The Team

Dave Galanis

Dave is founder and Managing Partner of Pebble Creek Partners II LLC, a strategic consulting firm to growing companies, and the organizations that invest in them.

In the 15 years since Pebble Creek Partners was founded, Dave has provided management consulting and financial advisory services to scores of companies in the environmental, transportation, and business-to-business services industries.  He has also served in numerous interim management positions including CFO of Pravati Capital, a leading litigation finance provider; COO of The Novo Group, a nationwide recruiting solutions firm; and Assistant Treasurer for Waste Management, Inc., North America’s leading supplier of integrated waste solutions.  Dave has served on numerous Advisory Boards during his career including  Mahoney Environmental, one of the nation’s largest recycler of used fryer oil, grease trap material and other waste products now a part of Neste; and RexCon LLC, a leading manufacturer of concrete batch plants, now a part of Astec Industries.

Dave has been an angel investor with Cornerstone Angels and Silicon Prairie – private investment organizations seeking to provide financial capital to early-stage companies in the greater Midwest.

Dave was Senior Vice President and CFO of ATC Transportation, the recognized leader in providing outsourced transportation operations and management for over 60 municipal transit systems around the nation. Under Dave’s leadership, ATC implemented processes, systems and controls to make the transition from a privately owned organization to a division of a public company. Dave was instrumental in assisting National Express PLC, in the sale of the business to Veolia Transportation in 2005.

Mr. Galanis spent 3 years at Buntrock & Associates, assisting in the management of the investments of Dean L. Buntrock, founder and former Chairman of Waste Management, Inc. Prior to that, Dave spent 17 years at Waste Management, Inc. in various financial management capacities. As Director of Finance for Waste Management of North America, Dave was instrumental in implementing Stern Stewart’s EVA financial management and reporting system to the company. Dave assisted in taking Chemical Waste Management public, and lead the identification, negotiation, due diligence, and integration efforts in scores of acquisitions made by the company throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s.

Dave is a graduate of Loyola University in Chicago, IL.

Jim Long

Jim is co-founder of Pebble Creek Partners II, LLC,  a strategic consulting firm to growing companies, and the organizations that invest in them.  Jim has made investments in a number of other enterprises, and serves on several boards.

Most recently, Jim was the CEO of Hendry Marine Industries, Inc., a holding company consisting of five subsidiaries primarily focused around ship repair services in the Port of Tampa and across the nation.

Prior to Hendry, Mr. Long lead the carve out of Trinity Services, which would become the leading provider of food and commissary services in the corrections industry. Jim lead the company’s growth from $320 million to $530 million in annualized revenue, employing roughly 3,000 employees and 10,000 inmates in 400 jails and prisons in 46 states, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

Jim ran Veolia’s North American Solid Waste company with just under $1 billion in revenue, 3,000 employees and operations throughout the Eastern half of the US. Prior to that, Jim was President of ATC Transportation, the nationwide industry leader in providing outsourced transportation operations and management to over 60 transit agencies around the US. During Jim’s tenure, the business was acquired by the UK based National Express and subsequently Veolia Transportation based in France at the time.

Jim spent 14 years with Waste Management during their growth years and through seven relocations, including four years in Europe where he was Finance Director of Waste Management International. Jim also served as the Vice President of Business Improvement as well as Logistics and Fleet Maintenance for all of WM.

He began his career with Arthur Andersen and Co. after receiving a BS Degree in Accounting from Florida Southern College.

Mike Dempsey

Mike is a Director at Pebble Creek Partners II LLC, a strategic consulting firm to growing companies, and the organizations that invest in them.

Mike is located in the Denver area and has held several senior level financial and operational positions in the environmental services, trucking and equipment rental industries. He has 35+ years of broad experience including C-level financial management, strategic planning, market assessment/investment rationalization, econometric based forecasting and metric based management reporting.

Most recently, Mike served as Executive Vice President of SeQuential Environmental Services, one of largest providers of restaurant and institutional services in the Pacific Northwest, collecting used cooking oil (UCO) and providing grease trap cleaning services to thousands of customers from Seattle to San Diego. SeQuential, along with its parent company Crimson Renewable Energy, refines UCO into ultra-low carbon biodiesel and bioproducts.

Prior to SeQuential, Mike spent 7 years as CFO for two dry bulk transportation companies serving the Rocky Mountain west, southwest and southcentral US markets. He also spent 3 years at RSC Equipment Rental (acquired by United Rentals in April 2012), a leader in the construction and industrial equipment rental business.

Mike is a 23 year veteran in the waste industry, holding senior level operations and financial roles with Allied Waste (now Republic Waste) and Waste Management. Mr. Dempsey held leadership positions in landfill gas to energy, recycling and solid waste operations. While at Allied Waste, Mr. Dempsey held operational and P&L responsibility for the company’s Colorado operations including a 175 truck hauling operation and two solid waste landfill sites.

Mike was appointed by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and served 6 years as a Commissioner on the Colorado Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission, a regulatory board promulgating and enforcing State solid and hazardous waste regulations in concert with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Mike graduated with honors from Northern Illinois University and holds both a bachelor’s degree in Finance and an MBA from NIU.

Mark Dennis

Mark is a Director at Pebble Creek Partners II LLC, a strategic consulting firm to growing companies, and the organizations that invest in them.

Mark is a transformative sales and marketing executive with experience in growing companies’ EBITDA and revenue through organic growth, business development, pricing disciplines, strategic marketing and branding, sales management, sales processes, contract negotiation, direct sales, CRM, operations management, P&L, account management, and team leadership.

Mark has served as the VP of Sales and Marketing for several PE backed and public companies for over 30 years including Hydro International, Trinity Services, and Heil Industries. In these roles he lead large sales and marketing teams developing “Go-to-Market” strategies, implementing sales processes including CRM programs, and significantly growing revenue and profitability in every instance.

Mark spent over a decade at Veolia Environmental Services, and almost 15 years at Waste Management.  At Veolia, Mark led all sales and marketing functions for company, with 100+ sales personnel.  He developed and implemented a new sales and customer service model, allowing and developed and facilitated multi-level sales training courses for all salespeople in company, training over 500 salespeople.

Mark is a graduate of Elon University in North Carolina, and the Wharton Executive Education program, at the University of Pennsylvania.

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    Broadview Capital

    New Mountain Capital

    Lincoln Road Global Management


    Heartwood Partners

    Trivest Partners

    Leonard Green & Partners LP

    Tailwater Capital

    RFE Investment Investment Partners

    Littlejohn Capital

    3i Infrastructure

    Madison Dearborn Partners

    Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

    Antin Infrastructure Partners


    Cerberus Capital Management

    Metalmark Capital

    Houlihan Lokey

    Mahoney Environmental


    Aurora Capital

    Living Earth

    NGP Energy Technology Partners

    Fort Point Capital

    Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

    Xcel Energy

    White Oak Global Advisors

    Menasha Packaging

    Faegre Baker Daniels, LLC

    LKQ Corp.

    Clean Energy Trust

    Strategic Materials



    Buntrock & Associates