Robert A. Smith

Co-Founder at Castanea Partners, Inc.

Robert A. Smith

Robert A. Smith

Co-Founder at Castanea Partners, Inc.

Overview
Career Highlights

Harcourt General, Inc.
General Cinema Corp.
Castanea Partners, Inc.

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4489

Number of Boards

13

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Co-Founder at Castanea Partners, Inc.

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President & Chief Executive Officer at The Children's Medical Center Corp.

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President & Chief Operating Officer at The Children's Hospital Corp.

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Co-Founder at Thorley Industries LLC

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Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder at Thorley Industries LLC

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Chair, Department of Medicine at The Children's Hospital Corp.

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Surgeon-in-Chief at The Children's Hospital Corp.

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President & Chief Executive Officer, Pediatric Physician's Organization at The Children's Hospital Corp.

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Co-Founder at General Catalyst LLC

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Member, Leadership Council at Facing History & Ourselves, Inc.

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Abington Friends School provides primary and secondary education services. The company was founded in 1697 by John Barnes and is headquartered in Jenkintown, PA.

Spouse
Member, Leadership Council at Facing History & Ourselves, Inc.

For more than 30 years, Facing History and itself has believed that education is the key to combating bigotry and nurturing democracy.The firm works with educators throughout their careers to improve their effectiveness in the classroom, as well as their students' academic performance and civic learning. Through a rigorous investigation of the events that led to the Holocaust, as well as other recent examples of genocide and mass violence, students in a Facing History class learn to combat prejudice with compassion, indifference with participation, and myth and misinformation with knowledge.Facing History's impact in supporting teachers' effectiveness and promoting students' academic development and civic learning has been demonstrated in more than one hundred studies by independent researchers and Facing History evaluators.Since it was founded in 1976 in Brookline, Massachusetts, Facing History and itself has grown from an innovative course taught in a single school district to an international organization with more than 150 staff members in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, London, Los Angeles, Memphis, New England, New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Toronto, and partnerships in Northern Ireland, Israel, Rwanda, China and South Africa. These offices and partnerships, as well as projects throughout North America and around the world, support a network of more than 29,000 trained educators who reach nearly two million young people annually.

Sibling
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.

Sibling

Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, Inc. provides fundraising and social planning services. It services include case management, job training, legal services to help navigate and obtain public benefits. The company was founded on April 25, 1895 and is headquartered in Boston, MA.

Parent, Deceased

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.

Education
MBA

Harvard Business School (HBS) is the graduate business school of Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. The school offers a large full-time MBA program, doctoral programs, and many executive education programs. It owns Harvard Business School Publishing, which publishes business books, leadership articles, online management tools for corporate learning, case studies, and the monthly Harvard Business Review.

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.

President
1989 - 2001
President
Prior

General Cinema Corp. operates chain of movie theatre's. The company was founded by Philip Smith in 1935 and is headquartered in Chestnut Hill, MA.

Boards & Committees
Director
Current

Thorley Industries LLC develops products for infants and children. Its products include 4moms mamaRoo, 4moms breezeplayard and 4moms self-installing car seat. The firm offers infant seats, playards, strollers, bouncy seats, infant tubs, spout covers and accessories including car seat adapters, color kits, bassinets, handlebar bags and cell phone chargers, and double strollers. The company was founded by Robert D. Daley and Henry F. Thorne in June 2005 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA.

Vice Chairman, Board of Directors
1997 - 2000

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.

Member, Board of Directors
1989 - 2001
Director
Current

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.

Vice Chairman, Board of Directors
Prior

The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists and the creative process. The primary activities of the ICA are threefold: • To present outstanding contemporary art in all media, including visual art exhibitions, music, film, video and performance, that is deserving of public attention and has not been presented in depth to Boston audiences • To provide innovative experiential learning opportunities for people of all ages through direct encounters with artists and art making • To design interpretative programs that provide context, develop appreciation and add meaning to contemporary art and culture.

Board Member
Prior

National Retail Federation operates membership organizations. Its channels of distribution include department, specialty, discount, catalog, Internet and independent stores. The company is headquartered in Washington, DC.

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$2,500 - $4,999
2019

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.

$2,500 - $4,999
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.

$15M +
2017

For more than 30 years, Facing History and itself has believed that education is the key to combating bigotry and nurturing democracy.The firm works with educators throughout their careers to improve their effectiveness in the classroom, as well as their students' academic performance and civic learning. Through a rigorous investigation of the events that led to the Holocaust, as well as other recent examples of genocide and mass violence, students in a Facing History class learn to combat prejudice with compassion, indifference with participation, and myth and misinformation with knowledge.Facing History's impact in supporting teachers' effectiveness and promoting students' academic development and civic learning has been demonstrated in more than one hundred studies by independent researchers and Facing History evaluators.Since it was founded in 1976 in Brookline, Massachusetts, Facing History and itself has grown from an innovative course taught in a single school district to an international organization with more than 150 staff members in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, London, Los Angeles, Memphis, New England, New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Toronto, and partnerships in Northern Ireland, Israel, Rwanda, China and South Africa. These offices and partnerships, as well as projects throughout North America and around the world, support a network of more than 29,000 trained educators who reach nearly two million young people annually.

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Castanea Partners, Inc., The Thymes LLC /Private Group, Stanfield Capital LLC purchase The Thymes LLC from Stone-Goff Partners LLC

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

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Castanea Partners Fund IV LP raised money in a private placement transaction

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PediaQ LLC develops a mobile application that provides an on-demand urgent care solution to parents who desire urgent care service for their children when their pediatrician is not available. Its solution assists parents in accessing pediatric focused nurse practitioners to diagnose, treat, and prescribe their children. The company was founded by Jonathan O''Sullivan in 2015 and is headquartered in Dallas, TX.

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