Co-Founder and Managing Director, Gridiron Capital
Tom Burger is co-founder and managing director of Gridiron Capital. In addition to his leadership and management responsibilities, Burger is a member of the Investment Committee and focuses on new investment opportunities, due diligence, and value creation at current portfolio companies. He serves on the boards of AML RightSource, Class Valuation, Erie, Foundation Wellness, Jacent Strategic Merchandising, Leaf Home, The Service Companies, Travel Nurse Across America, and Vertical Supply Group. Burger previously served on the boards of multiple Gridiron Capital partners, including Dent Wizard, Electronic Systems Protection, Engage2Excel, Legality, McKenzie Sports Products, Motion Recruitment Partners, PAS Technologies, Performance Health, Quality Solutions, and Rough Country.
Burger has over 33 years of relevant experience, with 28 years of acquiring and building middle-market companies. He spent five years in manufacturing operations, marketing, project management, cost benchmarking, strategy, and management consulting. Prior to co-founding Gridiron Capital, he was a managing director of RFE Investment Partners and Butler Capital Corporation, where he acquired and built middle-market companies in the services, specialty consumer, and manufacturing markets. Previously, Burger worked as a consultant and project manager with the Boston Consulting Group out of its Chicago office. Prior to BCG, Burger was with General Electric as a manufacturing and marketing manager, a technology project consultant, and a global sourcing manager in GE’s Manufacturing Management Program. Burger began his career working in his family’s manufacturing business.
Burger received a B.S.E. in mechanical engineering and materials science from Duke University, where he played varsity football and was a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll. He was president of the Duke chapter of the NCAA Volunteers for Youth, a big brothers/big sisters program matching Duke athletes with Durham children in need. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Originally from central Pennsylvania, Burger resides with his family in New Canaan, Conn.