Paul Carbone has been the Managing Partner of PPC Partners since 2012. PPC Partners acquires and operates leading family and entrepreneur-owned middle-market companies. For the prior 13 years, Paul was the Director and Managing Partner of the Private Equity Group of Robert W. Baird & Co., which makes venture capital, growth equity and buyout investments in smaller, high-potential companies in the US, Europe and Asia. Prior to 1999, Paul was the Co-Director of Investment Banking responsible for Robert W. Baird & Co.’s Mergers and Acquisitions Advisory practice. Prior to joining Robert W. Baird & Co. in 1994, Paul was Senior Vice President in the Investment Banking Group at Kidder,
Peabody & Co.
Paul is on the board of directors of several civic, cultural and charitable organizations, including Lyric Opera of Chicago (Executive Committee and Chair of the Finance Committee), the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, Misericordia Endowment Fund, Shedd Aquarium (Executive Committee and Chair of the Human Capital Committee) and the University of Chicago Medical Center (Chair of the Audit Committee). He also is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago and the Economic Club of Chicago.
In 2016, Paul received the Stanley C. Golder Award from the Illinois Venture Capital Association in recognition of his contributions to the private equity industry in Illinois. Paul also has served as an Entrepreneur of the Year regional and national judge.
Paul is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The College of the University of Chicago. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School.