Brian Kmet is a partner in Bain's Washington, DC, office and a member of Bain's Private Equity Group and Retail practice. Brian joined Bain in 2005 in the New York office, where he spent more than six years before becoming one of the founding members of the Washington, DC, office.
During his time at Bain, Brian has advised investment funds on over 150 potential acquisitions in industries including retail, restaurants, hotels, consumer products, industrials and manufacturing, technology, financial services, and media and entertainment. These deals spanned traditional LBO, distressed debt and corporate M&A.
Additionally, he has led a number of transformational projects for private equity portfolio companies, addressing topics including corporate portfolio strategy, brand strategy, marketing and advertising (traditional and digital), value proposition development and pricing, direct-to-consumer strategy, loyalty programs and key account planning. These projects have been in a range of industries, but focused in hospitality, retail and consumer durable goods.
Brian currently leads all recruiting efforts for the DC office, and he previously led the Consultant Program and Summer Associate Program for the New York office.
Prior to Bain, Brian graduated from Duke University with a BSE in civil engineering and a minor in economics, spent four years at Capital One developing and marketing upscale rewards credit cards, and earned an MBA with distinction from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
- “SPACs: Tapping an Evolving Opportunity,” Global Private Equity Report, March 2021, Report
- “Private Equity bounced back after initial Covid-19 shock; 2021 set to be a dynamic year for the industry,” Press release, March 2021
- “How to Turn Rewards into Customer Loyalty,” Forbes.com, March 2017, Article
- “Turning Rewards into Loyalty,” Brief, February 2017