with Goldman Sachs in the Investment Management Division and with Lubert-Adler Real Estate Funds.

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Clayton D. Harmon Vice President
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Clayton joined Roark in 2007. He is actively involved in Roark's investments in Batteries Plus Bulbs, Arby's, and CKE. Prior to joining Roark, Clayton was a Senior Associate in the transaction advisory services group at Ernst & Young. Before Ernst & Young, Clayton worked in the audit and risk advisory services group at KPMG. Clayton received a Master of Accountancy and BBA from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. Clayton is also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

 

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Michael Herz Analyst
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Michael joined Roark in 2016. Previously, he had interned with LionTree Advisors, a boutique Investment Bank that specializes in Telecom, Media, and Technology M&A. Michael received a B.A. in Economics from Vanderbilt University.

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Patrick D. Hillegass Senior Associate
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Patrick joined Roark in 2011. He is actively involved in Roark’s investments in Massage Envy, Miller’s Ale House, Pet Valu and Wingstop.  Prior to joining Roark, Patrick worked for Nancy Creek Capital, an Atlanta-based mezzanine debt and private equity fund.  Patrick received a B.S from the University of Virginia.

 

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Chadwick P. Hume Senior Associate
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Chadwick joined Roark in 2009. He is actively involved in Roark's investments in Anytime Fitness, Arby's and FOCUS Brands. Prior to joining Roark, Chadwick interned at Houlihan Lokey in their financial advisory services division. Chadwick previously interned at Bank of America in their global treasury services department. Chadwick received a BBA from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia.

 

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John P. Jordan Vice President
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John joined Roark in 2008. He is actively involved in Roark’s investments in Quala and Solterra. Prior to joining Roark, John was a Senior Associate in the transaction advisory services group at Ernst & Young. Before working in transaction services, John worked in the audit and assurance advisory services group at Ernst & Young. John received a Master of Accountancy and a BBA from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia.

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Mark A. Lawrence Associate
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Mark joined Roark in 2013. He is actively involved in Roark's investments in Driven Brands, Great Expressions Dental Centers, and Solterra. Prior to joining Roark, he was a Senior Associate in the transaction advisory services group at Ernst & Young focused primarily on business valuations. Before working in transaction services, Mark worked in the audit and assurance advisory services group at Ernst & Young. Mark received a B.S. from Auburn University and a M.S. in Accountancy from the Carroll Graduate School of Management at Boston College. Mark is a CFA Charterholder. 

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C. Benjamin Lee Associate
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Benjamin joined Roark in 2014. Prior to joining Roark, Benjamin worked as an investment banking analyst at Kurt Salmon Capital Advisors, where he focused on middle-market mergers and acquisitions for franchise companies in the apparel retail and restaurant industries. Benjamin received a BBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

 

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Travis H. Leiter Analyst
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Travis joined Roark in 2017, having been a Summer Analyst with Roark in 2016. Travis received a B.A. in Economics (minor in Financial Economics and Corporate Strategy) from Vanderbilt University. Travis previously interned at RBC Wealth Management in New York.

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Stewart L. Long Associate
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Stewart joined Roark in 2016. She is actively involved in Roark’s investment in Drybar. Prior to joining Roark, Stewart worked as an Associate at L-Catterton, a private equity firm focused on growth equity investments and leveraged buyouts of retail and consumer product companies. She began her career at Goldman Sachs, where she worked in the firm’s Consumer/Retail Investment Banking Group. Stewart received a B.A. in Literature and minors in Business and History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Pak-Hin Luu Summer Analyst
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Pak-Hin is a rising senior at the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, double majoring in Finance and Computer Science and minoring in Philosophy.

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Martin R. McLendon Associate
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Martin joined Roark in 2014. Prior to joining Roark, Martin worked as an investment banking analyst at Harris Williams & Co. where he focused on middle-market mergers & acquisitions across a variety of sectors. Martin received a B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration from Washington and Lee University.

