Professionals

William G. Freels III, Managing Director
M.B.A. - Emory University, Goizueta School of Business
B.S. - University of Tennessee, Marketing

Bill is the founder and Managing Director of Andra Partners. He has over 30 years of senior experience including M&A, and Andra Partners has delivered over $3B in proprietary acquisition and investment opportunities to its clients including platform and add-on investments across industry verticals. He has buy-side advisory relationships with middle market private equity clients across the continental U.S. and Canada, and has been a panelist at the Southeast Venture Conference. Bill developed the firm's proprietary 6-step targeted search and engagement process, which is thesis-driven and designed to generate pure proprietary investment opportunities for its clients that are actionable outside of investment bank-led processes.

Email: bfreels@andrapartners.com

 

Andrew H. Parvin, Director (Atlanta, GA)
M.B.A. – Emory University, Goizueta School of Business
B.A. – Tulane University, Political Science (Phi Beta Kappa)

Andy is a Director with over 30 years of executive experience in Enterprise Finance with Fortune 500 information technology companies including AT&T Corp., Cisco Systems, and Microsoft Corp. He has been recognized numerous times for achievements in IT hardware and software solutions financing, including as the #1 representative in production with Avaya Financial Services for two consecutive years, as a two-time Leaders Council representative with AT&T (an award recognizing the top 1% of AT&T's worldwide sales force), and as the #1 enterprise financing executive within Microsoft for FY 2016.

Email: aparvin@andrapartners.com

 

Bradley D. Barker, Director (Billings, MT)
M.P.M. - Georgetown University, McCourt School of Public Policy
M.M.S. - Marine Corps University, Military Studies
B.S. - United States Military Academy, Mathematical Economics

Brad is a Director with over 20 years of experience in both civilian and military roles. After attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army, he was the COO of a school district in Jackson, WY. In that position he integrated all support functions (finance, human resources, facilities, transportation, food service, safety and security) for the district. During his military career he served as Deputy Commander of the largest Combat Aviation Brigade in the Army with over 3,700 personnel and 156 aircraft, and also worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). He was recognized multiple times by senior military command leadership and received four Bronze Star Medals and three air medals for leadership in combat.

Email: bbarker@andrapartners.com

 

Robert H. Urbach, Director (Colorado Springs, CO)
M.B.A. – University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business
B.A. – Centre College, English

Rob is a Director with over 20 years of experience in executive roles. As the CEO of USA Triathlon (USAT), Rob ran the world’s largest multisport organization which serves over 500K members and manages an Olympic program. In recognition of his efforts Rob was named Most Influential Person by Inside Triathlon Magazine. He was also previously the EVP of Octagon Worldwide, and generated record earnings growth for 3 consecutive years with 20% increases each year. As the EVP of SFX Sports Group he negotiated 14 acquisitions valued at over $300M, and won the Clear Channel President’s Performance Award for 2 consecutive years. He also sourced marketing transactions with Fortune 500 brands for athletes including Michael Jordan, Andre Agassi, and Mike “Coach K” Krzyzweski.

Email: rurbach@andrapartners.com

 

Holly A. Kruse, Director of Research
B.A. - Rhodes College, Psychology

Holly is the Director of Research with over 20 years of experience across sectors, including advertising, media, and consumer. She has extensive experience in all phases of proprietary research methodology from qualitative and quantitative survey design to data collection, tabulation, analysis and reporting. As a Senior Analyst at USA TODAY, she developed an innovative tabulation and analysis in the high tech and automotive categories. She mines and analyzes multiple data sources to identify pure proprietary investment opportunities across industry verticals.

Email: hkruse@andrapartners.com

 

Kathleen C. Koontz, Research Analyst
A.L.A./M.L.S. - University of Kentucky, Library Science
B.A. - Centre College, French

Kathleen is a Research Analyst with over 20 years of experience in library and information science. Her professional experience includes creating descriptive metadata and maintaining bibliographic databases. She has co-authored documents on cataloging videos and audio books, and her academic background includes advanced education in both the U.S. and France. She has also taught French at the collegiate level. She identifies and reviews proprietary investment and acquisition opportunities in support of thesis-based client platform and add-on initiatives.

Email: kkoontz@andrapartners.com