Thomas A. Burger, Jr.

Co-Founder & Managing Partner
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Mr. Burger is managing partner & co-founder of Gridiron Capital, sharing overall responsibility for managing the firm with Mr. Conese. He has significant experience in private equity and in building businesses. Prior to co-founding Gridiron Capital, Mr. Burger was a managing director of Butler Capital Corporation, where he acquired and built smaller middle-market companies in the manufacturing, service, and specialty consumer markets and additionally served as managing director and general partner of another private equity firm.

Mr. Burger has also worked for The Boston Consulting Group, working out of its Chicago office, and was primarily focused on the middle-market divisions of Fortune 500 companies in the areas of business, marketing and manufacturing strategy. He has also worked with U.S. manufacturing companies to develop strategies relating to China and other low-cost countries, and has worked with them to establish effective sourcing, operations and distribution options. Mr. Burger also worked as a manufacturing and marketing manager for General Electric and graduated from GE’s Manufacturing Management Program. Prior to his professional business experience, Mr. Burger worked in several family-owned businesses as he was growing up in Pennsylvania. Mr. Burger has a mechanical engineering and materials science degree from Duke University where he was a varsity football player and he earned an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an active board member of several private companies and not-for-profit institutions.

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