As a Senior Principal of Prophet Equity, Mr. Eakes is focused on sourcing, structuring, and closing high-return investment opportunities. Ben leverages over a decade of private equity and strategic consulting experience to assess strategic viability and craft value creation plans for target acquisitions.
Prior to joining Prophet Equity, Ben was a Principal with a Dallas-based private equity firm focused on making control investments in lower and middle-market companies with substantial operations in the Sunbelt region of the United States. In his prior role, Ben was responsible for all aspects of the investment process including sourcing and analyzing new investment opportunities, leading seller, co-investor, and lender negotiations, closing portfolio company investments, and overseeing the implementation of post-transaction operational initiatives. Over the course of his seven-year career in private equity, Ben focused on investments in industries including skin care manufacturing, electronic security, infrastructure, and media, and he served on the boards of directors of three portfolio companies.
Prior to working in private equity, Ben spent three years as an Senior Associate Consultant with Bain & Company where he worked on business unit strategy, turnaround strategy, capital allocation processes, and M&A due diligence for clients in the aerospace, automotive, IT services, and specialty manufacturing industries.
Ben graduated magna cum laude with a BBA in finance and a BA in public policy from Southern Methodist University, where he was a Hunt Scholar.