CenterOak Partners Expands Professional Team With Three New Hires

Oct 25 2016 | 8:33pm ET

Dallas-based CenterOak Partners has strengthened its team with the hire of three new professionals. 

Joining the firm are Ben Adams, vice president; Carrie Calhoun, senior associate of business development and investor relations; and Josh Weaver, associate. 

With the new additions, CenterOak’s team now totals 22 individuals, including 13 members of the investment team and three operating partners, according to the company.

Adams will support all aspects of the firm’s investment and monitoring activities. Prior to joining CenterOak, Mr. Adams held positions at Intuit, Lindsay Goldberg, TPG Capital, and Morgan Stanley. 

Calhoun, meanwhile, will support the firm’s investment sourcing activities and relationships with its LPs. Prior to joining CenterOak, Ms. Calhoun held positions at NGP Energy Capital Management and Credit Suisse.

Weaver will support all aspects of the firm’s investment and monitoring activities. Prior to joining CenterOak, he was an analyst at Wells Fargo Securities.

“Ben, Carrie and Josh each bring valuable experience and an impressive track record, whether working in an investment capacity, business development, investor relations or developing expertise in a particular industry or sector,” said CenterOak managing partner Randall Fojtasek. “We’re looking forward to working with them and believe they will each make a considerable contribution to our team.”

CenterOak was founded in September 2014 by Fojtasek, who is the former co-CEO of Brazos Private Equity Partners. He leads the firm alongside former Brazos senior executives Michael Salim, Lucas Cutler, Jason Sutherland and William Henry. 

CenterOak is currently investing from its inaugural fund, CenterOak Equity Fund I, L.P. which closed at its hard cap of $420 million. The fund invests $20 - $90 million of equity per transaction and specializes in buyouts and recapitalizations of closely held or family-owned businesses, non-core subsidiaries of larger public or private companies, and buy-and-build opportunities.

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