Managing Director and Founding Partner of Seneca Partners in Birmingham, an investment banking and private equity firm. With nearly 20 years of investment experience, Kothari has spent his career analyzing, structuring, and monitoring a variety of transactions in the public and private markets. At Seneca, he has led such transactions as mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, and provided other strategic advisory services to middle-market businesses and entrepreneurs. In addition, Kothari helps lead Senecaís private equity practice, which includes direct investments in a variety of companies through change in ownership, and management of Seneca Health Partners, a venture capital fund focused on providing growth capital to emerging health care companies. On behalf of Seneca Health Partners, Kothari serves on the board or is the board representative of Critical Signal Technologies, MSO Holdings, Inc., and RedPath Integrated Pathology, Inc. From 1996 until forming Seneca, Kothari was a director for Beringea (formerly GMA Capital) and its health care private equity fund, InvestCare Partners. During the formation of InvestCare in 1998, Kothari served as an investment officer at ProVen Private Equity in London, a GMA Capital affiliate. Prior to joining Beringea, Kothari co-founded Cranbrook Capital Management, served as treasurer and director of international investing, and managed domestic and international public equity investments. The firm grew from $10 million in assets to more than $650 million in two and a half years. Kothari has helped establish several professional organizations to promote Michiganís investment community, including Detroit chapters of both the National Association of Securities Professionals and the Indus Entrepreneur Association. He also served on the board of the Michigan Venture Capital Association, as chair of Great Lakes Entrepreneurs Quest, and on the council of the Village of Wolverine Lake. He currently serves on the board of MedBio, Inc., the development committee for Providence Park Hospital, the finance committee of the Village of Wolverine Lake, and the investment committee of the Civil Air Patrol. Kothari is an adjunct instructor at the University of Notre Dameís Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, and was recently named one of Crainís Detroit Business
ís 40 Under 40. He has more than 25 years with the Civil Air Patrol, a volunteer auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. A Chartered Financial Analyst, he earned both a BA and MBA from the University of Michigan.