Faraz joined Centerfield in 2001. He is responsible for investor relations, overseeing due diligence, executing transactions, and portfolio management. Faraz also manages the general activities of the firm. Faraz is a member of the Partnership’s Investment Committee.
Faraz has 20+ years of experience in private equity. Prior to Centerfield, Faraz held sales and product development roles at Praxair and Rodel, where he was the lead researcher and developer of next generation consumables for the microelectronics industry and was awarded a patent. Faraz has been recognized as one of the “Forty under Forty” young leaders in Indianapolis, “Who’s Who in Finance” by the Indiana Business Journal and was the winner of Junior Achievement’s “Indy’s Best and Brightest” award.
In his spare time, Faraz enjoys traveling, laughing and hanging out with his wife and three kids. Faraz strives to engage in projects that help him grow as a person, and he is deeply rooted in community activities.
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Texas
MBA, Finance, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
Board Member or Observer
Battery Solutions, Beacon Communications, BlueAlly, California Medical Evaluators, , DuraMark, EastPoint Sports, Full Tilt, Synergy IOM, Temp-Con
Michael joined Centerfield in 2007. He is responsible for investor relations, overseeing due diligence, executing transactions, and portfolio management. Michael also assists with managing general activities of the firm. Michael is a member of the Partnership’s Investment Committee.
Michael has 20+ years of experience in private equity and corporate finance. Prior to Centerfield, Michael spent eight years at Eli Lilly and Company in a variety of financial and business development roles. Most recently, Michael worked in Lilly’s Corporate Strategy and Business Development group where he was actively involved in the firm’s mergers and acquisitions efforts.
Michael holds an undergraduate degree in business administration from Hanover College and an MBA in general management from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Indiana. Michael is actively involved in the community, including serving as a Member of the Board of Governors of the Economic Club of Indiana.
Outside of the office, Michael and his wife, Kristin, can be found shuttling their three sons from one sport to the next. When not on the run, Michael can be found in a basketball gym, coaching his sons and providing well-intentioned, but not always welcomed, guidance to referees.
B.A., Business Administration, Hanover College
MBA, General Management, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
California Medical Evaluators, Clarion Healthcare, Flat River Group, FreshEdge, RuffleButts, Ska Fabricating, Wellborn Forest, Western Shelter
Mark joined Centerfield in 2007. He is responsible for investor relations, overseeing due diligence, executing transactions, and portfolio management. Mark also assists with managing general activities of the firm. Mark is a member of the Partnership’s Investment Committee.
Mark has spent his entire career working with middle market companies and business owners as an investor, lender, advisor, and board director. Prior to Centerfield, Mark began his career at National City Corporation, where he managed middle market corporate banking relationships, and gained experience in private banking and wealth management.
Mark is active in the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) and is past President of ACG Indiana and a former Director of ACG Global. He also was the Co-Chairman of the ACG Great Lakes Capital Connection held in Indianapolis in 2018. Mark is currently active on the Indiana Board of JDRF and serves on the Executive Committee.
Mark and his wife have three daughters and a dog named Scout. When not shuttling kids around to sports and activities, Mark enjoys exercise, golf, and rooting for the Pacers and Colts (usually with Scout by his side). Mark also loves all things sci-fi and may be caught binge watching old Star Trek episodes.
B.S., Business Administration, University of Southern Indiana
MBA, Finance and Venture & Technology Management, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
ASD, Heartland Steel, Imaginetics, Indo~European Foods, Midwest Equipment Sales, P1 Dental, Tenacore Holdings, Unix-WGP
Jill joined Centerfield in 2007. She is responsible for investor relations, overseeing due diligence, executing transactions, and portfolio management. Jill is a member of the Partnership’s Investment Committee.
Jill has 18 years of experience in private equity and business operations. Prior to Centerfield, Jill held various roles in manufacturing, process development, research, and operations in the medical device and energy industries. Jill was formerly a process engineer for ETEX Corporation, a medical device company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, now part of Zimmer. Jill previously worked as a business analyst at the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (MISO) in Carmel, Indiana, and in operations at the MIT Nuclear Reactor. Jill has been recognized as one of the “Forty under Forty” young leaders in Indianapolis.
