Our Team

Our Roark Core Values have always been so important to us…and now even more than ever.  While this pandemic will mostly be remembered for the devastating toll it’s taken on people’s lives, we will also remember it for the way our team stepped up to help others when they needed it the most. Read More ►

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Paul Aglialoro Director - Business Development
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Paul joined Roark in 2020. Prior to joining Roark, Paul spent 14 years in investment banking; the vast majority of this time was spent at Barclays, where he covered various sectors, including consumer / retail, healthcare, business services, industrials, and technology. During that time, Paul worked on M&A and financing transactions across much of the Roark portfolio. Prior to that, Paul worked at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey in the Consumer Group. Paul received a BBA in Finance and Real Estate from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. 

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Carter Altman Analyst
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Carter joined Roark in 2021. Carter worked as an Investment Banking Summer Analyst at Evercore Inc. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from New York University.

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Timothy B. Armstrong Managing Director
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Tim joined Roark in 2015 and is a member of Roark’s Investment Committee. He serves on the board of directors of Drybar and Great Expressions and was formerly on the board of Naf Naf Grill.  He is actively involved in Roark’s investment in The Cheesecake Factory. Prior to joining Roark, Tim served as the head of the Retail and Consumer vertical of H.I.G.’s Middle Market Fund. Tim began his private equity career in 1996 when he joined Saunders Karp & Megrue, which subsequently merged with Apax Partners. While there, he was a partner in its Retail and Consumer practice and helped lead and manage investments in multiple retail and consumer companies. Tim received a B.S. in Geology and Geophysics from Yale University.

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Neal K. Aronson Founder and Managing Partner
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Neal founded Roark in 2001 and is a member of Roark’s Investment Committee. In addition to his responsibilities as Managing Partner, Neal is most actively involved in Roark’s investments in Inspire Brands, Driven Brands, FOCUS Brands and Primrose Schools, and was previously the Chairman of the Board of Roark’s prior investment in Wingstop. Prior to founding Roark, Neal was Co-Founder and CFO of U.S. Franchise Systems (“USFS”).  Neal helped transform USFS from one brand with 22 hotels in nine states to three brands with more than 500 hotels in 50 states and five countries, making USFS the tenth largest hotel company in the United States.  Prior to founding USFS, Neal was a Principal of Odyssey Partners, L.P., a private investment partnership founded by Jack Nash and Leon Levy.  Prior to Odyssey, Neal was a Principal and General Partner at Acadia Partners, L.P. (now Oak Hill Partners) and subsequently a Managing Director of a successor company, Rosecliff Inc. Neal began his career in the corporate finance department at Drexel, Burnham, Lambert Incorporated. Neal received a B.A. from Lehigh University. 

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Stephen D. Aronson Managing Director and General Counsel
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Stephen joined Roark in 2005 and is a member of Roark’s Investment Committee. In addition to his responsibilities as General Counsel and Managing Director, Stephen is actively involved in the execution of all Roark investments, financings, recapitalizations and sales. Prior to joining Roark, Stephen was a Senior Vice President and General Counsel of USFS. While at USFS, he was also co-manager of Constellation Development Fund, LLC, a hotel investment vehicle. Stephen received a J.D. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from Lehigh University. Stephen is a member of the Georgia Bar Association. 

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Rajiv Asnani Vice President
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Rajiv joined Roark in 2014. He serves on the board of directors of and is actively involved in Roark’s investment in US Sports Camps, and previously worked on Roark’s prior investments in Corner Bakery and Il Fornaio. Prior to joining Roark, Rajiv was an investment banking analyst at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey in the Technology & Services Group. Prior to SunTrust, Rajiv was an associate in the Transaction Advisory Group at Ernst & Young. Rajiv received an M.S. and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Florida and is also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive). 

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Pritpal S. Aujla Chief Financial Officer
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Pritpal joined Roark in 2020. Prior to joining Roark, he was Chief Financial Officer and Advisory Board member at EIG Global Energy Partners, an approximately $24 billion AUM, Washington, D.C. – based global investment firm, with seven offices across six continents focused on energy and infrastructure. During his 12 years at EIG, Pritpal established and was responsible for the firm’s global finance, tax, valuation and reporting functions, leading multiple fund and manager level financing transactions. Prior to his time at EIG, Pritpal spent 12 years in the Assurance practice at PwC, formerly in the United Kingdom, of which he is a native, and later at several offices in the United States. Pritpal received a B.S. in Applied Sciences from the University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom. He is a licensed CPA in California (inactive) and a U.K. Chartered Certified Accountant. 

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Brock Bacon Associate
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Brock joined Roark in 2020. Prior to joining Roark, Brock worked as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley in the Consumer and Retail Group. Brock received a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College.

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Christopher Benedetti Analyst
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Chris joined Roark in 2021, having been a Summer Analyst with Roark in 2020. Chris received a B.S. in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

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Chris Bentley Senior Data Engineer
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Chris joined Roark in 2020.  Prior to joining Roark, Chris was a data and analytics consultant with the Outcomes Team of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  He has worked as a contract consultant with project engagements at companies like First Data, Cox Communications and Home Depot.  Chris also worked at a boutique consulting firm where he contributed to the development of the Workforce Analytics platform that would later be acquired by Kronos, where he then worked as a software engineer for several years.

Chris received a M.S. in Operations Research from Georgia Tech and a B.S. in Professional Mathematics from North Carolina A&T State University.

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Roshan Bhakta Insight Architect
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Roshan joined Roark in 2020. Prior to joining Roark, Roshan was a data and analytics consultant with Slalom Consulting in Atlanta. During his time at Slalom, Roshan focused on designing and developing analytical insights and solutions. Roshan received a BBA in Management Information Systems from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. 

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Caitlin Cain Administrative Assistant
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Caitlin joined Roark in 2021. Prior to joining Roark, Caitlin worked as a Human Resources Coordinator at Noble Systems. Caitlin received a B.A. in Theatre from Furman University.

