Mark focuses on leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations and growth financings within a variety of industries with a specific focus on the consumer products sector. His experience in both private equity and operations provides Highlander with a unique perspective on acquiring and managing businesses. Mark is involved in all aspects of the transaction process from origination through acquisition integration, and provides operational leadership and strategic guidance to Highlander’s portfolio companies.
Mark joined Highlander Partners in 2014. Prior to Highlander, Mark was Managing Partner of Robin Lane Capital, an investment firm focused primarily on growth investments in consumer products companies. Prior to Robin Lane, he was a Partner with Insight Holdings, an operations-oriented investment management firm comprised of senior consumer products executives supporting Catterton Partners with a focus on acquisitions of non-core assets in the food, confectionery and over-the-counter pharmaceutical sectors. Prior to Insight, Mark was with The Shansby Group, the predecessor entity to TSG Consumer Partners, a consumer products private equity fund where he contributed to platform and follow-on investments in the ethnic, natural and organic foods, OTC pharmaceuticals, supplements, sporting goods and personal care categories. He was also with Kirkland Messina, a boutique merchant banking firm, and LaSalle Partners, a real estate investment and management firm.
Board Memberships (Current and Past)
Niteo Products, LLC, current
Bettera Brands, LLC, current
The Aspen Club, current
Sundia True Fruit, past
Archway & Mother’s Cookie Company, past
Insight Pharmaceuticals, past
Farley’s & Sathers Candy Company, past
Stanford University, Reunion Fundraising Chair, past
Entrepreneur’s Organization, past
The Little School – Finance Committee, past
St. Ignatius Church – Finance Committee, Fundraising Chair, past
B.A. in Economics and Philosophy, Stanford University
Managed Portfolio Companies