Management Team

Gary L. Stark, CFA

Gary is the Managing Partner and founder of Iron Range Capital Partners, LLC (IRC). IRC is an independent private equity firm focused on making investments in the lower middle market across a wide range of industries. Gary’s responsibilities include transaction origination and execution, due diligence, deal structuring and negotiation, and managing investments post-close. Prior to founding IRC, Gary was a Managing Director and Partner at Generation Growth Capital (GGC). While at GGC, Gary focused on buyouts and recapitalizations in manufacturing, distribution, consumer-related companies, business services and other industries as well as fund raising and market development activities.

Prior to joining GGC, Gary was a Partner with Alpha Capital Partners. Gary has substantial portfolio management experience and was an integral director on several Alpha Capital portfolio company boards. Alpha Capital is a Chicago-based private equity fund focused on lower middle market investing across a wide range of industries. In addition to his Alpha Capital responsibilities, Gary has served as Managing Director - North American M&A for NMGG (a sister entity to Alpha Capital). In this part-time role, he was responsible for originating, structuring, and closing new platform and follow-on investments for NMGG.

Prior to joining Alpha Capital in 1999, Gary worked in the investment-banking group of CIBC Oppenheimer in Chicago. Before CIBC Oppenheimer, he worked in the Financial Advisory Services Group of Ernst & Young LLP in Chicago. He received a BBA summa cum laude in finance from the University of Minnesota, and an MBA from the University of Illinois. Gary also has earned the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation.

Gary, his wife and daughter live in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago. In addition to his responsibilities at IRC, Gary has a very active civic role. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for North Lawndale College Preparatory, a charter school for high school students. In addition, Gary is the Chairman of the Finance Council for St. Benedict Parish and is on the Advisory Board for UCAN, a non-profit organization helping youths who have suffered trauma. Gary is also a member of The Economic Club of Chicago.