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.

 

Greg joined AEA in 2017 and brings more than 30 years of financial experience to his role as an Operating Partner. He currently serves on the board of ThreeSixty. Greg also served on the board of former AEA portfolio company Shoes for Crews. Most recently, Greg spent 13 years with former AEA portfolio company Acosta Inc., where he served as CFO and COO.

Prior to Acosta, Greg was CFO of Encore Development, a software development firm. Prior to Encore, he was vice president, corporate controller for Beringer Wine Estates, a leading producer of premium wines. Prior to Beringer, Greg held several financial management positions including financial reporting, investor relations and chief accountant & corporate controller at Barnett Banks. He began his career with PriceWaterhouse, providing audit and assurance services to clients in the financial services, distribution and retail industries.

Alan joined AEA in 1989 as a Partner and currently co-heads the AEA Small Business Funds and is a Partner of the AEA Middle Market Funds. Alan serves on the boards of Balboa, Dayton Parts, LoneStar, NCS, Omega, Pexco, SBP, SGLT, Sparrows, Spectrum Plastics Group, and Veseris. In the last 15 years, he also served on the boards of former AEA portfolio companies Aramsco, Behavioral Interventions, Flow Control Group, Implus Corporation, In the Swim, Kranson, Phillips Pet Food and Supplies, PLZ Aeroscience, PPC, Shoes for Crews, SRS Roofing Supply, and Troxell Communications.

As a Partner from 1989 to 1999, Alan concentrated his investment activities in Industrial and Consumer / Retail companies, overseeing many of AEA’s successful investments during that period. Alan left AEA in 1999 and joined Peter Solomon Company, a boutique advisory firm, and then returned to the private equity business in 2002 with Saratoga Partners. He rejoined AEA in early 2004 and helped establish the AEA Small Business Funds.

Prior to joining AEA, from 1984 to 1989, Alan was with Lehman Brothers, first in the mergers and acquisitions department and then with the principal investment group. Previously, Alan worked at Citicorp and Pricewaterhouse and became a Chartered Accountant in England in 1980.

James joined AEA in 2001 as an Associate and became a Partner in 2013. He focuses on AEA’s investments in the Consumer and Services sectors. James currently serves on the boards of 1-800 Contacts, Melissa & Doug, ThreeSixty and Traeger Wood Pellet Grills. He also served on the board of 24 Hour Fitness and Brand Networks. Prior to AEA’s exit from the investment, James served on the board of Shoes for Crews.

Prior to joining AEA, James was a strategy consultant with Bain & Company in Chicago, advising both private equity and corporate clients. During his time there, he developed acquisition perspectives and post-merger integration strategies for clients across a wide variety of industries, including consumer products, general industrial and services sectors.

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.