Team

Our partners have been private equity investors for nearly 30 years and have a proven track record of helping middle-market companies succeed.

We have accumulated unique experience addressing a wide range of business opportunities and issues over multiple economic cycles. As Midwesterners, we take pride in hard work and are protective of our culture that embraces collaboration, shared success and straightforward communication. Many firms make these claims, but at Shorehill it is in our DNA.

Dave Hawkins

Managing Partner, Leadership Team, Investment Team

“We enjoy working shoulder-to-shoulder with management partners to help them grow and improve their businesses. There is true excitement when it works.”

Education

B.S., Indiana University

M.B.A., Northwestern University

Prior Work Experience

CHS Capital LLC

Heller Equity Capital Corporation

Chase Manhattan Bank

Portfolio Involvement

Belt Power Holdings, LLC
Flexpak, LLC
Functional Devices, Inc.
Jeffrey Chain, L.P.
Kranson Industries, Inc.
KHC Holdings, Inc. (Kele Inc.)
Power Grid Components, Inc.
Stronghaven, Inc.

  • SunSource Holdings, Inc.

  • Tharco Containers

  • Triad Technologies, LLC

  • Tribus Aerospace LLC

  • TricorBraun Holdings, Inc.

  • Utiliserve, Inc.

  • Woods Equipment Co.

Brian Simmons

Managing Partner, Leadership Team, Investment Team

“Our most compelling differentiator is the fact that we are a team with an incredible amount of experience relative to the lower middle market. We’ve seen all of the challenges that growing companies face, so we are uniquely positioned to use this expertise to help our portfolio companies realize their own paths towards excellence.”

Education

A.B., Cornell University

Prior Work Experience

CHS Capital LLC

Citicorp

Mellon Bank

Portfolio Involvement

Baker Tanks, Inc.
Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc.
Belt Power Holdings, LLC
CII Technologies, Inc.
Dura-Line Holdings, Inc.
Flexpak, LLC
Functional Devices, Inc.
GSE Holding, Inc.
Hunt Valve
Jeffrey Chain, L.P.
KHC Holdings, Inc. (Kele Inc.)

  • The Koller Group

  • NorthStar Group Holdings

  • Power Grid Components, Inc.

  • Precise Technology, Inc.

  • Stronghaven, Inc.

  • Thermon Group, Inc.

  • Triad Technologies, LLC

  • Tribus Aerospace LLC

  • Waddington North America, Inc.

  • Weasler, Inc.

  • Woods Equipment Co.

Charlie Denison

Managing Director, Investment Team

Education

B.S., University of Colorado at Boulder

M.B.A., Northwestern University

Prior Work Experience

Boston Consulting Group

Adams Street Partners

Merrill Lynch

Portfolio Involvement

Flexpak, LLC
Functional Devices, Inc.

  • Power Grid Components, Inc.

  • Triad Technologies, LLC

Rob Hogan

Managing Director, Business Development Team

“We have an open communication style which allows for quicker and more accurate decisions. There is not a lot of “ego” concerning our accomplishments or our challenges. It’s more about the team, not the individual.”

Education

B.A., University of Notre Dame

M.B.A., Northwestern University

Prior Work Experience

CHS Capital LLC

Lehman Brothers, Inc.

Portfolio Involvement

Belt Power Holdings, LLC
Functional Devices, Inc.
KHC Holdings, Inc. (Kele Inc.)

  • NorthStar Group Holdings

  • Stronghaven, Inc.

  • SunSource Holdings, Inc.

Doug Knoch

Managing Director, Investment Team

“Management teams do not want to be told how to run their business. Our value is to provide insight, structure and resources to help them create the legacy they deserve.”

Education

B.S., University of Illinois

M.B.A., University of Chicago

Prior Work Experience

CHS Capital LLC

Mesirow Financial

Arthur Andersen

Portfolio Involvement

CII Technologies, Inc.
Kranson Industries, Inc.
Tharco Containers

  • Tribus Aerospace LLC

  • TricorBraun Holdings, Inc.

Robert Jackson

Principal, Investment Team

Education

B.S., Marquette University

Prior Work Experience

McGladrey

Baker Tilly

Portfolio Involvement

Power Grid Components, Inc.

Thomas Sigle

Vice President, Business Development Team

Education

B.A., Loyola University Chicago

M.S., Vanderbilt University

Prior Work Experience

JZ Partners

Dobbs Management Service

BMO Capital Markets

SunTrust Robinson Humphrey

PJ Brennan

Senior Associate, Investment Team

Education

B.S., University of Illinois

Prior Work Experience

P&M Corporate Finance

Northern Trust

Portfolio Involvement

Functional Devices, Inc.

  • Tribus Aerospace LLC

Conor McCarthy

Senior Associate, Investment Team

Education

B.S., Vanderbilt University

M.B.A., UCLA

Prior Work Experience

Teleo Capital Management

UBS Investment Bank

Dresner Partners

Portfolio Involvement

Belt Power Holdings, LLC
Flexpak, LLC

  • Power Grid Components, Inc.

Tyler Nikolich

Associate, Investment Team

Education

B.S., University of Illinois

Prior Work Experience

BMO Capital Markets

Portfolio Involvement

Belt Power Holdings, LLC

  • Triad Technologies, LLC

Sean McCarthy

Vice President of Finance & Chief Compliance Officer

Education

B.S., Villanova University

M.B.A., Columbia University

Prior Work Experience

Gates Capital Management, Inc

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Sue Gurgone

Staff Accountant

Education

B.S., John Carroll University

M.S., Northwestern University

Prior Work Experience

Snap36, LLC

Material Sciences Corporation

Arthur Andersen

Syntronic Instruments

Kraft Foods

FMC Corporation

KPMG

Ellen Sullivan

Office Manager & Executive Assistant

Education

B.A., Marquette University

Prior Work Experience

ManpowerGroup

Our Culture

Invest Wisely Make Few Mistakes Continuously Improve Enjoy What You Do

When you partner with us, you quickly realize that we don’t operate like other private equity firms. We believe it starts with our values and how we demonstrate those values every day.

Our Values

Honesty & Integrity

Strategic Approach

Collaboration

Open Communication

Accountability

Work/Life Balance

Executive Advisors

We have spent our careers cultivating relationships with an extensive network of executives and seasoned industry experts.

These visionary leaders have direct experience building businesses, many of them entrepreneurs and business owners themselves. Our Executive Advisor Network includes c-suite executives and board directors from over 20 different industries.

Our network is engaged throughout our investment process. Early on, our advisors offer insights on investment opportunities, make introductions to relevant industry sources and assist in evaluating due diligence findings. Post-investment, we use our Executive Advisors as members of a company’s board of directors and as mentors to our management teams.

Become A Shorehill Executive Advisor

We view our Executive Advisors not as day-to-day operators, but as a source of strategic guidance and trusted counsel to our management teams to improve the execution of strategic initiatives.

If you are interested in becoming an Executive Advisor, please contact us.