Meet The Team
Tom Kastner

20+ Years corporate development and technology investment banking experience. Directed the US and European investment program for Hakuto, a Japanese technology distributor. Fluent in Japanese. Co-founder of an Illinois distributor of electronic components (sold).

MBA Yale University, BA UC Berkeley

Ben Bleadon
Managing Director

20+ Years in Business Services and Deal Making.

1983-1986: Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., Agent specializing in working with high net-worth individuals and executive compensation.

1986-Present: Bleadon & Assoc., Ltd., President, Insurance practice specializing in employee benefits and executive compensation. 2007-Present, Sinai Capital Partners, President, Venture capital firm focusing on the financial settlement industry.

January 2016-Current GP Ventures, Ltd. Managing Director, New Business Development

Lester McCarroll, Jr.
Managing Director and Client Architect

30+ years experience in technology sector. Technology roles for over 20 years at AT&T Bell Labs and Motorola. Principal Consultant at The McCarroll Group, where he has worked with over 100 clients, as well as with the University of Chicago, IIT, Chicago State University, and the nextONE Business Accelerator Program, a joint venture between the Chicago Urban League and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

M.S. Electrical Engineering Stanford University, B.S. Electrical Engineering Illinois Institute of Technology

Isao Koh
Managing Director, Japan

Extensive experience in electronics with Yokogawa Electric Corporation, a manufacturer of test equipment, and at Hewlett-Packard as a Director. Also, a wide range of experience in the field of consulting.
MBA Yale University

What We Are Good At

We specialize in Mergers and Acquisitions advisory services for middle-market technology companies.

GP Ventures achieves excellent results due to a wide variety of industry experience and global contacts. Services include acquisition programs, sales of companies, grooming programs, and strategic partner searches.