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CHRIS CHILDRES

CHRIS CHILDRES

Managing Partner

Chris founded Edgewater Capital in 1998. He has more than 25 years of ...Read More

CHRIS CHILDRES
CHRIS CHILDRES
Managing Partner

Chris founded Edgewater Capital in 1998. He has more than 25 years of experience in private equity, with more than two decades devoted exclusively to the acquisition, development and divestiture of middle-market specialty industrials and life sciences companies. He has led and closed several of Edgewater’s investments and has served on the Boards and as Chairman of the Board of dozens of middle-market companies. Chris has extensive experience and expertise in closing complex and difficult carve outs and “first institutional equity” buyouts, and in driving strategy and growth from the Board level. Prior to Edgewater, he was an attorney in the M&A department of Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts, where he closed more than $2 billion in domestic and international acquisition, leveraged acquisition and debt-financing transactions, both for public and private companies. Prior to founding Edgewater, Chris worked in corporate law, finance and consulting in New York and Chicago. Chris has a BA in English and American Literature from Northwestern University and a JD from Fordham University School of Law.

RYAN MEANY

RYAN MEANY

Managing Partner

Ryan serves as Chairman of the Investment Committee and Managing Partn...Read More

RYAN MEANY
RYAN MEANY
Managing Partner

Ryan serves as Chairman of the Investment Committee and Managing Partner in addition to running the firm’s day to day activities. He oversees Edgewater’s portfolio management, as well as the firm's team, culture, and strategic initiatives. Ryan has over 20 years of experience in leveraged buyouts, M&A, and investment banking. He joined Edgewater in 2000 and has worked extensively on transaction origination, execution, portfolio management and managing the firm.  Prior to Edgewater, Ryan was an investment banker with NatCity Investments, Inc., the investment banking and brokerage subsidiary of National City Corporation. Ryan has a BS in Business Administration from Miami University and an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

RICHARD SCHWARZ

RICHARD SCHWARZ

Partner

Richard has over 40 years of experience in operations management, leve...Read More

RICHARD SCHWARZ
RICHARD SCHWARZ
Partner

Richard has over 40 years of experience in operations management, leveraged buyouts, entrepreneurship, management consulting, and sales. His responsibilities have included full company profit and loss, M&A, product development, and strategic planning in leadership positions at both domestic and international organizations. He has held various senior management and governance positions in manufacturing, distribution, and chemicals businesses. Richard joined Edgewater in 2003 as a member of our board of operating advisors and became a partner in 2004.

Richard earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from Ohio State University and an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of Ohio.

BOB GIRTON

BOB GIRTON

Partner

Bob spends his time at Edgewater driving deal origination, transaction...Read More

BOB GIRTON
BOB GIRTON
Partner

rgirton@edgewatercapital.com
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Office: (216) 292-3838
Direct: (216) 292-3858

Bob spends his time at Edgewater driving deal origination, transaction execution, and portfolio management. Prior to joining Edgewater in 2011 as an associate, he was an investment banker at Harris Williams & Co. and Candlewood Partners. While in investment banking, Bob completed a variety of corporate finance transactions, including M&A, leveraged financings, and other advisory services. Bob has served on the Boards of Edgewater portfolio companies Fiber Materials, FAR Chemical, TRITEC Performance Solutions, Callery, Pure Wafer, DanChem, and Haematologic Technologies. Bob has a BS in Corporate Finance from the University of Akron and an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

PETE OSTERGARD

PETE OSTERGARD

Partner

Pete is a Partner of the firm focused on sourcing, executing, and mana...Read More

PETE OSTERGARD
PETE OSTERGARD
Partner

postergard@edgewatercapital.com
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Office: (216) 292-3838
Direct: (216) 503-0372

Pete is a Partner of the firm focused on sourcing, executing, and managing Edgewater’s investments. Pete is heavily involved in strategy development at Edgewater, as well as oversight of marketing and business development efforts. Pete has served on the Boards of Edgewater portfolio companies FAR Chemical, ChemQuest, Fiber Materials, and Particle Dynamics. Previously, Pete was a vice president at Fidus Partners, where he spent six years focused on M&A across a variety of industries, including life sciences and specialty chemicals. Prior to Fidus, Pete was an investment banking analyst at KeyBanc Capital Markets. Pete holds a BS in Economics and History from Vanderbilt University.

