Our Team

Our team is experienced in middle market consumer and distribution investing and unique in the private equity industry for its continuity. 

The partners of Freeman Spogli have an average tenure of 24 years with the firm and have successfully executed and managed investments through various economic and market cycles since the firm's founding.

Founding Partners

Bradford M. Freeman
Co-Chairman

Bradford M. Freeman co-founded Freeman Spogli in 1983. Previously, he was a Managing Director of Dean Witter Reynolds Inc.'s Los Angeles Corporate Finance Department and a member of its Board of Directors. In addition, Mr. Freeman was responsible for Dean Witter's international corporate finance activities, headquartered in London, from 1975 to 1976. Mr. Freeman earned a bachelor's degree with distinction from Stanford University in 1964 and a master's degree in business administration from Harvard University in 1966. 

Ronald P. Spogli
Co-Chairman

Ronald P. Spogli  co-founded Freeman Spogli in 1983. Previously, he was a Managing Director of Dean Witter Reynolds Inc.'s Los Angeles Mergers & Acquisitions Department where he was responsible for the firm's mergers and acquisitions activities in the western United States. From August 2005 until February 2009, he served as the United States Ambassador to the Italian Republic and the Republic of San Marino.  Ambassador Spogli rejoined the Firm in June 2009.  Ambassador Spogli earned a bachelor's degree with great distinction from Stanford University in 1970, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and a master's degree in business administration with honors from Harvard University in 1975.

 

Partners

John M. Roth
Chief Executive Officer

John M. Roth joined Freeman Spogli in 1988 and became a partner in 1993. Prior to joining the Firm, he served as a Vice President in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department of Kidder, Peabody & Co. Incorporated. From 1983 to 1984, Mr. Roth worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, Inc. He was employed by Dean Witter Reynolds Inc. in the Investment Banking Division from 1980 to 1983. Mr. Roth graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's of science degree in accounting and earned his master's degree in business administration in finance from Wharton in 1980. 

 

Jon D. Ralph
President and Chief Operating Officer

Jon D. Ralph joined Freeman Spogli in 1989 and became a partner in 1998. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Ralph spent three years at Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated where he served as an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division. Mr. Ralph received his bachelor's degree in history magna cum laude from Amherst College in 1986. 

 

Brad J. Brutocao
Partner

Brad J. Brutocao joined Freeman Spogli in 1997 and became a partner in 2008. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Brutocao worked at Morgan Stanley & Co. in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Finance departments.  Mr. Brutocao received his bachelor's degree magna cum laude in business economics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1995.

 

Benjamin D. Geiger
Partner

Benjamin D. Geiger joined Freeman Spogli in 1998 and became a partner in 2008. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Geiger spent two years at Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. where he served as an Analyst in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group. Mr. Geiger received his bachelor's degree in economics with distinction from Cornell University in 1996, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

 

Todd W. Halloran
Partner

Todd W. Halloran joined Freeman Spogli in 1995 and became a partner in 1998. Previously, Mr. Halloran was a Vice President at Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he worked from 1990 to 1995, first in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department and then in the Principal Investment Area. From 1984 to 1988, Mr. Halloran served as a financial analyst at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company and then American Brands, Inc. Mr. Halloran received his bachelor's degree in economics from Colby College in 1984 where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He received his master's degree in business administration from Harvard University in 1990.

 

 

John S. Hwang
Partner

John S. Hwang joined Freeman Spogli in 2006 and became a partner in 2016. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Hwang worked at Citigroup in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Financial Sponsors Groups. Mr. Hwang received his bachelor's degree in business economics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2003, where he graduated with honors.

 

 

Christian B. Johnson
Partner

Christian B. Johnson joined Freeman Spogli in 2006 and became a partner in 2016. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Johnson worked at Wachovia Securities in the Leveraged Finance Group. Mr. Johnson received his bachelor's degree in history from Colgate University in 2002, where he graduated with honors.

 

 

J. Frederick Simmons
Partner

J. Frederick Simmons joined Freeman Spogli in 1986 and became a partner in 1991. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Simmons was a Vice President in the Los Angeles office of Bankers Trust Company, specializing in lending to leveraged buyouts. From 1978 to 1984, he held other key positions with Bankers Trust, including responsibility for middle market lending in Southern California and serving in the Commercial Banking Group in New York City. Mr. Simmons graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree from Williams College in 1978 and received his master's degree in business administration from New York University in 1982.

