Gretchen Perkins

      Partner, Business Development

      Gretchen is responsible for managing Huron’s business development and investment sourcing activities and is also involved in investor relations. These activities include outreach to deal professionals such as business brokers, investment banks, attorneys, accountants and consultants, and outreach to potential limited partners.

      Experience

      Gretchen has over 30 years’ experience in the finance and business development sectors serving a variety of capital market participants. Prior to joining Huron, Gretchen led the acquisition sourcing efforts at Long Point Capital, a middle market private equity fund. Gretchen also served as Vice President – Business Development for IRN, Inc., a market research firm, and has held senior business development positions at Fleet Capital Corporation and GE Capital Corporation, where she originated and structured senior debt packages for buyouts of middle-market companies.

      Gretchen has received numerous awards over her career including Mergers & Acquisitions Magazine Dealmaker of the Year (2015), Private Equity Analyst’s 2017 Women to Watch, multiple year nominations to Mergers & Acquisitions Magazine List of Most Influential Women, and Crain’s Detroit Business Most Influential Women 2016, among others.

      Education

      B.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

      Board Affiliations

      Gretchen is a member of the Detroit chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, Chairs the Association for Corporate Growth – Global Public Policy Committee, is Treasurer for United Cerebral Palsy of Detroit, is a Mentor for Endeavor Detroit, which leads high-impact entrepreneurship involvement in Michigan, and is a Mentor for the Women of Tomorrow organization which mentors at-risk high school girls.

      Fun Fact About Gretchen

      Gretchen was a highly accomplished French horn player in junior high and high school, and is not ashamed to admit that being in the marching band was a highlight of those years.  She has two grown children and is an avid University of Michigan sports fan.