Team


John Cote is Managing Partner of Sunny River Management, LLC. He currently also serves as Chairman of Industrial Inspection & Analysis, Inc., Fire Safety and Protection, LLC, and United Medical Imaging, LLC. John brings a background in investment banking from his years at J.P. Morgan where he worked on equity, debt, and M&A transactions in the Natural Resources Coverage group, and where he was a member of the Corporate Client Banking strategy team. He has also served as Business Development Manager for Arizona College, a private sector allied-health school located in Glendale, AZ.

John holds an MBA from The University of Virginia Darden School of Business and a BA from Vanderbilt University with a major in Economics. Few things in life give John as much joy as a Vanderbilt football victory. He is always eager to engage in a spirited discussion regarding SEC football. 


Jeremiah Yu is Managing Partner of Sunny River Management, LLC. He currently also serves as a board member to Industrial Inspection & Analysis, Inc., Fire Safety and Protection, LLC, and United Medical Imaging, LLC. Jeremiah was previously Co-Chief Executive Officer and a director of Montrose Environmental Group, Inc., a national environmental services company he co-founded in 2012 that grew through 30 acquisitions over a 4 year period. Previously, he worked in the Infrastructure & Private Equity business of UBS Global Asset Management and the Natural Resources Coverage group at J.P. Morgan. He was also previously a board member of Northern Star Generation, LLC.

Jeremiah holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a SB in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Curt Bagnall is Operating Partner of Sunny River Management, LLC. He presently serves as CEO of Fire Safety and Protection, LLC. Prior to joining the Sunny River Management team, Curt served as President of Wells Lamont Industrial, a division of Berkshire Hathaway/Marmon Group and leading personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturer. He was also previously a Sr. Director of Sales for Danaher and held a variety of positions for Johnson Controls including Regional General Manager for their Fire and Security business.

Curt holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and Master of Engineering Management from Northwestern University, in addition to a BS in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University.


Will Carter is a Senior Associate at Sunny River Management, LLC. He supports all Sunny River Management platforms with a focus on corporate development at Fire Safety and Protection, LLC. Will brings over five years of M&A and private investing experience. Prior to joining Sunny River Management, he served as a Senior Associate at Torque Capital Group, a New York-based private equity firm with a focus on distressed manufacturing opportunities. Will also served as an Investment Banking Analyst at Sagent Advisors where he advised clients on M&A transactions, primarily in the aerospace & defense, retail and industrial sectors. Will began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Genesis Capital, advising on M&A transactions in the healthcare and media sectors.

Will holds a BS in Economics from Hampden Sydney College and an MS in Commerce from the University of Virginia.


Jack Partain is a Senior Associate at Sunny River Management, LLC. He supports all Sunny River platforms with a focus on Industrial Inspection & Analysis, Inc. Prior to joining the Sunny River Management team, Jack was an Associate at Ridgemont Equity Partners, a Charlotte-based private equity firm with $3.5 billion under management. At Ridgemont, Jack focused on the industrial and healthcare sectors. He began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst at McColl Partners (acquired by Deloitte Corporate Finance) in Charlotte, NC. At McColl, Jack focused primarily on sellside advisory for consumer products firms.

Jack holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Kevin Payne is a Senior Associate at Sunny River Management, LLC. He supports all Sunny River Management platforms with a focus on corporate development at United Medical Imaging, LLC. Kevin brings over seven years of investment banking and private investing experience. Prior to joining Sunny River Management, he was a Vice President at Pt Capital, an Alaska-based private equity firm with a focus on industrial services, tourism, and telecommunications in Alaska, Iceland, and Finland. There he led and supported deployment of Pt Capital’s first fund across eight investments. Prior to Pt Capital, Kevin worked as a Credit Risk Associate at J.P. Morgan, responsible for managing a portfolio of oil and gas investment banking clients. He also worked as an Analyst at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey.

Kevin is a CFA Charterholder and earned both Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Economics from Clemson University.