The co-founders of Shepherd Oak Partners bring industry expertise, deal experience, a broad network of relationships, and an entrepreneurial spirit to their strategy of acquiring and managing a manufacturing or services business in the Texas area. Additionally, we are privileged to have an extraordinary Board of Advisors, bringing together a diverse group of thoroughly established management professionals, capital providers, and search fund experts that will assist us along the way. 
John S. Fitzpatrick

Prior to co-founding Shepherd Oak Partners, John worked at C&J Energy Services in Houston, where he led the evaluation and execution of acquisitions.  His responsibilities included deal origination and structuring, due diligence, and financing for a broad range of services and manufacturing opportunities.  John was previously an investment banking associate in the Global Energy Group at Morgan Stanley, where he advised oil and gas companies on financial and strategic matters including mergers, acquisitions, and related financing.


John is a graduate of the University of Texas (MBA) and Washington and Lee University (B.S.).


W. Bryant Patrick

Prior to co-founding Shepherd Oak Partners, Bryant was a Vice President in Raymond James' Energy Investment Banking Group in Houston. He advised corporate and private equity clients in the energy industry on mergers and acquisitions, public and private capital raises, and other strategic transactions throughout energy service and equipment, midstream, and exploration and production. He also served as the Energy Group's Staffer and Head of Recruiting. Additionally, Bryant worked at Cameron International Corporation in their Valves & Measurement division, focusing upon their API 6D gate valve product lines. 


Bryant is a graduate of Harvard Business School (MBA) and the University of Alabama  (B.S.). 


Our Board of Advisors is comprised of successful individuals with extensive experience, both from investing and operating perspectives. These Advisors are critical to the success of Shepherd Oak as they provide meaningful advice and expertise to the co-founders throughout the search period and beyond.

  • Eric Calderon - CEO, L-K Industries

  • Chad Hufsey - Co-Founder & President, Alturus Capital

  • Gregg Snyder - Managing Director, Ausdauer LLC

  • Brian Stewart - CEO, US Well Services LLC


Shepherd Oak is backed by an investment team consisting of prominent capital providers in the region. These investors serve not only as financial partners but also as additional advisors and established pipelines of opportunities. For more information regarding our investors, please contact us directly.