Anacapa Partners is an investment firm with the strategic focus to invest in operating companies that have been identified by principals operating within the search fund business model.


Jeff Stevens

Prior to founding Anacapa Partners, Jeff was the CEO of three venture-backed buyouts – Balkin Cable Holdings (cable television system operator), Ancora Capital (mail presort), and Liberty Fitness (women's fitness centers). Following these three buyouts, Jeff founded Deeelish! (manufacturer/retailer of ready-to-cook gourmet meals). In each of Jeff's four ventures he has maintained responsibility for all aspects of sourcing acquisition/start-up opportunities, including identifying potential targets, industry analysis, company specific due diligence, and fundraising (debt and equity) to complete the transaction.


Prior to beginning his entrepreneurial path Jeff was an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company. Jeff received his Bachelor of Arts and MBA from Stanford University, and remains actively involved in the Stanford community.









Graue Mill Partners invests in businesses in which owners are addressing opportunistic change.  We are a private equity firm which assists entrepreneurs and owner-operators plan and fund investments in attractive small and mid-size businesses.


Robert Whitelaw

Mr. Whitelaw founded Graue Mill Partners, LLC ("GMP") in December 2000 and has played an active role in its development and oversight of the firm's investments.  Previously, Mr. Whitelaw spent over twenty-five years as an investment banker to corporations of various sizes both domestically and abroad, advising in all areas of capital raising, corporate finance and mergers/acquisitions.  Prior to forming GMP, Mr. Whitelaw was Managing Director and Head of the Chicago corporate finance office for PaineWebber Group, where he re-established the firm's investment banking presence in the Midwest.


Mr. Whitelaw is an honors graduate of Vanderbilt University and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.


Richard Bruder

Mr. Bruder has been managing private equity investments and partnerships for nearly 15 years.  Prior to joining GMP in 2003, he was most focused on creating long term capital appreciation through participatory ownership with management. This overall theme of creating business environments that would motivate entrepreneurial executives, partners, and staff, laid the foundation for his work at GMP.


Mr. Bruder received a BA with honors from the University of Southern California. He also attended a Doctoral Studies program at the University of Delaware.


Mark Rothschild

Mr. Rothschild has been involved as an Advisory Board member of GMP for a number of years and now has recently joined as a Partner.  He continues to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of Iron Partners LLC, a Chicago-based multi-strategy, multi-manager fund of hedge funds.  He led a group of investors that acquired controlling interest in Iron in July, 2007.


Prior to Iron Partners Mr. Rothschild was the Managing Partner of Sage Equity Partners LLC which provided strategic and financial advisory services to corporate clients, including: JD Edwards , Applied Films Corporation, Ball Aerospace Systems Engineering Group, Quicklink, IDES, C-COM and Webb Interactive Services.


Mr. Rothschild holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Economics from Iowa State University.









Search Fund Partners invests in small, profitable companies with $5 million to $30 million in revenue. They work primarily with Search Funds, partnering with entrepreneurs to find, acquire and build successful businesses.


Richard Kelley

Mr. Kelley is a co-founder of Search Fund Partners, having started the firm in 2004. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Discovia, ISC Water Solutions, HemaSource, Verengo, Avadyne, RIA in a Box and Medical Positioning, Inc. Mr. Kelley has been involved in numerous small businesses and start-up companies as an operator, owner, and investor. His varied experience includes: CFO of Score Learning Centers, CEO of San Jose Giants, General Partner of the Stanford Terrace Inn, developer of houses and subdivisions, owner of office buildings, and investor in successful tech start-ups (Coinstar, PLX Technology, Corcept Therapeutics). He has been involved as a search fund investor since 1994.


Rich has an MBA from and a BA from Stanford. He has served as an elected school board trustee and is active with the Positive Coaching Alliance and Sustainable Conservation as an advisor.


Dave Carver

Mr. Carver is a co-founder of Search Fund Partners, having started the firm in 2004. He is on the board of ProService Hawaii, iNet Interactive and VCP Health Care Services. He is an observer of the iVize Board. Mr. Carver spent thirty years as an executive in the high tech industry, and has extensive experience in all phases of business, including M&A, fund-raising, corporate strategy and operations. He was CEO of HiFive!, an application service provider; CEO of Hipbone Networks, an online collaboration company; EVP and GM at Network Associates; COO of Network General; EIR at Institutional Venture Partners; and an executive at Hewlett-Packard, including ten years in the professional service/software divisions of HP.


Mr. Carver has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Arkansas.  He is active in community and non-profit organizations, having founded the Redwood Chapter of National Junior Basketball serving 650 children.


Jim Edmunds

Mr. Edmunds recently joined Search Fund Partners, bringing practical search fund and portfolio company management experience to the firm. His search fund, Ephesus Capital, acquired Celebrity Kids Portrait Studios, a leading provider of upscale children’s photography in 2005. Mr. Edmunds served as President and CFO of the company. Before launching a search fund, he was an Associate at McKinsey & Company in Palo Alto. Prior to attending business school, Mr. Edmunds conducted business development for, managed a successful political campaign in Texas, and worked in Investment Banking and Equity Capital Markets at Bear Stearns.


Mr. Edmunds holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was named a Siebel Scholar, and an A.B. in History from Harvard University.