Navigation Capital Partners - Our Team

John Richardson

Managing Partner, Co-Founder NCPI & II

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John Richardson

John Richardson is a managing partner and co-founder of Navigation Capital Partners.

His current board membership includes Harleysville, Pa.-based Pecora Corporation, a manufacturer of adhesives, sealants and waterproofing products.  John was also a director of pressure sensitive label producer WS Packaging in Green Bay, Wis.; Norcross, Ga. - based Technical Innovation, an audio-visual systems integrator, and A. H. Harris, a distributor of specialty construction products, prior to their sale.

Previously, John was a managing director of Mellon Ventures, a $1.4 billion private equity firm affiliated with Mellon Financial Corporation. While at Mellon Ventures, he headed the firm's Growth and Buyout Practice Group and its Atlanta office. He has led investments in manufacturing, distribution, business services and medical services companies, and has diverse experience in many industries.

Prior to joining Mellon Ventures, John ran a private investment company targeting small and middle market companies. John was also previously part of the senior management team for two portfolio companies of a major private equity investor. One was an early stage technology company, of which he was CFO, while the other was soft drink bottling company, Unibev Inc. He began as CFO of Unibev, becoming COO as it grew rapidly through acquisition and consolidation, and then ultimately sold the company at a substantial gain for its investors. John has also worked as a Vice President and Manager of Corporate Finance for PNC Bank in Pittsburgh.

John has served on the boards of numerous companies, including Technical Innovation, Packaging Plus, Continental Structural Plastics, Leeann Chin, L.E. Technologies, Physicians Endoscopy, Security Services of America and USI Energy Services.

John received a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University and an M.B.A from the University of Pittsburgh. John has been affiliated with several nonprofit and industry organizations, including the Young Presidents Organization and the Atlanta Venture Forum.