Team

ACON’s team of investment professionals has years of investing, operating, strategy consulting and financial advisory experience. Our funds are supported by our high caliber financial and legal professionals with extensive experience in private equity, partnership finance and administration and regulatory compliance matters.

Founding Partners

Founder, Managing Partner

Bernard Aronson

Bernard Aronson is a Founder and Managing Partner of ACON Investments. Prior to co-founding ACON in 1996, Mr. Aronson was International Advisor to Goldman Sachs for Latin America. From 1989 through 1993, Mr. Aronson served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs under Presidents Bush and Clinton. Following his tenure, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the State Department’s highest honor. Mr. Aronson serves on the Board of Directors of the following ACON fund portfolio companies: ACON Franchise Holdings and Sequitur Energy Resources. Mr. Aronson has previously served on numerous boards of ACON fund/investment vehicle portfolio companies, including among others, Mariner Energy (NYSE: ME) and Northern Tier Energy (NYSE: NTI). Outside of ACON, Mr. Aronson previously served on several public company boards. In addition, Mr. Aronson is a Director for the National Democratic Institute, The Nature Conservancy (Maryland/DC Chapter), and the Amazon Conservation Team, as well as a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Diplomats. Mr. Aronson has published opinion pieces in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New Republic and The Huffington Post, among other publications. In February 2015, Mr. Aronson was asked to serve as an unpaid consultant to the U.S. State Department on the Colombian peace process. Mr. Aronson’s role at ACON as a founding partner, member of the general partners of the firm’s U.S. and Latin American private equity funds and principal of the U.S. funds remains unchanged.

Mr. Aronson holds a B.A. with Honors in Humanities from The University of Chicago.

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Founder, Managing Partner

Kenneth Brotman

Kenneth Brotman is a Founder and Managing Partner of ACON Investments. Prior to co-founding ACON in 1996, Mr. Brotman was a partner of Veritas Capital, a New York-based private equity investment firm. Prior to joining Veritas, Mr. Brotman was an Associate at Bain Capital and served as a Principal of Wasserstein Perella Management Partners. Mr. Brotman serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the following ACON fund/investment vehicle portfolio companies: Credifinanciera, Fiesta Mart, Grupo Sala, idX, Igloo Products, ProEnergy, Refac/U.S. Vision, Spencer Spirit (Spencer’s Gifts and Spirit Halloween), Suzo-Happ and NetUno. Mr. Brotman has previously served on numerous boards of ACON fund/investment vehicle portfolio companies, including Carulla Vivero, Fairway Media Group, Florimex International, GBarbosa Comercial and SAE Towers. Outside of ACON, Mr. Brotman is a member of the Board of Directors of Foundation Carulla, one of Colombia’s most successful early childhood development and education non-profits for underprivileged children. The Foundation was funded with a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Carulla Vivero, a prior ACON fund portfolio company. Mr. Brotman also serves on the Board of Directors of Make Meaning and as an observer on the board of Brain Sentry, each small, privately held companies.

Mr. Brotman received a B.S.e, cum laude, from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

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Founder, Managing Partner

Jonathan Ginns

Jonathan Ginns is a Founder and Managing Partner of ACON Investments. Prior to co-founding ACON in 1996, Mr. Ginns was a Senior Investment Officer at the GEF Funds group. Previously, Mr. Ginns was a Management Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton. Mr. Ginns often serves on the board of ACON fund/investment vehicle portfolio companies. Among his current positions, Mr. Ginns serves on the board of Sequitur Energy Resources. Mr. Ginns has also previously served on the Board of Directors of several public companies including Mariner Energy (NYSE: ME) and Northern Tier Energy (NYSE: NTI), each realized ACON fund portfolio companies, and Optimal Group (NASDAQ: OPMR).

Mr. Ginns received a B.A. in History from Brandeis University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

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Our Team

Fund Accounting Manager

Rachel Ahn

Rachel Ahn is a Fund Accounting Manager at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2011, Ms. Ahn was a Senior Accountant at In-Q-Tel, an Arlington, VA-based strategic investment firm. Prior to joining...

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Fund Accounting Manager

Emily Annick

Emily Annick is a Fund Accounting Manager at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2011, Ms. Annick was a Senior Accountant with Perseus, a Washington DC-based private equity firm. Prior to joining...

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Director

John Morgan Barr

John Morgan Barr is a Director at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2009, Mr. Barr worked at private equity firm Fox Meadow Capital Partners, where he focused on sourcing and executing investments...

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Partner

Mo Bawa

Mo Bawa is a Partner at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2005, he was an Associate with Constellation Commodities Group where he was responsible for origination, structuring, evaluation and...

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Chief Legal/Chief Compliance Officer

Teresa Bernstein

Teresa Y. Bernstein is the Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2013, Ms. Bernstein worked at Perseus, a Washington, DC-based middle-market...

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Managing Partner

Andre Bhatia

Andre Bhatia is a Managing Partner at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2000, Mr. Bhatia was an Associate at Newbridge Latin America, an affiliate of the Texas Pacific Group, in Brazil, where...

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Fund Accounting Manager

Whitney Blume

Whitney Blume is a Fund Accounting Manager at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2015, Ms. Blume was a Senior Accountant with EverFi, a Washington, DC-based education technology company. Prior...

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Controller

Paulette Brown

Paulette Brown is a Controller at ACON Investments with responsibility over ACON’s U.S. investment funds and co-investment vehicles. Prior to joining ACON in 2008, Ms. Brown’s private equity experience...

