Our Team

Adam Claypool
Managing Principal
As co-founder and Managing Principal, Adam brings 17 years of investment banking and advisory experience to Bridgepoint. He has started from inception 3 investment banking practices that have provided M&A and institutional capital raising services to clients. Adam has 9 years of private equity fund management, including the creation, capitalization and management of 2 private equity funds. He has completed more than 40 transactions and over the last 7 years has raised over $450 million in capital. Adam currently sits on 7 corporate and non-profit Boards. He has recently joined the Governance and Audit Committee at Iowa Innovation Corporation and was appointed as a mentor for the Des Moines Global Insurance Accelerator. He is a native of Des Moines and received his bachelors degree from the University of Iowa. Licenses possessed include FINRA Series 7, 63, 65 and 79.

Contact:
aclaypool@bridgepointmb.com
515.325.7615


Matt Plooster
Managing Principal
Matt is a co-founder and Managing Principal of Bridgepoint who possesses 13 years of investment banking experience, including 4 years experience in private equity and fund management. Before Bridgepoint, Matt worked in Morgan Stanley’s IBD and the Global IBD at Deutsche Bank Securities (Chicago / New York). Cumulatively, he has completed $41 billion worth of transaction origination and execution (with $17 billion in M&A and $23 billion in capital raising). Matt is a director / observer of 4 corporate Boards and is a native of Nebraska. He received his bachelors degree from the University of Chicago and is an alumnus of the Columbia Business School. Licenses possessed include FINRA Series 7, 63 and 79.

 

Contact:
mplooster@bridgepointmb.com
402.817.7900


Wm. “Lee” Merritt
Managing Principal
Lee brings an impressive background to Bridgepoint with over 40 years of legal, M&A, accounting and banking experience. His expertise covers business planning, transitioning and financing activities– including negotiating secured and collateralized financings. Prior to Bridgepoint, Lee was the Senior Director & Vice President of business development at First National Bank. Other past positions include a Managing Partner in M&A and business law at Woods & Aitken LLP, as well as a Tax Accountant at Touche Ross & Co. Lee received his bachelors and JD in Business and Tax Law from the University of Nebraska and was selected by peers for The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of M&A law.

 

Contact:
wmerritt@bridgepointmb.com
402.817.7904


James Mackay
Managing Principal
James contributes his 30+ years of experience in investment banking, corporate finance, consulting and venture capital as a Bridgepoint Managing Principal. He has led investment banking and corporate finance activities for 2 regional investment banking firms and had founded 3 venture capital funds. Previously, James has held positions including President and CEO of a $5.6 billion investment advisory firm. He has also worked as a Senior Vice President of strategic development for H&R Block Financial Advisors and founded a regional securities firm acquired by Allied Group. James has his bachelors degree from Indiana University and is in our Des Moines office. Licenses possessed include FINRA Series 7, 63 and 79.

 

Contact:
jmackay@bridgepointmb.com
515.325.7615


Gary Grote
Managing Principal
Gary brings more than 23 years of commercial and private banking and correspondent lending experience to his position as Managing Principal. Previously, Gary was the group President at Great Western Bank, managing 15 locations and more than $1.5 billion in assets. He has also served as Executive Vice President at Omaha State Bank, where he managed the bank’s commercial lending operations. Other positions include various leadership roles at First National Bank and American National Bank. Gary is an active Board member for 3 non-profits and is a Nebraska native. His education includes a bachelors degree from the University of Nebraska and completion of the Graduate School of Banking in Colorado.

Contact:
ggrote@bridgepointmb.com
402.817.7940


Mike Anderson
Managing Principal
Mike brings over 25 years of M&A, corporate finance, financial services and financial advisory experience to Bridgepoint. He previously led corporate development and M&A for Securities America, which had about $650 million annual revenue. Other past positions include serving as President of Ameritrade, Inc. and founding Ameritrade Advisory Services. He has served as President of InfoUSA and Accutrade, and has worked as Principal at Charter Hill Partners (a regional M&A and finance advisory firm). Mike possesses a bachelors degree from Iowa State University and has a FINRA Series 7 license.

 

 

Contact:
manderson@bridgepointmb.com
402.817.7902


Paul Galloway
Managing Principal
Paul joined Bridgepoint in 2017 as a Managing Principal to help launch the company’s advisory services platform. He brings more than 23 years of banking, diversified financial services, agribusiness and utility industries experience to the company. Paul has advised on nearly 50 capital funding, M&A and consulting projects over his career– valued at $47 billion combined. Before joining Bridgepoint, Paul served as a Senior Investment Manager at DuPont Pioneer. Other past positions include Assistant Director of Capital Markets and Senior Internal Auditor for Principal Financial Group. Paul is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder. A native of Iowa, Paul received his bachelors from Iowa State University and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Iowa.

Contact:
pgalloway@bridgepointmb.com
515.325.7616


Joe Liss
Transaction Principal
Joe is a Transaction Principal at Bridgepoint with over 12 years of investment banking experience. He possesses substantial expertise in all facets of M&A and corporate finance transactions, and has completed a cumulative of $62 billion M&A and capital raising transactions. Joe is an active investor and Board member for 2 related specialty graphics businesses and was previously  head of Deutsche Bank’s Chicago M&A Group. Joe is a chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder and obtained his bachelors from Northwestern University. Licenses possessed include FINRA series 7, 63 and 79.

 

 

Contact:
jliss@bridgepointmb.com
515.325.7615


Ryan Zink
Executive Partner

Contact:
rzink@bridgepointmb.com
402.817.7900


Troy Ganow
Associate

Contact:
tganow@bridgepointmb.com
402.889.3377


Deepak Madhavan, M.D.
Associate

Contact:
dmadhavan@bridgepointmb.com
402.817.7900


Daniela Berzoi
Senior Analyst

Contact:
dberzoi@bridgepointmb.com
402.817.7901


Stuart Hemesath
Senior Analyst

Contact:
shemesath@bridgepointmb.com
515.325.7617


Lily Breukelman
Analyst

Contact:
lbreukelman@bridgepointmb.com
402.817.7903


Ryan Kaminski
Analyst

Contact:
rkaminski@bridgepointmb.com
402.817.7903


Taylor Zant
Marketing & Communications Specialist

Contact:
tzant@bridgepointmb.com
515.325.7617