Gerald R. Gallagher, General Partner, joined Oak in 1987 with a focus on retail and restaurant venture investing after more than 20 years of involvement in the retail industry.
Jerry sponsored and served on the board of Directors in thirty-eight Oak bricks and mortar and eCommerce investments, including the very notable Baja Fresh, Chamate, Cheddar’s Casual Café, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Filene’s Basement, Jamba Juice, Lucy Activewear, Office Depot, One Medical Group, PETsMART, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Potbelly Sandwich Works, Revolution Foods, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrance, and Whole Foods Market.
Jerry's esteemed career included a Wall Street background at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette where he was the retail industry research analyst and an Institutional Investor Magazine “All American.” Just prior to joining Oak, he was Vice Chairman of Dayton Hudson where, over a ten-year period, he served in both operating company and staff positions. Six of those Dayton Hudson years were spent in California as a member of the Mervyn’s management team that increased profits at a compound annual rate in excess of 30%.
Jerry served as an officer in the submarine service of the U.S. Navy between receiving an undergraduate engineering degree from Princeton University and an MBA from the University of Chicago, where he was the Executive Club Fellow.