Bob Rinek is a managing director in the merchant banking group at Piper Jaffray and member of the general partner. He has worked in the investment banking and private equity industry for more than 35 years.
Prior to Rinek’s current role, he established the firm’s financial institutions group (“FIG”) in the late 1980s and served as global group head of FIG until December 2007. He is also a former board member of Piper Jaffray Ventures. Rinek joined Piper Jaffray in 1982 and was previously with the Northern Trust Company and ITT Financial Corporation.
Currently, Rinek is on the board of, or has board observation responsibility for, the following portfolio companies: Living Proof, PerfectServe, Harvest Power, LogRhythm and Lattice Engines. He is also the board chair of Twin Cities Public Television. Over the course of his career, Rinek has served on the boards of many for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, including the Science Museum of Minnesota, The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation and Multi Service Corporation.
Rinek is also actively involved in the investment community. He is a founding member of Twin Cities Angels, which makes angel investments in start-up companies around the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. He has served on the board of Marshall Financial Ventures, an equity fund focused on investing in late-stage financial service companies.
Rinek graduated from Denison University and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He has also holds the Certified Management Accountant (CMA®) professional designation.