Proven business builders
The Fort Point Capital team has a strong record of investing in growing, high-margin, service-oriented businesses. Founded by top-tier investment professionals, Fort Point Capital applies best practices to the lower middle market.
Management Advisory Board
Jerry Anderson is a seasoned executive in the packaging industry, with nearly 50 years experience in the sector. He was the former President and CEO of Stoffel Seals, a manufacturer of security seals, packaging products, printing, injection molding and metal stampings. Prior to that, he served in senior leadership roles for Unipac (a division of ITW), Smyth Companies and 3M. Following his departure from Stoffel, Jerry served as an Operating Partner for a private equity firm, where he served as a board member and interim CEO/GM for several portfolio companies. In addition, he serves in board and/or advisory positions for Church Services, a Texas-based heating and AC services company, CENTAK, a manufacturer/distributor of flexible packaging, GoGhost, a software developer based in San Diego, and current Fort Point portfolio companies AMS Fulfillment and Yandell. Jerry has a BS from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business.
Eddie Binder is the Owner and Principal of Apex Growth Strategies, a management consulting firm that provides strategic planning, exit planning, business development, and due diligence services to growth-oriented portfolio companies of private equity groups in the lower end of the middle market. To date, he has worked with more than 200 private equity portfolio companies across a broad range of industries and business models. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Pro-Vigil, a PE-owned video surveillance and monitoring company. In addition, he has been an Independent Director on the Board of six other PE-owned companies which have realized exits. Previously, Mr. Binder was an Executive Vice President and Operating Committee member of Spalding Sports Worldwide (a Kohlberg Kravis Roberts company), where he had global marketing and product responsibilities for all of the company’s golf and sporting goods brands. He also was the Chief Marketing Officer at Dunkin Donuts.
Tom Christopher was previously the President and Chief Executive Officer at Areva NP. Areva NP is involved in engineering, instrumentation and control, and maintenance and repair services for power plants, as well as in components manufacturing and supply of nuclear fuel. Prior to Areva, Mr. Christopher served as the Vice President of the Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation's Energy Services Divisions. Previously, he served as the General Manager of the Westinghouse Nuclear Service Division. Mr. Christopher holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the US Naval Academy, a Master of Science degree in Engineering Mechanics from Georgia Tech, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He also served as an officer in the Naval Nuclear Submarine program. Mr. Christopher formerly served on the Board of Directors of Babcock & Wilcox Company, and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where he teaches a course in Advanced Management practices as a graduate course within the university’s school of nuclear and mechanical engineering.
Jack founded TopCoder on the premise that talent and skill are the determinant factors in the quality and utility of software — and software has become central to the global economy. In both his own programming experience and as co-founder and Chairman of Tallan Inc., a provider of web-enabled business solutions, Jack recognized that while successful projects were driven by superior programming skills, the talent was unqualified and largely unrecognized. TopCoder’s mission is to create objective ratings that place high value on the programming industry’s best and brightest, and build opportunity and community for programmers through ongoing programming tournaments and employer connections. Under Jack’s tenure as Chairman at Tallan, the company was recognized as one of the fastest-growing technology companies in North America four years in a row by consultancy firm Deloitte & Touche and by Inc. magazine for its outstanding performance. In 2000, CMGI, Inc. acquired a majority ownership of the company.
An entrepreneur for the past 25 years, Brian’s first start-up was Corporate Imaging Concepts, LLC, a tech-enabled marketing firm where he served as the company’s CEO and Board Chair until just after its sale in 2016.
Currently Brian serves as an independent director on the boards of Fort Point portfolio companies EventLink, Nova, and Strata Information Group. He also serves on the Board of Trustees at United Way. Brian is a member of the Advisory Board of the Baumhart Center at Loyola University where he was an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship as well as its Entrepreneur in Residence, and serves on the Advisory Board at Aturian, the developer of a proprietary ERP solution for the branded merchandise industry. Brian and his wife are the co-founders of Beacon Academy, the first Montessori-based high school in Illinois, where he served as the founding Board Chair. A CPA and attorney, Brian is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a BS in Accountancy (BS ’90) and the University of Michigan Law School (JD ’93).
Rick Jones currently serves as an independent Director for AMS Fulfillment (a Fort Point portfolio company) and was previously the CEO of Fort Point portfolio companies Van Pool, a provider of safe, reliable, cost-effective transportation services with children with special needs to more than 100 school districts across New England, and Lone Star Overnight (LSO), a leading regional parcel carrier offering a full range of next-day, day-definite guaranteed deliveries. As LSO’s CEO, he was responsible for leading the strategic development and execution of the Company's long-term strategy and vision. Rick started his career with UPS in 1984 as a part time package handler and during his more than 22 years there held several senior leadership positions in operations, technology and engineering with both UPS and UPS Supply Chain Solutions. He later joined Sanmina-SCI, an Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider as Vice President, Global Logistics Solutions. Rick holds a BSBA and MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Rick Kushel is a Managing Partner of Fintop Capital. Fintop is an early stage fintech Venture Fund with $700M of AUM. Formerly Mr. Kushel was the CEO of DealCloud, the leading provider of deal management, workflow, and technology solutions to participants in the private capital markets. Previously, Mr. Kushel was Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of iLevel Solutions. The original technology was incubated within Blackstone based on its IP, and was the genesis of SaaS delivery to the alternatives industry which was revolutionary to the asset class. Prior to iLevel, Kushel co-founded and served as CEO for Archive Systems, a cloud-based records management consulting, records storage, imaging, and secure destruction. Kushel is a graduate of James Madison University with a degree in chemistry.
Rob Norman is an independent director at Fort Point Capital portfolio companies BMG 360 and Nova, as well as Simpli.fi, MiQ, Piano and Hunch. Prior to building his portfolio of directorships and advisory positions, Rob was a senior executive at WPP Group, at the time the world's largest marketing services group. Specifically, Rob served as Chief Digital Officer of GroupM, the media buying arm of the group and in that role led a team responsible for multiple billions of advertising billings with Alphabet, Meta and many others. Rob was a director of the Ad Council, The American Association of Advertising Agencies, a non-executive director of BBC Global News Limited and an advisor to Linked In. Rob lives in Northwestern Connecticut.
Brent has over 32 years of experience in the software and technology services sector. Before joining Strata Information Group, Brent was the Chief Executive Officer at several companies, including Fort Point Capital portfolio company WolfePak Software (nka, PakEnergy), Zimbra, iWave, and Software Realization, and was Executive VP of Synacor. Brent held technical and managerial positions at Exxon, Microsoft, and IBM Global Services earlier in his career. Brent is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, and received an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Houston.
Mike Strachan is the former CEO of 3Phase Elevator (former Fort Point portfolio company) and has more than 30 years experience in the vertical transportation industry. 3Phase is a national, leading independent elevator and escalator service provider. Under Mike’s leadership, the company completed 19 acquisitions and grew from ~$15M in revenue to almost $300M, providing services in 20 states stretching coast to coast with over 750 employees. He also led a successful recap transaction with Berkshire Partners in 2021 to bring on more capital for 3Phase’s consolidation strategy and nearly doubled the business (EBITDA & Revenue) from June 2021 to December 2022. Prior to 3Phase, Mike was the Former President & CEO of Dynamic Consulting Service, former Northeast Regional President for ThyssenKrupp Elevator, and former National Director of Modernization KONE elevator company.