Dedicated and Passionate Individuals. Collaborating at Parity.

Our team consists of individuals whose backgrounds, history, and heritage are rooted in the food, life sciences, healthcare and nutrition industries. Combined with our highly complementary set of financial, operating and governance expertise, we are uniquely positioned to help companies navigate a dynamic and changing market. We culturally embrace an interdisciplinary effort to build distinctive growth companies through self-reinforcing principles and governance processes.

Johannes Burlin is the Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Tilia and has 24 years of professional experience as an operating executive in companies related to Tilia’s investment area, including most recently serving as Partner and President of Safe Foods International, a group focusing solely on making investments in nutrition and safe food and water.

Johannes Burlin is the Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Tilia and has 24 years of professional experience as an operating executive in companies related to Tilia’s investment area, including most recently serving as Partner and President of Safe Foods International, a group focusing solely on making investments in nutrition and safe food and water.

Prior to joining Safe Foods, Johannes served as President of Silliker North America, from October 2008 until July 2013. Johannes joined Silliker from Advanced Bioscience Laboratories, a Mérieux Alliance Company, where he served as President and CEO from 2003 until 2008 and Chairman from 2003 until 2013.

From 2000 until 2003, Johannes served as Vice President of Business Development for the Mérieux Group located in Lyon, France. From 1995 to 2000, he served as the General Counsel of bioMérieux, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of bioMérieux, where he was also responsible for licensing and intellectual property. Prior to joining bioMérieux in 1995, he practiced corporate law with the law firm of Bryan Cave.

A native of Sweden, Johannes holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College in Economics and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

Johannes Burlin

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Eric Larson, Tilia’s Chairman, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, started his career as a private equity investor and business builder in 1986. Prior to co-founding Tilia in 2017, Eric established Linden Life Science in 2002, now known as Linden Capital Partners, a leading healthcare focused middle-market private equity firm. Eric was Linden’s Chairman and, as its senior investment professional, developed the firm’s strategy and organization.

 Eric Larson, Tilia’s Chairman, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, started his career as a private equity investor and business builder in 1986.  Prior to co-founding Tilia in 2017, Eric established Linden Life Science in 2002, now known as Linden Capital Partners, a leading healthcare focused middle-market private equity firm.  Eric was Linden’s Chairman and, as its senior investment professional, developed the firm’s strategy and organization.

Before Linden, Eric was Executive Vice President and Managing General Partner of First Chicago Equity Capital (now One Equity Partners), which he co-founded in 1991.  He began his private equity career at First Chicago Venture Capital (now Madison Dearborn Partners), where he was a Partner and Investment Principal.

In addition to Tilia, Eric is involved with several technically-oriented organizations, including: the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Member of the Nutrition Roundtable); the National Geographic Society; the Illinois Institute of Technology (Trustee and Chairman of its Institute of Design); Center for Higher Ambition Leadership (Executive Fellow); and the Commercial Club of Chicago (member).

Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Eric Larson

Co-Founder, Chairman & Co-CEO

Rob Celin is a Vice President and has 9 years of principal investing, operating and investment banking experience. Prior to joining Tilia in 2017, Rob worked as an Investment Associate at Linden Capital Partners and held an Executive Team management role at one of Linden’s portfolio companies, Young Innovations, where he worked on a variety of strategic initiatives with the company’s CEO. Rob began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Technology, Media and Telecom group at Barclays Capital.

Rob Celin is a Principal and has 9 years of principal investing, operating and investment banking experience. Prior to joining Tilia in 2017, Rob worked as an Investment Associate at Linden Capital Partners and held an Executive Team management role at one of Linden’s portfolio companies, Young Innovations, where he worked on a variety of strategic initiatives with the company’s CEO. Rob began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Technology, Media and Telecom group at Barclays Capital.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance, summa cum laude, from Boston College with a Dean’s Letter of Commendation and an MBA and MS in Design Innovation from the Kellogg School of Management and Segal Design Institute at Northwestern University.

Rob Celin

Principal

J.D. Elder is a Vice President and has 8 years of principal investing, investment banking, and strategy experience. Prior to joining Tilia, J.D. worked as an Investment Associate at Linden Capital Partners, leading diligence on new investment opportunities. More recently, he worked with the The University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, partnering with scientists and researchers to develop commercialization plans for their discoveries. J.D. began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Global Industrials group at Citigroup.

J.D. Elder is a Principal and has 8 years of principal investing, investment banking, and strategy experience. Prior to joining Tilia, J.D. worked as an Investment Associate at Linden Capital Partners, leading diligence on new investment opportunities. More recently, he worked with the The University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, partnering with scientists and researchers to develop commercialization plans for their discoveries. J.D. began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Global Industrials group at Citigroup.

J.D. holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Mathematics, summa cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA with High Honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

J.d. Elder

Principal

Jotham Klein is a Vice President and has 8 years of principal investing and investment banking experience. Prior to joining Tilia, Jotham worked as a Vice President at SFW Capital Partners, leading diligence on new investment opportunities. He also served as an Associate at Apax Partners, supporting the evaluation and execution of new investments and …

Jotham Klein is a Vice President and has 8 years of principal investing and investment banking experience. Prior to joining Tilia, Jotham worked as a Vice President at SFW Capital Partners, leading diligence on new investment opportunities. He also served as an Associate at Apax Partners, supporting the evaluation and execution of new investments and supporting portfolio companies. Jotham began his career as an investment banking Analyst at Berenson & Company.

