John Fruehwirth is a founding member and Managing Partner of Rotunda Capital Partners. John has worked on over $1.2 billion in aggregate investments in over 35 companies. He has served as Chairman or board member of ten different firms as well as an active board observer for more than 25 other companies. He focuses on investments in specialty finance, asset-light logistics and value added distributors, but has also invested in other end markets including business services, insurance services, aerospace, retail, consumer products and government contracting industries.
Prior to Rotunda, he was the Deputy Head of Private Finance at Allied Capital Corporation which managed over $4 billion that was invested in over 100 portfolio companies. He served on the Management, Investment and Portfolio Management committees and was Co-Head of the firm's Operating Committee. In addition to his execution and management roles, he was directly responsible for all transaction origination efforts, the internal portfolio management team and the in-house legal team responsible for private finance related matters. Prior to joining Allied Capital, John worked at Wachovia (formerly First Union) from 1996-2003 in several merchant banking groups including Wachovia Capital Partners, Leveraged Capital and Middle Market Capital.
From 1990 to 1994, John worked at Conoco, Inc in a variety of operating and finance roles. Specifically, he was as an Assistant Terminal Manager for a specialty chemical transportation operation with approximately 30 Teamster drivers and 8 mechanics. He also worked in the finance group for a $50 million operating unit.
John earned his M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. He earned his B.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a triple major in Finance, Management and Real Estate.
He currently serves on the Boards of Amware Logistics Services, Primary Integration, Microf Financial and Commercial Credit Group, Inc.
John is also a member of Capital for Children which exists to bring hope and resources to children in need in the metropolitan Washington, DC area.