David has been active for twenty-five years in the formation of new businesses through entrepreneurial acquisition. After graduating from the GSB, under the direction of Professor Irv Grousbeck, he wrote the original course material for search funds—then in its infancy. After one year as a case writer, David Dodson raised his own search fund, which led to the purchase of Smith Alarm Systems in 1989. He subsequently raised two more search funds to purchase an auto parts retailer and an environmental services firm. During this time, Mr. Dodson became an active investor in, and board member of, other search funds, having invested in over forty. Mr. Dodson has been a director and investor in twenty-one middle market companies.
David Dodson currently divides his time between Stanford University and Project Healthy Children (a nonprofit enterprise with operations in Rwanda, Burundi, Nepal, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe and Malawi), and a “double bottom line” enterprise called Sanku, LLC, with operations in east Africa. He is also completing his first novel.
David is a Managing Partner at TD Investment Company. TD makes private equity investments, primarily in search funds. Mr. Lazier also serves as President of American Security Products, a leading manufacturer of high-security safes.
Prior to joining Nelson, Mr. Lazier worked as an engineer with IBM Corporation from 1982 to 1984. He is currently on the board of Nelson-Miller, American Security Products, Columbia Sanitary Products, CALO and Gogotech.
Mr. Lazier received his Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University.
Steve is a Managing Director and head of the Canadian Corporate Structured Solutions Group at BMO Capital Markets. Based in Toronto, he manages a number of corporate-focused platforms including: equity-linked capital markets (hybrid capital instruments, convertible bonds and preferred shares), tax-structured finance as well as equity, currency and rates derivatives origination for BMO's corporate clients.
Prior to joining BMO, he spent five years at Citigroup where he served as a Director and led the Canadian corporate derivatives solutions team. Prior to that, Steve was an attorney with Shearman & Sterling LLP in Toronto focusing on cross-border capital raises for Canadian clients.
Steve holds a combined JD / MBA from the University of Toronto as well as a Bachelor of Applied Science (Civil Engineering) from the University of British Columbia.