Mr. Gurtcheff joined Harris Williams and founded the firm’s Minneapolis office and Consumer Group in 2006. Mr. Gurtcheff has nearly 30 years of M&A experience and has closed over 130 transactions in a wide array of industries, most notably in the Consumer arena (food & beverage, restaurant and retail, consumer products and consumer services). In his current role, he is focused on building and deepening Harris Williams’ relationships with, and commitment to, the private equity community. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Gurtcheff was co-head of Piper Jaffray’s Middle Market Mergers & Acquisitions practice. 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 include 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 engineer with General Motors Corp.
Mr. Gurtcheff earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Philadelphia, 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 grown children.