Fouad Bashour, Partner
Fouad Bashour
Fouad Bashour is a founding partner of CIC, its Managing Partner and has been with the Firm and its predecessor since 1999. Fouad began his career at The Boston Consulting Group and currently serves as a board member of Tiff’s Treats, TSU One, Vandelay Hospitality Group and Willie's Grill & Icehouse. He is a former director of various private companies including DynaGrid Holdings. More...

Marshall Payne, Partner
Marshall Payne
Marshall Payne is a founding partner of CIC and its current Chairman of the Board. Previously, Marshall was a partner of Cardinal Investment Company, the predecessor of CIC, where he led its private equity practice and held various other roles. Marshall also currently serves as a director of CraftMark Bakery, Pogo Resources, Activa Resources, RMX Resources, and ACE HoldCo PBC. He is a former director of SPG, L&L Foods, OmniSYS, Dale Gas Partners, Ace Cash Express (Nasdaq: AACE) and Restoration Hardware (Nasdaq: RSTO). More...

Michael Rawlings, Partner
Michael Rawlings is a founding partner of CIC, its current Vice-Chairman, and has been with the Firm since its inception in 2004. From 2011 to 2019 Mike was also the Mayor of the City of Dallas, the ninth largest city in the U.S., when it saw more growth than any time in its history. Early in his career from 1997 to 2003, Mike was President of Pizza Hut, leading the brand to record growth as well. Prior to joining Pizza Hut, he was CEO of Tracy Locke, the largest marketing communications agency in the Southwest, whose clients have included Frito-Lay, Pepsi, Tabasco, and American Airlines. Mike currently serves as a director of Willie's Grill & Icehouse. More...

Amir Yoffe, Partner
Amir Yoffe
Amir Yoffe is a Partner of CIC and has been with the Firm since 2002. Prior to joining CIC, Amir worked in JP Morgan's Mergers and Acquisitions group in New York, where he completed transactions in the healthcare, telecom and energy industries. He serves as a director of CraftMark Bakery and McClancy Foods & Flavors and is the former Chairman of L&L Foods and director of OmniSYS, Totally Green (OTC: TLGN), an innovator in organic food waste processing and diversion and Combs Produce. More...

Alan Buehler
Alan Buehler
Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer
Alan Buehler joined CIC Partners in 2016 as its Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to joining CIC, Alan served for over ten years as the CFO of Dallas-based Sevin Rosen Funds. More...

Chris Cowan, Sector Partner
Chris Cowan
Sector Partner
Chris Cowan is a Sector Partner with CIC, having joined the firm in 2016. Prior to joining CIC, Chris worked at Texas Capital Bank for 16 years, where he built the Energy Banking team and had management responsibility for Syndications, Capital Markets, and Financial Institutions. He currently serves as a director of RMX Resources and Pogo Resources. More...

Scott Donaldson
Scott Donaldson
Sector Partner
Scott Donaldson joined CIC Partners in 2017 as a Sector Partner focused on investments in industrial products and services companies. Prior to joining CIC, Scott was a Partner of Austin Ventures and its successor entities where he co-led the middle market investment practice for nearly a decade. Earlier in his career, Scott was a vice president and founding partner of Silver Oak Services Partners, a private equity associate with Willis Stein & Partners, and an investment banking analyst with Thomas Weisel Partners. More...

Bayard Friedman
Bayard Friedman
Bayard Friedman is a principal with CIC Partners and has been with the Firm since 2010. Prior to joining CIC, he worked for Bain & Company in Atlanta. He currently serves as a director of Activa Resources, Pogo Resources, RMX Resources, Tri-State Holdings, and Willie’s Grill & Icehouse. He is an official Board Observer at ACE Holdco PBC.

Charlie Robinson, Vice President
Charlie Robinson
Vice President
Charlie Robinson is a Vice President with CIC and has been with the firm since 2012. Prior to joining CIC, Charlie worked in M&A advisory at McColl Partners in Dallas. He currently serves as a director of McClancy Foods & Flavors. More...

Alec Hutcherson, Associate
Alec Hutcherson
Alec Hutcherson joined CIC Partners as an Associate in July 2019. Prior to CIC, Alec worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the Natural Resources Investment Banking Group in Houston. More...

Paul Civello, Associate
Paul Civello
Paul Civello joined CIC Partners as an Associate in March 2021. Prior to CIC, Paul worked at Houlihan Lokey in the Financial Restructuring Group. More...

Janet Foster, Controller
Janet Foster
Janet Foster joined CIC Partner in 2018 as Controller. Prior to joining CIC, Janet served for over 21 years as the Director of Fund Finance and Accounting of Dallas-based Sevin Rosen Funds. Janet manages CIC's accounting, audit and tax, and investor relations functions. More...