Edith Young

Edith Young

Edith Young has been an executive search recruiter for the past thirty years. She spent a decade with a New York-based executive search firm identifying senior level management with real estate expertise for placement within the commercial banking and investment banking community. In 1991, upon relocation to Florida, Edie founded Classic Consultants, Inc. With an initial concentration in healthcare, Classic Consultants emerged as one of the leading recruitment firms in the nation within the special needs population sector. Her healthcare specialization brought her to the attention of the private equity community whom, for over ten years now, has retained her to identify industry-specific entrepreneurs and C-suite talent to lead new investment concepts or existing portfolio companies, as well as to introduce proprietary investment opportunities across many industry sectors with particular expertise in healthcare, business services and consumer. In November of 2010, with an interest to expand her practice, Edie joined forces with Lori, whom she worked with for many years when Lori was with Charterhouse, and founded L&E Partners.

Edie is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Manhattan, and is a graduate of Hunter College of the City University of New York. She is married, has raised three children, resides in Sarasota, Florida and maintains a New York presence.

Lori Hess

Lori Hess

Lori has spent the majority of her career working within or with the private equity community. From 1994-2007, she was with Charterhouse Group Inc., a middle market private equity firm in New York. At Charterhouse Group, Lori developed the firm’s Healthcare industry vertical and was instrumental in the firm’s healthcare initiatives and portfolio companies, including the acquisition of Cross Country Healthcare, merger with its leading competitor and subsequent IPO. She sat on several of the firm’s healthcare portfolio company Boards of Directors and also co-led the firm’s Business Development function whereby she identified operating executives to lead new investment strategies as well as worked proactively with numerous deal and financing sources. Prior to the establishment of L&E Partners in November, 2010, Lori headed the US Private Equity Practice for Rice & Dore, a global executive search firm focused on alternative investment funds where Lori worked with senior level investment professionals as well as experienced operating executives. Between 1992 and 1994, Lori worked at Avon Products and Sterling Health, both in financial/strategic planning positions. Lori began her career with Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin in Los Angeles as a financial analyst.

Lori resides in New York with her husband and son. She has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.