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Coates Carpenter FP&A Associate
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Coates joined Roark in 2021. Prior to joining Roark, Coates worked as a Senior Associate within PwC's Finance Management Consulting practice and as an Associate in PwC's Capital Markets Accounting Advisory Services (CMAAS).

Coates received his Master of Science in Accounting and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Georgia. He is a Certified Public Accountant. 

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Sophia Carter CSR Specialist
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Sophia joined Roark in 2022, having been a CSR Intern in 2021. Sophia received her B.A. from Dartmouth College, majoring in Geography with a concentration in Urban and Identity Studies.

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Sabrina E. Chu Vice President
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Sabrina joined Roark in 2018 upon graduating with an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She is involved in Roark’s investments in Fitness Connection, Primrose, and The Cheesecake Factory. While completing her MBA, Sabrina worked at Amazon in the Retail Leadership Development program. Prior to business school, Sabrina worked at Goldman Sachs in New York, where she was a Vice President in the Equity Synthetic Products group. Sabrina received a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University. 

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Jason S. Cohen Principal
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Jason joined Roark in 2018. Prior to joining Roark, he spent eight years at KPMG, most recently as a Director in KPMG’s Strategy group, focusing on operational strategy and transformation initiatives. For the ten years prior to KPMG, Jason owned and operated two retail furniture franchises in the Atlanta area. Jason received an M.B.A from the University of Georgia and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida. 

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Austin Colpini Valuation Director
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Austin joined Roark in 2021. Prior to joining Roark, Austin was a Vice President at Indigena Capital, and before that, a Senior Associate at Hudson Advisors, the asset management affiliate of Lone Star Funds. Austin began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Barclays, and later as an Associate at J.P. Morgan. Austin received a B.A. in Economics from Washington & Lee University.

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Holly Cota Executive Assistant
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Holly joined Roark in 2020. Prior to Roark, she was a Legal Department Operations Administrator and Executive Assistant with InterContinental Hotels Group. Holly received a B.A. in Communications from Georgia State University.

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Tommy D'Alessandro Vice President
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Tommy joined Roark in 2012. He serves on the board of directors of Jim ‘N Nicks, is actively involved in Roark’s investments in Pet Retail Brands, Installation Made Easy and Solterra and previously worked on Roark’s prior investments in Quala, GFL Environmental and Waste Pro. Prior to joining Roark, Tommy 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. Tommy 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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Roanne Daniels Managing Director
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Roanne joined Roark in 2021 and is a member of Roark's Investment Committee. She was formerly a Partner at Hellman & Friedman in San Francisco, where she focused on improving the value creation plans and operational efficiency of that firm's portfolio companies. Before joining Hellman & Friedman in 2017, Roanne spent over 12 years in Boston, London and Johannesburg with Bain Capital, where she was an Operating Partner. She has served on the boards of the Edcon Group, formerly South Africa's largest non-grocery retailer, and the French home furnishings and decor company Maisons du Monde. Prior to Bain Capital, Roanne was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, a correspondent and editor for Thomson Reuters and an investment banker at Morgan Stanley. She received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.

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Stewart Long Davis Vice President
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Stewart joined Roark in 2016. She is actively involved in Roark’s investments in Drybar and FOCUS Brands. 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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Mahal J. de Castro Senior Tax Associate
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Mahal joined Roark in 2017. Prior to joining Roark, Mahal was a Tax Senior Consultant in the investment management group at Deloitte Tax, specializing in the hedge fund and private equity fund sectors. Mahal received a BBA with a Concentration in Accounting from the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University. 

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Jason deFaria Senior Associate
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Jason joined Roark in 2020. Prior to joining Roark, Jason was an associate with H.I.G. Capital in the LBO Fund. Before H.I.G., Jason was an investment banking analyst with Guggenheim Partners in the Special Situations Group. Jason received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Montavious Delaney IT Support Specialist
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Montavious joined Roark in 2021. Prior to joining Roark, he was a Technical Support Analyst at Rheem Manufacturing Company and a Senior Technical Support Level I at Right Networks. Montavious received a B.S. in Information Technology from Georgia Southern University.

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Jake DiBenedetto Analyst
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Jake DiBenedetto joined Roark in 2022. He most recently worked at Credit Suisse where he was an Investment Banking Analyst in the Global Industrials Group. He has a B.S. in Business Administration from the Georgia Institute of Technology. 
 

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Holli N. Dyer Executive Assistant
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Holli joined Roark in March of 2007. Prior to joining Roark, she worked for an Atlanta-based private equity firm as an Executive Assistant and Office Manager. Holli graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.S. in Business Administration in 2003.

 

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Natasha Edwards Executive Assistant
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Natasha joined Roark in 2021. She is an experienced executive assistant with expertise in navigating complex schedules, strategizing opportunities for streamlining logistics, and delivering seamless and positive support. Prior to joining Roark, she worked as an Executive Scheduler at Arthur M. Blank Family Office and as an Executive Assistant at Invesco, Egon Zehnder International, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., and McKinsey & Company.

Natasha received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Youngstown State University.

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Christine K. Elliott Executive Assistant
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Christine joined Roark in July 2018.  Prior to Roark, she was a legal assistant for Caldwell, Propst & DeLoach, LLP.  Christine graduated with a B.S. from Florida State University in 2005.

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Alexa Eurton Vice President - Investor Relations
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Alexa joined Roark in 2022. Prior to joining Roark, Alexa was a Vice President in Investor Relations at Avenue Capital Group. She previously worked in Investor Relations at Corbin Capital Partners and began her career at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey as an Investment Banking Analyst in the firm’s Consumer & Retail group. Alexa received a BBA in Finance from the University of Georgia.

