OUR BIGGEST STRENGTH IS OUR PEOPLE.
We are seasoned engineers, financial experts, corporate strategists and recognized business leaders with diverse backgrounds, and we have built our success around combining experience and savvy with a personal touch, ensuring that every partnership receives the attention it deserves.
FOUNDER AND MANAGING PARTNER
Ron Nixon founded The Catalyst Group in 1990 for one primary reason: to help good companies become great. Over his career, he has participated in over 100 separate portfolio transactions while managing TCG’s eight previous limited partnerships. Ron has also been involved in over 90 transactions with LHC Group (NASDAQ: LHCG), since investing in LHC in 2001.
Ron earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas. In addition to serving on the boards of privately held corporations and publicly held LHC Group, Ron also serves on civic boards, such as the UT Austin Engineering Advisory Board, where he is vice chairman, and the Chancellor’s Council for The University of Texas System. He is also a Trustee for several families and on numerous family-owned company boards.
Ron and his wife Ginny live in Houston. They have three children and seven grandchildren.
BRAD GURASICH, CFA
VICE PRESIDENT AND PRINCIPAL
Brad Gurasich is a Vice President and Principal for The Catalyst Group and is responsible for sourcing and evaluating potential investment opportunities, structuring and negotiating transactions, leading due diligence and managing portfolio investments.
Brad is an experienced financial analyst and investment strategist. Prior to joining The Catalyst Group, he was the CFO and Investment Analyst for Goshawk Global Investments, LLC, an equity investment manager based in Austin, Texas. Brad previously served as Senior Finance Manager for Alta Colleges, Inc., a private post-secondary education company, and as an Investment Banking Analyst for the global and industrial services group at Credit Suisse First Boston.
Brad earned a BBA in finance from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin. He is a CFA charter holder and serves on the board of Rochal Industries, LLC.
He lives with his wife and three daughters in Austin.
David McWhorter is a Principal for The Catalyst Group and is responsible for sourcing and evaluating potential investment opportunities, structuring and negotiating transactions, leading due diligence and managing portfolio investments.
David brings a wealth of experience overseeing operations and growth within successful companies in the energy industry. He is the former Vice President and General Manager at Cameron International's Pressure Control Business Unit. Prior to that role, David served as Vice President of Engineering and Quality for Pressure Control at Cameron International. He is also the former Director of Engineering and R&D at National Oilwell Varco's premium coiled tubing and wireline equipment business, Texas Oil Tools.
David earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Texas A&M University. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas and serves on the board of Superior Plant Rentals.
He lives with his wife and daughter in Cypress, Texas.
Robert Norris is a Principal for The Catalyst Group and is responsible for sourcing and evaluating potential investment opportunities, structuring and negotiating transactions, leading due diligence and managing portfolio investments.
Robert provides TCG with an experienced leader in strategy development as well as in sourcing, structuring and executing investment opportunities. Before his arrival, he served as Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy at Civeo Corporation, a spin-off of Oil States International, Inc. Robert also served as Executive General Manager of Business Development of an Australian subsidiary of Civeo, where he was responsible for leading a marketing, sales and business development team. At Oil States International, Robert served as Vice President of Corporate Development and was charged with the corporate strategy development and the execution of the company's acquisition strategy, which included 33 acquisitions and two divestitures.
He earned an MBA and a B.A. in economics from The University of Texas at Austin, and he serves on the board of YPS Anesthesia.
Robert lives with his wife, daughter and two sons in Austin.
Shane Connor is an Investment Analyst for The Catalyst Group and is responsible for analyzing and evaluating potential investment opportunities and assisting with the monitoring and support of portfolio companies.
Shane is an experienced investment and financial analyst. Prior to joining The Catalyst Group, he was a Research Analyst at Bares Capital Management, an equity investment manager in Austin, Texas. Shane previously served as a Research Analyst at River Road Asset Management focusing on small cap equities.
Shane earned his BSBA in finance from The Ohio State University. He is a CFA charter holder.
He lives with his wife in Austin.