July 25, 2011

Retail Savvy: Brian Knez and Rob Smith Carry on a Legacy of Cracking the Code on Consumer Behavior

From Mergers & Acquisitions, the official publication of ACG

Castanea Partners’ Robert Smith grew up in the deal trade. The son of Richard Smith, who famously built General Cinema into one of the last great conglomerates, Robert spent much of his youth engaged in odd-jobs at the family business…
Castanea co-founder Brian Knez could also be considered a protege of Richard Smith. Both Knez and Robert joined General Cinema in the Eighties — getting a first-hand look as the company established itself among the prominent white knights during the golden era of M&A…

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