Edward H. Benford

Managing Director


Mr. Benford founded Benford Capital Partners in 2004 and has over 16 years of lower middle market private equity experience. He has played key roles in acquiring and building more than 25 niche businesses. Prior to founding Benford Capital, Mr. Benford was a Principal at Prospect Partners, LLC, a Chicago-based lower middle market private equity firm. Mr. Benford joined Prospect Partners at its inception in 1998 and served on the Board of Directors of seven portfolio companies.


Prior to joining Prospect Partners, Mr. Benford worked at Lazard Frères & Co., LLC in the Investment Banking Group working on merger & acquisition and corporate finance transactions. Prior to Lazard, he worked at Morgan Stanley & Co. and at the Northern Trust Company.


Mr. Benford earned a BA from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.



Benjamin R. Riefe

Managing Director


Mr. Riefe joined Benford Capital Partners in 2007. Prior to BCP, Mr. Riefe served in a strategic planning and operating role at Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc., a Willis Stein & Partners portfolio company. At Roundy’s, Mr. Riefe reported directly to the CFO and contributed significantly to Roundy’s growth and improved operating performance.


Prior to Roundy’s, Mr. Riefe was an associate at Willis Stein & Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm with $3 billion under management. Prior to Willis Stein, he worked in the Financial Sponsor Coverage and Leveraged Finance groups at Deutsche Bank where he completed numerous financings for Chicago-area private equity firms.


Mr. Riefe earned a BA degree from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.



Brendan Green

Vice President


Mr. Green joined Benford Capital Partners in March 2016 as an Associate. Prior to joining Benford, he was a Leveraged Finance Associate at Antares Capital, where he focused on debt financings for private equity sponsored transactions across a broad range of industries. Prior to joining Antares, Mr. Green worked at Wintrust Financial.


Mr. Green graduated from Fordham University with a BA in Business Administration and Finance, and competed on its Golf Team. He is currently pursuing a full-time MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.



Nora Ulrey

Office Manager


Nora joined Benford Capital Partners in 2015. She has worked as an Administrative Assistant in offices around Chicago. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a BA in Theatre Performance and also performs throughout the Chicago area.