Gridiron Grows Associate Team with Alumni and New Talent
NEW CANAAN, CT, October 11, 2022 – Gridiron Capital, LLC (“Gridiron Capital”), an investment firm focused on partnering with founders, entrepreneurs, and management teams, is pleased to welcome Ryan Gardner back to the firm as a Senior Associate. In addition, Gridiron adds to its team Eric Albright and Virginia “Jinx” Charman.
Mr. Gardner was previously an Associate at Gridiron and rejoined the firm after earning his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. Prior to 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 M&D Distributors, Colibri Group, and The Service Companies.
Mr. Albright joins Gridiron from Barclays, where he served as an associate in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group. Eric holds a Master of Public Accounting and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he played varsity football. At Gridiron, Eric focuses on new investment opportunities, due diligence, and value creation at current portfolio companies.
Ms. Charman joins Gridiron from Cowen & Company, where she served as an analyst in the Strategic Capital and Financial Sponsors Group. Jinx received a B.A. in Psychology from Middlebury College, where she played varsity soccer. She also completed the Tuck Business Bridge Program at Dartmouth College. At Gridiron, Jinx focuses on business development, marketing, and providing research & analytical support to current portfolio companies.
Tom Burger, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, said “We are excited to continue growing our team at Gridiron with people who align with our Winning Together culture. Ryan was a strong performer at Gridiron prior to business school and we are excited to welcome him back to the firm. Furthermore, we are excited to welcome both Eric and Jinx to the Gridiron team. Both Eric and Jinx are high-integrity individuals and we believe they each will bring unique experiences and relationships to foster continued growth at the firm.”
Kevin Jackson, Managing Partner, added “Ryan rejoining the team after business school adds immediate leadership, depth, and experience to our talented group of Associates. We are happy to welcome Ryan back to Gridiron as a Senior Associate. Additionally, we are thrilled to have Eric and Jinx join the growing team at Gridiron. We believe that they will add to the collaborative environment here and they have already made a significant impact in their 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: www.gridironcapital.com.
For Additional Information:
Tom Burger, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Gridiron Capital, LLC