Veterans’ Lessons in Business Ownership

Cadence Bank Podcast: In Good Companies

According to the latest U.S. census, there are 16. 2 million veterans in the U.S., with more than four million under the age of 55. A number of them come back from deployment with a whole life ahead of them and savings ripe for investment. So where and how does this new life begin? Our guests today show you the way.

In honor of November’s Veterans Day remembrances, we welcome LDR Growth Partners to the podcast. This veteran-founded, people-focused investment firm was built from the ground up over the last decade. We learn from those who made LDR’s success: Rich Sexton and Will Brame. Rich co-founded the firm in 2013, with two other veterans, after serving as an Airborne Ranger and an Infantry Officer overseas for several years. Meanwhile, Will’s background is in finance; he worked at JP Morgan for over a decade, before joining LDR as a partner in 2015.

In this episode, Rich and Will give us a lesson in business ownership. They look back on the early days of LDR and its inception in Casper, Wyoming, to reveal how they found their space in the private equity market. With inspiring authenticity, they discuss their passion for family-owned companies. They show us how they collaborate with the businesses they acquire, and bring their focus on people, first and foremost. And at every turn, you’ll hear how military leadership informs their business philosophy.

So join Patrick, Rich and Will on the front line, for a story of grit and determination that will leave you inspired!

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Meet the Host

Patrick Pacheco Patrick Pacheco, Executive Vice President, President of Cadence Asset Management & Trust, has more than 25 years’ experience in wealth management, in addition to the designing and implementation of tax and related planning strategies.

Pacheco’s background includes years of legal practice and multiple degrees, including an LLM* Taxation from University of Houston, a JD from Southern Methodist University, and both an MBA and BS in Economics from University of Texas at Arlington.

He is also board certified in Estate Planning and Probate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.


Meet the Speakers

Rich SextonRich Sexton

Richard “Rich” Sexton leads operations, operational finance, and key leader management across LDR’s portfolio. He particularly loves the early-stage of vetting potential acquisitions and working with founders, sellers, and new key leaders to establish high-potential tactical management plans and goals post-transition in collaboration with other LDR team members and stakeholders. Rich’s passion centers on small business operations and efficiency which leverages his special knack for identifying value through simplicity, always with an eye towards returning value to the business and its investors.


Will BrameWill Brame

William “Will” Brame leads financial management and planning across the investment firm and oversees finances across LDR’s portfolio, including strategic planning, capital allocation, and new business development. His work frequently involves identifying unique organic and inorganic growth opportunities via value-enhancing partnerships and bolt-on acquisitions. Given Will’s extensive professional experience in financial services, many of these core strategic initiatives are financially driven and geared at driving margin expansion and profitability growth.





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