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David Feiman Fund Finance Associate
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David joined Roark in 2021. Prior to joining Roark, he was an Assurance Associate at EY. David received a B.S. in Business from the University of Georgia and a Master of Accountancy from the University of North Carolina. David is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Allison T. Fellner Chief People Officer
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Allison joined Roark as Chief People Officer in 2020.  Allison is a Human Resources executive with over twenty years of experience and a successful track record of helping team members reach their potential.  Allison joined Roark from Aptean, a private-equity backed global provider of mission-critical ERP, Supply Chain and Compliance solutions.  At Aptean, she was Chief Human Resources Officer and a member of the senior executive team, responsible for developing and executing human resources strategy in support of the overall business plan. In that role, she oversaw, coached and developed thirty HR professionals across five countries and was responsible for HR related M&A activities for multiple carve-outs, add-on acquisitions, and an overall change of ownership.

Previously, she was the Chief People Officer at Jabian Consulting, a management and technology consultancy.  Allison started and spent the majority of her career at Accenture in various strategic and operational HR roles, including Managing Director, Human-Resources - Business Process Outsourcing.

Allison received her BBA in Marketing and International Business from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Sean R. Flanigan Fund Finance Associate
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Sean joined Roark in 2020. Prior to joining Roark, Sean was a Senior Auditor in the Audit & Assurance Services function at Deloitte & Touche. Sean received his BBA in Accounting and his Master of Accountancy degrees from the University of Georgia. Sean is also a Certified Public Accountant.

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Kyle Fortin Associate
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Kyle joined Roark in 2020. Prior to joining Roark, Kyle worked as an investment banking analyst at RBC Capital Markets in New York, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and strategic advisory across a variety of sectors. Kyle received a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi. 

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Madeline Frye Associate
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Madeline joined Roark in 2020. Prior to joining Roark, Madeline worked as an investment banking analyst at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey where she focused on mergers and acquisitions and strategic advisory across the consumer & retail industry. Madeline received a B.S.B.A. with a concentration in Finance from the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Lisa A. Galluccio Executive Assistant and New York Office Manager
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Lisa joined Roark in 2016.  Prior to Roark, she was a legal secretary and administrative assistant with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP for over 20 years.

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Sagar S. Gandhi Principal
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Sagar joined Roark in 2010. He serves on the board of directors of CKE and Massage Envy, is actively involved in Roark’s investment in ServiceMaster Brands and previously worked on Roark’s prior investments in Atkins Nutritionals, Peachtree Business Products and PSC Info Group. 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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William B. Garman Project Management
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Will joined Roark in 2019. Will has more than 12 years of experience across the consumer and retail industry. Prior to joining Roark, Will was a Director in KPMG’s Corporate Strategy practice, focusing on growth strategy, customer experience, business process improvement and post-merger integration for clients in both the private and public markets. While serving as a Corporate Strategy advisor, Will assisted his clients by aligning financial, business and operating models to craft and execute successful strategies. Will received a B.S.B.A. in Information Systems Management from Auburn University. 

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Dennis Gies Managing Director
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Dennis joined Roark in 2022 and is a member of Roark’s Investment Committee. He was a Partner and Head of the Consumer Private Equity practice at Ares Management, where he was responsible for sourcing and executing investments in private companies in the consumer goods, consumer services, e-commerce, retail, restaurant, leisure and lodging sectors. Prior to joining Ares in 2006, he worked at UBS Investment Bank, where he participated in the execution of a variety of transactions including leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, dividend recapitalizations and debt and equity financings. Dennis serves on the Board of Directors of MyTheresa.com (NYSE: MYTE) and as a Trustee and Treasurer of The Center for Early Education.

Dennis received a B.S. from Virginia Tech in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles in Electrical Engineering.

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Paul D. Ginsberg President
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Paul joined Roark in 2014, having been an outside adviser to the firm since its inception, and is a member of Roark’s Investment Committee. In addition to his responsibilities as President, he is actively involved in Roark’s investment in The Cheesecake Factory and serves on the public company’s board of directors. Prior to joining Roark, he was a partner, Co-Head of the Global Mergers & Acquisitions Group and a member of the Management Committee and Partnership Committee at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, the international law firm, which he joined in 1987 immediately upon graduating from law school. During his twenty-six-year career at Paul, Weiss, Paul led scores of M&A and private equity transactions, earning him recognition as a leading practitioner in Chambers USA, Legal 500, IFLR 1000, SuperLawyers and Best Lawyers in America. Additionally, he has been named by The American Lawyer as Dealmaker of the Year and Dealmaker of the Week. Paul received a J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School and a B.A. from Union College, where he is a member of its Board of Trustees.

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Jennifer F. Godfrey Executive Assistant
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Jennifer joined Roark in June 2008. Prior to Roark, she was Office Manager for Dixie HomeCrafters/GutterGuard, LLC. Jennifer attended Kennesaw State University.

 

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Amber Grexa Receptionist/Administrative Assistant
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Amber joined Roark in 2022. Prior to Roark, Amber was a Registration Associate at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Amber received a B.S. in Integrated Studies from Kennesaw State University.

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Tracy A. Haas Treasurer
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Tracy joined Roark in 2006. Prior to joining Roark, Tracy was Director of Financial Reporting for Aspen Partners Ltd., an Atlanta-based alternative investment firm. Prior to joining Aspen, Tracy served as a Senior Financial Analyst for American Software/Logility, Inc. He also has prior experience in corporate and international banking. Tracy received an M.B.A. from Georgia State University and a B.S. from The Georgia Institute of Technology. 

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Clayton D. Harmon Managing Director
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Clay joined Roark in 2007 and is a member of Roark’s Investment Committee. He is actively involved in Roark’s investments in Inspire Brands, Pet Retail Brands and Batteries Plus Bulbs. Prior to joining Roark, Clay was a Senior Associate in the transaction advisory services group at Ernst & Young. Prior to Ernst & Young, Clayton worked in the audit and risk advisory services group at KPMG. Clayton received a Master of Accountancy and a BBA from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. 

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Daynia Hastings Executive Assistant to the Founder & Managing Partner
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Daynia joined Roark in 2022. Prior to joining Roark, Daynia worked at Guggenheim Securities in Atlanta and at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR) in New York City. Daynia received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Georgia.

