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Partner at Plymouth Growth Partners
I am very excited Endeavor was specifically created to nurture growth stage companies.
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Identifying, scaling and investing in high growth ventures throughout the Great Lakes region.
Ten years ago Detroit’s entrepreneurial scene was almost non-existent, especially in tech. Since then, the industry has grown immensely but not a lot of business has moved into the growth stage where our firm, Plymouth Growth Partners, typically invests. I am very excited Endeavor was specifically created to nurture these growth stage companies.
The most difficult project I’ve faced was managing a sell-side investment banking engagement to restructure and sell off a large state-owned electricity monopoly in Tanzania. The project required a huge team of sub-contractors from the UK, Tanzania, and other parts of Africa to work together. Managing subcontractors with widely varying skill sets and cultural backgrounds was a unique and unexpected hurdle. We also had to manage the conflicting goals and expectations of the subcontractors and our two clients — the World Bank, and the Government of Tanzania. This became one of the largest challenges of the entire 2-3 year engagement. In the end we were partially successful in getting an interim step to full restructuring and privatization of the entity through management contracts.
Two defining moments stand out for me. As a young consultant, I worked on the development of a detailed privatization plan for road and highway construction and maintenance in El Salvador, which was enthusiastically embraced by the country’s Government.
More recently, Plymouth Growth Partners experienced two successful exits from our portfolio in a period of six months, both of which were Michigan growth stage companies. I originated the deals and sat on the boards of both companies for a number of years.
When faced with a stressful situation, one where you might have the impulse to react quickly, take a pause, give it some thought, maybe take a walk, and then propose action.
I’ve played bass guitar for 35 years and was in a pseudo new wave band in high school.
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