Our Team

Our Team

Honesty, Integrity and Hard Work

Each member of our organization shares common principles and values. Furthermore, investment professionals at our firm have accumulated more than 70 years of private equity investing experience. We believe this familiarity with the industry and with one another enables us to define specific investment strategies, to attract top talent and to produce extraordinary returns for our management teams and investors.

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Andrew B. Albert

Andrew B. Albert

Managing Director

Andy joined Svoboda Capital Partners (“SC”) as a Managing Director and Operating Partner in February 2007 after serving on SC’s Advisory Board since 1998. As Operating Partner, Andy works with SC’s portfolio companies as well as focusing on underperformance, operational improvements and supply chain efficiencies throughout SC’s portfolios. Andy serves on the board of Infinite Packaging Group.

Andy was formerly CEO of Nashua Corporation, a $300 million publicly traded NASDAQ company that converts, coats and prints paper for a wide variety of business applications. He joined Nashua in April 2000 and became its Chairman/CEO in December 2000. Andy stepped down as CEO in May 2006 and remained Chairman of Nashua’s Board of Directors until September 2009.

Prior to April 2000, Andy spent 24 years at Rittenhouse, LLC as Chairman/CEO from 1976 to 2000. During his tenure at Rittenhouse, sales grew from $6 million to $150 million. Rittenhouse was sold to Nashua in April 2000. Andy spent seven years as a commercial banker (1969 to 1976) at Irving Trust Company in New York and American National Bank and Trust Co. of Chicago.

Andy serves on the Board of Directors of Lawson Products and Transco, Inc. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Wisconsin School of Business, and as Vice Chairman of the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship. Andy serves on the Board of Directors for the National Parkinson Foundation. He also serves on the Northwestern University Parkinson’s Disease Advisory Board.

Andy graduated from Washington University with a BA in 1967, and received his MBA from University of Wisconsin in 1969.

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Thomas G. Brooker

Thomas G. Brooker

Managing Director

Tom joined Svoboda Capital Partners (“SC”) as a Managing Director and Operating Partner in April of 2015. Tom worked as the President & CEO of GPA, a specialty substrates distribution company serving the printing industry which SC owned until its successful sale in April of 2015. As Operating Partner, his broad managerial and leadership skills is used to assist the SC team in the evaluation of potential acquisition candidates. Tom also works with the executive teams of portfolio companies to enhance results and create value.

Prior to joining GPA as CEO, Tom served as CEO of Nashua Corporation from 2006 until its successful sale in 2009, and as Group President of Forms, Labels and Office Products for Moore Wallace, which he joined as a sales representative in 1981.

Tom serves as a director of Reliable Parts, Strategic Marketing, Vision Integrated Graphics and Community Bank of Oak Park and River Forest. Tom is the Chairman of the finance committee for Ascension Church in Oak Park. He earned a BA in Business from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in 1981.

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Jeffrey S. Piper

Jeffrey S. Piper

Managing Director

Jeff joined Svoboda Capital Partners (“SC”) in 2004 and is responsible for sourcing and evaluating potential investment opportunities, leading due diligence, structuring and negotiating transactions, and managing portfolio company investments. Jeff currently serves as chairman of Infinite Packaging Group and Cigar Accessories Holdings, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Bully Pulpit Interactive and Estate Cheese Group (d/b/a Sonoma Creamery). Previously, Jeff was intimately involved with other SC portfolio companies, including SWC Technology Partners, OPT Holdings (Optronics/Primos), The Glover Park Group, Nth Degree, and Coffee Bean International. He also serves on the boards of both the Illinois Venture Capital Association (IVCA) and Chicago Association of Private Equity Executives (CAPEX).

Prior to joining SC, Jeff spent four years with the Investment Banking group at Robert W. Baird & Co. (“Baird”) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During his tenure at Baird, Jeff focused the majority of his time on the business services and consumer industry groups.

Jeff is also actively involved in the community and is currently ATO Gamma Zeta House Corporation Vice Chairman, as well as supports the National Kidney Foundation and his parish.

Jeff holds a BS degree in Finance with honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA with concentrations in Finance and Organizational Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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John A. Svoboda

John A. Svoboda

Managing Director

John co-founded Svoboda Capital Partners (“SC”) in January 1998 with Michelle Collins. John serves on the boards of SC portfolio companies BPI/Incite, One North Interactive, Sonoma Creamery and SWC Technology Partners. Prior to co-founding SC, John worked in the Corporate Finance Department of William Blair & Company LLC (1983-1997), where he managed Business Development and became a Partner in 1988. John graduated from Williams College with a BA in 1979 and received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1983.

