Our Team

The Sweetwater Capital team is a highly trained, qualified and experienced group of industry leading professionals.

 
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James Gamett, CPA, CFA

Founder & CEO

Mr. Gamett is the Founder & CEO of Sweetwater Capital Partners and chairs the firm’s Investment Committee. Prior to Sweetwater, James was Co-founder & President of Madison Creek Partners, a healthcare services company. While at Madison, James oversaw and completed six (6) acquisitions of eleven (11) healthcare facilities. By the time he left, Madison had reached over one thousand (>1,000) employees and exceeded US$70 million in annual revenues and $10 million in EBITDA. Prior to starting Madison, James was a Partner & Head of Secondaries at StepStone Group, a $14 billion global private capital investment firm. He served on the firm’s Investment Committee. During his private equity career, he has led approximately forty (40) secondary transactions totaling over $1.0 billion in invested capital. He is a CPA and a CFA Charterholder. James holds an M.B.A. from the Anderson School at UCLA and graduated with a B.S. in Accounting from Brigham Young University with University Honors.

 

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Gregg Parise

Managing Partner

Mr. Parise is a Managing Partner at Sweetwater Capital Partners. He is a proven executive with a distinctive, strategic combination of visionary leadership and business acumen. He has been instrumental in building multimillion-dollar businesses. Mr. Parise has over 25 years of portfolio management and financial market experience. He launched Dorado Capital Management (DCM). The hedge fund grew to over $350 million AUM. DCM was acquired by JLF Asset Management where Gregg remained as a managing partner. In 2013, Gregg went into the private sector as CEO of Events.com, a SaaS software startup. Under his tenure, the value of the business grew ten-fold, and the company remains a leader in the endurance industry. Gregg has been featured on the cover of Investor's Business Daily, CBS MarketWatch, The Wall Street Transcript and Barron's. Gregg holds an M.B.A. from the Marshall School of Business at USC and graduated with a B.S. in Finance from SDSU.

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Ron Heinz

Principal

Mr. Heinz is a Principal at Sweetwater Capital Partners and a member of the Investment Committee. Prior to Sweetwater, Mr. Heinz was a Senior Associate at Signal Peak Ventures, where he led the portfolio management team. Prior to Signal Peak, Mr. Heinz was a Private Equity Analyst at StepStone, where he focused on European primary and secondary private equity investments. He has spent time working with German e-commerce companies for Paua Ventures in Berlin and completed consulting engagements with TRUMPF GmbH. Ron holds an M.B.A. from the University of Mannheim in Germany and a B.A. in Economics from Villanova University. Mr. Heinz speaks fluent German. 

 

 
 
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Cameron Rondo

Senior Associate

Mr. Rondo provides support to the research and due diligence team at Sweetwater Capital Partners. Prior to Sweetwater, Cameron worked as an Executive Director for Madison Creek Partners, where he managed and operated a 60 bed Skilled Nursing Facility. Prior to Madison, he was an Analyst at Stepstone Global providing research and financial analysis to the private equity team. He also served as a client lead to a large pension plan. Cameron graduated with a B.S. in Business Management from Brigham Young University- Hawaii. Cameron speaks fluent tagalog

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Matt Kelsay

Senior Associate

Mr. Kelsay leads the real estate research and valuation efforts at Sweetwater. Prior to Sweetwater, Matt was the Managing Director of Coast Security & Investigations, Inc. in San Diego, California, where he conducted and managed background investigations, due diligence research, and forensic accounting investigations to support legal counsel preparing for civil litigation and corporate acquisitions. In 13 years, Matt used his reputation and experience to build a nationwide client base inclusive of DLA Piper LLP, Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP, the National Football League, and Crum & Forster. Matt holds a private investigator’s license with the State of California and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from California State University, San Marcos.

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LeAnn Lewis

Office Manager

Ms. Lewis assists with the office and accounting functions at Sweetwater Capital Partners.  Before joining Sweetwater, she worked with a large variety of small business’ managing their accounting needs.  Ms. Lewis also was the Tax Manager for Price Club, prior to their merger with Costco, and managed all tax preparation, compliance and audit issues related to the warehouse retail business. 

Ms. Lewis graduated with a B.S. in Finance from Brigham Young University.

 
 
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Christian Mortensen

Investor Relations

Mr. Mortensen is a director at Sweetwater Capital Partners and assists in sourcing potential deal flow and supporting investor relations. He is a communications and performance specialist whose clients include Apple, KPMG, Google, Accenture and numerous other Fortune 100 companies. Mr. Mortensen's prior experience also includes developing business to business relations for Hewlett-Packard and project leads for Electronic Arts, Ketel One, and Liquid Plumr.

Mr. Mortensen holds a B.A. (Hons) from the University of Manchester in Speech and Performance.

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Kyle Shields

Controller

Mr. Shields is the Controller at Sweetwater Capital Partners and oversees the Firm’s finance and accounting functions. Prior to Sweetwater, he worked at Halverson and Company and consulted healthcare, retail, and real estate clients with tax, and accounting matters. Prior to Halverson, he worked at Deloitte where he focused on tax compliance, tax planning, and audit assistance, serving clients in the healthcare, real estate, and investment management industries.

Mr. Shields is a CPA and graduated with a B.S. and M.S. in Accounting from Brigham Young University.