The Mangrove team has completed over 135 deals in 60+ industries. What sets us apart, however, is our balance of transactional experience, operational depth, and a healthy positive culture.

Glenn Oken
Glenn Oken
Managing Director

Glenn Oken

Glenn's primary focus at Mangrove is originating deal opportunities and qualifying acquisition candidates.

He also assists Mangrove portfolio companies with corporate development issues and is a member of Mangrove's Investment Committee. Prior to co-founding Mangrove, Glenn was the most tenured partner at Florida Capital Partners. Between Mangrove and FCP, Glenn has helped to build two of the most experienced and successful lower middle market private equity funds in the nation.

Over the past 28 years as a private equity partner, Glenn is well known for his candid and effective "win/win" partnering with company owners, managers, and their advisors.

Glenn is a firm believer in the power of internal operating partners in private equity, to bring more than just the commodity of cash to portfolio partners. Glenn worked in the southeastern headquarters of L.F. Rothschild and at NCNB National Bank early in his career, and holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia.
Hunter Reichert
Hunter Reichert
Managing Director

Hunter Reichert

Hunter leads Mangrove's transaction execution team. In addition, he contributes to both Mangrove's deal sourcing efforts and to portfolio company operating initiatives. Hunter is a member of Mangrove's Investment Committee. Prior to co-founding Mangrove, Hunter was a founding partner of Harren Equity Partners. Previous to HEP, Hunter spent six years with Charlottesville, Virginia-based Quad-C, Inc. He began his career at RFE Investment Partners, a $200 million venture capital partnership located in New Canaan, CT. Hunter received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with Honors from Hamilton College and a Masters in Business Administration from The Darden School at the University of Virginia.
Matt Young
Matt Young
Managing Director

Matt Young

Matt is a Founding Partner, a member of Mangrove's Investment Committee, and leads Mangrove's internal operating team. In his operating role, Matt guides the firm's efforts to build value in the portfolio. He sits on the boards of all Mangrove portfolio companies, leads strategic planning efforts, mentors management partners, recruits senior talent, and leads special projects at the portfolio company level. Matt also plays a crucial role during the vetting of new investments and when selling Mangrove to prospective portfolio company teams.

Prior to co-founding Mangrove, Matt was a partner and Managing Director at Florida Capital Partners. Matt joined FCP in 2001 as the firm's first operating partner. During his five years at FCP, Matt served on FCP's investment committee and participated in the evaluation, negotiation, and closing of multiple platform and add-on investments.

Before joining FCP, Matt held several key operating positions in small to medium sized companies, including president of Pacific Bag, a small private equity owned packaging company, as manager of North American operations for Melitta KG (a $2BB German family-owned company), and as the senior product manager for an AMF related company. Matt spent seven years consulting with Booz-Allen & Hamilton and a small engineering consulting firm in Washington, D.C.
Matt holds a Bachelors Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech, a Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech, and a Masters in Business Administration from The Darden School at the University of Virginia.
Roger Bates
Roger Bates
Operating Partner

Roger Bates

Roger has been a consultant to small and mid-sized companies for over 30 years.

He has a solid record of successful partnerships with several management teams; engaging the workforce, developing a culture of ownership, implementing "focused" improvement processes, and accelerating profitable growth.

Roger has the ability to help integrate quality and performance management tools into lower middle market companies while preserving their entrepreneurial spirit.

Roger is a founding partner at Mangrove. Previously, he built considerable value within the portfolio at a predecessor fund. Mr. Bates serves on several boards, is a "peer resource" to company leaders, and has temporarily stepped into critical leadership roles when needed.

Mr. Bates founded a performance management consulting practice in 1993 after an intensive career in Quality/Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management.

He held several positions of increasing responsibility within the defense/aerospace and automotive industries.

Roger holds a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Barry Korthuis
Barry Korthuis
Operating Partner

Barry Korthuis

Barry is a member of our three-man internal operating team. He started his career as a CPA at Deloitte & Touche where he served a number of clients in manufacturing, service and technology including Microsoft and its special projects team. Barry left public accounting and entered industry in 1993, progressively working as a financial executive for or consultant to several high growth companies, helping them build and scale infrastructure, restructure, professionalize management and teams, create data driven visibility and accountability, and enhance business systems and controls. Companies ranged from a single location $10 million revenue manufacturer to a foodservice distributor with aggressive growth through acquisition expanding from $1.5 billion to $8.5 billion in revenue.

Matt recruited Barry to our predecessor fund in 2004 as an accounting, finance and information systems consultant to the firm's portfolio companies. He has successfully implemented these valuable improvements in several of the portfolio companies. Barry previously worked with Matt at Pacific Bag where he ultimately became a co-president and shareholder of the company.

