Craig Mitchell serves as a Partner, focusing on the Firm’s investment banking business and affiliated private equity fund.
Mr. Mitchell brings to DCA over twenty years of finance, accounting and consulting experience across a broad range of industries, and has worked on over 40 transactions that have ranged in size from $1 million to over $5 billion.
Prior to joining DCA Partners, Mr. Mitchell was a Director at LP Capital Advisors, where he advised large, institutional investors with over $100 billion in private equity commitments. Mr. Mitchell evaluated the risks and merits of private equity funds and co-investments and advised on direct investments in general partnerships and secondary sales of limited partnership interests.
Prior to joining LP Capital Advisors, Mr. Mitchell was a mergers and acquisitions investment banker at Wachovia Securities, where he executed sell-side and buy-side engagements, including the $364 million sale of Logan’s Roadhouse to Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill, and Co. and the sale of U.S. Silica to Harvest Partners, et al.
Mr. Mitchell also worked in Debt Capital Markets at Banc of America Securities, where he assisted on the issuance of high yield bonds and other debt instruments, including a $100 million offering for Speedway Motorsports, $800 million offering for Cablevision Systems Corp. and $1.25 billion offering by Freescale Semiconductors.
Mr. Mitchell has also owned and operated his own businesses, including Rainbow Tavern & Lodge and Triple Peak Beverages. Additionally, he has worked with numerous high-growth ventures, including retailers Lids and Noodles & Co. During his tenure with Lids, the company tripled in size from 13 stores to over 40 stores. Lids subsequently sold to Hat World when it had 290 stores. Mr. Mitchell assisted Noodles & Co. (NDLS) during its formative years when it grew from 3 locations to 12 locations. Noodles & Co. is now a public company with over 400 locations. Mr. Mitchell also worked at TargetSmart, a customer relationship management software company, and Epicor, an enterprise resource planning software company. Mr. Mitchell started his career in Sacramento at Ernst & Young, where he became a Certified Public Accountant.
Mr. Mitchell earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley and his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.