John Bingaman

Managing Principal (On Leave)

John Bingaman founded the predecessor to Iron Creek Partners in 2009 and actively led the firm’s investment activities for almost a decade, before taking a leave of absence in January 2019 to serve as Chief of Staff in the office of New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. While at Iron Creek, John led the acquisition of four software companies, serving as Chairman of the Board of all four.  John also served as Interim CEO and Executive Chairman for one of those companies: SambaSafety, a leading provider of driver risk management software and data to fleets and insurance carriers, based in Albuquerque.  Under John’s leadership, SambaSafety grew from approximately 20 employees to almost 150 employees and grew its revenues and earnings by an order of magnitude.  Prior to founding Iron Creek Partners, John was with Quadrangle Group LLC, a New York City-based private equity firm, and Salomon Smith Barney in the Investment Banking Division. 

John has taken an active role in the community, having served as a board Director and board Vice Chair at Santa Fe-based non-profits El Rancho de Las Golondrinas and NDI New Mexico, respectively.  John resides with his wife and children in Santa Fe.  John earned his B.A, magna cum laude in Economics, from Harvard College. 


Jeff Montagna

Managing Director

Jeff joined Iron Creek's predecessor entity in 2012. Prior to joining Cerca Group, Jeff was with Navidar Group, where he advised technology companies on M&A and financings. Prior to Navidar, Jeff managed a business incubator in Shanghai, China.

Jeff received his MBA from IE Business School, with emphases in finance and economics. He also holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Southern California.


Jeff Bingaman

Senior Advisor

Jeff Bingaman grew up in Silver City, New Mexico.  After graduating from Silver High School, he went on to Harvard College for an undergraduate degree in government, and then to Stanford for his law degree. 

He served as New Mexico Attorney General from 1979-1982.  In 1982 he was elected to represent New Mexico in the U.S. Senate, where he served for 30 years.  At the time of his retirement from the Senate, he was Chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and also served on the Finance Committee, the HELP (Health, Education, Labor and Pensions) Committee, and the Joint Economic Committee.