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Allison Hill Head of Diversity and Social Responsibility
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Allison joined Roark in 2019. Allison serves as the Head of Diversity and Social Responsibility, developing and leading Roark’s initiatives related to diversity and inclusion and philanthropic giving and community service. She is also a member of Roark’s Responsible Investment Committee. Prior to joining Roark, Allison served on the Executive Team at Miller’s Ale House as the Vice-President of Marketing.  Prior to that, she held global and domestic brand and marketing roles with The Coca-Cola Company and Sprint, as well as developing and launching two start-up concepts in the retail and restaurant industries.  Allison received an M.B.A. and a B.S. from Cornell University, where she is currently serving a six-year appointed term on the President’s Council of Cornell Women to advance and champion women. She also serves on the Board of The Michelle McGann Fund, which advocates for diabetic children. 
 

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Geoff A. Hill Managing Director
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Geoff joined Roark in 2010 and is a member of Roark’s Investment Committee. He serves on the board of directors of and is actively involved in Roark’s investments in Jim ‘N Nick’s, Massage Envy, Miller’s Ale House and Naf Naf Grill.  Geoff was involved in Roark’s prior investment in Wingstop. Geoff currently serves on the board of directors for the National Restaurant Association. He also serves as a Board Trustee for the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation, where he currently serves as Chairman. He previously served on the board of directors of FASTSIGNS. Prior to joining Roark, Geoff was the President of Cinnabon, a division of FOCUS Brands. Prior to serving as President of Cinnabon, Geoff had responsibilities for franchise sales, real estate, design and construction and franchise administration for all of FOCUS Brands. Prior to FOCUS Brands, Geoff was Vice President of USFS, managing franchise sales and development for Microtel Inns and Hawthorn Suites in the Western U.S. Geoff started his career with the Bristol Hotel Company, a large hotel owner and operator, where he held roles from Director of Sales to General Manager. Geoff received a B.A. from The Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. 

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Patrick D. Hillegass Principal
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Pat joined Roark in 2011. He serves on the board of directors of and is actively involved in Roark’s investments in Divisions Maintenance Group, Miller’s Ale House and Pet Retail Brands, and previously worked on Roark’s prior investment in Wingstop. Pat received a B.S in Systems Engineering and Economics from the University of Virginia. 

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Kevin Hofmann Managing Director
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Kevin joined Roark in 2019 and is a member of Roark’s Investment Committee. He serves on the board of directors of and is actively involved in Roark’s investments in OrangeTheory Fitness, PetValu (TSX: Pet), PartsTown, and Fitness Connection.

Prior to joining Roark, he spent 13 years with The Home Depot, his last role being President, where he oversaw the strategy, sales and operations of the company’s digital & omni-channel efforts. Concurrent with this role, he also served as the Chief Marketing Officer for The Home Depot, overseeing the strategic branding, marketing and advertising direction of the company.

Previously, he led The Home Depot’s Home Services businesses, the largest home services business in the country. Kevin joined The Home Depot in 2006 as a company officer, where he led technology teams focused on merchandising, stores, e-commerce, supply chain and the company’s international divisions.  

Prior to joining The Home Depot, Kevin spent ten years with GE, where he held CIO and CTO roles in a number of GE businesses (Healthcare, Renewables, Energy and GE Global Research). He started his career and spent eight years with Dow Chemical, working primarily in Plastics R&D and in Technology.  Kevin received a B.S. in Computer Science from Central Michigan University. 

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Sarah Hubbard Associate - Investor Relations
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Sarah joined Roark in 2020. Prior to joining Roark, she worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at William Blair & Company in the Services and Industrials Group.

Sarah received a BBA in Accounting from the University of Georgia and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Finance at Vanderbilt University.

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Gavin Hudnall Analyst - Supply Chain & Operations
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Gavin joined Roark in 2022. Prior to joining Roark, he worked as a Senior Consultant at Agillitics, where he focused on supply chain and data analytics.

Gavin received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech.

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Chadwick P. Hume Principal
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Chad joined Roark in 2009. He serves on the board of directors of Driven Brands and is actively involved in Roark’s investments in Inspire Brands and Self Esteem Brands. Chad received a BBA from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia.

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Ben Humphrey Associate
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Ben joined Roark in 2020. Prior to joining Roark, Ben was an associate at Harvest Partners in the Structured Capital Fund. Before Harvest Partners, Ben was an investment banking analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Jefferies. Ben graduated with an MBA and a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

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Ben Johnson Vice President - Data Science & Engineering
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Ben joined Roark in 2022 and is actively involved in Roark’s data science and advanced analytics initiatives. Prior to joining Roark, Ben worked as a Senior Manager of Data Science at Coca-Cola where he built scalable data science solutions supporting strategic decision making and back-office transformations across the enterprise. Prior to Coca-Cola, Ben worked as a Senior Scientist at Revenue Analytics where he built automated pricing and decision support tools across several industries. Ben received a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, a M.S. in Operations Research, and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. 

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Ryan Johnson Senior Associate
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Ryan joined Roark in 2022. He was a Summer Senior Associate with Roark in summer 2021. Prior to joining Roark, Ryan was an Associate at Apollo Global Management. Before Apollo, Ryan was an Investment Banking Analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Ryan received a B.A. in Economics from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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John P. Jordan Principal
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John joined Roark in 2008 and is the Committee Chair of Roark’s Responsible Investment Committee. He also serves on the board of directors of Fitness Connection and Solterra, is actively involved in Roark’s investments in Culver’s and Orangetheory and previously worked on Roark’s prior investments in GFL Environmental, Peachtree Business Products, Quala and Waste Pro. Prior to joining Roark, John was a Senior Associate in the transaction 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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Claude Karaki Analyst
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Claude joined Roark in 2022 after having been a Summer Analyst with the firm in 2021. He received a B.S. in Commerce and a minor in Statistics from the University of Virginia.

