Scott M. Bilyeu is the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Compliance Officer of Triangle Peak Partners, LP. He has spent the majority of his career managing the accounting and back office operations of investment management firms. Prior to joining Triangle Peak, Scott was the Chief Financial Officer for Abingdon Capital Management, a McLean, Virginia-based hedge fund serving the investment needs of institutions and high net worth individuals. While there he introduced a number of refinements to the firm’s operations and control environment.
From October 1995 to January 2005, he worked for EGM Capital, a registered investment advisor and hedge fund manager located in San Francisco. He began his career with EGM as its Controller, primarily focusing on the accounting and related activities of the management company. He later became the firm’s Chief Financial Officer, responsible for all financial aspects of the firm, including the establishment and maintenance of operational and financial controls for the firm’s pooled investment funds.
Previously, Scott was an internal auditor for Allstate Insurance Corp. He also was an audit and tax associate for Clifton, Gunderson & Co., a nationwide accounting and consulting firm based in Peoria, Illinois.
In 1993, Scott received a B.A. in Accounting from Illinois Wesleyan University and was registered by the Illinois Board of Examiners as a Certified Public Accountant after successfully completing the CPA exam.
Dain F. DeGroff
Dain F. DeGroff is a co-founding partner of Triangle Peak Partners, LP and serves as President. He has experience working with private and public companies, providing strategic, process, and financing advice. Prior to Triangle Peak, he served as a Managing Director with Fort Mason Capital, where he conducted private, direct investments in private and public companies, focusing on the Technology, Alternative Energy, and Energy sectors.
Prior to Fort Mason, Dain was an investment banker at both Hambrecht & Quist and JP Morgan, where he executed numerous M&A, debt and equity transactions in the technology sector and also led both firms’ global efforts in mobile and wireless technologies. Prior to his banking experience, he was a consultant for Accenture Consulting in its Technology practice. Before entering the workforce, Dain completed the U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Engineering program and served as a U.S. Navy Submarine officer on a fast-attack submarine.
He serves as a board member for Nozomi Networks, Aerospike and Bugcrowd, and as a board observer for ACME Technologies, AlphaSense, PCH, Skedulo, Sojern, SnapLogic and Suzy.
He received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
Dain serves as a Committee Member on the Stanford University DAPER (Athletics Department) Investment Fund.
Zach P. Kaufman
Zach P. Kaufman joined Triangle Peak Partners, LP in April 2009. Prior to joining Triangle Peak, Zach was a senior associate with Perry-Smith, LLP, a regional public accounting firm based in Sacramento, California, where he lead audit teams serving clients in the governmental, construction, manufacturing, non-profit, and financial industries.
He began his career in accounting as office manager for M & K Builders, Inc., a construction company in California’s Central Valley.
Zach received his B.A. in Accounting from University of the Pacific in 2006 and is a Certified Public Accountant.
James T. McCartt
James T. McCartt joined Triangle Peak Partners, LP in June 2008. He brings experience in two areas to the firm. As an attorney with Baker Botts LLP, then as a partner with Susman Godfrey LLP in Houston, Jim has practiced substantial business litigation. He has also worked as an equity analyst with Fayez Sarofim & Co., where he primarily covered firms in the financial sector.
Jim received an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an M.B.A. from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He is a member of the Texas and California bars. Jim is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Michael C. Morgan
Michael C. Morgan is a co-founding partner of Triangle Peak Partners, LP and serves as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Since 2004, he has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Portcullis Partners, LP, a private investment partnership and one of Triangle Peak’s largest Limited Partners. He also serves as Lead Director of Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI), which is one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America, owning an interest in or operating over 85,000 miles of pipelines and 150 terminals. Mike joined Kinder Morgan at its founding in early 1997 and headed the company’s corporate development efforts until 2001, completing 23 acquisitions worth over $5 billion. He then served as President of KMI until 2004.
Mike serves as Chairman of Star Peak Energy Transition Corp (NYSE: STPK), a special purpose acquisition company identifying market-leading businesses in the energy transition formed and sponsored by affiliates of Magnetar Capital LLC and Triangle Peak Partners, LP in July 2020. Mike has served on the board of Sunnova Energy International, Inc. (NYSE:NOVA), a leading residential solar and energy storage company, since June 2019. He first joined the board of NOVA’s predecessor (Sunnova Energy Corporation) as Lead Director, representing Triangle Peak, from October 2015 until March 2016. Mike remained on the board until NOVA’s initial public offering in June 2019. He has previously served on the boards of two public energy funds affiliated with Kayne Anderson (NYSE: KYN and KYE) and on the boards of directors of Bunchball, Lytx, and SCIenergy.
Mike is a frequent volunteer at Stanford University, currently serving as the national chair of The Stanford Fund, as co-chair of the Precourt Energy Institute Advisory Council, and as a member of the Undergraduate Cabinet, the DAPER Fund, and the Parents’ Advisory Board. He previously served as an Adjunct Professor in the Practice of Management at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University in Houston. Mike received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and both a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Sociology from Stanford University.
David L. Pesikoff
David L. Pesikoff is a Co-Founding Partner of Triangle Peak Partners, LP and serves as President. He was a Principal at Fayez Sarofim & Co. from 1998 until early 2008, first joining the company in 1994. The Sarofim firm is one of the largest private investment counselors in the country with over $30 billion under management when David left to found Triangle Peak Partners. He had most recently served as the firm’s portfolio strategist as well as head of its financials research team. Over the previous decade, he covered a series of industries globally, including retail, health care, insurance, banks and brokers, telecom, and information technology. In addition, he led many of the firm’s private investments in a range of technology companies, including eHarmony, Trulia, eGain, Avantgo, Astro Gaming, and Uplogix. From 1990 to 1992, he was a management consultant with Gemini Consulting and with Bain & Co.
He is on the boards of Kurtosys and TheSquareFoot.
David obtained an M.B.A. from Stanford University and graduated Cum Laude from Williams College with a B.A. with Honors in Mathematics. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
David is a Class Agent and Class Secretary for Williams having previously served as Co-Chair of the Williams College Alumni Fund as well as a Head Class Agent. He is also a Class Agent for Stanford having previously served as Chair if his 25th Reunion. In addition, David serves as an Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 55, sponsored by St. John the Divine Church in Houston, Texas, where he has run the aquatics and cycling programs.
Tyler Peterson joined Triangle Peak Partners in 2014, and currently serves as a Partner on the Technology team. At Triangle Peak, Tyler has worked on investments in Heap Analytics, FreightWaves, Nozomi Networks, Gradle, Aerospike, Suzy, Directly, Skedulo, LookingGlass, Distil Networks, Bugcrowd, Getaround, D2IQ (fka. Mesosphere), AlphaSense, StayNTouch and Sunnova (NYSE:NOVA). He is a board observer for FreightWaves, Getaround, Gradle, Directly and LookingGlass, and former board observer for StayNTouch and Distil Networks.
Prior to Triangle Peak, Tyler spent seven years at Google working across a variety of products. He led growth initiatives for AdWords and AdSense, contributed to the original business models for Google Checkout and Google TV Ads, and formulated monetization strategies for YouTube. Additionally, he worked on growth and analytics for Google Maps, Gmail, Book Search and Google+.
Tyler graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a BA in Economics and History, and holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson.