Connectors, Collaborators, and Catalysts

We believe transformation begins with perspective, and at Riverspan Partners, we activate our decades of experience in the Industrial sectors to catalyze sustainable business growth.  We believe our long-term strategic approach creates unique and differentiated opportunities.

Riverspan Partners, a Chicago-based private equity group, seeks to help businesses successfully accelerate revenue and earnings growth by offering guidance, operational expertise, and capital.  Like the thirty-seven bridges creating connections and gateways through the urban Chicago landscape, our mission is to open new pathways to prosperity for our partners.

See Our Approach

Our firm was founded by John Gilligan and Dave Thomas, whose shared history in consulting and investing sparked a long-lasting relationship as colleagues and peers with a passion for helping businesses transform to achieve their potential.

From the outset, our goal was to build a strong team with a robust skillset as well as dedication to our partners and commitment to our values.  We appreciate that it takes more than business acumen to build strong personal relationships with those we serve. 

Meet the Team


At Riverspan, we are building a differentiated culture that embraces an entrepreneurial spirit in its employees and in the businesses with which it partners.

Our value system aligns with our Midwestern roots, emphasizing the critical attributes of hard work, respect, creativity, and meaningful collaboration.  We believe providing an inclusive, educational, and supportive environment is not only the right thing to do, but also results in exceptional outcomes. 

Environmental, Social, & Governance

We acknowledge that ESG considerations can impact the financial performance of investments as well as the communities in which Riverspan Partners and its companies conduct business. We take seriously our commitment to corporate responsibility and transparency on all relevant issues.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We aim to foster, cultivate, and preserve a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion across all aspects of our firm. Creating an open and welcoming environment for all is integral for the health, productivity, and growth of our employees and partners.