Kate Wallman Promoted at Encore

Encore Consumer Capital, an active investor in consumer products companies, has promoted Kate Wallman to Director.

“It is extremely rare to find a senior investor with Kate’s acumen that is also such a great cultural fit with a firm like ours and our partner companies. We are delighted to see her advance in her career and contribute to Encore’s success,” said Robert Brown, a managing director of Encore.

At Encore, Ms. Wallman is responsible for deal origination and execution as well as portfolio company oversight. She is currently on the boards of directors of Kyla, a Hood River, OR-based brewer of alcoholic kombucha which Encore acquired in May 2019 (www.kylakombucha.com); and Full Sail Brewing, a Hood River, OR-based brewer of craft beer under the Session and Full Sail brands which Encore acquired in March 2015 (www.fullsailbrewing.com). Earlier, she was a director of ThunderWorks, a Durham, NC-based provider of pet products (non-drug) used to relieve anxiety in dogs and cats (www.thunderworks.com).

Ms. Wallman was active in Encore’s investment in California Splendor, a San Diego-based processor of frozen strawberries and blackberries, which was sold to Main Street Capital in March 2018; and Van Law Foods, a Fullerton, CA-based contract and private label manufacturer of dressings, sauces, marinades, glazes, and beverage bases, which was sold to Wind Point Partners in March 2019.

Prior to joining Encore, Ms. Wallman worked at Lineage Capital from 2008 to 2015 where she focused on investing in owner-managed businesses in the lower middle market. Ms. Wallman has a BA in Economics from Boston College and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

“With over a decade in private equity, Kate is a seasoned investor. We are fortunate to have had her join our team early in 2016, and have come to value her insights, tenacity, and leadership,” said Scott Sellers, a managing director of Encore.

Encore Consumer Capital invests from $5 million to $30 million in consumer products companies that have revenues between $10 million and $100 million and where it can utilize its own consumer experience and the expertise of its operating partners at Encore Associates, a strategic advisory firm to the consumer products industry. Encore, founded in 2005 and is headquartered in San Francisco, is currently investing out of its $260 million third fund which was raised in 2016 (www.EncoreConsumerCapital.com).

© 2019 Private Equity Professional | June 21, 2019

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