Each of the members of School Street Capital Group has over twenty-five
years of transaction or operating experience in a wide variety of
industries, involving both private and public capital transactions.
School Street Capital Group in 1986 and president since then,
Mr. McGinity has over thirty years of transaction experience as
a venture capitalist, director of publicly traded and privately
owned companies, and trusted advisor to private and family-owned
companies in a variety of industries. During that time he has dealt with growth planning, equity financings, merger/acquisition, valuation, management incentives, corporate governance and audit, and regulatory compliance.
He is the former chairman of Canada Southern Petroleum Ltd, where he lead that company's successful defense of a hostile takeover, and is a board member of the Wyoming Business Council. A graduate of Princeton
University and a former naval aviator, he holds MBA and DBA degrees
from Harvard Business School and is a wilderness guide licensed
by the Wyoming Board of Outfitters.
Bush joined School Street Capital Group in 2000, bringing 24 years'
experience as a commercial banker, investment banker, and entrepreneur.
Before joining School Street, he was CEO of a commercial bank
which he and other investors acquired in 1988 when it faced foreclosure
by the FDIC. During his tenure he grew assets from $200 million
to $310 million, closed two private placements of equity and debt,
reduced non-performing assets by $46 million, increased earnings
from large losses to $2.00 per share, and negotiated the sale
of the company which provided substantial returns for shareholders.
In the 1970s and 80s he was a key member ultimately president
of a management team that turned a troubled $2.2 billion
bank into one of the strongest and most profitable on the Gulf
Coast. Earlier he had been a corporate finance specialist for
a regional securities firm after leading the turnaround of a family
owned industrial supply company. Mr. Bush is a graduate of Princeton
University, a former naval officer, and holds an MBA degree from
the Darden School of the University of Virginia.
Reed is an experienced business leader, entrepreneur, and investment
banker who conceived, built and financed growth ventures before
joining School Street Capital Group in 1998. At W. L. Gore and
Associates, Inc., he led several projects directed at establishing
new uses and markets for GORE-TEX® fabric. During the early
1980s he joined an industrial products distribution company as
president and chief operating officer, subsequently acquiring
the business himself. Earlier he was an investment banker with
Drexel, Harriman, Ripley & Co. and then Girard Bank, working
primarily with the owners of private companies on public and private
financings, mergers and acquisitions, valuations, and financial
advisory assignments. Mr. Reed is a graduate of Princeton University
and holds an MBA from Stanford University.
Mr. Tooke accumulated over 25 years of investment banking and financial
analysis experience before joining School Street Capital Group in
1994. At School Street he has participated actively in most of the
firm's engagements and remains a mentor and advisor to a number of
the firm's clients. Prior to School Street, he spent five years as
senior vice president in Schroder Wertheim's investment management
group, focusing on smaller and middle market companies. Mr. Tooke
started his investment banking career in 1969 at First Boston Corporation
where he rose to managing director of equity research, sales and trading,
and later to managing director of the Boston office. In 1986 he started
his own investment research firm which was subsequently acquired by
a subsidiary of John Hancock. Mr. Tooke is a graduate of Princeton
University and attended New York University Graduate School of Business.