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Eric Becker is the founder and fearless leader of Caretta and has a long history of starting, backing and nurturing growing companies. He co-founded Sterling Partners (1983), a value-added, growth private equity firm that raised eight funds with over $5.7B of capital. Becker was senior managing director of Sterling and co-chaired the Operating Committee, which oversaw the firm’s portfolio companies. He is a co-founder of Roti Modern Mediterranean and a board member of Remedi Seniorcare. In 2015, Becker founded VennPoint, which invests directly in value-added real estate. Recently, Becker co-founded and co-chairs Cresset Capital, an innovative multi-family office and private investing platform. Prior to founding Sterling, Becker and his partners started LifeCard International, a healthcare technology company that automated claims processing and developed digital portable medical records. LifeCard was acquired by Blue Cross Blue Shield CareFirst. Prior to LifeCard International, while Becker was an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago, he worked for the Levy Organization, a Chicago-based real estate and restaurant firm. Eric is also keenly interested and active in a range of civic and philanthropic organizations including serving as past Chapter Chairman DC/Baltimore of YPO, CEO and Member of YPO Palm Beach. He is on the board of the Living Classrooms Foundation and the Karma for Cara Foundation. In 2013, he helped start LaUNCh, a best in class venture lab and business accelerator in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.See Eric’s LinkedIn
Oliver manages Caretta’s business development efforts and helps portfolio companies with technology, marketing and growth initiatives. Additionally, Oliver is a founding team member and serves as Director of Strategic Initiatives with Cresset Capital. He supports growth related activities across all of Cresset’s business units with the firm’s executive team, addressing business development, investor relations, and strategic partnerships. Prior to Caretta, he helped launch Imprint, a startup focused on helping people aggregate and share family memories. He also produced television documentaries for the National Geographic Channel and his independent film “From North Carolina to Normandy” has been recognized by NPR. He was a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina where he received a BA in History with distinction and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.See Oliver’s LinkedIn
Katherine is Executive Assistant to Caretta’s Founder, Eric Becker. She and Eric have worked together over a decade, with her supporting him in an EA role, beginning with Sterling Partners in 2007 and with Cresset in 2017.
Prior to this, Katherine spent two years assisting the Co-Founder and General Partner of Montagu Newhall Associates (now Greenspring Associates), and five years serving as EA to the Chairman, President and CEO of NeighborCare. From 1995 to 2002 she worked at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore supporting the Vice President of Patient Care, Chief Nursing Officer and the Vice President of Hospital Operations. She received a B.S. in Business Management from Middle Tennessee State University in 1990.
Simone Benscher manages investor relations for Caretta. In addition, she is an analyst, responsible for assisting the business development team in growth strategies and researching and evaluating new investment opportunities at Cresset.
Previously, Simone worked at Samsung in New York City, where she structured deals with Smart TV partners. Simone graduated from the University of Florida with a combined Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Information Systems and a Master of Science in Information Systems and Operations Management.
Simone enjoys creating art, spending time with friends and family, and anything and everything outdoors — from rock climbing to her new-found love for skiing!See Simone’s LinkedIn