We are pleased to announce that Charles Harris has been named as Partner.

Charles has an extensive background in investment banking and financial service, including KeyBank in Cleveland and Fifth Third Securities in Columbus and Cleveland. He has been successful in founding two entrepreneurial businesses through applying growth strategies, preparing in depth research materials, and connecting small business owners to potential growth partners on a national scale.

He has spent nearly a decade running his entrepreneurial business, Oakley Hunter & Company, where he serves as Managing Director. Harris received a Bachelor’s Degree from Tuskegee University and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.

In his role as Partner, Harris will lead ScaleCo‘s business development efforts through deal origination, network expansion, and deal execution.

“Charles is a great fit for the ScaleCo team,” said ScaleCo founder, Brendan Anderson. “His extensive experience and hungry attitude will help us expand our network to a greater pool of business owners and operators on a larger scale”.

“I am very excited to work with Brendan Anderson and the ScaleCo team.  My background in developing relationships with business owners on the lower end of the middle market aligns perfectly with the organizations vision,” said Charles. “Providing the funding and the operating model to grow small businesses is a great opportunity, and I look forward to the future with ScaleCo”.

Brendan met Charles in the late 1990’s as they both considered co-investing in a Fried Sauerkraut Ball business in Cleveland. After ultimately deciding not to invest, they have stayed connected over the years. Brendan and Charles have recently began a dialogue about opportunity origination in the ScaleCo target market. ScaleCo’s investment strategy focuses on transforming small, plateaued, profitable businesses into sustainable growth companies by engaging ambitious — and often, first-time — entrepreneurs who have been trained to run companies with an outward, growth mindset.

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