Molly Simmons Joins Tonka Bay

MINNETONKA, Minn. (April 9, 2010) -Tonka Bay Equity Partners LLC  announced that Molly Simmons has joined the firm as a Principal. Ms. Simmons brings ten years of middle market private equity experience to Tonka Bay, investing across a number of industries and types of transactions. Her focus at Tonka Bay will be deal origination and providing strategic oversight to portfolio companies.

Prior to joining Tonka Bay, Ms. Simmons was a Principal with Gemini Investors, a private equity firm based in Boston, Massachusetts. Most recently she was a Managing Director with Gemini and managed their Minneapolis office. Previously, she was a manager in British Petroleum’s strategy and M&A group, and was a management consultant with Bain & Company. Ms. Simmons earned a B.S. degree from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Ms. Simmons serves on the board of the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies (NASBIC), and has served on the boards of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) in Boston and Minneapolis.

“As a Minnesota native, I am thrilled to join the leading Twin Cities based private equity firm serving the lower middle market,” Simmons said. “Tonka Bay’s strategy of providing resources to accelerate the growth of small and medium sized businesses is a perfect fit with my background. “

“We’re very excited that Molly is bringing her energy and experience to our firm,” says Cary Musech, Managing Principal of Tonka Bay Equity Partners. “Her contacts and abilities significantly expand the depth of our team.”

About Tonka Bay Equity Partners
Based in Minnetonka, Minnesota, Tonka Bay has been Building Bigger, Better Businesses® for over 25 years. Tonka Bay Equity Partners is a private equity firm that acquires and invests in growth-oriented businesses in the highly engineered manufacturing, business services and value-added distribution sectors. For more information, call (952) 345-2030 or visit

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