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Managing Partner, AUA Private Equity
Andy Unanue is the Managing Partner of AUA Private Equity Partners, LLC and a member of AUA Private Equity’s Investment Committee. Prior to establishing AUA Private Equity, Mr. Unanue founded AU & Associates, LLC, the family office for the Unanue family. Previously, he held various positions with Goya Foods, Inc., including Chief Operating Officer.
Mr. Unanue currently serves on several corporate boards including: Goya, Raymundos Food Group, Tijuana Flats Restaurants, VStar Entertainment, Gel Spice Company and Associated Supermarket Group. Additionally, he serves on several not-for-profit boards including his family's charitable foundation, The C&J Unanue Foundation, is a member of the University of Miami's President Council, the University of Notre Dame’s Cavanaugh Council and on the Columbia University Medical Center’s Board of Advisors. Mr. Unanue received his M.B.A from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and his B.A. from the University of Miami.
John has over 15 years of experience investing in and building middle-market companies, including several operating roles within portfolio companies. Prior to co-founding Wincove, John was a Vice President at Hampshire Equity Partners, which he joined in 2003. At Hampshire, John was responsible for evaluating and executing potential investments, and managing portfolio company investments. He began his career in the investment banking division of Rothschild Inc.
John is currently a Director of Aloi Solutions, Hygrade Components, Bluff Manufacturing, Comstar Technologies and Rhino Assembly, and was previously a Director of GI Plastek and Connect-Air International.
John graduated from Georgetown University and earned an MBA from Columbia Business School. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children. He serves on the NYC Advisory Board of Back on My Feet, a charity that addresses homelessness through running.