Mr. Gurtcheff joined Harris Williams & Co. and founded the firm's Minneapolis office in 2006. He is currently head of the firm’s Consumer practice, encompassing the food and beverage, restaurant and retail, consumer product, and consumer services industry segments. Mr. Gurtcheff has over 20 years of M&A and related transaction experience encompassing a wide range of industries. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Gurtcheff was co-head of Piper Jaffray's Middle Market Mergers and Acquisitions practice, a group of investment banking professionals focused exclusively on mergers and acquisitions for a broad array of private equity and corporate clients. Prior to being named group head, Mr. Gurtcheff directed Piper Jaffray's food and beverage investment banking practice in addition to his responsibilities as a generalist M&A professional.
Mr. Gurtcheff’s previous experience also includes mergers and acquisitions with Dain Rauscher Inc. (now RBC Dain Rauscher), corporate strategy at Northwest Airlines Corp., and work with Coopers & Lybrand's Valuation Services practice. Before attending business school, Mr. Gurtcheff was a product design engineer with General Motors Corp.
Mr. Gurtcheff earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He and his wife live in Minneapolis and have two college-aged children.