Barry holds a degree in Business/Accounting from the University of Washington.
Mark Danzi
Mark Danzi
Principal

Mark Danzi

Mark’s main focus at Mangrove is transaction execution. Prior to joining Mangrove, Mark was an M&A and corporate transactional attorney for over twelve years. During his tenure as a deal lawyer, Mark worked extensively with private equity funds and their portfolio companies in connection with investment, M&A and financing transactions. Mark also frequently worked with entrepreneurs and middle market businesses in a wide range of corporate transactions, including investments by financial and strategic partners and liquidity events. Mark no longer practices law, but he continues to draw from this prior experience in his efforts at Mangrove. Mark holds a JD from American University, Washington College of Law (summa cum laude) and a BA from Bucknell University.
Kyle Wright
Kyle Wright
Principal

Kyle Wright

Kyle has worked extensively and successfully alongside our operating team and the leadership teams of Mangrove’s portfolio companies on a variety of operational optimization projects and initiatives. While a student, Kyle’s work experience included a stint in Foreign Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassy in Argentina, and teaching experience in China. Kyle graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S and a B.A. from The University of Tampa. Kyle also studied in Ireland, Scotland, China, and Italy.
Andrew Winner
Andrew Winner
Vice President

Andrew Winner

Andrew is a Vice President and is actively involved with evaluating new investment opportunities, portfolio company management and transaction execution. Andrew has been with Mangrove since 2013 and was an associate with the firm prior to his current role. Prior to joining Mangrove, Andrew was an investment banking analyst at Stephens Inc. in Atlanta where he worked on a broad array of mergers & acquisitions and equity capital raising transactions in the industrial distribution & services and specialty finance industries. Prior to Stephens, Andrew held internships with NCCI, an actuarial services company, and Citi Smith Barney.

Andrew received both his Master of Science in Finance and B.S.B.A. degrees from the University of Florida, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. While at the University of Florida, Andrew was actively involved in Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Gator Growl, and is a member of the Florida Blue Key leadership honorary. Andrew currently lives in Tampa, FL with his wife and is an active volunteer with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.
Phillip Marks
Phillip Marks
Associate

Phillip Marks

Mangrove Equity Partners is pleased to announce the addition of Phillip
Marks to our team. Phillip is a graduate of the University of Florida. His
passion for lower middle market companies and niche industries was spawned through his work with myriad private companies, focusing on their human capital management.

Phillip is an inveterate sports hound, which in his early career led him to work as a sportscaster and producer.

At Mangrove, Phillip works closely with Glenn Oken in identifying
appropriate investment opportunities, and advancing them through Mangrove’s new deal process.
Kristen Bistany
Kristen Bistany
Office Manager

Kristen Bistany

In addition to leading all back office management, Kristen handles LP communication and administrates various treasury functions for its Funds and Management Company. Kristen has been with Mangrove since its inception in 2007.

Prior to joining Mangrove, Kristen worked in client services with Brown Brothers Harriman and Merrill Lynch. Kristen received a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from The University of Central Florida.
Nathan Douglas
Nathan Douglas
Analyst

Nathan Douglas

Nathan is actively involved with evaluating new investment opportunities,
portfolio management and deal execution. Prior to joining Mangrove
full-time, Nathan was a Summer Analyst with Mangrove and held an
internship with The Easton Group, a commercial real estate group. Nathan
received a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering and Business
Administration minor from the University of Florida.
Erik Vosatka
Erik Vosatka
Fund Controller and Portfolio Analyst

Erik Vosatka

Erik is a graduate of the University of Florida where he received a B.S. in Finance and minor in Actuarial Science. While at the University of Florida, Erik was the President of the Florida Actuarial Student Society.

Prior to joining Mangrove, Erik was a pension and employee benefits plan analyst at Mercer for over six years. During his tenure as an actuarial consulting analyst, Erik worked on a broad array of actuarial valuation and risk mitigation services for clients in multiple industries including telecommunications, utilities, and healthcare. He has taken and passed several actuarial exams, and is currently in pursuit of a CFA designation. Erik left the actuarial industry in 2017 to join Mangrove Equity Partners as a fund controller and portfolio analyst. At Mangrove, Erik works closely with Barry Korthuis and is actively involved with fund reporting, administration, and accounting, as well as portfolio monitoring and tax compliance.
Kristin Jordan
Kristin Jordan
Marketing Coordinator

Kristin Jordan

Kristin is a graduate of the University of South Florida. Prior to joining Mangrove, Kristin worked in sales oriented roles for a leading CPA firm that provided IT compliance assessment services as well as a national soccer retailer. Her passion for creating a great client experience has led her to this opportunity. At Mangrove, Kristin is responsible for planning and managing all marketing activities.