DAVID J. HOOK
Having been a private equity investor since 1982, Mr. Hook has been a General Partner in firms with approximately $165 million under management, has invested in 50 privately held companies of which 14 have completed their IPOs and 5 have been acquired for over $165 million each.
These investments include Applied Digital Access (ADAX), Adaptive Solutions (ADSO), Clarify (CLFY), Etec Systems (ETEC), Genta (GNTA), Harmonic (HLIT), IC Works (Cypress Semiconductor), LGC Wireless (ADC), NetSolve (NTSL), Power Integrations (POWI), Promatory Communications (Nortel Networks), Qpass (AMDOCS), Spatial Wireless (Alcatel), Triquint Semiconductor (TQNT), VidaMed (VIDA), Vitesse Semiconductor (VTSS), and Volterra Semiconductor (VLTR). In addition, he has investments in several privately held companies such as Astute Networks, Inphi, Teranetics and Eltek Valere.
Mr. Hook has also served as director on the boards of several portfolio companies. He is a member of the investment committee of Genesis Campus, a Dallas-based venture capital firm. Mr. Hook initially gained his experience by living and investing in California’s Silicon Valley, working with Larry Mohr at Mohr, Davidow Ventures. In 1984, he co-founded the first Hook Partners Fund. He has been a General Partner in seven Hook-related venture capital partnerships. Moving to Dallas in 1988, he participated in the early stages of the Telecom Corridor. Prior to Mr. Hook’s Silicon Valley years, he was an associate with the venture capital firm Carolina Capital Corporation where he assisted the managing partner in the management of this SBIC.
He holds a BA degree in Accounting from Wittenberg University. Mr. Hook has been a guest lecturer to the MBA entrepreneurial students at Southern Methodist University and has served on the Steering Committee of the Southwest Venture Forum and the DFW Private Equity Forum.
Over the past 19 years Mr. Ludlow has focused on acquiring, growing, and managing various public and private companies. During the past ten years he has been involved in more than 15 transactions.
Currently, Mr. Ludlow is a founder of Baymark Partners focused on investments in service based and technology middle-market companies. Prior to founding Baymark Partners, Mr. Ludlow was a Director, the General Counsel, and Chief Financial Officer of Transition Capital Partners, a middle-market private equity firm with over 25 investments in various service based businesses. Prior to joining Transition Capital Partners, Mr. Ludlow held various senior level positions in large and small public companies as well as practicing M&A, corporate, and securities law in a law firm.
Mr. Ludlow was a Vice President at Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (ACS), a $6.5 billion, Fortune 500 company in the business process and information technology outsourcing industry. He was responsible for integrating new acquisitions, internal business improvement consulting, negotiating complex contracts with Fortune 100 clients, and legal and accounting compliance.
Prior to ACS, Mr. Ludlow practiced M&A, corporate, and securities law at Hallett & Perrin, P.C., where he represented various publicly-traded and privately-held businesses in connection with public offerings of equity and debt, private placements of equity, venture capital and leveraged financing. He also represented various businesses in connection with mergers and negotiated acquisitions of assets and securities. Prior to working at the law firm, Mr. Ludlow worked at Dallas Semiconductor Corporation, a $350M manufacturing company where he held several accounting and finance positions and ultimately earned the position of Manufacturing Controller.
Mr. Ludlow received his JD from Southern Methodist University School of Law and a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and a Certified Public Accountant.
Over the past twelve years, Mr. Denegre has worked with various companies and advisory firms to help grow and manage middle market companies. Currently as a Director, Mr. Denegre is responsible for deal sourcing, managing portfolio companies and conducting due diligence.
Prior to joining Baymark Partners, Mr. Denegre worked at Montgomery Coscia Greilich in the Transaction Services Group. While there, he focused on buy side financial due diligence and consulting for middle market private equity firms. While in this role, Mr. Denegre worked on over 30 M&A transactions ranging from $1 million to $250 million.
