Partners for Business Success

We help companies and their owners with strategic advice, mergers & acquisitions, restructurings and raising growth capital.

We are investment bankers who have owned, built and sold our own businesses.

Jerry Sturgill

Managing Partner

Bill Benjamin

Managing Partner

Juan Carlos Duque

Managing Director

We believe in

Hard work  |  deep expertise  |  client service  |  trusted partnerships  |  added value  |  fun

What we do

We apply our knowledge and experience to help businesses and their owners succeed with the following:

Strategic Advice

As strategic advisors, we seek first to deeply understand your business–its financial, operational and market opportunities and challenges. With that knowledge we help you consider strategic options, formulate your plan and provide professional support to help you achieve it.

Mergers & Acquisitions

We know how to buy and sell businesses—we have done both. Most importantly, we know what it’s like to be an owner and what it takes to build and preserve a legacy.

Growth Capital

We’ve seen almost every business model, from the simplest to the most complex. We know how to analyze a business and to put in place the most efficient capital structures.

Restructurings

We also help with corporate restructurings. Because we’ve seen both sides of several economic cycles, we know how to avoid trouble and how to fix it when it happens.

How we do it

We are experts in the process of presenting a business to the market and maximizing its value.

The Transactional
Process

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PHASE 1

Help you get your company ready for market
step-two

PHASE 2

Target buyers or investors & create a competitive process
step-three

PHASE 3

Help you choose the right buyer, investor, or merger partner
step-four

PHASE 4

Negotiate and close
the deal

Industries

We have deep experience with various business models and industries, with specific focus on the following:

Technology

AG, FOOD, & FOOD PROCESSING

Energy &
Clean Tech

Manufacturing

Business
Services

Natural Resources

Contact Us

Galena Capital Partners Inc.
800 West Main Street, Suite 1460
Boise, Idaho 83702
(208) 853-5200

Jerry Sturgill
jerry@galenacapital.com

Bill Benjamin
bill@galenacapital.com

Juan Carlos Duque
jc@galenacapital.com

Juan Carlos Duque

Managing Director

Juan Carlos has held diverse executive roles in various industries during his 25+ year career:

  • Chief Executive Officer. Former CEO of Gina Cucina, a Colorado-based food CPG startup, and former
    President of Atlantica Hotels, the largest privately held hotel management company in South America, based
    in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • Family office investor. Former Vice President of The Pritzker Organization, a large family office, based in
    Chicago, Illinois.
  • Private equity investor. Former investment team member of Darby Emerging Markets Fund, the first dedicated Latin America private equity fund, based in Washington, D.C.

Juan Carlos’s community service in Boise includes serving as past vice chair of the board of trustees and chair of the search committee for Riverstone International School. He is also a past trustee of North Shore Congregation Israel in Chicago. Juan Carlos holds a BSE from Wharton (University of Pennsylvania) and pursued a doctoral program in finance at Fuqua (Duke University). He lives with his family in Boise, where he enjoys snowboarding, reading history and science fiction, and hiking in the Boise foothills with his dogs.

Bill Benjamin

Managing Partner

Bill’s professional experience includes holding prominent leadership positions within both large and small companies, as well as serving on various industry and community boards:

  • Investment banker. Former Managing Director in the technology investment banking group at Piper Jaffray.
  • Wealth management. Former Managing Director and member of the Private Client Group Operating Committee at Piper Jaffray, Minneapolis. Head of Branch Strategic Development at UBS.
  • Chief Executive Officer. Former CEO of US Bancorp Investments, the Broker-Dealer and RIA of US Bank, and of Covr Financial Technologies, an InsureTech company.

Bill’s involvement on industry and community boards includes past vice chair of the Insured Retirement Institute, as well as past member of the ABASA board and the SIFMA Private Client Committee, Washington, D.C. He is also the former president of the Edina Baseball Association. Bill has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Economics from St. Olaf College and an MBA from the Carlson School (University of Minnesota). He enjoys the outdoors as an avid cyclist, skier, backpacker, and wildlife photographer.

Jerry Sturgill

Managing Partner

Jerry’s professional experience includes having been a business owner, a chief executive officer, an investor, an investment banker, and a Wall Street corporate attorney:

  • Investment banker. Managing Director of Capstone Headwaters, one of the leading middle-market investment banks headquartered in the United States, and co-founder of Outlook Capital Corporation, a registered investment bank.
  • Lawyer. Former corporate partner of Latham & Watkins, New York City, and Stoel Rives LLP, Boise, Idaho.
  • Chief Executive Officer. Former CEO of a regional security company with operations in ten Western states.

Jerry is the former board chair of the Riverstone International School, board member of the Idaho Conservation League, and board member of the Interfaith Sanctuary, one of the principal homeless shelters in Idaho. In 2016, Jerry was nominated to run for the United States Senate. He is also an avid outdoorsman, as a former licensed whitewater guide on the legendary Idaho Middle Fork, Main Salmon and Selway rivers, a skier, and a cyclist. Jerry earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Brigham Young University.