If Scott Dahnke wasn’t global co-CEO for the consumer-focused private equity firm L Catterton, he’d be the owner of an NFL team instead. And if he ran that team like he runs L Catterton, it certainly would be one that put up big numbers. Consider these stats: L Catterton has made more than 150 investments in consumer brands throughout all aspects of the industry. Some $15 billion in equity capital is dedicated to growing middle market companies and emerging high-growth enterprises. His firm includes 17 offices in nearly a dozen time zones across five continents. In the last two decades, Scott has completed more than 25 transactions that have touched retail, restaurants and brands like Restoration Hardware, Hanna Andersson, LVMH, Edible Arrangements, Kettle Chips, Chop’t and Wellness pet food. Scott’s portfolio includes a mix of enduring and new brands, but they all have something in common: the opportunity for growth “in partnership with fascinating and remarkable people,” he says. Retail helped Scott make the switch from business data to equity investments. Formerly CEO of infoUSA, Scott’s leadership grew the firm’s market capitalization to almost $1 billion. He keeps the focus squarely on the consumer, thriving on the “direct consumer interaction” that retail affords. That’s proven to be a winning approach.