Devin has twenty years of experience investing in technology companies and helping management teams build their companies. Prior to founding ParkerGale, Devin was a Managing Partner and a member of the investment committee at Chicago Growth Partners where he ran their technology group. He also spent five years at Baird Venture Partners where he was the Managing Partner and chair of the investment committee. Early in his career, Devin worked at Great Hill Partners and William Blair Capital Partners. He studied Art History at SUNY Binghamton and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Devin supports Chicago’s visual arts community as a Board member of threewalls.
Jim has spent his entire career in technology, working with customers, founders and management teams. Prior to founding ParkerGale, he worked at Chicago Growth Partners and William Blair Capital Partners where he managed portfolio company operations and technology initiatives. Before starting in private equity, Jim held various technical, sales and strategy roles at Oracle Corporation, Compuware/Uniface, CA/Ingres and Digital Equipment Corporation. He studied Accounting and Applied Statistics at Babson College, and holds a Master’s Degree in Information Technology from IIT in Chicago. Jim spends his free time mixing it up in the black belt division on the Sport Martial Arts circuit.
Kristina is responsible for sourcing and monitoring investments. For the eleven years prior to founding ParkerGale, she was a Principal at Chicago Growth Partners where she was part of the original team that spun out of William Blair in 2004. Prior to CGP, she spent two years at Credit Suisse First Boston where she was a part of the business services investment banking team. Kristina received a BS from the University of Illinois.
Ryan is responsible for sourcing and monitoring investments. For the eight years prior to founding ParkerGale, he was a Principal at Chicago Growth Partners where he helped manage the technology investment sector. Prior to CGP, he spent two years at Robert W. Baird where he worked in investment banking. Ryan received a BS from Boston College and an MBA from The Kellogg School of Management. Ryan supports Chicago youth engagement initiatives through his work with charities World Sport Chicago and The Bloc and is on the Board of the Illinois Technology Association.
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Corey is responsible for day-to-day operations of the firm. Prior to founding ParkerGale, he spent eight years at CGP as it’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. Corey also spent seven years as Controller at Willis Stein & Partners where he was responsible for fund and tax accounting, cash management as well as various investor relations and administrative aspects of a $3 billion group of funds. Corey received his BA from Illinois Wesleyan University and is a registered Certified Public Accountant.
Kevin is responsible for sourcing and monitoring investments. For the three years prior to joining ParkerGale, he was an Associate at Chicago Growth Partners, involved in all aspects of the firm’s investment process including deal origination, execution and the monitoring of portfolio companies across the technology investment sector. Prior to CGP, he spent two years at Credit Suisse First Boston where he was a part of the business services investment banking team. Kevin received a BBA from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Myra is responsible for working with portfolio companies to implement talent management programs to establish thriving cultures and practices that help deliver strong financial results. For the five years prior to joining ParkerGale, she was a Manager in PwC’s Deals practice, leading projects spanning HR integration and divestiture planning, organization design and alignment, workforce planning, employee engagement and communications. Prior to PwC, she spent three years at Infosys where she was part of the internal HR team. Myra received a BA from Rice University and an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.
Jake is responsible for working with portfolio companies to identify and implement operational improvements and new growth initiatives. Prior to joining ParkerGale, Jake worked at Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS) for over five years as an Operating Associate where he successfully led various operating initiatives across the firm's healthcare and technology companies. Before WCAS, Jake spent three years at Capgemini Consulting as a management consultant. Jake holds a BA in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University.
Cass supports sourcing and investment monitoring activities and assists portfolio company management. For three years prior to joining ParkerGale, Cass worked at KPMG in the Deal Advisory practice, providing buy-side and sell-side due diligence and consulting services for private equity and strategic buyers. Prior to KPMG, Cass was a summer intern at private equity firm Prairie Capital. She received a BS from the University of Illinois and is a registered Certified Public Accountant.
Ben supports investment sourcing and monitoring activities, and assists portfolio company management. Prior to joining ParkerGale, Ben was an Associate at Parthenon-EY, where he provided growth strategy and commercial due diligence consulting services for corporate and private equity clients. Ben holds an AB in Computer Science from Harvard University, where he was a member of the varsity football team.
Sharon has managed the day-to-day operations of various private equity firms over her career, working at William Blair Capital Partners and Chicago Growth Partners before being part of the founding team at ParkerGale. Sharon's role is to take care of all the details that go into running a dynamic, fast-paced, growing private equity business.
An IVCA Scholar from the University of Illinois, Paveena joins us as an intern this summer. Paveena helps our team evaluate new investments and works on projects with our portfolio companies. She is also spending the summer learning more about private equity and how our business works. Paveena attends the University of Illinois and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago.
Dave has over twenty five years of private equity experience. He was a founding Partner of Chicago Growth Partners, a Managing Director at William Blair Capital Partners and a Partner of William Blair & Company. At each fund he was a member of the investment committee. Early in his career, he worked in Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking department. Dave received a BA from Princeton University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He is the Board Chairman for the Golden Apple Foundation a Chicago-based non-profit that helps train and mentor public school teachers.
Tim is a long-time private equity investor, having spent more than 25 years as a Managing Partner and investment committee member at Chicago Growth Partners and William Blair Capital Partners, which he founded in 1987. Tim has served on the board of over two dozen private equity owned companies during his career including CES, Towne Holdings, Sanford, Daiseytek and ECIN. Tim received his BA from Duke University and his MBA from the University of Chicago.