Charlie Eaton was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1942 and grew up in Elyria, Ohio. He graduated from Brooks School in 1960 in North Andover, Mass., where he played football, basketball and baseball. He received an M.A. degree from Washington & Jefferson College in 1964 and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta and the ROTC, where he was named a Distinguished Military Graduate. He then served two years as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Armor Branch and afterwards attended Columbia Business School, receiving an M.B.A. degree in 1968. That same year, he joined Morgan Guaranty Trust Company as an investment research officer. He went on to work for Wood, Walker & Co., H.C. Wainwright & Co., Morgan Stanley,
and PaineWebber and Company. In 1983, he founded Eaton Partners,
pioneering the concept of the “placement agent” that raises capital for investment funds. Based in Rowayton, today, it has 60 employees and seven offices worldwide and is recognized as the world’s leading placement agent. The company became a subsidiary of Stifel Financial Corp. in 2016. Charlie and his wife Judy live in Norwalk and have four adult children and four grandchildren. He is a member of Wee Burn Country Club, the Links Club and Brays Island Plantation, S.C. He enjoys golf, skiing, travel, charities and work. A former trustee of Washington & Jefferson College, he received the school’s Graduate Achievement Award in 2009 and the
Entrepreneurial Achievement Award in 2016. He is active in Operation Comfort, San Antonio, Texas, and The Wounded Warrior Project that supports severely wounded veterans.