Private Equity for the Lower Middle Market
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Ed’s Professional Background
Ed is a founder and has been managing partner of SouthPointe Ventures since 2003.
Prior to SouthPointe, Ed was a partner at merchant banking firm EGL Holdings, Inc., and before joining EGL, was an operations partner for Prometheus Partners, an Atlanta-based leveraged buyout firm focused on acquiring QSR and recurring revenue service businesses.
Prior to his career in private equity, Ed spent 2 years as CFO for the 3rd-largest Wendy’s operation in the U.S. (62 locations in CA and TN at the time), and 4 years as CFO and VP of sales for a family-owned industrial equipment distribution and facility renovation business, with operations in 11 Southeastern US states. Ed started his career in commercial lending with C&S Bank (now Bank of America) and First Union (now Wells Fargo).
Ed currently serves as Board Chair of Sunbelt Packaging, Dr Roof, and DoorKraft.
Ed has also been a member of the local and Global Board of Directors of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) since 2001, and served as Atlanta chapter President in 2007-‘08.
Ed graduated with a BBA degree in finance from the University of Notre Dame.
Ed is a graduate of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2010.
Ed’s Community Involvement
Ed is active in several civic, charitable, and community organizations, including:
- Junior Achievement of Georgia, Board Member
- Atlanta Community Food Bank, BOD member, Capital Campaign (2018-2020)
- ATL Beloved Community, organizing committee
- Archdiocese of Atlanta, Finance Council member
- University of Notre Dame – Center for Social Concerns (CSC) and Lab for Economic Opportunity (LEO)
When Ed’s Not at Work…
You can find him hosting family and friends for boating, water skiing, tubing, swimming, fishing, golfing, and extreme outdoor grilling at the Fisher family lake house at Lake Oconee.
And at all other times, rooting on his beloved Fighting Irish !
Joe’s Professional Background
Joe is a managing partner of SouthPointe Ventures and has extensive experience financing, investing and operating middle market companies.
Prior to joining SouthPointe, Joe was co-founder, Board member, and Chief Financial Officer of Zyston, LLC, a start-up cybersecurity services company that grew revenues by over 9x during its first three years of operation. He was responsible for the financial management, capital markets (including four internal capital raises), strategic planning, HR, and legal functions of the organization.
Previously, as Managing Director of Kayne Anderson’s Debt Platform, Joe formed a new middle market SBIC debt fund focused on investing in lower middle market companies with EBITDA under $10 million. Joe also ran the Atlanta office for Golub Capital, a credit-based asset manager, and invested over $600 million of capital in 31 companies, owned by 16 different private equity firms.
Prior to Golub, Mr. Longosz was Managing Director, Wachovia Emerging Companies Group, which provided capital to early-stage venture capital backed companies. Prior experience also includes senior executive positions at Bank of America Commercial Finance and Creditanstalt-Bankverein.
Joe was a Board member of the Atlanta chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) and also served as VP of Strategic Planning. Joe was also a Board member of the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies (NASBIC).
Joe earned a B.S. in finance and computer science from Boston College, and an M.B.A. in corporate and international finance from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School.
Joe has also been a guest instructor for Board governance courses at the Venture Capital Institute.
Joe’s Community Involvement
Joe has been active in his community, including:
- YMCA Camp High Harbour, Board Member and Chairman
- National Eagle Scout Association, Lifetime member
When Joe’s Not at Work…
He typically spends a great deal of time in the outdoors: running (NYC and DC marathons), Mountaineering (Philmont, Kilimanjaro, Patagonia), water and snow skiing, fishing, and golfing. Other hobbies include classic cars and playing more than a few challenging games of backgammon…
Madison’s Professional Background
Madison joined SouthPointe as Executive Assistant and Office Manager in 2018 following a 10-year career in retail management at Loft and Carter’s.
Madison graduated with a BS in Integrative Studies from Kennesaw State University.
Madison’s Community Involvement
Madison enjoys working with animal shelters, fostering kittens, and volunteering at community festivals such as Cabbagetown’s Chomp and Stomp and VaHi Summerfest. Since Spring 2020, Madison is also involved with Second Helpings Atlanta distributing unused food from restaurants and grocery stores to those in need.
When Madison’s Not at Work…
You can find her out and about on the Beltline or at a farmer’s market. At home, Madison is usually in the garden, the kitchen or curled up on the couch with her cat.