Hardesty Adds 2 New Partners Nationwide!

We’re pleased to announce the addition of two new partners to our growing Hardesty practice. Financial professionals Dennis Drent and David Tolly have joined the practice in Southern California and Atlanta, respectively.”


Hardesty is excited to admit partners, Dennis and David to the firm. Both have years of C-level experience, strong leadership skills, and are well known, trusted professionals in the marketplace,” said Karl Hardesty, Founder and CEO of the firm. “They are great resources for us as we expand the Hardesty brand both geographically and by industry.”


dennis-drentDrent, an insurance industry expert, previously served as CEO of Veterinary Pet Insurance Company. Under Drent’s leadership, the company became consistently profitable for the first time and revenues doubled to $200 million in six years. Prior to his CEO role, Drent served in numerous executive financial roles where he played a lead tactical role in shareholder buyouts, SEC compliance, and building strong internal control environments. Drent also served as a partner with Ernst & Young where he was responsible for developing and serving internal audit clients for the firm.


Drent, a CPA (inactive), graduated with a BS and MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has taught introductory Finance at California State University at Fullerton and been involved in animal health non-profit work as a board member.

TollyBased in the New York and Boston area, David Tolly is an accomplished financial and operational professional who has held interim and permanent roles as CEO, CFO, COO and Chief Restructuring Officer (CRO) largely with private equity portfolio companies specializing in interim and longer term roles to accomplish rapid change in high growth companies (organic and through acquisitions), as well as companies facing performance challenges. David has over 35 years of financial management and consulting experience with over 40 companies represented by more than 25 private equity firms and involving over 35 secured lenders.


Clients have included companies with revenues from $10-$600 million in consumer products, aerospace & defense, plastics, oil & gas, metal fabrication, publishing, sporting goods, point of purchase, packaging, apparel, personal care products, consumer electronics, capital equipment, business services, and other manufacturing, retail and distribution businesses. David holds a BS in Industrial Management from Purdue University.