Jotham holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Jotham Klein

Vice President

Scott Margolis is a Vice President and has 9 years of principal investing, operating, and investment banking experience. Prior to joining Tilia in 2021, Scott led strategic initiatives and M&A for ProPharma Group, one of Linden Capital Partners’ portfolio companies. Before joining ProPharma Group, Scott was on the investment team at Linden Capital Partners and …

Scott Margolis is a Vice President and has 9 years of principal investing, operating, and investment banking experience. Prior to joining Tilia in 2021, Scott led strategic initiatives and M&A for ProPharma Group, one of Linden Capital Partners’ portfolio companies. Before joining ProPharma Group, Scott was on the investment team at Linden Capital Partners and Baird Capital Partners making majority control investments in middle market healthcare and services companies. Scott began his career as an Investment Banker in the Technology, Media, and Business Services group at Piper Jaffray in New York.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Colby College.

Scott Margolis

Vice President, Portfolio Operations

Judy Huong Slater joined Tilia in 2019 as VP of Finance and Administration and serves as Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to joining Tilia, Judy was Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at Glencoe Capital, LLC, a middle-market private equity firm. From 2003 to 2018 at Glencoe Capital, Judy gained private equity experience focused on corporate accounting & financial reporting, while administering human resources and IT functions, among others, and most recently, SEC compliance.

Judy Huong Slater joined Tilia in 2019 as VP of Finance and Administration and serves as Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to joining Tilia, Judy was Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at Glencoe Capital, LLC, a middle-market private equity firm. From 2003 to 2018 at Glencoe Capital, Judy gained private equity experience focused on corporate accounting & financial reporting, while administering human resources and IT functions, among others, and most recently, SEC compliance. Prior to Glencoe Capital, Judy spent 1998 to 2002 at Heller Financial (G.E. Finance) in corporate accounting. Judy started her career in 1994 as an accountant at SPS Transaction Services, Inc. (Associates Capital) and earned her CPA designation in 1995.

Judy holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Judy Huong Slater

Vice President, Finance & Administration, CCO

Elyse Hughes joined Tilia as Administrative Services Manager in 2022. Elyse brings extensive operations and property asset management experience from several sectors including real estate, advertising, and technology. Prior to joining Tilia, Elyse was the Operations/Asset Manager at Newcastle Partners in San Francisco for over 10 years.

Elyse Hughes joined Tilia as Administrative Services Manager in 2022. Elyse brings extensive operations and property asset management experience from several sectors including real estate, advertising, and technology. Prior to joining Tilia, Elyse was the Operations/Asset Manager at Newcastle Partners in San Francisco for over 10 years.

Elyse Hughes

Administrative Services Manager

Ryan Conley joined Tilia as an Associate in 2021. Prior to joining Tilia, Ryan was an Investment Banking Analyst in the Healthcare group at Houlihan Lokey, in Chicago.  Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Ryan Conley joined Tilia as an Associate in 2021. Prior to joining Tilia, Ryan was an Investment Banking Analyst in the Healthcare group at Houlihan Lokey, in Chicago. 

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Ryan Conley

Associate

Steve Marvin joined Tilia as an Associate in 2022. Prior to joining Tilia, Steve was an Investment Analyst with Prudential Private Capital, in Chicago. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance, with a supplementary major in Applied & Computational Math and Statistics, from the University of Notre Dame.

Steve Marvin joined Tilia as an Associate in 2022. Prior to joining Tilia, Steve was an Investment Analyst with Prudential Private Capital, in Chicago. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance, with a supplementary major in Applied & Computational Math and Statistics, from the University of Notre Dame.

Steve Marvin

Associate

Henry Stack joined Tilia as an Associate in 2022. Prior to joining Tilia, Henry was an Investment Banking Analyst in the Consumer & Retail group at William Blair, in Chicago. Henry holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Indiana University.

Henry Stack joined Tilia as an Associate in 2022. Prior to joining Tilia, Henry was an Investment Banking Analyst in the Consumer & Retail group at William Blair, in Chicago. Henry holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Indiana University.

Henry Stack

Associate

Operating Partners *

Will Busch III brings over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and leading strategic human capital initiatives that accelerate profitable growth. Most recently, Will led the Private Equity practice at FMG Leading as Managing Director, Growth Strategies. Prior to FMG Leading, Will held a variety of executive roles at Korn Ferry and Gallup, where …

Will Busch III brings over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and leading strategic human capital initiatives that accelerate profitable growth.


Most recently, Will led the Private Equity practice at FMG Leading as Managing Director, Growth Strategies. Prior to FMG Leading, Will held a variety of executive roles at Korn Ferry and Gallup, where he developed a unique approach to business transformation that incorporated strategy execution, behavioral economics, change management, and customer analytics to create and capture value. Specializing in growth-focused firms and investors, Will’s expertise leverages human capital and organizational growth levers to drive revenue generation and enhance operational efficiency.


Will earned his Master of Business Administration from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and his Bachelor of Business Administration from Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Will Busch III

Operating Partner

*Operating Partners are not employees of Tilia.