Ken Hirsch is a Managing Director with Founders Advisors. He has over 30 years of corporate finance experience advising middle market companies on debt and equity financings, mergers & acquisitions, special situations and strategic initiatives. Ken has initiated and executed over $3 billion in transactions over his career.
Prior to joining Founders, Ken was a Managing Director with BKD Capital Advisors, with responsibility for the Firm’s Gulf Coast region investment banking practice and was a partner at Blackhill Partners, a preeminent energy restructuring firm. Sharing his clients’ entrepreneurial spirit, Ken earlier was a co-founder of Western Reserve Partners, a boutique investment bank located in Cleveland, Ohio, where he assisted in growing the firm into a premier middle market investment bank. Ken also opened Western Reserve’s Dallas office and was a General Partner and served on the investment committee for the firm’s private equity investment fund, Public Square Partners. Prior to Western Reserve, Ken was a key member of McDonald Investments (Key Capital Markets) investment banking practice where he managed the firm’s private capital practice and was on the Firm’s debt and equity underwriting committees. Ken began his career in investment banking at Key Bank following a start in commercial banking at The First National Bank of Chicago.
Ken grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Economics, with Honors, and earned his M.B.A., with a concentration in Finance, at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. His securities credentials include Series 7, 25, and 63 securities licenses. Ken and his wife, Julia, reside in Dallas where he is actively involved on the Board of The First Tee of Dallas and is on the Auction Committee of The Texas State Fair.