Our Operating Partners have deep expertise and unique relationships that are directly relevant to carrying out the objectives of Active Capital.  We have long-standing relationships with our Operating Partners and are able to quickly add these talented resources to help originate, evaluate, and execute assignments on behalf of our clients.

Operating Partners

Paul Gruenberg, Co-Founder

For over 35 years, Paul has been building financial, intellectual and human capital. He’s a hands-on investor and street-level entrepreneur who knows how to finance, operate, scale and exit a burgeoning enterprise. Paul is experienced in running early-stage companies. He founded both Video News International and Videovation and managed their success from startup to their sales to The New York Times and QSP/Reader’s Digest, respectively. 

Paul created Plum Holdings, a $28M early stage fund concentrating on high growth media companies. Plum provided “smart” private equity capital for companies that created, aggregated, distributed, marketed and licensed high-quality content - news, information, data and entertainment. 

Paul’s fund management experience began in 1981 when he managed a $100 million offshore private equity vehicle, working directly with William Donaldson (former Chairman of the SEC and the NY Stock Exchange as well as founder of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette). Paul has also structured and negotiated private placement transactions with Rockefeller & Co. for a broad spectrum of venture investments. He managed capital expansion across a host of industries for The Ford Foundation. And he has worked with Morgens, Waterfall & Vintiadis, a NYC‐based hedge fund investing in undervalued assets and later stage private placements. 

Paul has been honored to be a director at Yale School of Management, MIT Enterprise Forum, NYT Video News International, Reader’s Digest/Videovation, R.D. Percy & Co, Cypress Films, Fuel Tech, Bronx Frontier, Intellifit, Epraisals, Bridges, and Z University. 

A graduate of Lake Forest College and Yale School of Management (MBA), Paul is a Series 356 Porsche fanatic who has painstakingly restored and raced 1600 GS plain bearing Carreras.

Paul is a Registered Representative of BA Securities, LLC*.


Peter Fowler

Peter has over 35 years of senior experience advising large and small companies on growing their business and meeting their strategic objectives. In recent years, Peter has focused on advising emerging growth companies in the cleantech, industrial, chemical, steel, and financial services area. These assignments have been related to capital raising, project finance, strategic partnering and mergers and acquisitions. 

Peter spent over 17 years at Credit Suisse First Boston (“CSFB”) and was deeply involved in the development of key capital raising and financial advisory groups. He was a senior investment banking account officer with responsibility for many of the firm’s largest clients. These clients spanned a number of industries including environmental services, financial services, business services, healthcare, technology and general industrials. He was a founding member of the Global Corporate Finance group, which initiated and executed large complex cross-border financings and corporate acquisitions / restructurings for industrial companies. Peter also was a senior officer in the debt capital markets group, involving the new issuance of debt securities for industrial companies.  

In his career, Peter has been a lead member of teams developing and executing transactions totaling over $100 billion involving hundreds of companies including public offerings, mergers, acquisitions, recapitalizations, joint ventures, strategic and financial private equity transactions, on a global basis. 

Prior to CSFB, Peter worked at Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch in their investment banking groups, focusing on corporate and municipal finance clients. 

Peter has served as a member of the board of Hometown Commercial Capital, a commercial real estate finance firm. Peter also sits on the Board of Best Response Strategies, LLC (foodservice software marketplace) and non-profit boards.

Peter received his MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He received his BA from Dartmouth College. 

Peter is a Registered Representative of BA Securities, LLC*


* Securities Products and Investment Banking Services are offered through BA Securities, LLC, Four Tower Bridge, 200 Harbor Drive, Suite 400, W. Conshohocken, PA 19428. (877) 738-5841.  Member FINRA,  SIPC.  Active Capital Partners and BA Securities, LLC are separate, unaffiliated entities.