GROWTH REQUIRES MORE
Carrick takes an operational approach to growth investing, bringing a distinctive combination of operational and investment expertise to help entrepreneurs.
WE ARE EXPERTS IN TECH-ENABLED BUSINESSES
Specific industry focus and our quality over quantity philosophy positions us to dedicate the time and expertise a winning organization deserves.
OUR EXPERTISE BECOMES
Leveraging decades of knowledge and successes, our operational approach helps build companies that produce excellent returns and shift the industry.
WE CONCENTRATE ON A FEW, SELECT, HIGH QUALITY COMPANIES AND DEVOTE SIGNIFICANT RESOURCES POST-INVESTMENT HELPING OUR COMPANIES SCALE.
Business to Business technology-enabled companies:
SaaS, BPO and Transaction Processing
“Thesis Driven Origination” to identify sectors of high opportunity along with the specific companies demonstrating a “Value Edge” to best capitalize on that opportunity.
Based on Carrick’s experience and expertise, “Direct Targeting” of high quality, attractive investment targets that fall outside of, but complement, our thematic sourcing efforts.
Direct investment with at least one Board seat, and full alignment with the CEO on our ABV and “Top Drivers of Value”
Rev. $20M – $100M EBITDA Positive Market & Growth
TAM > $1B Organic Growth > 15% Attractive Margins Target Gross Margin > 50% Target EBITDA Margins > 15% Capital Appropriate Value Capital Efficiency
Marc McMorris, Co-Founder and Managing Director
Marc McMorris is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Carrick Capital Partners, and co-chairs the Investment Committee with Co-Founder Jim Madden. Marc is directly involved in the selection and growth guidance of successful companies in technology-enabled services including BPO, Transaction Processing, and Software as a Service (SaaS).
Marc enjoys working closely with the CEOs, executive teams, and boards of Carrick’s portfolio companies. Leveraging his deep understanding of sales, finance, capital structure, and governance matters, Marc plays a critical role in assisting these companies to navigate growth opportunities and create long-term value. Marc serves on the boards of Infrascale, Procura, and Saama.
Jim Madden, Co-Founder and Managing Director
Jim Madden is a Co-Founder and Managing Director at Carrick Capital Partners, and co-chairs the Investment Committee with Co-Founder Marc McMorris. Jim is actively and directly involved in investing in innovative technology-enabled services companies including BPO, Transaction Processing, and Software as a Service (SaaS). Post investment, Jim works closely with CEOs, executive teams, and boards to dramatically scale companies and create long-term value.
Jim’s specialties are growth, in particular working with portfolio company management to secure Global 500 clients; management team building; and establishing world-class boards of directors composed of industry luminaries. Jim serves on the boards of Accolade, Axiom, Bay Dynamics, Everspring, Mavenlink and Seven Lakes Technologies.
Alex Mason, Managing Director
Alex Mason is a Managing Director at Carrick Capital Partners and a member of the founding team. He is actively involved in all areas of the firm’s investing and origination activities. Post investment, Alex works closely with Carrick portfolio companies to assess growth opportunities and new market entrants.
Alex is passionate about helping companies make successful growth pivots around business models, market segmentation, products, and capital allocation. His work with founders and entrepreneurs to meet the challenge of making necessary transitions to achieve growth is his favorite part of the job. Alex serves on the boards of Everspring, LaunchPoint, and Procura.
Steve Unterberger, Managing Director, Operations
Steve Unterberger is the Managing Director of Operations at Carrick Capital Partners and Chair of the Portfolio Committee. He is directly involved with Carrick’s portfolio companies, providing growth-guidance based on his experience scaling successful technology companies. Steve works with CEOs and executive teams to manage the key drivers of value that help companies become leaders in their markets.
Steve is a metrics-driven, roll-up-your-sleeves collaborator, and a passionate mentor. He has unparalleled experience achieving operational excellence and applying practical, ROI-driven methods for using technology to drive revenue and improved business outcomes. Steve serves on the boards of Infrascale, LaunchPoint, Mavenlink, and Seven Lakes Technologies.
Mitchell Slodowitz, Chief Financial Officer
Mitchell Slodowitz is the Chief Financial Officer and a Managing Director at Carrick Capital Partners. He is directly involved with finance, administration, investor reporting, and assisting portfolio company CFOs. Additionally, Mitch is responsible for investment due diligence, deal structuring, and providing advice during the term of the investing period.
