Investment Team

Riverlake Partners' team has the unique blend of relevant deal making and hands-on operating experience. Our partners have the benefit of working together early in their careers, independently starting and growing successful organizations, co-investing in several businesses, and uniting to form Riverlake Partners.

Meet Our Team:

Erik J. Krieger Vic Petroff
Tom Zupan

Erik J. Krieger

Position

Erik is the Founder and Managing Partner of Riverlake Partners.

Prior Experience

2003-2005 – CEO of CLEANPAK International, Inc., the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of air handling equipment for ultra clean room environments primarily for use in semi conductor and pharmaceutical manufacturing.

1989 to 2002 – Co-founder of Pacific Crest Securities, the Pacific Northwest’s largest independent financial services organizations. Served as CEO and Chairman from 1996 to 2002.

1986 to 1989 – Investment banker at PaineWebber in New York and PaineWebber’s Merger & Acquisitions Group in Chicago.

1982 to 1983 – Security Pacific Bank.

Erik has been an active private equity investor since 1989. In addition to Pacific Crest, Erik played an active role in guiding a number of companies as a director and an investor, including Wholesome and Hearty Foods, Applied Research, Morrow Snowboard Corporation, and CLEANPAK International, Inc. Erik is currently Chairman of JEB, Inc., is on the board of directors of Pacific Crest Securities, SP Industries, Inc., HELP, Inc., Fluid Logic, Inc., Advanced Decorative Systems, Inc., and O’Currance Teleservices, Inc.

Expertise

Over the years Erik has had direct investments and/or leadership responsibilities in industries including: financial services, consumer food products, air handling equipment, material handling, specialty chemicals, sporting goods, and plastic manufacturing. Additionally, through his leadership role at Pacific Crest, Erik has advised several high technology and communications companies in merger and acquisitions and financing transactions.

Education

Erik received his M.B.A., with honors, from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.A. (double major) in economics and business administration, magna cum laude, from the University of Oregon. Erik is registered with the SEC and holds Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses.

Personal

Erik is married with three children and enjoys golf, tennis, and fly fishing in his free time.

 

Mr. Krieger can be reached at: ekrieger@riverlakepartners.com

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Victor (Vic) G. Petroff

Position

Vic is a Partner of Riverlake Partners.

Prior Experience

1992 to 2003 – President of the Precision Interconnect Division of Tyco International, Ltd. (Tyco Healthcare Group), based in Wilsonville, Oregon. While at Precision Interconnect, Mr. Petroff led a strategic and operational turnaround creating the leading manufacturer of specialty high performance electronic interconnects for the global medical equipment industry, with over $160 million in annual sales, 1,400 employees, and manufacturing facilities in Asia, Mexico and Europe.

1986 to 1987 - Vice President of Strategic Planning at US Bancorp.

1981 to 1986 - Omark Industries. Vic held several positions in Finance and M&A Analysis at the corporate level and in Sales and Marketing at the divisional level. He ended his career at Omark as the National Sales Manager of the Cutting Tool Division.

Vic is the Chairman of Pinnacle Exhibits, Inc., Advanced Decorative Systems, Inc., and Gamblin Artists Colors Co. Vic also serves on the board of Modo, Inc.

Expertise

Vic has extensive background in building and operating successful businesses in the industrial and consumer products fields. Areas of particular expertise include: executing global growth strategies, OEM and consumer marketing, strategic leadership, global manufacturing, and corporate restructuring.

Education

Vic received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1981 and an A.B. in Economics from Stanford University in 1977.

Personal

Vic lives in Portland, has three children and enjoys golf in his free time.

Mr. Petroff can be reached at: vpetroff@riverlakepartners.com

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Tom Zupan

Position

Tom is the Chief Financial Officer of Riverlake Partners.

Prior Experience

1996-2006 – Finance Consultant including providing CFO services to small businesses including a law firm, a manufacturing company and a real estate development group. He also provided consultant services for a budget and reporting software system to several financial companies including The Carlyle Group.

1982 to 1996 – Consolidated Freightways, Inc, a large trucking and transportation services organization. Served in several positions increasing in responsibility in the accounting and administrative areas.

Expertise

Tom has a considerable background in the accounting and administrative aspects of businesses in investment related services and the manufacturing industry.

Education

Tom received his M.B.A. from the University of Portland’s Dr. Robert B. Pamplin School of Business Administration and a B.S. in business administration from Oregon State University.

Personal

Tom is married with two children and enjoys golf, skiing and coaching youth sports in his free time.

Mr. Zupan can be reached at: tzupan@riverlakepartners.com

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