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.



  • Jerry Kahn
    Partner, Managing Director

    As Founding Partner and Managing Director, 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. In 2005, Kahn and Berkshire Partners sold the company to Jarden Corporation for $660 million. Kahn holds a B.S. in Marketing from American International College.

  • Larry Kahn
    Partner, Managing Director

    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 with Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide as a Partner, Management Supervisor, 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. He currently serves as board member for Banza and a board observer for MiniLuxe. Kahn formerly served as a board observer for Robert Graham.

  • Matt Leeds
    Principal

    As a Principal at Beechwood Capital, Matt Leeds oversees diligence of new investment opportunities, partners with entrepreneurs to structure transactions, sources deals and manages Beechwood’s portfolio companies.  Prior to joining Beechwood, Leeds was a Business and Strategy Analyst for Systemax, a multi-billion dollar, multi-channel retailer of consumer electronics, computer parts and industrial supplies. Leeds responsibilities at Systemax included: analysis of operational and financial data, budget planning, evaluation of M&A opportunities and project management. Leeds began his professional career as a Financial Analyst for Harbor Park, a South Florida based hedge fund, primarily researching public equities. Leeds holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Accounting summa cum laude from the College of Charleston. Leeds also played minor league baseball for the Texas Rangers.

  • Will Schmitt
    Principal

    As a Principal at Beechwood Capital, Will Schmitt is actively involved in sourcing, due diligence and execution of new investment opportunities as well as the management of Beechwood’s existing portfolio companies. Schmitt has extensive consumer and retail industry experience in transaction oriented roles across corporate finance, private equity and investment banking. Prior to joining the Beechwood team, he was a Senior Manager of Finance for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, a leading retailer of coffee and tea with over 1,000 company owned and franchised stores. In addition to providing financial planning and analysis for the finance team, he assisted senior executives with due diligence for a sale of the company to a private equity led investor group. Prior to Coffee Bean, Schmitt was an Associate at a middle-market consumer focused private equity firm, GESD Capital Partners. Schmitt began his career as an investment banking Analyst at William Blair and Raymond James. Schmitt holds a B.S. in Finance from Miami University and an M.B.A. from University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business.

  • Justin Silver
    Senior Associate

    As a Senior Associate at Beechwood Capital, Justin Silver manages diligence of new investment opportunities, structures transactions and works with Beechwood’s portfolio companies. Silver has a background in private equity investing and investment banking, having worked at TA Associates and Credit Suisse in the M&A Group. Silver holds a B.S. in Finance and Management from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.

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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