Striker Team

Richard A. Graham
Mr. Graham is a Managing Principal and the founder of Striker Partners, with primary responsibility for the strategic direction of the firm. He plays the lead role in coordinating Striker’s relationships with its portfolio companies, with a specific focus on maximizing synergies across the Striker portfolio. Prior to Striker, Mr. Graham gained significant entrepreneurial experience in the sports industry. In 1994, he co-founded BSC, an international sports marketing and event promotion company, which created and developed a televised series of global sporting events. In October of 1998, Mr. Graham sold his controlling interest in BSC and founded Striker. Prior to BSC, Mr. Graham worked for Viking Graham, sourcing transactions and evaluating investment opportunities primarily within the packaging and general manufacturing industries. Mr. Graham’s past and present board directorships include: Surgent McCoy, LLC, Touchstone Wireless, LP, YSC Sports, LP, High Performance Sports, LLC, Larex, Inc. and Nurture, Inc. Mr. Graham also sits on the board of Starfinder Foundation, Burke Mountain Academy, and Camp Tecumseh. Mr. Graham earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College, and resides in suburban Philadelphia with his wife, two sons, and daughter.

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Derek R. Spence
Mr. Spence joined Striker Partners as a Managing Principal in 1999, and has primary responsibility for sourcing, structuring and negotiating transactions, as well as evaluating operating performance, coordinating financial and legal due diligence and reviewing transaction agreements for Striker's Investments. Mr. Spence spends much of his time working directly with portfolio company management teams to better position the businesses for long-term growth. Prior to joining Striker, Mr. Spence worked directly for the Office of the Chief Executive at Deloitte & Touche ("D&T") in New York, analyzing and executing principal investment opportunities for the firm on a global basis. While at D&T, he played a key role in structuring, negotiating and closing numerous transactions in various countries. Mr. Spence has significant financial, operational and strategic business experience within the life sciences, manufacturing and business services industries. Mr. Spence earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College and his M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Spence’s past and present board directorships include: FleetLogix, Inc., Data Driven Safety, Little Spurs Pediatric Urgent Care, Professional Credential Service, Inc., Surgent McCoy, LLC, Touchstone Wireless, LP, YSC Sports, LP, High Performance Sports, LLC, Eastern Wireless, LP, LaserGrade, LP, Larex, Inc. and Nurture, Inc., and he is the chairman of the Board of Trustees of South Shore Conservatory in Hingham, MA. He resides in suburban Boston, and has three sons.

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Charles J. French
Mr. French, a Managing Principal at Striker Partners, joined the firm in 2002. He has responsibility for sourcing, evaluating, and executing transactions, and is also actively involved in Striker’s efforts to provide strategic guidance and assistance to its portfolio companies. Prior to joining Striker, Mr. French was Director of Finance and Operations for the software provider SoftCoin, Inc., where he managed the company's financial strategy and corporate development efforts. Mr. French also worked for several years in the investment banking groups of Alex. Brown & Sons and Deutsche Bank AG, in both the U.S. and Europe. As an investment banker, he helped structure and execute equity and fixed income financings, as well as mergers and acquisitions for clients in the U.S. and European transportation, aerospace and defense industries. Mr. French’s past and present board directorships include: FleetLogix, Inc., Data Driven Safety, Little Spurs Pediatric Urgent Care, Professional Credential Services, Inc., Touchstone Wireless, LP and Surgent McCoy, LLC. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, Cum Laude, from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He resides with his wife and two sons in suburban Philadelphia.

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Gregory W. Okupniarek
Mr. Okupniarek has been with Striker Partners since its inception in 1998. As the CFO, Mr. Okupniarek has primary responsibility for overseeing the accounting, finance and tax functions for Striker and its portfolio companies. Mr. Okupniarek provides support in sourcing, evaluating and executing transactions. Prior to joining Striker, Mr. Okupniarek was the Controller of BSC, an international sports marketing and event-promotion company, which created and developed a televised series of global soccer events. In this capacity, Mr. Okupniarek managed the accounting, finance and tax functions, and assisted in developing the company’s financial strategy. Mr. Okupniarek earned his Bachelor of Science degree from West Chester University and his M.B.A. from The Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University. He resides with his wife, daughter and son in suburban Philadelphia.

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