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Josh Welk

Founder & Managing Partner

Josh Welk founded Lancer Capital and is responsible for developing investment theses, sourcing and evaluating opportunities, and managing the firm's investment portfolio through strategic and executive support. Prior to founding Lancer, Josh spent several years as a C-level executive of a rapidly growing telecom and technology services company. Prior to his operating role, Josh spent over a decade in private equity and mergers and acquisitions of privately held and family owned businesses, primarily with Argosy Private Equity. During his career, Josh has been involved in and completed over 25 transactions. Josh holds a BA from Franklin & Marshall College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

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Rich Barakat

Vice President

Rich Barakat is a Vice President on the Lancer Capital Investment Team and is responsible for sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities, developing investment theses, conducting due diligence, and leading transaction execution. Prior to joining Lancer, Rich was an Associate Director with UBS's Financial Sponsors Group focused on originating and structuring transactions for family-owned and operated companies seeking long-term capital. Prior to UBS, Rich spent several years with Goldman Sachs in their Multi-Asset Group supporting investment activities of family offices and hedge funds. Rich holds a BA in Economics from Cornell University.

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Ben Corba


Ben Corba is an Associate on the Lancer Capital Investment Team and is responsible for portfolio company operations and support, development of growth initiatives, conducting due diligence, and assisting with transaction execution. As a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Ben plays a key role working with portfolio companies on strategic change, process improvement, and efficiency projects. Prior to joining Lancer, Ben held roles as an Associate at GT Entrepreneurs, a Consultant at Thomas Zosel Associates and an Industrial Engineer at VWR International. Ben holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Jackson Bennett

Senior Analyst

Jackson Bennett is a Senior Analyst on the Lancer Capital Investment Team and is responsible for conducting due diligence, company and industry analysis, and assisting with transaction execution and portfolio company support. Prior to joining Lancer, Jackson was an intern with Newspring Capital. Jackson holds a BS in Finance and Operations & Supply Chain from the University of South Carolina.