Richard Griffin – Managing Partner

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Prior to founding Aiglon Capital, Richard was a Partner at Pritzker Group Private Capital, the private equity investment firm created by Tony and J.B. Pritzker.  At Pritzker, Richard led the firm’s operational activities in the Manufactured Products sector. He was responsible for leading business integrations, guiding general company transitions, and driving strategic and operating performance improvement. During his ten years at the Pritzker Group, Richard was involved in numerous transactions including growth equity investments, leveraged buyouts, divestitures, and financings. Before joining the Pritzker Group, Richard was a Senior Principal at The Keystone Group, a management consulting firm specializing in operational turnaround work for underperforming middle-market manufacturing and distribution businesses. At Keystone, Richard directed a number of highly successful profitability improvement engagements for distressed companies in the transportation, consumer goods, retail, and manufacturing industries. Earlier in his career, Richard was a consultant at Andersen Consulting.

A former U.S. Marine Corps officer who served with the 1st Marine Division (1st Combat Engineer), Richard earned his M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and his B.S. in languages and linguistics from Georgetown University.

Richard enjoys endurance competition, and has raced in many open water swimming, Ironman, and marathon events. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and three children. He serves on the Board of Trustees at the Duke School and Tewaaraton Foundation.

John Bitsas — Vice President

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Prior to joining Aiglon Capital in 2020, John was Senior Vice President of Middle Market Banking at Truist Financial in Raleigh, NC. Prior to Truist, John spent 10 years at Triangle Capital Corporation, a publicly traded business development company making private debt and equity investments in middle-market companies across a variety of industries. John completed over 45 platform and follow-on investments totaling $550 million during his time at Triangle. Before joining Triangle, John was Senior Transaction Advisor for Ernst & Young, delivering buy and sell-side quality of earnings reports for private equity firms. John started his career with Ernst & Young in the audit practice working with public and private companies on financial statement audits.

John earned his M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and his BSBA and Master of Accountancy degrees from Appalachian State University. John also holds a CPA license in the state of North Carolina.

Away from the office, John is an avid car enthusiast and enjoys books, golf, and tennis. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and three children.

Milan Williams — Analyst

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Milan joined Aiglon in 2020 after graduating from Colgate University with a BA. At Colgate, he led the Division I basketball team as its captain and was the 2020 recipient of the Patriot League Sportsmanship Award. Milan also received Colgate University’s Joseph Huther Prize for Academic, Athletic, and Community Achievement.

Milan enjoys collecting sneakers, playing and watching basketball, and studying interior design in his free time.

Cooper Nester - Intern

Cooper joined Aiglon in 2020 as an undergraduate intern. He studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a junior-year business major in the Kenan-Flagler Business School. Cooper is also an honors student in the UNC Honors College and a member of the UNC Finance Society.

Outside the office and classroom, Cooper enjoys surfing, snowboarding, and playing the keyboards in a classic rock cover band

 

 

Executive and Advisory Partners

Bill Alfano – Senior Advisor

Bill served for over 14 years as CFO at Implus Corporation, a multi-branded consumer accessories manufacturer and wholesaler distributing to specialty, sporting goods, food, drug, and other mass retailers worldwide. At Implus, Bill successfully executed and integrated 11 add-on and platform acquisitions for three separate private equity ownership groups.

Bill’s current and past community affiliations include The First Tee of the Triangle, Carolina Hurricanes, YMCA of the Triangle, United Way, Rotary Club, and American Heart Association.

For recreation, Bill enjoys golf, fitness activities, and ice hockey.

Jeff Hanes – Senior Advisor

Jeff is a serial entrepreneur with a diverse background in distribution, real estate, and private equity. In 1983 he purchased The Carter-Waters Corporation, a distributor and fabricator of construction products in the Midwest. As CEO and owner, Jeff expanded the company through acquisitions, new business offerings, and product line additions. He sold Carter-Waters in 2007 to Pritzker Group Private Capital.

Jeff is on the Board of Directors of Westport Today, Fidelity Security Life Inc., Aeroform LLC, and IBT Inc. He is the past President of the Association of Construction Distributors International as well as The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, and is the former Chapter Chairman of The Young Presidents Organization of Kansas City.

Jeff Harvey - Senior Advisor

Jeff is focused on middle-market opportunities in healthcare services and healthcare technology. Over the past 10 years, Jeff has concentrated on driving growth of emerging healthcare companies as Advisor and Investor. His portfolio includes AIM Specialty (acquired by Anthem), Rally Health (acquired by Optum), Privia Health (acquired by Goldman Sachs), and Wellness Corporate Solutions (acquired by LabCorp). He most recently led a corporate roll up of healthcare assets for a $20B public company that formed a new business unit focused on employer solutions. His current emerging investments include Advantia Health, Paceline Fitness, and CMT Solutions.

Jeff began his career in technology (IBM) and spent a decade in the telecom industry. While at Lucent Technologies, he developed strategy in the EMEA region and worked to launch a first-of-its-kind wireless innovations initiative within Bell Laboratories, where he forged the inaugural transactions. He served as part of the management team at AIM Specialty, prior to its exit to Anthem, which began his focus on working with tech-enabled healthcare companies.

Jeff earned his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Management and his B.S. in economics from Boston College. He was a member of the Boston College Division I Lacrosse Team.

As an active community leader, Jeff has served for a decade as Chairman of the foundation which annually presents The Tewaaraton Award, the “Heisman of lacrosse.” The Tewaaraton Foundation provides scholarships to Native American youth and advocates for cultural awareness. Previously, he served as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University. He lives in the suburbs of Washington DC with his wife and three children.