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Jeff Ackerman

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Jeff Ackerman, Managing Director, brings over 20 years of private equity experience and operating leadership within the consumer sector. 

Previously, Jeff was a Managing Director at Breakaway Ventures, a unique venture capital firm that focuses on a new generation of high growth retail and consumer-oriented businesses. On the operating front, Jeff was the founder and CEO of a 22-unit restaurant franchise company that developed restaurants in the fast casual and quick service categories. From 1998 through 2008, he served as Vice President, Partner, and Managing Director of Orion Partners, LP, a private equity firm specializing in acquisitions and growth capital investments across a wide range of sectors. Jeff began his career with Procter & Gamble, working on products in the Food & Beverage, and Institutional (hospital, hotel, & restaurant) categories. He then joined the strategy consulting practice at Accenture where he specialized in developing corporate and acquisition strategies for clients in the consumer products, grocery, food service, financial services, and oil and gas industries. While at business school, he was a Specialty Retail field research analyst in the Equity Research Department at Goldman Sachs. 


Northwestern University, J.L. Kellogg School of Management - MBA - Marketing, Strategy, and Finance

Boston College - BA - Political Science

Registrations & Affiliations

FINRA - Series 63 Registered Uniform Securities Agent

FINRA - Series 79 Registered Investment Banking Representative

Industry Coverage

Our latest M&A insights report, highlighting trends in M&A, financing, and capital markets for private and public companies in the franchise space, is now available. 

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