Principals

Jim Miller

Mr. Miller co-founded Supply Chain Equity Partners in 2007. He has nearly two decades of wholesale distribution financial advisory experience. His team has managed over 50 M&A transactions involving leading wholesale distributors, including over a dozen "top-100" distributors in various market segments. He has worked intensively with corporations and private equity funds as they considered distribution-related investments, providing comprehensive industry searches, company screening and due diligence services such as competitive analyses, profitability enhancement evaluation and growth opportunities review.

Jim has overseen all phases of SCEP's development since its founding. He's responsible for SCEP's sourcing & review process and overall strategy and operations. Jim has served on the boards of Phillips Pet Food & Supplies, Distribution International, and H.L. Flake.

Prior to co-founding Supply Chain Equity, Jim founded, built and headed Distribution Advisory Practices at middle-market investment banks. As a leading expert in the field of wholesale distribution, he has been a featured speaker at numerous industry conferences and events including the University of Innovative Distribution, NAW Executive Summit, the NAW Billion Dollar Company Summit, TUG (Infor), S.I.D.A and annual executive forums sponsored by Activant and Strategic Pricing Associates. In addition, Jim is a contributor to leading trade publications and has written for Electrical Wholesaling and OUTLOOK: An Executive's Companion to Facing the Forces of Change. Excerpts of his work have been published in Industrial Distribution, TED Magazine, and Modern Distribution Management.

Education

  • J.D./M.B.A., magna cum laude, Case Western Reserve University
  • B.S., cum laude, Ohio Wesleyan University

 

Nir Gabriely

Mr. Gabriely co-founded Supply Chain Equity Partners in 2007. He is responsible for sourcing supply chain investment opportunities, executing transactions and direction of the firm's investment strategy. Nir also leads the sourcing of debt and mezzanine financing and structuring SCEP's transactions. He plays a significant role in working with the firm's portfolio companies on business strategies, budgets, and operational and financial initiatives.

Prior to co-founding Supply Chain Equity, for ten years Nir led the Capital Markets activities at Brown Gibbons Lang & Company ("BGL") where he gained extensive corporate finance advisory experience including debt and equity capital raises and financial restructuring. At BGL, Nir was involved with over 25 transactions and led over ten recapitalization and capital raise assignments and six restructuring cases. He's noted for his creativity and expertise in structuring complex transactions working with banks, financial institutions, equity investors, executives and shareholders to successfully negotiate and complete a transaction. His experience ranges from advising large publicly traded companies to small privately held businesses, including executed transactions for private equity and buyout funds.

Prior to BGL, Nir was the corporate financial analyst at LanOptics, a publicly traded developer and supplier of datacom products, where he was responsible for the annual corporate budget plan, financial reporting and cost accounting.

Nir has been the recipient of the M&A Advisor's "Financing Deal of the Year" award.

Education:

  • M.B.A. Case Western Reserve University, member Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary Society
  • B.S., summa cum laude, Economics, University of Haifa
  • Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP)

 

Jay Greyson

Jay is a Co-founder & Partner in Supply Chain Equity Partners and he brings to SCEP almost 30 years of combined business operating and corporate finance experience. Uniquely, Jay combines his finance background with over two decades of extensive experience in the manufacturing, marketing, applications, sales and distribution of a wide variety of products and services. He has developed and managed three North American distribution channels and sales organizations and his broad industry experience encompasses business development, sales, marketing, product management, engineering, operations, turnaround management, and general management.

At SCEP, Jay is responsible for sourcing, analyzing, structuring, negotiating and executing investments in distribution and supply chain-related companies. In addition, he often leads the development of strategic & tactical planning and execution initiatives.

Prior to co-founding Supply Chain Equity, Jay established and led the Engineered Products and Automation, Controls & Electrical ('ACE') practice groups at Brown Gibbons Lang & Company, a regional investment banking firm, and served as the global practice leader within the Global M&A organization. Jay has served public corporations such as Cookson Group plc, Corrpro Companies, Eaton Corporation and US Auto Parts; and privately held businesses in industries ranging from ACE-related markets to his current focus on wholesale distribution.

Jay has been named Dealmaker of the Year, the highest individual honor in M&A awarded annually to one "dealmaker" in North America, and has been the recipient of nine M&A industry awards including Industrial Distribution / Manufacturing Deals of the Year in both North America and Europe. In addition, Jay co-authored the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) seminal book on M&A: "Mergers & Acquisitions for Distributors - Expert Advice for Buyers and Sellers".

Education:

  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, magna cum laude, University of Virginia
  • MBA, cum laude, University of Chicago
  • Certified in lean manufacturing, Six Sigma and Kaizen techniques

 

Tre Mischka - Director

Mr. Mischka is involved in all aspects of evaluating investment opportunities, transaction due diligence as well as working with existing portfolio companies.

Tre has played a significant role in executing the firm's platform and add-on investments.

Prior to joining SCE, Tre was an investment banker with Robert W. Baird, as a Director in the Distribution/Logistics team, where he worked on transactions in the distribution industry exceeding $3 billion, including advisory assignments with private equity owned value-added distributors. Tre has worked with some of the leading distribution companies in the United States, including MSC Industrial Direct, WESCO International, and Hughes Supply.

During his 15+ years in the investment banking industry, Tre accumulated a wealth of diversified experience in middle-market acquisitions, divestitures and financial management with an emphasis on the distribution and logistics industries.

Tre is a CPA and his advisory experience is supplemented by his operating experience as CFO of a multi-branch, closely-held distributor of electronic repair parts and satellite reception equipment to the dealer market and industrial users in the southeastern United States. As CFO, Tre was responsible for all accounting, financial management and IT decision support.

Education: B.S., Accounting, summa cum laude, Syracuse University Certified Public Accountant - New York

Supply Chain Equity Partners applies a disciplined investment process that leverages the experience, knowledge and industry relationships of our principals and investors.