Experience & Expertise — Competence and Capability That Benefit You

Since 1995, Peninsula Capital Partners has focused exclusively on supporting middle-market transactions with unique structured junior capital solutions, resulting in successful outcomes for hundreds of our transaction partners.

Our history of dedicated funds, closed and exited investments, extensive partnering with independent sponsors, investing as either a minority of majority investor or acting as a deal participant or lead sponsor all make Peninsula Capital an uniquely experienced and capable capital provider.

Proven Ability
to Address Any
Transactional
Funding Need

7 Funds
Totaling Nearly
$2 Billion

Over 140
Platform
Investments

Over 100
Investment
Exits

More Than 70
Independent
Sponsor Deals

Minority or
Majority; Participant
or Sponsor

Junior Debt,
Equity and
Multi-tranche

It has been a pleasure to work with the people at Peninsula. During good times, they have been supportive of our growth. When our business faced challenging economic times, their trust in our management team, financial support and willingness to adjust our capital structure helped to navigate to a stable and healthy position.”

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Randy Gottlieb
CEO, Hygrade

I strongly recommend that you consider Peninsula Capital as your business partner.

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David Janks
President, Power Vac, LLC

In my experience, strategic alignment of stakeholders is the most critical element of success for a private equity-backed business. The Peninsula team does a fantastic job of communicating with management to ensure such alignment.…”

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Burton Heiss
CEO, Escapology

Over the past seven years, Peninsula Capital Partners has been instrumental in supporting the Burlington Team’s transition from a small unsophisticated company to a global leader in the radiation protection industry.…”

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Lee Ann Fachko
CEO, Burlington Medical, LLC

…Our client had an instant connection with the Peninsula team, which carried all the way through negotiations, due diligence and the inevitable complexities that emerge in any transaction.…”

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Chris Goeglein
Managing Principal, True North Strategic Advisors LLC

We are now better positioned than ever to serve our clients with a level of global talent and expertise that is setting a new standard for agency partners. Thank you to Karl LaPeer, Andrew Wiegand, Dennis Murphy and the team at Peninsula for supporting us at every turn the last 7+ years.”

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Katie Briscoe
CEO, MMGY Global

From the very beginning, we have had a very collaborative and enjoyable partnership with Peninsula. We built camaraderie through challenges that could stress relationships. ”

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John Harrison
Managing Partner, A111 Capital

When we sold our company to Peninsula, I had many questions, and some anxiety, about how we would be treated post-deal. Seven years later, all of those questions have been answered. It could not be a more fulfilling (and successful) partnership.”

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Clayton Reid
Executive Chairman, MMGY Global, LLC

To find a partner that shared our passion was a prerequisite that we thought we’d struggle to find, but from the get go Peninsula showed a real understanding and empathy for our business and the people within it. We’re over a year in and we’re delighted with our decision and remain firmly on track to achieve our ambitious long-term goals.”

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Simon Davison
Founder, Escapology

Partnering with Peninsula has been one of the best decisions we have made thus far as an independent sponsor. The team is highly disciplined, applies strong analytics and consistently displays a high level of integrity….”

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Edwin Burke
Managing Partner, Pillsman Partners, LLC

Peninsula has been an invaluable partner for Weave. Of the various capital partners we considered, Peninsula treated us like a true partner throughout the process, engaging in honest and transparent dialog.…”

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Austin Neudecker
Partner, Weave Growth

… James Illikman and Peninsula took a different approach and looked at the longer-term opportunity and invested the time and resources into making the business stronger.”

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Clark McKeown
President & CEO, Wild Wing Hospitality Inc.

Chris Gessner and Peninsula have been our go-to capital partner for years now. Their ability and desire to work through difficult and challenging deal issues sets them apart from other capital partners.