An experienced CFO with a sophisticated understanding of a wide range of financial issues, Mitch enjoys working closely with company CFOs in optimizing tax programs; structuring financing, lending and debt instruments; and securing training and state tax grants.
Nicolas Chammas, Vice President
Nicolas Chammas is a Vice President at Carrick Capital Partners and is involved in all areas of the firm’s investing activities.
Prior to joining Carrick, Mr. Chammas served as a Vice President with DBO Partners, a San Francisco based merchant bank where he focused on M&A advisory and merchant banking/investing primarily within technology. Prior to DBO, Mr. Chammas was a Senior Associate at GCA Savvian, a boutique advisory firm focused on high growth technology businesses, where he focused on M&A and corporate finance.
Mr. Chammas was previously a Senior Associate at Accel-KKR, a technology-focused private equity firm based in Menlo Park, CA, and he began his career as an Analyst with Credit Suisse in their Technology Investment Banking Group.
Mr. Chammas earned his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and his BA in Business/Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Chris Wenner, Vice President
Chris Wenner is a Vice President at Carrick Capital Partners and is a member of the founding team. Prior to joining Carrick, he was an investment banking analyst at Perella Weinberg Partners, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and private capital transactions in the technology industry for clients including Oracle, Google and Hewlett-Packard. Mr. Wenner graduated from the University of California with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.
Chris Ho, Associate
Chris Ho is an Associate at Carrick Capital Partners. Prior to joining Carrick, he worked in investment banking, most recently at J.P. Morgan, where he focused primarily on mergers and acquisitions and private capital raises for software, internet, and digital media companies as well as private equity investors. Mr. Ho graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Government, and was also captain of the Varsity Tennis Team.
Alec Horton, Associate
Alec Horton is an Associate at Carrick Capital Partners. Prior to joining Carrick, he was an investment banking analyst at Credit Suisse where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and capital raise transactions for business services and industrials clients. Mr. Horton graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BBA in Finance.
Tyler Pensa, Analyst
Tyler Pensa is an analyst at Carrick Capital Partners. Mr. Pensa graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a BA in Business/Economics and a specialization in Computing.
Robert Van Wyck, Assistant Controller
Robert Van Wyck is the Assistant Controller and joined Carrick in June 2015. Prior to joining Carrick, he was a tax senior in the partnership group at EY, where he focused on providing compliance and advisory services to real estate investment firms. Robert graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Kenneth L. Coleman, Special Advisor
Mr. Coleman is chairman of Saama Technologies, a leading provider in the data and analytics market. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Accelrys, Inc. since May 2003 and was elected Chairman in February of 2006. He was Founder, Chairman and CEO of ITM Software, an enterprise software company, from October 2000 until December 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Coleman served in various senior executive positions at SGI, such as Executive Vice President of Global Sales, Service and Marketing, Senior Vice President, Customer and Professional Services and Senior Vice President, Administration. Prior to joining SGI, Mr. Coleman was Vice President of Product Development at Activision, Inc., and held various management positions at Hewlett-Packard. Mr. Coleman is a also member of the Board of Directors of United Online, an internet service provider, and City National Bank and is a member of the advisory board of the Ohio State University Business School.
Raul Fernandez, Special Advisor
Mr. Fernandez is the Chairman & CEO of ObjectVideo and former Chairman & CEO of Dimension Data. Prior to that, he was the Founder & CEO of Proxicom, the leading global provider of e-business solutions for Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Fernandez led the company to an IPO in 1999, grew the company to over $200mm in revenue, and sold it to Dimension Data (LSE:DDT). A prominent business leader, he has been profiled by The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, CNBC, The Industry Standard, The Washington Post, and CNNfn.
He led the Information Technology Analysis Team for Virginia Governor Mark Warner’s Commission on Efficiency and Effectiveness. He sits on the boards of Fifth and Pacific (formerly known as Liz Claiborne), EXP (formerly TROW), ValueOptions, the nation’s largest independent behavioral healthcare company, and Internosis, an award-winning IT consultancy and systems. He is also co-owner of the NHL’s Washington Capitals and NBA’s Washington Wizards. A native Washingtonian, he is an active philanthropist in DC regional non-profits, focusing his energy primarily on educational reform. Mr. Fernandez holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Maryland.
