L5 Management Team

Chris Kenny
Chris Kenny
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
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Chris Kenny

Chris Kenny

Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Chris Kenny is a co-founder and Managing Partner of L5 and a member of L5’s Investment Committee. Chris is also a co-founder and Chairman of Level 4 Yoga. He was previously CEO of Level 4 Yoga from 2009 to 2019 and CEO of Big Blue Swim School from 2019 to 2020. Chris has been investing and operating in the consumer services sector since 2009, actively evolving best practices that now form the basis of Acceleration Services’ playbook. Prior to L5, Chris held executive roles at Elevation Data Centers, Palladian Development, Group Chambers and Level 3 Communications. Chris received a B.S. in finance and international business from Georgetown University.
Kristina Eastman
Kristina Eastman
President, Acceleration Services
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Kristina Eastman

Kristina Eastman

President, Acceleration Services
Kristina Eastman joined L5 in 2021 as President of Acceleration Services. In this role, she oversees L5’s proprietary operating division that embeds the operational expertise and resources required to unlock non-linear growth and maximize enterprise value within L5’s portfolio companies and owned assets. Kristina spent the last two decades working in high-growth retail and technology concepts including: Enjoy (NASDAQ: ENJY), Apple, Google Nest, The Gap, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. She is also Co-Founder of To&From, a gifting intelligence company that leverages data-driven curation to deliver a great gift every time. Kristina received a BS from Sam Houston State University and an MBA from Arizona State University.
Neil Hobbs
Neil Hobbs
Partner
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Neil Hobbs

Neil Hobbs

Partner
Neil Hobbs joined L5 in 2018 as a partner and member of the Investment Committee. Neil serves as a board member for Big Blue Swim School and L5 Fitness. In his role at L5, Neil is responsible for evaluating new investment opportunities, advising portfolio company management teams, managing investment team resources, guiding firm strategic initiatives and enhancing the value of L5’s portfolio companies. In addition to being at partner at L5, Neil is Chairman of euNetworks and serves on the boards of Bandwidth IG and Telarus. Previously, Neil was Chairman of New Signature, SummitIG and BSI Partners as well as a board member of Cologix, all of which executed benchmark setting sale processes for investors and management teams. Neil has extensive experience as an operator having held senior management and CEO positions managing multi-hundred-million dollar international businesses over the course of his career in the technology industry.
Michael Chin
Michael Chin
Managing Director, Real Estate Services
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Michael Chin

Michael Chin

Managing Director, Real Estate Services
Michael Chin joined L5 in 2014 and is the Managing Director of the Real Estate Services team. Michael works closely with L5’s portfolio companies in growing and developing their brands through real estate nationwide. Prior to L5, Michael was Level 4 Yoga’s Vice President of Real Estate and New Markets. Michael led Level 4’s real estate expansion to 34 studios across the country and oversaw the operations for studio openings and growth in new markets. Before joining Level 4 Yoga in 2014, Michael led the real estate expansion of early-stage growth concepts with Tartan Realty Group, Inc. Prior to his professional career, Michael was a four-year monogram winner in hockey program at the University of Notre Dame and played professional hockey for two years.
Charles Meyers
Charles Meyers
Co-Founder & Chairman
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Charles Meyers

Charles Meyers

Co-Founder & Chairman
Charles Meyers is a co-founder and Chairman of L5 and a member of L5’s Investment Committee. He is also a co-founder of Level 4 Yoga. Charles is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Equinix, the world’s largest data center provider, operating in 65 markets globally with annual revenue of more than $6.6 billion. Charles joined Equinix in 2010 with more than 25 years of experience in executive leadership positions at leading technology and IT companies, including Verisign, Level 3 Communications and BellSouth. Charles earned dual master’s degrees from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and McCormick Graduate School of Engineering. He also holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado.
Susan Grubb
Susan Grubb
Managing Director, Portfolio Company Finance
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Susan Grubb

Susan Grubb

Managing Director, Portfolio Company Finance
Susan Grubb, CPA joined L5 in in 2021 and is a managing director on the portfolio company finance team. Susan began her career in the Atlanta office of PricewaterhouseCoopers in the audit and assurance business practice. She moved through the finance and accounting ranks within notable organizations such as Porsche, Randstad and Global Payments. Most recently, Susan led the finance and operations team for Citizens M&A Advisory, the investment banking arm of Citizens Bank. Susan received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Alabama. She is a member of The Georgia Society of CPAs and currently serves as a board member and Treasurer of The Women’s Collective.
Danny Kenny
Danny Kenny
Principal
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Danny Kenny

Danny Kenny

Principal
Danny Kenny joined L5 in 2018 and is a principal on the Investment Team. In this role, Danny is involved in deal sourcing and diligence, portfolio company operations, overseeing portfolio company integration with AS, investor relations and day to day management of the Investment Team. Danny additionally served as Director of Corporate Development for Big Blue Swim School from 2018-2020 where he was responsible for launching the franchising business. From 2015 to 2017, Danny managed public and private investments at Bayshore Global Management, a multi-billion-dollar private family office in Palo Alto, CA. Prior to Bayshore, Danny was a vice president at Goldman Sachs in Chicago, IL. Danny received a B.A. in political philosophy and economics from Georgetown University and an MBA from the University of Chicago in statistics and analytic finance.
Sharon Lynch
Sharon Lynch
Managing Director, Portfolio Company Finance
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Sharon Lynch

Sharon Lynch

Managing Director, Portfolio Company Finance
Sharon Lynch joined L5 in 2021 and is Managing Director of the Portfolio Company Finance team. Sharon has more than 25 years of financial leadership experience at high growth technology companies, including Dun and Bradstreet Software, equity-backed ClickFox and privately-held Adaptigent. At L5, Sharon is responsible for building and managing the financial functions within L5's portfolio companies as well as driving financial discipline, business growth and performance. She also partners with the AS team to help build and demonstrate value for services delivered. Sharon is a CPA and holds a BS in industrial management from Georgia Tech.
Duane LeVine
Duane LeVine
Principal
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Duane LeVine

Duane LeVine

Principal
Duane LeVine joined L5 in 2021 and is a principal on the investment team. In this role, Duane is involved in deal sourcing and evaluation, portfolio company investment oversight, portfolio company integration with AS, investor relations and day to day management of the Investment Team. Duane has experience in private placement and leverage buyout investments in the lower middle-market since 2013. Most recently, Duane was a member of the investment team at Seaport Capital for nearly six years, focusing on recurring revenue businesses across various industries. Prior to Seaport, Duane was a M&A analyst at DH Capital, an investment bank focused on middle-market internet infrastructure, telecommunications and SaaS companies executing equity and debt private placement and traditional M&A advisory services. Duane graduated from the University of Georgia with a BBA in finance and a certificate in personal and organizational leadership from the Institute for Leadership Advancement at the Terry College of Business.
Dave Robinson
Dave Robinson
Managing Director, Marketing, Insights & Technology
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Dave Robinson

Dave Robinson

Managing Director, Marketing, Insights & Technology
Dave Robinson joined L5 in 2022 as Managing Director of the Marketing, Insights and Technology team. Prior to L5, Dave was at Facebook, where he led strategy and product development in support of franchise brands and local ecosystems. In his 11 years at Facebook, he held numerous roles across finserv, tech&telco and restaurants in a business development and marketing strategy capacity. He played a key role in Facebook’s strategy pivot and development of direct response products and most recently led the development of Facebook’s first franchise playbook. Prior to Facebook, Dave worked across a variety of industries in gaming and entertainment (Sony; NCsoft; Turner Broadcasting) in similar roles. Dave graduated from the Ohio State University.
Brian Collet
Brian Collet
General Counsel
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Brian Collet

Brian Collet

General Counsel
Brian Collet joined L5 in 2022 and serves as its General Counsel. In this role, he works with and advises the senior leadership team, facilitates and executes on transactions with the investment team, supports portfolio companies in conjunction with AS and advises on all legal matters across the organization. Brian has spent nearly 20 years working in finance and private equity in various functions. Most recently, Brian was General Counsel for Global Support and Development, an operationally intensive non-profit organization focused on humanitarian response to natural disasters. Prior to GSD, his experience includes General Counsel for Bayshore Global Management, a single-family office in Silicon Valley, the head of the U.S. legal team for Partners Group, a Swiss-based private equity asset manager and an associate with Nixon Peabody LLP in its private equity group in New York City. Brian holds a Bachelors of Science in zoology from Weber State University and a Juris Doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis.
Scott Thompson
Scott Thompson
Managing Director, Franchise Development
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Scott Thompson

