Team

Our team brings an exceptional investment track record at top tier private equity and investment institutions.
Andy Cantwell

Andy Cantwell

CEO and Managing Partner
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Andy Cantwell

CEO and Managing Partner

Andy has spent over twenty-two years in the private investment industry as senior lender, mezzanine capital provider, limited partner/equity co-investor and, for the past twelve years, as a control investor. Prior to CPC Partners, Andy was Partner at Norwest Equity Partners, a middle market private equity firm headquartered in Minneapolis that has raised over $7.0 billion in capital. Andy has worked closely with founders, management teams and served on numerous boards of private companies across a variety of industries including industrial, distribution, consumer, building products, and business and tech-enabled services. Prior to Norwest Equity Partners, Andy worked at Northwestern Mutual Capital and ABN AMRO.

Andy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received his M.B.A from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Taylor Moore

Taylor Moore

Partner
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Taylor Moore

Partner

Prior to Carlson, Taylor spent nearly ten years with Norwest Equity Partners, a middle market private equity firm headquartered in Minneapolis that has raised over $7.0 billion in capital. While at NEP, Taylor was involved in the oversight of multiple investments, representing over $500 million of invested capital. Taylor worked closely with management teams and served on multiple boards across diverse industries including consumer, distribution, agriculture and tech-enabled services. Prior to NEP, Taylor worked in investment banking at Piper Jaffray & Co. and Morgan Keegan. Taylor also spent a year in East Africa volunteering for an organization focused on malaria prevention. He currently serves on the board of One2One Mentoring, a non-profit provider of in-school mentoring and law enforcement training in Brooklyn Park.

Taylor graduated Summa Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University and received his M.B.A. with Distinction from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Emma Gergen

Emma Gergen

Vice President
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Emma Gergen

Vice President

Emma joined Carlson in 2019 after working at Norwest Equity Partners, a middle market private equity firm headquartered in Minneapolis that has raised over $7.0 billion in capital. While at NEP, Emma was involved in the evaluation and execution of numerous transactions and worked closely with management teams to oversee investments across a variety of industries including consumer, healthcare, industrial, and distribution. Prior to NEP, Emma worked in operations at a privately held healthcare IT company and in investment banking at TripleTree. Emma started her career as a C.P.A. at Deloitte & Touche.

Emma graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received her M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Cory Petersen

Cory Petersen

VP of Finance and Administration
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Cory Petersen

VP of Finance and Administration

Cory joined Carlson in 2019 after working as a Director at Stone Arch Capital, a middle market private equity firm headquartered in Minneapolis.  At Stone Arch, he sat on a number of portfolio company boards while working closely with management teams to oversee investments across a variety of industries.  Prior to Stone Arch, Cory was a Director at PWC working in their M&A Advisory practice and specialized in providing strategic, business and financial advice on acquisitions and divestitures for private equity clients.

Cory is primarily responsible for all financial, administrative and compliance responsibilities for Carlson’s fund, while also supporting the structuring, financing and due diligence efforts on investment opportunities.

Cory received his Bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from St. Johns University and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

Ali Stewart

Ali Stewart

Associate
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Ali Stewart

Associate

Prior to joining CPC Partners, Ali was an analyst at Northwestern Mutual Capital, a provider of private capital with over $40 billion of assets under management. In her over two years at NMC, Ali worked with multiple deal teams and aided in analyzing and investing in numerous private debt and equity transactions across a wide range of industries, including food, healthcare, and business services.

Ali graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston College’s Wallace E. Carroll School of Management where she received a BS in management with concentrations in finance and marketing and a minor in international studies.

Stephanie Johnson

Stephanie Johnson

Associate
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Stephanie Johnson

Associate

Stephanie joined Carlson Private Capital Partners in 2019 after working at Chartwell Financial Advisory in Minneapolis. As a member of Chartwell’s Corporate Finance practice, she assisted in the execution of M&A transactions, ESOP-related transactions, and capital markets transactions across a variety of industries. She provided a broad range of supporting services throughout transaction processes, including generating comprehensive valuation analyses and transaction models, creating transaction documents and marketing materials, and conducting due diligence. Prior to Chartwell, Stephanie worked as an analyst in Jefferies healthcare investment banking group in New York.

Stephanie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston College and received a B.S. with concentrations in in Finance and Corporate Reporting & Analysis from the Wallace E. Carroll School of Management Honors Program.

Lindsey Main

Lindsey Main

Associate
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Lindsey Main

Associate

Prior to joining Carlson Private Capital Partners in 2019, Lindsey worked for Piper Jaffray in Minneapolis as an Analyst in the Consumer Investment Banking group. In her three years at Piper Jaffray, Lindsey worked with multiple deal teams on a wide range of M&A and capital markets transactions across the consumer sector. She focused on transaction support and execution, crafting marketing materials, creating valuation analyses, building robust operating models, and conducting due diligence.

Lindsey graduated Cum Laude from Carleton College and received a B.A. in Economics.

Amanda Holmer

Amanda Holmer

Marketing and Office Manager
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Amanda Holmer

Marketing and Office Manager

Amanda joined Carlson in 2019 after spending over 11 years as Marketing Director at Northstar Capital Partners, a middle market mezzanine fund in Minneapolis that has raised over $1.6 billion in capital. While at Northstar, Amanda was involved in all marketing activities and event coordination as well as supporting the investment origination and portfolio management staff.

Amanda graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Herberger Business School at Saint Cloud State University with a B.S. in Marketing.