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.
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.
Played Division I Soccer at Yale.
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.
Won the Moving Mountains award for product innovation while at Microsoft.
Mr. Oh is a Managing 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 has been recognized as a Most Influential Private Equity Investor by the Los Angeles Business Journal, Rising Stars of Private Equity by Mergers & Acquisitions, and a recipient of the Emerging Leaders Award from The M&A Advisor.
Mr. Oh earned a B.A. in International Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles. Mr. Oh is a Certified Public Accountant.
Immigrated to the US at the age of 7 and parents were small business owners in Los Angeles.
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.
Completed five 50K ultra marathon trail races
Mr. Kim is a Principal of Transom Capital Group and is responsible for sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities, conducting due diligence, executing transactions, and monitoring portfolio companies.
Prior to Transom Capital, Mr. Kim was a Senior Analyst at Arts & Sciences Investment Management, a macro hedge fund, investing in credit, equities and commodities. Prior to Arts & Sciences, Mr. Kim was a Principal at Ares Management for 11 years where he invested in distressed debt and special situation opportunities across the capital structure including equities and trade claims. Prior to Ares, Mr. Kim was an associate at Gryphon Investors, a San Francisco based private equity firm, and an investment banking analyst at the Los Angeles office of DLJ / CSFB.
Mr. Kim holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Kim passed the CFA Level II.
Born in Cairo, Egypt
Senior Vice President, Operations
Mr. Saxena is a Senior Vice President responsible for portfolio company operations in E-commerce and Digital Marketing best-practices to drive performance across Transom’s portfolio.
Prior to joining Transom Capital, Mr. Saxena was the Chief Marketing & E-Commerce Officer with a Sporting Goods Manufacturer, Retailer (Online & Brick-and-Mortar) and Wholesaler, where he was responsible for Traditional & Digital Marketing, E-Commerce and Digital Technology. Previously, he worked as Chief Digital Officer with VISAX International; SVP & Head of E-Commerce with Nutrisystem; and VP, Digital Marketing & E-Commerce with Royal Caribbean Cruises. His other experiences include leading Digital Marketing & E-Commerce for US Nutrition / NBTY and Global E-Commerce at Procter & Gamble (P&G); and working in Marketing, Sales and Operations.
Mr. Saxena holds a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, a Master of Business Administration from Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University and a Master of Management Information Systems from Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona.
Launched mobile app that was featured in iTunes Store as one of the most popular apps in the travel category
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.
Former Mexican national swimming champion
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.
Has traveled to 50+ countries
Vice President, Business Development
Mr. Whittle is a Vice President of Business Development and is responsible for identifying, originating and qualifying new investment opportunities, with a focus on developing intermediary relationships.
Prior to joining Transom Capital, Mr. Whittle was a Senior Associate at Wynnchurch Capital, focused on originating and qualifying new investment opportunities. During his time at Wynnchurch, Mr. Whittle was responsible for sourcing new platforms and add-on acquisitions across all industries. Prior to Wynnchurch, Mr. Whittle was with Harvey & Company, a leading buyside acquisition advisory firm.
Mr. Whittle received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Irvine.
Currently working to visit every national park with his wife
Vice President, Business Development
Mr. Bubna is a Vice President of Business Development and is responsible for identifying, originating and qualifying new investment opportunities, with a focus on developing both corporate and add-on relationships.
Prior to joining Transom Capital, Mr. Bubna was a Vice President at Dresner Partners, where he worked on the execution of a variety of assignments including mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt security underwritings, and other advisory assignments for privately owned middle-market businesses and publicly-traded companies. Mr. Bubna’s advisory experience includes a broad range of industries including Consumer, Industrials, Healthcare, Technology, eCommerce, Business Services, Media and Entertainment. He has also spent time with KPMG Corporate Finance, Houlihan Lokey, Kinetic Advisors, Charterhouse Group, and UBS Investment Bank.
Mr. Bubna holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
Has dined at over 75 Michelin-starred restaurants
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.
Rowed and served as Captain of the Heavyweight Crew team at Penn.
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.
Currently training for a half marathon