M. Benjamin Howe
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer - Boston
Ben is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AGC Partners. He is Chairman of Excel Academy, which has four charter schools serving 1,400 students in East Boston, and served on the board of Portsmouth Abbey and the advisory board of Trinity College. In over 32 years as an investment banker, he has completed roughly 400 transactions. Prior to AGC, he served as Head of Technology Investment Banking for the East Coast and Europe at Montgomery Securities, and as Managing Director, Head of M&A and Executive Committee Member at SG Cowen Securities. He began his investment banking career in in the late 80's with First Boston and Smith Barney. In the early 80's, Ben owned and operated a 45-acre sweet corn farm in Concord, MA. Ben started his career at Coopers & Lybrand in New York City as CPA then Consultant. He currently holds his Series 7, 24, 27, 55, 63, 79 and 87 FINRA licenses. Ben holds a B.A. in Economics from Trinity College and an M.S. in Accounting from The Stern School of Business at NYU.
Ben and his wife Janet live outside of Boston and have four kids, ages 20-30. Ben grew up with seven siblings in Concord, MA and owned and operated a 45-acre sweet corn farm throughout high school and college. He is active on the education front and serves as Chairman of Excel Academy, which has four charter schools, grades 5-12, in East Boston. Ben has also served on the board of Portsmouth Abbey and the advisory board of Trinity College. Born and bred in New England, Ben is a huge Boston sports fan, cheering for the Pats, Bruins, and Sox, while occasionally jumping on the Celtics bandwagon. Ben enjoys running half-marathons, biking in the Pan Mass Challenge, golfing, boating, playing hockey—especially the time AGC beat Bain in a pick-up game—and recently enjoyed some epic Heli-skiing in Banff.
"It was a pleasure working with AGC. Their commitment to the process was palpable. They have a very strong team who were not only super smart and responsive but also insightful and very well versed on our industry. Their partners are very well connected and definitely deserve immense credit in getting us to a very successful deal close. It was an intense process and they were there with us every step of the way. I’d definitely recommend Ben, Linda and the team at AGC to other companies considering a fundraise."
— Paul Farnell, CEO of Litmus
(AGC Partners acted as sole financial advisor to Litmus in October 2015)
— Gary Gauba, Chairman & CEO of Cognilytics
(AGC Partners acted as sole financial advisor to Cognilytics in December, 2014)
“Throughout Buildium’s latest funding round – one that was critical in supporting and enabling our next phase of growth – we knew we needed a financial advisor that would act as a true business partner. We wanted a team that would help guide us through meetings and narrow down the investor field, while still allowing us to make the decisions that were best for Buildium. We chose Ben Howe and AGC Partners because of their expertise in the technology industry and like-minded dedication to maintaining Buildium’s core business values. At the start of our engagement Ben promised that no one works harder than the team at AGC, and he was right – we’re thrilled with the outcome of our strategic investment. With the support of AGC Partners, Buildium was able to secure the funding we wanted on terms that delivered a terrific outcome for our investors, shareholders, customers and employees.”
— Michael Monteiro, CEO & Cofounder of Buildium
(AGC Partners acted as sole financial advisor to Buildium in June, 2016)