Founder and Managing Partner, Thoma Bravo
Carl Thoma is a founder and managing partner at Thoma Bravo. He was a co-founder and managing director at Golder, Thoma, Cressey, Rauner and its predecessor funds since 1980. He began his career at First Chicago Equity Group where he helped build one of the largest and most active private equity firms in the country. He is a recognized pioneer of the buy-and-build strategy that is the foundation of Thoma Bravo’s strategy today.
Carl is an avid art collector, which he parallels to the process of acquiring, partnering with, and refining a company. Carl received a BS in accounting and agriculture economics from Oklahoma State University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
He is currently on the boards of the McKnight Center for the Performing Arts, New Mexico School for the Arts, the Phoenix Art Museum and SITE Santa Fe. Together with his wife Marilynn, Carl runs the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation, a grant-making organization dedicated to sharing its collection and supporting museums, projects and individuals pursuing innovative ideas in the visual arts: www.thomafoundation.org.