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Robert G. Calton III
Prior to founding Summit Park, Mr. Calton was a Partner at Wachovia Capital Partners (and its predecessor First Union Capital Partners) where he was responsible for investments in the manufacturing and service industries. Previously, he was a Managing Director and Shareholder at Bowles Hollowell Conner & Co., a leading middle market merger and acquisition advisory firm. Prior to attending graduate business school, he was in the investment banking division at Morgan Stanley & Co. in New York, NY and in the venture capital business at Morgan Stanley Research Ventures in San Francisco, CA.

Mr. Calton currently serves as a Director of Control Company, Parkline and NSi. He previously served as the Chairman of Sentry Security Systems and as a Director of Charter Brokerage Holdings, U.S. Salt Holdings, and KnowledgePlanet.

Mr. Calton is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and the Harvard Business School.

bcalton@summitparkllc.com
Office:704-654-3400 ext. 222
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James L. Johnson, Jr.
Prior to founding Summit Park, Mr. Johnson was a Partner at Windward Capital Partners, a New York-based middle market private equity firm, where he was employed since the firm’s inception in 1995. As a Partner at Windward, he was instrumental in investing approximately $125 million of capital and achieving realized returns in excess of 2.2 times that amount. Prior to joining Windward, Mr. Johnson was in the media investment banking group at CS First Boston. From 1984 to 1990, he worked at BellSouth Corporation first as a Systems Analyst and later in National Account Sales.

Mr. Johnson currently serves as a Director of Control Company, Parkline and NSi. Previously, he served as Chairman of Charter Brokerage Holdings and as a Director of Pressure Systems, Retriever Payment Systems, Tycom Corporation, Adplex-Rhodes, eMag Solutions, Sentry Security Systems, and L. Powell Company.

Mr. Johnson received his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering and mathematics from Vanderbilt University, and graduated with honors from the Columbia Business School.

jjohnson@summitparkllc.com
Office: 704-654-3400 ext. 223
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Justin D. Lay
Prior to joining Summit Park, Mr. Lay worked at Thayer | Hidden Creek Partners, a Washington, D.C.-based lower middle market private equity firm, where he was responsible for sourcing and executing investments in the logistics, distribution, light manufacturing and outsourced business services sectors. Previously, he worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Wachovia Securities, focusing primarily on building products, defense, aerospace and automotive clients. Prior to joining the M&A Group at Wachovia Securities, Mr. Lay was a member of the Media & Communications Investment Banking Group.

Mr. Lay currently serves as a Director of Control Company, Parkline and NSi. He previously served as a Director of Qualitor, Inc., a Board Observer of Total Quality, Inc., and was Co-Chair of DCPE, a Washington, D.C.-based association of private equity professionals.

Mr. Lay received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Richmond with concentrations in Finance and Marketing, and was a four-year member of the men's varsity basketball team, serving as Co-Captain his senior year.

jlay@summitparkllc.com
Office: 704-654-3400 ext. 228
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Matthew D. Magan.
Prior to re-joining Summit Park, Mr. Magan worked at TZP Group, a New York-based middle market private equity firm with over $500 million AUM, where he was responsible for sourcing, evaluating and executing investments in the business and consumer services sectors. Previously, he worked as an Associate at Summit Park where he focused on the sourcing, execution and portfolio management of lower middle market investments. Prior to initially joining Summit Park, he was the interim COO of a food processing company that he co-founded with his father focused on soups, sauces and prepared meals. Previously, Mr. Magan was an investment banking analyst at Wachovia Securities. During graduate business school, Mr. Magan was a Summer Associate at LLR Partners, a middle market private equity firm with over $2.0 billion AUM, where he focused on evaluating investments in the consumer and education sectors.

Mr. Magan received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Maryland with a concentration in Finance, and a Masters in Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management.

mmagan@summitparkllc.com
Office: 704-654-3400
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Nathan E. Zsolcsak

Prior to joining Summit Park, Mr. Zsolcsak was a Financial Analyst in Houlihan Lokey’s Industrials Group where he advised on M&A, financing and restructuring transactions in the metals, transportation and diversified industrials sectors. Prior to joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Zsolcsak was an Associate in the Audit and Assurance practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York, NY.  Mr. Zsolcsak graduated with a B.S. and M.S. in Accountancy from the Wayne Calloway School of Business and Accountancy at Wake Forest University.  He is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of New York.

nzsolcsak@summitparkllc.com
Office: 704-654-3400 ext. 225

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Andrew P. Sutton

Prior to joining Summit Park, Mr. Sutton was an Analyst at Jefferies & Company in the Consumer & Retail Group, focusing on M&A as well as debt and equity financings. Mr. Sutton graduated with Distinction from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Commerce.

dsutton@summitparkllc.com
Office: 704-654-3400 ext. 224

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Advisory Council

Mr. Erskine B. Bowles, Former President, The University of North Carolina
Mr. Kelvin L. Davis, Partner, Texas Pacific Group
Mr. Thomas M. Hagerty, Partner, Thomas H. Lee Partners
Mr. Christopher J. Nassetta, Chief Executive Officer, Hilton Hotels Corporation
Mr. Thomas C. Nelson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, National Gypsum Company