Gridiron Capital Promotes Ryan Gardner to Vice President and Jason Atwell to Tax Director

Gridiron Elevates Internal Talent to Recognize Outstanding Performance

NEW CANAAN, CT, April 19, 2023 – Gridiron Capital, LLC (“Gridiron Capital”), an investment firm focused on partnering with founders, entrepreneurs, and management teams, is thrilled to announce the promotions of Ryan Gardner to Vice President and Jason Atwell to Tax Director.

Mr. Gardner was previously an Associate at Gridiron and rejoined the firm after earning his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. Before joining Gridiron in 2016 as an Associate, Ryan worked as an Analyst at Deutsche Bank. Ryan focuses on new investment opportunities, due diligence, and value creation at current portfolio companies, including Legacy Service Partners and M&D Distributors.

Mr. Atwell is a finance and accounting professional with experience in taxation in both the Private Equity and Hedge Fund industries. Prior to joining Gridiron Capital, Jason was a member of the fund taxation team at Bridgewater Associates. Previously, he was on the tax team for Sykes Enterprises, Inc., a publicly-traded multi-national company. Jason began his tax career in public accounting with PwC and KPMG focusing on the Financial Services industry with clients in the Private Equity and Hedge Fund space. He also brings a wide array of tax and accounting experience from small firms with a broad client base and high-net-worth individuals.

Kevin Jackson, Managing Partner, added, “Ryan has returned from business school and made an immediate impact with new investments and across the existing portfolio. We are confident he will continue to excel, taking on more responsibility as a Vice President. Furthermore, Jason has been an integral member of our accounting team since 2017. This promotion is well-deserved, and we are proud of the great work he has done for Gridiron.”

Tom Burger, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, said “We are pleased to recognize both Ryan and Jason’s contributions to Gridiron. They are both valued team members and strengthen our Winning Together culture. These promotions are a testament to the caliber of talent across the firm. We look forward to their ongoing success in their new roles.”

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:


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Thomas A. Burger Jr., Co-Founder and Managing Partner

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