As former operators, we understand the challenges of growing a branded and differentiated business—we’ve been there. We bring much more than investment capital to a deal: we add value.
As Chairman, Jerry Kahn leads Beechwood Capital’s investment team. A veteran of the housewares industry for over 35 years, Kahn founded The Holmes Group in 1982 based on a simple vision: the development of home environment products featuring superior fashion and function while utilizing Far East manufacturing. Over the next 24 years as Chairman/CEO, Kahn grew The Holmes Group into an $800 million company focused on product innovation, brand development and low-cost manufacturing across home environment, kitchen and lighting products. During this time, The Holmes Group, with the help of Berkshire Partners, acquired The Rival Company (and the Rival®, Crock-Pot® and Seal-a-Meal® brands), expanded its operations globally and built its own two million square foot facility in Guangdong, China. Kahn and Berkshire Partners sold the company to Jarden Corporation for $660 million. Kahn holds a B.S. in Marketing from American International College. He currently serves as board member for Conair Corporation.
As Founding Partner and Managing Director, Larry Kahn leads Beechwood Capital’s overall strategy, deal sourcing and portfolio management. A seasoned operator with over 15 years of experience in integrated marketing management, brand strategy, sales and operations, Kahn has worked with world-class brands and companies such as Reebok®, TiVo®, Sears® and Ameritrade®. Kahn spent his early career as a Partner at Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, leading both the Sears® and Ameritrade® accounts and managing over $60 million in billings. After contributing to the growth at The Holmes Group and leading new product initiatives for the Kitchen business, Kahn led the $170 million Food Storage division at the Jarden Corporation post-acquisition. Kahn holds a B.S. in Marketing from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from The Anderson School at UCLA. Kahn was recently named among the Top Beauty Dealmakers by WWD. He currently serves as a board member for Banza as well as a board observer for Once Upon a Farm, Foodstirs, and Urban Remedy.
As a Principal at Beechwood Capital, Brian Locklear sources and oversees diligence of new investment opportunities, partners with entrepreneurs to structure transactions, and manages Beechwood’s portfolio companies. Prior to joining Beechwood, Locklear was in the Corporate Strategy group at the Hershey Company, a leading multinational confectionary and snacking company. Locklear’s responsibilities at Hershey included strategic planning, evaluation of M&A opportunities, and cross-functional project management. Prior to Hershey, Locklear was an Associate with TriArtisan Capital Partners, a merchant bank focused on consumer and retail private equity investments, where he focused on transaction structuring and development of operating and financial models. Locklear holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Management cum laude from Boston College.
As an Associate at Beechwood Capital, Michael Gianelli sources and conducts diligence of new investment opportunities and assists with Beechwood’s portfolio companies. Prior to joining Beechwood, Gianelli was an Associate with JMC Capital Partners, a lower middle market private equity firm where he was responsible for sourcing, diligence and execution of new investment opportunities. Prior to JMC, Gianelli was an Investment Banking Analyst with Alantra (formerly C.W. Downer), and an Analyst for venture capital firm Greenspring Associates. Gianelli holds a B.B.A in Finance cum laude from Loyola University Maryland.
As the Administrative Manager at Beechwood Capital, Holly Smith supports the Partners and provides operational support to the entire office. Prior to joining Beechwood, Smith was an Executive Assistant at Pegasystems, a global software company specializing in CRM, DPA, and BPM products. Smith supported multiple executives in their day to day administrative operations, in addition to providing project support to their broader teams. Prior to Pega, Smith was a Compliance Administrator at Commonwealth Financial Network, where she worked to ensure that associated Financial Advisors remained complaint with FINRA, SEC, and federal regulations. She holds a B.A in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Vermont.
We look to identify and invest in unique growth and venture stage branded consumer products and specialty retail/restaurant businesses.view investment criteria
We are much more than a source of capital. We are former entrepreneurs and experienced operators ideally positioned to invest in other strong entrepreneurs.View About Us