Our Team

as former operators,
we’ve been there...

executive team members

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.



  • Larry Kahn
    Founder & Managing Partner

    As Founder and Managing Partner, 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 and Kosas Cosmetics as well as a board observer for Once Upon a Farm, Flying Embers, and Urban Remedy.

  • Michael Banu
    Partner

    As a Partner at Beechwood Capital, Mike Banu sources and leads diligence on new investment opportunities, and works with founders to grow their companies as part of Beechwood’s portfolio.  Banu has thirteen years of experience in consumer investing.  Prior to joining Beechwood, Banu was a Principal at Castanea Partners, a consumer focused private equity firm with ~$1B under management.  At Castanea he worked on investments in beauty and personal care, food and beverage, active lifestyle, and multi-unit consumer services.  Prior to Castanea, Banu worked at L Catterton, the largest consumer-focused private equity group in the world, where he was an investment professional in both the buyout and growth funds, as well as a member of the leadership team at an L Catterton portfolio company, Little Miss Matched, a children’s apparel and accessory brand.  Banu started his career in the Consumer investment banking group at J.P. Morgan.  Banu holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Business Management magna cum laude from Babson College.  Banu is a board member of the Decibels Foundation, a non-profit that supports Massachusetts children with hearing loss and their families.

  • Brian Locklear
    Principal

    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.

  • Michael Gianelli
    Associate

    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.

  • Jerry Kahn
    Chairman

    A veteran of the housewares industry for over 35 years, Jerry 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.

INVESTMENT CRITERIA

We look to identify and invest in unique growth and venture stage branded consumer products and specialty retail/restaurant businesses.

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About Beechwood

We are much more than a source of capital. We are former entrepreneurs and experienced operators ideally positioned to invest in other strong entrepreneurs.

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