BRIAN LEONARD

BRIAN LEONARD

PARTNER, CFO & CCO

Brian leads Edgewater’s finance, accounting, compliance, HR and IT f...Read More

BRIAN LEONARD
BRIAN LEONARD
PARTNER, CFO & CCO

bleonard@edgewatercapital.com
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Direct: (216) 292-4351
Cell: (440) 787-6469

Brian leads Edgewater’s finance, accounting, compliance, HR and IT functions. His responsibilities include managing the firm’s accounting and tax requirements, investor relations, portfolio company financial oversight and financial and tax diligence on potential investments. Prior to joining Edgewater, Brian was a director in the transaction services practices of two international accounting firms for five years. Before that, he spent nine years in the assurance and transaction services practices of two “Big 4” accounting firms where his clients included Fortune 500 companies, privately held companies, and private equity firms focusing on the industrial products, chemicals, coatings, and information technology industries. Brian was also the CFO of an electronic health records company. Brian holds a BS in Accounting from Miami University.

DR. RAKESH KAPOOR

DR. RAKESH KAPOOR

Operating Partner - Materials Outovation®

Rakesh leads the Materials Outovation® practice at Edgewater Capital ...Read More

DR. RAKESH KAPOOR
DR. RAKESH KAPOOR
Operating Partner - Materials Outovation®

rkapoor@edgewatercapital.com
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Direct: (216) 816-1799
Cell: (508) 925-0729

Rakesh leads the Materials Outovation® practice at Edgewater Capital Partners. Rakesh spent 2 decades at Saint-Gobain ($50B multinational) serving in leadership roles in R&D, manufacturing, ventures, worldwide sales management, and in global general management – turning around an underperforming global engineered ceramics business. Rakesh has been a consultant for the C-suites of one of the largest primary metal companies; and for a mid-sized, fifth generation family held mining firm. Rakesh’s experiences emphasize growth by systematically looking “outside” the organization, a process he has trademarked as Materials Outovation®. Rakesh is a governance fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Rakesh served on the advisory board of the MIT Materials Processing Center. Rakesh holds a BTech in metallurgical engineering from IIT-Bombay and both MS and PhD degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT.

MARCUS PILLION

MARCUS PILLION

Operating Partner - Engineered Components and Systems

Marcus brings 27 years of industrial market experience to his role as ...Read More

MARCUS PILLION
MARCUS PILLION
Operating Partner - Engineered Components and Systems

mpillion@edgewatercapital.com
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Cell: (678) 907-0532

Marcus brings 27 years of industrial market experience to his role as leader of Edgewater’s Engineered Components and Systems practice. Most recently, he was CEO of TRITEC Performance Solutions, a prior Edgewater Capital portfolio company that manufactures highly engineered PTFE sealing solutions. Prior to TRITEC, Marcus held multiple leadership positions in leading global seals, systems, and pump businesses, including director at Colfax Fluid Handling, president of EagleBurgmann (a division of the Freudenberg Group), SKF, John Crane, ABS Pumps, ITT Fluid Handling, and Netzsch. Marcus has a BA degree in Geology & Archaeology from the College of Wooster.

CHRIS SPRINGER

CHRIS SPRINGER

Operating Partner - Specialty Materials Applications

Chris works closely with the management teams of Edgewater portfolio c...Read More

CHRIS SPRINGER
CHRIS SPRINGER
Operating Partner - Specialty Materials Applications

cspringer@edgewatercapital.com
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Office: (610) 213-6412

Chris works closely with the management teams of Edgewater portfolio companies as they establish and pursue their value creation plans. He also leads Edgewater’s Specialty Materials Applications practice, working with Edgewater’s deal team to identify and evaluate new opportunities for owner-operator partnerships and corporate carve outs. Chris has worked in lower middle-market private equity since 2009 and joined Edgewater in 2019. Previously, he was an executive with Rohm & Haas (now DuPont) where he held a variety of commercial and operational roles in the industrial and electronics segments. Earlier in his career, Chris worked with the Boston Consulting Group and Lockheed Martin. Chris holds a BS in Management from Bucknell University and Master’s degrees in International Affairs (Georgetown University) and Engineering Systems/Logistics (MIT).

