John bought his first company at the age of 15 and grew a small lawn care operation into a commercial maintenance company serving 13 cities in Utah. After college he moved to New York to work as an investment banker where he specialized in advising CEOs on M&A transactions. After getting his MBA from Columbia Business School, John joined Axial as one of the first employees before we even had our own office. John departed four years later to launch his own private equity investment firm, Timpanogos Capital.
John joined Axial as one of the first sales professionals where he was responsible for bringing new private equity firms into the network. After figuring out how to monetize private equity firms, he began recruiting and training other sales professionals to expanded sales efforts into mezzanine funds, lenders, family offices and venture capital firms. He helped design the sales and prospecting frameworks that were used to monetize investment banks, business brokers and soon company owners. “Axial provided me with a collaborative environment where I could work alongside incredibly brilliant and dedicated people. When you have the right people in the room, it’s amazing what you can accomplish together.”
John departed Axial to launch his own private equity firm. “My favorite moment of working for Axial was the moment I realized I had helped build something so great that I wanted to become a customer myself.” John was able to leverage the relationships he built at Axial to recruit investors for his own fund, source new investments, and obtain financing to buy his own company to operate.
Advice for Axialites
Know what you want to get out of your experience and align your interest with the mission of the company. If you do this, you will achieve amazing things and have a lot of fun along the way. For example, “I joined Axial because I was looking for three specific things (1) a way to leverage my expertise in the M&A industry in a unique way (2) participate in scaling a small idea into a company that would somehow ‘change the game’ and (3) learn how to master sales as a core skill set. I can confidently say that Axial helped me accomplish all three of my career objective and much more!”