Rajesh Kothari is the founder and managing director of Cascade Partners. Drawing on nearly 30 years of experience as an investor, a financial advisor and an entrepreneur, he helps lead divestitures, recapitalizations, acquisitions and other strategic transactions for partners in the healthcare, industrials, business services and technology sectors. Furthermore, he has co-managed multiple private equity funds and dozens of investments ranging from early stage to buy-out in thehealthcare, automotive, technology and other industrial companies.
Kothari began his investment career as a money manager, most prominently for Masco Corporation. He later left Masco to co-found Cranbrook Capital Management, a $650 million money management firm. Here, he served as treasurer and director of international investing.
Prior to forming Cascade Partners in 2012, Kothari applied his passion and intellect to various investment positions. He co-founded Seneca Partners, Inc., an investment banking and private investment firm. While there, he helped form Seneca Health Partners, a healthcare private equity fund. Perviously, he was a director at Beringea, a boutique investment-banking and venture capital firm. During this time, he co-managed the firm’s $70 million healthcare private equity fund, InvestCare Partners.
Kothari has also served as an investment officer for ProVen Private Equity, a venture capital affiliate of Beringea, in London, England.
Kothari’s experience has been sought by various organizations to help guide and influence growth and development. He served on the Board of Directors of over a dozen businesses and organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Priority Health, Micro Machine LLC and Dynamic Computer Corporation.
Kothari is active in a variety of non-profit and charitable organizations. He served on the Boards of TiE Detroit, MI Venture Capital Association and as a council person for the Village of Wolverine Lake. He now serves on the Alternative Revenue Task Force for Leader Dogs for the Blind and as the Chairman of the CAP foundation. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor at the University Michigan, Ross School of Business and, formerly, at the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.
Rajesh Kothari, a Chartered Financial Analyst, earned both a B.A. and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. He currently holds Series 7, 79, 24, and 28 licenses from FINRA.