Blackford Capital, a leading lower middle market private equity firm, today announced its Managing Director Jeffrey Johnson has been selected by the editors of Crain’s Detroit Business as one of the publication’s Notable Money Managers for 2022.
The title recognizes Jeff for 27 years of experience in investment banking and private equity investing, and his significant contributions within the industry and his community.
“As the most tenured member of the Blackford team, Jeff’s contribution to Blackford and the community can not be overstated,” said Martin Stein, managing director and founder of Blackford. “He is a brilliant financial mind and his role in the deal assessment and financial structuring at Blackford has twice earned us Private Equity Firm of the Year.”
Jeff has served as the Chairman of the Board of three Blackford companies: Mopec, Quality Aluminum Products, and Ellison Bakery. Under his leadership, the QAP and Ellison exit exceeded all expectations, delivering spectacular returns for investors.
Prior to joining Blackford Capital, Jeff was a Managing Director and founding principal at Gilbert Global Equity Partners, L.P. (formerly Soros Capital, L.P.), a billion-dollar middle-market private equity firm headquartered in New York City. Jeff led growth equity and management buyout investments in the specialty manufacturing, consumer products, and business services sectors. Throughout Jeff’s tenure, he worked closely with multiple global manufacturing and distribution companies to accelerate growth and transform their performance with superior customer-driven strategies, operations, organizations, and technology.
The Crain’s Detroit Business Notable Money Managers Award honors executive-level finance professionals with a record of success in consumer and investment banking, wealth management, equity research, asset management, quantitative strategy, and related fields, who also use their skills to bolster their communities and mentor younger generations.
To qualify for the award, applicants must be Michigan residents, serve in an executive-level role, make a measurable impact in the industry, have the power to effect change and be involved in community or philanthropic activities, mentoring programs, or diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
Honorees were evaluated across a number of factors, including their professional achievements, industry impact, and personal philanthropic activities.
“I am honored to be recognized as a 2022 Notable Money Manager by Crain’s Detroit Business,” said Jeff Johnson. “I take great pride in my work at Blackford and in my community, and this award underscores not just my commitment, but our team’s overall ability to create value for our investors and for the communities in which our business operates. We really are all in this together.”