Brian Knez

Co-Founder at Castanea Partners, Inc.

Brian Knez

Brian Knez

Co-Founder at Castanea Partners, Inc.

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Career Highlights

Harcourt General, Inc.
The Neiman Marcus Group LLC
Harcourt, Inc.

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Number of Boards

14

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Co-Founder at Castanea Partners, Inc.

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Member, Board of Trustees at Tufts University

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Co-Founder at Summit Partners LP

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Former Chief Executive Officer at Liberty Mutual Group, Inc.

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Secretary & Director at Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, Inc.

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Co-Founder at Castanea Partners, Inc.

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Chief Financial Officer & Chief Compliance Officer at Castanea Partners, Inc.

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President at The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, Inc.

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Chief Medical Officer & Medical Director, Adult Ambulatory Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Inc.

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Former Chief Scientific Officer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Inc.

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Member, Board of Trustees at Tufts University

Tufts University is a private research university located in Medford/Somerville, near Boston, in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. The university is organized into ten schools, including two undergraduate programs and eight graduate divisions, on four campuses in Massachusetts and the French Alps. The university emphasizes active citizenship and public service in all of its disciplines and is known for its internationalism and study abroad programs.

Education
BS with Highest Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa

Established in 1885, the University of Arizona, the state's super land-grant university with two medical schools, produces graduates who are real-world ready through its 100% Engagement initiative. Recognized as a global leader, the UA is also a leader in research, bringing more than $606 million in research investment each year, and ranking 20th among all public universities. The UA is advancing the frontiers of interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships, and is a member of the Association of American Universities, the 62 leading public and private research universities. It benefits the state with an estimated economic impact of $8.3 billion annually.

JD, cum laude

Boston College Law School was founded in 1929 at 11 Beacon Street in downtown Boston, the first dean, Dennis Dooley, envisioned a law school with a social conscience as well as an analytical mind. From its earliest days, Boston College Law School had a reputation for toughness and high standards. It won accreditation from the American Bar Association in 1932, just three years after its founding, joining the Harvard, Yale, and Boston University law schools as the only ones in New England to attain such a distinction.

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Career History
Co-Founder
2001 - Current

Castanea Partners invests in small and middle-market companies located in the US with revenues from $10 – 150 million. The firm targets companies operating in the fields of beauty & personal care, direct-to-consumer, food & beverage, multi unit consumer services, performance and enthusiast. It provides financing for traditional managed buyouts, sales of private companies, acquisition capital raises, operationally challenged companies and growth equity with an investment size ranging from $15 - $150 million. It considers majority as well as minority investments.

Co-Chief Executive Officer
1999 - 2001
Co-Chief Executive Officer
1999 - 2001

The Neiman Marcus Group LLC operates departmental stores. It offers apparel, shoes and handbags, accessories, jewelry and watches, bags and leather goods, gifts, home furnishings, beauty and decorative home products. The company was founded in 1907 and is headquartered in Dallas, TX.

Boards & Committees
Vice Chairman, Board of Directors
1998 - 2005

The Neiman Marcus Group LLC operates departmental stores. It offers apparel, shoes and handbags, accessories, jewelry and watches, bags and leather goods, gifts, home furnishings, beauty and decorative home products. The company was founded in 1907 and is headquartered in Dallas, TX.

Director
Prior

The Research Libraries Group, Inc. provides information access and management services. The firm is comprised of research libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural memory institutions. The company was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in Mountain View, CA.

Member, Board of Trustees
Prior

Richard & Susan Smith Family Foundation supports individuals and families in economically disadvantaged communities. Its services include healthcare, urban education, and economic mobility. The company was founded by Richard A. Smith and Susan Smith in 1970 and is headquartered in Newton, MA.

Member, Board of Trustees
Prior

Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, a coeducational day school in Cambridge, was established in 1974, though its origins date back nearly a century earlier. Buckingham Browne & Nichols is a day school in Cambridge that engages boys and girls in grades pre-K (called Beginners) through 12.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$25K - $50K
2018

Pan Mass Challenge is an American private company located in Needham, MA, that provides fund raises money for life-saving cancer research and treatment.The company says this about itself: The Jimmy Fund, established in Boston in 1948, is comprised of community-based fundraising events and other programs that, solely and directly, benefit Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's lifesaving mission to provide compassionate patient care and groundbreaking cancer research for children and adults. The Jimmy Fund is an official charity of the Boston Red Sox, the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the Pan-Mass Challenge, and the Variety Children's Charity of New England. Since 1948, the generosity of millions of people has helped the Jimmy Fund save countless lives and reduce the burden of cancer for patients and families worldwide.

$25K - $50K
2017

Pan Mass Challenge is an American private company located in Needham, MA, that provides fund raises money for life-saving cancer research and treatment.The company says this about itself: The Jimmy Fund, established in Boston in 1948, is comprised of community-based fundraising events and other programs that, solely and directly, benefit Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's lifesaving mission to provide compassionate patient care and groundbreaking cancer research for children and adults. The Jimmy Fund is an official charity of the Boston Red Sox, the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the Pan-Mass Challenge, and the Variety Children's Charity of New England. Since 1948, the generosity of millions of people has helped the Jimmy Fund save countless lives and reduce the burden of cancer for patients and families worldwide.

$1,000 +
2017

Boston College is one of the nation's best and most selective universities, with U.S. News & World Report ranking Boston College 31st among national universities, and Forbes ranking it 26th in its 2012 America's Best Colleges listing. Boston College confers more than 4,000 degrees annually in more than 50 fields of study through eight schools and colleges. Faculty members are committed to both teaching and research having earned nearly $60 million in research grants in the last year alone. The University has made a major commitment to academic excellence. As part of its Strategic Plan, Boston College is in the process of adding 100 new faculty positions, expanding faculty and graduate research, increasing student financial aid to more than $128 million annually, and widening opportunities in key undergraduate programs, such as international study, internships and student formation. Boston College has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, including a 75 percent increase in undergraduate applications over the past decade, to more than 34,000 for the 2,250 seats in its freshman class. During the same period, an increase in voluntary giving from alumni has helped to move the University's endowment to approximately $1.9 billion. Boston College students have also earned more than 200 prestigious academic scholarships over the past decade, including 2 Rhodes Scholarships, 4 Marshalls, 9 Goldwaters and 162 Fulbright grants.

Political Donations
$12.5K
2012

Senator at Office of the Senator from Utah, Mitt Romney

$2,500
2011

Senator at Office of the Senator from Utah, Mitt Romney

$4,800
2009

Former Governor of Missouri

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Castanea Family Holdings IV LLC raised money in a private placement transaction

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The Coca-Cola Company purchases Fuze Beverage LLC from Castanea Partners, Inc.

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