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Nick Keith Vice President - Data Analytics and Strategy
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Nick joined Roark in 2022 and is actively involved in designing and executing Roark’s data analytics initiatives. Prior to joining Roark, Nick worked as a Senior Manager at Kurt Salmon, part of Accenture Strategy. He delivered analytics-driven strategies and tools for retail and consumer product companies across growth, merchandising, inventory, pricing, and supply chain.

Nick received a B.S in Industrial Engineering and Finance from the Georgia Institute of Technology. 

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Cade Klawinski Analyst
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Cade Klawinski joined Roark in 2022. He most recently worked at Credit Suisse where he was an Investment Banking Analyst in the Financial Sponsors Group. Cade received a BBA in Finance from the University of Georgia.

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Niel Kuttappan Senior Business Analyst
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Niel joined Roark in February of 2020. Prior to joining Roark, Niel was an IT Service Delivery Lead at Georgia Tech Research Institute, focusing on system implementation, project management, business analysis, and IT strategy.  Prior to Georgia Tech, Niel implemented Apparity, a spreadsheet monitoring and tracking tool for various investment banks. Niel received a B.A from Emory University.

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Mark A. Lawrence Vice President
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Mark joined Roark in 2013. He is actively involved in Roark’s investments in Divisions Maintenance Group, Great Expressions Dental Centers and Nothing Bundt Cakes. Prior to joining Roark, he was a Senior Associate in the transaction advisory services group at Ernst & Young, where he focused primarily on business valuations. Prior to that, Mark worked in the Audit and Assurance Advisory Services group at Ernst & Young. Mark received an M.S. in Accountancy from the Carroll Graduate School of Management at Boston College and a B.S. from Auburn University. Mark is a CFA Charterholder.

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Carrie Ledgerwood HR Generalist
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Carrie joined Roark in 2021. She is a human resources professional with experience in recruiting, onboarding, benefits, employee engagement, and performance management. Prior to joining Roark, she worked as a Human Resources Analyst at Clarkston Consulting and as a Human Resources Associate - Talent Acquisition at Atrium Health.

Carrie received a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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David K. Lee Principal
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Dave joined Roark in 2008. He serves on the board of directors of Nothing Bundt Cakes, is actively involved in Roark’s investment in FOCUS Brands and previously worked on Roark’s prior investments in Atkins Nutritionals, Peachtree Business Products and Corner Bakery. Prior to joining Roark, Dave was a Senior Associate at American Capital, an investment fund with approximately $19 billion of capital under management.  Prior to American Capital, Dave was a Manager in the transaction advisory services group at Ernst & Young, where he worked on financial due diligence projects for private equity firms. Dave received a BBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. 

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Wesley C. Lee Chief Accounting Officer
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Wesley joined Roark in 2014. Prior to joining Roark, Wesley was a Senior Associate in the Assurance Services Group at Ernst & Young. Wesley received a Master of Accountancy and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. Wesley is also a Certified Public Accountant.

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Claudia Levitas Associate General Counsel
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Claudia joined Roark in 2019. Her legal responsibilities focus primarily on working with the portfolio companies on a wide range of operational and legal matters, including best practices and risk management. She also participates in Roark transactional, compliance, regulatory, and corporate governance matters. Prior to joining Roark, Claudia was Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer for Hooters of America, LLC where she was responsible for all legal matters, human resources, training, payroll, benefits, and risk management. Prior to Hooters, Claudia served as Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel to Huddle House, Inc. where she managed the legal, real estate, and human resources departments. Before going in-house, Claudia was a commercial litigator in Washington, DC with Ginsburg, Feldman and Bress. Claudia received her B.A. from Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges and her J.D. from George Washington University’s National Law Center. Claudia is a member of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia.

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Elizabeth Lisenby Associate – Operations
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Elizabeth joined Roark in 2020. Prior to Roark, she was an Analyst with Accenture Consulting in the Strategy & Consulting practice working at the Atlanta Innovation Hub. Elizabeth received a B.S. in Business Administration and minors in Business, Law, and Ethics from the Georgia Institute of Technology. 

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Jason C. Maddox Director of Information Technology and Chief Information Security Officer
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Jason joined Roark in June 2006. Prior to joining Roark, Jason owned and operated Lifeline Technology Services, a provider of network and IT consulting services to small- and medium-sized operations in the Atlanta area. Jason is responsible for telecom, networking, IT infrastructure and cybersecurity at Roark. Jason is an active member of InfraGard, International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional. Jason was nominated for the 2014 Georgia CIO of the year award by the Georgia CIO Leadership Association. 

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Louis Matthews Associate General Counsel
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Louis joined Roark in 2021 as Associate General Counsel. Prior to joining Roark, Louis was a corporate lawyer with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Louis received his B.S. from Vanderbilt University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Louis is a member of the New York bar.

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Abhishek Mattipalli Analyst
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Abhishek joined Roark in 2022. Abhishek previously worked as an Investment Banking Summer Analyst at Evercore. He received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Brennan McCormick Senior Associate
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Brennan joined Roark in 2021. He is actively involved in Roark’s investments in Fitness Connection and Pet Supermarket. Prior to joining Roark, Brennan worked as a Senior Associate at Sverica Capital Management and as an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company.

Brennan received a B.A. in Political Science from Davidson College and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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William McGahan Analyst
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William joined Roark in 2021, having been a Summer Analyst with Roark in 2020. William received a B.S. in Statistics and Data Science from Yale University.

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TJ McLaughlin Analyst - Business Development
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TJ joined Roark in 2022. Prior to joining Roark, he worked as a Business Analyst at Deloitte Consulting LLP. He received a B.A. in Government from Georgetown University and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University.

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Martin R. McLendon Vice President
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Martin joined Roark in 2014. He is actively involved in Roark’s investments in Driven Brands and Solterra and previously worked on Roark’s prior investment in Wingstop. He also serves on the Board of the non-profit Agape Youth and Family Center and as a Teaching Director for the Roark Investment Fellowship, a BLK Capital program.  Prior to joining Roark, Martin worked as an investment banking analyst at Harris Williams & Co., where he focused on mergers and acquisitions across a variety of sectors. Martin received a B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration and a minor in Mathematics from Washington and Lee University. 

