Pritzker Group Private Capital hires former Fiskars Brands CEO

Pritzker Group Private Capital has hired Bill Denton, chairman of Knape & Vogt Manufacturing Company, as a senior advisor and Chris Trick, formerly of KRG Capital Partners, as vice president. Denton, former president and chief executive officer of Fiskars Brands, will work with the firm’s manufactured products operations team.

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Pritzker Group Private Capital today announced it has added two new leaders to its investment and operations teams. Veteran manufacturing executive Bill Denton will join as a senior advisor and Chris Trick, formerly of KRG Capital Partners, will serve as a vice-president.

Bill Denton, chairman of Knape & Vogt Manufacturing Company, was named a senior advisor working with the firm’s manufactured products operations team. Denton is the former president and CEO of Fiskars Brands, a global manufacturer and marketer of consumer products, and he spent 25 years with Newell Rubbermaid in senior executive roles. Denton also served on the boards of directors of O’Sullivan Industries, National Manufacturing Company and The International Housewares Association. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University.

Denton will work closely with Milestone AV Technologies, which designs, markets and distributes mounting equipment and display solutions for the audio-visual market. Acquired by Pritzker Group in 2013, Milestone serves more than 5,000 global customers and maintains operations in the U.S., Europe and China.

Pritzker Group Private Capital firm also named Trick, 29, to its investment group where he will help source and execute investments as well as work with the management teams of the firm’s companies. Trick previously served as an associate with KRG Capital Partners, where he helped close 10 transactions valued at nearly $1 billion and helped manage the firm’s portfolio of companies. Trick began his career as an investment banking analyst with Robert W. Baird & Co.

Trick is expected to receive an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business in June 2014 and holds an undergraduate degree in finance from Notre Dame.

“Pritzker Group continues to grow its world-class team to drive growth and operational excellence. These talented professionals share our focus on value creation and long-term growth and are great additions to the Pritzker team,” said Paul Carbone, managing partner of Pritzker Group Private Capital.

About Pritzker Group

Pritzker Group, led by Tony and J.B. Pritzker, has three principal investment teams: Private Capital, which acquires and operates leading North America-based companies; Venture Capital, which is the largest technology venture investor based in the Midwest; and Asset Management, which partners with top-performing investment managers across global public markets.

Pritzker Group Private Capital acquires North America-based middle-market companies with leading positions in the manufactured products, services and healthcare sectors. The firm’s permanent, proprietary capital base allows for efficient decision making, broad flexibility with transaction structure and investment horizon, and alignment with management teams focused on creating long-term value. Pritzker Group brings significant resources, expertise and credibility in building businesses and is an ideal partner for entrepreneur- and family-owned companies. For more information, visit