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OUR TEAM

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Peter Kirsch

Founder, Managing Partner

Prior to founding Blue Marlin Partners, Peter oversaw and directed investments for the family office of the founder of America Online for ten years, where he was responsible for all financial management and direct investments. In this position he also served as the liaison and trusted advisor for other family offices and high net worth individuals seeking to co-invest.  Peter also served as Investment Committee Chairman, Longstreet Partners, Advisor, The Edgewater Funds and numerous boards of directors. Subsequently, Peter was CEO of Platformix and, CEO the American Society of Landscape Architects. Peter received his B.S. in Communications from Marquette University. 

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Jeff Frient

Managing Partner

Jeff has a long history in middle market investing, having been a private equity investor with the Edgewater Funds and an investment banker with William Blair & Company, for nearly 25 years. He has worked actively with family offices, high net worth investors, institutions, endowments and funds, as well as co-investors. Jeff has served on 15 company Boards of Directors, and has been Chairman of 4. Prior to graduate school, Jeff served worldwide in the U.S. Air Force as an F-16 pilot. Jeff received his B.S. in Computer Science from the United States Air Force Academy, graduating as a Distinguished Graduate, and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He currently serves on the Board of the Air Force Academy Foundation. 

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David Williams

Partner

David Williams was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Merkle, Inc. He acquired Merkle in 1988. Today, Merkle has more than 11,000 employees in locations in the United States, Europe and Asia, and is one of the largest marketing services companies in the world.  Under David’s leadership, Merkle sustained double-digit annual growth for over 30 years. David is the author of the book, Connected CRM: Implementing a Data-Driven, Customer-Centric Business Strategy. Mr. Williams is now CEO of MRE Capital and Chairman of Quality Brands International, a Blue Marlin Company.

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Dan Moore

Dan has been a longtime advisor to Blue Marlin Partners and has over 35 years’ experience in managing companies, arranging financing transactions and negotiating business arrangements. Longstreet Partners, founded by Dan in 2001, was a  private equity and investment banking  firm focused on small to mid-sized enterprises.  Over 15 years, Longstreet invested in or worked with over 30 different companies in many capacities.  Dan has served as chairman and CEO of two publicly traded companies. Dan, a certified public accountant, began his career at Arthur Andersen & Co. in Washington D.C. in 1976 after receiving his Master’s
in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.  Dan received his Bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College. Dan serves on the Board of Leadership Mission International, an educational organization for young women in Honduras. 

Scott Brickman

Partner

Scott Brickman is the retired Chairman and CEO of the Brickman Group, the nation’s largest landscape services company which under his leadership grew from a handful of regional branches to 170 branches throughout the country employing over 12,000 associates. Mr. Brickman is the Chairman of LandCare and RDR Holdings, both Blue Marlin Companies. Active in philanthropy with a focus on poverty, homelessness and education, Mr. Brickman sits on the board of Catholic Charities, The Don Bosco Cristo Rey School, Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, and is a member of Venture Philanthropy Partners.

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Christian Delzell

Prior to joining Blue Marlin Partners, Christian spent 19 years in the financial services industry working for and with RIAs doing manager due diligence, asset class allocation, and performance analysis for high net worth individuals/families and institutional investors.  Most recently, Christian spent 4 years managing a team of analysts at a global bank performing financial reporting on general partners for institutional private equity investors spanning all sectors and geographies. 

He received his B.S. in Economics with Finance Applications and M.B.A from Southern Methodist University.

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Duncan Bowden

Prior to joining Blue Marlin Partners, Duncan was an Investment Associate at Liberty Hall Capital Partners, a lower middle market buyout firm in South Carolina. Duncan was involved in all aspects of the investment process and spent time on various strategic initiatives across the firm’s portfolio companies. Prior to joining Liberty Hall, Duncan worked in the Leveraged Finance group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Duncan received his B.S. in Finance from Wake Forest University.

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Deborah Williams

Deborah is a CPA practicing in the DC suburbs of Maryland. She has over 40 years of experience in accounting and taxation for small businesses and individuals such as real estate sales/development, retail, business professionals and consultants and non-profits.

Including work in budgeting/financial planning, general business consulting, financial statement preparation and individual, corporate, partnership and non-profit tax returns.

She is also an accountant for small business and for non-profit entities where responsibilities include maintaining financial records, assisting with audits and interacting with directors, bankers and third party consultants.

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Chris Swarbrick

Chris is a first year M.B.A student at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Prior to Booth, Chris was an Investment Associate at Blackstreet Capital, a lower middle market distressed buyout firm in Maryland. Chris led investment processes from diligence to close and was heavily involved in post merger integrations, valuations, investor relations, and other portfolio responsibilities. Prior to Blackstreet, Chris was a Corporate Finance and Restructuring Consultant in Chicago. Chris received his B.B.A in Finance from the University of Notre Dame.