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.
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 an Associate at 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.
Rich graduated from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University with a B.S. in Finance and remains an active alumnus as a member of the Investment Banking Network Advisory Council, a faculty and alumni selected board that provides governance and direction to the investment banking and private equity program at the Kelley School. Rich lives in Austin, Texas but grew up in Louisville, Kentucky.