Team

We are proud of our team and of the distinguished track record of success that we collectively share.  Our partners have over twenty years of experience in the private equity industry, most of which was spent at larger institutional funds including Parthenon Capital, GCP Capital Partners, Centennial Ventures and Blue Sage Capital.  Our transactional experience is enhanced by our time spent at leading investment banks, including Merrill Lynch, Greenhill & Co., Harris Williams & Co., Lincoln International, and Cain Brothers.  Our partners also have deep operational experience at companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Grande Communications.  We believe our experiences as operators set us apart as we collaborate with business owners, entrepreneurs, and management teams with whom we are privileged to partner.  Above all, we are most proud of the culture that has been created at Greenridge.  We are as selective in making additions to our team as we are in making new investments.

Jack Cardwell

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Jack is a Managing Partner at Greenridge and is involved in all aspects of the firm’s operations. He has spent over 20 years in private equity after beginning his career as an investment banker in New York. Jack worked in larger market private equity at Greenhill Capital Partners in New York and Parthenon Capital in Boston. He fell in love with lower middle-market investing during his eight years at Blue Sage Capital. Jack grew up in Austin and relishes the opportunity to build Greenridge in his hometown, surrounded by family and friends. When not in the office, Jack can most often be found with his family on a baseball field, golf course, cheering on the Longhorns, or enjoying some other outdoor activity. He is an avid reader, a (sometimes) competitive amateur golfer, an engaged participant in the education reform movement, and a dedicated member of Austin Ridge Bible Church. More than anything, he is blessed with a wonderful wife, Emily, and their two sons.

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Ben Moss

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Ben is a Managing Partner at Greenridge and is involved in all aspects of the firm’s operations. He has over 20 years of experience helping entrepreneurs build high growth businesses. Prior to co-founding Greenridge, Ben was a senior investment professional with Centennial Ventures, a communications, media and technology-focused investment firm that invested across all stages of private equity. He also served as an executive for Grande Communications, a start-up cable company now serving nine markets in Texas. Ben began his career in investment banking with Merrill Lynch and received his BBA in Finance from Southern Methodist University. He is a founding member of All Saints Presbyterian Church, a board member of Casner Christian Academy, and an active supporter of Side by Side Kids. Outside of Greenridge, you will find Ben spending time with his wife, Courtney, and chasing his three young kids. He also enjoys running on the Lady Bird Lake trail, working on his golf game, and doing his part to support Austin’s Tex-Mex establishments.

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Gary Loudamy

Operating Partner

Gary is an Operating Partner at Greenridge and is involved in partner company operations. Gary brings 30 years of Fortune 100 business experience to our firm, including a diverse career in a variety of leadership roles with Johnson & Johnson, where he developed expertise in the fields of Human Resource Management, Process Improvement, Strategic Planning, Change Management, Integration of Acquisitions, and Leadership Development. Gary grew up in Texas and, after serving in the U.S. Army, graduated from Texas A&M. Gary is actively involved as a leader at All Saints Presbyterian church. He and his delightful wife Gail enjoy traveling, hiking, tennis, and reading. A special pleasure is spending time with their family which includes 2 daughters and 4 lovely grandchildren.

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James Baker

Vice President

James joined Greenridge in 2013 and as a Vice President is involved in all aspects of the firm’s investment activities. James started his career as an investment banker at Harris Williams & Co., where working with middle-market private equity firms and founder-owned businesses sparked his interest in lower middle-market investing. Having grown up in Jacksonville Florida, James thrives in warm weather and jumped at the opportunity to work in private equity in Texas. Outside the office, you will find James spending time with his wife Michelle, their daughter, and their dog Bella. He enjoys getting outside with his family, cooking for friends, learning about wine, and suffering every football season as a dedicated Vanderbilt and Jacksonville Jaguars fan. He can occasionally be found struggling to become a serviceable golfer in hopes of one day keeping up with Jack and Ben. James also spends time supporting local non-profits by serving on the board of the Austin Sunshine Camps and as Board Chair for PelotonU, a college completion non-profit serving working adults.

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Scott Shapiro

Vice President

Scott is a Vice President at Greenridge and is involved in all aspects of the firm’s investment activities. Scott developed a passion for the lower middle market while working as an investment banker at Lincoln International in New York, where he helped bootstrapped software businesses navigate the M&A process. Scott moved to Austin and joined Greenridge as an associate in 2016. When not in the office, Scott can most often be found exploring the Austin restaurant scene, riding his mountain bike on the Greenbelt, or doing some light home remodeling with his partner, Ellen. Scott is a Native of St. Louis, MO and a graduate of Indiana University, where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the Kelley School of Business.

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Charlie Cottingham

Associate

Charlie is an Associate at Greenridge and is involved in the firm’s sourcing and investment activities. Prior to joining Greenridge, he was an intelligence officer in the United States Navy. While in the Navy, he served with a helicopter squadron and a SEAL team, deploying to Africa. Charlie grew up in Boston, received an M.A. Honors in International Business from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and moved to Austin with his Texan wife, Hellie. He is an active volunteer in the local community with Upper Ninety, and an avid outdoorsman, who is rarely seen without a flyrod, shotgun or skis nearby.

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Nick Ilario

Associate

Nick is an Associate at Greenridge and is involved in all aspects of the firm’s investment activities. He is a native of Charlotte, NC and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School. After graduation, Nick began his career in New York as an analyst at Cain Brothers & Company, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and strategic advisory across the healthcare services landscape. Nick is an avid sports fan and enjoys almost anything that keeps him active outdoors. His first love is baseball but also enjoys golf, snow skiing and days on the beach. When not in the office, he can most often be found spending time with friends or watching his beloved Tar Heels and Carolina Panthers.

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Ben Wilner

Analyst

Ben joined Greenridge in September 2019 as an Analyst and is involved in all aspects of the firm’s investment activities. Originally from Dallas, TX, Ben graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.B.A. in finance and business honors. Prior to joining Greenridge, Ben was an investment banking intern at Goldman Sachs in New York. When not in the office, Ben can be found spending time with friends, running the trails at town lake, and supporting the Longhorns.

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Jennifer Baker

Controller

Jennifer is the Controller at Greenridge and is responsible for the firm’s accounting, treasury, tax and human resource operations. Jennifer began her career in public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers after graduating from Texas A&M University. In the years since, Jennifer has worked with businesses large and small, but has always gravitated towards opportunities to work directly with founders. At Greenridge, Jennifer enjoys being part of a team that influences significant change and growth for lower-middle market organizations. Outside of the office, Jennifer stays very busy with her husband, Travis, and their 4 young children. On any given weekend you will find her at a softball game, horse show, swim meet, soccer game, or watching Aggie Football. Jennifer is very involved in her children’s school, serves on a number of boards and non-profit organizations, and is a long-term member of Austin Ridge Bible Church.

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Angi Phillips

Executive Assistant

Angi joined Greenridge in 2019 as an Executive Assistant and is involved in all aspects of the firm’s operations. Originally from Dallas, Angi relocated to Austin in 2018 to be closer to family. After several years supporting C-level executives at other alternative investment managers, Angi jumped at the opportunity to join Greenridge because of her passion for the positive impact lower-middle market investing can have on growing businesses. When she isn’t helping to keep the Greenridge team on schedule, you can find her hanging from the ceiling on aerial silks, chasing her dog and 3-year-old nephew, planning her next trip, checking out the Austin culinary scene, or at the Barre. Angi is a member of the Austin Executive Assistant Network and an active volunteer with the Juvenile Diabetes Research foundation.

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