Our Team

The Weston Presidio investment team has over 100 years of private equity and other relevant industry and investment experience. Working as a team, the partners bring these resources to bear on each investment as appropriate.

Weston Presidio's funds under management consist of a sophisticated group of investors in the United States and abroad. These limited partners -- leading financial institutions, major corporations, pension funds, endowments and individuals -- provide valuable resources for the companies in which we invest. Our investor group also includes many current and former managers of our portfolio companies.
Michael F. Cronin
Founder and Partner


Michael co-founded Weston Presidio in 1991. Michael is primarily responsible for managing the finance and certain administrative functions of the Firm. Additionally, Michael participates in sourcing new opportunities and mentoring members of the professional staff. Since 1979, Michael has invested in growth companies and various industrial and service businesses. Prior to co-founding Weston Presidio in 1991, he served as the Senior Vice President of Security Pacific Venture Capital Group and Managing Director of its Boston office. He has served on the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies’ Board of Governors, the National Venture Capital Association’s Board of Directors and Harvard University’s Board of Overseers. Michael currently serves on the Board of Directors of Innovation Technology Group and Wolf Holdings Organization and is involved in Weston Presidio’s investment in Silego. Previously, Michael was on the Board of Directors of Casella Waste Systems (NASDAQ: CWST) and Tweeter Home Entertainment (NASDAQ:TWTR) as well as numerous privately-held companies, including Alpine Engineering (purchased by Illinois Toolworks (NYSE:ITW)), Coffee Connection (purchased by Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX)), Hunter Fan Company (purchased by a financial investor), Party City Holdings (Amscan), Petzazz (purchased by Petsmart (NASDAQ:PETM)) and New Star Manufacturing (purchased by Middleby Corporation (NASDAQ:MIDD)). Michael earned an A.B. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.
Current Portfolio Companies

Innovation Technology Group
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Silego Technology
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Wolf Holdings Organization, Inc.

Michael P. Lazarus
Founder and Managing Partner


Michael co-founded Weston Presidio in 1991. Prior to the formation of Weston Presidio, he served as Managing Director and Director of the Private Placement Department of Montgomery Securities. Michael currently serves on the Board of Directors of Azul Brazilian Airlines, Fender Musical Instruments Corp., Integro and Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches. He was previously the Founding Chairman of JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU) and served on the Board of Directors for the airline as well as on the Board of Directors for Restoration Hardware (NASDAQ: RSTO), Guitar Center (NASDAQ: GTRC), and numerous privately-held companies, including Learning Curve (purchased by Racing Champions Corporation (NYSE:RACN)), Morris Air (purchased by Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV)) and Hanna Andersson (purchased by a financial investor). Raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Michael graduated with a B.A. in Accounting from Grove City College and is a certified public accountant.
Current Portfolio Companies

Azul Brazilian Airlines
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Integro
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Jimmy John's

Mark L. Bono
Partner


Mark joined Weston Presidio in 1999. Mark is primarily responsible for managing the Firm’s business development function. Previously, Mark served as Managing Director and Co-Head of Mergers & Acquisitions at Tucker Anthony for 13 years, where he completed transactions in a variety of industries including business services, consumer products and industrial products. Before that, Mark was employed by Bankers Trust New York Corporation. Mark is involved with the Firm’s investments in Advisors Excel and DISYS. Previously, Mark was on the Board of Directors of numerous privately held companies, including Herald Media Group (purchased by Liberty Media Corporation (NASDAQ:LINTA)), Rockwood Service Corporation, Summit Energy Services (purchased by Schneider Electric Industries SAS (a public company listed on the Paris stock exchange)) and Trimark Sportswear Group (purchased by Polyconcepts). Mark received an A.B. degree from Brown University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.
Current Portfolio Companies

