Founder & Managing Partner
David Dodson is a member of the faculty at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he teaches courses on entrepreneurship. He has been active for twenty-five years in the formation of new businesses through entrepreneurial acquisition. After graduating from the GSB under the direction of Professor Irv Grousbeck, he wrote the original course material for search funds - then in its infancy. After one year as a case writer, Mr. Dodson raised his own search fund, which led to the purchase of Smith Alarm Systems in 1989.
He subsequently raised two more search funds to purchase an auto parts retailer and an environmental services firm. During this time, Mr. Dodson became an active investor in and boar member of other search funds, investing in over forty search funds. Mr. Dodson has been a director and investor in twenty-one middle market companies.
Susan Pohlmeyer serves as a managing partner at Futaleufu Partners, an investment fund formed by David Dodson to invest in search funds and search fund-acquired businesses. She works closely with search fund entrepreneurs during the diligence and acquisition phases of the search, and currently serves on the board of Travelmax and as a board observer for Unified Dental Partners. Prior to joining Futaleufu, she covered portfolio strategy as well as private equity investments for Stanford Management Company. She started her career at JP Morgan in equity derivatives. Susan holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in economics from Dartmouth College. She is a CFA charter holder.