Field leaves ACI for Roark

Ezra Field has joined Atlanta’s Roark Capital as a managing director, ending a six year-stint with New York’s ACI Capital.

Former ACI Capital pro Ezra Field has moved from New York to Atlanta to become a managing director at Roark Capital Group.

Field was with ACI for six years, where he led investments in companies including weight loss chain Jenny Craig, Mexican food franchise Qdoba Restaurants, and tanning salon franchise Hollywood Tans.

“Ezra brings a unique overlap in industry experience and the size and type of transactions we target at Roark,” Neal Aronson, managing partner of Roark, said in a statement.

Field is a trustee of the Asian University for Women Support Foundation and an adjunct professor at Pace

Ezra brings a unique overlap in industry experience

Neal Aronson, Roark Capital

Law School, where he teaches courses on mergers & acquisitions. Prior to joining ACI Capital in 2001, he was an entrepreneur and venture capitalist; as such his accomplishments include, in partnership with a major bank, helping to develop the first structure enabling private equity fund of funds to be set up as registered investment companies. Field also co-founded TeachScape, an in-service teacher training provider to the public education market.

Roark Capital acquires controlling stakes in franchise, direct marketing, financial services, niche manufacturing and service businesses with revenues ranging from $20 million to $1 billion. Its most recent acquisition occurred last week with the purchase of Moe’s Southwestern Grill, the seventh investment made from its current fund, which closed on $413 million in 2005.