We partner with management teams seeking more from a private equity firm than simply financial acumen – these teams are looking for true strategic and operating expertise to assist in continued growth and creating long term value.

Brian Gleason
Brian Gleason
Operating Partner
Brian joined North Branch in 2023 and has more than 25 years of experience in managing high-growth companies and fostering world-class cultures.

Prior to joining North Branch, Brian worked as interim CEO at Summit Hydraulics (North Branch Fund I). Before that, he was CEO at Des-Case Corporation during family ownership and in partnership with two private equity firms. While there, he led two sale processes and the acquisition of six companies. 

Brian earned a BA in Economics from Siena College and an MBA (Executive Program) from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. 

Brian is (by about 90 days) the oldest member of the North Branch Team, with all the rights and privileges that come with that distinction (none).  When he’s not explaining life before the existence of computers, he can be found on the lake in search of the perfect wake or on the golf course.  Brian spends some of his free time volunteering at assisted living and memory care facilities in the Nashville area.  He lives in Nashville with his wife of 32 years and their dogs.