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About BVP

Brand Velocity Partners is an innovative private equity firm focused on acquiring and growing niche consumer businesses.

Historically the PE model has been both ill-equipped, or better said, unwilling to provide the resources necessary to supercharge portfolio company growth. In forming BVP, we recognized a unique white space opportunity, leading to our thesis that through best-in-class, in-house marketing resources and deep relationships across all sectors and industries we could drive innovation and create immense brand value.

THE TEAM

Steve Lebowitz

Founding and Managing Partner
Steve Lebowitz
Steve Lebowitz

Steve is a Founding Partner and the Managing Partner of BVP. Steve combines financial expertise with a disruptive approach to value-add strategies in private equity. Previously, Steve was a Co-Founder and a Managing Partner of a lower-middle market private equity fund focused on the consumer sectors.

Steve was previously a corporate lawyer at Kirkland and Ellis, and Cahill Gordon & Reindel. Steve received his BA in East Asian Studies with honors from Harvard College in 1992 and his JD from Harvard Law School in 1995. He was the New York State High School Chess Champion in 1988.

Steve is married to his wife, Gretchen, and has three boys, Andrew, Joshua and Matthew.  In addition to spending time with his family, Steve is passionate about traveling, classic rock music, Disney and the Buffalo Bills.

Drew Sheinman

Founding Partner
Drew Sheinman
Drew Sheinman

As a Founding Partner of BVP, Drew has more than 20 years of leadership experience developing innovative, successful revenue programs and new business ventures to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in the entertainment/sports and media industries.

Previously, Drew was Senior Vice President of Brand Ventures at WME-IMG, Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer for the Breeders’ Cup, President of Simon Brand Ventures, and VP Business Development for Madison Square Garden, The Coca-Cola Company, the Baltimore Orioles, and the New York Mets. Drew’s franchises broke attendance and revenue records and achieved industry recognition for innovation.

His noted groundbreaking accomplishments include establishing a new profit center revenue model for the commercial real estate industry and a new model for athletes becoming business owners, and the creation of sports as entertainment business ventures (e.g., MTV Rock n’ Jock, and the entertainment/sports industry’s first-ever interactive FanFest for Major League Baseball and The Coca-Cola Company). He has been featured in media including CNN, CNBC, ABC News, New York Times, NY Post, Business Week, Sports Illustrated, Sports Business Journal, and Boston Globe.

Drew lives in New Jersey and loves spending time with his family. An outdoorsman, he enjoys time at the beach and playing tennis. Always incessantly curious, Drew takes great joy in learning and experiencing new things. He is a passionate sports fan with the Giants and Mets as his favorite teams.

Austin Ramos

Founding Partner
Austin Ramos
Austin Ramos

Austin is a Founding Partner of BVP with a focus on building sustainable, scalable businesses through an operationally focused, hands-on approach to value-added private equity. Austin comes from a third-generation family business and founded RunCap Partners, the lower-middle market investment arm of an affiliated family office.

Previously, Austin served as CEO of Omniboard, a technology and services provider offering three tools – data-extraction hardware, enterprise platform software, and a 24/7/365 call center – and an electrical contractor installation service that together allow building managers to remotely monitor and control their major electricity-consuming devices (e.g., HVAC, lighting).

Prior to Omniboard, Austin worked as an Associate directly with BVP Managing Partner Steve Lebowitz at the private equity firm Steve co-founded. Before that firm, Austin was an Analyst at private equity firm Fundamental Capital. Austin graduated from UCLA with a focus on Economics and Political Science. He is a former four-time All-American long-distance runner, UCLA record holder (3000m), and Adidas-sponsored professional athlete.

Austin and his wife, Kate, have two young boys, Miles and Graham.  In addition to spending time with his family, Austin loves to play sports (any sport) as well as play the acoustic guitar.

Larry Rothstein
Larry Rothstein

Larry is a Partner of BVP. Since 1983, Larry Rothstein has been the driving force behind Source’s growth and continual innovation. At Source, “ideas inspire action” with insight-driven creative, media, and sponsorship solutions leading to results.

Larry co-founded Source on the belief that clients can leverage their co-op funds to generate strategically-sound marketing programs. Source quickly attracted national brands such as Hewlett-Packard, Ford Motor Company, Benjamin Moore and Nikon.

To best serve its clients, Source expanded its offering to include brand development and sports and event marketing services. Source was a critical player in the successful launch of Amtrak’s Acela and its subsequent domination of the Northeast Corridor, Hewlett-Packard’s move into digital photography retail services, Sony’s rise in the digital camera category, and Wise Snack’s reversal of sales declines and distributor losses. The power of ideas also persuaded Subway to partner with Source for its largest market (NY, NJ, and CT) along with 15 additional regions.

As an award-winning agency, Source was selected as the Super Bowl XLVIII Host Committee agency (2014) and has a number of top roster clients including CohnReznick (the 10th largest accounting firm in the country) and Investors Bank (the largest bank in New Jersey).

Source has always been committed to using the agency’s talents and resources to support not-for-profit organizations, including Jewish National Fund, ORT America, and the Anti-Defamation League.

Born in Brooklyn, Larry’s parents moved the family to LA to follow their beloved Dodgers. Larry remained on the West Coast to earn his BA from San Francisco State University before returning to NY to launch his career.

Jack Jacoby

Senior Associate
Jack Jacoby
Jack Jacoby

Jack joined BVP in 2020 and is a Senior Associate on the team. Jack brings an established track record in consumer & retail and M&A and a strong background in finance and accounting.

Previously, Jack was a Vice President at Threadstone Advisors, a boutique middle-market investment bank focused exclusively on the consumer & retail sectors. At Threadstone, Jack closed a variety of transactions across apparel, specialty retail, food & beverage, beauty & personal care and more. Before Threadstone, Jack was a Senior Associate in Deloitte’s Business Valuation & Financial Modeling Practice.

Jack received his BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s in Accountancy from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management. Jack is also a CFA Charterholder. Jack lives in Brooklyn and enjoys spending his time seeing live music, hiking in the Hudson Valley, and relaxing in Northern Michigan with his family.

Russell Dubin

Director of Brand Development
Russell Dubin
Russell Dubin

Russell is the Director of Brand Development at BVP. Russell works to drive and accelerate both brand and business growth for BVP portfolio companies.

A seasoned marketer, Russell joined the BVP team in 2020. Previously, Russell worked at Endeavor where he supported prominent consumer brands, teams/leagues, properties, and talent in order to develop new partnership models, creative campaigns, digital content/distribution strategies, experiential programs, and PR/social communications plans.

Russell graduated from The George Washington University and began his career with the New York Mets. He later joined Turner Broadcasting within its Entertainment Ad Sales division.

Russell lives in Brooklyn Heights with his wife, Aliza, and daughter Rylie. An avid sports fan, he supports the Knicks, Jets, and Yankees. Russell is also a self proclaimed “foodie” who enjoys trying new restaurants and testing his culinary limits at home.

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