Advisors Excel
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DISYS

Kevin M. Hayes
Partner


Kevin joined Weston Presidio in 1996. Prior to joining Weston Presidio, he was an Associate at Advent International in the Leveraged Buyout Group. Kevin previously worked for Braxton Associates with a primary focus on corporate strategy in the consumer product and manufacturing industries. Kevin currently serves on the Board of Directors of Evenflo. He also served on the Board of Directors of Party City Holdings (purchased by Thomas H. Lee Partners), Associated Materials (purchased by Hellman & Friedman), CyberTrust (purchased by Verizon (NYSE:VZ)), Wolf Holdings Organization, and Intellispace. Kevin earned a B.A. in Finance and Marketing with Honors at Syracuse University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.
Current Portfolio Companies

Evenflo
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Wolf Holdings Organization

R. Sean Honey
Managing Partner


Sean joined Weston Presidio in 1999. Sean was previously with JPMorgan Capital (the predecessor to JPMorgan Partners) where he focused on growth investments and buyouts of consumer and industrial companies. Prior to that, Sean worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group, also at JPMorgan. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of DISYS, Flynn Restaurant Group, Snooze, Too Faced Holdings and Xenon Arc. Sean previously was Chairman of the Board of Cellu Tissue (NYSE:CLU) and served on the Board of Directors until it was acquired by Clearwater Paper Corporation (NYSE:CLW). He was also previously Chairman of the Board of Purcell Systems and served on the Board of Directors until it was acquired by Enersys (NYSE: ENS). In addition, he served on the Board of Directors of Trimark Sportswear Group (acquired by Polyconcept) and has been actively involved in numerous other investments for the firm including AECOM (NYSE:ACM), Associated Materials (acquired by a financial investor) and Rockwood Service Corporation (WP investment redeemed by the company). Sean is an active member of the Northern California Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). He earned his B.S. in Finance, Magna Cum Laude, from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Graduate School of Business.
Current Portfolio Companies

DISYS
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Flynn Restaurant Group
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Purcell Systems
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Snooze
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Too Faced
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Xenon Arc

Jeffrey S. Mills
Partner


Jeff joined Weston Presidio in 2005. Jeff was previously a Partner of Dorset Capital, a middle market private equity fund focused on growth companies. Prior to that, Jeff worked as an investment banker at Bank of America, Montgomery Securities and Merrill Lynch where he advised and financed companies in a variety of industries. Jeff currently serves on the Board of Directors of Edge Systems, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, Snooze and Too Faced Holdings and previously served on the Board of Directors of Hanna Andersson. In addition, Jeff is currently involved in Weston Presidio’s investments in Fender Musical Instruments Corp. and MacDermid and was involved in Weston Presidio’s investment in Integrity (sold to SAI Global, a public company listed on the Australian stock exchange). Jeff received a B.A in Political Science, Cum Laude from the University of Michigan and an M.M. in Finance and Accounting, Beta Gamma Sigma, from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Current Portfolio Companies

Edge Systems
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Fender Musical Instruments Corporation
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Jimmy John's
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MacDermid Incorporated
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Snooze
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Too Faced

Therese A. Mrozek
Partner


Therese joined Weston Presidio in 2001. Therese is the Firm’s Chief Operating Officer responsible for managing the execution of the Firm’s strategic objectives. In addition, Therese is the Firm’s Chief Compliance Officer. Finally, Therese manages the due diligence and legal processes with respect to the Firm investments and liquidity events. Therese was previously a senior partner with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, LLP where she was a member of the firm’s seven-person executive committee and Managing Partner of the firm’s Palo Alto office. Prior to that, Therese was a Partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. In addition to working with numerous companies throughout Silicon Valley, she acted as primary outside counsel for Cisco Systems and assisted with their merger and acquisition process. Therese previously served on the Board of Directors of Hanna Andersson and Apple American Group and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Purcell Systems and SquareTrade. In addition, she is a board observer for Robbins Bros. Therese holds a B.S., Cum Laude, from University of California at Berkeley and a J.D., Cum Laude, from Northwestern University.
Current Portfolio Companies

Purcell Systems
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Robbins Bros.
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SquareTrade

