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Long-Lok (Aero MFG) Sold to Novaria Group
ViewMarket (Digital Media) Sold to GOW media
Springbow (IT Services) Sold to Softlink, INC.
CSC Media (Media) Sold to KKR and Landmark Comms. Modulant Solutions (Software)
Vice Chairman and Co-Founder – exiting in 2021/2022
Various Public and Private Company Boards
YPO Member

experience & team
Robert Bennett
Technology, media and manufacturing private equity sponsor, 25 years of successful tech, media and manufacturing exits. CEO of First Lexington.
Robert M. Bennett, our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since July 2020 has over 30 years of private equity experience in technology, media and manufacturing businesses. Mr. Bennett has broad experience in building proprietary deal sourcing, raising financing and closing acquisition transactions and then growing those businesses and selling them to strategic acquirers. Since 1997, Mr. Bennett has served as Chief Executive Officer of the First Lexington organization, a private equity sponsor group that has led many transactions. From 2014 to 2017, Mr. Bennett was Chief Executive Officer of ViewMarket, Inc., a company he co-founded that acquired CultureMap, a digital media company. ViewMarket was subsequently sold to Gow Media, LLC in 2017. Since 2017, Mr. Bennett has also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jon D. Williams Cotillions, Inc., a national social education provider. From 1997 to 2019, Mr. Bennett was Chief Executive Officer of Long-Lok Fasteners Corporation, a next generation proprietary aerospace fasteners company in which he purchased two additional “bulk up” businesses, Bernic Screw Corp and A&W Screw Corp. The company was sold to Novaria Group, LLC in December 2019. Since 2003, Mr. Bennett has also served as Vice Chairman of Modulant Solutions, an IT services and software company that he co-founded and later acquired Product Data Integration Technologies, Inc. From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Bennett was Chairman of Springbow Solutions, Inc., a company he co-founded that acquired three IT service companies and provided next generation IT, portal and web services. The company was sold to Soflink, Inc. in 2005. In the 1990s, Mr. Bennett acquired and sold various media and manufacturing businesses.
Will Bunker
Founder of GrowthX Silicon Valley Venture Capital Seed Fund. Founder of
William W. Bunker, our Vice-Chairman since July 2020 and Chief Financial Officer, co-founded the largest dating site of the 1990s, which became and was ultimately sold for $47.5 million to Ticketmaster in 1999. He served as President of the rebranded site during the transition. After, he became a co-founder of Critical Watch, an enterprise security company that was sold to Alert Logic in 2015. Mr. Bunker co-founded two seed stage VC funds, Silicon Valley Growth Syndicate in 2013 which he managed actively until 2016 and GrowthX which Mr. Bunker has operated since 2016. He has invested in over 150 startups.
Eric Ver Ploeg
Venture Capitalist
25 years of successful startup and venture experience, with a focus on growth stage venture investing in business facing companies. Eric has broad and deep relationships within the late-stage venture ecosystem.
Eric Ver Ploeg, our President since July 2020, has over 20 years of Silicon Valley high-tech startup and investment experience. From 2017 to 2020, Dr. Ver Ploeg was a Managing Director of Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners venture group, a growth stage focused venture capital investor, where he was involved with the firm’s investments in cloud infrastructure company Fastly (NYSE: FSLY), enterprise SaaS company Dynamic Signal, and cyber security company Anomali. From 2015 to early 2017, Dr. Ver Ploeg was acting as an independent venture investor. From 2001 to 2008, Dr. Ver Ploeg was a Managing Director of VantagePoint Venture Partners, where he was involved in the funding of many private companies, including Spatial Wireless and OZ Communications. Dr. Ver Ploeg co-managed the quantitative hedge fund, Recursive Capital, and has made personal investments into private companies in the crypto, fintech, marketplace, and enterprise SaaS sectors. Before beginning his investment career, Dr. Ver Ploeg was the co-founder of two venture-backed startup companies, which raised multiple rounds of venture capital.
Patrick Brandt
Technology Executive
Founder, CEO, and Board Member of multiple technology startups with successful exits. Deep roots in Silicon Valley M&A, including significant transactions with Oracle, EMC, and VMware.
Patrick Brandt, our Vice President of Corporate Development since July 2020, has over 20 years of experience in enterprise software with a proven track record of leading companies through rapid growth, expansion, acquisition, and exits. Since 2016 Brandt has been President and a member of the Board of Directors of Shiftsmart, Inc. a labor management platform he co-founded. Additionally, he serves as Chairman of the Board of OneDay, a venture backed video technology start-up. From 2009 to 2015, Brandt served as Chairman and CEO of Telligent Systems, Inc., which became Zimbra, Inc. following the acquisition of the Zimbra assets from VMWare (NYSE: VMW) in 2013; and then in 2015 sold Zimbra to Synacor (NASDAQ: SYNC) and Telligent to Verint Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRNT). Brandt was also the founder and CEO of Skywire Software in 2000. During his eight-year tenure at Skywire Software, Brandt led the company through organic growth and 11 acquisitions, including the leveraged buyout of Docucorp (NASDAQ: DOCC) in 2007. In July of 2008, Brandt led and negotiated the sale of Skywire Software’s enterprise software business to Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) and Skywire Software’s BPO business to Kubra, a private-equity backed outsourcer. Brandt remained on the Board of Directors, and served as Chairman of iWave Software, a spin-off of Skywire Software, until its sale to EMC (NYSE: EMC) in December 2012.
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