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A higher level of professionalism.

Our staff includes experts in operations, consulting, investment banking, and finance. We've invested over several business cycles and appreciate the importance of patient investing. Our culture, which values development of collective investment judgment, is instrumental in attracting and retaining key personnel.

The expertise of our investment staff enables us to serve as value-adding resources to our portfolio companies. We are not operating managers; nor do we intend to be. We provide analytic and investment expertise to evaluate significant operating and investment decisions, such as capital investment, acquisitions, or entrance into new markets.

We play a supportic role, assisting in strategic planning and focusing on long-term growth initiatives for each portfolio company. We encourage thoughtful organizational development and actively assist in recruiting key hires.

Louis M. Girard

Managing Director of TULCAN, L.P. a middle market private equity firm based in Houston, Texas. Prior to TULCAN, Mr. Girard served as Managing Director of Private Equity for Sanders Morris Harris (NASDAQ: SMHG) an investment-banking concern where he was employed from 1995 to 2000. From 1994 to 1995, Mr. Girard served as project finance analyst and later director at Enron Development Corp. Mr. Girard earned a BA from Southern Methodist University in 1991, read International Common Law at Oxford University, England in 1989 and attended the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Executive Management at Rice University in August 2000.

Tripp H. Rice

Director of TULCAN, L.P. a middle market private equity firm based in Houston, Texas. Prior to TULCAN, Mr. Rice worked as an Associate at Wellspring Capital Management a generalist private equity firm in New York with $3 billion in assets under management where Mr. Rice was responsible for investment valuation, due diligence, execution and portfolio company monitoring. Prior to Wellspring Mr. Rice worked as an Analyst at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. in the investment banking, leveraged finance, and financial sponsors groups where Mr. Rice developed financial models, performed industry research, and wrote capital commitment committee memoranda for leveraged buyouts and acquisitions of non-investment grade companies across industry verticals. Mr. Rice earned a Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree with distinction (Concentrations in Finance and Management) from the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce.

Elliot Roosevelt, III

Advisor to and special limited partner of TULCAN, L.P. Mr. Roosevelt is Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director of RPM Metropolitan Partners, L.P. which he founded in 1999. Mr. Roosevelt previously served as a Director and then Partner in the private equity investment fund of Stephens Group, Inc. (“Stephens”), a private, family-owned investment firm. Mr. Roosevelt earned his M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. Mr. Roosevelt received a B.A. in Political Science with honors from Stanford University. Before starting his business career, Mr. Roosevelt served as a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force and United States Air Force Reserve.