Evan Gobdel Joins Woodlawn Partners

Evan Gobdel has joined Chicago-based private equity firm Woodlawn Partners as a partner. He previously was a vice president with Midwest Mezzanine Funds.


Woodlawn Partners, an operationally focused private equity firm in Chicago, announced today that Evan Gobdel has joined the firm as a Partner. Mr. Gobdel brings a wealth of experience in transaction sourcing and execution, so he is expected to further enhance the firm’s ability to uncover unique and proprietary investment opportunities. Given Woodlawn’s strategy of adding value through replacing or augmenting management teams, Mr. Gobdel will also be responsible for guiding portfolio companies’ business development and marketing strategies.

Prior to joining Woodlawn, Mr. Gobdel served as a Vice President of Midwest Mezzanine Funds, a mezzanine debt and equity fund also headquartered in Chicago. There he was responsible for sourcing, executing, and managing a portfolio of investments in lower middle-market companies. His previous experience was in M&A investment banking with Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. and Sandler O’Neill & Partners, and he began his career with the Roman Arch Funds, a venture capital firm affiliated with Prudential Securities. He holds a B.A. in Mathematical Economics from Pomona College and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
“I have known Evan personally and professionally for several years,” said Greg Bregstone, a Partner at Woodlawn. “We are thrilled to have him on board, and he has already identified ways to increase our visibility and reach in the marketplace.”
About Woodlawn Partners:
Woodlawn Partners is a Chicago-based private equity firm focused on acquiring and managing profitable operating companies in the Midwestern United States. The group’s Partners possess the resources to personally finance transactions as well as the desire and expertise to take active roles in the management of their portfolio companies. Woodlawn also draws from a network of co-investors and strategic advisors with broad industry expertise. For more information, please visit the firm’s website at www.woodlawnpartners.com.