Oakland Standard brings a fresh approach to investing in lower middle market industrial companies. We allocate resources from a team of experienced investment professionals with seasoned operating executives coupled with a talented group of continuous improvement counselors in order to drive profitable growth and expansion of our portfolio companies.

INVESTMENT TEAM

BRYAN TOLLES

co-founder & managing PARTNER

investment team

vCard | Phone: (313) 647 - 5326

More than ten years of working with closely-held, middle market businesses. Involved in nearly $3 billion in M&A value across 50+ acquisitions. 

Current and past board memberships include: Temperform, Oakland Automation, Clio Holdings, US LBM Holdings and Team Joseph (a non-profit muscular dystrophy charity).

Education: BA in Economics from Northwestern University. 

Personal: Lives with his wife, son and dog in Birmingham, MI. The dog runs the household.

 

Tim Flannery

principal

investment team

vCard | Phone: (313) 647 - 5349

Tim is responsible for sourcing, evaluation, executing and managing investments on behalf of the firm.  Nearly ten years of experience working with and investing in middle market businesses.  Tim was previously a Vice President with private equity firms Superior Capital Partners and Glencoe Capital, and began his career in investment banking with Houlihan Lokey.

Education: BBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business. 

Personal: Lives with his wife and daughter in Birmingham, MI. 

 

Evan Schultz

associate

Investment team

vCard | Phone: (313) 347 - 2341

Six years of experience in financial and transaction advisory, primarily for closely-held businesses in the middle market. Evan has lead dozens of transactions from both a sell-side and buy-side perspective. Integral part of Oakland Standard's investment in the countertop supply and fabrication consolidation at Clio Holdings.

Education: BA in Accounting from Michigan State.

Personal: Lives in Midtown Detroit with several IPA's.

 

portfolio management

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DAN BICKERSTETH

Co-Founder & Managing PARTNER

Portfolio management

vCard |   Phone: (989) 429 - 3439

With more than 20 years of manufacturing experience, Dan is highly skilled at building management teams and driving value through margin expansion, productivity gains and sales enhancements.

Current and past board memberships include: Temperform, FCA Packaging, Oakland Automation, Clio Holdings and Federal Broach & Machine Company.

Education: BS in Industrial & Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and MS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.

Personal: Lives with his wife, four children, two dogs and au pair in West Bloomfield, MI.

 

joe CONroy

PARTNER

portfolio management

vCard | Phone: (248) 210 - 6032

With more than 25 years of operations experience, Joe has held executive positions in the automotive, renewable energy and semiconductor industries. Responsible for building high performing teams with an impressive track record of achieving strong bottom-line results.

Current and past board memberships include: Temperform and Energy Conversion Devices.

Education: BS in Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute and MBA in Finance from Wayne State University.

Personal: Lives with his wife, four boys and a garage full of hockey equipment in Clarkston, MI.

 

operational excellence

 

parthi damodaraswamy

partner

operational excellence

Phone: (502) 322 - 6567

Has been transforming the operations and management teams of business around the globe since he was a teenager. Over the past 20 years, has worked closely with and improved the operations of hundreds of businesses across a wide variety of industries, most notably in the industrial, manufacturing and distribution space.

Education: BS and MS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from University of Kentucky and MS in Biomedical Engineering from University of Kentucky.

Personal: Lives with his wife, two kids and dog in Lexington, KY.

 

david larson

partner

operational excellence

Phone: (859) 533 - 3292

Combines operations expertise gained through nearly a decade of C-level and business transformation leadership with fives year of sell-side and buy-side transaction experience with closely-held middle market businesses.

Education: BS in Business Administration and Accounting with attainments in Commerce from Washington and Lee University.

Personal: Lives with his wife, two boys, little girl and dog in Lexington, KY. The dog is always happy to see him.

 

advisory board

we can't do this alone. like most businesses we value the input from our advisors.

joe manifold

Operational finance guru.

B.N. BAHADUR

Consulting expert. Automotive and industrial savant. Tequila entrepreneur.

erik elie

The authority in Tier I operations and purchasing.

BRIAN ONDRE

Lover of heavy duty engines. Father of twins.