Snow Peak Capital has more than 50 years of combined M&A and operating experience, having led or been involved with 60+ transactions, of which approximately half were corporate divestitures.
Founder and Managing Partner
Steve Yager is a Founding Partner of Snow Peak Capital and a Member of SPC’s Investment Committee. Steve is involved in all aspects of SPC activities, including establishing the firm’s strategic direction, originating and executing transactions, overseeing investment operations and providing firm oversight. During his career Steve has developed significant experience with M&A transactions, having led numerous deals and served as either Chairman or Director of several portfolio companies.
Prior to forming SPC, Steve was a Senior Managing Director for The Gores Group, which he either worked for or was affiliated with for more than 30 years. While at Gores, Steve was a member of the Gores Investment Committee and was responsible for evaluating, structuring and executing acquisitions, leading due diligence efforts, arranging financing transactions and overseeing portfolio company exits. Steve was deeply involved in many of Gores’ successful investments. Steve also served as the President and CEO of Artemis International Solutions, a Gores portfolio company that developed project management software, from 1997 to 2002. At Artemis, Steve led a successful turnaround and restructuring initiative which restored the business to a strong financial and operational footing, and ultimately yielded a successful exit for Gores.
From 1985 to 1994, Steve worked at Executive Business Systems and its acquiror, Contel Business Systems, as a General Manager. Prior to EBS, Steve worked at Burroughs Corporation from 1978 to 1985 in a variety of Sales and Marketing positions. Mr. Yager earned a B.A. in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Michigan.
Founder and Partner
Anthony Chirikos is a Founding Partner of Snow Peak Capital and a member of SPC’s Investment Committee. Anthony is involved in all aspects of SPC activities, including establishing strategic direction, originating and executing transactions, overseeing investment operations and providing firm oversight. Anthony brings substantial experience to SPC, having led or been involved with several acquisitions and divestitures over the course of his career, and having served as a Director of numerous private companies.
Prior to co-founding SPC, Anthony was a Managing Director for The Gores Group where he was responsible for evaluating, structuring and executing acquisitions, leading due diligence efforts, arranging financing transactions and overseeing portfolio company exits. Prior to joining Gores in 2004, Anthony worked for Jefferies & Company, where he focused primarily on leveraged finance transactions and mergers & acquisitions assignments. Mr. Chirikos earned a B.S. in Economics, graduating summa cum laude from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Founder and Head of Business Development
Melissa C. Evans
Melissa Evans is a Founding Partner of Snow Peak Capital and Head of Business Development. In this role, Melissa is responsible for devising the firm’s investment sourcing strategy and leading its execution. Prior to the formation of SPC, Melissa was a Vice President on the Origination team for The Gores Group where she was responsible for identifying, originating and qualifying new platform and add-on investment opportunities focusing primarily on the Healthcare and Industrial sectors. Prior to joining Gores in 2010, Ms. Evans worked at Hellman & Friedman, LLC. Ms. Evans has a B.A. in Journalism and Speech Communications from Metropolitan State College of Denver.
Founder and Vice President
Dave Warren is a Founding Partner and Vice President at Snow Peak Capital and is primarily responsible for deal execution, due diligence, portfolio company monitoring and exit opportunity analysis. Prior to joining SPC in 2020, Dave worked at Vance Street Capital, a private equity firm in Los Angeles, where he focused on investments and portfolio company management in the industrial, aerospace, defense and medical sectors. Prior to this, Dave worked in the Investment Banking group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, participating in the execution of mergers and acquisitions as well as capital raises for companies across various industries. Dave graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Stowe Eighmy is a Senior Associate at Snow Peak Capital where he is responsible for investment opportunity evaluation, due diligence, portfolio company monitoring and exit opportunity analysis. Before joining SPC in 2021, Stowe worked as an Associate at Deutsche Bank in New York within the Industrials Investment Banking group. He focused on facilitating capital raises and cross-border M&A transactions in the Transportation and Logistics vertical, specifically in aviation, 3PL and shipping. Stowe graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Public Policy with Specialization in Finance.
Founding Strategic Partner
Michael provides strategic development for Snow Peak including originating and executing transactions, assisting with new investment sourcing efforts, and providing strategic support to portfolio assets. Prior to his involvement with SPC, Michael was an advisor to the founding team at The Gores Group. Michael is also the founder and CEO of Modern Impact, a Minneapolis-based brand performance agency. SPC leverages Michael’s digital, technical and marketing aptitude to find and evaluate new investment opportunities and to add value to SPC’s portfolio companies. Michael studied at St John’s University with emphasis in Natural Sciences.
Senior Operating Advisor
Jon Biro is a Board Member of Sandy Alexander (a Snow Peak portfolio company) and an Operating Advisor to Snow Peak Capital, and has significant experience in the marketing services and commercial printing sectors. Notably, Jon was the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Consolidated Graphics, a successful conglomerate in the commercial printing sector, which was acquired by RR Donnelley in 2014. In addition, Jon has served as CFO/EVP of Harte Hanks, a multichannel marketing services company, as well as CFO/EVP of Exterran Holdings and CFO/SVP and Treasurer of ICO, Inc. Jon has also served as a Board member and officer of several other private and public companies. Jon started his career in public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer
John Belza is Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of Snow Peak Capital. In these roles, John is responsible for the administrative, compliance and finance operations of the firm. Prior to joining Snow Peak in 2022, Mr. Belza served as Chief Financial Officer at privately held companies GatesAir, Inc. (a portfolio company of The Gores Group), Lombart Instrument ( a portfolio company of Atlantic Street Capital), Cambridge International (a portfolio company of Industrial Growth Partners) and Carat Security Group. Mr. Belza began his career in public accounting at Coopers & Lybrand from 1983 to 1990. From 1990 to 2007, he held executive finance and supply chain roles at public companies Steel Technologies, General Electric, Fifth Third Bank and Hill-Rom. Mr. Belza earned a B.S in Business Administration from the University of Louisville and holds the profession designations of Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant and Certified Six Sigma Greenbelt.
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