Experience has taught us that nothing is more conducive to a successful relationship than an atmosphere of open sharing, level setting and mutual respect. Everyone on the Endeavour team brings a collaborative enthusiasm to their work, both with one another and with our partners.
  • Lauren Adler Chief Financial Officer

    Lauren joined Endeavour in 2015.  Lauren supervises the firms accounting, tax reporting, and finance functions.  Previously, she was Controller at Seidler Equity Partners, a private equity firm in Los Angeles.  Additionally, she spent four years in the tax practice at Ernst & Young.  Lauren received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Southern California.  She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in California.  Lauren resides in Lake Oswego, Oregon with her husband and son.

    lma@endeavour.com
  • Stephen Babson Managing Director

    Stephen joined Endeavour in 2002. Since that time, he has worked with companies in the food and consumer, specialty retail, niche manufacturing / industrials, transportation and logistics, and business services industries. Stephen serves on the boards of Entek, ATL Technology and Point B.

    Before joining Endeavour, Stephen was the Chairman of Stoel Rives LLP, one of the largest law firms in the Pacific Northwest. At Stoel Rives, Stephen’s practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, and securities transactions. Stephen’s relationship with Endeavour, as counsel and as an investor, dates back to its formation in 1991.

    In addition to his roles on Endeavour boards, Stephen also serves on the board of Columbia Sportswear Company and Pendleton Woolen Mills, and is a former board member of Roseburg Forest Products. Stephen has a B.A. from Stanford University, a J.D. from Stanford Law School and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Stephen is based in the Seattle office and divides his time between Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. Stephen and his wife have two sons.

    seb@endeavour.com

    Industry Focus Areas

    • Food & Consumer
    • Specialty Retail
    • Transportation & Logistics
    • Niche Manufacturing / Industrials
    • Business Services

    Current Portfolio Responsibilities

  • Salman Bari Business Development Associate

    Salman joined Endeavour in 2022 in the role of Business Development Associate. Salman’s primary responsibilities include industry and company research in support of the firm’s business development efforts, as well as add-on acquisition identification for Endeavour’s partner companies. Prior to joining Endeavour, Salman worked at Marlin Equity Partners in their business development group. He began his career at Harvey & Company, a buyside acquisition search firm. Salman received his B.A, from the University of California, Riverside, and an M.B.A from the University of California, Irvine.

    sab@endeavour.com
  • Soraya Dancsecs Executive Assistant

    Soraya joined Endeavour in 2015. She has fifteen years of experience as an Executive Assistant working in the entertainment industry. Soraya received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She resides in La Canada, California with her three children.

    Soraya supports Leland Jones, Luke Redfern, and Tasnia Huque.

    sdd@endeavour.com
  • Ellaina Diederich Executive Assistant

    Ellaina joined Endeavour in 2022. She has experience in administrative support, recruiting, and human resources working in the technology industry. Ellaina received her degree in Human Resource Management from Washington State University. She resides in Seattle, Washington with her husband and two cats.

    Ellaina supports Bradaigh Wagner, David Goldberg, Aaron Richmond, and David Taiclet

    emd@endeavour.com
  • Rocky Dixon Emeritus / Co-Founder

    Rocky co-founded Endeavour in 1991. Since that time, he has worked with companies in the specialty retail, business services and niche manufacturing industries. Rocky serves on the board of the Bi-Mart Corporation.

    Prior to co-founding Endeavour, Rocky spent six years as the West Coast Director for Earl Kinship Capital, a diversified equity investment company that specialized in real estate, technology startups, and oil and gas exploration. In 1983, he co-founded Support Technologies, Inc., a computer-test equipment company. Rocky also spent five years in marketing and sales management at Stanley Tools.

    In addition to his roles on Endeavour boards, Rocky also serves on the boards El Aero Services, Adventure Funds and Beef Northwest. He is also the Chairman of the Kinship Trust Company and sits on the board of OHSU. Rocky received a B.S. from the University of Oregon. He has two sons and currently lives with his wife in Asotin, Washington.

