GlobalAutoIndustry.com’s latest Audio Interview “Consumer Mobility and Dealership Retail Trends: International Investment Opportunities” features Brodie Cobb, founder and CEO of San Francisco-based The Presidio Group, a private investment bank engaged primarily in mergers and acquisitions and fundraising for automotive dealerships and auto retail services firms. The Presidio Group has collectively done 190 transactions worth more than $10 billion.
In the 16-minute Audio Interview, Cobb discusses the following questions:
- What trends is The Presidio Group seeing in consumer mobility as it relates to the auto retail sector that would present investment opportunities for international investors?
- How specifically can international investors take advantage of these trends?
- What is The Presidio Group doing related to the intersection of consumer mobility and auto retail?
- How can auto retailers position themselves to capitalize on the future of consumer mobility where fleet vehicles rather than private cars may be the majority?
- Are there opportunities for international investors in “disruptive” auto retail technologies?
Cobb founded The Presidio Group in 1998 with the simple goal of bringing transparent advice to entrepreneurs and the lifecycle of their wealth building process. To that end, he formed three different business groups within Presidio to address each part of that lifecycle: private equity, investment banking and wealth advisory. The firm grew to 70 employees in three offices (San Francisco, Dallas, and Washington, D.C.) until 2016, when Presidio was reorganized and the wealth advisory business was merged with a similarly-sized RIA in New York called Tiedemann Advisors. Tiedemann is one of the nation’s largest RIA’s with more than $20 billion in assets under management. Cobb is a significant shareholder and sits on Tiedemann’s Board. In the 2016 reorganization, Presidio also spun out its private equity group while retaining an economic interest.
The Presidio Group retained its merchant banking division, and now focuses primarily on the auto retail sector where it provides investment banking advisory to and principal investments in companies focused on the auto retail sector across the U.S. It also advises and invests in firms in the auto retail services sector.
Prior to Presidio, Cobb was with Montgomery Securities, First Boston Corporation, and Security Pacific Bank. He earned an M.B.A. from the University of Texas and B.A. degree from Tulane University. He competed for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team in 1988 and still races sailboats and bicycles and lives in San Francisco.
Click here to listen to the Audio Interview with Brodie Cobb.
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