William W. Vogelgesang is CEO and co-founder of Candlewood Partners, an investment banking company addressing the capital formation needs of the middle market, and South Franklin Street Partners, its private equity affiliate. Vogelgesang works with companies to help build long-term value as they pursue their own vision for success. Having experienced the strength of a stakeholder-focused business model, he has been active with employee-owned business and is a frequent speaker on the subject of ESOPs and employee ownership.


Prior to founding Candlewood Partners and South Franklin Street Partners, Vogelgesang worked for seven years as a Managing Director and Principal of Brown, Gibbons, Lang & Company, L.P. (BGL), a middle-market investment-banking firm with offices in Chicago and Cleveland. He served as Chairman of BGL’s Management Committee and was active in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and restructurings. Before joining BGL, Bill spent three years as a Principal and the Chief Financial Officer of a hazardous waste acquisition and management company. He also served as President of Colonial Capital, Inc., and a NASD broker-dealer specializing in corporate development engagements for corporate and investment fund clients Bill is Chairman of Conscious Capitalism of Northeastern Ohio.