Scott Thompson

Managing Director, Franchise Development
Scott Thompson joined L5 in 2018 and is the Managing Director of the Franchise Development team. Scott is a franchise executive with over 17 years of experience. He has been a multi-unit franchisee, master franchisee and franchisor supplier and has served on the executive teams and boards of directors of multiple franchisors. Prior to L5, Scott served as Tutor Doctor’s Senior Vice President of Global Franchise Development. Scott also served as Vice President of Franchise Development for Jan-Pro and Maid Right for four years, which executed a private equity exit. Scott received a B.S. from Bridgewater State as well as an MBA from the University of Georgia.
Ariel Weiss
Ariel Weiss
Chief of Staff
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Ariel Weiss

Ariel Weiss

Chief of Staff
Ariel Weiss joined L5 in 2018 and has served as Chief of Staff to Managing Partner Chris Kenny since 2019. Ariel works very closely with Chris in carrying out strategic initiatives at L5, overseeing program management and communicating objectives between departments. She also manages the implementation of L5’s operating system, a playbook of the company’s best operating practices within L5 internally and at each of its portfolio companies. Ariel ensures the people at L5 and its brands have the right systems and processes in place to communicate effectively and scale quickly. Ariel graduated with a B.A. in English from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.
Jim Cannon
Jim Cannon
Senior Vice President, Construction & Design
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Jim Cannon

Jim Cannon

Senior Vice President, Construction & Design
Jim Cannon joined Level 5 in 2022 and is Senior Vice President of Construction & Design.
Adam Szymoniak
Adam Szymoniak
Vice President, Fund Administration
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Adam Szymoniak

Adam Szymoniak

Vice President, Fund Administration
Adam Szymoniak joined L5 in 2020 as Vice President of Fund Administration. At L5, Adam focuses on fund and portfolio company accounting, fund formation, investor relations, compliance and general fund administration. Before joining L5, Adam spent over two years with Ultra Capital, a private equity firm that invests in small to mid-sized infrastructure projects focused on sustainability in the agriculture, energy, waste and water sectors. Prior to Ultra Capital, Adam was a finance team lead at Jump Trading where he was responsible for financial reporting, financial planning and analysis and regulatory filings. Adam started his career in the assurance practice at Ernst & Young, focusing on financial services clients. Adam holds a B.S. in finance and accountancy from the University of Illinois and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Brett Jaros
Brett Jaros
Vice President, New Store Opening
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Brett Jaros

Vice President, New Store Opening
Brett Jaros joined L5 in 2017 and is currently Vice President of the New Store Opening (NSO) team. Brett leads the NSO team in delivering quality store openings on time, on budget and with substantial pre and post-opening momentum. Brett originally joined Level 4 Yoga as Director of Retail Operations and has since been promoted to Director of Finance Planning & Analytics and most recently General Manager of Level 4 Yoga. Brett also serves as a portfolio finance operating partner at L5. Brett graduated with a BS in communications from Lake Forest College and started her career as a merchant at retailers including Macy’s and Oriental Trading Company.
Melanie Brasher
Melanie Brasher
Vice President, Human Resources
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Melanie Brasher

Melanie Brasher

Vice President, Human Resources
Melanie Brasher joined L5 in 2021 and is currently Vice President of the Human Resources team. Melanie started her career at Andersen Consulting (Accenture), working in the systems integration and change management consulting practices. She transitioned to HR at Accenture and served in HR leadership positions supporting the US and global strategy and management consulting practices for 20 years. After leaving Accenture, Melanie spent seven years standing up HR functions in a southeastern based management consulting firm as well as at a multifamily real estate investment firm. Melanie earned a BA in Business and Computer Science from LaGrange College and an MBA from the University of Georgia.
Justin Waltz
Justin Waltz
Vice President, Franchise Operations
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Justin Waltz

Justin Waltz

Vice President, Franchise Operations
Justin Waltz joined L5 in 2021 and is currently Vice President of the Franchise Operations team. Prior to this role, Justin served as Vice President of Franchise Operations for Big Blue Swim School, an L5 portfolio company. Justin also served as Vice President of Operations for Premium Service Brands as well as Founder and Senior Manager of Franchise Operations for College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving. Justin is a two-time franchisee of College Hunks of Dallas, TX and Handyman Connection of South Florida. Justin got his start in franchise operations as a front-line team member, operations manager and general manager for 1-800-Got-Junk? of Baltimore, Maryland and West Palm Beach, Florida. Justin received a BS in management from Towson University. He is an active member of both the Tampa Bay Wave Entrepreneurship Incubator and International Franchise Association. Justin also serves on the Board of Advisors for a private logistics and technology firm based in New Freedom, PA.
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Chris Kenny
Chris Kenny
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
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Chris Kenny

Chris Kenny

Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Chris Kenny is a co-founder and Managing Partner of L5 and a member of L5’s Investment Committee. Chris is also a co-founder and Chairman of Level 4 Yoga. He was previously CEO of Level 4 Yoga from 2009 to 2019 and CEO of Big Blue Swim School from 2019 to 2020. Chris has been investing and operating in the consumer services sector since 2009, actively evolving best practices that now form the basis of Acceleration Services’ playbook. Prior to L5, Chris held executive roles at Elevation Data Centers, Palladian Development, Group Chambers and Level 3 Communications. Chris received a B.S. in finance and international business from Georgetown University.
Neil Hobbs
Neil Hobbs
Partner
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Neil Hobbs

Neil Hobbs

Partner
Neil Hobbs joined L5 in 2018 as a partner and member of the Investment Committee. Neil serves as a board member for Big Blue Swim School and L5 Fitness. In his role at L5, Neil is responsible for evaluating new investment opportunities, advising portfolio company management teams, managing investment team resources, guiding firm strategic initiatives and enhancing the value of L5’s portfolio companies. In addition to being at partner at L5, Neil is Chairman of euNetworks and serves on the boards of Bandwidth IG and Telarus. Previously, Neil was Chairman of New Signature, SummitIG and BSI Partners as well as a board member of Cologix, all of which executed benchmark setting sale processes for investors and management teams. Neil has extensive experience as an operator having held senior management and CEO positions managing multi-hundred-million dollar international businesses over the course of his career in the technology industry.
Charles Meyers
Charles Meyers
Co-Founder & Chairman
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Charles Meyers

Charles Meyers

Co-Founder & Chairman
Charles Meyers is a co-founder and Chairman of L5 and a member of L5’s Investment Committee. He is also a co-founder of Level 4 Yoga. Charles is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Equinix, the world’s largest data center provider, operating in 65 markets globally with annual revenue of more than $6.6 billion. Charles joined Equinix in 2010 with more than 25 years of experience in executive leadership positions at leading technology and IT companies, including Verisign, Level 3 Communications and BellSouth. Charles earned dual master’s degrees from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and McCormick Graduate School of Engineering. He also holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado.
Danny Kenny
Danny Kenny
Principal
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Danny Kenny

Danny Kenny

Principal
Danny Kenny joined L5 in 2018 and is a principal on the Investment Team. In this role, Danny is involved in deal sourcing and diligence, portfolio company operations, overseeing portfolio company integration with AS, investor relations and day to day management of the Investment Team. Danny additionally served as Director of Corporate Development for Big Blue Swim School from 2018-2020 where he was responsible for launching the franchising business. From 2015 to 2017, Danny managed public and private investments at Bayshore Global Management, a multi-billion-dollar private family office in Palo Alto, CA. Prior to Bayshore, Danny was a vice president at Goldman Sachs in Chicago, IL. Danny received a B.A. in political philosophy and economics from Georgetown University and an MBA from the University of Chicago in statistics and analytic finance.
Duane LeVine
Duane LeVine
Principal
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Duane LeVine

Duane LeVine

Principal
Duane LeVine joined L5 in 2021 and is a principal on the investment team. In this role, Duane is involved in deal sourcing and evaluation, portfolio company investment oversight, portfolio company integration with AS, investor relations and day to day management of the Investment Team. Duane has experience in private placement and leverage buyout investments in the lower middle-market since 2013. Most recently, Duane was a member of the investment team at Seaport Capital for nearly six years, focusing on recurring revenue businesses across various industries. Prior to Seaport, Duane was a M&A analyst at DH Capital, an investment bank focused on middle-market internet infrastructure, telecommunications and SaaS companies executing equity and debt private placement and traditional M&A advisory services. Duane graduated from the University of Georgia with a BBA in finance and a certificate in personal and organizational leadership from the Institute for Leadership Advancement at the Terry College of Business.
Brian Collet
Brian Collet
General Counsel
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Brian Collet

