BRIAN BULATAO

A Pennsylvania native, Brian earned a Bachelor of Science degree with Highest Honors, in engineering management from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated in the top 5 percent of his Class. Following graduation Brian completed U.S. Army Ranger School where he was the Distinguished Honor Graduate and spent the next seven years serving as an airborne infantry officer. As a member of a Special Rapid Deployment Force, he deployed on several contingency operations including the capture of General Noriega in Panama, the defense of Saudi Arabia and liberation of Kuwait as an operations officer during Desert Shield/Storm and commanded a light infantry company at Fort Ord, California.

Brian left the Army to attend Harvard Business School, from which he received his MBA in 1995. Upon graduation he joined the Atlanta office of McKinsey & Company, one of the world’s foremost strategic consulting firms. Brian has served Fortune 500 clients in the transportation, telecommunication and basic materials industries and has focused on corporate strategy, operations excellence, supply chain management, and organization development.

One of the principal founders of Thayer Aerospace, Brian led the company during its dramatic growth from a startup in 1997 to a $100 million business while earning numerous awards and recognition from its aerospace and defense customers. Brian has received the “Forty under Forty” award from the Wichita Business Journal for his business and community leadership. He served on the Board of Trustees for the Wichita Art Museum where he chaired the Strategic Planning Committee, Chaired the Board of Trustees to the Wichita Area Technical College, served on the Advisory Council to the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department at Wichita State University, was a member of the Business Roundtable for the Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Business Investment Group.

From Thayer Aerospace, Brian was recruited by the owner (former Goldman Sachs partner) of Chick Packaging to transform the business into the partner of choice for industrial packaging solutions. Three and a half years after joining Chick Packaging, the company was sold to Nefab Inc., headquartered in Sweden, at a 40% valuation premium to then-current market comps. He led the post-merger integration with Nefab and sat on the eight-person, Executive Nefab Management Team. As President of Nefab Americas, Brian had responsibility for fifteen manufacturing sites in the US, Canada, Mexico and Brazil and over 1,000 employees.

Currently, Brian serves as Managing Director and Founder of Pallas Capital Partners, an independent sponsor private equity firm focused on growth buyouts in the lower middle market,
with emphasis on partnering with talented founders and executives to build market-leading companies and creating value through strategic growth initiatives and acquisitions.

Brian currently resides near Dallas, Texas and proud father of his daughter, Tristan (16) and a son, Connor (7).