Peter Nolan founded Nolan Capital, Inc. in 2014 as the holding company for his family office to make long term investments in growth oriented companies.
Prior to founding Nolan Capital, Inc., Peter joined Leonard Green & Partners (“LGP”) as Managing Partner in 1997 along with Jon Sokoloff and John Danhakl. Under their leadership, the firm completed approximately 100 principal investments and grew Assets Under Management from $500 million in 1997 to over $75 billion today. In 2019, Leonard Green raised approximately $15 billion for its most recent funds. Peter transitioned to his current role as Senior Advisor to Leonard Green & Partners in 2014.
Previously Peter was a Managing Director and Co-Head of DLJ’s (now Credit Suisse) Los Angeles Investment Banking Division, which he joined in 1990. While at DLJ, Peter worked extensively with LGP, assuming the role of its lead investment banker in 1995. During his time at DLJ, Peter helped to build the Los Angeles investment banking office to the largest regional presence in the nation with over 100 professionals and acted as advisor to entities such as Adidas AG, the Government of Mexico, Saatchi & Saatchi PLC, Televisa S.A., Metromedia, Comcast Cellular, American Industrial Partners, CVS, Rite Aid, Steinway Selmer Corporation and Orion Pictures. Prior to DLJ, Peter had been a First Vice President in corporate finance at Drexel, Burnham, Lambert in Beverly Hills from 1986 to 1990, a Vice President at Prudential Securities, Inc. from 1982 to 1986 and an Associate at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company.
Peter presently serves as Chairman of Diamond Wipes International, Ortega National Parks, and Fresh Brothers. He is also the controlling shareholder of Apollo Technologies, as well as Coastal Farm Supply. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Activision, Inc. and AerSale Holdings, Inc. Peter has served on the Board of Directors of Aspen Dental Management, Inc., FTD Group, Inc., Liberty Group Publishing, Inc., Motorsport Aftermarket Group, The Palms Hotel and Casino, Scitor Corporation, VCA Antech, Inc., Wavetek Corporation, White Cap Industries, LLC, Werner Ladder Corporation and the Supervisory Board of Adidas AG. Peter is a Trustee Emeritus and was vice chairman of the Executive Committee for Cornell University, and he is former Vice Chairman of the Investment Committee for the University’s endowment. In 2021, Cornell established the Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration in response to a $50 million donation that will provide scholarship funding to expand educational access for future generations of hospitality leaders. Peter serves as a trustee of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation. Peter is the former Chairman of the Loyola High School Endowment and is a former Eagle Scout. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and Finance from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.
Austin Browning Managing Director
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Austin Browning joined Nolan Capital in 2021. Prior to joining Nolan Capital, Austin was a Partner at Silver Rock Financial, which he joined in 2016. Silver Rock is a multibillion dollar hedge fund platform focusing on both credit and equities. Austin was responsible for the Industrials, Homebuilding, and Building Products sectors, investing across the capital structure. Austin joined Silver Rock’s predecessor company in 2014 when it functioned as the family office for Michael Milken. From 2013 to 2014, he was an Associate at Cerberus Capital Management, an investment firm based in New York, where he worked in the Private Equity Group. From 2011 to 2013, he was an Analyst with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York, working in Leveraged Finance and Financial Sponsors within the Investment Banking Division. Austin received his Bachelor’s Degrees in both Economics and Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2011.
Rob Weitz joined Nolan Capital in 2016. Prior to Nolan Capital, Rob worked as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Financial Sponsors Group at Citigroup. Rob graduated with high distinction from the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business with a BBA and a minor in Mathematics.
Drew Dunnington Vice President
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Drew Dunnington joined Nolan Capital in 2020. Prior to Nolan Capital, Drew was an Associate at Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, a middle-market private equity firm. Previously, he was an Investment Banking Analyst in the Services and Industrials Group at William Blair. Drew graduated from the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Accounting.
Tim Eber joined Nolan Capital in 2022. Prior to Nolan Capital, Tim was an Associate in the Acquisition Finance group at Truist Securities, a middle-market investment bank in Atlanta, GA. Tim graduated from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia with a BBA in Finance and a BBA in Management Information Systems.
James Shin Chief Financial Officer
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James Shin joined Nolan Capital in 2022. Prior to Nolan Capital, James was a Senior Manager at Ernst & Young, a Big 4 public accounting firm. James graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and obtained his Master of Business Taxation degree from the University of Southern California.
Vichea Chhuon joined Nolan Capital in 2022. Vichea graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Health & Human Services from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Her primary discipline has been in accounting, office management, real estate and public relations. Having a passion for serving, she volunteers with several outreach and nonprofit organizations, including serving as an active Board Member with Pathways to Volunteering.
Nick P. Saggese joined Nolan Capital in 2021. Nick is a retired Partner from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP where he was Global Co-Head of Private Equity and served as a member of the firm’s Policy Committee. His areas of focus were M&A, Securities Law, Debt Financing, and Corporate Restructuring. Clients included Leonard Green & Partners, TPG, Colony Capital, Paul Allen & his investment company Vulcan, UBS, DLJ, and Moelis & Company. Nick is also a former Senior Advisor at Moelis & Company.
Nick graduated with his B.A. and M.B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles and received his J.D. from Loyola Law School. He currently is on the Board of Directors of Loyola Law School and the Emeritus Board of The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and is a former member of the UCLA Economics Board of Visitors and the Board of Directors of Paul Allen’s foundation for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology. Nick also co-authored a leading treatise regarding corporate restructurings. Nick has been named among the top Private Equity, M&A, and Securities attorneys by Chambers Global, and one of the top 100 lawyers in the State of California.