HOLT.Ventures

Holt Ventures is more than just a capital partner. We carefully select startup businesses, bring them into our daily operations and provide real world mentorship and guidance to accelerate growth and commercialize ideas as quickly as possible.


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ABOUT HOLT.Ventures
 

The Holt family has a long legacy of innovation in the industrial business space, dating back to the early 1900’s when Benjamin Holt invented the track-type tractor, which was later named the Caterpillar. Today, the Holt family works alongside Caterpillar Inc. to deliver market-leading solutions through their heavy equipment dealership, HOLT CAT®, which is the largest Cat® tractor and engine dealer in the United States. Holt Ventures will strive to continue the legacy of innovation by investing in technologies and bright minds that are focused on solving challenges in our business.

VALUES BASED.Leadership
 

Holt Ventures is built upon the Values Based Leadership culture that supports HOLT CAT and has been adopted by many other organizations, including the five time NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs. The Holt family credits their long-term success to this leadership model, which focuses on managing by values and creating a culture of success built upon ethical, innovative and industry-leading business practices.

OUR.Portfolio
Charlie Strickland
CHARLES.Strickland

Charlie Strickland is responsible for the overall financial management of HOLT Companies, including oversight of the controller, treasury, tax, internal controls, and planning and budgeting functions.

Charlie joined HOLT in 1991 as a financial analyst and led the company’s historic expansion through solid organic growth and strategic acquisitions. Since then, the company has achieved exceptional sales growth, increasing from $115 million to $1.5 billion in annual revenues.

He helped lead HOLT’s industry-redefining acquisition of Darr Equipment Company, which created the largest Cat dealer in the U.S. and managed M&A activities for the sale of HOLT operations in Ohio. Charlie managed Peter M. Holt’s initial investment in the San Antonio Spurs in 1996, and remains involved in managing Holt family investments. Charlie earned a BS in Economics from Howard Payne University and an MBA from Trinity University.

He served on the Board of Directors of the Palmer Drug Abuse Program; the Trinity University Business School Advisory Council; and the Finance Committee for the San Antonio Spurs and Spurs Sports and Entertainment. Currently he is a board member of the Cooperative Association of Tractor Dealers (CATD), which issues commercial paper on behalf of Caterpillar dealers in the U.S.

In 2013, Charlie was honored with a “Best CFO” award from the San Antonio Business Journal.

Adam Bridgman
ADAM.Bridgman

Adam Bridgman joined Holt Companies in 2015 as the Director of Corporate Finance. He leads the investment sourcing, analysis and diligence for potential strategic and capital partnership opportunities for Holt Companies, which includes Holt CAT, and the Holt Family Office. Adam led the effort to establish a formalized corporate venture arm, Holt Ventures, and will serve as Director and point person for investment candidates.

Adam has executed direct investments on behalf of Holt Companies and the Holt Family Office across many different categories. The investments have included start-up companies in the industrial, retail/consumer, financial services and hospitality sectors across the product and service spectrum: software, services, intellectual property, and hard goods.

Previously, Adam worked for J.P. Morgan in Houston in their leveraged finance group focusing on debt origination. While at J.P. Morgan, he covered Holt CAT and led the financial analysis, operational discussions and deal execution of Holt CAT’s largest syndicated bank debt transaction.

Adam is an angel investor and serves as a partner of Nextgen Angels. He appreciates the tenacity of entrepreneurs and strives to support the startup ecosystem as a whole.

He graduated from the University of Texas, McCombs School of Business with a Master’s in Professional Accounting and carries an active Certified Public Accountant license.

Peter J Holt
PETER J.Holt

Peter is the great-great grandson of Benjamin Holt, who introduced the first practical track type tractor in 1904, which he named the Caterpillar®. Peter represents the fifth generation of the Holt family business and is proud to carry the distinguished Holt legacy of service and innovation into the 21st century.

Peter joined HOLT CAT in September of 2011 as a Trainee in Holt’s Leadership Training Program and subsequently completed a similar program for Caterpillar, Inc. in Peoria, Illinois. After serving as General Service Manager for Holt’s Machine Division, Vice President for Commercial Engine Sales, and Senior Vice President of Diversified Businesses, in 2016 Peter was promoted to Executive Vice President and General Manager where he is responsible for all enterprise operations of HOLT CAT.

Peter graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Peter currently serves as Chairman on the SA Works Board and serves on the board of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the Board of the Alamo Academies of the Alamo Community College District and Workforce Solutions Alamo, and the University of the Incarnate Word. He is on the Executive Committee of the United Way of San Antonio. Peter is committed to wildlife conservation efforts through his role on the Executive Committee of the Texas Wildlife Association.

