Team

I never tire of learning from a founder about how much creativity, sacrifice, and commitment is necessary to start and build a successful business.

Brian Knez Managing Partner

I love working with people who are excited about what they do. And no one is more excited than an entrepreneur. Their enthusiasm and energy is contagious, and the stakes are higher because their business is their baby.

Steve Berg Managing Partner

Castanea and its partner companies are blessed with talented, intellectually curious executives connected by a common goal – to create an environment where both our businesses and the people within them can grow and prosper.

Jerry Hughes Operating Partner

I find myself energized by the opportunity to play a part in the growth of the great brands with whom we partner – with full appreciation that the hardest work is done on the ground by founders and operators.

Mike Banu Principal

Working with people I truly care about both personally and professionally is what makes Castanea so unique.

Erin Adams Administrative Assistant

Work fills such a large part of our lives; it’s important to me to work at a place that is fulfilling and rewarding both professionally and personally. I love coming to work every day!

Jennifer Lefebvre Manager Fund Accounting
Erin Adams Castanea Erin Adams Castanea
Erin Adams Executive Assistant
Mike Banu Castanea Mike Banu Castanea
Michael Banu Principal
Steve Berg Castanea Steve Berg Castanea
Steve Berg Managing Partner
Tim Burke Castanea Tim Burke Castanea
Tim Burke Partner
Haegin Chang Castanea Haegin Chang Castanea
Haegin Chang Vice President
Julian Chu Castanea Julian Chu Castanea
Julian Chu Operating Partner
Tom First Castanea Tom First Castanea
Tom First Operating Partner
Sharon Fox Castanea Sharon Fox Castanea
Sharon Fox Operating Partner
Ron Frasch Operating Partner
Leslie Fuda Castanea Leslie Fuda Castanea
Leslie Fuda Associate
Alison Fulenwider Castanea Alison Fulenwider Castanea
Allison Fulenwider Senior Associate
Adam Garcia Eveloff Castanea Adam Garcia Eveloff Castanea
Adam
Garcia Eveloff Partner
Paul Gibbons Castanea Paul Gibbons Castanea
Paul Gibbons Partner
Janet Gurwitch Castanea Janet Gurwitch Castanea
Janet Gurwitch Operating Partner
Juan Marcos Hill Castanea Juan Marcos Hill Castanea
Juan Marcos Hill Partner
Jerry Hughes Castanea Jerry Hughes Castanea
Jerry Hughes Operating Partner
Brian Knez Castanea Brian Knez Castanea
Brian Knez Managing Partner
Jennifer Lefebvre Castanea Jennifer Lefebvre Castanea
Jennifer Lefebvre Manager, Fund Accounting
Michael Li Associate
Colleen Love Castanea Colleen Love Castanea
Colleen Love Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer
Lynda Messerman Castanea Lynda Messerman Castanea
Lynda Messerman Executive Assistant
Joan Nunes Castanea Joan Nunes Castanea
Joan Nunes Controller
Shiela Polcsa Castanea Sheila Polsca Castanea
Sheila Polcsa Executive Assistant
Steve Richards Castanea Steve Richards Castanea
Steve Richards Operating Partner
Marion Schouten Castanea Marion Schouten Castanea
Marion Schouten Director, Business Development and Investor Relations
Josh Shih Castanea Josh Shih Castanea
Josh Shih Associate
Rob Smith Castanea Rob Smith Castanea
Rob Smith Managing Partner
Lindsay Ting Castanea Lindsay Ting Castanea
Lindsay Ting Vice President
Benjamin Tuttman Castanea Ben Tuttman Castanea
Ben Tuttman Principal
Eric Welter Associate

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