PublicNews18: Stewart Kohl is Co-Chief Executive Officer of The Riverside Company
Stewart Kohl is Co-CEO of The Riverside Company, a $10 billion global private equity firm with offices across North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. The Riverside Company was founded to invest in the smaller end of the middle market.
Since 1988, Riverside has invested in more than 600 companies. The Riverside Company’s investors include pension funds, endowments, funds-of-funds, insurance companies and banks.
“As a private equity firm, put simply, what Riverside does is to help entrepreneurs, companies and their founders, to achieve their objectives,” explains Kohl in a recent interview.
“Ideally, their objectives are to grow their companies, make their companies bigger and stronger. We do that by providing capital, both financial and intellectual capital. In many ways, folks tend to focus on the former, but I and my colleagues are much more focused on the latter, how we help these companies to grow.”
Stewart Kohl serves as an Honorary Trustee of Oberlin College and Co-Chair of the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. He is also on the Board of Trustees of Cleveland Clinic and Co-Chairs its $2 billion Power of Every One Capital Centennial Campaign.
Stewart Kohl was inducted into the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges Hall of Excellence in 2009. He previously served as Co-Chair of the Building for Hope Capital Campaign of the Center for Families and Children.
Stewart Kohl holds a BA from Oberlin College.
Stewart Kohl is a passionate champion for Cleveland. “I think Cleveland’s affordability and particularly housing [affordability] is a huge advantage that we have. We’re working hard on improving our brand, our weather and climate change is unfortunately going to improve that. I don’t personally think things like that should stand in the way of us being able to attract young talent. The key for Cleveland is the ability to offer young people great jobs.”
Stewart Kohl earned the George S. Dively Entrepreneurship Award in 2018. He was inducted into the Northeast Ohio Business Hall of Fame in 2014. He founded VeloSano, VeloSano raised more than $4.7 million in 2019
With 100% of the money raised supporting lifesaving cancer research at Cleveland Clinic. This brings the cumulative total to more than $21 million raised in six years. Latin for “swift cure,” VeloSano is a year-round, community-driven fundraising initiative.
Stewart Kohl doesn’t just provide financial support, he is an active participant. “I ride because I can,” says Stewart Kohl. “Cancer has impacted too many of my friends and family. I don’t want to just play defense. Research is the best offense and The Cleveland Clinic is the right home for it.
It is powerful to be part of the VeloSano community that gives 100% to fight cancer. I have had the great privilege and pleasure of being involved in VeloSano from its conception and riding every year. Prior to that for 16 years I rode in the Pan Mass Challenge to fight cancer. We are a movement that won’t be stopped. Our legacy will be cures found and lives saved.