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Nate DaPore

Managing Director

Perseverance is successfully navigating difficult obstacles. Your charge is to figure out those navigation points.

— Nate's personal life motto

THE AVIATOR

Nate strives to reach new heights in everything he does. This may sound like fluff, but he quite literally holds seven pilot ratings for land and seaplanes as well as helicopters, which you can find him piloting on weekends. One to keep the adrenaline coursing, he’s also aiming to perfect several new tricks on his kiteboard. Professionally, Nate’s passion is to elevate our clients’ talent and help them think through creative solutions to achieve their lofty goals. Nate’s career flight path involved starting businesses that hit the radar of strategic buyers and improving businesses that were part of private equity ecosystems. It’s no surprise that the name of one of Nate’s earlier companies was PeopleMatter. On any given day, you’ll find Nate striving for ways to make our clients’ businesses soar.

As managing director, Nate leads executive searches for boards of directors, CEOs, C-suite leaders, and their direct reports in the technology, health care, and private equity markets. He brings over 20 years of experience as a private equity investor and operating partner, a software expert, and entrepreneur, having founded two successful startups.

Most recently, Nate was a managing director of Battery Park, where he advised middle market health care and technology companies and was deployed as an operating partner focused on executive recruitment and operational improvements for private equity firms.

Nate spent the preceding seven years as founder and CEO of venture-backed workforce management SaaS company PeopleMatter, serving global brands such as McDonald’s, Texas Roadhouse, BP, and Shell. Earlier in his career, Nate was part of the executive team as vice president of enterprise sales at Benefitfocus (NASDAQ: BNFT) from its rise as a startup to becoming the largest benefits-enrollment software provider in the U.S.

Nate sits on the board of directors of three private-equity-backed software companies, serves as a trustee of Hampden Sydney College, and is an active Young Presidents Organization member.

In his free time, you can find Nate flying a plane or helicopter or at sea level at the beach relaxing with a good book or kiteboarding off Sullivan’s Island. He is the proud father of two Weimaraners (Sage and Winston).


Education

Hampden Sydney College, B.S., Accounting & Economics