Brett Keith co‐founded Rockwood in 1999 to focus on the acquisition of companies in the lower middle market. Since then, he has focused on deal flow generation, on the analysis, due diligence and financing of pending transactions, and on the oversight and monitoring of portfolio companies. In conjunction with the other Principals, Brett has developed and refined Rockwood’s “value orientation,” resulting in the investment track record and existing portfolio the firm has today.
Prior to forming Rockwood, he worked as an investment banker in the Mergers & Acquisitions group of Lehman Brothers’ New York office, and as the Controller of Jacobson Machine Works, a turnaround company owned by a private equity firm. Brett also served in an advisory role on the sale of his family‐controlled pharmaceutical services company to American Medserve Corporation, an industry consolidation sponsored by the private equity firm of GTCR. He began his career as a financial consultant and Certified Public Accountant at Grant Thornton LLP and Arthur Andersen LLP.
Brett received a B.A., with dual degrees in finance and accounting, from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Metro New York Chapter of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization), was an adjunct professor at his undergraduate alma mater, where he taught an M.B.A. course on Private Equity, and serves (and has served) as a Director of multiple Rockwood portfolio companies.