General Counsel
Brian Collet joined L5 in 2022 and serves as its General Counsel. In this role, he works with and advises the senior leadership team, facilitates and executes on transactions with the investment team, supports portfolio companies in conjunction with AS and advises on all legal matters across the organization. Brian has spent nearly 20 years working in finance and private equity in various functions. Most recently, Brian was General Counsel for Global Support and Development, an operationally intensive non-profit organization focused on humanitarian response to natural disasters. Prior to GSD, his experience includes General Counsel for Bayshore Global Management, a single-family office in Silicon Valley, the head of the U.S. legal team for Partners Group, a Swiss-based private equity asset manager and an associate with Nixon Peabody LLP in its private equity group in New York City. Brian holds a Bachelors of Science in zoology from Weber State University and a Juris Doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis.
Ariel Weiss
Ariel Weiss
Chief of Staff
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Ariel Weiss

Ariel Weiss

Chief of Staff
Ariel Weiss joined L5 in 2018 and has served as Chief of Staff to Managing Partner Chris Kenny since 2019. Ariel works very closely with Chris in carrying out strategic initiatives at L5, overseeing program management and communicating objectives between departments. She also manages the implementation of L5’s operating system, a playbook of the company’s best operating practices within L5 internally and at each of its portfolio companies. Ariel ensures the people at L5 and its brands have the right systems and processes in place to communicate effectively and scale quickly. Ariel graduated with a B.A. in English from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.
Adam Szymoniak
Adam Szymoniak
Vice President, Fund Administration
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Adam Szymoniak

Adam Szymoniak

Vice President, Fund Administration
Adam Szymoniak joined L5 in 2020 as Vice President of Fund Administration. At L5, Adam focuses on fund and portfolio company accounting, fund formation, investor relations, compliance and general fund administration. Before joining L5, Adam spent over two years with Ultra Capital, a private equity firm that invests in small to mid-sized infrastructure projects focused on sustainability in the agriculture, energy, waste and water sectors. Prior to Ultra Capital, Adam was a finance team lead at Jump Trading where he was responsible for financial reporting, financial planning and analysis and regulatory filings. Adam started his career in the assurance practice at Ernst & Young, focusing on financial services clients. Adam holds a B.S. in finance and accountancy from the University of Illinois and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Ruth Utin
Ruth Utin
Fund Controller
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Ruth Utin

Ruth Utin

Fund Controller
Ruth Utin joined L5 in 2021 and is a fund controller on the finance team. In her role at L5, Ruth works closely with various stakeholders within the L5 network to maintain fund financials and meet quarterly and annual reporting goals. Ruth has 12 years of experience working in various fund accounting roles within the hedge fund, real estate and private equity industries. Ruth was born and raised in Atlanta, GA and attended Georgia State University, where she received a BBA in accounting.
Meghan Whitney
Meghan Whitney
Investor Relations and Strategic Communications
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Meghan Whitney

Meghan Whitney

Investor Relations and Strategic Communications
Meghan Whitney joined L5 in 2021 to lead investor relations and strategic communications. At L5, she spearheads fundraising, investor relations and portfolio company reporting. Prior to L5, Meghan was a member of the investor relations and fundraising team at Crestview Partners, a middle market private equity firm with $9 billion in assets under management. At Crestview, Meghan was part of the team that raised Crestview Partners IV, a $2.5 billion fund. Meghan started her career in investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch as an analyst in the mergers & acquisitions group. Meghan received a BA in political science and economics from Wellesley College and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Laura Mueller
Laura Mueller
Investment Associate
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Laura Mueller

Laura Mueller

Investment Associate
Laura Mueller joined L5 as an investment associate in 2021. Laura provides support to the principals by evaluating potential investments, managing due diligence processes, helping integrate and monitor investments and preparing investments for exit. For Fund 1, Laura focuses on Big Blue Swim School and L5 Swim. Prior to L5, Laura worked at Morgan Stanley for four years as an analyst and associate in their public finance investment banking group. In those roles, Laura provided executional support on financings totaling over $12 billion where Morgan Stanley was the lead bookrunner. Laura graduated summa cum laude and phi beta kappa with a major in economics from Union College (NY) in 2017.
Hannah Olmstead
Hannah Olmstead
Investment Associate
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Hannah Olmstead

Hannah Olmstead

Investment Associate
Hannah Olmstead joined L5 as an investment associate in 2021. Hannah provides support to the principals by evaluating potential investments, managing due diligence processes, helping integrate and monitor investments and preparing investments for exit. For Fund 1, Hannah focuses on Heyday and L5 Skincare. Prior to L5, Hannah worked at Goldman Sachs for two years as an associate in the private credit group, focusing on structuring and underwriting financing solutions for middle-market and private companies across various sectors. Prior to working for Goldman Sachs, Hannah worked at Truist Securities (formerly SunTrust Robinson Humphrey) for two years as an analyst in the mergers & acquisitions group. Hannah graduated from the University of Florida in 2017 with a major in finance and minor in entrepreneurship.
Connor Dolan
Connor Dolan
Investment Associate
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Connor Dolan

Connor Dolan

Investment Associate
Connor Dolan joined L5 as an investment associate in 2022. Connor provides support to the principals by evaluating potential investments, managing due diligence processes, helping integrate and monitor investments and preparing investments for exit. For Fund 1, Connor focuses on L5 Fitness and L5 Be Well. Prior to L5, Connor worked at Fifth Third Securities as an analyst in the investment banking group with a focus on the consumer & retail industry. Connor graduated magna cum laude with a major in finance and certificates in entrepreneurialism and personal & organizational leadership from the University of Georgia in 2019.
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Kristina Eastman
Kristina Eastman
President, Acceleration Services
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Kristina Eastman

Kristina Eastman

President, Acceleration Services
Kristina Eastman joined L5 in 2021 as President of Acceleration Services. In this role, she oversees L5’s proprietary operating division that embeds the operational expertise and resources required to unlock non-linear growth and maximize enterprise value within L5’s portfolio companies and owned assets. Kristina spent the last two decades working in high-growth retail and technology concepts including: Enjoy (NASDAQ: ENJY), Apple, Google Nest, The Gap, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. She is also Co-Founder of To&From, a gifting intelligence company that leverages data-driven curation to deliver a great gift every time. Kristina received a BS from Sam Houston State University and an MBA from Arizona State University.
Michael Chin
Michael Chin
Managing Director, Real Estate Services
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Michael Chin

Michael Chin

Managing Director, Real Estate Services
Michael Chin joined L5 in 2014 and is the Managing Director of the Real Estate Services team. Michael works closely with L5’s portfolio companies in growing and developing their brands through real estate nationwide. Prior to L5, Michael was Level 4 Yoga’s Vice President of Real Estate and New Markets. Michael led Level 4’s real estate expansion to 34 studios across the country and oversaw the operations for studio openings and growth in new markets. Before joining Level 4 Yoga in 2014, Michael led the real estate expansion of early-stage growth concepts with Tartan Realty Group, Inc. Prior to his professional career, Michael was a four-year monogram winner in hockey program at the University of Notre Dame and played professional hockey for two years.
Susan Grubb
Susan Grubb
Managing Director, Portfolio Company Finance
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Susan Grubb

Susan Grubb

Managing Director, Portfolio Company Finance
Susan Grubb, CPA joined L5 in in 2021 and is a managing director on the portfolio company finance team. Susan began her career in the Atlanta office of PricewaterhouseCoopers in the audit and assurance business practice. She moved through the finance and accounting ranks within notable organizations such as Porsche, Randstad and Global Payments. Most recently, Susan led the finance and operations team for Citizens M&A Advisory, the investment banking arm of Citizens Bank. Susan received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Alabama. She is a member of The Georgia Society of CPAs and currently serves as a board member and Treasurer of The Women’s Collective.
Sharon Lynch
Sharon Lynch
Managing Director, Portfolio Company Finance
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Sharon Lynch

Sharon Lynch

Managing Director, Portfolio Company Finance
Sharon Lynch joined L5 in 2021 and is Managing Director of the Portfolio Company Finance team. Sharon has more than 25 years of financial leadership experience at high growth technology companies, including Dun and Bradstreet Software, equity-backed ClickFox and privately-held Adaptigent. At L5, Sharon is responsible for building and managing the financial functions within L5's portfolio companies as well as driving financial discipline, business growth and performance. She also partners with the AS team to help build and demonstrate value for services delivered. Sharon is a CPA and holds a BS in industrial management from Georgia Tech.
Dave Robinson
Dave Robinson
Managing Director, Marketing, Insights & Technology
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Dave Robinson

