The Lancer Group places Tanner Cerand as Vice President of Investment Research at BuildGroup, a tech-focused holding company investing in middle-market software businesses

AUSTIN, TX – The Lancer Group places Tanner Cerand as Vice President of Investment Research of BuildGroup, an Austin-based softwareholding company that selectively invests in leadership teams with staying power.

Tanner brings to BuildGroup over 15 years of experience driving market research and business development across the investment banking, private equity, and professional services space. In this new role, Tanner will serve as the firm’s research and deal sourcing expert and will be responsible for developing a new systematic approach to investing in enterprise software.

Most recently, Tanner served as Director of Business Development at Vista Equity, a leading private equityfirm that focuses on investing in softwareand tech-enabled businesses, where he was responsible for identifying and evaluating new investment opportunities. Prior to Vista Equity, Tanner held several roles of increasing responsibility at Gerson Lehrman Group and UBS Investment Bank.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

About The Lancer Group
The Lancer Group is a leading retained executive search firm that is trusted by private equity firms, their portfolio companies and public corporations to deliver high-impact leaders. The firm specializes in board-driven search mandates including CEOs, CFOs, C-suite executives and board directors as well as private equity investment professionals and operating partners. The Lancer Group has provided strategic counsel to clients across a range of industries and has particular expertise in technology, industrial, energy, healthcare and consumer markets.

With relationships at over 50 of the top 100 private equity firms, The Lancer Group provides a range of pre-deal private equity advisory services beyond traditional executive search. These services include deal origination, diligence support and introductions to “backable” executives.

Founded in 1998, The Lancer Group is privately held and operates from offices across North America and Australia (

About BuildGroup
BuildGroup is a company that selectively invests in leadership teams with staying power. The firm backs founders who are ambitious enough to want to make a dent in the universe and humble enough to realize they can’t do it alone. By providing permanent capital from aligned investors and avoiding forced exits, BuildGroup frees entrepreneurs to focus on serving customers instead of raising the next round. The firm believes that great businesses are built, not bought, and that’s why the BuildGroup team works side-by-side with founders to create conditions for long-term growth.

BuildGroup was founded in Austin, Texas by a team of proven builders who love nothing more than helping build and grow extraordinary companies.

Firm Contacts
Scott Dunklee
(858) 551-1001 Ext. 2860

Haydon Knight
(858) 551-1001 Ext. 2871

Liliana Corona
(858) 551-1001 Ext. 2874