Our Team

At Transom, we believe that the most important aspect of any endeavor is the team tasked with completing the journey. As practitioners, we appreciate the difficulties of attracting, building, leading and enhancing a team capable of delivering exemplary results. Our team is philosophically constructed with substantive professionals who are classically trained (well-regarded academic and professional training programs), but who have lived, been shaped by and excelled in the real world as well.

Ken Firtel

Founder & Managing Partner

Mr. Firtel is a Founder and Managing Partner of Transom Capital Group. Prior to Transom, Mr. Firtel was an investment professional at Platinum Equity and was responsible for evaluating, structuring, and negotiating transactions and transitioning and overseeing operations of portfolio companies.

Before joining Platinum, Mr. Firtel was an associate in the Transactions Department of O’Melveny & Myers, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, investor and company-side private equity, venture capital and debt financing, joint ventures, and general representation of middle-market companies.

Mr. Firtel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Yale University, a Master of Science, Industrial Relations-Diploma in Business Studies from the London School of Economics, and a Juris Doctor from the USC Gould School of Law. He played Varsity soccer at Yale and published an article in the Southern California Law Review. He serves on the board of Angel City Sports, an organization focused on providing athletic and other opportunities for children and adults with physical disabilities.

Quick Fact

Played Division I Soccer at Yale.

Russ Roenick

Founder & Managing Partner

Mr. Roenick is a Founder and Managing Partner of Transom Capital Group. Prior to Transom Capital, Mr. Roenick was a Junior Partner at McKinsey & Company.

Previously, Mr. Roenick worked as a product strategist at Microsoft and an investment banker at Credit Suisse First Boston Technology Group where he executed corporate finance transactions for high-technology firms.

Mr. Roenick received his Bachelor’s Degree with honors from the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University). He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, Santa Monica Bay Chapter.

Quick Fact

Won the Moving Mountains award for product innovation while at Microsoft.

Ty Schultz

Managing Partner

Mr. Schultz is a Managing Partner and the leader of the Seattle office of Transom Capital, focusing primarily on opportunity sourcing and portfolio company operations. Over his career, Mr. Schultz has spent considerable time in each functional role (sourcing, underwriting, and operations) of the private equity industry. However, over the last ten years he has focused primarily on portfolio company operations and discovering how to leverage people with best practices to create operational transformations.

Prior to Transom, Mr. Schultz was a Senior Vice President in the Operations Group at Evergreen Pacific Partners, the largest private equity fund headquartered in Washington State. While at Evergreen Pacific Mr. Schultz led portfolio company operations. In this capacity Mr. Schultz served as CEO of multiple mid-market companies. Prior to his work at Evergreen Pacific, Mr. Schultz was the COO of Blue Microphones, a portfolio company of Transom Capital. In addition, Mr. Schultz has worked as an Engagement Manager for McKinsey & Company where he consulted to Fortune 100 companies across a variety of industries, including, aerospace, software, hospitality and finance.

Mr. Schultz holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College in Claremont, CA and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School in Cambridge, MA.

Quick Fact

Born on a cattle ranch in Meeker, CO.

James Oh


Mr. Oh is a Partner and is responsible for sourcing investment opportunities, conducting due diligence, executing transactions, and monitoring portfolio companies including financial / operational oversight and capital structure management.

Prior to joining Transom Capital, Mr. Oh was a Principal at The Gores Group conducting due diligence, executing corporate finance transactions, managing capital markets activities and relationships with capital providers globally. Prior The Gores Group, Mr. Oh was a Vice President in the Loan Originations and Loan Sales & Syndications groups at Wells Fargo Capital Finance. Mr. Oh originated, structured, executed, and syndicated senior credit facilities for acquisitions, recapitalizations, growth capital, refinances, and working capital needs for financial sponsors and its portfolio companies. Prior to Wells Fargo Foothill, Mr. Oh was an Associate at Rizvi Traverse Management, a Los Angeles based private equity firm and a Senior Associate in the Transaction Services Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Mr. Oh earned a B.A. in International Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles. Mr. Oh is a Certified Public Accountant.

Quick Fact

Immigrated to the US at the age of 7 and parents were small business owners in Los Angeles.

Justin Gilson

Vice President

Mr. Gilson is a Vice President and is responsible for sourcing investment opportunities, conducting due diligence, executing transactions and overseeing portfolio company operations.

Prior to joining Transom Capital, Mr. Gilson was an Associate at The Compass Group, a middle market private equity firm, where he conducted due diligence, executed transactions and oversaw portfolio company operations. Before joining Compass, Mr. Gilson was an analyst at UBS Investment Bank, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt capital markets transactions and other corporate finance advisory assignments in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors.

