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

Partner

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.


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


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


Brendan Hart

Vice President, Operations

Mr. Hart is a Vice President responsible for portfolio company operations, leveraging people and operational best-practices to drive performance across Transom’s portfolio.

Prior to joining Transom Capital, Mr. Hart was a Vice President at Lateral Investment Management, a growth-capital firm, where he was responsible for investment activities and portfolio management, dedicating the majority of his time to restructuring a natural resources company. Before Lateral, Mr. Hart was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company where he served industrial and consumer clients in North America and Asia Pacific, focusing primarily on due diligence and large-scale operational transformations. Previously, Mr. Hart worked for ExxonMobil as a chemical engineer, where he was responsible for overseeing unit operations in refining and chemicals production.

Mr. Hart holds a Bachelor of Science with High Honors in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

Quick Fact

Has traveled to 50+ countries


Rob Randolph

Vice President, Financial Operations

Mr. Randolph is responsible for monitoring Transom Capital’s day-to-day finance activities across its portfolio companies, including financial operations and collaborating with portfolio company leadership to drive best-in-class cashflow management, accounting controls, and treasury operations.

Prior to joining Transom Capital, Mr. Randolph was a Senior Manager in EY’s Transaction Advisory Services practice based in Los Angeles. Mr. Randolph has diverse experience in M&A consulting across the transaction lifecycle, ranging from financial due diligence to operational separations. He also focused on advising clients engaged in large-scale divestitures and helped launch and grow EY’s divestiture practice in the West. Prior to joining EY’s transactions practice, Mr. Randolph served EY audit clients in entertainment, consumer products and manufacturing sectors out of Los Angeles and St. Louis.

Mr. Randolph holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Accounting from the University of Missouri and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Quick Fact

Served as a Specialist in the Army National Guard from 2000-2006 and was deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom


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

Senior Associate, Business Development

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.


Tim Park

Senior Associate

Mr. Park is a Senior Associate and is responsible for evaluating new investment opportunities, executing acquisitions, and working on divestitures.

Prior to joining Transom Capital, Mr. Park was an Associate at Highview Capital, an operationally-focused private equity firm, where he was responsible for evaluating new investment opportunities and supporting strategic initiatives for the firm’s portfolio companies. Prior to Highview, Mr. Park was an investment banking analyst at Houlihan Lokey in its Capital Markets Advisory group.

Mr. Park holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Claremont McKenna College.

Quick Fact

Played varsity soccer at Claremont McKenna College.


Conor Davenport

Associate

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.


Ben Lee

Associate

Mr. Lee is an Associate and is responsible for evaluating new investment opportunities, executing transactions, and supporting portfolio companies.

Prior to joining Transom Capital, Mr. Lee was a Senior Analyst at Cornerstone Research, a financial and economic consulting firm. More recently, he worked as an investment banking summer associate at Morgan Stanley and as part of the product data science team at Salesforce.

Mr. Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University, an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a JD from Stanford Law School.

Quick Fact

Once met Pope Francis on the stage of St. Peter’s Square


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