Alex Schneider has over 20 years of experience acquiring and investing in small businesses as an entrepreneur, private equity investor, independent sponsor, angel and minority investor. Alex’s experience investing in private companies began early. While as an undergraduate at Northwestern University, Alex acquired and operated a campus shipping and storage company, which was eventually sold to an industry competitor. After gaining experience in investment banking with JPMorgan and traditional private equity with Goldner Hawn Johnson & Morrison, Alex joined Keystone Capital in 2003. While at Keystone Alex had the opportunity to acquire a wide range of businesses representing niche manufacturing, professional services and consumer industries. In 2011, Alex partnered with David Choe to form Clover Capital Partners, a firm that uses the independent sponsor model to acquire and invest in lower middle market businesses. Clover has evolved to focus on food and beverage related companies and Alex currently serves on the Boards of Main Street Gourmet, Jo’s Candies, Wilde Brands, Cleveland Kraut, Sinbad Foods and Phillips Syrup. Additionally, Alex participates on the Advisory Board of NextGen Growth Partners.
Alex also serves as an Adjunct Lecturer of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Kellogg School of Management where he also earned his MBA. Alex created and teaches the course entitled Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition (“ETA”) which provides students with an overview of how to identify, evaluate, acquire and grow small businesses. Alex also runs the Acquisition and Ownership track of the Zell Fellows program, a co-currcular fellowship that provides a select group of students with experiential learning opportunities and customized mentorship for pursuing an ETA pathway after graduation. Alex lives in Evanston, IL with his wife and three daughters.