Jon Gard

Managing Director, Private Equity

Jon is a member of Satori’s investment committee, a board member of Formulife and Zorch Holdings, and is involved with a number of the firm’s other investments. He was formerly involved with California Products Corporation, FWT, Longhorn Health Solutions, Origami Owl, Novaria/Fitz Aerospace, and SunTree Snack Foods.

Prior to joining Satori in 2011, Jon was at Madison Dearborn Partners, Chicago’s largest buyout fund with more than $18 billion under management. While at Madison Dearborn, Jon evaluated new investment opportunities and monitored portfolio operations within the building products, basic industrials, financial services and healthcare sectors. Prior to joining Madison Dearborn, Jon was a member of the Global Healthcare Investment Banking group at Lehman Brothers in New York. While at Lehman, he focused on mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance transactions primarily for healthcare services companies. Jon has also worked with Hunter Equity Capital, a private investment firm exclusively focused on the lower middle market.

Jon’s passion for entrepreneurial business began while observing his father build, scale, and ultimately sell his commercial foodservice ventilation business. Throughout high school and college, Jon spent his summers working in the family business, starting as a warehouse worker and eventually migrating across the organization. During that time, Jon developed an intimate understanding of the challenges small businesses face as they scale from inception to sustainably-run enterprises. His desire to partner alongside entrepreneurs as they maneuver this journey was a key contributor to what brought him to Satori.

Jon received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.A. in economics, magna cum laude, from Wabash College. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife Natalie and their four children.

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