Robert DesMarais

Managing Director
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Mr. DesMarais is Chairman of Oregon Ice Cream (Alden's) and Reliance (PlantFusion), as well as a Director at Branch Brook Holdings. He is the past Chairman of Kicking Horse Coffee and Recochem, was actively involved with Applegate Farms, and was a past Director of Lavo, Liberty Brand Products, MarketFare Foods, Preferred Meals, RAJ Swim, and S.T. Specialty Foods.

Prior to joining the firm, he was a Principal with Banc of America Securities' Consumer & Retail Group in its investment banking division. Mr. DesMarais' experience also includes Deutsche Banc Alex Brown's Global Consumer Products investment banking team and several operating positions within Sara Lee Corporation. He received an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA from Michigan State University.