MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Trivest Partners (“Trivest” or the “Firm”) is pleased to announce the following promotions: an achievement recognition that fully exemplifies the depth of talent and experience of the internally formed Trivest team.

Brian Connell was elevated to partner status. Brian joined Trivest in 2013. He is responsible for creating investment opportunities, executing acquisitions and working with existing portfolio companies, primarily in Trivest’s control funds. He currently serves or has served on the board of several Trivest portfolio companies, including Columbus Recycling, Pelican Water Systems, IDMWORKS, OnePath Systems and Novatech, among others. Prior to joining Trivest, he was an executive at Pensam Capital and The Federated Companies where he completed numerous private equity transactions. Brian also previously worked at Lehman Brothers in investment banking and at General Electric as a corporate staff member on strategic initiatives across its financial services, plastics, medical systems, energy business units. and aerospace. He holds a BS in Computer Science and Finance from Boston College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Todd Jerles was elevated to Associate, General Manager Operations and Chief Operating Officer. Todd joined Trivest in 2008 and leads all operational aspects of the company including global strategy, investor relations, human resources, finance/accounting and marketing. In addition, he continues to play a role in the execution of transactions and the management of holding companies. Todd currently serves or has served on the boards of AM Conservation, Pelican Water Systems, National Carwash Solutions, NuEnergen, and Precision Machining Group, among others. Prior to joining Trivest, he was a member of the healthcare investment banking groups of Lehman Brothers and LEERINK Partners in New York. He earned his BA in Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, from Indiana University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Amir Mirheydar was elevated to partner status. Amir joined Trivest in 2014 and focuses on the firm’s growth/non-control funds. Prior to Trivest, Amir was at Sun Capital Partners where he spent nearly five years screening and executing mid-market transactions across a wide range of industries, as well as managing portfolio company liabilities. Amir currently serves or has served on the board of Big Truck Rental, Creative Multicare, EPIKA Fleet Services, Family First Homecare, Jon-Don, TCDI and Turnpoint Services, among others. Amir began his career at Brown Gibbons Lang & Co., where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, refinancings and restructuring transactions. Amir earned a BS in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from Northwestern University and is a CFA charterholder.

Trace Smith was promoted to Senior Associate. Trace joined Trivest in 2020. He is responsible for analyzing investment opportunities, identifying strategic acquisition targets and monitoring existing portfolio companies primarily within the company’s control funds. Prior to joining Trivest, he was an investment banking analyst at Houlihan Lokey. Previously, Trace worked at Incentrum Group, a Morgan Stanley spin-off specializing in strategic M&A advisory for corporate clients. Prior to launching his career in finance, Trace competed as a skier at the Olympic and World Cup levels. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Dartmouth College.

Andrea Hinestroza was promoted to partner. Andrea joined Trivest in 2021. She is responsible for analyzing investment opportunities, identifying strategic acquisition targets and monitoring existing portfolio companies, primarily within Trivest’s uncontrolled funds. Prior to joining Trivest, Andrea was an investment banking analyst at RBC Capital Markets within the Mergers & Acquisitions group. She earned her BS in Finance from Florida International University.

“Trivest continues to grow in all areas of the business. As we evolve with additional flexibility for founders and new capabilities internally, we recognize the importance of our people and their contributions to our success. We are incredibly proud of these professionals and the value they bring to the firm,” said Troy D. Templeton, Managing Partner at Trivest.

About Trivest

Trivest Partners LP, with offices in Miami, Charlotte, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Toronto, is a private investment firm focused exclusively on supporting and growing founder and family-led businesses in the United States. and in Canada in control and non-control transactions. Since its founding in 1981, Trivest has made more than 400 investments, totaling more than $7 billion in value. Trivest is one of 15 companies to be recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the top founder-friendly private equity firms for three consecutive years. To learn more, visit