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Mr. Kothari draws on nearly 25 years of experience as an investor, a financial advisor and an entrepreneur. Mr. Kothari is a co-founder and managing director of Cascade Partners. Mr. Kothari continues to manage Seneca Health Partners, a healthcare venture capital fund that he co-founded.
Prior to forming Cascade Partners, Mr. Kothari was a co-founder of Seneca Partners, Inc., a similar investment banking and private investment firm, where he completed nearly 50 transactions or investments. Prior to establishing Seneca Partners Mr. Kothari was a director at Beringea (formerly GMA Capital), a boutique investment-banking and venture capital firm. Mr. Kothari led numerous divestitures, recapitalizations, acquisitions and other strategic transactions for clients in the automotive, heavy truck, healthcare, technology and other industries. In addition, he co-managed the firm’s $70 million healthcare private equity fund, InvestCare Partners, where he was responsible for identifying, evaluating, structuring and providing ongoing development of investment opportunities for the fund. He represented InvestCare as a member of the board of directors or board representative for several of the Fund’s investments.
Mr. Kothari has also served as an investment officer for ProVen Private Equity in London, England, a venture capital affiliate of Beringea. Mr. Kothari began his investment career as a money manager, most prominently for Masco Corporation, where he was responsible for a portfolio of $130 million in pension assets. He left Masco to found Cranbrook Capital Management, a $650 million money management firm, where he was treasurer and director of international investing.
Currently, Mr. Kothari serves on the board of Priority Health, Micro Machine Company, LLC; MedBio, Inc.; Providence Health Foundation; and the CAP Foundation as well as a board observer for Critical Signal Technologies and RedPath Integrated Pathology. In addition, he sits on the Investment Committee for Automation Alley and Civil Air Patrol and the Finance Committees for Priority Health and St. John Providence Health System. Mr. Kothari is an active member of a variety of trade and community organizations, including past service on boards of TiE Detroit, Michigan Venture Capital Association and the Great Lakes Entrepreneurs Quest and former council member for the Village of Wolverine Lake, Michigan, and was one of Crain’s Detroit Business’s 40 Under 40 honorees. Mr. Kothari is a lieutenant colonel in the Civil Air Patrol, a volunteer auxiliary of the United States Air Force, in which he has served for over 30 years. Additionally, Mr. Kothari is an adjunct instructor at the University of Notre Dame at the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.
Mr. Kothari, a Chartered Financial Analyst, earned both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. He currently holds Series 7, 79, 24, and 28 licenses from FINRA.