Castle Island Partners LLC

Our Team

Castle Island Partners LLC
Ryan Kim, Partner
Mr. Kim has extensive experience as a private equity investor and operating executive. He founded Castle Island Partners in 2006 to focus on helping companies in the lower middle market to achieve their full potential, leveraging his decade of experience from larger investment firms such as Bain Capital, Parthenon Capital and DLJ Merchant Banking. Prior to founding Castle Island Partners, Mr. Kim was a senior investment professional with Parthenon Capital, a $2 billion private equity firm with offices in Boston and San Francisco. At Parthenon Capital, he co-headed the firm’s consumer products and distribution industry groups. Mr. Kim worked in the private equity group of Bain Capital, where he closed several transactions in the branded food and beverage industry. Mr. Kim began his investing career at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette (DLJ), where he worked on private equity, debt and public equity transactions. In addition, Mr. Kim’s operating experience includes roles as President of Micorp, a regional provider of automotive aftermarket services and Director of Business Development for EasyLink, a publicly-traded provider of outsourced communication services. He received his AB from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Sim Skinner, Partner
Mr. Skinner has extensive general management experience, in addition to a background in strategy consulting and investment banking. Most recently, Mr. Skinner was CEO of Greenfiber, a cellulose insulation manufacturer backed by Tenex Capital Management. Prior to that, Mr. Skinner was President of Milliken & Co.’s Performance Products Division, a $500MM global, diversified industrial business serving a range of markets, including: Automotive, US Military and Building & Construction. In his initial role at Milliken, Mr. Skinner led Corporate Development and was responsible for M&A activity as well as Corporate Strategy. Prior to Milliken, Mr. Skinner served as a strategy consultant with Marakon Consultants in New York and Singapore. Mr. Skinner started his career at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette (DLJ), where he worked on private equity, debt and public equity transactions. He received his BA from UNC-Chapel Hill and his MBA from The Wharton School.

Jay Makadia, Partner
Mr. Makadia has extensive experience as a private equity investor and advisor to companies in the following sectors: retail, consumer products, manufacturing, energy, telecom, and business services. From 2000 to 2013, Mr. Makadia was a core member of the investment team at Berkshire Partners, an $11 billion private equity firm based in Boston. While at Berkshire, Mr. Makadia helped lead ten of the firm’s successful transactions and worked closely on key strategic and operating issues with the management teams of his portfolio companies, including: National Vision, a retailer of eyewear with 750 stores across the U.S.; HMT, an industrial manufacturer and maintenance services provider operating in the oil & gas sector; and Fresh Start Bakeries, a global manufacturer of bakery products for major foodservice and retail customers. Currently, Mr. Makadia is also a member of the Advisory Board of Babiators, a fast growing company in the children’s accessories market. Prior to Berkshire, Mr. Makadia was in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley where he worked on M&A and financing transactions for corporate clients. He received his AB from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Michael Barry, Partner
Mr. Barry has extensive experience as the CEO of industrial distribution businesses as well as in the global sourcing of products. He was the President and COO of Copperfield Chimney Supply, a $50 million supplier of proprietary chimney and hearth products to retailers and professional contractors. Mike was also the President of Woodard, Inc., a $65 million multi-location manufacturer of casual patio furniture to specialty retailers and mass merchants. Prior to joining Woodard, Mike was the President and CEO of Intech EDM, an industrial distributor of consumable materials for Electrical Discharge Machining with operations in six countries, originally a subsidiary of N.V. Indivers. Mike started out his career as an accountant with Grant Thornton in Washington, D.C. He received his BS from Georgetown University and an MBA from The Wharton School.

John Nugent, Advisory Partner
Mr. Nugent has extensive experience as a CEO and marketer in a wide range of food and consumer categories. He was the CEO and President of Eagle Family Foods, a $225 million branded food manufacturer backed by GE Capital and Warburg Pincus. Prior to joining Eagle Family Foods, Mr. Nugent was President of Johnson & Johnson’s Consumer Products division, which marketed products under a variety of brands, including Band-Aid and Johnson’s Baby. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Mr. Nugent was the COO and VP of Marketing for a $600 million division of Unilever Foods. Earlier in his career, Mr. Nugent worked at Borden, Calgon and Procter & Gamble, and was a Captain in the United States Army. Mr. Nugent was awarded two Bronze Stars, the Air Medal and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He received his BA from Georgetown and his MBA from the University of Chicago.

David Ropp, Advisory Partner
Mr. Ropp has over 30 years of experience running manufacturing businesses. He was with Dover Corporation from 1998 to 2009, most recently as the President & CEO of Dover Industrial Products, responsible for 14 companies representing over $2 billion in sales and 25% of Dover’s overall revenue. Mr. Ropp’s other positions within Dover included President & CEO of Dover Resources and OPW Fueling Components. Prior to that, he was the President of Crosby Valve (now part of FMC), which he grew to $125 million in sales. He spent 18 years at Ingersoll Rand as a general manager and plant manager. Mr. Ropp was a US Marine Corps Officer in Vietnam and was awarded Combat Action Ribbon and Navy Commendation Medal. He is a founding member of Executive Forum and on the President’s Council of Manufacturer’s Alliance (MAPI). He received his BSME from the General Motors Institute and MBA from Xavier University.

Robert Tyre, Advisory Partner
Mr. Tyre has extensive experience working in corporate development and strategy consulting. Mr. Tyre was the Vice President of Corporate Development for Dover Corporation (NYSE: DOV), a $6 billion diversified manufacturer of industrial products and manufacturing equipment. Dover is a Fortune 300 company with operations worldwide and customers in more than 100 countries. Under Mr. Tyre’s leadership, Dover completed over 100 acquisitions comprising several billion dollars in transaction value. Prior to Dover, Mr. Tyre was a partner with Booz Allen Hamilton, providing strategic and financial advisory service to global corporations. Earlier in his career, Mr. Tyre worked at US Industries and NCR Corporation. Mr. Tyre received his BA from Williams College, his MBA from New York University and his JD from Fordham University.