Byron D. Trott
Byron D. Trott has been a member of our board of directors since August 2007. He serves as Chairman and CEO of BDT & Company. BDT & Company is a Chicago-based private partnership that combines a $2.7 billion investment fund with advisory services to address the long-term strategic and financing needs of family and/or founder controlled companies. Mr. Trott has 30 years of experience advising and investing with public and private closely held companies. Prior to founding BDT & Company in 2009, Mr. Trott had a distinguished 27-year career at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where most recently he was Vice Chairman of the global Investment Banking Division and head of the Chicago office and the Midwest Region. He also served on the Investment Committee of Goldman’s Principal Investment Area and the firm-wide Partnership Committee. Civically, Mr. Trott is a director of Conservation International and a trustee on the boards of the University of Chicago and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2011, Mr. Trott was inducted into the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans in recognition of his professional accomplishments, philanthropic contributions and dedication to hard work, integrity and perseverance. Mr. Trott is a Class of 2014 director.