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Managing Partner & Founder


Pierpont Group (CMS Educational Assets partnership, Wellington Funeral Services and other related portfolio entities) is a private equity and strategic investment advisory services firm. Pierpont’s principals invest in rollup and other non-technology related companies. The Advisory clients include global companies seeking corporate growth in the United States, Europe and South America. Top leaders invest with Pierpont, and retain the firm to identify, devise, and operationalize unique corporate growth strategies that create value and deliver exceptional returns. Investment and advisory transactions closed include corporate rollups, market entry strategies, alliances, mergers, joint ventures, and positioning for corporate IPOs.


Faculty- Entrepreneurial Value Creation Leadership

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

LaPier is lead faculty member teaching entrepreneurial value creation, and has taught private equity, and International Real Estate courses over the past thirteen years. He leads the Entrepreneurial Value Creation effort with 50 of the top company founders in America, which provided students with the opportunity to conduct in-depth primary research on corporate formation, and growth and innovation strategies. Leveraging LaPier’s extensive network, program participants conduct research and interviews with top international CEO’s and venture capital / private equity leaders with the goal of identifying novel strategies for sustaining domestic and global corporate growth. LaPier brings together over 300 course alumni to share testimonials and examine real-world entrepreneurial growth experiences.




Ph.D. program focused on cross-border direct investment, business strategy, and competitiveness, and entrepreneurial leadership among firms in the Japan, Europe and the United States in the global service industry. In residence as required to accomplish core requirements during 1989-91. Wrote thesis while a senior managing director of Bechtel affiliate. Lectured on global corporate growth strategies at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and Harvard Business School while obtaining Ph.D.

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During the last 25 years, LaPier has been known for creating value at the corporate enterprise level and with operating growth companies, and investing in numerous companies and real estate investments. He has been a principal in and/or adviser to more than one hundred private equity, joint venture, alliances, corporate roll-ups, and real estate transactions.

Prior to Pierpont, LaPier spent seven years a senior managing director of the Bechtel family’s global investment affiliate. The entity performed private corporate and real estate investments, and advisory services. Prior to Bechtel, he was a partner in Colony Investments, where the partnership's affiliated assets were valued at $1 billion. He was senior vice president of Wells Fargo (formerly Dominion Bankshares) and an assistant vice president of Bank America (formerly Security Pacific).    

Professional Activities

• Syracuse University, Chancellor’s Council;

• Syracuse University, Athletic Department, Board of Advisors;

• London School of Economics, North America Advisory Board;

• Keynote and guest speaker on market-entry strategies, private equity,

entrepreneurship, and multinational corporations: United States

Department of State, MIT, London Business School, Johns Hopkins

University (SAIS), and Oxford University;

• Babson Entrepreneurship Teaching Fellow;

• Metropolitan Club, Host Debates & Lectures with Ambassadors;

• American Enterprise Institute, Member; and,

• Author of Competition, Growth Strategies and the Globalization of

Entrepreneurial Firms, Routledge Press, 1998