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Garett McVay Analyst
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Garett joined Roark in 2022. Garett was a Summer Analyst with Roark in summer 2021. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Dan Merola Fund Finance Manager
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Dan joined Roark in 2020. Prior to joining Roark, Dan worked as a Finance Manager in Bain Capital's private equity business unit and as a Financial Services Organization Staff - Assurance, Wealth & Asset Management at Ernst & Young.

Dan received his Master of Science in Accountancy and Bachelor of Science in Financial Analysis and Accounting from the University at Albany, State University of New York. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Ched Milic Associate
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Ched joined Roark in 2019, having been a Summer Analyst in 2018. Ched previously worked with early-stage investor SeedInvest in New York City.  Ched graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Economics and Computer Science with a Minor in Business Administration.

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Erik O. Morris Chief Investment Officer
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Erik joined Roark in 2007 and is a member of Roark’s Investment Committee. He has spent more than 20 years in private equity where he primarily focused on multi-location, consumer-oriented businesses. In addition to his responsibilities as Chief Investment Officer, he serves on the board of directors of and is actively involved in Roark’s investments in Inspire Brands, Primrose Schools, Self Esteem Brands, Orangetheory Fitness, Culver’s and Fitness Connection. Erik was also involved in Roark’s prior investment in Wingstop. Prior to joining Roark, Erik was a Partner at Grotech Capital Group, a private equity firm based in Baltimore, MD. Prior to joining Grotech, Erik worked in the investment banking division of Deutsche Bank and its predecessor entities, BT Alex. Brown, and Alex. Brown & Sons. Erik received a B.S. from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

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Sarah Morris Associate
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Sarah joined Roark in 2022. Prior to Roark, Sarah was an Investment Banking Analyst at Stephens. She received a BBA in Finance from the University of Georgia.

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Lora J. Moysard Executive Assistant and Office Manager
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Lora joined Roark in May 2014. Prior to Roark, she was Paul Ginsberg’s assistant at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

 

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Max Mudd Associate
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Max joined Roark in 2018 after having been a Summer Analyst in 2017.  He also serves as a Teaching Director for the Roark Investment Fellowship, a BLK Capital program.  He received a B.S. in Business with concentrations in economics and finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business.

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Caroline H. Nixon Chief of Staff to Founder & Managing Partner, Neal Aronson
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Caroline joined Roark in 2019. Prior to joining Roark, Caroline worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she was a Senior Associate on the Capital Markets and Accounting Advisory Services team. Caroline received her Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration from Washington and Lee University.

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Bert O'Neal Head of Supply Chain & Operations
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Bert joined Roark in 2020 and is a member of Roark’s Responsible Investment Committee. Prior to joining Roark, Bert was Vice President of Logistics and Commercial Excellence at Vulcan Materials Company. While at Vulcan, Bert led Procurement, Rail Logistics, Truck Logistics, Logistics Innovations and Commercial Excellence, helping them build industry-leading capabilities across the materials supply chain. Prior to that, Bert worked at McKinsey & Company, working with clients on supply chain, procurement, strategy, sales and marketing and other operational areas. Bert received an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in English from Washington and Lee University. 

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Basil Orr Associate - Investor Relations
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Basil joined Roark in 2021. Prior to joining Roark, he worked as a Private Equity Fundraising Analyst at Neuberger Berman and as a Data Analyst at eVestment.

Basil received a BBA in Finance from the University of Georgia.

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Helen Page Fund Finance Associate
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Helen joined Roark in 2020. Prior to Joining Roark, she was an Associate in the Assurance Services group at PwC. Helen received a Masters of Accountancy and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas. Helen is also a Certified Public Accountant.

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Adam Payne Head of IT
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Adam joined Roark in 2022. He has over 20 years of information technology and cyber security experience. Prior to joining Roark, Adam worked as Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer at Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman, LLC. Prior to that, he held positions in the financial services and fintech industries, architecting and supporting corporate IT systems and payment processing platforms. He began his career as a Software Engineer before joining Deloitte as an IT and Cyber Risk Manager. Adam received a BBA from Georgia State University.

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Ian Picache Managing Director & Chief Analytics Officer
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Ian joined Roark as Managing Director and Chief Analytics Officer in 2021 and is a member of Roark’s Investment Committee. Ian is a technology investor and entrepreneur. Prior to joining Roark, Ian co-founded Two Six Capital, one of the first investment and operating firm using data science to create an advantage in the private equity investment and value creation process. Two Six Capital was acquired by West Monroe in 2020.

Ian also co-founded and was the sole investor in several ecommerce companies, including Bergine LLC (acquired by Gilt Groupe). Prior to that, Ian spent more than a decade in private equity and venture capital, investing across a wide range of industries with Technology Crossover Ventures, Vanguard Ventures and Telesoft Partners. Ian began his career at Morgan Stanley in private equity and investment banking groups.

Ian received an M.B.A. from The Wharton School and a B.A. in Engineering and Economics from Dartmouth College.

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Jason Quill Associate
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Jason joined Roark in 2020. He graduated from Georgia Tech with a B.S.B.A. concentrating in Finance and a minor in Engineering and Business. Jason interned at Point72 Asset Management and EY’s Financial Accounting Advisory Services group.

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Shree Raghavan Analyst
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Shree joined Roark in 2022. Shree previously worked as an Investment Banking Summer Analyst at Guggenheim Securities. Shree received a B.S. in Finance from Rutgers University.

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Lancelot R. Riley Analyst - IT
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Lancelot joined Roark in 2016.  Prior to Roark he served as the IT Administrator, and later, IT Network Manager of Caribbean Alliance Insurance Company over a seven year period.  He holds certifications from Cisco, Microsoft & CompTIA.  He brings over 10 years of general IT knowledge and experience to the team. Lancelot is responsible for Help Desk services, Telecommunication Systems, Mobile Device Management and IT Infrastructure services at Roark.

