AEA

Relationships Matter

There is a simple reason our investment principles have worked for 50 years: We believe in a relationship-driven approach to investing through partnering with exceptional management teams of middle market companies to help them build and improve their businesses.

 

James joined AEA in 2008 and focuses on AEA’s investments in the Value-Added Industrials and Services sectors. He currently serves on the boards of API Technologies and Swanson Industries.

Prior to joining AEA, James was a strategy consultant with Bain & Company in Boston and Los Angeles.

Vinay joined AEA as an Associate in 2004 and became a Partner in 2016. Vinay focuses on investments in the Value-Added Industrials and Services sectors. In 2006, he relocated to Hong Kong for three years to help AEA establish its Asia presence and evaluate investment opportunities in the region. He currently serves on the board of API Technologies, Evoqua Water Technologies and Excelitas Technologies. He also served on the board of former AEA portfolio company Dematic.

Prior to joining AEA, Vinay was a strategy consultant with Bain & Company in San Francisco and London.

Tom joined AEA in 1999 and became a Partner in 2003. He focuses on investments in the Value-Added Industrials and Services sectors. He currently serves on the boards of API Technologies, NES Global Talent, Numotion, SitelogIQ, and TricorBraun. He also served on the board of Evoqua Water Technologies. Tom previously served on the boards of former AEA portfolio companies Behavioral Interventions, Cogent Healthcare, Dematic, Houghton International, Kranson Industries, Northern China German Automotive, Pregis, Pro Mach, RelaDyne and Unifrax.

Before joining AEA, Tom was with the investment banking division of Merrill Lynch, where he advised a broad range of private equity investment firms. As part of what was at the time the leading financial sponsor coverage practice on Wall Street, he worked with many large-cap and middle-market firms on all aspects of their investment activities.

Tom is a certified public accountant.

Martin Eltrich joined AEA in 2001 and became a Partner in 2003. He leads the Consumer investment practice and currently serves on the boards of 1-800 Contacts, 24 Hour Fitness, At Home, Jack’s Family Restaurants, Melissa & Doug, ThreeSixty and Traeger Wood Pellet Grills, and previously sat on the board of Brand Networks. Prior to AEA’s exit from the investment, Martin also sat on the boards of Acosta, Burt’s Bees, Cogent Healthcare, Henry Company, Li & Fung Distribution, Shoes for Crews and Tampico Beverages.

Before joining AEA, Martin was an investment banker covering the consumer products industry. He was an investment banker at Greenhill & Co. in New York, joining that firm at its inception in 1996. Prior to joining Greenhill, Martin was a banker in the consumer products group at Morgan Stanley.

  • $15b

    With over $15 billion under management, AEA is a leader in global, middle-market private investing.

  • 130+

    With approximately 135 employees, including approximately 90 investment professionals, AEA’s experienced and focused team leverages deep industry knowledge and exceptional operational expertise.

  • 5/3

    With five offices across three continents, AEA has an unparalleled global network of relationships with family owners of industrial companies, business executives and influential government leaders.

  • 1968

    Founded in 1968 by members of the world’s leading industrial families, AEA is one of the oldest and most experienced private equity firms with a long legacy of success.

  • 75

    AEA has more than 75 Participants, who include some of the world’s pre-eminent industrial families, business executives and former government leaders.