CONSUMER GROWTH PARTNERS OVERVIEW
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.
Who We Work With
Richard co-founded Consumer Growth Partners in 2005. Prior to founding CGP, he spent over 15 years as one of Wall Street’s leading equity research analysts covering the specialty retailing sector at Credit Suisse First Boston, Goldman Sachs and Sanford C. Bernstein. Mr. Baum led nine initial public offerings and six secondary offerings for many retailers including Abercrombie & Fitch, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Cabela’s, Gymboree, Life Time Fitness, Talbots, Urban Outfitters, Yankee Candle Company and Zale Corporation.
Previously, Mr. Baum spent six years in the merchandising organization at Bloomingdale’s. He also served as the Director of Strategic Planning for the predecessor company of Musicland and began his career as a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group.
Mr. Baum serves as a Board Director for Vera Bradley, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRA) and as Chairman of the Board of Harris Jewelry. He is also a Board Member of RMS (formerly Retail Marketing Society). Mr. Baum earned a BS degree in economics from the University of Michigan where he graduated magna cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors. He also earned a JD degree from Harvard Law School.
Erik Ulin is the former head of menswear for the global events company UBM Fashion. In this position, he provided the strategic and tactical direction for the trade shows Project, MRket and MAGIC, partnering with 2,000+ brands to provide a platform for sales development, along with 20K+ retailers and all major fashion media outlets. Prior to UBM, Mr. Ulin was the President of J.Lindeberg USA, during which time he relaunched the iconic Swedish fashion brand on the US market, expanding sales into Saks, Nordstrom, etc.
Earlier in his career, Mr Ulin was a Director in the Corporate Finance practice at FTI Consulting in New York, and a management consultant at Arthur D. Little in Stockholm. Mr Ulin has been profiled in WWD, GQ.com, Esquire, Apparel Magazine, Rhapsody, Fashion Unfiltered, MR Magazine, The Observer, New York Magazine, and At Large Magazine.
Mr. Ulin earned an M.Sc. from the Stockholm School of Economics and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
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.