Dave Robinson

Managing Director, Marketing, Insights & Technology
Dave Robinson joined L5 in 2022 as Managing Director of the Marketing, Insights and Technology team. Prior to L5, Dave was at Facebook, where he led strategy and product development in support of franchise brands and local ecosystems. In his 11 years at Facebook, he held numerous roles across finserv, tech&telco and restaurants in a business development and marketing strategy capacity. He played a key role in Facebook’s strategy pivot and development of direct response products and most recently led the development of Facebook’s first franchise playbook. Prior to Facebook, Dave worked across a variety of industries in gaming and entertainment (Sony; NCsoft; Turner Broadcasting) in similar roles. Dave graduated from the Ohio State University.
Scott Thompson
Scott Thompson
Managing Director, Franchise Development
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Scott Thompson

Scott Thompson

Managing Director, Franchise Development
Scott Thompson joined L5 in 2018 and is the Managing Director of the Franchise Development team. Scott is a franchise executive with over 17 years of experience. He has been a multi-unit franchisee, master franchisee and franchisor supplier and has served on the executive teams and boards of directors of multiple franchisors. Prior to L5, Scott served as Tutor Doctor’s Senior Vice President of Global Franchise Development. Scott also served as Vice President of Franchise Development for Jan-Pro and Maid Right for four years, which executed a private equity exit. Scott received a B.S. from Bridgewater State as well as an MBA from the University of Georgia.
Jim Cannon
Jim Cannon
Senior Vice President, Construction & Design
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Jim Cannon

Jim Cannon

Senior Vice President, Construction & Design
Jim Cannon joined Level 5 in 2022 and is Senior Vice President of Construction & Design.
Brett Jaros
Brett Jaros
Vice President, New Store Opening
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Brett Jaros

Brett Jaros

Vice President, New Store Opening
Brett Jaros joined L5 in 2017 and is currently Vice President of the New Store Opening (NSO) team. Brett leads the NSO team in delivering quality store openings on time, on budget and with substantial pre and post-opening momentum. Brett originally joined Level 4 Yoga as Director of Retail Operations and has since been promoted to Director of Finance Planning & Analytics and most recently General Manager of Level 4 Yoga. Brett also serves as a portfolio finance operating partner at L5. Brett graduated with a BS in communications from Lake Forest College and started her career as a merchant at retailers including Macy’s and Oriental Trading Company.
Melanie Brasher
Melanie Brasher
Vice President, Human Resources
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Melanie Brasher

Melanie Brasher

Vice President, Human Resources
Melanie Brasher joined L5 in 2021 and is currently Vice President of the Human Resources team. Melanie started her career at Andersen Consulting (Accenture), working in the systems integration and change management consulting practices. She transitioned to HR at Accenture and served in HR leadership positions supporting the US and global strategy and management consulting practices for 20 years. After leaving Accenture, Melanie spent seven years standing up HR functions in a southeastern based management consulting firm as well as at a multifamily real estate investment firm. Melanie earned a BA in Business and Computer Science from LaGrange College and an MBA from the University of Georgia.
Tyson Fraser
Tyson Fraser
Vice President, Site Selection
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Tyson Fraser

Tyson Fraser

Vice President, Site Selection
Tyson Fraser joined L5 in February of 2022 and is the Vice President of Site Selection. In this role Tyson leads and supports the real estate team as L5 scales and grows multiple health, wellness and family services brands across the country. Prior to L5, Tyson held various executive level positions in leasing, asset management, and development for shopping center owners in both the private and public sector. These positions included Director of Leasing at Bianco Properties, Vice President, Asset Management at Pine Tree, Director of Development at IRC and Vice President of Leasing at Brixmor Property Group. Prior to his professional career, Tyson was a four-year monogram winner in hockey at the University of Notre Dame and was the alternate captain his senior year.
Justin Waltz
Justin Waltz
Vice President, Franchise Operations
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Justin Waltz

Justin Waltz

Vice President, Franchise Operations
Justin Waltz joined L5 in 2021 and is currently Vice President of the Franchise Operations team. Prior to this role, Justin served as Vice President of Franchise Operations for Big Blue Swim School, an L5 portfolio company. Justin also served as Vice President of Operations for Premium Service Brands as well as Founder and Senior Manager of Franchise Operations for College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving. Justin is a two-time franchisee of College Hunks of Dallas, TX and Handyman Connection of South Florida. Justin got his start in franchise operations as a front-line team member, operations manager and general manager for 1-800-Got-Junk? of Baltimore, Maryland and West Palm Beach, Florida. Justin received a BS in management from Towson University. He is an active member of both the Tampa Bay Wave Entrepreneurship Incubator and International Franchise Association. Justin also serves on the Board of Advisors for a private logistics and technology firm based in New Freedom, PA.
Ashley Chatley
Ashley Chatley
Senior Director, Construction & Facilities
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Ashley Chatley

Ashley Chatley

Senior Director, Construction & Facilities
Ashley Chatley joined L5 in 2016 and is currently Senior Director of the Construction & Facilities team. Ashley originally joined Level 4 Yoga as Director of Construction & Facilities. Prior to L5, Ashley worked in construction and facilities management for over eight years in addition to spending time in the commercial property management world, where she managed three million square feet of Class A office space in Atlanta. Ashley has a BBA in business administration and management from Oglethorpe University and a BA in psychology from the State University of West Georgia.
Anna Boyle
Anna Boyle
Director, Real Estate Services
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Anna Boyle

Anna Boyle

Director, Real Estate Services
Anna M. Boyle joined L5 as the Director of Real Estate Services for the West in December of 2021. Anna lives in southern California and works closely with L5’s portfolio companies to establish and grow their presence throughout the western United States. Prior to joining L5, Anna served as VP of Retail Real Estate at Citibank and Director of Real Estate at WeWork. Anna is a licensed real estate attorney and holds a degree in real estate finance from Georgetown University. She enjoys yoga, skiing and spending time at the beach with her husband, Shane, and their dog, Scout.
Kitty Carlson
Kitty Carlson
Director, Design
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Kitty Carlson

Kitty Carlson

Director, Design
Kitty Carlson joined L5 in 2018 and is currently Director of Design, leading the team responsible for brand evolution, design, construction documents and permitting across all of L5’s partner companies. She is responsible for managing external consultant teams to ensure brand standards and timelines are met as well as for communicating with corporate and franchise partners. Before joining L5, Kitty spent almost 30 years in Chicago in the fast casual restaurant world, working on all aspects of design and construction management. Kitty also created OHR Consulting, where she focused on creating new brands and working with franchise partners of several existing national brands. Kitty graduated from Lawrence Technological University.
Kady Hillman
Kady Hillman
Director, Construction
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Kady Hillman

Kady Hillman

Director, Construction
Kady Hillman joined L5 in 2022 in the position of Director of Construction. Kady’s role touches all brands within the L5 portfolio which allows her to assist in the further development of best practices for construction in each of the store’s models. A recent transplant to the Dallas area from the Washington, DC market, Kady has over 22 years of experience in the construction and commercial real estate industry. Prior to L5, Kady was Senior Managing Director of the Mid-Atlantic project management group for Newmark, a commercial brokerage house where she spent 6 years. Before Newmark, Kady spent the majority of her career as a commercial general contractor in the Washington, DC area, building projects of all sizes ranging from 2,000 to 150,000 square feet while still giving each project the same amount of dedicated attention and outstanding quality. Kady received a BA in government and politics from the University of Maryland.
Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson
Director, Real Estate Operations
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Chris Johnson

Director, Real Estate Operations
Chris Johnson joined L5 in 2022 and is the Director of Real Estate Operations. Chris works with multiple teams across L5 as well as with L5’s portfolio companies to continuously improve our processes with the goal of achieving excellence across all business functions. Prior to joining L5, Chris was the USIS Credentialing Manager at Equifax. At Equifax, Chris led several compliance teams to ensure that Equifax customers and business partners met federal and contractual requirements to do business safely and protect consumers. Chris recently completed his Executive MBA from the University of Georgia, is an Atlanta native and a fervent Atlanta United supporter.
Valerie Krause
Valerie Krause
Director, Franchise Development
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Valerie Krause

