Peak Rock Capital has expanded its team with six new hires. Joining the middle-market private equity firm are Sean Colligan as principal; Ralph DeBernardo as principal and head of investor relations; Yunus Jaffrey and Preston Thomas as vice president; Toby Stoops as senior vice president of business development; and Brendan Wolf as associate.
Austin, TX, September 29, 2017 – Peak Rock Capital LLC (“Peak Rock” or the “Firm”), a leading middle-market private equity firm making equity and debt investments in companies across North America and Europe, today announced that the Firm has recently added six new professionals to its team.
Anthony DiSimone, Chief Executive Officer of Peak Rock, said, “We are delighted to welcome these outstanding professionals to our team and look forward to utilizing their experience and industry expertise as Peak Rock continues to grow.”
Bios of newly hired professionals:
Sean Colligan – Principal. Previously, Mr. Colligan was a Director at Z Capital Credit Partners, where he analyzed middle market investment opportunities. Earlier he was a Vice President at Crestline Denali Capital. Mr. Colligan received a master’s degree in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in finance and business economics from the University of Notre Dame.
Ralph DeBernardo – Principal and Head of Investor Relations. Previously, Mr. DeBernardo was a member of the investor relations team at Vista Equity Partners, where he was responsible for raising capital and managing investor relationships across private equity, credit and hedge fund strategies. Prior to that, he was with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., where he raised capital across the firm’s alternative product suite. Mr. DeBernardo received a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University.
Yunus Jaffrey – Vice President. Previously, Mr. Jaffrey was a Vice President at H.I.G. Whitehorse Capital where he led syndicated debt investments across a variety of industries. Prior to joining H.I.G. Whitehorse, he was an Associate at PIMCO. Mr. Jaffrey received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in economics and finance from New York University Stern School of Business.
Toby Stoops – Senior Vice President of Business Development. Previously, Mr. Stoops was a Director at Z Capital Partners, where he focused on middle market debt investments. Prior to joining Z Capital, he was a portfolio manager for Suntrust Robinson Humphrey and worked in the special assets group at U.S. Bank. Mr. Stoops received a master’s degree in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Indiana University.
Preston Thomas – Vice President. Previously, Mr. Thomas was a Vice President at H.I.G. Capital where he made debt and equity investments in middle market companies across various industries. Prior to joining H.I.G., he was an Associate at Sorenson Capital. Mr. Thomas received master’s degrees in business administration and international studies from the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University.
Brendan Wolf – Associate. Previously, Mr. Wolf was an Analyst at Houlihan Lokey, where he was a member of the Financial Restructuring Group focused on complex financial restructurings, including mergers and acquisitions and capital raises across a variety of industries. Mr. Wolf received a bachelor’s degree in Finance, Investment and Banking from the University of Wisconsin with distinction.
ABOUT PEAK ROCK CAPITAL
Peak Rock Capital is a leading middle‐market private equity firm that makes equity and debt investments in companies in North America and Europe. Peak Rock focuses on investing in opportunities where it can support senior management in driving rapid growth and profit improvement through operational and strategic change. Peak Rock’s principals have deep expertise in complex situations and cross-border transactions, with the ability to provide tailored capital solutions and close transactions quickly where speed and certainty are priorities. For more information about Peak Rock Capital, please visit www.peakrockcapital.com.