John serves as a trustee of the University of Chicago Medical Center. John also serves as a trustee for the Otho S. A. Sprague Memorial Institute, the Auditorium Theatre where he is Chairman of the Board, as an honorary trustee of Marwen and as a life trustee of the Francis W. Parker School. He served on the Advisory Council of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and served on the Steering Committee for the Stanford Campaign. John has also served on several alumni and fundraising committees for both Williams College and the Stanford Business School, as well as capital campaigns for the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital. John is also active as a mentor and selection committee member for the Pat Tillman Foundation, and is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago.

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David B. Rubin

David B. Rubin

Vice President

David joined Svoboda Capital Partners (“SC”) in 2015 and is responsible for sourcing and evaluating potential investment opportunities, leading due diligence, structuring and negotiating transactions, and managing portfolio company investments. David serves as a Director on the board for One North Interactive and Cigar Accessories Holdings, Inc. and as a board participant for Strategic Marketing, Inc., SWC Technology Partners, and Sonoma Creamery.

Prior to joining SC, David spent a number of years in middle market private equity and beforehand was an Investment Banking Analyst with Harris Williams & Co. (“HW”) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. During his tenure at HW, David focused the majority of his time on mergers and acquisitions in the business services and consumer sectors.

David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance with honors from George Washington University and an MBA with concentrations in Accounting, Finance and Organizational Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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Ryan E. Kantor

Ryan E. Kantor

Senior Associate

Ryan joined Svoboda Capital Partners (“SC”) in August 2016 and is responsible for investment evaluation, transaction execution, and portfolio management.

Prior to joining SC, Ryan was an analyst in the Investment Banking Division of Lazard Middle Market, LLC (“Lazard”) in Chicago. During his tenure at Lazard, Ryan focused the majority of his time on mergers and acquisitions in the industrial and consumer sectors.

Ryan serves on the Associate Board for Compass to Care

Ryan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance with distinction from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a J.D. cum laude from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

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William C. King

William C. King

Analyst

Will joined Svoboda Capital Partners (“SC”) in April 2018 and is responsible for investment evaluation, transaction execution, and portfolio management. Prior to joining SC, Will spent two years as an analyst in the Investment Banking Division of BMO Capital Markets (“BMO”) in Chicago. During his tenure at BMO, Will advised clients in the consumer sector on a variety of transactions including mergers & acquisitions, as well as debt and equity financings.

Will is actively involved in his community and serves on the United Way YLS Executive Committee. He also volunteers with Big Shoulders Fund and serves on the St. Therese Chinese Catholic School Board. Will holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

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Ana Padilla

Ana Padilla

Executive Assistant

Ana joined Svoboda Capital Partners (“SC”) in March of 2017 and manages the daily office operations while also providing high-level support to the SC team. In addition, Ana is responsible for fund-related communications to investors and assisting with Compliance and IT projects.

Ana has over 16 years of administrative professional experience working for large organizations such as the University of Chicago Crime Lab, Discover Financial Services and Deloitte & Touche, LLP. Ana holds a BA in Business Administration from Lewis University.

Advisory Board

Michelle Collins
  • Co-Founder and Managing Director of Svoboda, Collins LLC, 1998-2006
  • Director of SC Companies PNA Holdings, Cigars International, and Strategic Marketing
  • Investment Committee Member of SC Fund II
Michael Krasny
  • Mr. Krasny is the Founder and Retired Chairman and CEO of CDW
  • From its founding in 1984, CDW grew to be a Fortune 500 company and the nation’s largest direct marketer of multi-brand computer solutions for business
  • Today Mr. Krasny spends his time at Sawdust Investment Management Corp., a private investment firm focused on managing investments and continuing the philanthropic efforts of the Circle of Service Foundation, a family foundation supporting the needs of the community
  • Michael graduated in 1975 from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and was a Sammy
Patrick Norton
  • Former EVP and CFO and currently a Director of The Scotts Company
  • The Scotts Company is the world’s leading producer and marketer of products for do-it-yourself lawn care and gardening and professional horticulture
  • Former CEO and President of Barefoot, Inc., a leading professional lawn care service company
John Raitt
  • Partner, President and the Chief Executive Officer for Harris Associates, and President of The Oakmark Funds
  • Joined Harris Associates in 1986 where he served as a research analyst, became Director of Research in early 1998
  • Former Investment Officer at The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company responsible for private equity and fixed income investments
  • B.A. in Economics from Williams College (1978), a M.B.A. from Northwestern University (1980)
  • Over twenty-three years investment experience and is a CFA charterholder
John Tracy
  • CEO of Dot Foods
  • Dot Foods is the leading master distributor of food and ingredients in the U.S.
  • Active Director of community organizations and businesses in St. Louis area