Valerie Krause

Director, Franchise Development
Valerie Krause joined L5 in 2021 and is the Director of Franchise Development for Heyday and Big Blue Swim School. Valerie is a franchise executive with over ten years of experience helping hundreds of aspiring and serial entrepreneurs through a mutual evaluation process that assists them in finding their franchise family. Prior to L5, Valerie served as Vice President of Franchise Development for Storm Guard Roofing and Construction and Real Property Management (a Neighborly brand). Valerie received a BA from the University of Missouri.
Kyle McKenna
Kyle McKenna
Director, Real Estate Services
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Kyle McKenna

Kyle McKenna

Director, Real Estate Services
Kyle McKenna joined L5 in 2019 and is a Director on the Real Estate Services team. Kyle works closely with L5’s portfolio companies and their franchise partners to grow store locations through real estate site acquisition and negotiation. Prior to L5, Kyle was a Real Estate Manger with Blink Fitness and Jamba Juice Corporation where he oversaw real estate transactions nationwide. Additionally, Kyle has held development related roles in strategy, new store openings and construction management. He has a BA from Rutgers University and an MBA from San Diego State University.
Nate Minnis
Nate Minnis
Director, Real Estate Services
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Nate Minnis

Nate Minnis

Director, Real Estate Services
Nate Minnis joined L5 in 2018 and is currently a director on the Real Estate Services team. Prior to L5, Nate spent 12 years with Jimmy Johns, Great Clips, HuHot Mongolian Grill and Cowboy Chicken where he facilitated real estate transactions nationwide. In addition to his real estate experience, Nate has five years of field operations experience with Subway and Cold Stone Creamery, for whom he opened and supported franchise partners of over 200 stores. His real estate market knowledge is not limited to major metropolitan markets as he has traveled to many rural towns and every college town of schools with over 20,000 students.
Erin O'Brien
Erin O'Brien
Director, Training
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Erin O'Brien

Erin O'Brien

Director, Training
Erin O'Brien joined L5 in 2021 as Director of Training after building Big Blue Swim School's training program and platform as an instructional designer starting in 2019. Erin's career began in television advertising where she supported advertising sales executives, media buyers and a local television ratings data sales team. Erin made a shift from sales to training in 2011 when she joined Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in an administrative role and eventually transitioned to the training team. In her time at Popeyes, Erin learned instructional design, managed a team that developed operations training for 2,000 domestic restaurants and served on the Popeyes Women's Leadership Forum board in four volunteer roles including President. In 2017, Erin joined the boutique consulting firm Manual Makers (now White Deer Group) and led a team of technical writers that created operations manuals and training materials for emerging, national and international franchise concepts including American Girl and Tropical Smoothie Café. Erin earned a BA in speech and communications studies from Clemson University.
Joe Risinger
Joe Risinger
Director, Marketing, Insights & Technology
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Joe Risinger

Joe Risinger

Director, Marketing, Insights & Technology
Joe Risinger joined L5 in 2022 as a director on the Marketing, Insights and Technology team. Prior to L5, Joe was at Facebook where he advised restaurants brands, on both the corporate and franchisee levels, on their marketing strategies across Facebook’s family of apps. Within Facebook, he was also the performance marketing lead for the restaurant vertical, providing best practices for direct response campaigns on both national and local levels. Prior to Facebook, Joe held roles at multiple ad agencies, both large and small, leading paid social and digital strategies for brands in the retail, CPG and telco industries. Joe received a BA in global business leadership from College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University.
Rae Speciale
Rae Speciale
Director, Real Estate Services
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Rae Speciale

Rae Speciale

Director, Real Estate Services
Rae joined L5 in 2021 as Director of Real Estate on the Real Estate Services Team. Rae oversees site selection and real estate expansion across all L5’s portfolio companies in the Mountain West region. Prior to joining L5 Capital, Rae served as Senior Real Estate Manager at Sprouts Farmers Market responsible for new store growth and developing long-term market strategies in designed territories. Rae is an Arizona native and studied business and organizational leadership at Arizona State University.
Michael Chiert
Michael Chiert
Controller, Portfolio Company Finance
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Michael Chiert

Michael Chiert

Controller, Portfolio Company Finance
Michael Chiert joined L5 in 2022 and is a controller on the Portfolio Company Finance team. Michael has over 15 years of experience in finance and accounting at real estate private equity firms including Crown Acquisitions, Cofinance and the Promise Homes Company. At L5, Michael is responsible for leading best in class financial practices for the L5 Swim and L5 Skincare Shops portfolio companies. Michael is a CPA and earned a degree in accounting from Yeshiva University.
Denis O'Hare
Denis O'Hare
Controller, Portfolio Company Finance
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Denis O'Hare

Denis O'Hare

Controller, Portfolio Company Finance
Denis O'Hare joined L5 in 2022 and is a controller on the Portfolio Company Finance team focusing on L5 Be Well. Denis has 15 years of experience in accounting and finance, including roles at Coca-Cola, Porsche and Fiserv. Prior to joining L5, Denis spent 3 years at an equity-backed management services organization in the healthcare space in various functions within accounting, M&A and treasury. At L5, Denis is responsible for building out, managing and continuously improving the financial reporting system and accompanying processes to help drive business performance of L5 Be Well. Denis is a CPA and holds a BS in finance from the University of Georgia, a master of accounting degree from the University of North Carolina and an MBA from Emory University.
Maddy Bruffy
Maddy Bruffy
Manager, Human Resources
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Maddy Bruffy

Maddy Bruffy

Manager, Human Resources
Maddy Bruffy joined L5 in 2021 and currently leads the company's recruiting efforts. Maddy started her career with Macy's in its Executive Development Program, leading a team of in-store talent through sales, customer experience, visual merchandising and operations. She transitioned to HR with Kirkland & Ellis, supporting the recruiting efforts, education and development programs, employee integration and DEIA initiatives. Maddy graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelors degree in psychology.
Jordan Cook
Jordan Cook
Manager, Real Estate Services
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Jordan Cook

Jordan Cook

Manager, Real Estate Services
Jordan Cook joined L5 in 2018 and is currently a strategy manager on the Real Estate Services team. Having first joined as a strategy analyst, Jordan now leads a team of analysts that is responsible for understanding L5 portfolio companies’ customers’ behavior in order to strategically map out markets nationwide, which in turn optimizes territory site selection for L5’s brands. Jordan also supports other functions at L5’s portfolio companies with customer and business intelligence. Prior to L5, Jordan worked on the site acquisition team for a commercial real estate developer that owns and manages properties across the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions of the US. Jordan graduated from Miami University’s Farmer School of Business in 2016 with a major in finance and certificate from the China Business Program.
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Chris Kenny
Chris Kenny
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
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Chris Kenny

Chris Kenny

Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Chris Kenny is a co-founder and Managing Partner of L5 and a member of L5’s Investment Committee. Chris is also a co-founder and Chairman of Level 4 Yoga. He was previously CEO of Level 4 Yoga from 2009 to 2019 and CEO of Big Blue Swim School from 2019 to 2020. Chris has been investing and operating in the consumer services sector since 2009, actively evolving best practices that now form the basis of Acceleration Services’ playbook. Prior to L5, Chris held executive roles at Elevation Data Centers, Palladian Development, Group Chambers and Level 3 Communications. Chris received a B.S. in finance and international business from Georgetown University.
Neil Hobbs
Neil Hobbs
Partner
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Neil Hobbs

Neil Hobbs

Partner
Neil Hobbs joined L5 in 2018 as a partner and member of the Investment Committee. Neil serves as a board member for Big Blue Swim School and L5 Fitness. In his role at L5, Neil is responsible for evaluating new investment opportunities, advising portfolio company management teams, managing investment team resources, guiding firm strategic initiatives and enhancing the value of L5’s portfolio companies. In addition to being at partner at L5, Neil is Chairman of euNetworks and serves on the boards of Bandwidth IG and Telarus. Previously, Neil was Chairman of New Signature, SummitIG and BSI Partners as well as a board member of Cologix, all of which executed benchmark setting sale processes for investors and management teams. Neil has extensive experience as an operator having held senior management and CEO positions managing multi-hundred-million dollar international businesses over the course of his career in the technology industry.
Charles Meyers
Charles Meyers
Co-Founder & Chairman
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Charles Meyers

