Our History

Castanea was founded in 2001 by Brian Knez and Rob Smith, former co-CEOs of Harcourt General and The Neiman Marcus Group, following the sale of Harcourt General. Included in Castanea's launch were Paul Gibbons, former Treasurer of both Harcourt and Neiman Marcus, and Steve Berg, an investment professional from Bain Capital. Their strategy was to create an operationally focused private equity firm dedicated to investing in lower middle market companies within specifically defined industry verticals.

Today, we are investing our fourth fund, Castanea Partners Fund IV, a fund targeting both small and middle market companies. Our team has grown to over 25 professionals, including five investing and five operating partners.

We focus exclusively on opportunities in industry sectors where we believe our expertise allows us to: i) be knowledgeable participants in the investment process ii) perform effective and efficient due diligence iii) partner closely with selling founders or management to identify and execute significant value for our companies and iv) deliver superior returns to our investors.

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Portfolio Companies

  • See what some of our portfolio company business owners have to say about Castanea Partners

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Press Releases

  • Castanea Partners announces investment in Brew Dr. Kombucha

    FEBRUARY 2018 - Castanea Partners announced today that it has made a minority investment in The Townshend Group, the parent company of Brew Dr. Kombucha.

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Media Coverage

  • Janet Gurwitch's Interview on MouthMedia Network Beauty Is Your Business Podcast

    MAR 2018 - Download the podcast now on Beauty is Your Business or iTunes.

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Other News

  • Q&A with Partner at Castanea Partners, Tim Burke

    NOV 2017

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  • Janet Gurwitch speaks at 2014 Texas ACG Capital Connection

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