BRIAN SCANLAN

BRIAN SCANLAN

Operating Partner - Life Science

Brian leads Edgewater’s Life Science practice and is engaged with se...Read More

BRIAN SCANLAN
BRIAN SCANLAN
Operating Partner - Life Science

bscanlan@edgewatercapital.com
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Office: (216) 292-3838

Brian leads Edgewater’s Life Science practice and is engaged with several portfolio companies in advisory roles spanning commercial, operational, and Board advisory. Brian has spent nearly three decades in the pharmaceutical services sector, developing and growing companies offering highly differentiated technologies and services. He is also the Founder and Managing Partner of Freedom Bioscience Partners, a consultancy firm focused on M&A and strategic business advisory to the pharmaceutical and fine chemical industries. Prior to launching Freedom, Brian served as CEO at Cambridge Major Laboratories, a global pharma contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) focused on active pharmaceutical ingredients, solid state chemistry, and analytical services. Brian holds a BS in Chemistry from Northern Illinois University and an MBA from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

JASON BURMER

JASON BURMER

Vice President - BD

Jason leads Edgewater’s business development function. Prior to join...Read More

JASON BURMER
JASON BURMER
Vice President - BD

jburmer@edgewatercapital.com
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Office: (216) 292-3838
Direct: (216) 816-1989

Jason leads Edgewater’s business development function. Prior to joining Edgewater in 2019, Jason was an associate director at H.I.G. Capital, a lower middle-market private equity firm, where he was responsible for originating investment opportunities in the Industrials and Business Services sectors. Prior to H.I.G., he served as counsel and business development lead at a start-up financing platform that connected other start-up companies with early-stage investors. Earlier in his career, he worked at a large commercial litigation firm and the Major Crimes Division of the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office in Tampa, FL. Jason has a BS from Florida State University and a JD from the Stetson University College of Law.

SARITA GAVHANE

SARITA GAVHANE

Vice President

Sarita is a Vice President on Edgewater’s investment team and focuse...Read More

SARITA GAVHANE
SARITA GAVHANE
Vice President

sgavhane@edgewatercapital.com
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Office: (216) 292-3838
Direct: (216) 503-0379

Sarita is a Vice President on Edgewater’s investment team and focuses on all of the firm’s target industry verticals. She is responsible for identifying and developing key investment themes for new investment opportunities, transaction execution, and supporting the management teams of Edgewater’s portfolio through the development of strategic growth initiatives. Prior to joining Edgewater in 2019, Sarita was a vice president at a middle-market junior capital firm, where she was responsible for originating investment opportunities, investment execution and portfolio company oversight in a variety of industries. Before that, she was an investment banker focusing on the healthcare and technology verticals at several boutique firms in the Boston area. Sarita began her career within the assurance practice of a large multi-national accounting firm. Sarita has a BA from Boston College in Accounting and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She also maintains a CPA license in the State of Ohio.

MACK DOYLE

MACK DOYLE

Senior Associate

Mack supports Edgewater's investment team, operating partners, and man...Read More

MACK DOYLE
MACK DOYLE
Senior Associate

mdoyle@edgewatercapital.com
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Direct: (216) 393-2452
Cell: (330) 221-8318

Mack supports Edgewater's investment team, operating partners, and management teams as they seek to deploy capital and enhance portfolio companies through investment. He is responsible for deal execution, portfolio management, and sourcing. Previously, Mack worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions group of KeyBanc Capital Markets. Mack has a BBA in Accounting and Finance from Ohio University.

RICHARD KERTIS

RICHARD KERTIS

Associate

At Edgewater, Ricky is primarily responsible for assisting the investm...Read More

RICHARD KERTIS
RICHARD KERTIS
Associate

rkertis@edgewatercapital.com
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Direct: (216) 503-0364
Cell: (216) 548-6796

At Edgewater, Ricky is primarily responsible for assisting the investment team, operating partners, and management teams in evaluating, underwriting, and monitoring new and existing investment opportunities. Previously, Ricky was an investment banker at KeyBanc Capital Markets and KPMG Corporate Finance, where he worked on middle-market transactions across multiple industries. Ricky holds a BS in Accounting and Finance from Miami University.

KRISTEN LIPSON

KRISTEN LIPSON

Operations Manager

Kristen joined Edgewater in 2007 and is responsible for the administra...Read More

KRISTEN LIPSON
KRISTEN LIPSON
Operations Manager

klipson@edgewatercapital.com
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Office: (216) 292-3838 ext. 208
Cell: (216) 650-2521

Kristen joined Edgewater in 2007 and is responsible for the administrative management of the firm. She has over 10 years of professional and financial management experience. Prior to Edgewater, Kristen served as head of human resources and as controller for Zoresco Equipment Co., Inc., a nationally recognized designer of transportation solutions. Kristen is currently a member of the Group of Aspiring Leaders (“GOAL”) at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, The Cleveland Society for Human Resource Management (“SHRM”) and the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association (“OCHA”). Kristen has an AAS in Applied Business from The University of Akron.