 

William M. Wardlaw
Partner

William M. Wardlaw joined Freeman Spogli in 1988 and became a partner in 1991. From 1984 to 1988, Mr. Wardlaw was Managing Partner in the Los Angeles law firm of Riordan & McKinzie. Prior to 1984, he served as a partner in the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers. Mr. Wardlaw received his bachelor's degree with highest honors from Whittier College in 1968 and earned a juris doctor degree in 1972 from the University of California, Los Angeles Law School.

 

Principals and Vice Presidents

Jordan A. Hathaway
Principal

Jordan A. Hathaway joined Freeman Spogli in 2008. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Hathaway spent two years at UBS as an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division. Mr. Hathaway received his bachelor's degree in economics from Pomona College in 2006. Mr. Hathaway is a CFA charterholder.

 

Juan R. Pita
Vice President

Juan R. Pita joined Freeman Spogli in 2017.  Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Pita was a Vice President at MBF Healthcare Partners and a Senior Associate at Tower Three Partners, where he evaluated investments and held portfolio oversight roles across a variety of industries including healthcare, industrial and automotive, restaurants and telecommunications.  Previously, Mr. Pita was an Associate at Bain Capital, where he was responsible for strategic and operational value creation at Guitar Center as well as executing growth equity and buyout investments.  Mr. Pita began his career at Jefferies and Co. where he worked in the leveraged finance group.  Mr. Pita received his BS in Economics, summa cum laude, with concentrations in Finance and Accounting from the Wharton School in 2006 and his MBA, with Honors, with a major in Marketing from the Wharton School in 2013.

Associates

Sara J. Gilson
Senior Associate

Sara J. Gilson joined Freeman Spogli in 2017. Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Gilson spent two years as an Associate at BDT Capital Partners and two years as an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley. Ms. Gilson graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame where she earned her bachelor's degree in business administration, double majoring in Accountancy and Mandarin Chinese and earning the International Business Certificate. She earned her master's degree in business administration from Harvard University in 2017. 

Brendan D. Motz
Senior Associate

Brendan D. Motz joined Freeman Spogli in 2014.  Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Motz spent three years as an Investment Banking Analyst at Deutsche Bank Securities.  He received his bachelor's degree in finance and accounting from the University of Michigan in 2011. 

Shannon A. Vonk
Senior Associate

Shannon A. Vonk joined Freeman Spogli in 2016.  Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Vonk worked in Strategy and Corporate Development at S&P Global and in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman, Sachs & Co. She graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University with a bachelor's of science degree in industrial engineering and economics and earned her master's degree in business administration from Harvard University in 2016.

Anthony I. Biegel
Associate

Anthony I. Biegel joined Freeman Spogli in 2016.  Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Biegel worked in the High Yield Credit strategy at Oaktree Capital Management and in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at Rothschild.  Prior thereto, Mr. Biegel worked in the Financial Advisory Services Group at Houlihan Lokey.  Mr. Biegel received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2012.

Rayhaan Charania
Associate

Rayhaan Charania joined Freeman Spogli in 2017.  Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Charania worked in the Financial Restructuring and Technology, Media and Telecommunications Groups at Houlihan Lokey.  He received his bachelor's degree in Honors Business Administration from the Ivey Business School at Western University.

Dennis M. McCarthy
Associate

Dennis M. McCarthy joined Freeman Spogli in 2017. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. McCarthy spent two years as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at Jefferies. Mr. McCarthy received his bachelor's of science degree in finance and master's of science degree in finance from the University of Florida in 2015, where he graduated with honors. 

Preston J. Phillips
Associate

Preston J. Phillips joined Freeman Spogli in 2016.  Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Phillips spent two years as an Investment Banking Analyst at Credit Suisse.  He received his bachelor's degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University in 2014.

Finance and Administration

Lou A. Losorelli
Chief Financial Officer

Lou A. Losorelli joined Freeman Spogli in 1995 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Losorelli graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1976 and received his juris doctor degree in 1979 from the University of Santa Clara. Mr. Losorelli is a member of the State Bar of California and is a certified public accountant inactive.