Eric Cohen Managing Director & Partner, Birch Lake Associates, LLC
Eric’s substantial private equity investment and operational experience has generated rapid growth and created value at both private and public companies. He co-founded and co-managed WHI Capital Partners, a middle market leveraged buyout group of William Harris Investors, a SEC registered asset management firm. Over almost a decade, Eric was involved in all phases of the firm’s development, which acquired a total of 21 companies.
Most recently, Eric served as COO of Power Solutions International (Nasdaq: PSIX), a leading provider of clean-tech power solutions profiled by the Chicago Tribune as the best performing Illinois public company in 2013. During his four-year tenure, the company grew its equity market capitalization to $1 billion. Prior to this, Eric was president of Power Plant Services, a general manager of Midwest Air Technologies and the majority owner of Ampere Automotive. Eric started his career at General Electric. At GE Corporate, Eric was responsible for developing international trade deals to satisfy GE’s barter, counter-trade, and offset obligations for China and India. He also held various management positions with GE Healthcare and GE Power.
Eric is an active philanthropist, currently serving as director of the Lymphoma Research Foundation and is a former director of ten other organizations and firms. He is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the Young Presidents’ Organization - Chicago. Eric received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and B.S with honors in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin.