Thomas E. Parro
Founder and Senior Managing Director

Mr. Parro has over 23 years of private equity investment and operating experience with middle market companies. Since founding MERK Capital Corporation, Mr. Parro has been involved in all aspects of the firm's activities.

Prior to the formation of MERK Capital, Mr. Parro was employed by Globe Union Industrial Corporation. Mr. Parro was instrumental in growing Globe Union from a private label $150 million single product line company to a $650 million branded broad based product line company with operations that included North America, Europe, Taiwan and China. Mr. Parro led the company’s initial acquisition in the U.S. by acquiring Gerber Plumbing Fixtures; a family owned distressed plumbing products company. Mr. Parro has been instrumental in executing a turnaround strategy whereby during the first 24 months Globe Union closed numerous domestic manufacturing operations; transferred products internationally to China, Mexico and Turkey; initiated a marketing strategy to reenergize the company’s product and invigorate the employee base of the Company.

Prior to Globe Union Mr. Parro led the mergers and acquisitions effort for Field Container Company. Field Container was a $500 million privately held company packaging company with various integrated operations that supported the main packaging operations. While at Field Container Mr. Parro was instrumental in acquiring numerous companies that help grow the company from $350 million to $500 million over a 4 year period.

While at the financial services division at GE Capital for approximately 8 years Mr. Parro managed numerous strategies that led to the growth of various companies through acquisition. Mr. Parro was also the lead on various corporate transactions, including initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and business reorganizations that resulted in companies successfully growing at a rate of four to seven times the initial revenue base over a three to five year period.

A Chicago native, Mr. Parro has sat on the Board of Directors of RBS LLC at as an advisory operating board member of Gerber Plumbing Fixtures LLC. Mr. Parro is an active member of the Association for Corporate Growth where he has held various positions on the Board of Directors and other international and domestic committees within the Association for Corporate Growth. In addition, Mr. Parro holds an MBA from DePaul University, B.S. from Illinois State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Dan Robinson III
Senior Managing Director

Mr. Robinson has over 19 years experience in operational and consulting experience with both large corporations and middle market companies that includes a board range of industries.

Prior to joining MERK Capital Mr. Robinson was a partner in Newmark Knight Frank’s Global Corporate Consulting Services where he initiated and lead in numerous assignments for both large publicly traded companies as well as middle market businesses. While at Newmark Mr. Robinson generated approximately $100 million of cost savings globally in areas that included warehousing, manufacturing, supply chain management, sales and marketing and accounting.

Prior to Newmark, Mr. Robinson was a partner at The Revere Group. The Revere Group is a IT and operational consulting firm where Mr. Robinson lead the consulting practice where he completed over 75 assignments generating over $300 million of cost savings in numerous areas of the companies operation.

Prior to The Revere Group Mr. Robinson has held positions with companies such as Novelis, Unyson Logistics, and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. Mr. Robinson holds an M.B.A. from Northwestern Kellogg School of management and a B.A. from the University of Arkansas.