Keith S. Harbison

Founder and Former Chairman, President and CEO, Pretium Packaging


Keith Harbison founded Pretium Packaging, LLC, a former Nicolet Capital portfolio company, in 1992.  The company acquired eleven individual operating businesses to become one of the largest custom plastic bottle manufacturers in North America serving the personal care, pharmaceutical, food, and household chemical markets.  Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, Pretium operates twelve manufacturing facilities from southern California through the Midwest, Northeast and eastern Canada.  Prior to the sale of Pretium in 2010 to Nicolet Capital and other investors, Mr. Harbison served as its Chairman, CEO and President.  He continued to serve as a director and consultant to Pretium and was an investor in the company until it was sold to another private equity firm in 2014.

In 2014 Mr. Harbison formed, and is the managing partner of Altius Partners, a small cap private equity firm focused on acquiring control positions in businesses under $50 million in revenue.   The firm invests in companies that can benefit from the operating experience gained by Mr. Harbison and his partners who, during their careers in diverse industries, have successfully built relatively small business into industry leaders.  Alitus has a long term view of investing with expected hold periods of 10 to 20 years.

Education and Professional Credentials

  • B.S., Business Administration, Texas Christian University

Select Board Affiliations

  • Pretium Packaging
  • BJC Healthcare

Personal and Other Affiliations

  • St. Louis Children’s Hospital & Foundation
  • Children’s Discovery Institute
  • Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
  • Married with three children and lives in St. Louis, MO

Latest News

  • February 28, 2015
    Nicolet Capital Speaks at Plastics, Packaging and Converting Industry Conferences

    Nicolet Capital Partners, LLC, was a guest speaker at The Packaging Conference in Tampa, FL earlier this month. Mr. Snyder participated on a panel regarding M&A trends in packaging along with several other industry experts including former Coveris CEO Jack Knott and former Alloyd CEO Ed Parkinson.

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  • June 2, 2014
    Nicolet Capital Sells Investment in Pretium to Genstar

    Nicolet Capital Partners, LLC, a private equity firm in Chicago, IL, announced today that it has sold its investment in Pretium Packaging to private equity firm Genstar Capital.

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  • January 6, 2014
    Nicolet Capital Completes Acquisition of Star Packaging

    Nicolet Capital Partners, LLC, a private equity firm in Chicago, IL, announced today that it has successfully completed the acquisition of Star Packaging Corp. from private equity firm Azalea Capital.

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