Our Team

Our principals have worked together as a cohesive unit for fifteen years.

William BarnumPartner

Current Board Positions:

  • Excelligence Learning Corp.
  • Lazy Dog Restaurants
  • The Teaching Company
  • Veggie Grill

Bill joined Brentwood in 1984 and co-founded the firm's private equity effort. Presently, Bill serves as a Director of Excelligence Learning Corp., Lazy Dog Restaurants, The Teaching Company and Veggie Grill.

He also serves as a member of the Advisory Council of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, The Dean’s Advisory Council of Stanford Law School, and The Board of Trustees of the Harvard-Westlake School. Previously, Bill served as a director of Ariat International, Filson Holdings, K-Mac Holdings, ThreeSixty Group, Zoës Kitchen (NYSE:ZOES) and Zumiez (NASDAQ: ZUMZ). He was also a member of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University from 2005 to 2010.

Prior to joining Brentwood, Bill worked at Morgan Stanley & Co. in the investment banking division. He is a graduate of Stanford University, Stanford Law School, and Stanford Graduate School of Business. Bill was both an Arjay Miller Scholar and a member of the Order of the Coif.

Roger GodduPartner

Current Board Positions:

  • Boston Proper
  • J.McLaughlin
  • Marshall Retail Group
  • Soft Surroundings
  • Sundance Holding Company
  • Z Gallerie

Roger joined Brentwood in 2004 as an Operating Partner, having previously served as an Operating Advisor and portfolio company Director since 2002. Prior to his operating role at Brentwood, Roger was an independent Director and Chairman of Array Marketing Group, which was sold in an exit transaction in 2012. Roger is currently the Chairman of the Boards of Marshall Retail Group and Soft Surroundings. He also currently serves as a Director of Boston Proper, J.McLaughlin, Sundance Holding Company and Z Gallerie. Previously, he served as a Director and Chairman of Allen Edmonds (until its sale in December 2016), Filson Holdings and Paper Source. Roger focuses on management, operations, and strategy in helping new deal teams evaluate investments in retail, branded consumer products, direct marketing and restaurants.

Prior to joining Brentwood, Roger was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Montgomery Ward. He was recruited from Toys R Us, where he was President of the U.S. Toy Stores and Executive Vice President of the Toys R Us Corporation, having joined Toys R Us in 1989 as Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer. Prior to Toys R Us, Roger spent nine years with Target, where he held several different senior management positions, including Senior Vice President and General Merchandise Manager from 1985 through 1988. Roger began his retail career in 1970 and spent 10 years with R. H. Macy & Co. and Federated Department Stores. Roger attended Adrian College and The University of Toledo and later completed The Executive Development Program at Harvard Business School.

Steven MoorePartner

Current Board Positions:

  • Exhale Enterprises
  • J.McLaughlin
  • SAXX Underwear
  • Z Gallerie

Steve joined Brentwood in 2000. Presently, he serves as a Director of Exhale Enterprises, J.McLaughlin, SAXX Underwear and Z Gallerie. He also previously served as a Director of Excelligence Learning Corp. and Soft Surroundings and former portfolio companies Allen Edmonds, Chamilia, Filson Holdings, Paper Source, ThreeSixty Group and Zumiez (NASDAQ: ZUMZ) and was an active board observer of Ariat International. Steve also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Bureau, an organization providing state-of-the-art child abuse prevention and treatment services to at-risk children.

Prior to joining Brentwood, Steve worked at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and general corporate finance. Steve worked with Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group before joining Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan, where he received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and was a member of the men's soccer team.

Eric ReiterPartner

Current Board Positions:

  • Boston Proper
  • ClassWallet
  • Excelligence Learning Corp.
  • SAXX Underwear
  • Soft Surroundings
  • Sundance Holding Company
  • The Teaching Company

Eric joined Brentwood in 1999. Presently, Eric serves as a Director of Boston Proper, ClassWallet, Excelligence Learning Corp., SAXX Underwear, Soft Surroundings, Sundance Holding Company and The Teaching Company. Previously, he served as a Director of Spectrum Clubs and was active in the sale of Bell Automotive in late 2004, Oriental Trading Company in 2006 and Array Marketing Group in 2012. 

