Our Team

Acquisitions Team

    David P. Swanson, Partner — Manager of East Coast Office

    David P. Swanson, Partner — Manager of East Coast Office

    Mr. Swanson is a member of The Compass Group’s Investment Committee, which is responsible for evaluating all of the organization’s investment opportunities. He is the leader of the Acquisitions Team and responsible for management of the business and operations of The Compass Group’s East Coast office. In addition to sourcing new potential acquisitions and performing diligence, Mr. Swanson and his team act as strategic partners to the management of the companies that are already part of the Compass Diversified Holdings family. Mr. Swanson is currently a Director and the Chairman of Arnold Magnetic Technologies Corporation. He also serves as a Director for Liberty Safe and Security Products, Inc., and Velocity Outdoor Inc. Mr. Swanson joined The Compass Group in 2001. Prior to that, Mr. Swanson was with Goldman Sachs. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Harvard Business School.

    Demetrios P. Dounis, Partner

    Demetrios P. Dounis, Partner

    As one of the key members of the Acquisitions Team, Mr. Dounis works on all facets of the deal process including building relationships with investment banks and intermediaries, evaluating new potential subsidiary companies, and when appropriate, negotiating directly with sellers and their advisors. Never one to shy away from rolling up his sleeves, Mr. Dounis is very involved in building strong working relationships with the management team partners of current Compass Diversified Holdings subsidiary companies and enjoys helping them grow their respective businesses.

    Mr. Dounis joined The Compass Group in 2007. Prior to that, he was with UBS and Deloitte & Touche. He currently serves as a Director for Arnold Magnetic Technologies Corporation, Liberty Safe and Security Products, Inc. and Velocity Outdoor Inc. Mr. Dounis is also a Certified Public Accountant and a CFA Charterholder. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

    Zach T. Sawtelle, Partner

    Zach T. Sawtelle, Partner

    Zach Sawtelle is a member of the Acquisitions Team at The Compass Group’s West Coast office. Mr. Sawtelle is responsible for originating and diligencing new investment opportunities, executing transactions and working with our partner companies.

    Mr. Sawtelle is currently a director of 5.11, Inc., doing business as 5.11 Tactical, The Sterno Group Companies, LLC, The Ergo Baby Carrier, Inc., Advanced Circuits, Inc. and Foam Fabricators, Inc. Mr. Sawtelle joined The Compass Group in 2009 as an associate. Prior to that, he was an investment banker with Citi. Mr. Sawtelle holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS in chemical engineering from the University of California, Davis.

    Ryan J. Thorp, Senior Vice President

    Ryan J. Thorp, Senior Vice President

    Ryan Thorp is a member of the Acquisitions Team at The Compass Group’s Westport office. Mr. Thorp is responsible for originating and diligencing new investment opportunities, executing transactions and working with our partner companies.
     
    Mr. Thorp joined The Compass Group in 2019. Prior to that, he led corporate development and strategy at FOX Factory, was a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, and was an accountant at KPMG. Mr. Thorp holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelors in finance and accounting from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

    Raj U. Dalal, Vice President

    Raj U. Dalal, Vice President

    Raj Dalal is a member of the Acquisitions Team at The Compass Group’s West Coast office. Mr. Dalal is responsible for originating new investment opportunities, performing due diligence and executing transactions, focusing on branded consumer products and niche manufacturing industries. Mr. Dalal also works closely with our partner companies to develop their strategic plans and evaluate add-on acquisitions.

    Mr. Dalal joined The Compass Group in 2012 as an associate. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Dalal worked in the Investment Banking Division of Bank of America Merrill Lynch in their Los Angeles office as a generalist. Mr. Dalal holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in business economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

    Lucas E. Scholhamer, Vice President

    Lucas E. Scholhamer, Vice President

    Lucas Scholhamer is a member of the Acquisitions Team at The Compass Group’s Westport office. He is responsible for originating and diligencing new investment opportunities, executing transactions, and working with our partner companies. Mr. Scholhamer joined The Compass Group in 2016. Prior to that, he was an investment banker with Deloitte Corporate Finance (formerly McColl Partners), where he focused on M&A across the consumer, industrials, and healthcare sectors. Mr. Scholhamer graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University.

    Griffin W. McKenzie, Associate

    Griffin W. McKenzie, Associate

    Mr. McKenzie joined The Compass Group’s Westport office in 2018. He provides support throughout the evaluation, structuring, negotiation, and execution of new platform and add-on investments. Additionally, Mr. McKenzie is actively engaged in the monitoring of subsidiary companies alongside senior colleagues. Prior to joining The Compass Group, Mr. McKenzie was an investment banking analyst with J.P. Morgan, where he focused on M&A advisory across various sectors. Mr. McKenzie holds an MS in finance from Vanderbilt University and a BS in finance from the University of Denver.

    Alexander Mayes, Associate

    Alexander Mayes, Associate

    Mr. Mayes joined The Compass Group’s West Coast office in 2019. He provides support through the evaluation, structuring, negotiation, and execution of new platform and add-on investments. Additionally, Mr. Mayes is actively engaged in the monitoring of subsidiary companies alongside senior colleagues. Prior to joining The Compass Group, Mr. Mayes worked as an investment banking analyst with Morgan Stanley in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Western Region Coverage groups in Los Angeles. Mr. Mayes holds a BS in Business and Finance from New York University (NYU) Shanghai, where he was a member of the college’s inaugural class.

    Matthew E. Gurkin, Associate

    Matthew E. Gurkin, Associate

    Mr. Gurkin joined The Compass Group’s Westport office in 2019. He provides support throughout the evaluation, structuring, negotiation, and execution of new platform and add-on investments. Additionally, Mr. Gurkin is actively engaged in the monitoring of subsidiary companies alongside senior colleagues. Prior to joining The Compass Group, Mr. Gurkin was an investment banking analyst with Deloitte Corporate Finance (formerly McColl Partners), where he focused on M&A advisory across various sectors. Mr. Gurkin holds a BS in Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Nicolette Groen, Associate

    Nicolette Groen, Associate

    Ms. Groen joined The Compass Group’s West Coast office in 2019. She provides support throughout the evaluation, structuring, negotiation, and execution of new platform and add-on investments. Additionally, Ms. Groen is actively engaged in the monitoring of subsidiary companies alongside senior colleagues. Prior to joining The Compass Group, Ms. Groen was an investment banking analyst in Citi’s Global Energy Group. Ms. Groen holds a BA in Mathematical Economic Analysis and Managerial Studies from Rice University.