William H. Frist, M.D., Special Advisor
William H. Frist, M.D is a nationally acclaimed heart and lung transplant surgeon, former U. S. Senate Majority Leader, and chairman of the Executive Board of the health service private equity firm Cressey & Company.
Senator Frist majored in health policy at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs before graduating with honors from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Frist completed surgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Stanford under transplant pioneer Dr. Norm Shumway. As the founder and director of the first of its kind Vanderbilt Multi-Organ Transplant Center, he performed over 150 heart and lung transplants and authored over 100 peer-reviewed medical articles and seven books on topics such as bioterrorism, transplantation, service and leadership. He is board certified in both general and heart surgery.
Dr. Frist represented Tennessee in the U.S. Senate for 12 years where he served on both the Health and Finance committees responsible for writing health legislation. He was elected Majority Leader of the Senate, having served fewer total years in Congress than any person chosen to lead that body in history. His leadership was instrumental in passage of the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act to provide prescription drugs at lower costs to seniors and the historic legislation (PEPFAR) that reversed the spread of HIV/AIDS worldwide.
Dr. Frist leads annual medical mission trips to Africa and Haiti, and emergency response teams to disasters around the globe, including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Sudan, New Orleans, Haiti, and the horn of Africa. Frist is chairman of both the Hope Through Healing Hands foundation which focuses on maternal and child health and SCORE, a collaborative K12 education reform organization that has helped propel Tennessee to prominence as a reform state.
His current board service includes the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Family Foundation, Bipartisan Policy Center, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Harvard Medical School Board of Fellows, First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Partnership for a Healthier America” campaign to fight childhood obesity, and the Nashville Health Care Council. He is a member of the advisory committees for global health at Duke, Harvard (with Dr. Paul Farmer), and the Massachusetts General Hospital. His previous board service includes Princeton University and the Smithsonian Institution.
'In the private sector, he serves on the boards of Unitek (nursing and information technology), Aegis (lab), Aspire (palliative care), MDSave (consumerism), URS (engineering), Select Medical (hospitals), and Accolade (patient navigation).
Currently Frist serves as an adjunct professor of Cardiac Surgery at Vanderbilt University and clinical professor of Surgery at Meharry Medical College. As a leading authority on healthcare, Senator Frist speaks nationally on health reform, government policy, global health, and volunteerism. Dr. Frist has three sons and lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Tom Mendoza, Special Advisor
Mr. Mendoza is Vice Chairman of NetApp. He joined NetApp in 1994 as VP, North America sales and served as its President from 2000 until 2008, when he was promoted to Vice Chairman. He has given talks on the power of corporate culture and leadership all over the world to such diverse organizations as the U.S. Marine Corps, West Point and Stanford University. Mr. Mendoza holds a BA degree from the University of Notre Dame and is an alumnus of Stanford University's Executive Business Program. In 2000 Notre Dame renamed its business school the Mendoza College of Business after an endowment made by Tom and Kathy Mendoza.
Tom Neff, Special Advisor
Mr. Neff has worked for Spencer Stuart & Associates, N.A. (executive search consulting) since 1976, serving as president of the worldwide firm from 1979 to 1996. Since 1996, he has served as chairman of Spencer Stuart, U.S. Previously, he was a principal with Booz Allen & Hamilton in executive search, CEO of an information systems company and held a senior marketing position with TWA. Earlier, he was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York and Australia. Tom serves on the boards of directors of ACE Limited (chair of governance committee), an $18 billion Zurich-based insurance company. He served on the boards of Hewitt Associates, Macmillan and Exult until they were acquired and also served on the board of the Lord Abbett mutual funds. He serves as a trustee emeritus of Lafayette College and previously served as chairman of the board of the Brunswick School.
Jeff Sanders, Special Advisor
Jeff Sanders is vice chairman and co-managing partner of Heidrick & Struggles’ Global CEO & Board Practice. He is also a member of the firm’s Global Management Committee.
Jeff is based in the firm’s New York and San Francisco offices. Most recently, he served as managing partner of Heidrick & Struggles’ North American CEO Practice. Jeff has also served as the global sector leader for the firm’s Software Practice and Venture Capital Practice. He joined Heidrick & Struggles in 1997.
Jeff was named to Fortune’s “40 under 40 – Ones to Watch” in 2010, and before that, Businessweek named him one of the “100 Most Influential Executive Recruiters in the World.” He has executed a number of CEO, COO, board of director and other senior-level searches.
Jeff received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Arizona.