About Us

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.

Our Team

Partner - Build - Grow

Peter Benoist, Jr.

PRINCIPAL

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.

ASSOCIATIONS & AFFILIATIONS

The 24 Hour Plays, Supporter

Michael Amann

PRINCIPAL

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.

ASSOCIATIONS & AFFILIATIONS

The Little Bit Foundation, President of the Board

Thomas S. Carnahan

PRINCIPAL

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.

ASSOCIATIONS & AFFILIATIONS

St. Louis Art Museum, Board of Commissioners
Explorers Club

I've always believed in business you should seek to do well by doing good. At Oakland, we will be committed to honesty, integrity and fairness in all of our dealings. We will profit with purpose and work with people who share these values.
PETER BENOIST, SR.†
CO-FOUNDER
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