Charles Meyers

Co-Founder & Chairman
Charles Meyers is a co-founder and Chairman of L5 and a member of L5’s Investment Committee. He is also a co-founder of Level 4 Yoga. Charles is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Equinix, the world’s largest data center provider, operating in 65 markets globally with annual revenue of more than $6.6 billion. Charles joined Equinix in 2010 with more than 25 years of experience in executive leadership positions at leading technology and IT companies, including Verisign, Level 3 Communications and BellSouth. Charles earned dual master’s degrees from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and McCormick Graduate School of Engineering. He also holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado.
Danny Kenny
Danny Kenny
Principal
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Danny Kenny

Danny Kenny

Principal
Danny Kenny joined L5 in 2018 and is a principal on the Investment Team. In this role, Danny is involved in deal sourcing and diligence, portfolio company operations, overseeing portfolio company integration with AS, investor relations and day to day management of the Investment Team. Danny additionally served as Director of Corporate Development for Big Blue Swim School from 2018-2020 where he was responsible for launching the franchising business. From 2015 to 2017, Danny managed public and private investments at Bayshore Global Management, a multi-billion-dollar private family office in Palo Alto, CA. Prior to Bayshore, Danny was a vice president at Goldman Sachs in Chicago, IL. Danny received a B.A. in political philosophy and economics from Georgetown University and an MBA from the University of Chicago in statistics and analytic finance.
Duane LeVine
Duane LeVine
Principal
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Duane LeVine

Duane LeVine

Principal
Duane LeVine joined L5 in 2021 and is a principal on the investment team. In this role, Duane is involved in deal sourcing and evaluation, portfolio company investment oversight, portfolio company integration with AS, investor relations and day to day management of the Investment Team. Duane has experience in private placement and leverage buyout investments in the lower middle-market since 2013. Most recently, Duane was a member of the investment team at Seaport Capital for nearly six years, focusing on recurring revenue businesses across various industries. Prior to Seaport, Duane was a M&A analyst at DH Capital, an investment bank focused on middle-market internet infrastructure, telecommunications and SaaS companies executing equity and debt private placement and traditional M&A advisory services. Duane graduated from the University of Georgia with a BBA in finance and a certificate in personal and organizational leadership from the Institute for Leadership Advancement at the Terry College of Business.
Brian Collet
Brian Collet
General Counsel
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Brian Collet

Brian Collet

General Counsel
Brian Collet joined L5 in 2022 and serves as its General Counsel. In this role, he works with and advises the senior leadership team, facilitates and executes on transactions with the investment team, supports portfolio companies in conjunction with AS and advises on all legal matters across the organization. Brian has spent nearly 20 years working in finance and private equity in various functions. Most recently, Brian was General Counsel for Global Support and Development, an operationally intensive non-profit organization focused on humanitarian response to natural disasters. Prior to GSD, his experience includes General Counsel for Bayshore Global Management, a single-family office in Silicon Valley, the head of the U.S. legal team for Partners Group, a Swiss-based private equity asset manager and an associate with Nixon Peabody LLP in its private equity group in New York City. Brian holds a Bachelors of Science in zoology from Weber State University and a Juris Doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis.
Ariel Weiss
Ariel Weiss
Chief of Staff
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Ariel Weiss

Ariel Weiss

Chief of Staff
Ariel Weiss joined L5 in 2018 and has served as Chief of Staff to Managing Partner Chris Kenny since 2019. Ariel works very closely with Chris in carrying out strategic initiatives at L5, overseeing program management and communicating objectives between departments. She also manages the implementation of L5’s operating system, a playbook of the company’s best operating practices within L5 internally and at each of its portfolio companies. Ariel ensures the people at L5 and its brands have the right systems and processes in place to communicate effectively and scale quickly. Ariel graduated with a B.A. in English from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.
Adam Szymoniak
Adam Szymoniak
Vice President, Fund Administration
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Adam Szymoniak

Adam Szymoniak

Vice President, Fund Administration
Adam Szymoniak joined L5 in 2020 as Vice President of Fund Administration. At L5, Adam focuses on fund and portfolio company accounting, fund formation, investor relations, compliance and general fund administration. Before joining L5, Adam spent over two years with Ultra Capital, a private equity firm that invests in small to mid-sized infrastructure projects focused on sustainability in the agriculture, energy, waste and water sectors. Prior to Ultra Capital, Adam was a finance team lead at Jump Trading where he was responsible for financial reporting, financial planning and analysis and regulatory filings. Adam started his career in the assurance practice at Ernst & Young, focusing on financial services clients. Adam holds a B.S. in finance and accountancy from the University of Illinois and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Ruth Utin
Ruth Utin
Fund Controller
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Ruth Utin

Ruth Utin

Fund Controller
Ruth Utin joined L5 in 2021 and is a fund controller on the finance team. In her role at L5, Ruth works closely with various stakeholders within the L5 network to maintain fund financials and meet quarterly and annual reporting goals. Ruth has 12 years of experience working in various fund accounting roles within the hedge fund, real estate and private equity industries. Ruth was born and raised in Atlanta, GA and attended Georgia State University, where she received a BBA in accounting.
Meghan Whitney
Meghan Whitney
Investor Relations and Strategic Communications
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Meghan Whitney

Meghan Whitney

Investor Relations and Strategic Communications
Meghan Whitney joined L5 in 2021 to lead investor relations and strategic communications. At L5, she spearheads fundraising, investor relations and portfolio company reporting. Prior to L5, Meghan was a member of the investor relations and fundraising team at Crestview Partners, a middle market private equity firm with $9 billion in assets under management. At Crestview, Meghan was part of the team that raised Crestview Partners IV, a $2.5 billion fund. Meghan started her career in investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch as an analyst in the mergers & acquisitions group. Meghan received a BA in political science and economics from Wellesley College and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Laura Mueller
Laura Mueller
Investment Associate
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Laura Mueller

Laura Mueller

Investment Associate
Laura Mueller joined L5 as an investment associate in 2021. Laura provides support to the principals by evaluating potential investments, managing due diligence processes, helping integrate and monitor investments and preparing investments for exit. For Fund 1, Laura focuses on Big Blue Swim School and L5 Swim. Prior to L5, Laura worked at Morgan Stanley for four years as an analyst and associate in their public finance investment banking group. In those roles, Laura provided executional support on financings totaling over $12 billion where Morgan Stanley was the lead bookrunner. Laura graduated summa cum laude and phi beta kappa with a major in economics from Union College (NY) in 2017.
Hannah Olmstead
Hannah Olmstead
Investment Associate
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Hannah Olmstead

Hannah Olmstead

Investment Associate
Hannah Olmstead joined L5 as an investment associate in 2021. Hannah provides support to the principals by evaluating potential investments, managing due diligence processes, helping integrate and monitor investments and preparing investments for exit. For Fund 1, Hannah focuses on Heyday and L5 Skincare. Prior to L5, Hannah worked at Goldman Sachs for two years as an associate in the private credit group, focusing on structuring and underwriting financing solutions for middle-market and private companies across various sectors. Prior to working for Goldman Sachs, Hannah worked at Truist Securities (formerly SunTrust Robinson Humphrey) for two years as an analyst in the mergers & acquisitions group. Hannah graduated from the University of Florida in 2017 with a major in finance and minor in entrepreneurship.
Connor Dolan
Connor Dolan
Investment Associate
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Connor Dolan

Connor Dolan

Investment Associate
Connor Dolan joined L5 as an investment associate in 2022. Connor provides support to the principals by evaluating potential investments, managing due diligence processes, helping integrate and monitor investments and preparing investments for exit. For Fund 1, Connor focuses on L5 Fitness and L5 Be Well. Prior to L5, Connor worked at Fifth Third Securities as an analyst in the investment banking group with a focus on the consumer & retail industry. Connor graduated magna cum laude with a major in finance and certificates in entrepreneurialism and personal & organizational leadership from the University of Georgia in 2019.
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Kristina Eastman
Kristina Eastman
President, Acceleration Services
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Kristina Eastman

Kristina Eastman

President, Acceleration Services
Kristina Eastman joined L5 in 2021 as President of Acceleration Services. In this role, she oversees L5’s proprietary operating division that embeds the operational expertise and resources required to unlock non-linear growth and maximize enterprise value within L5’s portfolio companies and owned assets. Kristina spent the last two decades working in high-growth retail and technology concepts including: Enjoy (NASDAQ: ENJY), Apple, Google Nest, The Gap, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. She is also Co-Founder of To&From, a gifting intelligence company that leverages data-driven curation to deliver a great gift every time. Kristina received a BS from Sam Houston State University and an MBA from Arizona State University.
Michael Chin
Michael Chin
Managing Director, Real Estate Services
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Michael Chin

