Mike and Jim have worked together in three different ventures spanning the course of 15 years. They bring highly diverse and complimentary backgrounds to Hawk Capital Partners. Having operated multiple businesses in different industries, mike and jim understand the challenges of growing a business and can help navigate a path to successful growth.


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Prior to co-founding Hawk Capital, Mike served as the President of LifeShield Security, the home security division of DIRECTV. Mike acquired a significant equity stake in LifeShield in December 2009 and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer until June 2013 when he sold LifeShield to DIRECTV.

Mike served as the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Nutrisystem from 2002 until 2008. Mike was the lead investor/sponsor of a group that acquired control of Nutrisystem and led its turnaround by taking sales from $27M to $778M and Ebitda from $0 to $170M by 2007. The company earned numerous distinctions including Forbes Magazine's Best Small Public Company in 2006 and Mike was Forbes Magazine's Entrepreneur Of The Year.

In 1995, Mike co-founded Verticalnet and held numerous executive and board positions including Chairman of the Board, President & Chief Executive Officer. Verticalnet was a pioneer in B2B commerce and the company grew to nearly 2,000 employees and completed over two dozen acquisitions after its successful IPO in 1999. Early in his career, Mike served as a Vice President and Senior Manager at Merrill Lynch Asset Management.

Mike is a two-time Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award winner for the Philadelphia Region. He has served on the boards of Actua Corporation (NASDAQ:ACTA) from 2007-2018. Was Chairman of Nutrisystem from 2012 until March, 2018 when it was sold to Tivity Health (NASDAQ:TVTY) for $1.4 BN, and current Lead Independent Director of FS KKR Capital Corp (NYSE: FSK), FSK Investments II, III and IV. FS/KKR is a leading manager of alternative investments with $15 billion in assets under management.

Mike received his BS from St. Joseph's University, where he currently serves as a trustee. He was formerly a Certified Public Accountant.



Prior to co-founding Hawk Capital, Jim was a co-founder and partner of Everton Partners, a commercial real estate investment firm. Between 2006 and 2013, Everton Partners and its affiliated partnerships acquired 16 office and retail properties in two portfolios. Those portfolios generated cash-on-cash returns in excess of 4x.

In 2003, Jim was named the Vice President of Acquisitions for American Financial Realty Trust (NYSE:AFR), where he was responsible for originating real estate portfolio acquisitions directly from banks and thrifts. During his 3 ½ year tenure at AFR, Jim sourced and consummated in excess of $1.5 billion of acquisitions and well over $2 billion of lease transactions.

Prior to AFR, Jim served as the financial adviser to, and a part of, the investor group that acquired a controlling interest in Nutrisystem, Inc. He also was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development/M&A for Verticalnet, Inc. where he helped lead the company's acquisition and divestiture efforts, consummating more than 20 deals with transaction value well in excess of $1.0 billion. Jim was an associate at a leveraged buyout group where he evaluated, modeled and structured principal investments. He began his career in Philadelphia at Morgan Lewis as a corporate attorney focusing on mergers and acquisitions.

Jim received a BA degree in Economics, with distinction, from the University of Kansas, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He received a JD degree from Georgetown University Law Center and an MBA from Georgetown University Graduate School of Business, where he was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma honor society.

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