Headquarters: Austin, Texas
Description: Founded in 2015, Arena Growth Partners, teams up with the leaders of early-stage growth businesses to help them successfully scale their enterprises and break through the growth ceiling. Their combination of deep operational experience, outstanding networks, diverse backgrounds, and our servant leadership approach enables them to bring significant and sustainable value to the businesses in which they invest. Arena Growth Partners was founded by military veterans, who have a special passion for veteran-owned and veteran-led businesses.
“We help great leaders build great businesses. Our unique approach to investing, coupled with a pioneering spirit, provides the vision to guide early stage growth companies beyond today and toward future success.”
Shane Walsh is the son of a founder who built a small industrial equipment rental company in Houston, Texas. He grew up in the business from a young age and learned to respect entrepreneurship and risk early in life. Shane served in the United States Army as an M1A1 Tank Officer with the First Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas.
After leaving the military, Shane helped his parents sell their business and then led the business in its transition from a single-location, family-owned business to a multi-location, corporate-owned enterprise. Shane has a deep operational background and has served as a leader in diverse industries, from financial services to oilfield services. He has a special passion for identifying talent and developing leaders.