Rich Gottbrath is Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Value Creation Strategies Holdings. As CIO, Rich is responsible for evaluation of new investment opportunities and execution of VCSH's investment strategy.
Rich's background extends to a variety of investment asset classes and capital allocation strategies. In addition to venture capital and private equity, he has extensive real estate investment experience in multi-family, commercial development and redevelopment, both as a consultant and as a principal developer.
Prior to joining VCSH, Rich was a private equity consultant helping small businesses find liquidity for growth or exit strategies. Before becoming a private consultant, Rich served as Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Development & Planning at Accent Food Services. In these roles, Rich led the development and measurement of Accent’s strategic plan as well as all merger & acquisition efforts and new product/channel initiatives. Prior to joining Accent, Rich was with Lincoln International, a Chicago-based middle market investment banking advisory firm. At Lincoln, Rich was a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions team where he worked on over 50 acquisitions for both sell-side and buy-side clients in a variety of industries. He was a founding member of Lincoln’s Dallas office, but had previously spent time working across the firm’s offices in the US and Europe.