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Kurt Barr brings 15 years of corporate development and investment banking experience to Cascade Partners. He has experience leading more than one billion in transaction and advisory assignments.
Kurt began his career in banking for Comerica Bank, Bank One and Citigroup in Detroit, Chicago and New York. After earning his MBA from Michigan State University, he transitioned into investment banking and was a Senior Associate for Giuliani Capital Advisors (f/k/a Ernst & Young Corporate Finance). At Giuliani he coordinated the execution of transactions ranging from $20 to $385 million.
Kurt spent nine years at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan where he led the formulation and executions of the enterprise’s transaction strategy through acquisitions, divestitures, partnerships and joint ventures. Throughout his tenure, he led the sourcing, screening, execution, implementation and portfolio management of multiple strategic transactions exceeding $1billion in total enterprise value. He also collaborated and consulted with business segment and subsidiary executives on growth, diversification, and capability strategies to enhance profit and loss performance. In addition, he led the growth and management of a $500 million portfolio of direct company, private equity, and venture capital investments to ensure that financial and strategic performance tracked to the investment thesis expectations.
He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his MBA from Michigan State University.