Our Team

The team at M/C Partners is deeply committed to the success of our entrepreneurs and our portfolio companies.

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James F. Wade

Managing Partner

James F. Wade

Mr. Wade has been responsible for developing the firm's involvement in the telecom service sectors, including mobile wireless, broadband wireless, CLEC, fiber and residential broadband providers. As Managing Partner of the firm, Mr. Wade leads the investment process including determining sector focus, seeking out management teams, founding new companies and working with financial sources that provide debt and equity capital to grow companies. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Involta, Neutral Connect Networks, Thrive Networks and has responsibility for Omega Wireless. Previous board seats include: PR Wireless (formed joint venture with Sprint affiliate in PR), Lightower Holdings (sold to Berkshire Partners), Melita (sold to Apax Partners), MetroPCS (IPO), Attenda (sold to Darwin Private Equity), Brooks Fiber Properties (IPO and sale to AT&T Wireless), Cavalier Telephone (sold to PAETEC), NuVox Communications (sold to WindStream), and Triad Communications (sold to T-Mobile). Mr. Wade graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BBA in Finance and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Joined

1982

Board Positions

Involta

Neutral Connect Networks

Thrive Networks

Affiliated Portfolio

Omega Wireless

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David D. Croll

Managing Partner

David D. Croll

Mr. Croll focuses on targeting sectors for investment, fund management, making investment decisions, assisting with recruiting and communicating with investors. He has been involved with over 100 investments in the communications services spaces over the past 35 years. He serves as President of the Board of Trustees at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Finance Committee of Cornell University, and on the Board of Directors of The Trustees of Reservations, a Massachusetts land conservation organization. Mr. Croll received a BS in engineering with honors from Cornell University and an MBA with a concentration in finance from Harvard Business School.

Joined

1976

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Gillis S. Cashman

Managing Partner

Gillis S. Cashman

Mr. Cashman joined M/C Partners in 1999 and has focused on investment opportunities in the wireline broadband infrastructure and services portion of the firm's portfolio. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Denovo, Ensono, Everstream, Involta, PlumChoice and Thrive Networks. Previous board seats include: Baja Broadband (acquired by TDS), Cavalier Telephone (acquired by PAETEC), City Signal Communications (acquired by Cavalier Telephone), CSDVRS (sold to Kinderhook), Elantic Networks (merged with Cavalier Telephone), FDN Networks (merged with NuVox Communications), MCCC ICG Holdings (acquired by Level 3), Onvoy and Zayo Group (IPO). Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Cashman was with Salomon Smith Barney in the Global Telecommunications Corporate Finance Group, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions in the wireline and wireless segments of the telecommunications industry. Mr. Cashman graduated cum laude from Duke University receiving an AB in economics with distinction.

Joined

1999

Board Positions

Denovo

Ensono

Everstream

Involta

Thrive Networks

PlumChoice

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Brian M. Clark

Managing Partner & Chief Administrative Officer

Brian M. Clark

Mr. Clark joined M/C Partners in 2001 and has focused on investment opportunities in the mobile, broadband infrastructure and the Internet of Things (IoT) sectors. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Neutral Connect Networks, PR Wireless and has primary responsibility for Omega Wireless. Previous board seats include: Cellular One of East Texas (sold to Chinook Wireless), Lightower Holdings (sold to Berkshire Partners), Mobi PCS (sold to Verizon) and Public Mobile (sold to Telus). Mr. Clark also had primary responsibility for Triad 700 and he also previously held an observer Board of Director seat at MetroPCS (IPO). Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Clark was with Salomon Smith Barney in the Global Telecommunications Corporate Finance Group, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions in the wireline and wireless segments of the telecommunications industry. Mr. Clark received a BBA with dual concentrations in Finance and Accounting and a Masters in Accounting with distinction from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Joined

2001

Board Positions

Neutral Connect Networks

PR Wireless

Affiliated Portfolio

Omega Wireless

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Edward J. Keefe

Chief Financial Officer & Chief Compliance Officer

Edward J. Keefe

Mr. Keefe joined M/C Partners in 2004 and is responsible for the oversight of all finance and administration activities, information technology and financial reporting to the Limited Partners. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Keefe was Vice President of Finance at Atlas Venture, which is a leading early-stage venture capital firm. Previously, Mr. Keefe also served as Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis at Instrumentation Laboratory, Tax Consultant at Coopers & Lybrand (a predecessor to PricewaterhouseCoopers) and as a Senior Financial Analyst at Raytheon Company. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for The University of Maine Foundation and is a member of The United Way Finance Committee. Mr. Keefe was President of Financial Executives International (FEI Boston Chapter) and the Treasurers' Club of Boston. He has previously been a member on the Board of Directors of The University of Maine Business School, The Bostonian Society, Rebuilding Together Boston and The Emerson Umbrella. Mr. Keefe received a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from The University of Maine, an MBA from Suffolk University and a MS in Taxation from Bentley University.

