John Zimmerman is the President of Gates Capital Partners. He is also the President and Chief Investment Officer of Crosscreek Capital Group, which provides investment oversight services for affiliates of the Gates Family. He was a Senior Advisor to Oakhill Capital Partners from 2015 through June 2020. Prior to joining the Crosscreek Capital Group | Gates Capital Partners team, he served on the Board of Manager of Gates Capital Partners in 2016 and 2017. He served on the Board of Directors and was the Chief Financial Officer of Gates Corporation until December 21, 2014. Gates Global, NYSE: GTES was a $3.0 billion, private equity backed, global manufacturing and engineering business based in Denver, Colorado. He also served as a Main Board Director and Chief Financial Officer of Tomkins plc, (the parent company of Gates Corporation) and played a lead role in the 2010 public-to-private leveraged buyout of Tomkins, a London based FTSE 100 and NYSE listed company. Prior to joining Tomkins, he had extensive experience in public accounting, strategy consulting, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Zimmerman is a Chartered Accountant (S.A.) and earned a Bachelor of Commerce with Honors degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Laurie Wopat is the Office Manager of Crosscreek Capital Group | Gates Capital Partners and Executive Assistant to John Zimmerman and has been a part of the team since 2016. Prior to joining Crosscreek Capital Group | Gates Capital Partners, she was a Private Practice Business Manager and Personal Assistant. Ms. Wopat earned an Associate of Arts in Interior Design with Honors degree from The Colorado Institute of Art.
Jina Kim is the Vice President of Crosscreek Capital Group | Gates Capital Partners and has been a part of the team since 2018. Prior to joining Crosscreek Capital Group | Gates Capital Partners, Jina was a manager at Frontier Airlines within the finance and corporate development division. She was also with Rockbridge Growth Equity, a middle-market private equity firm, where she invested in specialty finance, digital marketing, and tech-enabled services businesses. She started her career in the Financial Sponsors Group at Wells Fargo Securities. Ms. Kim earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.
Joan Akiyama is the Private Equity Administrative Manager for Gates Capital Partners and has been a part of the Crosscreek Capital Group | Gates Capital Partners team since 2012. Prior to joining Crosscreek Capital Group | Gates Capital Partners, she was a Program Manager at University of Colorado Hospital Office of Continuing Education. Ms. Akiyama is a Certified Paralegal and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Keaton Christiansen is an Investment Associate of Crosscreek Capital Group | Gates Capital Partners and has been a part of the team since 2021. Prior to joining Crosscreek Capital Group | Gates Capital Partners, he was a Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Deal Advisory Group. Mr. Christiansen is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting and Finance, summa cum laude, from the University of Iowa.