Michael Chin

Managing Director, Real Estate Services
Michael Chin joined L5 in 2014 and is the Managing Director of the Real Estate Services team. Michael works closely with L5’s portfolio companies in growing and developing their brands through real estate nationwide. Prior to L5, Michael was Level 4 Yoga’s Vice President of Real Estate and New Markets. Michael led Level 4’s real estate expansion to 34 studios across the country and oversaw the operations for studio openings and growth in new markets. Before joining Level 4 Yoga in 2014, Michael led the real estate expansion of early-stage growth concepts with Tartan Realty Group, Inc. Prior to his professional career, Michael was a four-year monogram winner in hockey program at the University of Notre Dame and played professional hockey for two years.
Susan Grubb
Susan Grubb
Managing Director, Portfolio Company Finance
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Susan Grubb

Susan Grubb

Managing Director, Portfolio Company Finance
Susan Grubb, CPA joined L5 in in 2021 and is a managing director on the portfolio company finance team. Susan began her career in the Atlanta office of PricewaterhouseCoopers in the audit and assurance business practice. She moved through the finance and accounting ranks within notable organizations such as Porsche, Randstad and Global Payments. Most recently, Susan led the finance and operations team for Citizens M&A Advisory, the investment banking arm of Citizens Bank. Susan received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Alabama. She is a member of The Georgia Society of CPAs and currently serves as a board member and Treasurer of The Women’s Collective.
Sharon Lynch
Sharon Lynch
Managing Director, Portfolio Company Finance
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Sharon Lynch

Sharon Lynch

Managing Director, Portfolio Company Finance
Sharon Lynch joined L5 in 2021 and is Managing Director of the Portfolio Company Finance team. Sharon has more than 25 years of financial leadership experience at high growth technology companies, including Dun and Bradstreet Software, equity-backed ClickFox and privately-held Adaptigent. At L5, Sharon is responsible for building and managing the financial functions within L5's portfolio companies as well as driving financial discipline, business growth and performance. She also partners with the AS team to help build and demonstrate value for services delivered. Sharon is a CPA and holds a BS in industrial management from Georgia Tech.
Dave Robinson
Dave Robinson
Managing Director, Marketing, Insights & Technology
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Dave Robinson

Dave Robinson

Managing Director, Marketing, Insights & Technology
Dave Robinson joined L5 in 2022 as Managing Director of the Marketing, Insights and Technology team. Prior to L5, Dave was at Facebook, where he led strategy and product development in support of franchise brands and local ecosystems. In his 11 years at Facebook, he held numerous roles across finserv, tech&telco and restaurants in a business development and marketing strategy capacity. He played a key role in Facebook’s strategy pivot and development of direct response products and most recently led the development of Facebook’s first franchise playbook. Prior to Facebook, Dave worked across a variety of industries in gaming and entertainment (Sony; NCsoft; Turner Broadcasting) in similar roles. Dave graduated from the Ohio State University.
Scott Thompson
Scott Thompson
Managing Director, Franchise Development
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Scott Thompson

Scott Thompson

Managing Director, Franchise Development
Scott Thompson joined L5 in 2018 and is the Managing Director of the Franchise Development team. Scott is a franchise executive with over 17 years of experience. He has been a multi-unit franchisee, master franchisee and franchisor supplier and has served on the executive teams and boards of directors of multiple franchisors. Prior to L5, Scott served as Tutor Doctor’s Senior Vice President of Global Franchise Development. Scott also served as Vice President of Franchise Development for Jan-Pro and Maid Right for four years, which executed a private equity exit. Scott received a B.S. from Bridgewater State as well as an MBA from the University of Georgia.
Jim Cannon
Jim Cannon
Senior Vice President, Construction & Design
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Jim Cannon

Jim Cannon

Senior Vice President, Construction & Design
Jim Cannon joined Level 5 in 2022 and is Senior Vice President of Construction & Design.
Brett Jaros
Brett Jaros
Vice President, New Store Opening
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Brett Jaros

Brett Jaros

Vice President, New Store Opening
Brett Jaros joined L5 in 2017 and is currently Vice President of the New Store Opening (NSO) team. Brett leads the NSO team in delivering quality store openings on time, on budget and with substantial pre and post-opening momentum. Brett originally joined Level 4 Yoga as Director of Retail Operations and has since been promoted to Director of Finance Planning & Analytics and most recently General Manager of Level 4 Yoga. Brett also serves as a portfolio finance operating partner at L5. Brett graduated with a BS in communications from Lake Forest College and started her career as a merchant at retailers including Macy’s and Oriental Trading Company.
Melanie Brasher
Melanie Brasher
Vice President, Human Resources
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Melanie Brasher

Melanie Brasher

Vice President, Human Resources
Melanie Brasher joined L5 in 2021 and is currently Vice President of the Human Resources team. Melanie started her career at Andersen Consulting (Accenture), working in the systems integration and change management consulting practices. She transitioned to HR at Accenture and served in HR leadership positions supporting the US and global strategy and management consulting practices for 20 years. After leaving Accenture, Melanie spent seven years standing up HR functions in a southeastern based management consulting firm as well as at a multifamily real estate investment firm. Melanie earned a BA in Business and Computer Science from LaGrange College and an MBA from the University of Georgia.
Tyson Fraser
Tyson Fraser
Vice President, Site Selection
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Tyson Fraser

Tyson Fraser

Vice President, Site Selection
Tyson Fraser joined L5 in February of 2022 and is the Vice President of Site Selection. In this role Tyson leads and supports the real estate team as L5 scales and grows multiple health, wellness and family services brands across the country. Prior to L5, Tyson held various executive level positions in leasing, asset management, and development for shopping center owners in both the private and public sector. These positions included Director of Leasing at Bianco Properties, Vice President, Asset Management at Pine Tree, Director of Development at IRC and Vice President of Leasing at Brixmor Property Group. Prior to his professional career, Tyson was a four-year monogram winner in hockey at the University of Notre Dame and was the alternate captain his senior year.
Justin Waltz
Justin Waltz
Vice President, Franchise Operations
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Justin Waltz

Justin Waltz

Vice President, Franchise Operations
Justin Waltz joined L5 in 2021 and is currently Vice President of the Franchise Operations team. Prior to this role, Justin served as Vice President of Franchise Operations for Big Blue Swim School, an L5 portfolio company. Justin also served as Vice President of Operations for Premium Service Brands as well as Founder and Senior Manager of Franchise Operations for College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving. Justin is a two-time franchisee of College Hunks of Dallas, TX and Handyman Connection of South Florida. Justin got his start in franchise operations as a front-line team member, operations manager and general manager for 1-800-Got-Junk? of Baltimore, Maryland and West Palm Beach, Florida. Justin received a BS in management from Towson University. He is an active member of both the Tampa Bay Wave Entrepreneurship Incubator and International Franchise Association. Justin also serves on the Board of Advisors for a private logistics and technology firm based in New Freedom, PA.
Ashley Chatley
Ashley Chatley
Senior Director, Construction & Facilities
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Ashley Chatley

Ashley Chatley

Senior Director, Construction & Facilities
Ashley Chatley joined L5 in 2016 and is currently Senior Director of the Construction & Facilities team. Ashley originally joined Level 4 Yoga as Director of Construction & Facilities. Prior to L5, Ashley worked in construction and facilities management for over eight years in addition to spending time in the commercial property management world, where she managed three million square feet of Class A office space in Atlanta. Ashley has a BBA in business administration and management from Oglethorpe University and a BA in psychology from the State University of West Georgia.
Anna Boyle
Anna Boyle
Director, Real Estate Services
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Anna Boyle

Anna Boyle

Director, Real Estate Services
Anna M. Boyle joined L5 as the Director of Real Estate Services for the West in December of 2021. Anna lives in southern California and works closely with L5’s portfolio companies to establish and grow their presence throughout the western United States. Prior to joining L5, Anna served as VP of Retail Real Estate at Citibank and Director of Real Estate at WeWork. Anna is a licensed real estate attorney and holds a degree in real estate finance from Georgetown University. She enjoys yoga, skiing and spending time at the beach with her husband, Shane, and their dog, Scout.
Kitty Carlson
Kitty Carlson
Director, Design
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Kitty Carlson

Kitty Carlson

Director, Design
Kitty Carlson joined L5 in 2018 and is currently Director of Design, leading the team responsible for brand evolution, design, construction documents and permitting across all of L5’s partner companies. She is responsible for managing external consultant teams to ensure brand standards and timelines are met as well as for communicating with corporate and franchise partners. Before joining L5, Kitty spent almost 30 years in Chicago in the fast casual restaurant world, working on all aspects of design and construction management. Kitty also created OHR Consulting, where she focused on creating new brands and working with franchise partners of several existing national brands. Kitty graduated from Lawrence Technological University.
Kady Hillman
Kady Hillman
Director, Construction
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Kady Hillman

Kady Hillman

Director, Construction
Kady Hillman joined L5 in 2022 in the position of Director of Construction. Kady’s role touches all brands within the L5 portfolio which allows her to assist in the further development of best practices for construction in each of the store’s models. A recent transplant to the Dallas area from the Washington, DC market, Kady has over 22 years of experience in the construction and commercial real estate industry. Prior to L5, Kady was Senior Managing Director of the Mid-Atlantic project management group for Newmark, a commercial brokerage house where she spent 6 years. Before Newmark, Kady spent the majority of her career as a commercial general contractor in the Washington, DC area, building projects of all sizes ranging from 2,000 to 150,000 square feet while still giving each project the same amount of dedicated attention and outstanding quality. Kady received a BA in government and politics from the University of Maryland.
Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson
Director, Real Estate Operations
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Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson

Director, Real Estate Operations
Chris Johnson joined L5 in 2022 and is the Director of Real Estate Operations. Chris works with multiple teams across L5 as well as with L5’s portfolio companies to continuously improve our processes with the goal of achieving excellence across all business functions. Prior to joining L5, Chris was the USIS Credentialing Manager at Equifax. At Equifax, Chris led several compliance teams to ensure that Equifax customers and business partners met federal and contractual requirements to do business safely and protect consumers. Chris recently completed his Executive MBA from the University of Georgia, is an Atlanta native and a fervent Atlanta United supporter.
Valerie Krause
Valerie Krause
Director, Franchise Development
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Valerie Krause

Valerie Krause

Director, Franchise Development
Valerie Krause joined L5 in 2021 and is the Director of Franchise Development for Heyday and Big Blue Swim School. Valerie is a franchise executive with over ten years of experience helping hundreds of aspiring and serial entrepreneurs through a mutual evaluation process that assists them in finding their franchise family. Prior to L5, Valerie served as Vice President of Franchise Development for Storm Guard Roofing and Construction and Real Property Management (a Neighborly brand). Valerie received a BA from the University of Missouri.
Kyle McKenna
Kyle McKenna
Director, Real Estate Services
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Kyle McKenna

Kyle McKenna

Director, Real Estate Services
Kyle McKenna joined L5 in 2019 and is a Director on the Real Estate Services team. Kyle works closely with L5’s portfolio companies and their franchise partners to grow store locations through real estate site acquisition and negotiation. Prior to L5, Kyle was a Real Estate Manger with Blink Fitness and Jamba Juice Corporation where he oversaw real estate transactions nationwide. Additionally, Kyle has held development related roles in strategy, new store openings and construction management. He has a BA from Rutgers University and an MBA from San Diego State University.
Nate Minnis
Nate Minnis
Director, Real Estate Services
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Nate Minnis

Nate Minnis

Director, Real Estate Services
Nate Minnis joined L5 in 2018 and is currently a director on the Real Estate Services team. Prior to L5, Nate spent 12 years with Jimmy Johns, Great Clips, HuHot Mongolian Grill and Cowboy Chicken where he facilitated real estate transactions nationwide. In addition to his real estate experience, Nate has five years of field operations experience with Subway and Cold Stone Creamery, for whom he opened and supported franchise partners of over 200 stores. His real estate market knowledge is not limited to major metropolitan markets as he has traveled to many rural towns and every college town of schools with over 20,000 students.
Erin O'Brien
Erin O'Brien
Director, Training
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Erin O'Brien

Erin O'Brien

Director, Training
Erin O'Brien joined L5 in 2021 as Director of Training after building Big Blue Swim School's training program and platform as an instructional designer starting in 2019. Erin's career began in television advertising where she supported advertising sales executives, media buyers and a local television ratings data sales team. Erin made a shift from sales to training in 2011 when she joined Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in an administrative role and eventually transitioned to the training team. In her time at Popeyes, Erin learned instructional design, managed a team that developed operations training for 2,000 domestic restaurants and served on the Popeyes Women's Leadership Forum board in four volunteer roles including President. In 2017, Erin joined the boutique consulting firm Manual Makers (now White Deer Group) and led a team of technical writers that created operations manuals and training materials for emerging, national and international franchise concepts including American Girl and Tropical Smoothie Café. Erin earned a BA in speech and communications studies from Clemson University.
Joe Risinger
Joe Risinger
Director, Marketing, Insights & Technology
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Joe Risinger

Joe Risinger

Director, Marketing, Insights & Technology
Joe Risinger joined L5 in 2022 as a director on the Marketing, Insights and Technology team. Prior to L5, Joe was at Facebook where he advised restaurants brands, on both the corporate and franchisee levels, on their marketing strategies across Facebook’s family of apps. Within Facebook, he was also the performance marketing lead for the restaurant vertical, providing best practices for direct response campaigns on both national and local levels. Prior to Facebook, Joe held roles at multiple ad agencies, both large and small, leading paid social and digital strategies for brands in the retail, CPG and telco industries. Joe received a BA in global business leadership from College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University.
Rae Speciale
Rae Speciale
Director, Real Estate Services
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Rae Speciale

Rae Speciale

Director, Real Estate Services
Rae joined L5 in 2021 as Director of Real Estate on the Real Estate Services Team. Rae oversees site selection and real estate expansion across all L5’s portfolio companies in the Mountain West region. Prior to joining L5 Capital, Rae served as Senior Real Estate Manager at Sprouts Farmers Market responsible for new store growth and developing long-term market strategies in designed territories. Rae is an Arizona native and studied business and organizational leadership at Arizona State University.
Michael Chiert
Michael Chiert
Controller, Portfolio Company Finance
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Michael Chiert

Michael Chiert

Controller, Portfolio Company Finance
Michael Chiert joined L5 in 2022 and is a controller on the Portfolio Company Finance team. Michael has over 15 years of experience in finance and accounting at real estate private equity firms including Crown Acquisitions, Cofinance and the Promise Homes Company. At L5, Michael is responsible for leading best in class financial practices for the L5 Swim and L5 Skincare Shops portfolio companies. Michael is a CPA and earned a degree in accounting from Yeshiva University.
Denis O'Hare
Denis O'Hare
Controller, Portfolio Company Finance
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Denis O'Hare

Denis O'Hare

Controller, Portfolio Company Finance
Denis O'Hare joined L5 in 2022 and is a controller on the Portfolio Company Finance team focusing on L5 Be Well. Denis has 15 years of experience in accounting and finance, including roles at Coca-Cola, Porsche and Fiserv. Prior to joining L5, Denis spent 3 years at an equity-backed management services organization in the healthcare space in various functions within accounting, M&A and treasury. At L5, Denis is responsible for building out, managing and continuously improving the financial reporting system and accompanying processes to help drive business performance of L5 Be Well. Denis is a CPA and holds a BS in finance from the University of Georgia, a master of accounting degree from the University of North Carolina and an MBA from Emory University.
Maddy Bruffy
Maddy Bruffy
Manager, Human Resources
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Maddy Bruffy

Maddy Bruffy

Manager, Human Resources
Maddy Bruffy joined L5 in 2021 and currently leads the company's recruiting efforts. Maddy started her career with Macy's in its Executive Development Program, leading a team of in-store talent through sales, customer experience, visual merchandising and operations. She transitioned to HR with Kirkland & Ellis, supporting the recruiting efforts, education and development programs, employee integration and DEIA initiatives. Maddy graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelors degree in psychology.
Jordan Cook
Jordan Cook
Manager, Real Estate Services
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Jordan Cook

Jordan Cook

Manager, Real Estate Services
Jordan Cook joined L5 in 2018 and is currently a strategy manager on the Real Estate Services team. Having first joined as a strategy analyst, Jordan now leads a team of analysts that is responsible for understanding L5 portfolio companies’ customers’ behavior in order to strategically map out markets nationwide, which in turn optimizes territory site selection for L5’s brands. Jordan also supports other functions at L5’s portfolio companies with customer and business intelligence. Prior to L5, Jordan worked on the site acquisition team for a commercial real estate developer that owns and manages properties across the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions of the US. Jordan graduated from Miami University’s Farmer School of Business in 2016 with a major in finance and certificate from the China Business Program.
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