Corinna Richter
CORINNA.Richter

Corinna Holt Richter leads the administrative and support divisions at HOLT, including human resources, safety and environmental, information technology, organizational development, facilities management, continuous improvement, legal, marketing and strategy.

Corinna is the great-great granddaughter of Benjamin Holt, who introduced the first practical track type tractor in 1904, which he named the Caterpillar®. She represents the fifth generation of the Holt family business and is proud to carry the distinguished Holt legacy of service and innovation into the 21st century.

Corinna joined HOLT CAT in 2011 as a trainee in HOLT’s Leadership Training Program. In 2012, after completing a comprehensive rotation through every department in the company, she was promoted to the role of General Parts Manager for the Machine Division. From there, she assumed the role of Vice President of Product Support Sales, before taking on her current role in the beginning of 2016.

Corinna earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

She is an active leader in the San Antonio community, serving on the San Antonio Art Museum Board of Directors and the Christus Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital Foundation Board, along with the Boards for Girls Inc. and the Brackenridge Park Conservancy. Corinna is also involved in United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County.

Dave Harris
DAVE.Harris

Dave Harris is responsible for leading all HOLT businesses, including HOLT CAT and its affiliates—HOLT AgriBusiness, HOLT Crane & Equipment, HOLT Truck Centers and SITECH Tejas, as well as HOLT’s new rental services business.

Dave joined HOLT CAT in 1997 as Regional Manager for its Ohio division and in 1998 he was promoted to Vice President and General Manager of the entire HOLT CAT Machine Division. In 2013 he was appointed Executive Vice President and General Manager of HOLT CAT and assumed responsibility for all day-to-day operations of HOLT businesses. Dave was promoted to his current position in 2014, where he assumed full responsibility for all HOLT businesses and its 2,100 employees.

Prior to joining HOLT, Dave served as Vice President of Sales for Case equipment dealer Southeastern Equipment Co., and as Executive Vice President of Operations for East Moline Metal Products. Earlier in his career he served in a variety of management roles at Dressler Industries.

Dave earned a Bachelor of Science in Speech from the University of Rio Grande in Rio Grande, Ohio and a Master of Business Administration in Management from Ashland University. He is a native of Gallipolis, Ohio.

Paul Hensley
PAUL.Hensley

Paul Hensley is responsible for leading all financial operations for HOLT CAT and its affiliates, including the controller, treasury, tax, internal controls and planning and budgeting functions.

Paul joined HOLT CAT in 2000 and is part of the leadership team that has overseen dramatic sales growth and geographic expansion over the last two decades.

Prior to joining HOLT, Paul served in accounting and finance positions in a variety of industries, including distribution, manufacturing, restaurants, pharmaceuticals and waste services.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Trinity University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas.

Paul is a member of the Texas Society of CPAs; is a past president of the San Antonio Chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI); and is the former area director-at-large with the Southwestern Area of the FEI organization.

Edward Craner
EDWARD.Craner

Edward Craner is responsible for leading the strategic planning and marketing functions for HOLT CAT and its affiliates.

His organization is focused on cultivating new strategic market opportunities, growing demand for HOLT products and services, and creating a world-class experience for HOLT customers. Marketing areas of responsibility include corporate communications and integrated marketing efforts across the HOLT operating territory. Edward joined HOLT CAT in January 2008 as the Director of Strategic Marketing following a successful career at AT&T.

Edward earned a Bachelor of Arts in Media Communications from Eastern Washington University and a Master of Business Administration from Saint Mary’s College of California. He is a native of eastern Washington State.

He holds accreditations from the American Society of Quality (ASQ) and the Institute of Supply Management (ISM); is a volunteer instructor for Junior Achievement; has served three consecutive terms as a Commissioner for the Upward Basketball League; is active in his local church; and is a strong supporter of the United Way.

He is also the author of two books, "There’s Nothing Gross About Profit" and "The Saints of God’s Country."

Robert Fulgium
Robert.Fulgium

Robert (Bert) Fulgium leads the Parts and Service operations for HOLT CAT.

In this position, he is responsible for leading HOLT CAT parts, service and product support functions across the organizations divisions.

Bert began his career at HOLT CAT in 2002 as a Service Manager in the Power Systems Division and subsequently served as Northern Region Service Manager and Product Support Manager. Bert was promoted to Vice President of Product Support for the Power Systems division and most recently held the position of Vice President of Product Support for the companies Machine division.

Earlier in his career, Bert served in the oil and gas industry, holding leadership positions in operations management and business development.

A native of Holdenville, OK, Bert earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from LeTourneau University and a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

He and his wife have two children.

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