Eaton, Charles

Charles EatonC.P. Eaton Partners, LLC
Investment Manager
CLASS OF 1964

Charles P. Eaton was drawn to the strong sense of community at Washington & Jefferson College, but it was the economics program that cemented his lifelong appreciation for the College and launched his successful business career.

“The economics department was very strong and I always had an inkling that business would be in my future,” he recalls. Encouragement from his professor, Dr. Saalbach, reinforced Eaton’s academic interests and led him to declare a major in economics. While Eaton was laying the foundation for his future as a professional, he also enjoyed the opportunities the College offered for personal growth. The relationships he developed through the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity evolved into lifelong friendships he cherishes to this day. “Joining a fraternity added a valuable social dimension to my college experience,” he reminisces. “I matured with my brothers.”

After graduating from W&J, Eaton enrolled in the military, where he earned the rank of 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Armor branch. Following his discharge in 1967, Eaton was eager to continue his academic pursuits at Columbia University, where he received his master’s degree in business administration. He began his career as an investment research officer at Morgan Guaranty Trust Company and eventually worked his way up Wall Street, becoming a partner at H.C. Wainwright & Company, the top institutional research firm in the country.

Armed with the invaluable experience he gained from Wall Street, Eaton decided to establish his own company in 1982—C.P. Eaton Partners, LLC. The company, an independent marketing firm, raises money for investment and private equity partnerships. Under Eaton’s leadership, more than $24 billion has been raised for 50 funds. “The challenge was not in starting a new company, but in finding a worthwhile product to support,” he explains. Eaton has placed his support behind other causes as well, serving in leadership roles for his hometown chapters of United Way and A Better Chance.

Today, Eaton enjoys life as an entrepreneur and encourages students to take advantage of the academic and social opportunities provided by W&J. “Embrace your visions and follow them,” he advises.