About Us

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Pennant Partners is a network of Operating Partners that share the same goal; we enjoy building exceptional businesses.

Pennant both develops strategic market & investment themes and seeks to develop opportunities based on those themes.  We work with good businesses that we either find through our theme based search efforts or that come to us looking for help executing on their next stage of growth or ownership.

We are operators and investors who have spent most of our careers helping companies find and exploit their greatest opportunities. We have the resources to bring strategic thinking, key talent, market expertise, product strategy, product design/development, execution experience and capital.

Our mission is to deeply engage with a limited number of inspiring companies through strategy and vision development, acquisition, growth capital investments, and sometimes through direct management and/or Board involvement.

Our broad industry expertise, management experience, a strong network and access to capital make Pennant an ideal partner.


 

Our Team

Sam Foster

Founder & Managing Partner

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Learn more about Sam’s industry experience here: Career Industry Experience

An experienced transformational CEO and organizational leader, Sam has 25+ years experience managing, advising and investing in industrial, medical and technology companies through strategic change, accelerated growth and management transformation.  Sam was recently the CEO of AliMed, Inc. a leading manufacturer and distributor of medical, healthcare and physician products. He is currently the Managing Director of Pennant  Partners and is also a founding partner at Healthcare Innovation Partners a medical products incubator. Prior to founding Pennant, Sam was a Managing Director at Velocity Equity Partners, an early stage venture capital firm and Corning Technology Ventures. In addition to maintaining active leadership and investment involvement in a number of companies in the manufacturing, healthcare, energy and technology industries, Sam has served as CEO, COO and founder of a number of other companies over the years and also provides executive coaching & Board advisory and consulting services to a variety of select businesses.

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Doug Marsden

Operating Partner – Product Design, Engineering & Market Research

A co-founder of (ELEVEN), Doug is an integral team member. He draws on fifteen years of program management and design engineering experience creating a diverse range of products in the high technology, industrial, and consumer markets. As principal of his own consulting firm before co-founding (ELEVEN), Doug’s services were sought after and respected by Fortune 500 companies and start-ups alike. From initial brainstorming to design for manufacturing, his contributions have helped to generate numerous highly successful products and a collection of patents. Doug draws the energy and enthusiasm required to manage multiple projects from the excitement that comes with working and learning from such a diverse group of clients and colleagues.

Alan McKinnon, Jr.

Operating Partner – Finance, Business Development, Investor Relations

Alan brings extensive experience as a finance veteran, with significant international expertise, who helps companies raise capital, develop financial strategy and manage due diligence.  His background includes positions as CFO, corporate treasurer, and fundraiser for private and public companies. Today Alan is the CFO of North Sails, the premier maker of yacht sails worldwide. He’s held corporate management positions as CFO at AliMed, Cyrium Technologies, Deerpath Energy, Vietnam Chipscale Advanced Packaging Services (which he co-founded), The Garrett Group of San Francisco, Varian Semiconductor (Nasdaq: VSEA), East Asia Ventures, LLC, and Prodigy International, Inc. He learned the buyout business and manufacturing at Connell Limited Partnership, a Boston based buyout firm, and started his career with the Bank Supervision Division of The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.  Alan holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship and International Business from Babson College and a BSBA in Finance and Economics from the School of Management at Boston University.

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Michael McCormack

Operating Partner – Aerospace, & Defense, Manufacturing & Business Development

Michael is a results-oriented executive manager with demonstrated expertise in planning, developing and implementing cutting-edge solutions to address the deliberate business needs of a multidisciplinary organization. He is a Senior Executive with over 35 years of experience with 25 years of direct P/L responsibility. His professional experience includes CEO of Critical Solutions International, President of Marshall Communications, Executive Vice President Land Systems at QinetiQ North America (Foster-Miller, Inc.), and EVP of Strategy and M&A at Mission Solutions Group as well as Commander of the entire Massachusetts Army National Guard. He specializes in designing, developing and implementing new products that significantly increase sales, margins and market share. He is known for turning around under-performing divisions and initiating processes that dramatically improve operations. Michael is a visionary leader with passion who drives a culture of excellence organization-wide and trains teams across multiple disciplines to consistently exceed expectations. He has led a private equity owned business as President/CEO for the past 8 years.

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Kevin S. Colcord

Operating Partner – Manufacturing, Process Improvement & Change Management

Kevin Colcord is a Managing partner and Executive Consultant for Lean Enterprise Inc., focused on implementing Lean Thinking and Six Sigma in firms ranging in size from 500 to 100,000 employees. He has wide ranging, hands on experience in many types of processes: high speed assembly, low volume-high complexity assembly, product development, machining, forming, and, special process manufacturing. Industry experience is equally broad – specific work in: battery manufacture, aircraft engine parts manufacture, aircraft engine assembly, paint formulation, specialty heat treatment, tractor trailer manufacture, computer cabinet manufacture & assembly, aluminum coil manufacture, brass rolling, aircraft avionics, automotive injection molded parts, urethane & silicon foam manufacture and specialty injection molding.

Len Morrissey

Len Morrissey

Operating Partner

Bringing a diverse background, Len provides leadership experience with a practical hands-on approach. Len began his career in commercial banking where he was exposed to and helped thousands of companies and entrepreneurs throughout the US and Canada. In 2007, Len was recruited by one of his customers, RAPID Manufacturing, to become their CFO. As CFO Len became a key member of the senior management team that developed a unique growth model. Len later became President of RAPID Manufacturing where he oversaw and managed the company’s unprecedented growth and eventual sale to ProtoLabs a leading public company in the space. Building teams is what inspires and drives Len; it is the bedrock of any company’s aspiration. He also works with several businesses primarily on a consultative basis but whose primary mission is to grow. Len earned his business degree from MUN (Memorial University of Newfoundland) as well as his PFP (Personal Financial Planning designation) from the CSI (Canadian Securities Institute).

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Alan S.Frost

Operating Partner – Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Marketing & Manufacturing

Alan is a senior business executive with 25+ years of leadership experience, Alan has a strong track record of achieving corporate objectives and creating shareholder value for biotech and pharmaceutical companies. Alan is currently the CEO and Founder of Flava Naturals a unique chocolate and coco flavanol based nutritional foods company. Prior to Flava, Alan was Head of Commercial and Head of the TYSABRI Franchise at Elan Pharmaceuticals. Particular areas of expertise include global and US P&L management, product launches, alliance leadership, field force leadership, life cycle management and business development. Alan is currently both an entrepreneur and a biotech strategy consultant. He holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Accounting from the University of Delaware.

Tom Dailey

Operating Partner – Information Services & Tech-Enabled Services

Tom is an information services and tech-enabled services executive with successes in B2B new product development as well as scaling to global operations. He grew the recurring revenue franchise GfK Boutique Research from scratch to over $20m ARR, and spent seven years living in the UK while building that platform. Ultimately he ran GfK’s North American information services P&L, growing it organically and thru acquisitions to $140m ARR and >$30m ebitda. He also spent two years as an operating executive with SFW Capital Management, investing the firm’s second fund of committed capital, which totaled over $800m.

At Pennant, Tom maintains his information services focus on alternative data / research services and his tech-enabled services focus on e-commerce data and services.