Kenneth L. Ali
Founder & Managing Director


Ken has over twenty-five years investment, management and investment banking experience, having invested in, advised and served as a senior officer of companies ranging from startups to multi-nationals.

Since founding Rock Gate Partners in 2006, Ken has directed all investment activities while actively facilitating portfolio company growth and internal development through both active and passive roles. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Whitewater Brands.

Before founding Rock Gate, he was a Director in Citigroup’s Global Investment Bank focused primarily on industrial clients and private equity sponsors.  He was previously with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and its successor Credit Suisse First Boston, Robert W. Baird and KPMG Corporate Finance.

He received his MBA degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and graduated with his B.S. in Finance and Marketing from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio).

Ken serves on the Board of Walpar, Whitewater Brands, Novus Law, the Glencoe Education Foundation, is a member of the advisory board of MAB Capital Management and was elected as a member of the Glencoe School Board Caucus.