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 and led its Media & Entertainment practice on the West Coast, focused on strategic and operational issues for film, TV, music, technology, and gaming clients.

Previously, Mr. Roenick worked as a product strategist at Microsoft where he won several awards for his work in re-defining the Microsoft Office customer base. He also worked as an investment banker at Credit Suisse First Boston Technology Group where he executed initial public offerings for several high-profile 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

Principal

Mr. Oh is a Principal 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

Senior Associate

Mr. Gilson is a Senior Associate 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.


Gabriel (Gabe) Becerra

Senior Associate, Business Development

Mr. Becerra is a Senior Associate and is responsible for identifying, originating and qualifying new investment opportunities. Prior to Transom, Mr. Becerra was a Business Development Associate at the Gores Group where he focused on Industrial investments.

Previously, Mr. Becerra worked as an investment banker at Houlihan Lokey and KPMG, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt capital market transactions and other corporate advisory assignments in the Industrials sector.

Mr. Becerra received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California Los Angeles and his Masters from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

Quick Fact

Logged over 100+ deep water scuba dives in 5 countries.


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


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 Division 1AA Football at Penn.


Conor Davenport

Analyst

Mr. Davenport is an Analyst 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.