Our Team

The team at WoodRock & Co. has more than 90 years of combined professional transaction experience in investment banking, corporate finance, trading, corporate development and private equity. Individually, our roles have included advisor, agent/arranger, principal, investor, financier, legal counsel and manager for domestic and international companies of all sizes and in all stages of development.

John P. Dennis III

John Dennis

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John P. Dennis III

John Dennis

Managing Partner

Mr. Dennis has been a Principal, Managing Director, and Managing Partner of WoodRock& Co. since he founded the firm in April 1998.  He is responsible for deal origination and selection, deal and project leadership, strategy, and business management.  To date, Mr. Dennis has executed over $8 billion in transactions.  Prior to WoodRock, he was a Vice President with Koch Industries, Inc. in their international and capital services groups. In these positions, he was responsible for Koch’s global merchant banking and M&A efforts. From early 1996 through June 1997, he served as Chief Financial Officer, and later as acting Chief Operating Officer, of Gas Services International, Limited (“GSI”), a contract compression and engineering services company with offices in Houston, Texas, and Singapore.  Before GSI, he advised both American Breco Corporation and Aviation Sales Company (NYSE: AVS) in their merger, acquisition, divestiture, and financing activities. His prior investment banking experience includes Simmons & Company International and Goldman Sachs & Co.  Prior private equity experience includes SCF Partners, L.P. and Breco Holdings, Inc.  He holds an AB from Harvard College and an MBA from Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management. Following college, he served as an officer in the United States Navy.

Mathew Verghese

Mathew Verghese

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Mathew Verghese

Mathew Verghese

Managing Director

Mathew Verghese joined WoodRock in 2016 and focuses on the firm’s capital markets activities. Mr. Verghese has held management positions in range of companies, including Lehman Brothers / Barclays Capital where he was a senior vice president within their credit fund focused on energy sector investments. Prior to joining the firm, he served as COO and CFO at Global Geophysical at the time of its IPO. He started his career with Arthur Andersen at which he was a partner and became CFO of its consulting division. Mr. Verghese serves on the board of the Star of Hope mission and received his BBA from the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston.

Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith

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Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith

Office Manager / Executive Assistant