Professionals

biopic Franklin H. Kettle
Managing Director
(617) 896-0200

Franklin H. Kettle, Managing Director of Colchester Partners LLC, has 29 years of experience in transactions in the investment management industry. At Colchester, Mr. Kettle is responsible for executing all aspects of client engagements, including buy/sell assignments, assisting clients in the development and execution of ownership restructurings and management succession plans, and providing other types of strategic advice.

Prior to the formation of Colchester Partners, he was Executive Vice President of the United Asset Management division of Old Mutual plc, an international financial services firm headquartered in London, England. In that position, he was responsible for the development and execution of strategies with respect to over 30 investment management subsidiaries that were acquired by Old Mutual in connection with its acquisition of United Asset Management Corporation ("UAM") in September of 2000. During this period, he was responsible, together with Messrs. Ramrath and O'Brien, for the divestiture of 12 investment management subsidiaries.

From 1986 through to the acquisition of UAM by Old Mutual, Mr. Kettle was an officer of UAM, last serving as Executive Vice President, Director of Corporate Development. UAM was a NYSE company and one of the largest independent investment management organizations in the world with over $200 billion in assets under management. UAM provided diverse investment management services to institutions, mutual funds and high net worth investors through the more than 45 operating affiliates it acquired or established in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan.

At UAM, Mr. Kettle led the Corporate Development Group, which sought suitable acquisition and merger candidates through a constant calling program on the universe of domestic and international investment management firms. His responsibilities included identifying appropriate prospects, transaction negotiation and structuring (both domestic and foreign), and relationship management. Mr. Kettle also was a member of the firm's management committee and a leader of the team responsible for subsidiary operations. He had direct responsibility for UAM's relationship with several of its larger subsidiaries. His activities included business and strategic planning and executing UAM's annual operating plan.

Prior to joining UAM in 1986, Mr. Kettle was a manager in the commercial audit division of Arthur Andersen & Co. Mr. Kettle joined that firm in 1981 and worked in their Boston office.

Mr. Kettle received a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, with honors in Economics, from Middlebury College in 1979, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration (Finance and Accounting), with honors, from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 1981.

Contact:
Email: fkettle@colchesterpartners.com
Phone: (617) 896-0200

biopicJoseph R. Ramrath
Managing Director
(617) 896-0203

Joseph R. Ramrath, Managing Director of Colchester Partners LLC, has 32 years of experience in transactions in the investment management industry. At Colchester, Mr. Ramrath is responsible for executing all aspects of client engagements, including buy/sell assignments, assisting clients in the development and execution of ownership restructurings and management succession plans, and providing other types of strategic advice.

Prior to the formation of Colchester Partners, he was Executive Vice President of the United Asset Management division of Old Mutual plc, an international financial services firm headquartered in London, England. In that position, he was responsible for the development and execution of strategies with respect to over 30 investment management subsidiaries that were acquired by Old Mutual in connection with its acquisition of United Asset Management Corporation ("UAM") in September of 2000. During this period, he was responsible, together with Messrs. Kettle and O'Brien, for the divestiture of 12 investment management subsidiaries.

From 1996 through to the acquisition of UAM by Old Mutual, Mr. Ramrath was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of UAM. UAM was a NYSE company and one of the largest independent investment management organizations in the world with over $200 billion in assets under management. UAM provided diverse investment management services to institutions, mutual funds and high net worth investors through the more than 45 operating affiliates it acquired or established in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. He was a member of the firm's management committee and a leader of the team responsible for acquisitions and subsidiary operations. He also had direct responsibility for UAM's relationship with several of its larger subsidiaries. His activities included business and strategic planning, acquisitions and transaction structuring on behalf of both UAM and its subsidiaries. He was also responsible for all of UAM's legal affairs.

Prior to joining UAM, Mr. Ramrath was a partner and member of the management committee of Hill & Barlow, a Boston law firm. His corporate legal practice at Hill & Barlow included leading the team responsible for all of UAM's acquisitions.

Prior to entering law school in 1982, Mr. Ramrath was a manager in the commercial audit division of Arthur Andersen & Co. Mr. Ramrath joined that firm in 1977 and worked in their Boston and San Francisco offices.

Mr. Ramrath is also a director of The Hanover Insurance Group (NYSE: THG). The Hanover is a leading regional provider of property and casualty products for individuals, families and businesses through an extensive network of independent agents. Taken as a group, The Hanover ranks among the top 35 property and casualty insurers in the United States.

Mr. Ramrath received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with high honors from Babson College in 1977, and a Juris Doctor degree, summa cum laude, from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1985. He has also taught business negotiations as an adjunct professor at Boston College Law School.

Contact:
Email: jramrath@colchesterpartners.com
Phone: (617) 896-0203

biopicKevin P. O'Brien
Managing Director
(617) 896-0201

Kevin P. O'Brien, Managing Director of Colchester Partners LLC, has 26 years experience in transactions in the investment management industry. At Colchester, Mr. O'Brien is responsible for executing all aspects of client engagements, including buy/sell assignments, assisting clients in the development and execution of ownership restructurings and management succession plans, and providing other types of strategic advice.

