Chris Sznewajs is the Managing Partner, Founder and Investment
Committee Member of Pacific Avenue Capital Partners. Mr. Sznewajs is
responsible for overseeing all aspects of the firm’s investment activities
along with chairing the Boards of the active portfolio companies.
Prior to founding Pacific in 2017, Mr. Sznewajs served as a Principal with
The Gores Group where he focused on investing in special situations and
corporate carve-outs in the industrials sector. Mr. Sznewajs also was a
Principal at Bain & Company in the restructuring and turnaround practice.
Mr. Sznewajs graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Finance
and Accounting. He has an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg
School of Management and is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Jason Leach is a Managing Director and Investment Committee Member of Pacific Avenue Capital Partners. In addition to sourcing and leading platform acquisitions, Mr. Leach plays an active role in portfolio operations, add-ons, carve-out transition, financings, and divestitures.
With over 20 years of PE and operations experience focused on special situations, Mr. Leach has closed over 30 M&A transactions including 17 corporate divestitures and has deployed in excess of $500 million of capital. Prior to joining Pacific, Mr. Leach served as a Principal at Platinum Equity and Sun Capital Partners where he focused on carve-outs and led investments in the industrial and technology sectors. Mr. Leach graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Finance from Stetson University.
Mike Shepard is a Principal at Pacific Avenue Capital Partners. As a senior member of the Pacific team, Mr. Shepard is responsible for sourcing and execution for new platform acquisitions as well as add-ons and financings. Additionally, Mr. Shepard is actively involved with portfolio company management.
Prior to joining Pacific Avenue, Mr. Shepard served as a Vice President at Sun Capital Partners where he focused on special situations and carve-outs and focused on investments in the industrial, manufacturing, and consumer sectors. He began his career in the Los Angeles office of JPMorgan’s Investment Bank. Mr. Shepard graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
Jonathan Sinnott is a Senior Associate at Pacific Avenue Capital Partners. In his role at Pacific, Mr. Sinnott focuses his efforts on transaction sourcing, execution, due diligence, and portfolio operations.
Prior to joining Pacific, Mr. Sinnott served as an Associate in the Special Situations group of Oaktree Capital Management, where he focused on M&A transactions in the healthcare and industrial sectors, and as an Analyst in the Financial Sponsors group at Credit Suisse. Mr. Sinnott completed his MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and graduated with a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jack Marut is a Senior Associate at Pacific Avenue Capital Partners. In his role at Pacific, Mr. Marut focuses his efforts on transaction sourcing, execution, due diligence, and portfolio operations.
Prior to joining Pacific, Mr. Marut served as an Associate at KPS Capital Partners and as an Analyst in the Industrials group at Nomura Securities International. Mr. Marut graduated with a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from Boston College.