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William G. Roche Chief Compliance Officer
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Bill became Roark’s Chief Compliance Officer in 2015, having served as an adviser to Roark since its inception. Bill has been a Partner in the Atlanta office of King & Spalding LLP (“K&S”) since 1991, is a member of K&S’s Private Equity and Mergers and Acquisitions practices and has advised Roark on a wide range of corporate and fund-related matters since its founding. Bill has spent his entire legal career at K&S. Bill received a J.D. from Stanford University and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.    

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Steven M. Romaniello Senior Advisor
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Steven joined Roark in 2008 and transitioned from Managing Director to Senior Advisor in November 2019. He is on the board of directors of FOCUS Brands, Corner Bakery, and Inspire Brands. Steven is the former Chairman of the International Franchise Association. Prior to joining Roark, Steven was CEO of FOCUS Brands. Prior to becoming CEO of FOCUS Brands, Steven served as President of Carvel Ice Cream. Under Steven's leadership, FOCUS Brands acquired Cinnabon in 2004, Schlotzsky's in 2006, and Moe's Southwest Grill in 2007. Prior to his tenure at FOCUS Brands, Steven was President and COO of USFS. Steven helped grow USFS from one brand with 22 hotels in nine states to three brands and more than 500 hotels open in 50 states and five countries. Prior to joining USFS, Steven was a Vice President at Holiday Inn Worldwide. There, he was responsible for franchise services, support, and training for 1,700 hotels in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean, operating under the Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza brands. He also led franchise sales, and during his tenure, Holiday Inn increased its franchise sales from 60 in 1991 to 300 franchises in 1995. From 1988 to 1991, Steven held various positions with Days Inn of America. Steven received a B.A. from Tufts University. 

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Julie Russo Executive Assistant
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Julie joined Roark in June 2015.  Prior to Roark, she was a legal secretary for Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, Epstein Becker & Green and DLA Piper.  Julie received a B.S. from Georgia State University.

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Ardian Sahinovic Associate - Business Development
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Ardian joined the Roark team in 2020. He joins from Deloitte Consulting, where he was an analyst aligned to Deloitte’s Strategy and Operations practice. Prior to Deloitte, Ardian taught 8th Grade Science as part of the non-profit Teach for America (TFA) program. He earned his B.S. from Cornell University, where he also lettered for the Varsity Football team.   

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Edward C. Sampognaro Vice President
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Ed joined Roark in 2013 after having been a Summer Analyst with Roark in 2012.  He is actively involved in Roark’s investments in Inspire Brands and CKE.  Ed received a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia. 

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Monty Sapp Executive Assistant and Office Manager
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Monty joined Roark in August, 2012. Prior to Roark, she was a secretarial coordinator, paralegal and legal secretary for King & Spalding and DLA Piper. Monty attended Macon Junior College and Georgia Perimeter College.

 

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Anthony P. Scotto Senior Advisor
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Anthony joined Roark in 2004. Anthony is actively involved in Roark's investments in FOCUS Brands and Great Expressions. He is also Chairman of the Investment Advisory Committee of a non-profit institution, The Art Students League of New York. Prior to joining Roark, Anthony spent 15 years as a Managing Director at Oak Hill Advisors, Inc. and Oak Hill Partners, Inc. (and its predecessors), a large private equity and investment firm based in New York. Anthony has been involved in the purchase or oversight of more than 50 companies with an estimated value of more than $5 billion. Prior to joining Oak Hill, Anthony spent 17 years at the accounting firm of Arthur Young, most recently as a Partner in its mergers and acquisitions group. Anthony received a B.S. from Boston College and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

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Owen Scrudders Analyst
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Owen joined Roark in 2021, having been a Summer Analyst with Roark in summer 2020. Owen received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Samuel P. Seldowitz Senior Associate
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Sam joined Roark in 2016. He is actively involved in Roark’s investments in Nothing Bundt Cakes, Great Expressions Dental Centers, and Massage Envy. He received a B.S. in Commerce and Mathematics from the University of Virginia. 

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Michael S. Sharkey Principal
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Mike joined Roark in 2007. He currently serves on the board of directors of Miller's Ale House and Mathnasium, and was formerly on the board of Wingstop. He is actively involved in Roark's investment in Primrose Schools and Focus Brands.  Mike received a BBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

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Nick Sherrard Associate - Operations
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Nick joined Roark in 2021. Prior to joining Roark, he worked as an Analyst at Insight Sourcing Group where he focused on post-sourcing category management.

Nick received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Aaron Silbar Senior Associate
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Aaron joined Roark in 2021. Prior to joining Roark, Aaron was an Associate at Monomoy Capital Partners. Before Monomoy, Aaron worked at Bank of America in their Consumer & Retail Investment Banking group as well as their Debt Capital Markets group.

Aaron received a B.A. in Financial Economics from Columbia University.

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Michael D. Simon Senior Associate
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Michael joined Roark in 2015. He is actively involved in Roark’s investments in Driven Brands, Miller’s Ale House and US Sports Camps. Michael received a BBA in Finance and Operations Management from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. 

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Gregory D. Smith Managing Director - Head of Business Development and Capital Markets
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Greg joined Roark in 2018 and is a member of Roark’s Investment Committee.  Prior to joining Roark, Greg was Managing Director, Global Head of Restaurant Coverage and Head of Southeast Region at Barclays.  Prior to Barclays, Greg was at Credit Suisse from 2006 to 2014, where he was a Managing Director responsible for covering clients in the consumer and retail industry and was the head of the Restaurant Investment Banking sector.  In his duties at Barclays and Credit Suisse, Greg worked across much of the Roark portfolio as a trusted advisor and lead provider of debt and equity financing in the capital markets.  Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Greg was a Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets from 2001 to early 2006, and at Prudential Securities from 1994 to 2001, covering the consumer products and retail industry.  Greg received a B.S. in Business Administration from Bucknell University. 

