Mr. Gurtcheff joined Harris Williams & Co. and founded the firm's Minneapolis office in 2006.� He is currently head of the firm’s Consumer practice, encompassing the food and beverage, restaurant and retail, consumer product, and consumer services industry segments.� Mr. Gurtcheff has over 25 years of M&A and related transaction experience encompassing a wide range of industries.� Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Gurtcheff was co-head of Piper Jaffray's Middle Market Mergers and Acquisitions practice, a group of investment banking professionals focused exclusively on mergers and acquisitions for a broad array of private equity and corporate clients.� Prior to being named group head, Mr. Gurtcheff directed Piper Jaffray's food and beverage investment banking practice in addition to his responsibilities as a generalist M&A professional.�Mr. Gurtcheff’s previous experience also includes mergers and acquisitions with Dain Rauscher Inc. (now RBC Dain Rauscher), corporate strategy at Northwest Airlines Corp., and work with Coopers & Lybrand's Valuation Services practice.� Before attending business school, Mr. Gurtcheff was a product design engineer with General Motors Corp.�Mr. Gurtcheff earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.� He and his wife live in Minneapolis and have two grown children.
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