Joined

2004

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Yicong Liu

Vice President

Yicong Liu

Ms. Liu joined M/C Partners in 2015 and focuses on investment opportunities in a variety of media, communications and IT services industry segments. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Denovo, Everstream and has responsibility for Omega Wireless. Previously, Ms. Liu worked at Silver Lake, where she focused on middle market and growth investments in technology companies. Ms. Liu also worked at the Global Technology Investment Banking group at Morgan Stanley, where she completed a variety of M&A, financing and advisory transactions across the technology sector. Ms. Liu received a B.S. in Chemical / Biological Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Joined

2015

Board Positions

Denovo

Everstream

Affiliated Portfolio

Omega Wireless

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Abhishek Rampuria

Vice President

Abhishek Rampuria

Mr. Rampuria joined M/C Partners in 2015 and focuses on investment opportunities in a variety of media, communications and IT services industry segments. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Thrive Networks and provides portfolio coverage for Ensono and Neutral Connect Networks. Previously, Mr. Rampuria worked at Altman Vilandrie & Company (AV&Co.), a Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) focused strategy consulting firm. While at AV&Co., he completed projects for both operating companies and private equity investors across a number of sectors, including wireless and wireline communications, cable and media. Mr. Rampuria received a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Joined

2015

Board Positions

Thrive Networks

Affiliated Portfolio

Ensono

Neutral Connect Networks

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Julia R. Senior

Vice President

Julia R. Senior

Ms. Senior joined M/C Partners in 2016 and focuses on investment opportunities in a variety of media, communications and IT services industry segments. She currently holds an observer Board of Director seat at Involta and provides portfolio coverage for PR Wireless. Previously, Ms. Senior worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) as an equity research analyst on the Telecommunications team. While at BAML, she covered companies in the wireline, wireless, data center and tower industries. Ms. Senior received an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Ms. Senior is a CFA charterholder.

Joined

2016

Affiliated Portfolio

Involta

PR Wireless

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Ryan D. Carr

Senior Associate

Ryan D. Carr

Mr. Carr joined M/C Partners in 2016 and focuses on investment opportunities in a variety of media, communications and IT services industry segments. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Thrive Networks and holds an observer Board of Director seat at Denovo and PlumChoice. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Carr worked at MVP Capital (“MVP”), a Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) focused boutique investment bank. While at MVP, he completed a variety of financing and M&A transactions across a number of sectors, including wireless communications, wireless infrastructure, fiber infrastructure and media. Prior to MVP, Mr. Carr worked as a certified public accountant in the energy and telecommunications sectors of KPMG. Mr. Carr received a B.B.A. in Finance, Accounting and Entrepreneurship from Gonzaga University.

Joined

2016

Board Positions

Thrive Networks

Affiliated Portfolio

Denovo

PlumChoice

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Arvind G. Viswanathan

Associate

Arvind G. Viswanathan

Mr. Viswanathan joined M/C Partners in 2018 and focuses on investment opportunities in a variety of media, communications and IT services industry segments. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Viswanathan worked at BNP Paribas in the leveraged finance group where he completed financings for private equity-led buyouts of middle-market companies across a number of sectors. Mr. Viswanathan received a BS in Economics and Mathematics from Duke University.

Joined

2018

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John W. Watkins

Senior Advisor

John W. Watkins

Mr. Watkins joined M/C Partners in 2004 and has focused on media investments including AccentHealth (sold to ContextMedia), Baja Broadband (sold to TDS), Legendary Pictures (sold in 2011) and Mobi PCS (sold to Verizon). Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Watkins co-founded Telegraph Hill Communication Partners, a private equity firm focused in the media, communication services and information technology industries. From 1989 to 2001, he was a member of J.P. Morgan Capital, where he led the firm's private equity investment effort in communications and media-related industries and served on the Investment Committee and Board. During this time, he led investments and was on the Boards of Directors of fourteen portfolio companies including founding or co-founding seven of them. Portfolio companies include: Affinity Internet, Columbia River Cellular, FrontierVision Partners, Horizon Cellular, Inference Corporation, Prism Radio, SaVVIS Communications, Triton Cellular and Triton PCS. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan Capital, Mr. Watkins was an Associate in J.P. Morgan's Corporate Finance group and an Investment Banking Analyst at E.F. Hutton and Company. Mr. Watkins received a BA in Economics from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Joined

