Lawrence is the Co-Founder and a Partner at Ames Watson. Prior to founding Ames Watson, Lawrence was Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Blackstreet Capital. At Blackstreet, Lawrence participated in over 25 acquisitions and was actively involved in the sourcing of deals, planning of transitions and oversight of investments. Previously, Lawrence worked for the The Washington Post Company and the Boston Consulting Group. Lawrence has served on numerous Boards of both private and public companies. Lawrence is currently the Chairman of FanzzLids Holdings and NSA Media. Lawrence has a B.S.E. and MBA from The Wharton School. Lawrence lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and three sons. He can usually be found at the ice rink watching his sons play hockey.
Thomas H. Ripley
Tom is a Partner and Co-Founder at Ames Watson. Prior to Ames Watson, Tom was the founder of Severn Partners, a private equity firm that acquired more than a dozen companies in the defense, retail, light manufacturing and service sectors. Over the past 18 years, Tom has developed extensive operating experience across more than two dozen different companies. Today, Tom serves as the Chairman & CEO of Lids Sports Group. Tom started his career as an infantry and special operations officer in the United States Marine Corps. Tom graduated from the Virginia Military Institute with a BA and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Tom lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife and three children.
William D. Carr IV
Will is a Vice President at Ames Watson. Prior to joining Ames Watson, Will was a Vice President with Severn Partners. At Severn, Will participated in various transactions on both the buy and sell side. Will started his career in public accounting and subsequently spent 6 years in corporate accounting and finance at a middle market company headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland. Will has a B.S. in Accounting and a minor in Economics from Stevenson University. Will and his wife have one daughter and reside in Crownsville, Maryland.
Prior to joining Ames Watson in 2018, Andrew was an Associate at Severn Partners, an Annapolis based private equity firm. Previously Andrew worked for McGladrey where he was a CPA. Andrew holds a BS in Accounting and an MBA from Mount St. Mary’s. Andrew lives in Baltimore, Maryland and in his free time coaches his high school alma mater, Archbishop Spalding’s, varsity lacrosse team.
Prior to joining Ames Watson, Sean was a transaction advisory consultant at RSM US LLP, a national assurance, tax and consulting firm, where he provided financial advisory services to a variety of financial sponsors and middle market companies. Previously, Sean worked at Sterling Partners. Sean has a BS and MS from James Madison University, and is an active CPA and CFA Charterholder. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife and enjoys golfing and other outdoor activities.
Randy is an Operating Partner at Ames Watson. A results oriented leader with 20+ years in Technology Delivery, eCommerce, Financial Services, and Cloud disruption. Previously, Randy was the COO of Broadridge Financial, Inc., Digital Center of Excellence; Partner, CIO & Head of Strategy at Gruntal & Co., LLC; Head of Global Program Management, eBay Enterprise; Corporate CIO, GSI Commerce, Inc. (where he led the integration and divestiture activities for eBay Inc. $2.4B acquisition of GSI), and Founder and CEO of several startups. He is a founding member of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Financial Services Advisory Council, and Vice-Chairman of Trust Exchange, LLC. Randy graduated from the University of Delaware, BA Communications and minor in Business. Randy and his wife live in Chadds Ford, PA and Florida. He has two grown children.
Operating Partner Team
Ames Watson has a group of highly experienced Operators who can step into a business and help provide leadership and resources. These Operating Partners can help existing management teams improve performance and can lead transitions when management isn’t in place.