Thomas S. Bagley is the Founder and Senior Managing Director of Pfingsten Partners, L.L.C., a private equity fund. Since founding Pfingsten in 1989, Tom has been involved in all aspects of the firm’s private equity investment and management activities and had experience working with middle market companies for many years before founding the firm.
Pfingsten is an operationally-driven private equity firm focused on long-term value creation. From its headquarters in Chicago and its representative offices in ChangAn, China and New Delhi, India, Pfingsten helps businesses in ways few private equity firms can by applying its unique operational and global resources. Pfingsten invest a minimum of 50% equity into the capital structure of each portfolio company, providing the flexibility to create value through operational improvements, professional management practices, global capabilities and profitable business growth, versus financial engineering. Its operating professional comprise more than half of Pfingsten management and work in partnership with company management.
Prior to the formation of Pfingsten, Tom was the Midwest Area Head of the Leveraged Capital Group at Citicorp North America, Inc. in Chicago. In that position, he was responsible for leveraged acquisition activities in 12 Midwestern states. Before Citicorp, he held various management and lending positions at Continental Bank, N.A. in Chicago and Cleveland.
A Chicago native, Tom holds a BA degree in Economics, with honors, from North Park College and an MBA degree in Finance from DePaul University.