Mr. Whitelaw founded Graue Mill Partners, LLC ("GMP") in 2000 and has played an active role in its development and with oversight of the firm's investments. Previously, Mr. Whitelaw spent over twenty-five years as an investment banker, principally with Merrill Lynch & Co., to corporations of various sizes both domestically and abroad, advising in all areas of capital raising, corporate finance and mergers/acquisitions. Just prior to forming GMP, Mr. Whitelaw was Managing Director and Head of the Chicago corporate finance office for PaineWebber Group, where he re-established the firm's investment banking presence in the Midwest to leverage the middle-market, equity research driven focus of the firm.
More recently, Mr. Whitelaw has led GMP's efforts to refine its origination and investment focus in the Search Fund asset class, as the firm has successfully positioned itself as an active partner and unique resource to Search Fund Entrepreneurs in this very attractive alternative private equity investment category. In 2013, these efforts included the formation of an exclusive partnership with a well established, Chicago based asset advisory firm, which now serves as GMP's institutional capital partner behind its rapidly expanding portfolio of Search Fund investments. Mr. Whitelaw currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for MST Services, Inc., Blue Sky Network and Record Reproduction Services, Inc., all currently active GMP Search Fund portfolio companies. In 2018, Caravel Autism Health, in which Mr. Whitelaw led GMP's largest Search Fund capital commitment to date and where he has served as a Director, successfully completed a majority recapitalization transaction in partnership with Frazier Healthcare Partners to aggressively extend GMP's Caravel investment and its best-in-class autism health services platform both operationally and geographically.
Mr. Whitelaw is an honors graduate of Vanderbilt University and The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is a past Chair of the Wellness House Foundation Board of Directors, a former President and Board Member of the Hinsdale Golf Club and is currently a Director of the Western Golf Association/Evans Scholars Foundation.
Richard A. Bruder
Mr. Bruder has been managing private equity investments and partnerships for nearly 20 years. Prior to joining Graue Mill Partners in 2003, he was most focused on creating long term capital appreciation through participatory ownership with management. This overall theme of creating business environments that would motivate entrepreneurial executives, partners, and staff, laid the foundation for Mr. Bruder's work at GMP.
Beginning in 1980, Mr. Bruder spent 20 years as a member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange and 18 years as a member of the Chicago Board of Trade. At the CBOE, Mr. Bruder was a long-standing member of the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, and numerous standing committees. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Cincinnati Stock Exchange. He continues to serve as a public member of the Business Conduct Committee of the CBOE.
Mr. Bruder currently serves on the Board of Directors of Attainia Inc., a search fund holding in the portfolio of GMP. He recently served on the Board of Directors of Out of Home Holdings Corporation, a GMP search fund portfolio company. OOHH was one of GMP's early portfolio Search Fund investments, which the firm very successfully monetized in a 2015 recapitalization. Additionally, he is a Board Member of Hinsdale Bank & Trust, a $2.1 billion community bank and subsidiary of the $25 billion financial services holding company, Wintrust Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:WTFC), and he is also on the Board of Directors of Tricom Funding, Inc., a premier provider of payroll, administrative and funding services.
Mr. Bruder is a past Chairman of the Board and CEO of the USO of Illinois, and continues to serve on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He is also the past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Ride 2 Recovery, a military focused non-for-profit, and has been a member of the Board of Directors of numerous other philanthropic organizations.
Mr. Bruder received a BA with honors from the University of Southern California. He also attended a Doctoral Studies program at the University of Delaware.