Principals

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

John P. Dennis III

John Dennis

Managing Partner jdennis@woodrock.com 832-615-8250 Read Full Biography
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

Managing Director mverghese@woodrock.com 832-615-8255 Read Full Biography
Mathew Verghese

Mathew Verghese

Managing Director

Mathew Verghese is a Managing Director at WoodRock & Co. and focuses on the firm’s capital markets activities. Mr. Verghese has held management positions in a range of companies, including Lehman Brothers / Barclays Capital where he was an investment manager / senior vice president in the capital markets division focused on energy sector credit investments. Prior to joining the firm, he served as COO and CFO at sponsor-backed energy services firm Global Geophysical at the time of its IPO. He started his career in the consulting division of Arthur Andersen at which he was admitted to the partnership.  While at Andersen, he was named as the CFO of its consulting division, a member of its global leadership team and ran its venture capital and corporate development efforts. Mr. Verghese serves as a trustee of the Star of Hope, the largest homeless mission in the Houston area, chairs the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Technology at the University of Houston and previously co-chaired the Risk Management committee of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA).   He received his BBA from the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston.

Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith

Administration ssmith@woodrock.com 832-615-8254
Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith

Office Manager / Executive Assistant