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The foundation of our success is the quality of our team and the enduring relationships we form.

RFE's Managing Directors have worked together an average of 20 years and average 26 years of private equity experience.

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Managing Director and Chief Compliance Officer
Michael FosterManaging Director and Chief Compliance Officer

Michael Foster joined RFE Investment Partners in 1989. He is currently a Director of Global IFS, EnsembleIQ, iMedX, Squan and ZRG Partners, as well as a Director of Sabra Health Care REIT (SBRA).

Michael has been actively engaged in the private equity industry since 1978, initially as an attorney at Debevoise & Plimpton, and later as a partner of O’Sullivan Graev & Karabell, advising many private equity firms in scores of investment and acquisition transactions.

Michael is a graduate of Cornell University, where he received Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Jurisprudence, magna cum laude, degrees.

Michael and his wife Liz live in Westport Ct, have two grown children and a son-in-law, and recently became the grandparents of beautiful baby girl. When not at RFE, Michael enjoys cooking, skiing, biking , saltwater fishing and, now, babysitting.

mfoster@rfeip.com
203-966-2800 x 6508
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Managing Director
Jim ParsonsManaging Director

Jim Parsons joined RFE Investment Partners in 1986. He is currently a Director of Global IFS, Hastings Manufacturing, PureRED Integrated Marketing, and Trident Motion Technologies.

In 1981, Jim joined Michigan Capital and Service, the private equity subsidiary of NBD Bancorp, Inc. and has been active in private equity since.

Jim is a graduate of Williams College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree, and the University of Michigan, where he received a Master of Business Administration degree.

Jim and his wife Susie have four daughters and one son-in-law in their 20s and 30s. When not at RFE, Jim enjoys tennis, squash and skiing.

jparsons@rfeip.com
203-966-2800 x 6503
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Managing Director, Business Development
Peter ReiterManaging Director, Business Development

Peter Reiter joined RFE in 1996 as an Analyst. Peter is currently a Director of Global IFS, Squan and ThreeBridge. From September 1992 until he joined RFE, he worked for KPMG Peat Marwick, LLP as an Auditor.

Peter is a graduate of Iona College, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting, and New York University, where he received a Master of Business Administration degree.

Peter lives in Stamford, CT with his wife (Kelly) and one daughter, while his two other daughters are in college draining financial resources. When not at RFE, Peter enjoys reading, trail running with his dog and water sports at his lake cottage.

preiter@rfeip.com
203-966-2800 x 6507
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Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer
Don JuricicManaging Director and Chief Financial Officer

Don Juricic joined RFE in 1985, initially as Assistant Controller. Prior to joining RFE, Don worked for one year at Control Data Corp. Don is a graduate of Villanova University, where he received a Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, degree in Business Administration, and New York University, where he received a Master of Business Administration degree.

djuricic@rfeip.com
203-966-2800 x 6504
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Managing Director
Michael RubelManaging Director

Mike Rubel joined RFE Investment Partners as a Principal in 2009. He is currently a Director of Congruity HR, EnsembleIQ, Friendly Home Services Group, iMedX, PureRED Integrated Marketing, Trident Motion Technologies, Veransa, and ZRG Partners.

Prior to joining RFE, Mike was a Principal at Weston Presidio, a private equity firm where he worked for four years. He also worked for three years at Harris Williams & Co., a middle-market merger and acquisition advisory firm.

Mike is a graduate of James Madison University, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and Economics and was an Honors Program Scholar; and, of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, where he received a Master of Business Administration degree.

Mike lives in the Fairfield Beach area with his wife Laurie who works as a Nurse Practitioner and their three young sons. When not at RFE, Mike enjoys coaching kids sports, skiing and running.

mrubel@rfeip.com
203-966-2800 x 6506
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Managing Director
Paul SchilppManaging Director

Paul Schilpp joined RFE Investment Partners as a Principal in 2012. He is currently a Director of Congruity HR, Friendly Home Services, Global IFS, Hastings Manufacturing, and Squan.

Prior to joining RFE, Paul was a Principal at Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity. He also worked at Weston Presidio, a private equity firm; and at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., in their investment banking group.

Paul is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, degree in Economics and Business Administration; and, of The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Master of Business Administration degree.

pschilpp@rfeip.com
203-966-2800 x 6501
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Chief Talent Officer
Harry SomerdykChief Talent Officer

Harry Somerdyk is the Chief Talent Officer of RFE. Harry joined the firm in March of 2015 as Director of Talent Management & Executive Recruitment. He also serves as a Board Director of ZRG Partners.

Prior to joining RFE, he was Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources & Communications Officer of Information Services Group (NASDAQ: III).
Before joining Information Services Group, Harry was Senior Director and Partner at Spencer Stuart for 11 years. Prior to Spencer Stuart, he served as Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and Brand Development at Business Week.

His professional experience includes leadership roles in the media & business-to-business sectors, including Publisher of Digital News & Review, Sales & Marketing Director of AirMiles, Advertising Sales Director at Prodigy and Division Manager at Fortune Magazine. Harry began his career as a Research Analyst at Readers Digest and Promotion Copywriter at Fortune.

He is a cum laude graduate of Boston University’s College of Communication.

