Raymond P. Carpenter
FOUNDER AND MANAGING MEMBER
Mr. Carpenter is Founder and Managing Member of Gulf & Pacific Group, LLC. At GPG Mr. Carpenter is responsible for managing the day to day operations and leads the strategic direction of the Firm. In addition, he is in charge of formulating and spearheading GPG’s growth strategy and origination efforts. Mr. Carpenter also advises select clientele of the Firm.
Prior to GPG, Mr. Carpenter was a Director in the Investment Banking Group of Southwest Securities, Inc., at the time the largest full service regional investment bank in the southwest, where he focused on advising clients in the industrial and electronics supply chain.
During his 25 year career, Mr. Carpenter has advised on numerous transactions in the engineering and industrial products and services industries. His experience includes advising clients on a wide variety of transactions including exclusive sales, both sell-side and buy-side mergers & acquisitions, leverage/management buyouts and recapitalizations representing in excess of $18.0 billion in transaction value and raising more than $2.5 billion of private and public institutional debt and equity capital for clients. In addition, he has advised clients on the assessment of strategic alternatives, takeover defense and Special Committees of Boards of Directors, which were formed due to conflicts in relation to a possible transaction, regarding the financial fairness of a specific transaction.
Mr. Carpenter spent five years as a highly ranked Associate and Senior Equity Analyst in charge of covering the electronics supply chain for Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities (“DLJ”), a full service investment and merchant bank that subsequently was acquired by Credit Suisse First Boston LLC. While at DLJ, the electronics research franchise enjoyed the number one ranking by Institutional Investor Magazine five consecutive years and Mr. Carpenter was an Institutional Investor “All American” vote recipient in both the electronics component and distribution industries as well as the electronics manufacturing services (“EMS”) and printed circuit board (“PCB”) industries.
Mr. Carpenter has been cited in several business, financial and industry publications, including The Wall Street Journal, SMT Magazine, EMSNow, CircuiTree, PCB Magazine and The Deal.com and has made appearances on CNBC and Bloomberg television to discuss industry trends and company specific investment issues. He was recently named by VentureOutsource.com as one of “The Top 100 People Influencing the EMS Industry” (# 37). Mr. Carpenter is also a published author of several well-regarded corporate finance/M&A articles and “industry thought pieces” regarding the electronics sector and is a regular keynote/guest lecturer at many industry events and conferences. Mr. Carpenter graduated from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business with a degree in Finance.