Jeremy Burr has extensive experience acquiring and operating middle-market companies. Prior to co-founding Spotlight Equity Partners, in 2006 Jeremy founded and managed Venatus Capital Partners, a private investment firm that outperformed 98% of its private equity group peers making investments in comparable vintage years. In 2007, through Venatus Capital Partners, Jeremy acquired EM-Assist, Inc., a 150-person environmental consulting services, information management, and software technology company with operations internationally. Jeremy ran EM-Assist as its Chief Executive Officer for five years, where he was responsible for leading the development and implementation of the company’s strategy. Under Jeremy’s leadership, EM-Assist’s profits grew at more than a 30% compounded annual growth rate during a challenging economic period that saw many competitors’ businesses decline meaningfully. In 2012, Jeremy sold EM-Assist to Cardno Limited, an Australian publicly-traded company.
Previously, Jeremy spent time as an investment banker with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York, where he advised management of Fortune 500 companies in the financial institutions sector. Jeremy started his career advising owners of middle-market companies with Barrington Associates (now part of Wells Fargo Securities), a Los Angeles-based investment banking boutique specializing in sell-side merger and acquisition advisory services.
Jeremy is a member of the Vistage International Chief Executive Leadership Program, a member of the Sacramento Angels early stage investment group, and he has been recognized by the Sacramento Business Journal as one of the region’s top 40 business leaders under 40 years old based on his leadership, creativity, accomplishments, and community involvement. He has been invited to speak on multiple occasions at Harvard Business School on the topics of acquiring and operating middle-market businesses, and he has spoken at numerous regional business conferences attended by C-level executives. Jeremy enjoys skiing, running marathons, cycling, competing in triathlons, participating in endurance events, and traveling.
Jeremy spent a year studying at the London School of Economics and graduated magna cum laude from Williams College, where he earned a BA degree with Highest Honors in Economics and Astrophysics. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.