 

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Francis X. McNamara, IV Associate
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Francis joined Roark in 2013. He was an Analyst with Roark in the summer of 2012. Francis previously interned with Shore Capital Partners, a healthcare-focused lower middle market private equity firm, and Green Square Capital, a private wealth management firm. Francis received a BA in Economics and Mathematics from Vanderbilt University.

 

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Max N. Mudd Summer Analyst
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Max is a rising senior at New York University, majoring in Business, with concentrations in Finance and Economics, and a minor in history. He previously interned with Mercer.

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Thomas M. Owens Vice President - Procurement
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Thomas joined Roark in 2014. He is actively involved in Procurement initiatives across Roark’s portfolio companies. Prior to joining Roark, Thomas was the Senior Director of Sourcing at HD Supply, where he led the Corporate Sourcing department for both Direct and Indirect Materials. Before HD Supply, Thomas served as a Manager at Archstone Consulting and a Consultant at Deloitte Consulting, delivering Strategic Sourcing and IT solutions to clients. Thomas received a B.S. and an M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

 

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Edward C. Sampognaro Associate
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Edward joined Roark in 2013.  He is actively involved in Roark's investments in Arby’s, Batteries Plus Bulbs, CKE, and Jimmy John’s.  Edward received a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia and was an Analyst with Roark in the summer of 2012.

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Samuel P. Seldowitz Analyst
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Samuel joined Roark in 2016. He received a B.S. in Commerce and Mathematics from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, with a concentration in Quantitative Finance. Samuel interned with CACI, Inc., working in the Financial Planning and Analysis department and assisting with firm mergers and acquisitions.

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Michael S. Sharkey Vice President
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Michael joined Roark in 2007. He is actively involved in Roark's investments in Wingstop and Primrose. Prior to joining Roark, Michael interned at Ernst & Young in the fraud investigation and dispute services department. Michael received a BBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

 

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Jai Sharma Analyst
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Jai joined Roark in 2017, having been a Summer Analyst with Roark in 2016.  Jai received a B.S.B.A. with a concentration in Finance from Georgia Tech. Jai previously interned with SunTrust Robinson Humphrey on its High Yield Credit Trading & Research Desk.

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Michael D. Simon Analyst
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Michael joined Roark in 2015 upon graduating with a BBA in Finance and Operations Management from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He interned with Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics, working with the Engineering & Construction Consulting team, with Caymus Equity Partners, a lower middle market private equity firm, and with KPMG Advisory.

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Brett R. Ubl Associate
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Brett joined Roark in 2016. Prior to joining Roark, Brett worked as an analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co. in the firm’s Consumer Investment Banking Group. Brett graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, where he received a B.A. in Economics and Political Science.

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Kevin Wang Analyst
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Kevin joined Roark in 2016 upon graduating with a B.S. in Commerce and a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Virginia. Previously, he interned with Moelis & Co., Fox Point Capital Management, and Providence Investment Management. Kevin is the Co-Founder of Raven Capital Partners, LLC, and is a former student of Blue Ridge Capital founder, John Griffin.

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Daniel P. (“Paddy”) Warren Associate
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Paddy joined Roark in 2016.  Prior to joining Roark, Paddy worked as an investment banking analyst with Deloitte Corporate Finance, where he focused on middle-market mergers and acquisitions across a variety of sectors.  Paddy was a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received a B.S. with Highest Distinction in Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School and a second major in Peace, War, and Defense.

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Jonathan Weems Summer Analyst
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Jonathan is a rising senior at the University of Virginia, majoring in Finance at the McIntire School of Commerce with minors in Global Commerce and Real Estate. He previously interned in the Leveraged Lending department at MidCap Financial in Bethesda, MD.

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Samuel K. Wetstone Associate
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Samuel joined Roark in 2013. He is actively involved in Roark’s investments in Anytime Fitness and Orangetheory. Samuel was an Analyst with Roark in the summer of 2012. Samuel received a B.A. in Economics from Vanderbilt University.

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Trip Wray Junior Summer Analyst
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Trip is a rising junior at Lafayette College, majoring in Economics with a minor in Government and Law. Trip previously interned with Edge Capital Partners.