    Industry Focus Areas

    • Food and Consumer
    • Niche Manufacturing
    • Business Services
  • Mark Dorman Managing Director

    Mark joined Endeavour in 1998. Since that time, he has worked with companies in a broad range of industries including healthcare, niche manufacturing, business services, and food and consumer. Mark currently serves on the boards of  Arizona Nutritional Supplements, Nordic Cold Chain Solutions, Apex Dental Partners, and Andavi Solutions.

    Prior to Endeavour, Mark was a Partner at Green Manning & Bunch, a Denver-based investment banking firm. Prior to GMB, Mark worked in the investment banking groups at Boettcher & Company (now Wells Fargo) in Denver and Morgan Stanley in New York.

    Mark is a Life Trustee at Lewis & Clark College, a Board Member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Colorado Chapter and an Executive Board Member of Boy Scouts of America, Denver Area Council. Mark received a B.S. from Lewis and Clark College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He and his wife reside in Denver, Colorado and have three grown children.

    dmd@endeavour.com

    Industry Focus Areas

    • Healthcare
    • Business Services
    • Niche Manufacturing
    • Food & Consumer
  • Derek Eve Managing Director

    Derek joined Endeavour in 2011. Since that time, he has worked with companies in the niche manufacturing / industrials, food and consumer, and business services industries. Derek leads the niche manufacturing / industrials effort for Endeavour. He currently serves as a board member or observer of Dynamic Aerostructures, Nordic Cold Chain Solutions, Portland Bolt & Manufacturing Company and The Willamette Valley Company.

    Prior to Endeavour, Derek was an Associate at Diamond Castle, a middle-market private equity firm in New York. Prior to that, he was an Analyst in the investment banking division of Credit Suisse, in the Financial Sponsors Group.

    Derek received an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.A. degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Washington. Derek currently resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife.

    dae@endeavour.com

    Industry Focus Areas

    • Niche Manufacturing / Industrials
  • Erin Finnerty-Sobel Executive Assistant

    Erin joined Endeavour in 2019. She previously served as an Executive Assistant to the Dean at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine and School of Arts and Sciences. Erin received her degree in English from the University of Michigan. She resides in Los Angeles, California with her husband, dog and cat.

    Erin supports Mark Dorman, Derek Eve, Rachel Senko Foltz, and Jordan Newell.

    efs@endeavour.com
  • Rachel Senko Foltz Managing Director

    Rachel joined Endeavour in 2013. Since that time, she has worked with companies in the food and consumer, specialty retail, transportation and logistics, and business services industries. She currently serves on the boards of Manitobah Mukluks, Visual Data Media Services, and as an observer on the board of Nordic Cold Chain Solutions.

    Prior to Endeavour, Rachel was an investment professional at Newstone Capital Partners, a middle-market private equity and mezzanine firm. Prior to Newstone, Rachel was an Associate at Weston Presidio, a San Francisco-based middle-market private equity firm and an Analyst at UBS Investment Bank in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

    Rachel received a B.S., with honors, from the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar. Rachel currently lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband, son and daughter.

    rsf@endeavour.com

    Industry Focus Areas

    • Food & Consumer
    • Specialty Retail
    • Transportation & Logistics
  • Taylor Gentry Vice President - Partner Company Operations

    Taylor joined Endeavour in 2015.  Previously, he worked as an investment banking analyst at RBC Capital Markets in New York. While at RBC, Taylor focused on M&A advisory and capital raising for clients in the Consumer and Retail sectors. Taylor graduated magna cum laude from the University of Oregon with a B.S. degree in Accounting and a minor in Economics. He lives with his wife in Portland, OR.

    tcg@endeavour.com
  • David Goldberg Managing Director

    David joined Endeavour in 2011. Since joining Endeavour, he has worked with companies in the healthcare and business services industries. David leads the healthcare investing effort for Endeavour. He currently serves as a board member of Fi Holdings, Equality Health, ATL Technology and Point B.

