Erica GilsonManaging Partner

As Managing Partner, Erica is responsible for the operations of the company and oversees the day-to-day activities to ensure the business runs smoothly. She is responsible for buyer and seller support, coordinating highly confidential projects through the marketing and due diligence process. In addition to managing Cornerstone’s internal KPIs, she also manages Cornerstones deal support team and investment bankers on the strategic direction of the company. Erica keeps the team running like a well-oiled machine and builds great rapport with each and every client. She is passionate about building internal and external relationships as well as the mergers and acquisitions industry.

Erica joined Cornerstone in 2016, bringing direct operational experience from a global private equity firm.  There she supported the President in managing special project initiatives including business unit wind downs, liquidations, acquisitions, and reorganization efforts.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a Master’s Degree in Management and Organizational Behavior with an emphasis on Leadership from Silver Lake College. Erica grew up in a family-owned business and understands first-hand the value of building and maintaining relationships, as well as the hard work, dedication, and “do whatever it takes attitude” that typify family business owners.

An active community volunteer, Erica dedicates her time as a coach for youth soccer and is a Team Manager for Destination Imagination which is a program where she helps empower students to change the world by using creativity and teamwork. Erica finds it very rewarding to inspire students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders.  Erica and her husband live in Green Bay with their four children.

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