Rick Rickertsen is Managing Partner of Pine Creek Partners. Pine Creek manages a $50 million private equity fund with the goal of backing entrepreneurial executives in management buyout transactions. Prior to founding Pine Creek, Rick was the Chief Operating Officer of Thayer Capital and the founding partner of Thayer's three corporate buyout funds totaling over $1.5 billion. In his twenty year career in the management buyout world, he has lead more than 50 buyouts, including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and SAGA Software. As a director and former Chairman of the Board of several publicly-traded companies, Rick works closely with corporate managers to help them select their strategy, realize their goals, and maximize their equity returns. He is a Director of Apollo Senior Floating Credit Fund (NYSE- "AFT"), Berry Plastics (NYSE - "BERY"), MicroStrategy (NASDAQ- "MSTR") and Noranda Aluminum (NYSE - "NOR") and is former Chairman of Semester at Sea. He is the author of two books: Buyout: An Insider's Guide to Buying Your Own Company and Sell Your Business Your Way: Getting Out, Getting Rich and Getting On With Your Life. The former has been translated into Japanese and Russian and sold over 50,000 copies. He received his MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School and his Bachelor of Science with distinction in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University. Mr. Rickertsen is a former member of the Young Presidents Organization.