about acclaro

About Acclaro Growth Partners

Acclaro Growth Partners is a research-based strategy consulting firm that engages in market due diligence and strategic market insight to serve private equity and corporate clients.

Our fact-based research company has strategic expertise in obscure, niche markets where there is a dearth of public information.

After nearly two decades of successfully working with demanding clients, Acclaro has a reputation as a respected provider of market strategy and due diligence with a client repeat rate of over 80%.

leadership and consultant bios

Our consulting team is comprised of industry experts from around the globe. Our leadership has more than two decades of experience delivering actionable research.

  • Kit Lisle
    Kit Lisle
    Founder, Managing Director
  • Russell Chapman
    Russell Chapman
    Senior Partner
  • Dave Hoag
    Dave Hoag
    Principal
  • Pat McMartin
    Pat McMartin
    Principal
  • Molly Langridge
    Molly Langridge
    Senior Consultant
  • Gary Byala
    Gary Byala
    Senior Consultant
  • Karen Morrissey
    Karen Morrissey
    Senior Consultant
  • Ray Regan
    Ray Regan
    Senior Consultant

Kit Lisle
Founder, Managing Director

Founder, Managing Director

As the founder of Acclaro, Kit directs Corporate Development and Strategic Planning for Acclaro as well as lending support to teams delivering projects in M&A, marketing, corporate growth planning and quasi-turnarounds.

Mr. Lisle’s experience in market intelligence is based upon his military intelligence services as well as working for private companies. Prior to Acclaro, he served as Vice-President of Acquisition Services for Markowitz and McNaughton, developing extensive experience with market-entry analysis and market due diligence. During his military career, Kit served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army: he was a Eurasia Desk Officer in the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon.

Kit served on the Board of the Strategic Leadership Network, a professional society for those involved in strategy, leadership, and strategic leadership in the private sector, association community, and in the government. He is also active in the Association for Corporate Growth.

Mr. Lisle has an undergraduate degree from Franklin and Marshall College in Government, and a Master’s degree from the University of Virginia in Foreign Affairs.

Kit has written for publications such as:
Mergers and Acquisitions: The Dealmaker’s Journal; The Journal of Private Equity; Office World News; Assisted Living Today; Expose and Focus – The Journals of ECRM; M&A Today; Wholesalers and Distributors’ News.

Mr. Lisle has been a featured speaker for numerous industry events including:

Russell Chapman
Senior Partner

Russell Chapman

Russ focuses on the Private Equity practice for Acclaro. He leads project teams conducting the full range of business diligence activities and works with portfolio company management groups to develop and implement strategies for growth.

With almost three decades of senior operating experience at Fortune 500 companies, Russ brings a valuable hands-on perspective to strategy development at Acclaro. His background includes progressively challenging turn-around assignments for RJR Nabisco, L’Oréal, and the Gillette Company. Russ was also Managing Director of Atlantic Capital, an M & A boutique in Brazil that focused primarily on consumer product company transactions. Prior to joining Acclaro, Russ was asked by a leading private equity firm to transform an unprofitable retail artisan bakery into a world-class branded food company as CEO. Russ speaks three languages and has extensive international operating experience in Brazil, Japan, Malaysia, Switzerland, and Eastern Europe.

Russ has a wide range of experience in consumer and industrial products, business services, health care, distribution, and logistics. As a former CEO focused on bottom line performance, Russ’ real world experience helps ensure that Acclaro consistently delivers fact-based, and actionable results. Russ has an undergraduate degree in Physics from Earlham College and received his MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Dave Hoag
Principal

Dave Hoag

Dave's skill set includes a valuable combination of business analysis experience, buy-side and sell-side M&A advisory and due diligence, synergy analysis and competitive analysis. Dave graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics/Management from the Wharton School and a B.A.S. in Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Dave specializes in primary research and strategic management advisory services for Acclaro's private equity clients and middle market companies. He also plays a key role in managing and conducting in-depth, customized market research for Acclaro’s association clients. Dave has experience in many industries including consumer products and retail, industrial/manufacturing and distribution, professional audiovisual and lighting (Pro AVL), construction equipment and mobile work machinery, business-to-business/professional services, home and building products, and social expression products. With over twenty years of experience, Dave brings a comprehensive, experience-based approach to market and strategic analysis.