Harry & his wife Meg first moved to Connecticut in 1988. They are the proud parents of two adult children and a wonderful daughter-in-law. They recently welcomed their first grandchild – Luke – to the family.
Harry is a long-time golfer & plays competitive platform tennis and pickleball. While a dedicated player, he is pretty average at all three sports, as his family and teammates will attest.

hsomerdyk@rfeip.com
203-966-2800 x 6511
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Principal
Sean E. GillickPrincipal

Sean is currently a director of Hastings Manufacturing

Sean Gillick previously worked at RFE Investment Partners as an Associate/Senior Associate from 2010 to 2013, when he left RFE to enroll in the MBA program at Harvard Business School. In 2015 he rejoined RFE upon the completion of his MBA.

Prior to joining RFE in 2010, Sean worked for three years at Harris Williams & Co. as an Analyst in the Cobblestone | Harris Williams group.

Sean is a graduate of The College of William and Mary, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration, cum laude, degree in Finance and in Government, and Harvard Business School, where he received a Master of Business Administration degree.

Sean lives in New Canaan with his husband Andrew, their young son, and two energetic dogs. In his spare time, Sean enjoys distance runs, open water swims, participating in triathlons, and hiking in the mountains.

sgillick@rfeip.com
203-966-2800 x 6502
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Vice President
Bill BronanderVice President

Bill Bronander previously worked at RFE Investment Partners as an Associate from 2013 to 2015, when he left RFE to enroll in the MBA program at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2017, he rejoined RFE upon the completion of his MBA. Bill is currently a director of Congruity HR.

Bill graduated magna cum laude from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Integrated Business and Engineering. Prior to joining RFE, Bill worked for two years as an Investment Banking Analyst in Houlihan Lokey’s Global Industrials Group and before that, two years as an Analyst in Goldman Sachs’ Equity Trade Management Group.

Bill lives in Connecticut, but is often traveling throughout the tri-state area for a pickup basketball game, a round of golf or a great slice of pizza.

bbronander@rfeip.com
203-966-2800 x 6525
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Vice President
James KarleVice President

James Karle joined RFE in 2021. James is currently a Director of Veransa. Prior to joining RFE, James was a Senior Associate at KPS Capital Partners, where he worked for two years. Prior to that, he worked for six years at High Road Capital Partners, a lower middle market private equity firm.

James is a graduate of the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from; and, of the Stern School of Business at New York University, where he received a Master of Business Administration degree.

James lives in Westchester with his wife Kristin who works as an HR Generalist. When not at RFE, James enjoys cooking, running and spending time with close friends.

jkarle@rfeip.com
203-966-2800 x 6509
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Senior Associate
Tej DhondSenior Associate

Tej Dhond joined RFE in 2019. Prior to joining RFE, Tej worked for two years as an Investment Banking Analyst at BlackArch Partners.

Tej is a graduate of Duke University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, with a concentration in Finance.

When not at RFE, Tej spends most of his time exploring new restaurants, spending time with close friends and playing tennis.

tdhond@rfeip.com
203-966-2800 x 6511
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Associate
Edric WungAssociate

Edric Wung joined RFE in 2021. Prior to joining RFE, Edric worked for three years as an Investment Analyst at Stadium Capital Management, a value-oriented hedge fund.

Edric is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, degree in Government.

Outside of RFE, Edric spends most of his time playing golf, trying new restaurants, and cheering on DC sports teams.

ewung@rfeip.com
203-966-2800 x 6510
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Associate
Daley DoniganAssociate

Daley Donigan joined RFE in 2021. Prior to joining RFE, Daley worked for over two years as an Investment Banking Analyst and Associate at Stephens.

Daley is a graduate of the University of Florida, where he received a Master of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Finance and minor in Real Estate.

Daley lives in New York City and when not at RFE, Daley enjoys playing golf, working out, trying out new restaurants and spending time with friends and family.

ddonigan@rfeip.com
203-966-2800 x 6491
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Marketing Manager
Elise CarpinoMarketing Manager

Elise Carpino joined RFE in 2012 and as been active in a number of roles within the company. Prior to joining RFE, Elise worked for several years for MetLife. Elise is a graduate of Berkeley College.

Elise lives in North Stamford with her husband, Rob and two dogs. She enjoys traveling, hiking, running and boating.

ecarpino@rfeip.com
203-966-2800 x 6516

Executive Assistant
Mary MurrayExecutive Assistant

Mary Murray joined RFE in 2015 and has been active in a number of roles within the company. Before joining RFE Mary was Director of Business Development at Fresh Nation, a farm to table food supply business.

Mary is a fully qualified member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and has held a number of financial positions with previous organizations.

Mary originates from Scotland and lived in London UK for 16 years before moving to the United States 11 years ago with her husband, Charlie and her daughter, Victoria.

mmurray@rfeip.com
203-966-2800 x 6512

Executive Assistant
Cristina MendezExecutive Assistant

Cristina Mendez joined RFE in 1998 as an Executive Assistant. Prior to joining RFE, Cristina worked at US Surgical Corp.

Cristina is a graduate of Sacred Heart University.

Cristina enjoys long days at the beach with her boyfriend, dancing, traveling, and spending quality time with her daughters.

cmendez@rfeip.com
203-966-2800 x 6513