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At Sterling, performance rules, but relationships reign. We are looking to build relationships with world-class talent to help grow our companies.

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What We Are Looking For...

Serially Successful Operators

Businesses are born of ideas but built by leaders. We are looking for leaders with a track record of success that exhibit the perfect blend of strategic vision and dogged determination to drive growth every day. We want leaders who know how to inspire others to follow.  Our portfolio company executives are passionate and resilient with an unwavering entrepreneurial spirit. If this is you, we want to know you.

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Rick Inatome

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Rick Inatome

Rick is the CEO of Infilaw, a consortium of independent, community based law schools that is establishing itself as a leader in making legal education more responsive to the realities of new careers dynamics.  The InfiLaw System includes Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, FL, Phoenix School of Law in Phoenix, AZ and its newest school, Charlotte School of Law in Charlotte, NC which opened in 2006.  Its mission is to establish student-centered, ABA accredited law schools in underserved markets that graduate students with the skills of a second-year associate and achieve true diversity programs aimed at student academic and careers success.  Under Rick’s guidance, Infilaw has become a world-class organization that consistently delivers the high quality outcomes for students, like bar pass rates and career placement.

Rick is a well-known computer industry pioneer who co-founded two multi-billion dollar companies, including Computer City and Inacomp Computer Centers. He was also responsible for taking American Speedy Printing, the 4th largest printing chain, out of bankruptcy to become one of the most profitable chains in the U.S. He has been active on a number of boards, including AAA Michigan, ACG, R.L. Polk & Co., Saturn Electronics and Michigan Virtual University, the State of Michigan’s 13th state chartered public university. He also served on the Advisory Boards of University of Michigan Dearborn and MSU Broad School of Business.  Rick received a BA in Economics from Michigan State University.


World Class Directors

When it comes to our portfolio company directors, we are looking for more than just figureheads.  Our boards are comprised of highly successful, experienced executives that set themselves apart by their level of engagement and passion for helping us build businesses.  We believe that a world-class team of outside directors is an absolutely essential component of the growth equation.

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Pat Dills

Pat is the former Chairman of Paradigm Management Services and served as Executive Chairman of MSC Group, Inc. In this role he worked to place MSC in a position of nationwide leadership in the delivery of medical products and services to the workers’ compensation industry. Pat also spent 17 years at First Health Group, where he started the workers’ compensation division, which went on to become the most profitable division of the company. Pat joined First Health just after their IPO and helped grow the company and generate a significant return of capital to investors upon its private sale. Pat also served as interim President/CEO and is current Chairman of the Board of PRG Schultz, the world’s largest recovery audit firm, and worked at M&M Mars Inc. and Carnation Co. Pat received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Next Generation Leaders (Sterling Accelerator Program)

The Sterling Accelerator program is one of a kind.  This is an opportunity for high-potential professionals with 7-10 years of strategy and finance experience to step into a meaningful operating role at a growth-oriented, private equity owned business.  Our Accelerators have a direct reporting relationship to proven CEOs and CFOs and receive invaluable experience in how to lead and manage high-growth companies.  If you are independently motivated, intellectually curious, inspired by growth, and aspire to ultimately become a CEO or CFO, we want to hear your story.

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Jon Gaunt

Jon joined Sterling’s Accelerator program in 2013 with almost 10 years of experience in a combination of financial and corporate roles. He currently works at PlattForm as the Vice President of Strategy and M&A. Jon works closely with the CEO, CFO and executive team to lead all corporate development activities, drive the strategic planning and execution of related initiatives and grow the Seelio business unit. Prior to PlattForm, Jon worked for HOSTING as a Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development, Wachovia Capital Partners (now Pamlico Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on the middle market) as a Senior Associate and Wachovia Securities (now Wells Fargo) as an investment banking analyst. Jon received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Vanderbilt University and a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Aspiring Investment Professionals

What we look for in an investment professional is similar to what we look for in a new investment:  differentiated, proven, and committed to growth.  We believe in the value of a well-rounded investor – individuals with investment banking and or principal investing experience mixed with successful operating or entrepreneurial experiences.  We want individuals who aren’t afraid to push the boundaries of what is possible.  Individuals who are driven by an entrepreneurial spirit that allows them to see and seize opportunities that elude most.

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Mike Drai

Mike joined Sterling in 2008 and is a Principal. Prior to Sterling, he worked at GTCR Golder Rauner, LLC, Allen & Company, and Salomon Smith Barney. Mike received a BS in Finance from University of Illinois and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management.