Miami-based private equity firm Trivest Partners has promoted Forest Wester, Russ Wilson and David Gershman to partner. Wester joined Trivest in 2005 as a vice president. Wilson joined Trivest in 2006 as a vice president. Gershman joined in 2002 and leads the legal function for the firm, including deal structuring and transactional services.
Trivest Partners (“Trivest” or the “Firm”), a Miami-based private equity firm, announced today that Forest Wester, Russ Wilson and David Gershman have been promoted to Partner. All three individuals have been instrumental in Trivest’s success over the years and will join Troy Templeton, Jamie Elias and Chip Vandenberg in leadership roles in Fund V.
— Forest Wester has been promoted to Partner from Principal. Mr. Wester joined Trivest in 2005 as a Vice President. He has served or currently serves on the Board of Directors of numerous portfolio companies including Endeavor Telecom, Onepath Systems, Box-Board Products and Group III International. Mr. Wester earned his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
— Russ Wilson has been promoted to Partner from Principal. Mr. Wilson joined Trivest in 2006 as a Vice President. He plays an active role with portfolio investments and serves on the Board of Directors of Ryko Solutions, Take 5 Oil Change, Ellery Homestyles and Twin-Star International. Mr. Wilson received his B.A in Business Management and Economics, with honors, from Eckerd College.
— David Gershman has been promoted to Partner & General Counsel. Mr. Gershman joined Trivest in 2002 and leads the legal function for the Firm including deal structuring and transactional services. He has served or currently serves as Director of several Trivest portfolio companies such as ATX Networks, Hazmasters and Herbal Magic. Mr. Gershman earned his undergraduate degree from Union College and J.D. from New York University School of Law.
“Each of these talented individuals has contributed significantly to Trivest’s success, and we are very proud to recognize their accomplishments,” said Troy Templeton, Managing Partner of the Firm. “Their hard work and considerable talent will continue to benefit our investors and portfolio companies in the years to come.”
Trivest recently announced the final closing of Trivest Fund V at $415 million.
Trivest Partners is a private investment firm that focuses on partnering with Founder/Family owned businesses in North America. Since the firm’s founding over 31 years ago, Trivest has completed 185 transactions, totaling in excess of $4.8 billion in value.