The Sweetwater Capital team is a highly trained, qualified and experienced group of industry leading professionals.
Founder & Managing Partner
James is the Founder & Managing Partner of Sweetwater Capital Partners and chairs the firm’s Investment Committee. Prior to Sweetwater, James was Co-founder & President of Madison Creek Partners, a healthcare services company. While at Madison, James oversaw and completed six (6) acquisitions of eleven (11) healthcare facilities. By the time he left, Madison had reached over one thousand (>1,000) employees and exceeded US$70 million in annual revenues and $10 million in EBITDA. Prior to starting Madison, James was a Partner & Head of Secondaries at StepStone Group, a $14 billion global private capital investment firm. He served on the firm’s Investment Committee. During his private equity career, he has led approximately forty (40) secondary transactions totaling over $1.0 billion in invested capital. He is a CPA and a CFA Charterholder. James holds an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA and graduated with a BS in Accounting from Brigham Young University with University Honors.
Gregg is a Managing Partner at Sweetwater Capital Partners. He is a proven executive with a distinctive, strategic combination of visionary leadership and business acumen. He has been instrumental in building multimillion-dollar businesses. Gregg has over 25 years of portfolio management and financial market experience. He launched Dorado Capital Management (DCM). The hedge fund grew to over $350 million AUM. DCM was acquired by JLF Asset Management where he remained as a managing partner. In 2013, he went into the private sector as CEO of Events.com, a SaaS software startup. Under his tenure, the value of the business grew ten-fold, and the company remains a leader in the endurance industry. Gregg has been featured on the cover of Investor’s Business Daily, CBS MarketWatch, The Wall Street Transcript and Barron’s. Gregg holds an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at USC and graduated with a BS in Finance from SDSU.
Brent is a Managing Partner at Sweetwater Capital Partners and a member of the firm’s investment committee. Prior to Sweetwater, Brent was a General Partner at Sway Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm. As General Partner with Sway, he served on the investment committee, and helped managed primary and secondary transactions. Prior to Sway, he held the position of Director of Corporate Development at DDi Corp. (NASDAQ) of which he was instrumental in the sale of the business to ViaSystems Group, Inc. (later acquired by TTM Technologies, Inc.). Brent has held positions in investments and M&A, including Managing Director at RFC Capital Partners (a merchant bank and private equity fund), and legal counsel, for over 19 years. He holds an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at USC, a JD from Whittier Law School, and graduated with a BS in Business Administration from the University of California, Riverside.
Dr. Benedyk is an Operating Partner for Sweetwater Capital Partners where he provides board support to Sweetwater’s direct and client Life Sciences portfolio companies and advises on Sweetwater’s Life Science investments. Prior to Sweetwater, he was President & CEO of Telephus Biosciences, a company developing innovative immunotherapies to treat drug-resistant infections. He is a director at Alafair Biosciences and at Pulmotect Inc. on behalf of Sweetwater’s client investors. Dr. Benedyk is also a director at Accel-Rx, Canada’s national biotech accelerator, and an advisor to RARE Science which applies genomics insights to accelerate cures for children with rare diseases. Previously, he was Head of The Pfizer Incubator LLC (TPI), Pfizer’s corporate incubator for early stage pharmaceutical companies. He has held executive business development roles at Ascenta, Optimer (now Merck NYSE: MRK), and Elan Pharmaceuticals (now Perrigo NYSE: PRGO). He received his PhD in Developmental Genetics from The Rockefeller University, where he was a Lucille P. Markey Graduate Fellow and his BS degree in Microbiology and Botany from the University of Michigan.
Matt is a Senior Associate on the investment team at Sweetwater. Prior to Sweetwater, Matt was the Managing Director of Coast Security & Investigations, Inc. in San Diego, California, where he conducted and managed background investigations, due diligence research, and forensic accounting for angel investors and family offices considering early-stage venture investments. Matt holds an MBA with a finance concentration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC and graduated with a BS in Business Administration from California State University, San Marcos.
Aura manages investor relations at Sweetwater, acting as the point of contact among the Managing Partners, colleagues, and investors. Prior to Sweetwater, she worked as a Customer Relations and Operations Manager in the Fashion Industry. Aura began her career working for a US Government Intelligence Agency directly supporting Senior Government Officials. She holds an M.Ed. from Penn State University and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Miami University.