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January 2022

Bernhard Capital Partners Announces Personnel Promotions

Bernhard Capital Partners announced the following promotions: Mark Spender to Partner; Catherine Cusimano to Principal; Bryan Poppler to Principal; Chris Ringswald to Principal; Jason Badeaux to Senior Associate.

Mark Spender has been promoted to Partner at Bernhard Capital, where he is a member of the Investment and Portfolio committees and is involved in all areas of the firm’s investment activities. Mark currently serves on the Board of Directors for several of BCP’s investment platforms, including Allied Power, Charah Solutions, RailWorks and United Utility Services. 

Catherine Cusimano has been promoted to Principal at Bernhard Capital, where she is involved in all areas of the firm’s investment activities and is active in the sourcing and execution of several of the firm’s proprietary opportunities. Prior to joining BCP, Catherine was a Vice President at HPS Investment Partners, LLC in New York. While at HPS, she was a member of the Energy & Power team where she focused on investments ranging from senior debt to mezzanine, subordinated debt and preferred equity. 

Bryan Poppler has been promoted to Principal at Bernhard Capital, where he is involved in all areas of the firm’s investment activities. Prior to joining Bernhard Capital, Bryan served as a Senior Analyst at Stephens Inc. in Dallas, TX. While at Stephens, Bryan was a member of the Industrials Group where he worked on various mergers and acquisitions and capital raises for clients in the Engineering & Construction, Building Products and Transportation sectors.

Chris Ringswald has been promoted to Principal at Bernhard Capital, where he is involved in all areas of the firm’s investment activities. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of RailWorks. Prior to joining BCP, Chris was an Associate at Stellus Capital Management, LLC. in Houston, TX. While at Stellus, he was a member of the investment team for the middle market energy platform and the middle market direct lending platform. 

Jason Badeaux has been promoted to Senior Associate at Bernhard Capital, where he is involved in all areas of the firm’s investment activities and is also involved in several of the firm’s philanthropic activities. Prior to joining BCP, Jason served as an Analyst at Simmons & Company International, the Energy and Power investment banking group of Piper Sandler, in Houston, TX. While at Simmons, Jason focused on M&A and capital markets advisory for the natural resources industry.

Bernhard Capital Partners is a services and infrastructure-focused private equity management firm established in 2013. Bernhard Capital Partners has deployed capital in three funds across several strategies, has approximately $2.5 billion of gross assets under management and is ranked as one of Private Equity International’s 300 largest private equity firms worldwide. Bernhard Capital Partners seeks to create sustainable value by leveraging its experience in acquiring, operating and growing services and infrastructure businesses.