Mr. Denegre began his career by starting and running his own contracting company while in college. After college, he was hired by a division of First Service Brands to be the district manager for Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts and grew the region from 10 to 18 locations. In 2008, Mr. Denegre moved to Dallas to help turnaround a large franchise operation for California Closets. By implementing new operating systems, the business was able to survive through the recession and is now one of the largest franchises within its industry.
Mr. Denegre holds a BBA from Eastern Connecticut State University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Over the past seven years, Mr. Waltman has worked in public accounting and private equity. Currently as a Director, Mr. Waltman is responsible for deal sourcing, conducting due diligence and managing portfolio companies.
Prior to joining Baymark Partners, Mr. Waltman worked for five years at Energy Spectrum, a middle market private equity firm with over $2 billion in assets under management. During his time at Energy Spectrum, Mr. Waltman worked with over 40 portfolio companies and 100 investors.
Mr. Waltman began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers. While at PwC, he provided tax consulting and assurance services to private, middle market companies. His clients ranged from IT to refrigerated transportation solutions.
Mr. Waltman received his BS in Accounting and Economics from Trinity University, where he also obtained a Masters in Accounting. He also received his MBA from Southern Methodist University with a focus in Finance and Real Estate. He has been a Certified Public Accountant since 2011.
Mr. Tucker’s 18 year professional career has focused on growing and improving companies ranging from small privately held businesses to large fortune 500 companies; including the multi-billion conglomerate Bayer AG, Raytheon Corporation, and Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. While at these companies he has worked in M&A, business process improvement, IT outsourcing, business operations, enterprise risk management, audit, and security.
He earned his CPA early in his career as a practitioner in the public accounting industry working at Mayer, Hoffman, McCann, P.C. a national accounting firm where he managed various projects for both large and small privately held companies.
Mr. Tucker was a Director at Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (ACS) in the business process and information technology outsourcing industry. He was responsible for large scale projects addressing internal business process improvement, enterprise-wide IT implementations and improvement, customer facing outsourcing integration and monitoring, and internal and external audit and compliance.
Prior to joining Baymark Partners Mr. Tucker worked at Raytheon Corporation in their missile systems division (largest missile manufacturer in the world). While there he was part of their M&A strategic acquisition IT integration team where he focused on their off-sites across the U.S. for IT infrastructure, security, and business process improvement.
Mr. Tucker received his MBA (with an emphasis in Information Technology) from Avila University in Kansas City Missouri and a BS in Accounting from Rockhurst, Kansas City’s Jesuit University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds various IT related certifications including: CISSP, CISA, CISM, and GSNA.
For nearly a decade, Ms. Letzelter has held a variety of positions with investment firms, including executive positions, from Dallas to New York. As Director of Investor Relations with Baymark Partners, Ms. Letzelter will work to develop and sustain relationships with equity investors including individuals, family home offices and institutions.
Before joining Baymark, Ms. Letzelter served as the Capital Introduction Vice President for the Cowen Group in Dallas, Texas. In that position, Ms. Letzelter was a leader on the team that provided customers with additional resources for their sales and marketing strategy. Cowen Prime Services offers a suite of services to assist managers in raising capital from investors such as family offices, fund of funds, wealth advisors, foundations, endowments, and emerging manager platforms. Ms. Letzelter originally joined Convergex Prime Services as a Vice President in 2014 and served in that position for three years before Convergex was acquired by Cowen in 2017. Ms. Letzelter’s leadership has contributed to Cowen Prime Services recently receiving a number of accolades and honors, including being voted “Best Boutique Prime Broker” at the 2017 Hedge Fund Services Awards.
Ms. Letzelter began her career nearly a decade ago in New York City where she worked as an Operations Analyst for Highbridge Capital Management, a $25 billion alternative management investment firm founded in 1992. After three years at Highbridge Capital Management, moved to Dallas where she worked for Park City Capital, a long/short equity hedge fund, as Director of Business Operations and Business Development.
Ms. Letzelter received her B.A. in Finance from Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business in Dallas, TX. An active member of the Dallas community, she is on the Texas Hedge Fund Association committee, co-chair of the networking committee for Texas Wall Street Women and a member of Young Texans Against Cancer (YTAC).