    Prior to Endeavour, David was with DW Healthcare Partners, a healthcare-focused private equity firm. Previously, he was part of Comerica Bank’s Technology & Life Sciences division.

    David is originally from Aberdeen, WA. He received a B.A. degree in finance from the University of Washington and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Chicago. David lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife and three children.

    dlg@endeavour.com

    Industry Focus Areas

    • Healthcare
    • Business Services

    Current Portfolio Responsibilities

    Former Portfolio Responsibilities

  • Lauren Harkins Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

    Lauren joined Endeavour in 2018. She has experience as an Administrative Assistant working in the finance, public relations, and entertainment industries. Lauren received her B.F.A. in Drama from the College of Fine Arts at Boston University. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

    Lauren supports Patrick Austin, Jasmine Eshtehar, Gregg Anderson, Nate Bullard, and Ben Sagalyn.

    lah@endeavour.com
  • Leland Jones Managing Director

    Leland joined Endeavour in 2000 in Portland and later opened the Firm’s Los Angeles office in 2006. Over the years Leland has worked with companies in transportation and logistics, business services, specialty retail, and the insurance and financial services industries. Leland currently serves on the boards of Berkeley Research Group, Impact Fulfillment Services, Visual Data Media Services, and Dynamic Aerostructures.

    Prior to Endeavour, Leland was a member of Coopers & Lybrand’s consulting practice in San Francisco where he worked on corporate turnaround assignments, reorganizations, and mergers and acquisition due diligence and integration projects. Prior to that, Leland worked in Coopers & Lybrand’s accounting practice.

    Leland received an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business and an A.B. from University of California, Davis. In addition to his roles at Endeavour, Leland is on the board of the South Pasadena Education Foundation and is a member of the Pasadena chapter of YPO. Leland grew up in the Bay Area and now lives with his wife and two sons in South Pasadena, California.

    lmj@endeavour.com

    Industry Focus Areas

    • Transportation and Logistics
    • Business Services
    • Specialty Retail
    • Niche Manufacturing
  • Bryce Maurer Talent Analyst

    Bryce joined Endeavour in 2022 as a Talent Analyst. Bryce supports Endeavour’s executive search and broader talent strategy by researching and identifying top CEO and board members in key industry verticals. She partners closely with Endeavour’s Head of Talent to increase executive partnerships and strengthen portfolio company leadership teams. Bryce attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she earned her B.S. in Cognitive Science. A native of California’s central valley, Bryce currently resides in Los Angeles.

    bmm@endeavour.com
  • Nick McLaughlin Associate

    Nick joined Endeavour in 2022. Previously, he was an Associate in Province’s Institutional Creditor Advisory Group, focusing on debt and bondholder restructurings across a variety of industries. Nick began his career as an investment banking Analyst in the Global Industrials Group at Goldman Sachs in Chicago, where he worked on a variety of M&A and capital raising engagements. Nick graduated from Southern Methodist University, where he received a B.B.A. in Finance with a Specialization in Alternative Asset Management, Summa Cum Laude, and a B.A. in Economics. Nick currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

    nrm@endeavour.com
  • Jack Michael Analyst

    Jack joined Endeavour in 2022. Previously, he was a Senior Consultant in Deloitte’s Mergers and Acquisitions Transactions Service group, primarily working alongside private equity clients across a variety of industries. Jack began his career in Deloitte’s Audit and Assurance practice. Jack holds a CPA license in the state of Washington and graduated from the University of San Diego where he received a BAcc in Accounting and Finance, Magna Cum Laude. Jack also played football for four years while at the University of San Diego. Jack currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

    jsm@endeavour.com
  • Jordan Newell Head of Talent

    Jordan joined Endeavour in 2021 as the firm’s Head of Talent. He works with Endeavour’s portfolio companies and investment teams to help drive growth through the identification and acquisition of high-impact senior executives and board members. Jordan also manages Endeavour’s recruiting relationships.

