Gerald is recognized as a thought leader and outstanding innovator in the rapidly growing field of private equity. He is the founder of Blackmore Partners, an independent private equity firm and intermediary. Blackmore Partners provides investing capital and business expertise to enterprises with potential. Blackmore Partners forms strategic partnerships with existing management teams, leveraging expertise and relationships to stabilize, strengthen and grow lasting value. Moreover, investment efforts and managerial expertise focus on the operation of a global and diversified portfolio of business enterprises. This includes opportunities in industries such as media, distribution, healthcare, defense, and financial services.
Secondly, Gerald O’Dwyer is also a non-executive co-founder of the PECO Fund, an investment group of proprietary M&A intermediary partners, high net worth individuals, family offices and institutional investors. This fund acts as a co-investor alongside Private Equity Sponsors. Together, each target company belongs to the Private Equity Sponsor and the Target Investment, LLC. Furthermore, PECO’s investors have a unique opportunity to participate in deals not otherwise available to the public at large.
Finally, partnering with institutional capital, he has built a diversified and extensive network to identify executives interested in: (1) buying a company or division, (2) acquiring a company they have identified in their industry, or (3) seeking to purchase a company in a specific industry. He recognizes that an expert management team is integral in driving a successful LBO, MBO, or merger and acquisition.
Gerald O’Dwyer Sr.
Gerald O’Dwyer Sr.
Grayson is a Senior Executive with extensive U.S. and International experience in technology, media, telecommunications, manufacturing, food, and turnarounds in Fortune 500 companies and start-up businesses. He has the ability to translate ideas, concepts and technology into business solutions that produce measurable financial and operational results.
Grayson has previously served as the CEO, CFO, COO, and EVP for a number of public and private companies. Moreover, Grayson led two successful stock offerings, many private equity offerings, and various private and government debt transactions.
Grayson received his MBA in Finance and Management Information Systems from the University of Denver. And he received his Accounting degree from the University of North Dakota.
Prior to Blackmore, Yelena was Principal at Amicus Capital Partners – a Chicago-based Private Equity firm with deep expertise in medicine and the business of healthcare, and exclusive focus on the healthcare industry.
Prior to Amicus, Yelena has founded two independent consulting firms: a technology consultancy specializing in the design and architecture of strategic technology solutions, and a management consultancy focused on business architecture and capability-driven strategy.
Throughout her consulting career, Yelena consistently stayed at the frontier of the technology and industry curves to deliver innovative business and technology solutions for Fortune 500, mid-size, and start-up companies across Insurance, Financial Services, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Telecom, Human Resources, Leasing, and Restaurant/Retail sectors. Yelena’s clients include Allstate Insurance Company, Discover Financial Services, McDonald’s Corporation, Options Clearing Corporation, CVS/Caremark, Hewlett-Packard.
Yelena is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative America and serves on the Leadership Council of Upwardly Global. She is a mentor at MATTER, Chicago’s new hub of healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship.
Yelena received her MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and completed coursework in Mathematics and Informatics at universities in Ukraine and Russia.
Rick is also an elected official, serving as a Councilman in the City of Plano, and a combat veteran having served in the U. S. Army.
Ms. Chou holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from Soochow University and an MBA from University of Illinois at Chicago.