Jill and her husband, Mike, have two sons and a daughter. Their entire family enjoys beach volleyball, golf, and snowboarding, so most of their vacations involve a beach, a mountain, or a fairway.
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Beacon Communications, CCS, CE Rental, Euro Motorparts Group, Lakeview Cheese, Swiff-Train
Tyler joined Centerfield in 2021. He is responsible for accounting, audit, tax, treasury, portfolio valuation, and financial reporting activities of the firm, and serves as the firm’s Chief Compliance Officer. Tyler also assists with investment monitoring and investor relations.
Tyler has spent his entire career in financial services. Prior to Centerfield, Tyler served as Vice President of Finance at NXT Capital in Chicago, a middle-market direct lender and asset manager. His responsibilities included financial reporting and FP&A functions of the firm. Prior to NXT, Tyler was a 2nd Vice President at Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services (formerly Omnium, LLC) in Chicago where he worked in the Financial Control group, specializing in fund accounting for complex hedge funds.
In his free time Tyler enjoys making trips to Bloomington to cheer on his alma mater (Go Hoosiers!) and enjoy the beautiful campus. He also loves supporting his 9 nieces and nephews in their many endeavors in South Bend, where his parents and sisters reside.
BS, Accounting and Finance, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
MBA, Financial Analysis, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
Troy joined Centerfield in 2017. He is responsible for deal origination, marketing, and business development. Troy also assists with the evaluation of investment opportunities.
Troy has 20+ years of investment banking, financial advisory and debt capital markets experience. Prior to Centerfield, Troy was a Financial Solutions Manager at Cisco Capital, a Senior Vice President at Jefferies LLC, a Vice President at JPMorgan and a Director at Bear Stearns. Troy has been the lead or senior banker on over $15 billion of debt financings, encompassing the full spectrum of credit structures across a variety of industry sectors.
On the home front, Troy has two young daughters who are in absolute control. When not kid wrangling, he loves grilling in the summer, the NFL season come fall (Go Colts!) and an occasional trip to the Caribbean. Unfortunately, it is a known fact that Troy watches more reality TV than any other Centerfield professional.
B.A., Economics, Wabash College
General Course, Economics, London School of Economics
Tye joined Centerfield in 2015. His primary responsibilities include deal origination, marketing, and business development. Tye also assists with the evaluation, execution, and monitoring of investment opportunities.
Tye has 15+ years of middle-market private equity and investment banking experience. Prior to Centerfield, Tye was an Associate at Cardinal Equity Partners, a private equity fund and multi-family office focused on control buyouts, where his primary responsibilities included deal evaluation and execution, portfolio management and deal origination. Prior to Cardinal he was an Analyst with National City’s Investment Banking Group, focusing on the execution of sell-side middle-market mergers and acquisitions.
While at home, Tye enjoys spending time with his lovely fiancé and keeping their golden retriever pup from eating the cat. He is a big sports fan and an avid supporter of the Colts and Barcelona. In his free time he plays soccer, golfs, and travels the world as much as possible with the goal of visiting a new country every year.
B.S., Finance and International Business, University of Dayton
Augie joined Centerfield in 2017. His primary responsibilities include assisting with the evaluation, execution, and monitoring of investments. He also supports deal origination and marketing.
Augie has spent his entire career in middle-market private equity and investment banking. Prior to Centerfield, Augie was an Associate at Prospect Partners in Chicago, a lower middle-market private equity fund focused on leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations. At Prospect, Augie was actively involved in all aspects of the firm’s investment process. Earlier, he was an Analyst in the Chicago office of the Investment Banking Group at Stout where he worked on middle-market mergers and acquisitions.
Augie spends most days chasing his three kids (two daughters and a son) around the house and backyard. A jack of some trades and ace of none, he can be found in his spare time golfing, shooting hoops, snow/water skiing, or singing at church. As the 29th person in his family to attend Purdue, Augie will cheer for his Boilers to the grave. He is also an avid Colts, Pacers, and Cubs fan.
