Whit started Open Road Holdings with the sole purpose of pursuing his vision for acquiring and supporting companies in their achieving the next level of growth. Whit has been a lifelong student of leadership philosophy and believes that by empowering employees, through creating an environment where everyone has a voice and stake in the game, companies can generate significant value for all stakeholders. Whit has spent his career working with and investing in businesses across a variety of sectors including manufacturing, industrial services, outdoor products, enthusiast-driven consumer products, business services, and aerospace & defense, to name a few.
Prior to founding Open Road, he worked for 5 years at Mangrove Equity Partners a Tampa, FL based private equity fund that invests in small privately held businesses across the US and Canada. Whit currently serves on the board of Residential Acoustics a Tampa based startup that manufactures and provides soundproofing curtains for both residential and commercial uses. Whit has also worked as a business intermediary at Aberdeen Advisors and in corporate finance at Tunstall Consulting.
Whit has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Central Florida and studied accounting at the University of South Florida leading up to his passing the CPA exam. He enjoys traveling and being in the outdoors, whether it is backpacking, skiing, surfing, cycling, fishing, sailing, or just finding the next adventure.