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 is the Founder and Managing Partner of Beechwood Capital, a Boston-based investment group utilizing its partners’ deep experience as operators/entrepreneurs to invest in disruptive growth-stage consumer brands, with a focus toward healthy living food, beverage, beauty and personal care brands. Mr. Kahn leads Beechwood Capital’s overall strategy, deal sourcing and portfolio management, leveraging his over 15 years of experience in integrated marketing management, brand strategy, sales and operations. Prior to founding Beechwood Capital, Mr. Kahn and his family built The Holmes Group (including Crock-Pot, Holmes and Bionaire brands) from a start-up to an $800 million business, before being acquired by The Jarden Corporation. Post-acquisition, Mr. Kahn led a combined group of brands for the Jarden Corporation. Prior to The Holmes Group, Mr. Kahn was a Partner at Ogilvy Mather Advertising. He has a BS-Marketing from Lehigh University and an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA. He currently serves as a board member for Kosas Cosmetics and Banza as well as a board observer for Once Upon a Farm, Flying Embers, Lemon Perfect and Urban Remedy.
As a Senior Associate at Beechwood Capital, Michael Gianelli sources and leads diligence on 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.
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.
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