Vince Thao joins Tonka Bay

MINNETONKA, Minn.  (September 13, 2022) — Tonka Bay Equity Partners LLC (“Tonka Bay”) announced that Vince Thao has joined the firm as an Associate. In this role, Thao will assist in the execution of the firm’s overall investment activities.

Prior to joining Tonka Bay, Thao was a manager at Blue Ops Partners, an M&A advisory firm. While at Blue Ops, Thao advised private equity clients in buy-side & sell-side engagements, as well as held interim corporate accounting & finance roles in portfolio companies. Thao started his career at Deloitte where he served in the Minneapolis audit practice.

“Tonka Bay’s strong track record and outstanding reputation made it the ideal place to continue my career,” Thao said. “I am excited to join the investment team and contribute to the success of the firm.”

“Vince’s experience in both M&A advisory and operations consulting provides a unique perspective that will make him a valuable contributor to the firm,” said Kam Kielhorn, Principal of Tonka Bay Equity Partners. “We are excited to have Vince on the team.”

Thao earned his undergraduate degree from Saint John’s University and is expected to graduate with his MBA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Fall 2022.

About Tonka Bay Equity Partners

Based in Minnetonka, Minnesota, 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) 345-2031 or visit

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