Will is co-founder and a primary investor of Vformation, LLC. With over twenty-five years of investment experience, Will also currently serves as the Chief Investment Officer of Parthenon Capital, a $3.5 billion middle-market private equity firm in San Francisco, and was previously an original Partner of GTCR Golder Rauner, LLC, a large long-established private equity firm in Chicago.
Will’s investment philosophy for both early stage and mid-market investing is rooted in building partnerships with outstanding CEOs and leadership teams. He guides companies to success by offering data-driven, thoughtful support, and challenging his partners to take bold steps and be the best that they can be. In particular, Will brings tremendous capability and experience in helping companies grow through strategic acquisitions.
Will received B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School with high distinction as a Baker Scholar.
Within public investing efforts, Sara leads investment strategy selection and execution, including back-testing and refinement of strategies as markets evolve.
Within our real estate activities, Sara leads deal sourcing, evaluation of opportunities for alignment with Vformation’s mission and investment goals, and transaction execution. On our development efforts, she provides strategic guidance and day to day management of our projects, working closely with contractors, architects, and other service providers to achieve our vision.
Together with Will, Sara works closely with our private portfolio companies on strategic and operational planning.
Sara has a B.A. in English from University of California at Berkeley.
Violette is the Finance and Operations Manager at Vformation, LLC. She works closely with the management team in the development and execution of short and long range strategic and operational initiatives. Violette is responsible for managing a number of key functions within the firm, including financial reporting, accounting, technology infrastructure, issue resolution, vendor relations and the coordination with strategic partners.
Prior to joining Vformation in 2012, Violette worked for over nineteen years in business development and administration in the private equity, investment management, and legal sectors. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Legal Studies and an M.A. in International and Multicultural Education with a concentration in Human Rights Education from the University of San Francisco.