With a combined 60 years of experience investing in and building companies, we're much more than a financial resource. We understand how to support our partner companies, because we've been in their shoes. We've grown, raised money for, and sold our own businesses and understand what it means to be an entrepreneur. Our track record of continued success is a direct reflection of our passion for growing great businesses – ask those we've worked with, they'll tell you the same.


JR Matthews

Managing Director

JR has been performing successful buyouts for nearly 20 years, as both an executive and an investor.

While still in his twenties, he led the buy-out of a group of East Coast wholesale, retail and real estate companies. Over 10 years, he grew the companies to over $80 million in revenue and 300 employees and successfully exited through a strategic sale.

As an investor, JR focuses on buyouts and growth opportunities. Before founding Tregaron, he invested actively as both a venture capital and private equity investor focusing niche companies in a variety of industries.

Matthews received a BSE in Electrical Engineering from Duke University with Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude honors and Distinction and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He currently serves on the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering Board of Visitors.

John Thornton

Managing Director

John Thornton has over 20 years of experience as a private equity and mezzanine debt investment professional.

Prior to Tregaron Thornton was a Partner at Pacific Community Ventures, a $60 million growth oriented private equity fund manager, where he was focused on making equity investments in high growth lower middle market California businesses.

Previously Thornton was a Principal with American Capital Strategies, Inc., a $5 billion specialty finance and leveraged buyout firm, where he was responsible for sourcing, structuring, analyzing and closing middle market growth financings and leveraged buyout transactions.

Prior to American Capital, Thornton served as an Associate and Vice President at Berkeley International Capital, a $6 billion fund management company specializing in private placements in support of middle market acquisition and growth financings.

Thornton holds a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA degree from the University of California Berkeley's Haas School of Business.

Todd Collins

Managing Director

Todd Collins has been a consultant, executive, and investor in growth and mid-market companies for 25 years.

He was a Managing Director at Parthenon Group, the Boston-based international strategy consulting firm. There he led the Technology Practice, advising public and private growth companies in the areas of market selection, distribution strategy, and mergers & acquisitions.

In 2001, Collins joined Audax Group, a Boston-based private equity group with $1 billion under management, where he led buy-out transactions in the technology and business services areas.

Collins received a BA in Government from Harvard University with honors and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.

David Pickerd

Vice President

David Pickerd is a Vice President at Tregaron Capital.

Before joining Tregaron, Pickerd worked at Vector Capital, a San Francisco-based private equity group with $2 billion under management, where he executed middle-market buyouts in both North America and Europe.

Previously, he worked in investment banking at Citigroup in Palo Alto, focusing on mergers and financings in the technology industry. Pickerd also worked at Bain & Company, where he provided strategic advice to middle market and Fortune 500 clients.

Pickerd received a BS in Accounting from Brigham Young University, magna cum laude, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Lauren Glazebrook

Business Development

Lauren Glazebrook is a Business Development Manager at Tregaron Capital.

Before joining Tregaron, Glazebrook worked at Axial, the leading, middle market business development solution for investors, advisors and business owners.

While at Axial, she managed a team of consultants and worked with private equity firms and investment banks to create comprehensive business development strategies. Previously, she worked in talent acquisition and marketing for Northwestern Mutual.

Glazebrook attended Lehigh University where she received a BS in Finance and played Division 1 soccer.

Joseph Li


Joe Li is an Associate at Tregaron Capital.

His primary responsibilities include deal qualification, conducting due diligence, transaction execution and portfolio monitoring.

Before joining Tregaron in 2016, he was a member of the Deal Advisory practice in the Los Angeles office of KPMG. While at KPMG, he performed financial due diligence and advisory services for private equity and strategic clients.

Li received a BS in Accounting from the University of Utah and a MAcc from the Leventhal School of Accounting at the University of Southern California, where he is a guest lecturer on Accounting and M&A topics. He is a licensed CPA in the state of California.