2004

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Robert P. Savignol

Senior Advisor

Robert P. Savignol

Mr. Savignol joined M/C Partners in 2004 and has dual citizenship in the United States and France. He has focused on telecommunication investments in Europe and in the US for the firm. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Denovo, Ensono and Everstream. Previous board seats include: Attenda (sold to Darwin Private Equity), FDN Networks (merged with NuVox Communications), GTS Central Europe (sold to Deutsche Telecom), Melita (sold to Apax Partners), NuVox Communications (sold to Windstream) and as an observer at Zayo Group (IPO). Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Savignol worked as a Director of Corporate Development for NTL, the United Kingdom's largest cable television provider. Prior to joining NTL, Mr. Savignol was an investment banker with Salomon Brothers in New York, focusing on mergers and acquisitions in the telecommunications industry. He graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with degrees in Finance and Economics and received an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Joined

2004

Board Positions

Denovo

Ensono

Everstream

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James F. Wade

Managing Partner

James F. Wade

Mr. Wade has been responsible for developing the firm's involvement in the telecom service sectors, including mobile wireless, broadband wireless, CLEC, fiber and residential broadband providers. As Managing Partner of the firm, Mr. Wade leads the investment process including determining sector focus, seeking out management teams, founding new companies and working with financial sources that provide debt and equity capital to grow companies. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Involta, Neutral Connect Networks, Thrive Networks and has responsibility for Omega Wireless. Previous board seats include: PR Wireless (formed joint venture with Sprint affiliate in PR), Lightower Holdings (sold to Berkshire Partners), Melita (sold to Apax Partners), MetroPCS (IPO), Attenda (sold to Darwin Private Equity), Brooks Fiber Properties (IPO and sale to AT&T Wireless), Cavalier Telephone (sold to PAETEC), NuVox Communications (sold to WindStream), and Triad Communications (sold to T-Mobile). Mr. Wade graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BBA in Finance and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Joined

1982

Board Positions

Involta

Neutral Connect Networks

Thrive Networks

Affiliated Portfolio

Omega Wireless

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David D. Croll

Managing Partner

David D. Croll

Mr. Croll focuses on targeting sectors for investment, fund management, making investment decisions, assisting with recruiting and communicating with investors. He has been involved with over 100 investments in the communications services spaces over the past 35 years. He serves as President of the Board of Trustees at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Finance Committee of Cornell University, and on the Board of Directors of The Trustees of Reservations, a Massachusetts land conservation organization. Mr. Croll received a BS in engineering with honors from Cornell University and an MBA with a concentration in finance from Harvard Business School.

Joined

1976

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Gillis S. Cashman

Managing Partner

Gillis S. Cashman

Mr. Cashman joined M/C Partners in 1999 and has focused on investment opportunities in the wireline broadband infrastructure and services portion of the firm's portfolio. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Denovo, Ensono, Everstream, Involta, PlumChoice and Thrive Networks. Previous board seats include: Baja Broadband (acquired by TDS), Cavalier Telephone (acquired by PAETEC), City Signal Communications (acquired by Cavalier Telephone), CSDVRS (sold to Kinderhook), Elantic Networks (merged with Cavalier Telephone), FDN Networks (merged with NuVox Communications), MCCC ICG Holdings (acquired by Level 3), Onvoy and Zayo Group (IPO). Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Cashman was with Salomon Smith Barney in the Global Telecommunications Corporate Finance Group, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions in the wireline and wireless segments of the telecommunications industry. Mr. Cashman graduated cum laude from Duke University receiving an AB in economics with distinction.

