Karl Schade has been structuring, analyzing and managing private equity investments for over two decades. Today, he serves as Managing Partner of Presidio Investors, which he founded in 2007. In this role, Mr. Schade has spent over a decade focused on lower-middle market private equity investing. At Presidio Investors, Mr. Schade, and the lower-middle market-focused team he recruited, have invested in eleven platform investments through twenty-two acquisitions. Mr. Schade heads the Austin, TX office for Presidio Investors.
Mr. Schade also has significant CEO experience. From 2013-2016, Karl was the CEO of The Presidio Group, a San Francisco-based financial services firm with almost $5 billion of assets under advisement. As CEO, Mr. Schade worked with the team and Board of Presidio to grow assets, open a Washington D.C. office, and restructure the firm. Subsequently, The Presidio Group’s Registered Investment Advisor, Presidio Capital Advisors, was successfully merged with Tiedemann Wealth Management, based in New York City; and the investment banking and private equity divisions of The Presidio Group are now operating as separate standalone entities. During 2011, Mr. Schade also served as interim-CEO of one of Presidio Investors’ most successful portfolio companies in the Consumer Services industry, Hattrick Sports Group.
Prior to founding Presidio Investors, Mr. Schade worked for a decade at several large private equity firms, including The Blackstone Group in New York City, Silver Lake Partners in Menlo Park, and Blum Capital Partners in San Francisco. While at these Firms, Mr. Schade learned industry best practices and was a team-member on deals representing approximately $1 billion of invested equity capital.
Mr. Schade received his MBA from Harvard Business School, and his BA from Claremont McKenna College.