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Lou Grabowsky

Portrait of Lou Grabowski.Partner, Juniper Capital Management, LLC
Vice Chair, Penn State Smeal College of Business Board of Visitors

Since retiring from Grant Thornton in July 2014, Lou Grabowsky '73 together with other partners has founded Juniper Capital Management (Juniper), a private equity enterprise organized for the purpose of making control equity investments in high growth potential but under-resourced entrepreneurial companies based in the United States.  Juniper’s primary investment focus will be directed to the consumer products, industrial services and manufacturing sectors. Additionally, Lou has joined several corporate boards of directors, including Griffon Corporation, Cambrex Corporation and ClubCorp Holdings, Inc., each listed on the New York Stock Exchange. 

Prior to establishing Juniper, Lou was most recently a partner with Grant Thornton, LLP.  At Grant Thornton, Lou served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the firm from 2009 to 2013.  In the COO role, Lou was responsible for day-to-day operations for the U.S. firm. Additionally, since 2012, he led the U.S. shared services operation in India. Before that, Grabowsky served as the Central Region Managing Partner, the Dallas Office Managing Partner and member of the Partnership Board.

Prior to joining Grant Thornton, he had a lengthy career with Arthur Andersen, where he held positions including Partner-In-Charge of the Assurance Practice for the firm’s Dallas office; Consumer Products Industry Leader for the Southwest Region; Head of the Business Process Outsourcing Practice for North America; and Managing Partner for the Great Lakes Region. During Grabowsky’s career with Andersen, he left for a period of time to serve as EVP & CFO for a Fortune 1000 public company, where he was responsible for finance, treasury, credit, distribution, management information systems and internal audit.

Lou has been very active in supporting the communities in which he and his family have lived, through board involvement in numerous, civic, charitable and academic institutions. 

Lou and his wife, Donna have three children, Bryan, Jennifer and Lauren.  Jennifer is a graduate of Smeal, class of 2005.