Paul Carbone has been the Managing Partner of PPC Partners and its predecessor, Pritzker Group Private Capital, since 2012. Led by Tony Pritzker and the former investment and operating professionals of Pritzker Group Private Capital, PPC Partners acquires and operates entrepreneur- and family-owned middle-market companies with leading positions in the manufactured products, services and healthcare sectors. 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. For the last several years, Paul has served as an EY Entrepreneur of the Year regional judge as well as national judge for the Family Business category.
Paul is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The College of the University of Chicago. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School.