New Canaan CT, July 11, 2012 — Gridiron Capital, LLC, a New Canaan, Connecticut based middle market private equity firm, announced today the addition of Patrick Harlow and Jeffrey Peterson as Operating Partners. Both Mr. Harlow and Mr. Peterson bring a wealth of operating experience to help support portfolio management teams and have successful track records in previous work with the Gridiron team.
Tom Burger, a Managing Partner of Gridiron Capital, stated, “We are excited to officially welcome Pat and Jeff to the Gridiron team. Both bring unique expertise and leadership capabilities that will be extremely valuable to our portfolio company management teams.”
Mr. Harlow has over 30 years of executive leadership experience in the public company sector as well as private equity backed companies. During his career he has worked closely with Gridiron’s Managing Partners and successfully led the growth of private equity backed companies. Mr. Harlow was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Contech Construction Products, Inc. from 1999 through 2008. Prior to Contech, Mr. Harlow held numerous positions within Ingersoll-Rand including Vice President and General Manager of the Rock Drill Division and Vice President and General Manager of Asia Pacific, headquartered in Hong Kong. Mr. Harlow holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Loyola College and a M.A in Business Management from Central Michigan University.
Mr. Peterson has over 30 years of accounting and finance experience with public, private and private equity backed companies. Mr. Peterson was Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of PAS Technologies, Inc. (a Gridiron portfolio company) from 2008 through 2011, during which time he was a key member of the management team that was instrumental in the success of PAS. Prior to PAS, Mr. Peterson was the Chief Financial Officer of several private equity backed businesses where he was instrumental in leading the finance staffs, implementing MIS systems and managing the companies outside professional and lender relationships. Mr. Peterson holds a B.S. in Accounting from Brigham Young University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Gridiron Capital, LLC, headquartered in New Canaan, Connecticut, is a private equity firm focused on creating value by acquiring and building middle-market manufacturing, service and specialty consumer companies in the United States and Canada. The firm’s principals employ a combination of strategic, operating and financial experience to provide portfolio companies with competitive advantages. Gridiron’s principals work closely with management teams to develop strategies for portfolio companies, as well as providing resources to execute business plans and build industry-leading companies. Additional information is available on the firm’s website at www.gridironcapital.com.