Weatherford

Our Story

 
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Our Purpose & Passion

Weatherford Capital was founded in 2014 by three brothers inspired by a common belief:

Together—we can accomplish more, making a positive impact in the world.

We are driven to achieve success together. But the way we win matters. The ethos of our firm flows from a shared commitment to faith, honesty, loyalty, hard work, and collaboration. This is The Weatherford Way.

At Weatherford Capital, we care deeply about people. We don’t seek investors; we pursue meaningful relationships. We don’t have portfolio companies; we forge long-term partnerships. We don't manage people; we serve great leaders as they build healthy company cultures. Our commitment to meaningful relationship, long-term partnership, and servant leadership is the bedrock of Weatherford Capital.

Given our unique backgrounds at the highest levels of sports, politics, and business, we know how to identify opportunity, develop talent, work as a team, compete and win. But in today's complex disruptive global marketplace we know it takes a versatile and robust network to be successful. We cannot do it alone, which is why we pursue strategic and synergistic alliances by leveraging our extensive industry experience, global network, and market knowledge.

At Weatherford Capital, we are committed to stewarding our financial, intellectual, and social capital well for the common good in our communities. We love helping people achieve their full potential. This is why we partner with those who share our values, our convictions, and our deep desire to have a positive and lasting impact in the world.


Partners and Brothers

Will, Sam, and Drew sat down to discuss what it meant to grow up as a Weatherford, and what it means today to partner together at Weatherford Capital.

 
 

 
 

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.

/  John wesley  /

 
 

Team

 
 
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Managing partner

Will is Managing Partner of Weatherford Capital, and primarily responsible for deal sourcing, investor relations, and providing strategic guidance to our portfolio companies.

Will was the 84th Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, serving from 2012-2014, which at that time, made him the youngest Speaker of the House in America. His tenure in the Florida Legislature was from 2006-2014 before being termed out of office. Will serves on the boards of several companies including TECO Energy, Emera Technologies, Kitson & Partners, Payit, and MBF Healthcare Partners. Previously, Will served as a Board Director at Florida Traditions Bank, and Sunshine Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:SBPC).

Will’s public service continues through his community engagement with non for profit organizations like the Florida Council of 100, Metropolitan Ministries, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. He also served as a Rodel Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

Will earned his B.S. degree in International Business from Jacksonville University’s Davis College of Business. He and his wife, Courtney, reside in Wesley Chapel, Florida with their four children.

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Partner

Sam is a Partner at Weatherford Capital, and primarily responsible for investment analysis, transaction execution, and portfolio management.

Sam has over 11 years of direct private equity investment experience, having led the execution of over 30 direct investments across the U.S., Asia, Africa, South America, and Eastern Europe. In addition to being an avid world traveler, his investment career has led him to live in China and Ethiopia, developing a high level of proficiency in Mandarin Chinese. Sam serves on the boards of several companies including Safe Harbor, the world’s largest owner/operator of marinas.

Sam earned his B.S. degree in Business Administration from Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business. He and his wife, Salime, reside in Tampa, Florida with their two children.

Drew is a Partner at Weatherford Capital, and primarily responsible for deal sourcing, investor relations, and providing value-added services to our portfolio companies.

Prior to the establishment of Weatherford Capital, he co-founded Strategos Group, a leading business consultancy and advocacy firm in Florida. Drew has successfully built and exited two multi-million dollar consulting firms while creating several hundred million dollars in project value for his clients. Before his start in business, Drew lead the Florida State University football team for three years as starting QB.  Drew serves on the boards of several companies including Enterprise Florida, and Space Florida, and is the Founder and Chairman of Onbikes.

Drew earned his B.S. degree in Finance and Real Estate from Florida State University’s College of Business and M.B.A. degree from the Kellogg School of Management. He and his wife, Morgan, reside in Tampa, Florida with their two children.

 

 

Lauren m. Roche - Manager

Lauren is a Manager at Weatherford Capital, and responsible for supporting the firm’s business development activities. Prior to joining the team, Lauren was responsible for deal sourcing at Centre Lane Partners. Previously, Lauren worked in Investor Relations at The Carlyle Group, and Siguler Guff. 

Lauren earned her B.S. degree, cum laude, in Behavioral Neuroscience from Northeastern University, and resides in Tampa, Florida.


Jeff Johnson - Associate

Jeff is an Associate at Weatherford Capital, and responsible for supporting the firm’s investment analysis, transaction execution, and portfolio management activities. Jeff started his career at Ernst & Young, before serving in the investment banking division of two leading investment banks, Deutsche Bank and Hyde Park Capital.

Jeff earned his B.A. degree with Honors in Finance and Accounting from Cedarville University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He and his wife, Sarah, reside in Tampa, Florida. 


Amir Salari - Controller

Amir is the Controller at Weatherford Capital, and responsible for managing the firm’s investment reporting and corporate financials. Amir has 10 years of experience serving as a Corporate Controller for two leading investment platforms, Avesta Homes and Directed Capital. Previously, Amir worked for PwC in the Real Estate Business Advisory Group.

Amir earned his B.B.A. degree in Finance and Accounting from Emory University, and M.B.A degree in Finance from the University of Florida. Amir is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida. He and his wife, Andrea, reside in Tampa, Florida with their child.


Lavana Harvey - Office Manager

Lavana is an Office Manager at Weatherford Capital, and responsible for managing the day to day details for the Partners. She is an active member of the Tampa Bay Executive Assistants Networking Group.

Lavana earned her B.A. degree in Criminology from the University of Miami, where she was a member of the women's golf team. She and her husband, Chris, reside in Trinity, Florida with their two children.