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Consumer Growth Partners is a private equity investment and advisory firm with an exclusive focus on

specialty retail and non-perishable branded consumer products companies. 

Core Capabilities

Who We Work With


Richard Baum

Richard Baum

Managing Partner

Richard is the Managing Partner of Consumer Growth Partners (CGP), a private equity investment/independent sponsor and advisory firm with an exclusive focus on middle-market specialty retail and non-perishable branded consumer products companies.

Prior to co-founding CGP in 2005, Mr. Baum spent more than fifteen years as a sell-side equity research analyst at Sanford Bernstein, Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse where he was consistently ranked among the industry leaders in the annual Institutional Investor and Greenwich Associates polls.  Previously, Mr. Baum spent six years in the merchandising organization at Bloomingdale’s. He began his career as a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group.

Mr. Baum currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Harris Originals, Inc. and as a Board Director for Factory Connection, Inc. He recently stepped down as a board director of Vera Bradley, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRA) after nine years. He is also President of the Retail Marketing Society, a not-for-profit organization that focuses on leading edge topics of interest for the broad retail community.

Mr. Baum earned a BA degree in Economics from the University of Michigan where he graduated magna cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors and a JD degree from Harvard Law School. Mr. Baum lives in Westchester County, NY with his wife Robin. He is the proud father of two young men, Zachary a corporate attorney in Washington, DC and Ross a musical theatre composer and vocal coach in New York City.

Liz Dunn

Liz Dunn

Operating Partner

Liz is the founder of strategic consultancy Talmage Advisors. She has over 20 years of experience working with retailers and brands in strategic planning/ implementation, equity research and investment banking. Liz also founded retail analytics platform Pro4ma.  Liz is an Independent Director on the GameStop Board of Directors.

Prior to founding Talmage, Ms. Dunn was an equity research analyst covering the specialty retail, department store, branded apparel, footwear and luxury sectors. During this time, she covered over 40 publicly traded companies and was involved with IPO’s for Lululemon Athletica, ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance and Michaels Stores.

Prior to her career in equity research, Liz held finance and strategy roles at Gap Inc. and Liz Claiborne. She began her career as a member of the Consumer Investment Banking group at Bear Stearns & Co. where she assisted in both financing and M&A transactions including the sale of Nine West to Jones Apparel Group.

Ms. Dunn graduated from Spelman College with a B.A. in Economics.