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Shane Walsh


Shane heads operations, business development, and finance for Arena Growth Partners, and adds similar value to its portfolio companies. He brings deep and successful operational, business development, leadership, and management experience spanning five different industries that includes military service. Shane is the son of a Founder who built a small industrial equipment rental company in Houston, Texas. The family sold their company to a large private strategic acquirer shortly after he joined the business. After transitioning and scaling the company from a family-owned business to a corporate enterprise with no employee turnover, he rose to the position of Division Vice President and led the business through two private equity sales and two recapitalizations over the next six years. Shane oversaw the growth of the business from 14 to 50 employees, and revenue growth from $4M to more than $18M. During this growth, the company introduced new products and services and expanded its footprint into new geographic territories, including three new regional offices.

During his tenure, Shane identified, interviewed, hired, and trained each of the additional personnel in the company; designed and executed all of the personnel training programs; and developed expansion plans for new employees and new regional offices, all of which led the organization to significant profit increases in their first years of operation.

Shane later served as Senior Vice President of a Houston-based oilfield services business and supervised the well service and water transfer businesses in Texas, Colorado, North Dakota and California. His division included 200 employees and generated revenues of over $45M. Most recently, Shane served as Director of Business Development for an Austin-based software company specializing in RFID-enabled asset management, and served on the Board of Directors of a venture-backed technology company.

Shane also gained valuable leadership and management experience as a Field Director for a nationwide financial services company, where he identified, assessed, recruited, trained and led a team of investment professionals providing structured products and services. His personal production ranked in the top 5% of his peer group, and his team rose to become the top ranked unit among his peer groups in the Southern region of the United States.

Shane received a four-year Army ROTC scholarship and earned a BS in Marketing at Boston College. He subsequently served in the United States Army with the 1st Infantry Division as a Tank Platoon Leader and Tank Company Executive Officer. He is an avid triathlete and has completed over 30 sprint, Olympic, and half-iron distance races. Shane resides in Austin, Texas with his wife and two sons.