Ben joined AEA in 2011 as a member of the Small Business Fund team. Ben serves on the board of CLS Management Services, Connexus Resource Group and IGL Holdings. He also served on the board of former AEA portfolio company Entregado Group.
Prior to joining AEA, Ben worked in the investment banking group at Macquarie Capital in New York, focusing on mergers & acquisitions and financings within the industrials group.
John joined AEA in 2004 as a Partner and is co-head of the AEA Small Business Funds. He currently serves as a board member of 50 Floor, American Expediting, Barnet Products, CLS Management Services, Connexus Resource Group, IGL Holdings, Montway, Pexco and SGLT. John also served on the boards of former AEA portfolio companies Colony Hardware, Entregado Group, Evans, Galco, Implus Footcare, In the Swim, Industrial Controls Distributors, National Rehab, NCS, Phillips Pet Food and Supplies, PLZ Aeroscience, Sextant Education and Troxell Communications.
Before joining AEA, John was a managing director at Arena Capital Partners, a private equity firm that invests in small companies in the consumer and business services sectors. Previously, he was a managing director in the leveraged finance group of Credit Suisse First Boston. Prior to joining Credit Suisse First Boston, he worked at Smith Barney, Harris Upham & Co. and NYNEX Corp.
Baron joined AEA in 2004 as a member of the Small Business Fund team and was promoted to Partner in 2011. He currently serves as a board member of Allied Power Group, Barnet Products, CIMSense, CLS Management Services, Connexus Resource Group, Dayton Parts, IGL Holdings, Omega, SBP, Unisyn Precision Components and Veseris. Baron also served on the boards of former AEA portfolio companies Aramsco, Balboa Instruments, Colony Hardware, Entregado Group, Evans, Flow Control Group, Galco, Implus Footcare, In the Swim, PLZ Aeroscience, Sextant Education and Troxell Communications.
Prior to joining AEA, Baron was an associate at Arena Capital Partners, focusing on investments in business services companies. Prior to Arena, he was with GE Capital’s private equity investment division and was a member of the mergers and acquisitions department at Prudential Securities.