Peter Nolan is one of the most well-respected investors in the private equity industry. He started his career off in investment banking, building DLJ’s LA presence in the early 90’s to a 100-person office. Leonard Green was an important client and in 1998 he joined them as managing partner along with Jon Sokoloff and John Danhakl. Under their leadership, the firm completed over 80 principal investments and grew assets under management from $500 million in 1997 to over $24 billion today. Peter transitioned to his current role as Senior Advisor in 2014. Today, Peter also makes private equity investments out of his family office entity Nolan Capital.
Peter presently serves on the Board of Directors of Diamond Wipes International, Inc., Fresh Brothers, La Fresh Group, Inc., AerSale Holdings, Inc., and Activision, 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 currently a member of the Investment Committee for the University's endowment. Peter serves as a trustee of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation. He is also a member of the Loyola High School Endowment Investment Committee 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.
Peter has a lot of rich experiences and perspectives to share, and we’re fortunate to have him up from LA for a candid discussion followed by lunch. Among other topics, we'll cover the exciting and challenging parts of his PE career, what has served him well as an investor and how entrepreneurs should approach private equity partnerships.