Prior to joining Brentwood, Eric worked in the merchant banking division of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, where his primary responsibilities included analyzing and structuring investments for the $3 billion DLJMB II L.P. private equity fund. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a dual bachelor's degree in finance and operation and information management from the Wharton School of Business.

Eric serves as a member of both the Undergraduate Financial Aid Leadership Council and the Penn Fund Executive Board, the University of Pennsylvania’s undergraduate annual giving program. In addition, Eric joined the Board of Trustees of The John Thomas Dye School in 2013, an independent, nonsectarian elementary day school located in Los Angeles, California, serving students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Rahul AggarwalPartner

Current Board Positions:

  • Lazy Dog Restaurants
  • Marshall Retail Group
  • Pacific Catch
  • Exhale Enterprises
  • Veggie Grill
  • Zoës Kitchen

Rahul joined Brentwood in 1999. Presently, Rahul serves as a Director of Lazy Dog Restaurants, Marshall Retail Group, Exhale Enterprises, Pacific Catch, Veggie Grill and Zoës Kitchen (NYSE: ZOES). He also served as a Director of former portfolio companies K-Mac Holdings, Pacific Island Restaurants and Spectrum Clubs.

Prior to joining Brentwood, Rahul worked at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, where he focused on high-yield financings and leveraged buyouts. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where he received bachelor’s degrees in finance from the Wharton School of Business and international relations from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Matthew M. WhelanManaging Director, Finance & Operations

Matt joined Brentwood in 2002 as Managing Director - Finance & Operations. He serves as Brentwood’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer.

Matt is a member of the board of directors of the Lon V. Smith Foundation and the Southern California chapter of Financial Executives Alliance. Additionally, he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Westcoast Sports Associates.

Prior to joining Brentwood, Matt served as Chief Financial Officer for companies in the finance, technology, and media industries. He also has served as a financial consultant and was a manager with Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). He graduated with honors from the University of Southern California, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Randolph BrownOperating Principal

Current Board Positions:

  • Boston Proper
  • Exhale Enterprises
  • Soft Surroundings
  • Sundance Holding Company

Randy joined Brentwood in 2005 as an Operating Principal and previously served as Chief Financial Officer for Array Marketing Group. He currently serves as a Director of Boston Proper, Exhale Enterprises, Sundance Holding Company and Soft Surroundings and is active in the oversight of Excelligence, J.McLaughlin and Z Gallerie. Previously, Randy served as a Director of Array Marketing Group and was active in the corporate development efforts of Allen Edmonds (until its sale in 2016). Randy utilizes his extensive operational and financial experience to evaluate new investments and assist portfolio companies with financial and operational related projects.

Prior to joining Brentwood, Randy spent 21 years with GE and GE Capital in a wide variety of financial leadership roles across various business segments, including Chief Financial Officer of GE/Montgomery Ward. While at GE, Randy was also transition CEO in leading the integration of Heller Financial into GE Capital. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the College of William & Mary, where he received a bachelor’s degree in economics. He also graduated with honors from GE’s financial management training program.

Jonathan AngPrincipal

Jon joined Brentwood in 2011. He is currently active in the corporate development efforts of J.McLaughlin, SAXX Underwear and Lazy Dog Restaurants. Jon was also active in the corporate development efforts and sale of Allen Edmonds, Pacific Island Restaurants and Spectrum Clubs, and the corporate development efforts and initial public offering for Zoës Kitchen (NYSE: ZOES).

Prior to joining Brentwood, Jonathan spent over eight years at Investcorp International Inc., where he focused on private equity investing and portfolio company management in a variety of industries. His experience prior to Investcorp includes a year on the Luce Scholars Program working with the Thailand government on small business development, two years as a Research Associate at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a non-profit formed by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter that focuses on driving business development in America’s inner cities, and two years as an Analyst at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette where he focused on debt and equity financing and leveraged buyout opportunities.

He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a dual bachelor’s degree in finance and legal studies from the Wharton School of Business.