Prior to the formation of Colchester Partners, Mr. O'Brien was Senior Vice President of the United Asset Management division of Old Mutual plc, an international financial services firm headquartered in London, England. In that position, he was responsible for the development and execution of strategies with respect to over 30 investment management subsidiaries that were acquired by Old Mutual in connection with its acquisition of United Asset Management Corporation ("UAM") in September of 2000. During this period, he was responsible, together with Messrs. Kettle and Ramrath, for the divestiture of 12 investment management subsidiaries.

From 1996 through to the acquisition of UAM by Old Mutual, Mr. O'Brien served as a senior executive officer of UAM, a NYSE company . UAM acquired more than 45 operating affiliates in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan with a combined $200 billion in assets under management. Mr. O'Brien was a senior member of the Corporate Development Group. and of the team responsible for subsidiary operations.

Prior to joining UAM, Mr. O'Brien was Vice President and Counsel of Copley Real Estate Advisors, Inc. (now AEW Capital Management, LP), a nationally recognized, real estate investment advisor.

Prior to entering law school in 1982, Mr. O'Brien was a senior auditor in the commercial audit division of Arthur Andersen & Co. Mr. O'Brien joined that firm in 1979 and worked in their Boston office.

Mr. O'Brien received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Accounting, magna cum laude, from Boston College in 1979, and a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Boston College Law School in 1985.

Contact:
Email: kobrien@colchesterpartners.com
Phone: (617) 896-0201

biopicGregory S. Dimit
Managing Director
(212) 463-8136

Gregory S. Dimit, Managing Director of Colchester Partners, LLC has 28 years experience in transactions in the investment management industry. At Colchester, Mr. Dimit is responsible for executing all aspects of client engagements, including buy/sell assignments, assisting clients in the development and execution of ownership restructurings and management succession plans, and providing other types of strategic advice.

Prior to joining Colchester Partners, Mr. Dimit was the Managing Partner of Dimit & Associates LLC, a consulting firm serving the investment management industry. From January 2003 through September, 2004, Mr. Dimit was a founding partner and Chief Operating Officer of a 12 person quantitative hedge fund firm. From 2000 through 2002, Mr. Dimit was a Managing Partner of Dimit & Associates LLC and Budden Dimit, Inc., also a consulting firm serving the investment management industry. While employed at Dimit & Associates Mr. Dimit's engagements included mergers and acquisitions assistance for both very large firms and start-ups, acting as Chief Investment Officer for a $1.5 billion life insurance company, advising a venture capital firm on investment management firm back-office technology investments, structuring phantom equity programs for subsidiaries of multi-national investment management firms and providing marketing consulting services to investment management firms.

From 1991 through 1999, Mr. Dimit was an officer of United Asset Management Corporation ("UAM"), last serving as Senior Vice-President. UAM was a NYSE company and one of the largest independent investment management organizations in the world with over $200 billion in assets under management. UAM provided diverse investment management services to institutions, mutual funds and high net worth investors through the more than 45 operating affiliates it acquired or established in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. Mr. Dimit was a senior member of the Corporate Development Group. His responsibilities included identifying appropriate prospects, transaction negotiation and structuring (both domestic and foreign) and relationship management. Mr. Dimit was also was a leader of the team responsible for subsidiary operations and had direct responsibility for UAM's relationship with several of its largest subsidiaries. His activities included business and strategic planning and executing UAM's annual operating plan.

From 1980 through 1990, Mr. Dimit worked for Price Waterhouse as a CPA, last serving as Senior Manager. Mr. Dimit was in the general audit practice of Price Waterhouse, specializing in clients with significant mergers and acquisitions activity. He worked for Price Waterhouse in Los Angeles, CA; London, England; and Boston, MA.

Mr. Dimit received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from California State University, Northridge in 1980.

Contact:
Email: gdimit@colchesterpartners.com
Phone: (212) 463-8136

biopicEric R. Andrew
Vice President
(617) 896-0202

Eric R. Andrew, Vice President of Colchester Partners LLC, has 27 years of industry experience, with 17 of those years directly related to transactions in the investment management industry. At Colchester, Mr. Andrew has been actively involved in a wide range of activities, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, re-equitizations, MBO's, business valuations and other strategic advisory activities. He also coordinates the Company's private and public company valuation work. Mr. Andrew also serves as the Financial and Operations Principal for Colchester Partners.

Prior to the formation of Colchester Partners, he was a Corporate Development Associate for the United Asset Management division of Old Mutual plc, an international financial services firm headquartered in London, England. Following the sale of UAM to Old Mutual plc, he became a member of the team responsible for the development and execution of strategies with respect to over 30 investment management subsidiaries. During this period, he assisted in the successful divestiture of 12 investment management subsidiaries and, as a result, developed extensive working relationships with investment bankers, lawyers, and management of buyers and sellers.

