James Harris

Consumer

jharris@centeroakpartners.com

Mr. Harris is an Operating Partner of CenterOak focused on the Firm’s investment activities in the Consumer sector. Mr. Harris currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of OluKai LLC, a premium ocean lifestyle brand which manufactures and distributes premium footwear throughout the United States and abroad. Prior to OluKai LLC, Mr. Harris was the President and Partner of Huneeus Vintners, a luxury wine holding company in Rutherford, California, which includes the wines of Quintessa, Flowers and The Prisoner. Previously, Mr. Harris was the Managing Director of Artisan Confections Company, the premium chocolate division of The Hershey Company (“Hershey”). In this role, he was responsible for the formation of Artisan and the integrations of both Scharffen Berger and Joseph Schmidt Confections. Before joining Hershey in 2005, Mr. Harris was President and Chief Financial Officer for Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker and was responsible for structuring the sale of Scharffen Berger to Hershey. Mr. Harris was previously with Kohlberg & Company, a private equity investment firm, as well as held various private equity and leverage finance positions at Trivest, Inc. and Bankers Trust.

Mr. Harris serves on the Board of Directors of Southern Tide.

Mr. Harris received a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University, with concentrations in Finance and Management, and a certificate in international finance from Oxford University.

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