Geoff BlandManaging Director
“It is very rewarding to collaborate with the management of our portfolio companies and build businesses. Having been an entrepreneur, business owner as well as an investor, I recognize the importance of sharing resources, best practices, contacts and support to succeed…and remembering to enjoy the ride along the way. These are our tenets at Wedbush Capital.”
Geoff has been investing in lower middle market companies since 1985, both as an owner/operator and as an investor. Earlier in his career, he bought, operated and sold a lower middle market industrial company, and then co-founded a venture capital-backed, home wireless networking company, ShareWave, which later was sold to Cirrus Logic. He also has invested in many industries including consumer products, basic industrial and financial services, with a focus on those that have been family or closely-held businesses.
Prior to Wedbush Capital, Geoff was a Senior Advisor to Mercury Partners and was a Partner with Recovery Equity Partners. He began his private equity career with Manufacturer's Hanover Equity Corporation (now JP Morgan Partners) and has structured leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, growth equity and venture capital financings.
Geoff is a frequent speaker on issues related to family-owned business and the private equity industry, and has been a guest lecturer at UCLA’s Anderson School of Business and Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business, and he is currently a member of the Advisory Council for USC’s Marshall School of Business Entrepreneurial Studies Program. Geoff played football at Stanford University, and is currently a member of the Stanford Athletic Board. He is also a member of Mayfield Senior School’s Board of Trustees. Previously, Geoff was the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Mayfield Junior School and was a past board member of the Association for Corporate Growth (Los Angeles).
Current Board Seats:
- CriterionBrock (Chairman)
- Critical Alert Systems
- Passport Food Group (Chairman)
Selected Prior Board Seats:
- CoreLink Financial Services
- G&H Technology
- McCain Manufacturing
- Non-Stop Logistics
- ONE Industries
- Wahoo’s Fish Tacos
- J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, M.B.A.
- Stanford University, B.A.