I’m a firm believer in the alignment
of your core values in life, whether
you’re at work or at home, and
it shouldn’t be any different.
Q Who inspires you professionally and personally?
I think the person who
came to mind inspires me both
professionally and personally because
it touches on the focus of my firm. It’s
John Wooten, the former UCLA men’s
basketball coach. The reason it’s
personal is because of my passion for
sports. The reason it’s professional is
because of the leader and mentor and
coach that he was.
The vision of my firm is to develop
world-class leaders. Yes, we’re a
private equity firm, and yes, we
buy special situations at a fair price.
However, we believe 99 percent of the
value we create comes post-closing,
focusing on leadership development,
creating healthy organization,
rolling out differentiated strategies,
and deploying strategies. John
Wooten, as a coach and a mentor
and a leader, is the epitome of how
you should approach coaching and
developing a team with a healthy
culture in any sort of context.
Q What role has your TMA membership played in
To me, it is the
quintessential place to develop the
relationships that lead to the kind of
acquisition opportunities that I am
seeking in terms of special situations.
That’s the obvious answer. But it’s also
a great place to attain a network that
allows me to gauge the pulse of the
market, whether it’s at the Distressed
Investing Conference or at local
events, and more and more as the
years go by, simply having the
relationships that allow me to pick up
the phone to have these kinds of
dialogues for invaluable information
and invaluable deal flow and
invaluable feedback and diligence. It’s
a very robust set of benefits that I get
from participating in TMA.
Q How about away from the office? What are you passionate about
outside of work?
First and foremost,
It’s rare these days, but when I get
a little bit of time, I love playing
golf. I used to play a lot more, but
I still love it when I get to go out
and spend some time with quality
people, because to me golf is the
means by which to spend time with
friends and people you want to get
to know versus getting frustrated by
something that I don’t practice much.
Q It’s a tough game to be really good at if you don’t get to
practice much, so you just have to
resign yourself to the fact that a PGA
card is not in your future.
No, I’m much more
focused on the PGA card equivalent in
private equity than I am for golf.
Q What have been some of your favorite spots to go on vacation?
Our absolute favorite
place is the northwest coast of Costa
Rica. We go back every year. This will
be our sixth year in a row. We spend a
couple of weeks down there in a house
right on the beach. As my wife says, it’s
her happy place. It’s just an amazing,
slightly off the beaten path place that is
just very outdoor-oriented with
activities and relaxing and just a lot of
fun. That’s why we keep going back.
But in general, I like traveling to
experience new places and cultures
and meet new people, whether it’s
Europe, Latin America, or wherever.
Q What might people who only know you in your professional
capacity be most surprised to learn
That I speak three
languages. Spanish is my first
language, English is my second
language, and then Portuguese is my
Q What items are on your bucket list?
I have not been able to
travel to Asia, so I want to travel and
spend time there. I want to play
Augusta National. I want to see my
kids find their passions, just like I’ve
been able to find mine.
Q Are they already showing some signs?
Yes, but if they’re like me,
that’ll ebb and flow for a long time
before they settle in.
Q Hopefully that’s the case, since they’re just 8 and 9 right now.
Exactly. I remember when
I was 8 and 9, I was going to be either
a chef or a firefighter. J
We believe 99 percent of the value we create comes
post-closing, focusing on leadership development,
creating healthy organization, rolling out
differentiated strategies, and deploying strategies.