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Management Team

Michael E. Healy

Managing Member

Mike is responsible for Gardner Standard’s investment activities, including in targeted areas of manufacturing, aerospace & defense and industrial services. Prior to founding Gardner Standard LLC in 2009, Mike worked as an investment professional at Goldner Hawn Johnson & Morrison Inc. and as a corporate lawyer at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.

Mike holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

Philip C. Johnson


Phil is responsible for certain investment sourcing activities and portfolio management functions. Phil joined Gardner Standard in 2013 and served as a Vice President from 2015 to 2017. Thereafter, he founded Chace Equity, LLC, a private investment firm focused on small companies within driving distance of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. Phil serves on the board of Line Finders, LLC and as a board observer for the holding company of McNally Industries, LLC. Phil previously worked as an investment professional at SVB Financial and Churchill Capital, and started his career at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Phil holds an undergraduate degree in Finance and Real Estate from the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Kathy Sturgeon

Operations Manager

Kathy is responsible for operations and administrative functions of Gardner Standard and also participates in investment sourcing activities. Prior to joining Gardner Standard, Kathy worked for an investment banking firm as their Operations Manager for over ten years.

Kathy holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Montana – Missoula College.

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