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.

 

Riz joined AEA in 2019 as Operating Partner and Chief Talent Officer. He is primarily focused on working with portfolio companies to assess, acquire, organize, retain and develop talent. He also facilitates sharing of human resources best practices across the AEA portfolio. Riz currently serves on the boards of BMS Enterprises and Jack’s Family Restaurants.

Prior to joining AEA, Riz served as chief human resources officer for BNSF Railway, where he was responsible for human resources, leadership and organizational development; medical and environmental health; and diversity & inclusion. Prior to BNSF, Riz served as executive vice president, human resources and administration, at Energy Future Holdings Corp. (formerly TXU Corp.). Before TXU, he served as vice president, human resources and corporate relations, for Kennametal, Inc., a global industrial manufacturing corporation in Pennsylvania. Riz has also served in executive-level human resources positions at Aetna Inc. in Hartford, Connecticut, and at Mary Kay Inc. in Dallas, Texas. Earlier in his career, Riz was with PepsiCo Foods International and with the Hay Group. Riz began his career as an engineer working for Schlumberger in offshore oil drilling.

Riz is a member of the executive committee of the board of directors of the Health Transformation Alliance, an organization representing 50 major employers with approximately seven million members, focused on improving the cost and quality of health care.

Chandler joined AEA in 2015 and focuses on AEA’s investments in the Consumer / Retail and Services sectors.

Prior to joining AEA, Chandler was a strategy consultant at Bain & Company in Dallas.

Alex joined AEA in 2004. After three years with the firm, he pursued other entrepreneurial focused initiatives before returning to AEA in 2009. He became a Partner in 2018. Alex focuses on AEA’s investments in the Consumer / Retail sector and currently serves on the boards of 1-800 Contacts, 24 Hour Fitness, BMS Enterprises, Jack’s Family Restaurants, Melissa & Doug and ThreeSixty.

Prior to joining AEA, Alex was a strategy consultant with Bain & Co. in San Francisco. Prior to Bain, he spent a year as a consultant to DataCom, Mongolia’s first internet service provider, as a Henry Luce Scholar.

Alex was a Morehead-Cain Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Martin Eltrich joined AEA in 2001 and became a Partner in 2003. He leads the Consumer / Retail investment practice and currently serves on the boards of 1-800 Contacts, 24 Hour Fitness, At Home, Brand Networks, Jack’s Family Restaurants, Melissa & Doug, ThreeSixty and Traeger Wood Pellet Grills. 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.

  • 125+

    With approximately 130 employees, including over 80 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.