We are a hands-on investment partnership, established in 2016 with extensive experience in strategic business operations, management, finance and new business development. Because of this experience, we seek to partner with businesses that are looking for both financial support and business management counsel. Our goal is to support sustainable, long-term growth in our partner companies by assisting with both operational and management functions. We thereby add value to the business by allowing business leadership to focus on the areas where they excel.
Peter is a seasoned financial and business management professional with 20+ years of experience at major institutions such as Barclays, Deutsche Bank and Citigroup/Salomon Smith Barney, running institutional trading businesses that trade and invest in the debt and equity of non-investment grade companies. He spent several years managing multi-billion-dollar balance sheets and has extensive transactional, risk management and valuation experience. He most recently ran the U.S. Distressed Trading business for Barclays as a Managing Director and prior to that was a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank as the Head of Loan Trading, Americas.
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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 production business. Under his leadership, the company experienced rapid organic and acquisition-based growth which ultimately led to a successful exit.
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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 St. Louis, Missouri, as an Assistant City Counselor, serving in the roles of prosecutor, litigator and legal advisor. Later, he founded his own law practice, specializing in urban redevelopment, municipal law and business counseling.
Mr. Carnahan later founded Wind Capital Group and became a leading developer, owner and operator of utility-scale wind farms in rural America. Under his leadership there, he developed over 1000 MW of wind farms, deploying over $1 billion of capital in rural America.
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Peter established a culture of honesty, integrity, trustworthiness, fairness and commitment to community that is the foundation of Oakland Capital Partners, its employees, investments and partners.
Prior to joining Oakland Capital Partners Peter F. Benoist was President and CEO of Enterprise Financial Services, a $7 billion St. Louis-based financial services company focused on privately held businesses and wealth management services for business owners.
In his long career in the financial services industry, Mr. Benoist also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Mercantile St. Louis bank, a $12 billion subsidiary bank of Mercantile Bancorp where Mr. Benoist was a member of the Management Executive Committee. Mr. Benoist also served as the Regional Chairman and Market President for Firstar Bank following the acquisition of Mercantile Bancorp by Firstar.
Peter also held prior executive leadership positions with Mark Twain Bancshares, and led Mark Twain’s banking operations in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas.
“Peter made St. Louis a better community in so many ways, professionally and in his outside endeavors.” –John Dubinsksy, former head of Mark Twain and Mercantile, who worked with Benoist for more than 20 years.