James Berkenfield has joined The Peakstone Group as a Senior Advisor focusing on paper and packaging companies. He will partner with Nick Clementi, Managing Director, who leads Peakstone’s paper and packaging client coverage. Mr. Berkenfield joins Peakstone following the sale of his disposable paper plate company, Winterfield LLC to Huhtamaki, Inc. in late 2012.
Mr. Berkenfield is an accomplished entrepreneur and operating executive in the paper and plastics industry, starting and selling three companies over a 40 year career including Winterfield, Heartland Manufacturing, and Akron Graphic Supply Company. His operating experience in sales and marketing, finance, supply chain, operations, and real estate as well as his experience in selling his own businesses to strategic buyers, enables him to advise business owners encountering similar operational and strategic issues with their businesses.
Mr. Berkenfield earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The University of Denver and he also studied polymer chemistry at Loyola University in Chicago.
The Peakstone Group is an investment bank focused on middle market and family-owned businesses, with a targeted transaction size of $10 to $100 million. Peakstone provides investment banking advisory services and also makes select private equity investments through its affiliate, PAG Capital. The firm is based in Chicago (www.peakstonegroup.com).
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