Pat McMartin
Principal

Pat McMartin

Pat has a proven track-record of success as a Fortune 1000 Chief Marketing Officer and over 25 years in senior global operating roles with an A-List company roster including: PepsiCo, Capital One Financial Corporation, Dell, Nestle, Kellogg’s and Colgate Palmolive

She began her career with McKinsey & Company as a research associate and consultant focused in the Oil & Gas, Transportation and Consumer Goods sectors and has recent strategic consulting experience in Wireless Telecom, Technology, FMCG, Healthcare, Financial Services, Travel & Hospitality, E-Commerce, Retail, Restaurant (QSR and Fast Casual), and Entertainment.

Pat has an undergraduate degree from Trinity University in Business and Economics and an MBA from The University of Texas/Austin in Marketing and Finance. She has served on the local board of the American Red Cross and as a board advisor to equity investors for small to mid-market companies. Pat has been a guest lecturer at many universities including UT/Austin McCombs Graduate School of Business, Baylor University, UVA/Darden School of Business, Duke Fuqua School of Business, and IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Molly Langridge
Senior Consultant

Molly Langridge

Molly Langridge has worked with various Fortune 500 firms and private equity firms for the past 12 years as a senior researcher, project manager, analyst and a quantitative research manager. Prior to this, she worked in consumer and international research at AT&T, and managed the market intelligence department at Dun & Bradstreet.

Molly has a BS from Iowa State University, an MBA from the University of Nebraska and a PhD from The Chicago School. Her doctorate dissertation addresses Organizational surveys: A qualitative examination of active non-respondents and reluctant respondents. Molly also has Burke Institute certifications for quantitative and qualitative research. Her expertise includes a full array of quantitative and qualitative methodologies, with a particular emphasis on focus groups, in-depth interviews, quick-turnaround telephone surveys and panel research.

Gary Byala
Senior Consultant

Gary Byala

Gary has more than fifteen years of consulting experience, working with clients in a wide range of industries. He is skilled in evaluating external capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses, identifying key performance metrics and competitive benchmarks, and building business analyses and improvement options for clients seeking to grow or taking advantage of clear market opportunities.

Gary graduated from the Management & Technology program of the University of Pennsylvania with Honors. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a B.S. in Economics with concentrations in Strategic and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Karen Morrissey
Senior Consultant

Karen Morrissey

Karen brings over a decade of project management and primary research experience to assessing and advising upon competitive strategy, acquisition due diligence, market opportunities, and strategic planning. Strengths include gathering and analyzing in-depth primary source insights to provide corporate leaders with actionable intelligence and guidance on key business issues. She has served multinational corporations, private equity firms, and prominent niche players in such industries as consumer products, health care, manufacturing, financial services, and industrial services. She holds a B.A. from Williams College and an M.A. from Northwestern University.

Ray Regan
Senior Consultant

Ray Regan

Ray Regan
Baltimore, Maryland

Ray Regan has over 25 years of experience in mergers & acquisitions advisory services, strategic market analysis, and private equity market due diligence. Ray has the unique ability to “see in the dark” when it comes to emerging technologies and/or converging trends; whether disruptive threats to existing business models or new product market viability, his diverse background enables him to accurately communicate a complete picture on industry growth.

Ray has completed almost 200 market due diligence projects in a wide range of industries including A/V, aerospace & satellite, GPS & telematics, telecom, specialty & petrochemical, oil and gas, light industrial equipment, automotive, consumer and retail products, food technology, healthcare, medical and dental device, Internet & e-commerce, IT and various “niche” industries.

Ray is skilled in constructing and managing market due diligence studies, including competitor landscape analysis, customer opinion analysis, acquisition search, growth strategies and market entry. Ray has consulted various Fortune-1000 companies, early stage & start-ups, venture capital funded and private equity owned companies. His consulting career started at Markowitz & McNaughton where he managed acquisition search and market research intelligence projects.

As an entrepreneur and operator, Ray was cofounder of Acuity Mobile, a location-based mobile advertising platform (acquired by Nokia in 2008). Acuity Mobile was the first location based mobile marketing delivery platform and was awarded a patent in the area. Ray continues to be active in various start-up enterprises and remains an advisor to a number of angel and venture-funded companies.

Previously, Ray was a Senior Product Development Manager Consultant for mobile business intelligence platform technologies for Microstrategy (MSTR) where he marketed and developed new products focused on the convergence of mobile, social media, big data, cloud, and the Internet of Things (IOT).

Ray has worked as a Corporate Consultant to Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), advising publically traded corporations (CXO teams and Board of Directors) on matters of Corporate Governance and institutional proxy voting.

Ray was also a NASD Registered Representative (Series, 7, 63, 65) with Wellington Financial Group, PaineWebber (now UBS/Union Bank of Switzerland), and Alex Brown & Sons (now Deutsche Bank).

Ray graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Economics.