    Prior to Endeavour, Jordan spent nearly a decade at Spencer Stuart as a core member of the firm’s Private Equity, CFO, and Board practices. Jordan graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles, where he received a B.A. in Political Science. Jordan currently lives in Manhattan Beach, California.

    jmn@endeavour.com
  • Luke Redfern Principal

    Luke joined Endeavour in 2014. Since that time, he has worked with companies in a variety of industries including financial services, transportation and logistics, and niche manufacturing. Luke serves as an observer on the boards of Berkeley Research Group, Impact Fulfillment Services, Entek and Apex Dental Partners.

    Prior to Endeavour, Luke was an Associate at GTCR, a middle-market private equity firm in Chicago. Prior to GTCR, Luke was an Analyst in the Investment Banking group at Credit Suisse in Los Angeles.

    Luke received his B.A., Magna Cum Laude, in Economics and Mathematics from Claremont McKenna College and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Luke currently lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife and two children.

    ldr@endeavour.com

    Industry Focus Areas

    • Business Services
    • Niche Manufacturing
  • Dalene Rethmeier Controller

    Dalene joined Endeavour in 2013. Previously, she was the Controller of Far West Office Products, a multi-state commercial office products retailer. Additionally she spent six years with BT Office Products as the Western Region IT Director. Dalene has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Oregon, where she majored in Finance. Dalene is married with two children and lives in Portland, Oregon.

    dar@endeavour.com
  • Aaron Richmond Managing Director

    Aaron joined Endeavour in 1996. Since that time, he has worked with companies in the transportation and logistics, niche manufacturing / industrials, business services, food and consumer, and specialty retail industries. He currently serves on the boards of Global Harvest Foods and Willamette Valley Company, and is an observer on the board of Point B.

    Prior to Endeavour, Aaron was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, principally serving in their operations practice in Cleveland and Hong Kong where he focused on advising manufacturing and distribution clients.

    Aaron received his A.B., Magna Cum Laude, from Harvard College and his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In addition to his roles on Endeavour boards, Aaron also serves as Director of Manson Construction and Green Diamond Resource Company. He is also a volunteer firefighter and EMT with Chelan County Fire District #5. Aaron grew up in Junction City, Oregon and lives with his wife and three children in Seattle, Washington.

    asr@endeavour.com

    Industry Focus Areas

    • Transportation & Logistics
    • Niche Manufacturing / Industrials
    • Business Services
    • Food & Consumer

    Current Portfolio Responsibilities

  • Tara Robinson Senior Associate

    Tara joined Endeavour in 2022. Previously, she was an Associate at Oaktree Capital supporting the Special Situations and European Principal funds in investment and portfolio analysis. Prior to Oaktree, Tara was an investment banking analyst at Houlihan Lokey focused on M&A advisory for clients within the Aerospace and Defense sector. Tara graduated with an M.B.A from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University with Beta Gamma Sigma honors and graduated cum laude with a J.D. from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She also received a B.A. degree in Economics with a minor in History from the University of Michigan. Tara currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

    tlr@endeavour.com
  • Debbie Shannon Executive Assistant

    Debbie joined Endeavour in 2018. She has experience as an Executive Assistant working in the manufacturing, investment, and real estate industries. Debbie received her B.A. in English Literature from Lewis & Clark College in Portland. She resides in Happy Valley, Oregon with her husband and two children.

    Debbie supports Stephen Babson, John von Schlegell, and Bradaigh Wagner.

    dls@endeavour.com
  • Shane Smith Vice President

    Shane joined Endeavour in 2021. Previously, he was an Associate at Golden Gate Capital, where he focused on investing in industrial services and niche manufacturing companies. Prior to Golden Gate, Shane was an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley in New York and Chicago, primarily working on M&A advisory and capital raising. Shane received an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, with honors, and a B.S. degree in Finance from DePaul University. Shane currently resides in Portland, Oregon.

    srs@endeavour.com
  • John von Schlegell Managing Director

    John co-founded Endeavour in 1991. He has worked with companies in the transportation and logistics, specialty retail, business services, niche manufacturing, and food and consumer industries. John currently sits on the boards of Berkeley Research Group, Impact Fulfillment Services, and Willamette Valley Company.

