A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON INVESTING
We Provide Smart, Flexible and Patient Capital Tailored to Individual Needs
Established in 2016, Oakland Capital Partners provides an alternative path for successful business owners and growth-oriented leadership teams of middle-market businesses in Commercial and Industrial products, Health & Wellness, Renewable Energy, and Financial Services sectors, who are looking for strategic assistance and capital support to scale well beyond their current state.
As a hands-on investment partnership with extensive experience in strategic business operations, management, finance and new business development, we seek to partner with businesses that are looking for both financial support and business management counsel, adding value to the business while allowing leadership to focus on the areas where they excel.
Our unique structure and self funded capital base allow us the flexibility to tailor partnerships according to the needs of your business and that help you make strategic decisions that build significant long-term value.
Partner - Build - Grow
Peter Benoist, Jr.
Peter Benoist is a former Wall Street executive with more than 15 years of experience analyzing and investing in debt and equity securities. Throughout his career, Mr. Benoist managed trading businesses with multi-billion dollar balance sheets consisting of corporate debt, equity, trade claims and derivatives and has extensive experience in Capital Markets, Risk Management and Financial Structuring. Mr. Benoist began his career in 2001 with Salomon Smith Barney which later became Citigroup in their Leveraged Loan Trading Group. In 2007 he was hired by Deutsche Bank as Managing Director, Head of Loan Trading Americas and in 2010 was hired by Barclays PLC as Managing Director, Head of US Distressed Trading. In 2016 He founded Oakland Capital Partners, a holding company headquartered in St. Louis, Mo. He served on the Board of Directors of EASiBuy, a reverse auction software company, which was acquired by a division of HCA Healthcare in 2021 and currently sits on the Board of the Finite Corporation, a sustainability focused asset manager. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Miami University in Oxford, OH and received an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.
ASSOCIATIONS & AFFILIATIONS
Beyond Housing, Board Member
After joining his family’s diversified healthcare products business on the factory floor, Mike went on to spend 15 years learning every aspect of the enterprise, eventually serving as its President and CEO. During his tenure, Mike gained valuable experience in manufacturing, quality control systems, business development, and strategic planning in a complex, highly-regulated, international business. Under his leadership, the company experienced rapid organic and acquisition-based growth which ultimately led to a successful exit. Throughout his career, Mike has been heavily involved in new product design and the launch of successful go to market strategies. He graduated from Yale University in New Haven, CT with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics.
ASSOCIATIONS & AFFILIATIONS
The Little Bit Foundation, Board Member, former Board President
The Children’s Heart Foundation, Supporter
The TaTa Sisterhood, Supporter
Thomas S. Carnahan
Tom Carnahan is an attorney and businessman with extensive experience in both the workings of government and private sector innovation.
As an attorney, Mr. Carnahan represented the City of Saint Louis, Missouri, as an Assistant City Counselor and later started his own law practice focused on urban redevelopment and business counseling.
Mr. Carnahan later founded Wind Capital Group and became a leading developer, owner and operator of utility-scale wind farms in U.S. Midwest. Under his leadership, Wind Capital Group developed 1000 MW of wind farms, deploying more than $1 billion of capital in rural America that provides clean energy to over 100,000 homes.
In 2021, Mr. Carnahan was appointed by President Biden to serve as Representative of the United States to the 76th United Nations General Assembly.