James Clark

Partner at Granite Creek Partners LLC

James Clark

James Clark

Partner at Granite Creek Partners LLC

Biography

James F. Clark

Mr. Clark joined Granite Creek in 2006 and is principally responsible for analysis related to due diligence, valuation and execution of direct investments as well as portfolio management. Previously, Jim was a consultant at a leading strategy advisory firm, L.E.K. Consulting, where he led engagements in private equity due diligence, corporate growth strategy development, and shareholder value maximization. Mr. Clark also has worked at Deloitte Consulting, where he was an analyst in the strategy and operations practice providing a variety of merger & acquisition and operations management advisory services.

Mr. Clark holds an M.B.A. from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University.

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Granite Creek Partners LLC

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Education

Northwestern University is a private institution founded in 1851 to serve the Northwest Territory, an area that now includes the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota. In 1853 the founders purchased a 379-acre tract of land on the shore of Lake Michigan 12 miles north of Chicago. They established a campus and developed the land near it, naming the surrounding town Evanston in honor of one of the University's founders, John Evans. After completing its first building, its first building in 1855, Northwestern began classes that fall with two faculty members and 10 students. Northwestern has three campuses and a total of 12 Schools and Colleges (one of which is located in South Florida. Two campuses are located on Lake Michigan, a 240-acre campus in Evanston, the first suburb north of Chicago, and a 25-acre campus in Chicago. One campus is located in Doha, Qatar. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment that transcends traditional academic boundaries. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth in a setting enhanced by the richness of Chicago.

MBA

The Kellogg School of Management (The Kellogg School or Kellogg) is the business school of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, with additional campuses in downtown Chicago, Illinois and Miami, Florida. Kellogg offers full-time, part-time, and executive programs, and partners with schools in China, France/Singapore, India, Hong Kong, Israel, Germany, Canada, and Thailand.Founded in 1908 in downtown Chicago as a part-time evening program, the school was chartered to educate business leaders with "good moral character.

Career History
Consultant
Prior

L.E.K. Consulting, Inc. provides business strategy consulting services. It offers strategy, finance, marketing and sales, operations, and transaction services including business unit strategy, brand management, pricing, alliances and joint ventures, product development, corporate transformation, and operations design. It serves the defense, energy, health, building and construction, aerospace, media, retail, and telecommunications industries.

Analyst
Prior

Deloitte Consulting LLP provides business consulting services. It offers services related to public finance, public sector management, health and social protection, information technology, financial sector, and trade and investment. The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Partner
2006 - Current

Granite Creek Partners focuses on investments in small businesses. They consider investments in control equity, minority equity, mezzanine debt, senior secured debt and equity derivatives including warrants, options and stock appreciation rights. The firm looks for fundamentally good companies that operate in niche sectors, compete in out-of-favor industries, have endured failed intermediary engagements or seek structured securities not offered by most financial institutions. Granite Creek's capital is used to effect change of control, lead the recapitalization of a balance sheet, serve as growth equity, bridge a period of turbulence or facilitate an acquisition. They have the flexibility to invest throughout the capital structure and can hold a single tranche or multiple strips of various securities in any transaction

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Directors
2019 - Current
Director
2006 - Current

Granite Creek Partners focuses on investments in small businesses. They consider investments in control equity, minority equity, mezzanine debt, senior secured debt and equity derivatives including warrants, options and stock appreciation rights. The firm looks for fundamentally good companies that operate in niche sectors, compete in out-of-favor industries, have endured failed intermediary engagements or seek structured securities not offered by most financial institutions. Granite Creek's capital is used to effect change of control, lead the recapitalization of a balance sheet, serve as growth equity, bridge a period of turbulence or facilitate an acquisition. They have the flexibility to invest throughout the capital structure and can hold a single tranche or multiple strips of various securities in any transaction

Political Donations
$500
2008

Former Member, Finance Committee at Republican Party of Illinois

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