Toros YeremyanPrincipal

Toros joined Brentwood in 2004. He is currently active in the corporate development efforts of Boston Proper, Excelligence Learning Corp., Soft Surroundings and Sundance Holding Company. Toros was also active in the corporate development efforts of Paper Source (until its sale in September 2013), Filson Holdings and Array Marketing Group, until the sale of these investments in 2012, and Chamilia until the full sale of Brentwood’s investment in 2013.

Prior to joining Brentwood, Toros worked at Credit Suisse First Boston, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and general corporate finance in a wide variety of industries. He graduated cum laude from the University of California at Los Angeles, where he received a bachelor's degree in business economics.

Ryan FoltzVice President

Ryan joined Brentwood in 2011. He is currently active in the corporate development efforts of Marshall Retail Group, Pacific Catch and Z Gallerie.

Prior to joining Brentwood, Ryan spent three years at Swander Pace Capital, where he focused on private equity investing and portfolio company management in the consumer products industry. Prior to Swander Pace, Ryan spent two years as an Analyst at Harris Williams & Co. where he focused on mergers and acquisitions. He graduated from UC Berkeley where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Haas School of Business and a master’s degree in education from the Graduate School of Education.

Chris ReekieVice President

Chris joined Brentwood in 2007. He is currently active in the corporate development efforts of Exhale Enterprises and The Teaching Company. Chris was also active in the corporate development efforts of Allen Edmonds, Boston Proper, Excelligence Learning Corp., K-Mac Holdings, Sundance Holding Company and ThreeSixty Group.

Prior to joining Brentwood, Chris worked at Credit Suisse First Boston where he focused on leveraged buyouts and general corporate finance in a wide variety of industries. He graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Stephanie SiuSenior Associate

Stephanie first joined Brentwood in 2011. She is currently active in the corporate development efforts of Veggie Grill and Exhale Enterprises, and is supporting operational projects across the portfolio. She previously supported the corporate development efforts of Paper Source, Zoës Kitchen (NYSE: ZOES), Sundance Holding Company, Soft Surroundings and Chamilia.

Prior to Brentwood, Stephanie spent two years as an Analyst at Goldman Sachs, where she focused on mergers and acquisitions and general corporate finance in the consumer and retail industries. Stephanie rejoined Brentwood in 2015, after earning her MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Chicago.

Rachel PresserSenior Associate

Rachel joined Brentwood in 2016. She is currently active in the corporate development efforts of Boston Proper, J.McLaughlin., Soft Surroundings and Sundance Holding Company. Rachel was also active in the corporate development efforts and sale of Allen Edmonds. 

Prior to joining Brentwood, Rachel worked at Pzena Investment Management where she focused on public equity investing in consumer retail and energy companies.  Rachel also previously spent two years at Crestview Partners, where she focused on private equity investing and portfolio company management across a variety of industries, and two years as an Investment Banking Analyst at Barclays Capital, where she focused on mergers and acquisitions and general corporate finance in the healthcare industry.  Rachel received a bachelor’s degree in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude, in 2008 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 2014.

Peter EdelsonAssociate

Peter joined Brentwood in 2015. He is currently active in the corporate development efforts of Marshall Retail Group, Pacific Catch, SAXX Underwear and The Teaching Company.

Prior to joining Brentwood, Peter worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he focused on leveraged buyouts and general corporate finance across a variety of industries. He graduated from Harvard College, where he received a bachelor’s degree in biology and a secondary in economics.

Elyas AndkhoyAssociate

Elyas joined Brentwood in 2016. He is currently active in the corporate development efforts of Lazy Dog Restaurants and The Teaching Company.

Prior to joining Brentwood, Elyas worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the Financial Sponsors Group, where he focused on leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate finance across a variety of industries. Elyas received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

Michael ChernauskasAssociate

Michael joined Brentwood in 2016. He is currently active in the corporate development efforts of Excelligence Learning Corp., Veggie Grill and Z Gallerie.

Prior to joining Brentwood, Michael worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he focused on debt and equity financings, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate finance in the consumer and retail industries. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, where he received a bachelor’s degree in finance.