Gridiron Capital Promotes Nate Krause and Spencer Oakes to Accounting Manager and Welcomes New Associate, Pranav Maganti

Gridiron Continues to Recognize Internal Success and Hire New Associate Talent

NEW CANAAN, CT, April 23, 2024 – Gridiron Capital, LLC (“Gridiron Capital” or “Gridiron”), an investment firm focused on partnering with founders, entrepreneurs, and management teams, is pleased to announce that Nate Krause and Spencer Oakes have been promoted to Accounting Manager, and Pranav Maganti has joined the firm as an Associate.

Mr. Krause joined Gridiron Capital in 2022 as a Senior Accountant. Nate is a finance and accounting professional with experience in the alternative investments industry. Prior to joining Gridiron Capital, he was an Associate on the Credit Accounting team at Fortress Investment Group. Nate began his career as an Assurance Senior Associate in PwC’s Alternative Investments group, where he audited hedge funds, private equity funds, and fund of funds. Nate received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Oregon.

Mr. Oakes joined Gridiron Capital in 2020 as a Senior Accountant. Spencer is a finance and accounting professional with a focus on the private equity industry. Prior to joining Gridiron Capital, Spencer was a Senior Assurance Associate at RSM US LLP working primarily with the Financial Services team. He provided audit services to a broad range of private equity clients. Spencer received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Connecticut.

Mr. Maganti joins Gridiron from Rocana (formerly known as Semillero Partners) as an investment Associate. Previously, Pranav worked at Rothschild & Co in the Consumer Mergers & Acquisitions group, and Chobani on the Commercial Finance team. At Gridiron, Pranav focuses on new investment opportunities, due diligence, and value creation at current portfolio companies. Pranav received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Tom Burger, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, said, “We are pleased to recognize the accomplishments of Nate and Spencer. They have both been integral members of the finance team since joining Gridiron, helping to refine and innovate best practices and repeatable processes. Furthermore, we continue to prioritize developing a high-performance team. Adding strong talent like Pranav will bring a new perspective and expertise to the investment team, helping create value for our portfolio companies.”

Kevin Jackson, Managing Partner, added, “Nate and Spencer have made an impact since they first started at Gridiron by significantly expanding the capabilities of our finance team. I am confident they will continue to excel in their new roles as Accounting Managers and inspire others through their leadership. Gridiron also seeks to add strategic new talent to build a strong foundation for growth. Pranav has already proven to be a valuable team member, hitting the ground running on several of our portfolio company partnerships.”

About Gridiron Capital

Gridiron Capital is an investment firm focused on partnering with founders, entrepreneurs, and management teams, and creating value by building middle-market companies into industry-leaders in branded consumer, B2B and B2C services, and niche industrial segments in the United States and Canada. We help transform growing companies by winning together through hard work, partnerships grounded in shared values and a unique culture that comes from hands-on experience building and running businesses. As a team led by former operators and entrepreneurs, we know what it takes to run successful businesses on a day-to-day basis. Additional information is available on the firm’s website:


Gridiron Capital, LLC

Thomas A. Burger Jr.

Co-Founder and Managing Partner


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