James Stith is a Partner of AEA Growth and a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee.
Prior to AEA Growth, James was a Co-Founder and Partner of ROCA Partners, a growth equity investment firm focused on tech-enabled services and healthcare services companies. Previously, he was an M&A executive at IAC/InterActiveCorp (a publicly-traded portfolio of consumer media and technology companies) where he helped lead investments and guide the M&A strategy. Prior to IAC, James was a founding executive of Carats & Cake (a leading marketplace for wedding vendors), a private equity investor at Ares Management, and an investment banker at Lehman Brothers.
James has a BA in Economics and International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ravi is Co-Head and Founding Partner of AEA Growth and a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee. At AEA Growth, Ravi co-leads the overall strategy and direction of the firm, in addition to leading deal teams focused on the sourcing, evaluation, and management of the Firm’s portfolio companies.
Prior to AEA Growth, Ravi was the Founder and Managing Partner of ROCA Partners, a growth equity investment firm focused on tech-enabled services and healthcare services companies. Previously, he was a Principal in the Private Equity Group at Ares Management. At Ares, Ravi helped lead investments in healthcare services, retail, and gaming, lodging & leisure among a few other sectors. Prior to Ares, Ravi was a private equity investor at Bain Capital and a consultant at Bain & Company.
Ravi has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MS in Management Science & Engineering and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Robert is Co-Head and Founding Partner of AEA Growth and a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee. At AEA Growth, Robert co-leads the overall strategy and direction of the firm, in addition to leading deal teams focused on the sourcing, evaluation, and management of the Firm’s portfolio companies.
Prior to AEA Growth, Robert was a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and Founding Member of Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, the firm’s $1Bn Growth Equity and Credit investment fund business. Robert served on four Morgan Stanley Private Equity fund investment committees. Previously, he was a member of Morgan Stanley Principal Investments and Morgan Stanley’s Special Situation Group. Robert joined Morgan Stanley as an analyst within the Investment Banking Division.
Robert has a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and attended London School of Economics and Political Science.
John joined AEA in December 2020 to focus on AEA’s investments in the technology enabled services sector and became a Partner in 2021.
John has over 20 years of transaction and operating experience in the technology enabled services sector. Most recently John was the Managing Partner of SARORAS Private Capital, which provided private equity capital to growing middle market companies in the software and technology enabled services sectors. Previously, John completed several technology investments and was the founder and had a senior management role at Reimagine Holdings Group before the company was sold to a strategic buyer. John began his private equity career at Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe where he was a General Partner and Member of the Management Committee.
Keith joined AEA in 2019 as a portfolio manager of the senior debt team. Prior to joining AEA, he was the group head of the structured acquisition finance group at ING Capital where he managed a leveraged loan portfolio as well as coordinated coverage and leverage loan underwriting and execution for financial sponsors. Before ING, Keith was at BNY Mellon Capital Markets, CGV Capital Advisors, Merrill Lynch & Co. and Credit Suisse in various leveraged finance and high yield capital markets-related capacities. He began his career at SunTrust Bank.
Ramzi joined AEA in 2018 as a Partner in the London office. He focuses on AEA’s investments in Europe and currently sits on the boards of Polygon and PST.
Prior to joining AEA, Ramzi was a partner at TPG Capital in London, where over the last 18 years he has completed investments in various sectors, including retail and consumer, industrials, building materials, as well as technology and telecom. He also has experience across geographies, with transactions in several markets including the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Turkey, the Middle East, and Australia. Ramzi started his career in investment banking at Merrill Lynch in New York, where he advised private equity firms on all aspects of their investment activities.
Steve joined AEA in 2006 to lead AEA’s investor relations and fundraising efforts and became a Partner in 2015. He is involved in all aspects of investor fundraising, communications and relations as well as business development.
Before joining AEA, Steve was an investment banker with Merrill Lynch & Co.’s private equity fundraising group where he helped raise a variety of private equity and real estate funds from institutional investors worldwide. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, he was a manager in the tax and business advisory group at Arthur Andersen.
Steve is also a certified public accountant.
Tim joined AEA in 2005 as a member of the Small Business Fund team. Tim rejoined AEA in 2009 after business school and was promoted to Partner in 2018. He serves on the boards of Allied Power Group, American Expediting, Barnet Products, CIMSense and Montway. He also served on the boards of former AEA portfolio companies Aramsco, Balboa Instruments, Evans and Flow Control Group.
Prior to joining AEA, Tim was a strategy consultant with The Parthenon Group.
Dan joined AEA in 2008 as a member of the Small Business Fund team and was promoted to Partner in 2020. Dan currently serves on the board of 50 Floor, Meritus Gas Partners, Omega and SBP. He also served on the board of former AEA portfolio companies Colony Hardware, Galco and NCS.
Prior to joining AEA, Dan was a strategy consultant with L.E.K. Consulting.
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 sector and currently serves on the boards of BMS Enterprises, Jack’s Family Restaurants, Melissa & Doug and ThreeSixty. Prior to AEA’s exit, he also sat on the board of 1-800 Contacts and 24 Hour Fitness.
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.