B.S., Krannert School of Management, Purdue University
M.B.A., Krannert School of Management, Purdue University
BCD, DuraMark, Force Management, Midwest Equipment Sales, Temp-Con
Mary Beth joined Centerfield in 2004. She has more than 25 years of experience in office management, accounting, payroll, and human resources. Mary Beth manages Centerfield’s office and is responsible for account reconciliations, billing, accounts payable, payroll, and assisting with compliance and accounting. She also arranges and coordinates investor meetings, investor correspondence, and travel.
Prior to Centerfield, Mary Beth worked in the telecommunications and transportation industries for 15 years.
Away from the office, Mary Beth enjoys hanging out with her family and circle of friends. She always takes an annual “girls trip” with a close knit group of former high school and college friends. For the sake of preserving her sterling reputation at Centerfield, she consistently declines to provide specific trip details.
B.S., Marketing and Accounting, Indiana University
Justin joined Centerfield in 2012. His primary responsibilities include assisting with the evaluation, execution, and monitoring of investments. He also supports deal origination and marketing.
Justin has spent his entire career in middle-market private equity and investment banking. Prior to Centerfield, Justin was an Analyst with Eisen Fox & Company, where he focused on middle market mergers and acquisitions. Justin has evaluated and supported transactions in manufacturing, business services, clean technology, specialty chemicals, consumer products, and healthcare services.
Outside of work, Justin enjoys producing music, drumming, and playing the guitar. He has an American Staffordshire Terrier who smiles at every stranger and attends dog daycare every weekday. Justin regularly gives up on books of fiction within the first chapter in favor of something non-fiction. For reasons unknown, Justin is an avid supporter of the Chicago Bears (Bear Down!).
B.A., Economics, Indiana University
MBA, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
California Medical Evaluators
Adam joined Centerfield in 2017. His primary responsibilities include assisting with the evaluation, execution, and monitoring of investments. He also supports deal origination and marketing.
Adam has 5+ years of private equity and valuation experience. Prior to Centerfield, Adam was an Analyst with Sterling Partners, a Chicago-based middle-market private equity firm. He served in a hybrid role supporting both the investor relations and portfolio reporting teams. Prior to Sterling Partners, he worked as an Associate for KPMG in the Economic & Valuation Services group.
Adam has two young sons who keep him busy at home. He is a born and bred Hoosier thus loves cheering on IU sports, as well as the Colts, Pacers and Cubs. Adam also enjoys playing basketball and golf, as well as water sports as he tries to convince himself that he is not washed-up.
B.S., Finance, Indiana University
Chartered Financial Analyst
Pure Wafer, Ska Fabricating
Laura joined Centerfield in 2022. Her primary responsibilities include assisting with the evaluation, execution, and monitoring of investments. She also supports deal origination and marketing.
Prior to Centerfield, Laura was a Strategic Relationship Manager with NEXT Studios, an Indianapolis-based venture studio. She served in a hybrid role supporting both investor relations and portfolio company operations.
Laura was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH, but chose to stay in Indianapolis after attending Butler University for her undergraduate education. She loves cheering on Butler basketball and is an avid Buffalo Bills fan. Laura also enjoys playing soccer and hiking new spots around the Midwest.
B.S., Finance & Economics, Butler University
George joined Centerfield in 2022. His primary responsibilities include assisting with the evaluation, execution, and monitoring of investments. He also supports deal origination and marketing.
Prior to Centerfield, George was an Investment Analyst with Skyharbor Capital Partners, a middle-market investment firm. He supported the evaluation and execution of investment opportunities. Prior to Skyharbor, he worked as an Investment Banking Summer Analyst for Stout.
George enjoys playing pick-up basketball, golfing, or passionately watching sports with his brothers and friends. With his two parents, older brother, younger sister, and himself all attending Butler University, George has been a loyal Bulldog basketball fan since their 2007 Sweet 16 loss to the Gators.
B.S., Finance, Butler University