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John R. Tilson

Managing Director

John Tilson is a Managing Director and member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He is Head of BGL’s Consumer vertical and is an industry
leader in eCommerce investment banking.

John’s extensive transaction experience of over 30 years encompasses a long track record of mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, and strategic assignments for outdoor enthusiast, active lifestyle, and other branded consumer platforms, with particular emphasis on eCommerce (DTC & B2B).

Prior to joining BGL, John was a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Group at Banc One Capital Markets and its preceding organizations in Chicago and Detroit, now part of JPMorgan Chase.

  • B.S., University of Illinois
  • MBA, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
  • National Board Member, Gift of Adoption Fund
  • Chairman, Centennial Loan Fund, Winnetka Congregational Church
  • Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 20, Winnetka, Illinois
  • Series 7, 24, 63, and 79 Licensed