David Storch – Managing Partner

David P. Storch is Managing Partner of ARISE Capital Partners. He is also chairman of the Board of AAR Corp, a leading provider of aviation services for commercial and government customers in more than 100 countries.

David joined AAR in 1979 with responsibility for developing the Company’s aircraft engine business. Through his leadership and industry expertise, the business flourished and, in 1987, Storch was named President of the AAR Trading Group. He went on to become President and Chief Operating Officer in 1989, and then Chief Executive Officer—the second since the Company was incorporated in 1955—from 1996 until his retirement on May 31, 2018. David assumed the additional post of Chairman of AAR in October 2005.

Under his leadership, AAR was twice named One of America’s Most Trusted Companies by Forbes magazine. David was recognized with an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012 and, in 2018, was honored with both a Lifetime Achievement Award from Aviation Week magazine and A Disciplined Life Award for his work with Perspectives Charter Schools in Chicago.

David serves on the boards of the publicly held company Kemper Corporation. He also serves on the board of the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum. He is currently a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago and the Economic Club of Chicago.

David holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Ithaca College.

Benjamin J. Hockenberg – Managing Director

Ben is a principal of ARISE Capital Partners. He is responsible for identifying investment opportunities, performing due diligence, obtaining financing for investments and working with portfolio company management teams.

Prior to ACP, Ben was a senior analyst at Greenbriar Asset Management, a Chicago-based credit opportunities fund. Before Greenbriar, Ben was an analyst at Venor Capital Management, a New York-based credit hedge fund. Prior to graduate school, Ben was a private equity associate at The Pritzker Organization, a Chicago-based merchant bank, and an Industrials investment analyst at Deutsche Bank.

Ben holds a Master of Business Administration from Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Michigan.