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Accounting Specialist

Yolanda Brown

Yolanda Brown is the Accounting Specialist at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2008, Ms. Brown served for five years as Accounting Specialist at Thayer Capital Partners. Previously, Ms. Brown...

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Director of Finance

CJ Cimino

CJ Cimino is the Director of Finance at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2015, Mr. Cimino was a Vice President at The Rock Creek Group, a DC-based asset management firm, where he managed the...

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Director

Mauricio Cortés

Mauricio Cortés is a Director at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2009, Mr. Cortés worked as a Senior Associate with GP Investments, one of the largest Brazilian private equity firms, and...

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Associate

Katie Costello

Katie Costello is an Associate at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2013, she was an Analyst for Perella Weinberg Partners in New York, where she worked on mergers and acquisitions transactions...

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Director

Gino Dellomo

Gino Dellomo is a Director at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2006, he was an Associate with the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Investment Banking Group at Friedman Billings...

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Managing Partner

Jorge Dickens

Jorge Dickens is a Managing Partner at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2008, Mr. Dickens was a Vice President at Darby Overseas Investments, where he was responsible for investment and monitoring...

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Managing Director

Rodrigo Galvão

Rodrigo Galvão is a Managing Director at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2014, Mr. Galvão spent two years with 3i Group, the international private equity fund manager, most recently as...

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Senior Accountant

Paige Garmon

Paige Garmon is a Senior Accountant at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2015, Ms. Garmon was a Senior Accountant with Perseus, a Washington DC-based private equity firm. Prior to joining Perseus,...

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CKD Manager

Rocío González

Rocío González is the CKD Manager at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2014, Ms. González was a Corporate Trust Sector Manager at The Bank of New York Mellon in Mexico City where she was...

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Director

Alberto Hernandez

Alberto Hernandez is a Director at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2013, Mr. Hernandez was a Managing Director with the manager of Arco Capital Corporation from 2007 to 2013. Arco, an emerging...

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Staff Accountant

David Hong

David Hong is a Staff Accountant at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2014, Mr. Hong was a Tax Accountant at KPMG, where he worked on a variety of tax compliance and provision projects.

Mr....

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Principal

Ricardo Jiménez

Ricardo Jiménez is a Principal at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2012, Mr. Jiménez was an Associate at Credit Suisse’s Mexico City office in the Investment Banking department, where...

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Managing Partner

Daniel Jinich

Daniel Jinich is a Managing Partner at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2000, Mr. Jinich was a senior investment professional with Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst, based in Dallas. Prior to...

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Chief Financial Officer

Barry Johnson

Barry Johnson is the Chief Financial Officer of ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2007, Mr. Johnson served for seven years as the Chief Financial Officer of Thayer Capital Partners, a Washington,...

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Managing Partner

Jose Miguel Knoell

Jose Miguel Knoell is a Managing Partner at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 1998, Mr. Knoell was a Vice President with the Blackstone Group from 1994 to 1998, where he was responsible for...

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Director

Suma Kulkarni

Suma Kulkarni is a Director at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2008, Ms. Kulkarni was a Senior Associate with the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Investment Banking Group at Friedman...

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Principal

Emiliano Machado

Emiliano B. Machado is a Principal at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2009, Mr. Machado was an Associate with Credit Suisse’s Latin America Investment Banking Group in New York. Prior to...

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Analyst

Nicholas Mangus

Nicholas Mangus is an Analyst at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2015, he was an Analyst at BB&T Capital Markets, where he worked on mergers and acquisitions transactions within the...

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Director of Investor Relations

Midhat Pawlak

Midhat Pawlak is the Director of Investor Relations at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2014, Ms. Pawlak was a Director with the Investment Banking Group at Stifel, Nicolaus & Company...

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Controller

Hanler Perez

Hanler Perez is a Controller at ACON Investments with responsibility over ACON’s Latin American investment funds and co-investment vehicles. Prior to joining ACON in 2014, Mr. Perez was a Senior Associate...

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Principal

Santiago Polo

Santiago Polo is a Principal at ACON Investments. Prior to commencing to consult for ACON in 2014, Mr. Polo was a Senior Associate at Altra Investments, a private-equity firm focused on middle-market...

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Principal

Daniel Prawda

Daniel Prawda is a Principal at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2002, Mr. Prawda worked with the Latin America Corporate Finance Group at JP Morgan Chase, where he was responsible for various...

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Associate

Jared Rubenstein

Jared Rubenstein is an Associate at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2012, Mr. Rubenstein was an Analyst in the Consumer Products Investment Banking Group for Merrill Lynch in New York, where...

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Managing Partner

Aron Schwartz

Aron Schwartz is a Managing Partner at ACON Investments. Mr. Schwartz joined the firm in 2014. Previously, Mr. Schwartz was the founder of Constructivist Capital, which worked with family offices and...

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Operating Partner

Drew Scielzo

Drew Scielzo is an Operating Partner who works directly with certain portfolio companies of funds sponsored by ACON Investments providing advice on a range of operational issues. Mr. Scielzo began working...

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Marcus Varotti

Prior to joining ACON in 2010, Mr. Varotti was a Managing Director of Newbridge Latin America, a Latin America-focused private equity fund affiliated with TPG Capital. While at NLA, Mr. Varotti was...

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Associate

Diogo Yano

Diogo Yano is an Associate at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2014, Mr. Yano was an Associate in 3i Group plc’s São Paulo office, where he worked on a variety of transactions in a wide...

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