Team

Gary West
Prior to founding West Partners, Gary was Chairman of West Corporation, a company he and his wife, Mary, founded in 1986 and took public in 1996. They maintained majority ownership until the company was taken private in 2006. Gary and his wife Mary are co-founders of the Gary and Mary West Foundation and the West Health Institute, and through those organizations are committed to creating and advancing sustainable high-quality healthcare delivery models that improve care, at a lower cost, for seniors and their families.

Luis Cruz Jr. | p: (760) 602-5896 | e: lcruz@westpartners.com
Luis joined West Partners in 2016 and is responsible for analyzing investment opportunities and working with West Partners’ portfolio companies.  Prior to joining West Partners, Luis worked for Goldman Sachs, starting in its private wealth management operations division in 2011 before joining its equity research division in 2012.  During his time in equity research, he covered Information Services and Latin American Financials.  Luis received his B.B.A. in Finance from West Texas A&M University and his M.S. in Finance from the University of Utah.  Luis is a CFA® charterholder.

Tyler Gordon | p: (760) 602-5844 | e: tgordon@westpartners.com
Tyler joined West Partners in 2014 and is responsible for analyzing investment opportunities and working with West Partners’ portfolio companies. Prior to joining West Partners, Tyler worked as an equity research analyst for Goldman Sachs covering US-based Real Estate Investment Trusts. Tyler received his B.S. in Management from Brigham Young University.

Marc Harper | p: (760) 602-5788 | e: mdharper@westpartners.com
Marc joined West Partners in 2010 as the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining West Partners, Marc managed the Deloitte Tax’s Private Client Services practice in Orange County. Marc was also previously a Managing Director of myCFO. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, American Bar Association, and the California Society of CPAs. In addition, Marc sits on numerous charitable boards in both Orange County and San Diego County. Marc has a B.S. in Business Administration with an option in professional accountancy from California State University, Long Beach and a J.D. from Western State University College of Law.

Matt Maser | p: (760) 602-5781 | e: mdmaser@westpartners.com
Matt joined West Partners in 2010 as General Counsel.  Prior to joining West Partners, Matt was a shareholder at Koley Jessen P.C., LLO in Omaha, Nebraska where he specialized in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, entity formation, securities and tax.  Matt received a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and received his J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law. 

Art McGill | p: (760) 444-2922 | e: aomcgill@westpartners.com
Art joined West Partners in 2013 and is responsible for evaluating investment opportunities, as well as working with the management teams of West Partners’ portfolio companies. Prior to joining West Partners, Art was a member of the executive management team at Leader Bank, a Boston-area community bank. During his time there, Leader Bank grew from $250 million in assets to $600 million and increased residential lending from $200 million to $2.4 billion. Previous to Leader Bank, Art worked at McCarthy Capital Corporation and Piper Jaffray. Art received his B.S.B.A. from Creighton University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Jill Merrill | p: (760) 444-2925 | e: jamerrill@westpartners.com
Prior to joining West Partners in 2008, Jill worked as a client relationship manager and office manager for Matrix Capital Advisors, a Chicago based investment advisor serving high net worth individuals, families, private foundations and pension/profit sharing plans. Prior to Matrix, she was a manager in the retail division of Howe Barnes Investments and was the Project Coordinator at The Chicago Corporation. Jill holds a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She serves as the Executive Assistant for West Partners.

Dennis O’Brien | p: (760) 444-2921 | e: dobrien@westpartners.com
Prior to forming West Partners in 2007, Dennis was a Partner at McCarthy Capital Corporation where he was responsible for evaluating acquisition opportunities, structuring and consummating transactions, and serving on boards of portfolio companies. Previous to that, Dennis held positions at First Data Corporation and Mutual of Omaha. Dennis received his B.S.B.A., M.B.A. and J.D. degrees from Creighton University.

Ron Santoni | p: (760) 602-5775 | e: rsantoni@westpartners.com
Ron has served as an advisor to West Partners since 2007. He has been involved with the West Family since 2003, including his efforts to spearhead the start-up and initial stages of West Development’s hospitality business, as well as the establishment of the Gary and Mary West Foundation. Prior to his involvement with the West Family, Ron was a professor of Law at Creighton University School of Law from 1976 to 2003, and of council at Erickson & Sederstrom from 1977 to 2003. Ron received his B.S. in Economics and J.D. both from the University of Pennsylvania.

Kurt Wickham | p: (760) 602-5827 | e: kwickham@westpartners.com
Kurt is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and structuring investment opportunities, as well as serving on the boards of portfolio companies.  Prior to joining West Partners, Kurt co-founded San Diego-based boutique investment banking firm W Partners, and held positions with Relational Advisors, Credit Suisse (where he served as an officer in the Global Mergers & Acquisitions Group in New York) and Ernst & Young.  Kurt received his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Accounting from Brigham Young University.