Joined

1999

Board Positions

Denovo

Ensono

Everstream

Involta

Thrive Networks

PlumChoice

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Brian M. Clark

Managing Partner & Chief Administrative Officer

Brian M. Clark

Mr. Clark joined M/C Partners in 2001 and has focused on investment opportunities in the mobile, broadband infrastructure and the Internet of Things (IoT) sectors. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Neutral Connect Networks, PR Wireless and has primary responsibility for Omega Wireless. Previous board seats include: Cellular One of East Texas (sold to Chinook Wireless), Lightower Holdings (sold to Berkshire Partners), Mobi PCS (sold to Verizon) and Public Mobile (sold to Telus). Mr. Clark also had primary responsibility for Triad 700 and he also previously held an observer Board of Director seat at MetroPCS (IPO). Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Clark was with Salomon Smith Barney in the Global Telecommunications Corporate Finance Group, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions in the wireline and wireless segments of the telecommunications industry. Mr. Clark received a BBA with dual concentrations in Finance and Accounting and a Masters in Accounting with distinction from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Joined

2001

Board Positions

Neutral Connect Networks

PR Wireless

Affiliated Portfolio

Omega Wireless

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Edward J. Keefe

Chief Financial Officer & Chief Compliance Officer

Edward J. Keefe

Mr. Keefe joined M/C Partners in 2004 and is responsible for the oversight of all finance and administration activities, information technology and financial reporting to the Limited Partners. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Keefe was Vice President of Finance at Atlas Venture, which is a leading early-stage venture capital firm. Previously, Mr. Keefe also served as Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis at Instrumentation Laboratory, Tax Consultant at Coopers & Lybrand (a predecessor to PricewaterhouseCoopers) and as a Senior Financial Analyst at Raytheon Company. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for The University of Maine Foundation and is a member of The United Way Finance Committee. Mr. Keefe was President of Financial Executives International (FEI Boston Chapter) and the Treasurers' Club of Boston. He has previously been a member on the Board of Directors of The University of Maine Business School, The Bostonian Society, Rebuilding Together Boston and The Emerson Umbrella. Mr. Keefe received a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from The University of Maine, an MBA from Suffolk University and a MS in Taxation from Bentley University.

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Yicong Liu

Vice President

Yicong Liu

Ms. Liu joined M/C Partners in 2015 and focuses on investment opportunities in a variety of media, communications and IT services industry segments. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Denovo, Everstream and has responsibility for Omega Wireless. Previously, Ms. Liu worked at Silver Lake, where she focused on middle market and growth investments in technology companies. Ms. Liu also worked at the Global Technology Investment Banking group at Morgan Stanley, where she completed a variety of M&A, financing and advisory transactions across the technology sector. Ms. Liu received a B.S. in Chemical / Biological Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Joined

2015

Board Positions

Denovo

Everstream

Affiliated Portfolio

Omega Wireless

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Abhishek Rampuria

Vice President

Abhishek Rampuria

Mr. Rampuria joined M/C Partners in 2015 and focuses on investment opportunities in a variety of media, communications and IT services industry segments. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Thrive Networks and provides portfolio coverage for Ensono and Neutral Connect Networks. Previously, Mr. Rampuria worked at Altman Vilandrie & Company (AV&Co.), a Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) focused strategy consulting firm. While at AV&Co., he completed projects for both operating companies and private equity investors across a number of sectors, including wireless and wireline communications, cable and media. Mr. Rampuria received a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Joined

2015

Board Positions

Thrive Networks

Affiliated Portfolio

Ensono

Neutral Connect Networks

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Julia R. Senior

Vice President

Julia R. Senior

Ms. Senior joined M/C Partners in 2016 and focuses on investment opportunities in a variety of media, communications and IT services industry segments. She currently holds an observer Board of Director seat at Involta and provides portfolio coverage for PR Wireless. Previously, Ms. Senior worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) as an equity research analyst on the Telecommunications team. While at BAML, she covered companies in the wireline, wireless, data center and tower industries. Ms. Senior received an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Ms. Senior is a CFA charterholder.

Joined

2016

Affiliated Portfolio

Involta

PR Wireless

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Ryan D. Carr

Senior Associate

Ryan D. Carr

Mr. Carr joined M/C Partners in 2016 and focuses on investment opportunities in a variety of media, communications and IT services industry segments. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Thrive Networks and holds an observer Board of Director seat at Denovo and PlumChoice. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Carr worked at MVP Capital (“MVP”), a Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) focused boutique investment bank. While at MVP, he completed a variety of financing and M&A transactions across a number of sectors, including wireless communications, wireless infrastructure, fiber infrastructure and media. Prior to MVP, Mr. Carr worked as a certified public accountant in the energy and telecommunications sectors of KPMG. Mr. Carr received a B.B.A. in Finance, Accounting and Entrepreneurship from Gonzaga University.

Joined

2016

Board Positions

Thrive Networks

Affiliated Portfolio

Denovo

PlumChoice

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Arvind G. Viswanathan

Associate

Arvind G. Viswanathan

Mr. Viswanathan joined M/C Partners in 2018 and focuses on investment opportunities in a variety of media, communications and IT services industry segments. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Viswanathan worked at BNP Paribas in the leveraged finance group where he completed financings for private equity-led buyouts of middle-market companies across a number of sectors. Mr. Viswanathan received a BS in Economics and Mathematics from Duke University.

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John W. Watkins

Senior Advisor

John W. Watkins

Mr. Watkins joined M/C Partners in 2004 and has focused on media investments including AccentHealth (sold to ContextMedia), Baja Broadband (sold to TDS), Legendary Pictures (sold in 2011) and Mobi PCS (sold to Verizon). Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Watkins co-founded Telegraph Hill Communication Partners, a private equity firm focused in the media, communication services and information technology industries. From 1989 to 2001, he was a member of J.P. Morgan Capital, where he led the firm's private equity investment effort in communications and media-related industries and served on the Investment Committee and Board. During this time, he led investments and was on the Boards of Directors of fourteen portfolio companies including founding or co-founding seven of them. Portfolio companies include: Affinity Internet, Columbia River Cellular, FrontierVision Partners, Horizon Cellular, Inference Corporation, Prism Radio, SaVVIS Communications, Triton Cellular and Triton PCS. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan Capital, Mr. Watkins was an Associate in J.P. Morgan's Corporate Finance group and an Investment Banking Analyst at E.F. Hutton and Company. Mr. Watkins received a BA in Economics from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

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Robert P. Savignol

Senior Advisor

Robert P. Savignol

Mr. Savignol joined M/C Partners in 2004 and has dual citizenship in the United States and France. He has focused on telecommunication investments in Europe and in the US for the firm. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Denovo, Ensono and Everstream. Previous board seats include: Attenda (sold to Darwin Private Equity), FDN Networks (merged with NuVox Communications), GTS Central Europe (sold to Deutsche Telecom), Melita (sold to Apax Partners), NuVox Communications (sold to Windstream) and as an observer at Zayo Group (IPO). Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Savignol worked as a Director of Corporate Development for NTL, the United Kingdom's largest cable television provider. Prior to joining NTL, Mr. Savignol was an investment banker with Salomon Brothers in New York, focusing on mergers and acquisitions in the telecommunications industry. He graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with degrees in Finance and Economics and received an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Joined

2004

Board Positions

Denovo

Ensono

Everstream

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Carolyn Burke

Controller

Carolyn Burke

Ms. Burke joined M/C Partners in 1987 and is responsible for the firm’s management company and general partnerships as well as all employee benefit programs. Previously, Ms. Burke worked for The Beacon Companies as a project cost accountant. She is a member of the Treasurers’ Club of Boston and The Private Equity Human Resource Group which is comprised of HR Directors from local Venture Capital/Private Equity firms in Boston. Ms. Burke received an AS in Accounting from Bunker Hill Community College.

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Marie T. Dixon

Controller

Marie T. Dixon

Ms. Dixon joined M/C Partners in 1982 and is responsible for the oversite of the Securities Exchange Commission Compliance, the M/C Partners Co-Investment Program and other Tax Compliance issues. Prior to joining M/C Partners, Ms. Dixon was a Senior Accountant at Bank of New England. She is a member of the Treasurers’ Club of Boston. Ms. Dixon received a B.S. in Accounting from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) and an MBA from Suffolk University.

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Samuel P. Rector

Senior Fund Accountant

Samuel P. Rector

Mr. Rector joined M/C Partners in 2010 and is the Senior Fund Accountant handling LP reporting. Previously, Sam worked at RSM McGladrey as a Senior Associate in the Assurance group. Sam received a B.S. in Accounting from Fairfield University and an MBA from Suffolk University.

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Emaly B. Hunt

Executive Assistant

Emaly B. Hunt

Ms. Hunt joined M/C Partners in 2013 and is the Executive Assistant to the Managing Partners. Previously, Emaly worked at Baring Asset Management as the Assistant to the President – North America and at Bovis Lend Lease as a Project Administrator. Emaly received an MCP (Masters of Community Planning) and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island.

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Heidi M. Belanger

Administrative Assistant

Heidi M. Belanger

Ms. Belanger joined M/C Partners in 2016 as the Administrative Assistant. Previously, she interned at Tricom Associates in Washington, D.C. through The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. Heidi received a B.A. in Strategic Communications from Bridgewater State University.