Founder and Principal — Black Bear Partners
Aaron is the Founder and Principal of Black Bear Partners, a growth capital investment firm located in Dallas, Texas. He has had a broad and expansive career in principal investing, marketing and strategy consulting and general management. He was most recently the Chief Financial & Development Officer for Genesco Sports Enterprises, Inc., a sports marketing and consulting firm based in Dallas and with offices in Charlotte, Chicago and New York. Aaron served as a Principal with CIC Advantage Holdings LLC (CIC Partners LP), with a particular investment focus on restaurant, retail, consumer packaged goods and media. Aaron started his career with McKinsey & Company, and also served in marketing and management capacities with the sports marketing conglomerate International Management Group (IMG) and the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Aaron currently serves as a Director of Seven Mile Suites Ltd. (Comfort Suites Grand Cayman) and as a Board Member of Ecologic Brands, Force of Nature Enterprises and Hail Merry, and formerly served on the boards of giggle, MosquitoNix, Red Mango and Signstorey (CBS Outernet). In addition, he has served in various advisor and board capacities with the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, Duke University Annual Fund Executive Committee and the AFI Dallas International Film Festival.
Aaron received his BA in History and Comparative Area Studies from Duke University and his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management. He lives in Dallas with his wife Catie and their three children.