Scott M. Bell
Partner


Scott joined Weston Presidio in 2004. Prior to joining Weston Presidio, Scott worked as an associate for the Principal Investment Area of Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he evaluated investment opportunities across a range of industries. Scott also worked as an associate and analyst within the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs, where he helped advise clients on mergers and acquisitions, financings, and restructurings. Scott is currently a director of Evenflo Holdings and Advisors Excel and previously was a director of RE/MAX (NYSE: RMAX), Cellu Tissue Holdings (NYSE: CLU, subsequently purchased by Clearwater Paper) and Micro Power Electronics (purchased by Greatbatch, Inc.). He has also been involved in several of the firm's other investments, including Star Manufacturing (purchased by Middleby Corp.), Insulair (purchased by Koch Industries), Durcon (purchased by a financial sponsor), and AECOM (NYSE: ACM). He received his A.B. in Politics, magna cum laude, from Princeton University and his M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Scott also serves on the Board of Directors of Lone Mountain Children's Center where he is Treasurer.
Current Portfolio Companies

Advisors Excel
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Evenflo

Josh D. McDowell
Partner


Josh originally joined Weston Presidio in 2002 as an associate and rejoined the Firm in 2006 after completing business school. Prior to joining Weston Presidio, Josh worked in investment banking at Salomon Smith Barney in their Financial Sponsors Group where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, high-yield financings, and equity offerings. Josh serves on the Board of Directors of Edge Systems, Too Faced Holdings and Xenon Arc and is currently involved in Weston Presidio’s investments in AMC Entertainment, DISYS, Fender Musical Instruments Corp., Flynn Restaurant Group, MacDermid, Purcell Systems and Robbins Bros. Jewelry investments. Josh earned his B.A. from the University of California and his M.B.A. from Harvard Graduate School of Business.
Current Portfolio Companies

Edge Systems
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DISYS
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MacDermid Incorporated
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Purcell Systems
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Robbins Bros.
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Too Faced
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Xenon Arc

Kirk C. Syme
Principal


Kirk joined Weston Presidio in 2006 as an Associate and rejoined the Firm as a Principal in 2011 after completing business school. Kirk works with numerous Weston Presidio portfolio companies and new investments. Prior to joining Weston Presidio, Kirk worked at Morgan Stanley, where he focused on technology mergers and acquisitions. Kirk earned his B.S. in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University and his M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
Aaron D. Garcia
Senior Associate


Aaron joined Weston Presidio in 2010. He works with numerous Weston Presidio portfolio companies and new investments. Prior to joining Weston Presidio, Aaron worked in the Commercial FP&A group at Gilead Sciences. Prior to that, Aaron worked in the Investment Banking Division at Citigroup Global Markets with the Financial Sponsors Group in San Francisco and Life Sciences Group in Palo Alto. Aaron earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Accounting from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Matthew E. Short
Senior Associate


Matt joined Weston Presidio as an associate in 2010. He works with numerous Weston Presidio portfolio companies and new investments. Prior to joining Weston Presidio, Matt worked in the Corporate Strategy & Business Development Group at McKesson Corporation. Prior to that, Matt worked in the Technology, Media & Telecoms Group at UBS Investment Bank. Matt earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business.
Kyle A. Casella
Associate


Kyle joined Weston Presidio in 2012. He works with numerous Weston Presidio portfolio companies and new investments. Prior to joining Weston Presidio, Kyle worked in the Middle Market Investment Banking group at Wells Fargo Securities in Los Angeles where he focused on M&A and capital markets transactions. Kyle earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, with a concentration in Finance, from Claremont McKenna College.
Katherine Lilly
Chief Financial Officer


Prior to becoming Chief Financial Officer of the firm in 2013, Katie had been Weston Presidio’s Controller for 10 years. Katie began her career with Ernst & Young and previously worked as a controller for another private equity firm and for a biotech firm in Boston. Katie received her B.A. in Economics from Gordon College and her M.S. in Taxation from Bentley University.