John has over 15 years of private equity experience, including leveraged buyouts, industry consolidations, recapitalizations, growth equity and venture capital. Most recently, he built the consumer products investment group at Emigrant Capital, and established its executive partner program. Prior to Emigrant, he ran Tira Capital, which managed private equity, debt and venture capital investments, and provided investment banking services. He previously was a principal in Saratoga Partners, a middle- market buyout fund managed by Dillon Read & Co. Inc. Prior experience includes investment banking at Dillon Read and Merrill Lynch. He graduated magna cum laude from UC Berkeley, and has an M.B.A. from The Wharton School.