Trinity Hunt promotes one to CFO and another to senior associate

Trinity Hunt Partners has promoted Cheryl Small to chief financial officer and John Oakes to senior associate. Prior to joining the Dallas-based private equity firm, Small was director of internal control and compliance at IESI Corporation while Oakes worked in Credit Suisse‘s investment banking division.


Dallas, Texas — August 7, 2018 — Trinity Hunt Partners, a growth-oriented middle market private equity firm, today announced the promotions of Cheryl Small to Chief Financial Officer and John Oakes to Senior Associate.

After graduating with a B.B.A. from Baylor University, Small received her certification in public accounting, which she has used in her management of Trinity Hunt’s financial and administrative duties for nearly two decades. Small’s responsibilities include management of finance, accounting, human resources, regulatory compliance, investor relations and information technology. Prior to Trinity Hunt, Small served as Director of Internal Control & Compliance at IESI Corporation.

“Cheryl’s dedication to the firm and its success have made her an invaluable member of our Trinity Hunt family,” said Peter Stein, Managing Partner of Trinity Hunt. “With her skills in financial reporting and fund accounting, as well as her expertise in tax, budgeting and planning, Cheryl will enable our firm to continue to be successful as we move into our fifth fund.”

John Oakes is responsible for Trinity Hunt’s portfolio company growth initiatives, deal sourcing and deal execution. Since joining the firm in 2015, John has been a valuable resource for the firm’s investments in IMS ExpertServices, Lone Star Fasteners, Miller Environmental Services and Family Help & Wellness. Before joining Trinity Hunt, Oakes worked in the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse, where he was a member of the Global Energy Group focused on mergers and acquisitions, as well as corporate finance in the oil and gas industry. Oakes received his B.B.A. with honors from Southern Methodist University.

“John’s corporate finance background, strong work ethic and commitment to our team have made him a valuable asset at Trinity Hunt,” said Dan Dross, Managing Partner of Trinity Hunt. “This recognition of his accomplishments is well deserved, and we are looking forward to his continued growth as a key member of our investment team.”

About Trinity Hunt Partners
Based in Dallas, Trinity Hunt Partners is a middle market private equity firm with approximately $715 million under management, focused on building founder and family-owned growth businesses into market leaders. Trinity Hunt has earned a reputation for working effectively with entrepreneurs to provide strategic, operational, and financial expertise to help elevate their companies to the next level of success. In the last two decades, the Trinity Hunt team has invested over $1.3 billion of equity capital in more than 60 platform companies spanning a diverse array of industries and economic cycles. For more information, visit