Jonathan is managing partner of Cartess Investment Partners (“Cartess”), an investment partnership focused on owner-operated businesses seeking strategic, long-term oriented capital from personally invested principals with operating experience. Jonathan’s professional experience includes private equity investments, entrepreneurial ventures and executive management expertise spanning a variety of industries including paper and packaging, food, healthcare, light manufacturing and agriculture. Responsibilities associated with Cartess include Green Bay Converting, Pacific Ag, Paragon Furniture, Perfect Parfait Holdings, and Ark Pharmacies. Previously, Jonathan was executive vice president of SPG, a leading manufacturer and supplier of packaging products to the foodservice industry, which was sold to Georgia Pacific in 2014. Prior to SPG, Mr. Dyer was a principal at CIC Partners, a Dallas-based private equity firm that invests in growth-oriented companies primarily in the food, healthcare and energy industries. He began his career in the investment banking group of Bear Stearns. Jonathan has a BBA from TCU and an MBA from The Wharton School. Jonathan, his wife, Lindsey, and their four children reside in Dallas, Texas.
Bill LevyPresident and CEO, Pacific Ag
Bill brings eighteen years of agricultural leadership experience foremost in his role as president and founder of Pacific Ag. Since its start-up phase when Bill was in college, Pacific Ag has become the largest agricultural residue and animal forage harvesting company in the country. Bill pioneered a novel supply chain management and harvest company business model that includes a 2x level improvement in equipment utilization. Bill’s accomplishments are reflected in his invitation to witness the 25,000th large square baler to roll off the assembly line at the AGCO/Hesston baler facility in 2013. Bill also successfully negotiated the merger of American Onion and Rivergate Farms to form River Point Farms, the nation’s largest onion grower and processor. Bill served as River Point’s first COO and continues to serve on its board of directors. Bill earned an MS at Washington State University in agribusiness and a BS from Oregon State University in agricultural economics.
Christopher C. Harris joined Advantage Capital in 2009. As a member of the firm’s investment group, he is responsible for sourcing, due diligence and valuation analysis of current and prospective investments. Mr. Harris serves on the board of directors for several portfolio companies, including GENICON, Prioria Robotics, Beehive Industries, RepEquity, SOMS Technologies and Quoddy. Mr. Harris also manages Advantage’s investments in Veran Medical Technologies, Minimally Invasive Devices and OrderWithMe.
Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Mr. Harris worked for GE Capital as an assistant vice president, where he helped establish the company’s presence in large cap leveraged finance underwriting and investing. He joined GE in the FMP program and cycled throughout various operating and finance roles before joining on with the large cap leverage finance team.
Mr. Harris received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.