Private Equity Private Equity Team

Robert Nelson
Vice President, Private Equity

Rob oversees all aspects of the Private Equity Division for our current and future partner companies. This includes all prospecting and due diligence activities as well as the management and growth strategies for companies we acquire. Rob has more than 30 years of experience leading teams, guiding strategy, and growing businesses, including his roles as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Chef America and then Nestle’s Handheld Food Group, where he provided strategic direction for the development and management of $200 million of core business.

Ryan Kuo
Director of Private Equity
Benjamin Levy
Private Equity Manager

Benjamin identifies, pursues, and closes corporate acquisitions in the food and beverage industry. He is responsible for due diligence and post-acquisition strategic plans for portfolio companies. Ben also serves as Vice President of Echo Capital Group, CIG’s venture arm, where he directs investments for the firm, and advises partner companies on marketing and business planning through board service. Ben received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Tyler Swoyer
Deal Sourcing Manager

Prior to joining CIG, Tyler worked in the strategy and corporate development departments at Case IH (a division of Fiat Industrial,) and Regus PLC, as well as previously working as an investment banking M&A associate.   He attended the University of Iowa, obtaining distinct degrees in accounting, marketing, and finance, and also earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

Kimber Ward
Marketing Manager
Robert Nelson
Vice President, Private Equity
Ryan Kuo
Director of Private Equity
Benjamin Levy
Private Equity Manager
Tyler Swoyer
Deal Sourcing Manager
Kimber Ward
Marketing Manager