UAM was a NYSE company and one of the largest independent investment management organizations in the world with over $200 billion in assets under management. UAM provided diverse investment management services to institutions, mutual funds and high net worth investors through the more than 45 operating affiliates it acquired or established in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan.

From 1997 through to the acquisition of UAM by Old Mutual, Mr. Andrew held a variety of positions within the Finance Group at UAM. Most recently he held the position of Manager of Financial Analysis. In this role he had direct responsibility for the preparation of financial models and analysis of affiliate level financial information, key operating data and other business indicators. Other activities included working closely with senior management of subsidiaries to provide oversight related to business management and marketing, product development and client and key employee retention.

Prior to joining UAM, Mr. Andrew worked for seven years as a Director of Business Analysis and Senior Financial Analyst at Chase Global Funds Services, a division of JP Morgan Chase.

Mr. Andrew received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire in 1988 and a Masters of Business Administration from Bentley College in 1995.

Contact:
Email: eandrew@colchesterpartners.com
Phone: (617) 896-0202

biopicJoseph R. Rioff, CFA
Vice President
(617) 896-0225

Joseph R. Rioff, CFA, Vice President of Colchester Partners LLC, has 15 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Colchester in 2009, he held the same position at de Guardiola Advisors, an investment bank specializing in mergers and acquisitions in the asset management industry. While at de Guardiola, Mr. Rioff worked on numerous transactions including Guardian Life's acquisition of a 10% ownership interest in real estate specialist Kennedy Wilson, Inc. and the successful acquisition of Kennedy Wilson, Inc. by Prospect Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company with $250 million of capital.

Prior to de Guardiola, Mr. Rioff was a Consultant at Brockhouse Cooper International, a leading institutional investment consultant specializing in investment manager research, evaluation and selection. During his six years at Brockhouse Cooper, Mr. Rioff conducted hundreds of due diligence meetings with investment managers, led investment manager searches for U.S. clients and co-led business development within the U.S. plan sponsor, endowment and foundation communities. He also spent a year as a Broker Operations Representative for mutual fund company The Calvert Group and was a summer intern at Asset Management Finance, a provider of innovative capital solutions to asset management firms.

Mr. Rioff received a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Connecticut College in 2000 and a Masters degree in Business Administration from The University of Virginia's Darden School of Business in 2008.

Contact:
Email: jrioff@colchesterpartners.com
Phone: (617) 896-0225

biopicTimothy B. Johnson
Associate
(617) 896-2350

Timothy B. Johnson, Associate, has 11 years of industry experience and has been with Colchester Partners since 2006. At Colchester, Mr. Johnson has been actively involved in a wide range of business activities, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, re-equitizations, MBO's, business valuations and other strategic advisory activities. In addition, his responsibilities include industry research and transaction analysis.

Prior to joining Colchester Partners, he worked in Trading and Operations within Merrill Lynch's Private Client Group and Private Banking and Investment Groups in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mr. Johnson received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2004.

Contact:
Email: tjohnson@colchesterpartners.com
Phone: (617) 896-2350

biopicDavid A. Milkes, CFA, CPA
Associate
(617) 896-0206

David A. Milkes, CFA, CPA, Associate, has 10 years of industry experience. At Colchester, Mr. Milkes has been actively involved in a wide range of business activities, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, re-equitizations, MBO's, business valuations and other strategic advisory activities. In addition, his responsibilities include industry research and transaction analysis.

Prior to joining Colchester Partners, Mr. Milkes worked in the Hedge Fund Services group within J.P. Morgan. Prior to J.P. Morgan, he worked in the Financial Services group within the Assurance and Advisory practice at Ernst & Young.

Mr. Milkes received his Master of Science degree in Accountancy, magna cum laude, from Bentley University in 2008 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from Bentley University in 2007.

Contact:
Email: dmilkes@colchesterpartners.com
Phone: (617) 896-0206

biopicSeverin J. Ritchie
Analyst
(617) 896-0207

Severin J. Ritchie, Analyst, has 7 years of industry experience. At Colchester, Mr. Ritchie has been actively involved in a wide range of business activities, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, re-equitizations, MBO's, business valuations and other strategic advisory activities. In addition, his responsibilities include industry research and transaction analysis.

Prior to joining Colchester Partners, Mr. Ritchie worked in the Forensic Services practice within Advisory Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Mr. Ritchie received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Bentley University in 2009.

Contact:
Email: sritchie@colchesterpartners.com
Phone: (617) 896-0207

biopicLauren Horan
Office Manager
(617) 896-0226

Lauren A. Horan, Office Manager, has over 11 years of experience in Marketing and Operations roles. Prior to joining Colchester, she was employed as a Marketing Associate at a global executive recruiting firm.

Ms. Horan received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Suffolk University.

Contact:
Email: lhoran@colchesterpartners.com
Phone: (617) 896-0226