Our Team

Our partners have more than 100 years of combined operating experience and have executed more than 75 acquisitions. 


Keith S. Harbison

Founder

Keith is the former Chairman and President of Pretium Packaging (“Pretium”), one of the largest plastic bottle manufacturers in North America. Keith acquired the business in 1992 with $4.5 million in sales which he grew to $230.0 million prior to its sale to Castle Harlan (a private equity firm) in 2010. Pretium is a full-service manufacturer of plastic bottles and closures for the personal care, pharmaceutical, food, household chemical and agricultural chemical markets. The company is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri and operates twelve manufacturing facilities from Southern California through the Midwest, the Northeast and Canada.

Prior to Pretium, Keith was involved in commercial real estate development, building office buildings for tenants such as IBM, Citicorp, Southwestern Bell and Hewlett Packard. Keith was also a Co-Founder, Officer and Director of Com-Link 21, a long-distance resale company which was sold to MCI WorldCom.

Keith graduated from Texas Christian University with a B.S. in Business Administration.


William F. Holekamp

Founding Partner

Bill is the former Executive Vice President of Enterprise Rent a Car Company (“Enterprise”), a leading global rental car company. During his tenure, he founded and acted as President of the Southern California territory where he grew sales from $2.5 million to $350.0 million. He also headed the expansion into Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany. Enterprise expanded to 200 times its size from the time Bill started at the company until his retirement. He served as Board President for the California Car and Truck Rental and Leasing Association and as Board member for the American Car Rental Association.

Prior to Enterprise, Bill served in product management for the Boise Cascade Corporation and business development for Penske Corporation.

Bill graduated from Dartmouth College Cum Laude with a BA in Economics with distinction, and from the Wharton School of Finance with an MBA in Management Information and Control.


Eugene M. Toombs

Founding Partner

Gene is the current Chairman Emeritus of MiTek, Inc. and MiTek Industries, Inc. (collectively, “MiTek”), the world’s leading supplier of engineered connector products, engineering services and design software for the building components industry with operations on six continents primarily serving residential construction markets. Gene joined MiTek in 1989 when sales were $30.0 million and has grown the company to over $1.0 billion. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway acquired a controlling interest in MiTek in 2001. Gene and his executive team retained a minority share.

Prior to MiTek, Gene held various officer and general management positions at Sonoco Products Company and Boise Cascade Corporation.

Gene graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelor of Science and from Harvard Business School with an Executive Education degree.


Scott Moore

Advisor

Scott began his career in finance and investments before migrating to an ownership and operational leadership career in the middle market.   Additionally, he is an experienced and successful investor, owner, and operating executive.

During his ownership of Nevco, a sports technology company, the company transformed its presence in the market by capitalizing on core competencies within the organization that addressed market demand and optimized sales channels. During this period, the strategy developed and successfully executed led the company to triple revenue while simultaneously moving the company from marginally profitable to leading the industry in virtually all growth, operational, and financial metrics.  Recently, Scott led a structured process with the management team at Nevco which resulted in a partnership with a New York based private equity firm.  Scott retained a significant ownership stake and continues to work with the private equity partner for Nevco's continued growth as the company moves rapidly towards expansion of the product and service portfolio as well as continued expansion into sports marketing and media.

Scott has a B.S. In Economics from Missouri State University and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.


Paul J. Sestak

Operating Partner

Paul is the former Group Vice President and co-owner of Golden State Foods, an $8.0 billion global supplier of food products and distribution services to McDonald's restaurants and other well-known quick service restaurant chains. In his role, he served as a catalyst for improved performance across the globe for operational and financial excellence, people and other regulatory and customer compliance controls. 

Paul is a forward-thinking business leader, innovative strategist and visionary. He has excelled in both entrepreneurial and senior executive roles in start-up, turnaround and sustained high growth phases, resulting in rapid top and bottom line performance and enhanced shareholder value.  His career efforts have improved key areas of revenue growth, global efficiency, employee engagement and development, profitability and the introduction and implementation of new manufacturing, process, sales, supply chain and product innovation programs and concepts.  Paul possesses a solid foundation in food service, consumer packaged goods / retail, processing and distribution marked by his contributions to world-class organizations.

Paul graduated from the University of Illinois – College of Agriculture with a B.S. and from Aurora University with an MBA.


Tony Bhalla

Operating Partner

Tony is the former CEO of Metal Container Corporation (“MCC”), a $1.4 billion wholly owned subsidiary of Anheuser Busch focused on manufacturing beverage cans, having served there for nearly 25 years.

Throughout his career at MCC, Tony rebuilt the company by implementing his strategy of valuing customers, instilling passion for the business and relentlessly focusing on people and processes, leading the company through three major reinventions. He made MCC the best operating company in the industry while growing market share, divesting plants to raise cash for the parent company, and reinvesting $250.0 million to transform the business from total reliance on commodity products to new products.

Tony serves on Advisory Boards for Metal Exchange Corp. and Anchor Packaging which are both located in St. Louis, MO.

Tony has an MBA in Finance and Corporate Strategy from NYU and a M.S in Chemical Engineering from University of Michigan.


Jacob D. Sturdy

Managing Director & CFO

Jake currently serves as the Managing Director and CFO of Alitus Partners.  His work includes deal evaluation and execution, as well as working closely with portfolio company management teams in developing and executing their strategic plans. 

Prior to Alitus, Jake served as an investor, board member and operating executive with private equity-backed portfolio companies during his time with FTL Capital, Thompson Street Capital, and Cequel III. He has been integral in the success of 10 portfolio companies, deploying a total of over $850.0 million of equity, raising over $5.0 billion of debt capital, and executing over 30 M&A transactions since 2002.  He began his career in public accounting and investment banking. 

Jake earned his BSBA in Accounting from Illinois College and his MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis.  Jake is a CPA (non-active).


R. Walker Harbison

Director of Corporate Development

Walker was formerly an investment professional at Trilantic Capital Partners (“Trilantic”), a global private equity firm with $8.0 billion of assets under management. At Trilantic, Walker focused on control and significant minority investments in the business services, consumer and industrials sectors. Prior to Trilantic, Walker began his career in the Middle Market M&A Group at Lazard, where he worked on sell-side and buy-side advisory engagements and private placements for companies across various sectors including business services, consumer and e-commerce.

Walker received a B.S.B.A in Finance from Washington University in St. Louis’ Olin Business School.