Whitt Barnard joined North Castle in March 2017 bringing an extensive network and knowledge of a forty-year financial services veteran. Whitt formed Sawtooth Capital Partners in 2007 to facilitate equity investments for two private equity firms, Encore Consumer Capital (2009-2017) and J.H. Whitney & Co. (2007-2009). Whitt’s principal role was to identify, refer and introduce attractive investment opportunities to these private equity firms. Most recently, Whitt has focused on a variety of consumer product sectors including branded food & beverage, personal care, household products, pet products, outdoor apparel, gear and accessories as well as leisure products. Whitt has developed client relationships with numerous consumer brands including Barhyte Specialty Foods, Beaumont Products, Gorilla Glue/O’Keeffe’s, Leatherman Tool, Justin’s Nut Butter, and Quantum Health. Prior to forming Sawtooth, Whitt provided financial advisory services to middle market companies for approximately thirty years. As co-founder and managing director of the Boston-based, investment banking firm Stonebridge Associates from 1987-2007, Whitt arranged financings and advised on mergers and acquisitions for such consumer brands as Houghton Mifflin, Kryptonite, Tiffany, Welch’s and Woolrich and retailers such as Wawa, Inc. He was also a senior officer in the leveraged finance group of Bank of Boston’s merchant banking division working primarily on capital-raising assignments for the bank’s large media industry clients. Whitt received a BBA from Roanoke College and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.