Argonne is led by an experienced team of investors whose efforts are augmented by best-in-class management partners at each investment.
Mr. Klump founded Argonne in 2003 and leads its investment and capital raising activities. Prior to the formation of Argonne, Mr. Klump served as Vice Chairman of Equity Investment Group (“EIG”), a leading private real estate investment trust that serves the neighborhood shopping center market. Mr. Klump co-founded EIG in 1993 and guided it through approximately 120 acquisitions over a 9-year period. By 2002, EIG boasted a portfolio containing nearly 17 million square feet in 32 states and valued at approximately $850 million. Mr. Klump continues to serve in an advisory capacity to EIG. Mr. Klump’s experience prior to EIG included all phases of real estate development, acquisition, leasing, and financing with Leo Eisenberg & Company, as well as real estate principal investing with MAK Investments, Inc. Mr. Klump received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Colorado in 1987.
Mr. Jaeger focuses on structuring and financing Argonne’s investments and is responsible for overseeing the operations of its portfolio companies. Over his career, Mr. Jaeger has closed over $1 billion in debt and equity transactions.
Prior to Argonne, he was a Senior Vice President at GE Healthcare Financial Services where he was responsible for originating senior debt transactions for a diverse group of healthcare companies. Prior to GE, Mr. Jaeger was with Wachovia where he helped start an early-stage venture lending group and was responsible for originating and executing equity-linked transactions. He was also with Bank of America Commercial Finance (formerly Greyrock/NationsCredit) where he originated and underwrote one-stop (senior, mezzanine, and equity co-investments) transactions in support of acquisitions led by private equity groups. He received his B.S. in Finance from The Ohio State University and his M.B.A. from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.
Mr. Grisette joined Argonne in 2012 and focuses on new acquisitions and portfolio management, including oversight of Argonne’s acquisition of the Krystal Company, On The Border and Planet Fitness. Prior to joining Argonne, Mr. Grisette worked in Arcapita’s Private Equity and Infrastructure business lines. Earlier in his career, Mr. Grisette served in business development and valuation roles with The Home Depot and Deloitte.
Mr. Grisette holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mr. Weimar joined Argonne in 2012 and is focused on sourcing and executing new acquisition opportunities, in addition to providing support for the management of Argonne’s existing portfolio. Mr. Weimar helped lead the firm’s acquisitions of Lube Stop, On the Border and Krystal and remains involved with the oversight of Lube Stop. Prior to joining Argonne, Mr. Weimar spent over two years at Arcapita Inc., a global private equity firm, where he assisted with acquisitions, refinancings and portfolio management in a variety of sectors including retail, logistics and energy. Mr. Weimar worked closely on Arcapita’s acquisition of J. Jill, a women’s apparel retailer, and the sale of Cirrus Aircraft to China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (CAIGA). Mr. Weimar was previously in the Leveraged Finance group at Banc of America Securities, where he helped structure and execute $6.2 billion of debt financings.
Mr. Weimar graduated, magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University, earning a BA in Economics.
Mr. Anderson concentrates on new acquisitions and portfolio management. Prior to joining Argonne, Mr. Anderson was a financial analyst for RCG Ventures, assisting with all acquisitions, dispositions, and re-financings. Before joining RCG he served as a financial analyst for CB Richard Ellis’ Capital Markets group and as an underwriter for RBC Bank. While at CBRE, Mr. Anderson performed due diligence and underwriting on retail, hospitality, office, industrial, multi-family, and mixed-use real estate assets throughout the country and the Caribbean. He assisted in obtaining over $750 million in debt/equity financings. Mr. Anderson graduated from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business with a B.A. in Real Estate and Management Information Systems in 2004.
Mr. Randazzo joined Argonne in 2016 and is focused on new acquisitions and portfolio management. Prior to joining Argonne, Mr. Randazzo spent two years as an Analyst with sell-side M&A advisory firm, VRA Partners. While at VRA, Mr. Randazzo assisted with mergers and acquisitions, capital raises and buy-side advisory assignments for middle-market industrial, retail and services businesses.
Mr. Randazzo graduated from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, earning a BS with concentrations in Finance and Accounting, in 2014.
Mr. Butcher joined Argonne in 2015 and supports the firm’s investment activities in the public markets. Mr. Butcher is responsible for identifying and assessing public equity investment opportunities that meet Argonne’s investment criteria which is focused on stable, cash-flowing companies trading at depressed valuations. Mr. Butcher also assists in monitoring Argonne’s existing equity portfolio and analyzing asset allocations. Prior to joining Argonne, Mr. Butcher spent two years at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, an investment bank, where he assisted with mergers and acquisitions, liquidity planning, and equity and debt origination in Technology Media and Telecom and Financial Services. Earlier in his career, Mr. Butcher worked as an Equity Analyst at KCM Asset Management, a $400 million hedge fund, where he assisted in executing both market neutral and value oriented strategies.
Mr. Butcher graduated magna cum laude from Stetson University, earning a BBA in Finance and Economics and received his Master of Science in Finance from the Hough Graduate School at the University of Florida.
Sara Goodwin joined Argonne Capital Group in January, 2014 as Controller. In addition to preparing the financial reports and other accounting responsibilities, Ms. Goodwin manages the Intralinks website and provides support to our investors. She has accounting experience in the insurance industry and most recently as Assistant Controller of Collier Investments LLC, a small private equity firm based out of Florida. Ms. Goodwin earned her B. S. in Accounting from Centenary College.