Mr. Gilson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Quick Fact

Played Canadian junior hockey in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Nathan Dastic

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Dastic is the Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for managing all fund administration, investor relations, and assisting in the monitoring of Transom Capital’s portfolio companies. Prior to Transom Capital, Nathan worked at Standish Management where spent five years working with private equity and venture capital clients. During his time at Standish, Nathan advised on fund accounting, fund structuring, compliance, and management company operations.

Prior to joining Standish, Nathan was an Experienced Senior Associate at PriceWaterhouseCoopers where he audited private equity clients. During his time at PwC, Mr. Dastic was nominated for the 2009 National PwC Chairman’s Award by senior management for excellence in client service and overall commitment to the Los Angeles Assurance and Advisory Practice.

Nathan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Azusa Pacific University and has completed the CPA exam.

Quick Fact

Completed five 50K ultra marathon trail races

Karl Pearson

SVP, Finance and Operations

Mr. Pearson is SVP, Finance and Operations and is responsible for driving best practices within Finance and Operations, which includes overseeing key projects across the portfolio and interacting directly with the management teams to enable transformations and improve operational performance.

Prior to joining to Transom Capital Group, Mr. Pearson was a Partner and Managing Director at Sierra Constellation Partners (SCP), a turnaround and restructuring consulting firm based in Los Angeles, CA where he provided interim C-level management, financial advisory, operational improvement, due diligence, M&A support, project management, IT implementation, and portfolio management services to clients that typically ranged in size from $50M to $500M in revenue. Prior to SCP, Mr. Pearson served as an Operating Partner and Portfolio Manager for a private investment fund and also held various management roles with Mellon Bank, PNC Bank, Dyson Kissner Moran, Honeywell, Rain Bird Corporation, and Catalytic Solutions before starting and selling 2 companies, an IT consulting firm and an Aftermarket / OE manufacturing company.

Mr. Pearson holds a BA in Economics from Penn State University and earned his MBA at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business.

Quick Fact

Spent 50 nights under the stars and climbed Mt. Whitney and Half Dome while helping his son become an Eagle Scout

Andrés Meza

Vice President, Operations

Mr. Meza is a Vice President responsible for overseeing portfolio company operations, creating transformational change by implementing world class processes and practices in each organization.

Prior to joining Transom Capital, Mr. Meza was an Engagement Manager for McKinsey & Company where he advised senior executives on critical operational and strategic issues in a variety of functions including product management, R&D, and supply chain. Prior to his work at McKinsey, Mr. Meza was a Global Supply Chain manager for Apple Inc. where he specialized in bringing product concepts to mass production, including Touch ID and the iSight Camera. Prior to Apple, Mr. Meza was a marketing manager for Danaher Corp. where he created business development strategies to grow the industrial segments of its water quality and testing company.

Mr. Meza holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arkansas and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

Quick Fact

Former Mexican national swimming champion

Chris Baddon

Vice President, Business Development

Mr. Baddon is a Vice President of Business Development and is responsible for identifying, originating and qualifying new investment opportunities, along with developing both intermediary and corporate relationships.

Prior to joining Transom Capital, Mr. Baddon was a Vice President at OpenGate Capital, focused on originating and qualifying new investment opportunities globally. During his time at OpenGate, Mr. Baddon was responsible for sourcing platform acquisitions in the Industrial, Building Products, and Chemical industries.

Mr. Baddon received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of San Diego.

Quick Fact

Once sang onstage with The Beach Boys

Harrison Furse

Business Development Associate

Mr. Furse is a Business Development Associate and is responsible for identifying, originating and qualifying new investment opportunities.

Prior to joining Transom Capital, Mr. Furse led strategic initiatives for a nationwide building products company where he focused on developing sales and marketing practices and ensuring customer satisfaction. During his time there, Mr. Furse helped to oversee more than $150M in net sales out of his regional office.

Mr. Furse received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Quick Fact

Played Football at Penn.

Conor Davenport


Mr. Davenport is an Associate and is responsible for evaluating new investment opportunities and supporting Transom Capital’s existing investment portfolio.

Previously, Mr. Davenport worked at Ned Davis Research, a global investment research firm in Venice, FL.

Mr. Davenport earned a B.A. with honors in Philosophy, Politics, & Economics as well as a Minor in History from the University of Pennsylvania.

Quick Fact

Rowed and served as Captain of the Heavyweight Crew team at Penn.

Ashley Souvenir

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Souvenir is the Administrative Assistant for Transom Capital Group and is responsible for providing office services by implementing administrative systems, procedures, and policies, and monitoring administrative projects.

Prior to joining Transom Capital, Ms. Souvenir was a Financial Advisor’s Assistant at Foresters Financial, an investment firm in Beaverton, OR. Prior to Foresters Financial, Ms. Souvenir interned at Men’s Wearhouse in their Online Marketing Department.

Ms. Souvenir earned a B.A. in Communications along with a Minor in Business Administration from Washington State University.

Quick Fact

Currently training for a half marathon