    Before co-founding Endeavour, John was one of five General Partners at GTCR, one of the oldest and largest private equity firms in the nation. John also worked as a manager in the public sector becoming Undersecretary of Health and Human Services in Massachusetts. He also spent two years in manufacturing with Caterpillar Tractor in Aurora, Illinois.

    John received an A.B. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business. In addition to his roles on Endeavour boards, John currently serves on the non-profit board Sustainable Northwest. His previous board roles included The Nature Conservancy, The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Classic Wines Auction, and the Oregon State Board of Higher Education. John is married with four children and lives in Portland, Oregon. He and his wife Fran also have a cattle ranch in Klamath County, Oregon.

    jevs@endeavour.com

    Industry Focus Areas

    • Transportation & Logistics
    • Business Services
    • Food & Consumer
    • Niche Manufacturing
  • David Taiclet Senior Associate

    David joined Endeavour in 2022. Previously, he was a Senior Associate at MPE Partners, a middle market private equity firm. Prior to MPE, David was an investment banking analyst at Wells Fargo Securities  supporting the Pacific Northwest coverage. David received an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.S. degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Notre Dame. David currently resides in Seattle, Washington

    dlt@endeavour.com
  • Bradaigh Wagner Managing Director

    Bradaigh joined Endeavour in 2004. Since that time, she has worked with companies in the food and consumer, specialty retail, niche manufacturing and distribution industries. Bradaigh focuses on the food, consumer and specialty retail industries for Endeavour. She currently sits on the boards of Arizona Nutritional Supplements, Manitobah Mukluks and Global Harvest Foods.

    Prior to Endeavour, Bradaigh worked at Fenway Partners, a private equity firm in New York, where she focused on investing in food and consumer products companies. Prior to Fenway, she was at The Beacon Group, an investment bank and private equity firm that was subsequently acquired by JPMorgan Chase.

    Bradaigh received an A.B. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her roles on Endeavour boards, she also serves as a Director of Rainier Scholars, a Seattle-based non-profit. Bradaigh lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband and two young children.

    bow@endeavour.com

    Industry Focus Areas

    • Food & Consumer
    • Specialty Retail
  • Erin Wallace Chief Compliance Officer & Director of Administration

    Erin joined Endeavour in 2001. As Chief Compliance Officer & Director of Administration, she helps oversee the firm’s administrative, regulatory compliance and operations functions. Previously, she worked in Human Resources and Recruiting at ProDX. Erin received her B.A. in English Literature from Reed College and studied at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Erin lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two children.

    enw@endeavour.com
  • Lindsay Williams Executive Assistant

    Lindsay joined the firm in 2015. Born and raised in Colorado, she moved to Portland to attend the Pacific Northwest College of Art, earning an M.F.A in Visual Studies. Lindsay resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband and adorable dogs.

    Lindsay supports Shane Smith, Todd Wolf, and Taylor Gentry.

    llw@endeavour.com
  • Todd Wolf Vice President - Fund Operations

    Todd joined Endeavour in 2007 and focuses on fund reporting, investor relations and other areas of fund operations.  He is also involved in the assessment of new investment opportunities. Prior to joining Endeavour, Todd was a senior analyst at St. Charles Capital, a Denver-based investment banking firm focused on M&A advisory across a wide range of industries. Todd received a B.B.A. in Finance with a minor in Economics, Summa Cum Laude, from Colorado State University. Todd lives with his wife in Portland, Oregon.

    tmw@endeavour.com

    Former Portfolio Responsibilities

  • Jasmine Zou Associate

    Jasmine joined Endeavour in 2022. Prior to then, she was an Associate at Provident Healthcare Partners in their Los Angeles office. Jasmine graduated Cum Laude from the University of California San Diego with a B.S. in Management Science and a minor in Cognitive Science. Jasmine currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

    jlz@endeavour.com