Kingsway Search Xcelerator

The Kingsway Search Xcelerator is a unique, new program under the Kingsway umbrella. The program is dedicated to finding talented, early-in-career managers that will source, acquire, and manage their own businesses with Kingsway’s support. Individuals within this program will actively seek opportunities in industries of interest with the intent to structure an acquisition. Once a business is acquired, individuals will have the autonomy to build an executive team, set goals, and execute a strategic vision with the backing of Kingsway’s executive team.

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Meet our Operators in Residence

Peter Dausman
Washington, DC

Peter joined Kingsway in the summer of 2021 as our third Operator-in-Residence. Prior to joining Kingsway, he worked as a consultant for Gotham Consulting Partners where he conducted due diligence for private equity firms across sectors, including security/defense, communications/digital, infrastructure, industrials, business services, consumer, and healthcare. Prior to Gotham, Peter led global operational excellence programs for Flowserve Corporation’s $4B nuclear and oil & gas manufacturing business.

Peter began his career as an officer in the United States Navy. He holds an MBA in Finance from Kellogg Northwestern School of Management, and a BS in Systems Engineering with a Minor in Mandarin Chinese from the United States Naval Academy.

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Drew Richard
Austin, TX

Drew joined Kingsway in the summer of 2022 as our fourth Operator-in-Residence. Prior to joining Kingsway, he worked in a variety of roles at Chevron Corporation, most recently as Corporate Negotiator. Prior to Chevron, he worked in investment banking and intelligence analysis. Drew began his career as an officer, platoon leader and Apache helicopter pilot in the US Army.

Drew graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS with honors in Engineering Management from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a CFA charterholder.

Peter Hearne
Charleston, SC

Prior to joining Kingsway, Peter was a Principal at Centerview Partners where he advised companies across a broad range of industries on key strategic and financial matters, including mergers and acquisitions. Before joining Centerview, he was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company where he provided counsel to senior executives on strategic growth and operations challenges. His earlier experience includes roles in capital markets and investment banking at Credit Suisse.

Peter started his career as a teacher and coach in Teach for America New Orleans. Mr. Hearne holds a JD from the Pritzker School of Law at Northwestern University, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA from Cornell University.

Charles Joyce
VP, Business Development
New York, NY

Charles joins Kingsway from Forest Circle LLC - a Search investment firm - where, as Principal and Chief Executive Officer, he was responsible for sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities. Prior to Forest Circle, he served as Senior Associate for Dorilton Capital - a NY- based private equity firm - where he supported diligence, integration, and value creation for Dorilton’s portfolio of B2B and healthcare service businesses. Additionally, Charles served as Manager for OnDeck Capital, where he supported strategic initiatives including acquisitions and business development.

Charles’ previous experience also includes multiple roles with General Electric held between 2011 – 2016, primarily focused on performance improvement, audit, and risk management. Charles holds a BA from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Davide Zanchi
New York, NY

Davide Zanchi joined Kingsway in May 2023. Prior to joining Kingsway, Mr. Zanchi worked in several Venture Capital firms focusing on the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Davide has a proven track record in due diligence, company formation, executive leadership and corporate development. Prior to his Venture Capital experience, Davide made significant contributions in both research and development as well as commercialization at Hoffmann-La Roche and Eli Lilly.

Mr. Zanchi graduated with an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Basel in Switzerland.