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Greg Bregstone
Partner, Woodlawn Partners

Our Team

A Group of Committed Professionals

SCOTT A. REILLY, CFA

Managing Partner,
Chief Investment Officer
& Co-Founder

WILLIAM Y. CAMPBELL

Senior Partner & Co-Founder

WILLIAM F. McKINLEY

Senior Partner & Co-Founder

TY T. CLUTTERBUCK, CPA, CFA

Partner

CHRISTOPHER J. GESSNER, CFA

Partner

JAMES A. ILLIKMAN, CFA

Partner

KARL E. LaPEER, CFA

Senior Partner

ANDREW J. WIEGAND

Partner

ESHAN DESAI

Senior Associate

LIZ DiGREGORIO

Director

ANDREW D. MICHALAK

Associate Director

SHERIDAN L. REILLY

Senior Analyst

JON P. KREMPEL, CFA

Partner and Director,
Fund Administration

DENNIS A. MURPHY, CPA, CFA

Partner and Director,
Reporting & Compliance

CARL G. RUSSO, CMA

Associate Director,
Portfolio Management

CHRIS WITEK

Portfolio Accountant

DAWN COLBY

Administrative Assistant

STEVEN S. BECKETT, CFA

Partner Emeritus

Partnering with Peninsula has been one of the best decisions we have made thus far as an independent sponsor. The team is highly disciplined, applies strong analytics and consistently displays a high level of integrity….”

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Edwin Burke
Managing Partner, Pillsman Partners, LLC

Chris Gessner and Peninsula have been our go-to capital partner for years now. Their ability and desire to work through difficult and challenging deal issues sets them apart from other capital partners.

Read More
Greg Bregstone
Partner, Woodlawn Partners

Over the past seven years, Peninsula Capital Partners has been instrumental in supporting the Burlington Team’s transition from a small unsophisticated company to a global leader in the radiation protection industry.…”

Read More
Lee Ann Fachko
CEO, Burlington Medical, LLC

It has been a pleasure to work with the people at Peninsula. During good times, they have been supportive of our growth. When our business faced challenging economic times, their trust in our management team, financial support and willingness to adjust our capital structure helped to navigate to a stable and healthy position.”

Read More
Randy Gottlieb
CEO, Hygrade

Peninsula has been an invaluable partner for Weave. Of the various capital partners we considered, Peninsula treated us like a true partner throughout the process, engaging in honest and transparent dialog.…”

Read More
Austin Neudecker
Partner, Weave Growth

To find a partner that shared our passion was a prerequisite that we thought we’d struggle to find, but from the get go Peninsula showed a real understanding and empathy for our business and the people within it. We’re over a year in and we’re delighted with our decision and remain firmly on track to achieve our ambitious long-term goals.”

Read More
Simon Davison
Founder, Escapology

In my experience, strategic alignment of stakeholders is the most critical element of success for a private equity-backed business. The Peninsula team does a fantastic job of communicating with management to ensure such alignment.…”

Read More
Burton Heiss
CEO, Escapology

We are now better positioned than ever to serve our clients with a level of global talent and expertise that is setting a new standard for agency partners. Thank you to Karl LaPeer, Andrew Wiegand, Dennis Murphy and the team at Peninsula for supporting us at every turn the last 7+ years.”

Read More
Katie Briscoe
CEO, MMGY Global

From the very beginning, we have had a very collaborative and enjoyable partnership with Peninsula. We built camaraderie through challenges that could stress relationships. ”

Read More
John Harrison
Managing Partner, A111 Capital

…Our client had an instant connection with the Peninsula team, which carried all the way through negotiations, due diligence and the inevitable complexities that emerge in any transaction.…”

Read More
Chris Goeglein
Managing Principal, True North Strategic Advisors LLC

I strongly recommend that you consider Peninsula Capital as your business partner.

Read More
David Janks
President, Power Vac, LLC

… James Illikman and Peninsula took a different approach and looked at the longer-term opportunity and invested the time and resources into making the business stronger.”

Read More
Clark McKeown
President & CEO, Wild Wing Hospitality Inc.

When we sold our company to Peninsula, I had many questions, and some anxiety, about how we would be treated post-deal. Seven years later, all of those questions have been answered. It could not be a more fulfilling (and successful) partnership.”

Read More
Clayton Reid
Executive Chairman, MMGY Global, LLC