Blake S. Walker is the CEO and Managing Partner of Arcis Equity Partners. He has been involved in all phases of the firm’s strategy and development since its founding in March 2013. In addition to his responsibilities at Arcis, Mr. Walker also serves as Chairman and CEO of both Arcis Golf and Arcis Hospitality. Prior to founding Arcis, Mr. Walker served in an executive capacity with several global private equity and leisure firms making leveraged investments in under-performing, mismanaged and under-capitalized situations. Mr. Walker holds a B.A. from Southern Methodist University and currently serves as an advisory Board member at the SMU Cox School of Business. He is also a Board member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.
Brief Overview of Company
Arcis Equity Partners, LLC is a private equity firm dedicated to making equity and debt investments in the real estate and leisure sectors. Arcis’ strategic objective is to generate superior risk-adjusted returns by creating strong partnerships with management and driving value creation through growth - not financial engineering. The company seeks to partner with high-quality management teams and commit its collective experience and resources to accelerate growth and build lasting value for their companies.
History of Arcis
BrightStar Golf Portfolio acquired:
- Pinery Country Club (Denver, Colorado)
- The Club At Pradera (Denver, Colorado)
- TPC at Snoqualmie Ridge (Seattle, Washington)
Tartan Fields Golf Club (Columbus, Ohio) acquired
Ruby Hill Golf Club (San Francisco, California) acquired
Desert Pines Golf Club (Las Vegas, Nevada) acquired
CNL Lifestyle Properties golf portfolio (46 clubs located in major metropolitan areas throughout the US) acquired
Recapitalization of management company Eagle Golf
Meadowlark Golf Course (Los Angeles, California) acquired
Forest Park Golf Course (St. Louis, Missouri) acquired
Launch of Arcis Golf management platform including distinct operating brands Castlegate and Ironbridge
TPC Valencia (Valencia,California) acquired
Blake S. Walker
Andrew R. Crosson
Andrew R. Crosson is the Senior Vice President of Acquisitions at Arcis Equity Partners. In this capacity, he focuses on sourcing and negotiating acquisition opportunities. Prior to joining Arcis, Mr. Crosson spent 25 years as a Founding Partner and Executive Vice President at several notable golf investment firms, completing more than $700 million of investments. Mr. Crosson holds a B.S. from the University of Utah.
David H. Lampe
David H. Lampe is the Vice President of Acquisitions at Arcis Equity Partners. In this capacity, he is responsible for underwriting potential debt and equity investments, asset management, and deal sourcing. Prior to joining Arcis, Mr. Lampe was a Vice President with several large golf and leisure organizations specializing in underwriting new acquisition opportunities and capital projects. Mr. Lampe holds a B.B.A. and a B.A. from Southern Methodist University.
Richard A. Thompson
Richard A. Thompson is the Senior Portfolio Manager at Arcis Equity Partners. In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing the performance and financial reporting of assets held in the portfolio. Prior to joining Arcis, Mr. Thompson spent nearly 20 years in various finance and accounting roles across the golf, leisure, and public accounting industries specializing in financial reporting and analysis, corporate controllership, and audit. Mr. Thompson holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of North Texas and is a registered CPA.
Howard A. Seitz
Howard A. “Andy” Seitz is the Vice President of Revenue Management at Arcis Equity Partners. In this capacity, he is responsible for developing and implementing demand-based pricing initiatives as part of a broader yield management strategy across portfolio assets. Prior to joining Arcis, Mr. Seitz owned and operated two tee time distribution and marketing businesses. Mr. Seitz holds an A.B. from Dartmouth College, an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.S. from Columbia University.