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Meet the Team
We are a team of accomplished business leaders, industry experts and experienced financial managers who use their skills to guide and support our companies. We are dedicated to building trust, stewarding investments and improving the value of our portfolio companies.
Founder and Managing Director
Martin leads our acquisition sourcing activities and has served on the boards of 15 platform portfolio companies, with over 18 years in the private equity industry.
Jeff has 27 years of experience in investment banking and private equity investing and over his career has served on the boards as a director of seven portfolio companies.
Carmen has 25 years of leadership experience within diverse, multinational companies and direct oversight of our Portfolio Company Operations Team.
Paul has held senior leadership positions for over 30 years, with extensive experience in strategy and leadership identification and development.
Chief Financial Officer
Ken Wagner has extensive experience in asset restructuring, financial management and operations, with a history of creating significant equity value for companies.
Rishabh Mukherjee, CFA
Vice President of Deals (T/IPP)
Rishabh is a private equity professional with more than 6 years of experience in executing complex mandates focused on financial modeling, project finance and equity research.
Manager of Investor Relations
Emily joined Blackford in 2015 and currently leads Investor Relations. She has a background in administration and office management.
Sherika is a diversity, equity and inclusion leader with nearly 20 years of experience in strategic human capital consulting and management. She designs and executes strategies that contribute to an organization’s bottom line.
Steve is an internationally experienced CEO who has led an IPO on the HK Stock Exchange and works with western brands and retailers to professionalize their buying and sourcing operations in Asia.
Rob has 14 years of experience at Blackford, with over 41 years in business and leadership roles. He specializes in M&A, post deal integration, new business ventures, start ups and turnarounds.
Steve has 40 years of expertise in organizational management, sales and marketing, manufacturing systems, M&A, new business creation, leadership and strategy.
Chris has a track record of driving rapid, profitable growth and a broad skill set spanning marketing, e-commerce, technology, data science, merchandising, finance and operations.
John has worked with Blackford for over two years on the Deal Execution Team, focusing on financial modeling and analysis, due diligence, and raising capital to complete acquisitions.
Investor Relations Analyst
Brandon has 8 years of experience in public service and campaign management. He applies his business acumen, governmental experiences, and political strategy background to the continuous improvement of the investor experience.
Kent Walters joined Blackford in 2021, bringing experience in investment banking, corporate finance and entrepreneurial roles. Kent works within the Portfolio Company Operations Team.
Garry has 35 years of experience in finance and accounting both in the USA and the UK, where he attained his qualifications. He has worked as the controller at Blackford since 2019.
Lisa joined Blackford in 2018 and has over 10 years of administrative experience in legal offices, venture capital and private equity industries.
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Maximize your potential under the guidance of some of the country’s most successful leaders. Check out our available positions and inquire about portfolio company openings today.