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Sarah Spiegel Managing Director
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Sarah joined Roark in 2019 and is a member of Roark’s Investment Committee. She serves on the board of directors of FOCUS Brands, ServiceMaster Brands, CKE and US Sports Camps. Prior to joining Roark, she was the President and CEO of Coffee & Bagel Brands, which comprises Einstein Bros. Bagels, Caribou Coffee, Bruegger’s Bagels, Noah’s New York Bagels and Manhattan Bagel Company. She joined Coffee & Bagel Brands as the President of Einstein Bros. Bagels in 2015.  Prior to Coffee & Bagel Brands, Sarah served as Executive Vice President in the Portfolio Group at Bain Capital, where she partnered with leadership teams at consumer and retail brands (including Bloomin’ Brands, Dunkin’ Brands and Michaels Arts & Crafts) to build and execute growth strategies across all functions of the business. Prior to Bain Capital, Sarah was the Director of Strategy at The LEGO Group in Denmark. She started her career at McKinsey & Company in Washington, D.C. Sarah received an M.B.A. from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and a B.A. from Princeton University.

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Sarah Stevens Fund Finance Associate
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Sarah joined Roark in 2022. Prior to joining Roark, she was a Financial Analyst at U.S. Radiology. Prior to U.S. Radiology, Sarah was an Audit Senior at Deloitte. Sarah received her Master of Accountancy and Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi. Sarah is also a Certified Public Accountant.

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Braxton Stokes Business Analyst
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Braxton joined Roark in 2022. He most recently worked at Boston Consulting Group, where he was an IT HR Business Analyst. Prior to that, he worked at Invisors as a Data & Analytics Consultant. Braxton received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Eddie Sun Senior Systems Administrator
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Eddie joined Roark in 2022. He previously worked at Maxxis International where he was an Associate Director of IT and managed the IT infrastructure for its North American operations. Prior to that, Eddie worked at HDR as a Computer Systems Manager. Eddie brings over 20 years of IT knowledge and experience to the team. He holds certifications from VMware and Microsoft.

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Ryan Sun Analyst
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Ryan joined Roark in 2022. Ryan previously worked as an Alternative Credit Summer Analyst at Ares. He received a BBA in Finance from Emory University.

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Neami Tedla HR Coordinator
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Neami joined Roark in 2022. Neami received her B.S. in Psychology from Georgia State University.  

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Kyle Terry Corporate Controller
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Kyle joined Roark in 2022. Prior to joining Roark, he was a Controller at RFA Management Company, a large single-family office in Atlanta. Previously, Kyle also worked as the Controller for Brown Integrated Logistics, a private equity backed company headquartered in East Atlanta. Kyle began his career in public accounting, starting off in financial statement audit at Grant Thornton and then worked in EY’s M&A consulting group.

Kyle received a Master of Professional Accountancy from Georgia State University and a B.S. in Finance from Bryan College. Kyle is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Mike Thompson Managing Director
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Mike joined Roark in 2010 and is a member of Roark’s Investment Committee. He serves on the board of directors of and is actively involved in Roark’s investments in Divisions Maintenance Group, Driven Brands, Great Expressions Dental Centers, Installation Made Easy, ServiceMaster Brands and US Sports Camps, and previously worked on Roark’s prior investment in Atkins Nutritionals. Prior to joining Roark, he worked at Montage Partners, a Phoenix-based private equity firm. Prior to Montage, Mike served as a Senior Associate at Kroll Zolfo Copper. Mike received an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a B.A. from Pomona College. 

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Brett R. Ubl Vice President
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Brett joined Roark in 2016. He is actively involved in Roark’s investments in Inspire Brands and Culver’s. He also serves as the Program Director of the Roark Investment Fellowship, a BLK Capital program, and as a member of the Leadership Council for Junior Achievement of Georgia. Prior to joining Roark, Brett worked as an analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co. in the firm’s Consumer Investment Banking Group. Brett received a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Notre Dame.

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Kevin Wang Senior Associate
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Kevin joined Roark in 2021 upon graduating with an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is actively involved in Roark’s investment in Divisions Maintenance Group. Prior to business school, Kevin worked at Norwest Equity Partners, where he was a Senior Associate. Prior to Norwest Equity Partners, Kevin worked at Lazard, where he was an Analyst in the Middle Market Advisory group. Kevin received a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Northwestern University.

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Emilia Waszkielewicz Tax Manager
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Emilia joined Roark in 2020. She is a tax professional with previous experience in Big Four public accounting, specializing in partnership and REIT taxation. Prior to joining Roark, she worked as a Tax Manager at Ernst & Young.

Emilia received a Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree with a double major in Accounting and Finance from DePaul University. She is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Sam Wetstone Vice President
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Sam joined Roark in 2013. He is actively involved in Roark’s investments in Self Esteem Brands, Orangetheory Fitness, Massage Envy and ServiceMaster Brands. Sam previously worked on Roark’s prior investments in Quala, GFL Environmental and Waste Pro. Sam was an Analyst with Roark in the summer of 2012. Sam received a B.A. in Economics from Vanderbilt University. 

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David M. Wierman Managing Director and Head of Investor Relations
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David joined Roark in 2019 and is a member of Roark’s Investment Committee. Prior to joining Roark, David was a Managing Director at Robert W. Baird & Co., where he was Co-Head of Baird’s Global Financial Sponsors Group and a member of the firm’s Investment Banking Management Committee. He served as Roark’s primary coverage officer and was a lead partner on several of Roark’s investments and exits. Prior to joining Baird in 1995, David spent five years at Coopers & Lybrand, primarily focused on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions advisory assignments. David received a B.S. in Accounting from Valparaiso University. 

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Sara Young Executive Assistant
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Sara joined Roark in 2022. Prior to Roark, she was a Personal and Executive Assistant at Zelnick Media Capital. Sara received a B.S. in Psychology from Kennesaw State University.

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Kimberly S. Zarter Executive Assistant
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Kimberly joined Roark in June 2006. Prior to Roark, she was an Accounts Payable Administrator for Dixie HomeCrafters/GutterGuard, LLC. Kimberly graduated from Georgia State University in 2004 with a BBA in Business Management.