Jim has assembled a committed team of exceptional CxO talent. Our mission: Develop and execute operational strategies. Thus, quickly transform underperforming companies into attractive investment opportunities. Jim has thirty years in investment thesis development, business transformation, leadership, strategy and team building. Therefore, we are targeting emerging growth companies in manufacturing, information technology, BPO and communication industries.
Jim works closely with all stakeholders. Investors value a management team with diverse yet dedicated skills and a body of experience to effectively address complex situations. Jim, with his extraordinary colleagues, succinctly assess situations, communicate broadly, and build trust through sustainable performance. Thus, we have a deep sense of urgency and exceptional follow-through.
D Partners Edge
Recently, Jim was CEO and Board Member of Bask Technology. Prior, Jim was CEO for (WPP family) Kantar’s Center Partners. Jim has operated as executive management for publicly and privately held companies including GE ITS, SITEL, Stream International, Access Graphics, Oppenheimer Funds, and Kemper and has served on various boards including Capstone Strategic, Remote Power, and CLBL. Jim earned a BSBA and MBA from Denver University.
“Your portfolio company’s potential will be realized or squandered in main part by its leadership team. Assembling A-List players in this competitive job environment is extremely difficult, time consuming, risky, and costly. D Partners is an already assembled high-performing CxO team keen on delivering expected results.”
Your Situation – At Risk?
Drive improved sustainable performance! Breakthroughs through superior EXECUTION. We partner with At-Risk Capital providing undervalued situations with VISION and MANAGEMENT.
We are looking for opportunities in the Business Services and IT Solutions Sectors based on need and our experience. However, we have broad experience across many other sectors.
Company Size and Characteristics
Size: Revenue $50M up and viable. Strong sense of URGENCY by all stakeholders to move forward.
Audience (At Risk Capital)
Private Equity, Board of Directors, Institutional Investors, Debt Holders talk to us. Corporate advisors, attorneys, investment bankers, let’s connect.
We Work for Investors
Gary maintains the highest levels of trust with all the stakeholders through superior analysis, honest and direct communications. He has successfully managed companies through IPOs, buyouts (LBOs), carve outs, transitions (performance challenged situations), mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, refinancing, consolidations and expansions.
Companies can hit periods of underperformance. Hire us, we create value. Gary has 30+ years of CxO experience; proficient both in operations and finance. Therefore, he has a penchant for action with a rare combination of analysis, strategy and execution.
We Work with Advisors
We are actively seeking our next adventure. We work with a wide array of legal and investment advisors. Always, we align our investment thesis with equity sponsors. Recently, Gary was interim CEO for a company owned by one of the largest international PE firms handling a leadership transition. Gary was also an operating partner with AEA Investors; beginning in 2006, retired in 2017. Broad industry focus includes: technology; manufacturing; retail and distribution; services, staffing, education, vehicle maintenance; communications; restaurant, food service and gaming.
Gary has a BBA from Niagara University and completed Executive Training programs from Harvard and Wharton.
Seth’s vast marketing experience includes leading remarkable consumer & enterprise brands like Intuit (TurboTax & QuickBooks), LifeLock & most recently repositioning Alteryx from a point solution to the leading data science and analytics platform, with one of the best growth stories from pre to post IPO (NYSE: AYX).
Building a Culture of Growth
Seth attracts and grows high performing teams that consistently exceed demand generation KPIs, blow away conference attendee goals & receive much more than their “fair share” of earned media, including non-stop placements in top broadcast, print & digital publications. Seth helped drive exponential growth for TurboTax from $600M to $1.5B, take Quickbooks to a SaaS subscription model, reposition Lifelock for a successful acquisition and take Alteryx public as one of the top performing stocks over the past two years.
Momentum and Mentorship
Seth frequently leverages industry analysts (i.e. Gartner, Forrester) to successfully position solutions as a “Leader”, social media to create an army of advocates and financial analyst days to create excitement, buzz and momentum amongst the investor community. Additionally, Seth mentors, invests and advises leaders in the technology, data and security sectors. Seth earned his Bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University and attended graduate school at the American Film Institute.
Paul Smith is a veteran Silicon Valley investor and CEO. He has turned around and sold companies, raised venture capital, served on public boards, and invested successfully in public and private companies. He is especially interested in products and technology, market strategy and segmentation, and developing strong exits for his companies. He has been CEO or VP in companies backed my NEA, Mayfield, Intel Capital, US Venture Partners, Morgenthaler Ventures, and many other investors.
Paul has held executive positions in Silicon Valley startups for 25 years. He was CEO of PacketMotion, a security company, which he sold to VMware in 2011. Prior to that he was CEO of Tasman Networks, which he sold to Nortel in 2006. He has served on the executive teams of several successful venture-backed startups including New Focus (IPO 2000), Adept Technology (IPO 1995), and Proxim (IPO 1993). His public company positions include serving as VP of Marketing of Asante (ASNT), and as Chairman of the Board of Avanex (AVNX) when it was merged with Bookham to form Oclaro (OCLR) which is now part of Lumentum (LITE).
Paul earned a MSEE degree from Purdue and a BSEE degree from University of Alabama. He holds a patent for wireless LAN protocols and a patent for an enterprise security rule engine. He is involved in conservation issues including lobbying Congress and the executive branch on matters related to the protection of public lands.