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Cannondale Capital Investors

Family Office

Based in Charlotte, NC, Cannondale Capital is a family office focused on investing in lower middle market businesses in the greater Charlotte area. The firm targets businesses generating between $5 – $50M in annual revenues, and $1 – $5 of EBITDA across a broad range of industries, including niche manufacturing, business & consumer services, and diversified industrials. Cannondale is run by father son team, Joe and Daniel Ripp. Prior to co-founding Cannondale, Joe Ripp was the Chairman and CEO of Time, Inc., where he led the business through its spin-off from Time-Warner. Daniel Ripp was a VP in Wells Fargo’s Securities M&A Group and also worked in investment banking at Guggenheim Securities and Bear Stearns. Read More

Vario Ventures

M&A Advisory Firm

Vario Ventures is a boutique M&A firm that specializes in working with entrepreneurs to free up investor capital through various divestiture options and strategies. The firm helps business owners identify and manage the process of acquisition, M&A, and intellectual property sale opportunities to return capital to investors. Headquartered in Western Canada, Vario Ventures was founded by 4 partners who have significant experience in M&A and investing. Read More

Northrim Horizon

Holding Company

Northrim Horizon is a Phoenix, AZ based private investment firm seeking to acquire control positions in mid-sized service companies generating sales between $5 – $50M. Northrim is uniquely positioned to support their portfolio companies over many years and business cycles. The firm seeks to reinvest earnings and provide follow-on capital for growth initiatives to create true long-term value across its portfolio. Northrim Horizon is managed by CEO, Brad Gulbrandsen, a Harvard MBA who began his career in private equity at Morgan Stanley and Clayton, Dubilier, & Rice. Read More

Triangle Healthcare Advisors

Business Broker

Triangle Healthcare Advisors is a business brokerage and M&A advisory firm specializing in the broader healthcare space. Founded in 1994, Triangle Healthcare has been directly involved in hundreds of healthcare transactions and have led M&A for companies such as Walgreens, Pediatric Services of America, Option Care, and Omnicare (part of CVS Healthcare). The firm has extensive experience in structuring transactions, M&A advisory, PE transactions, and joint ventures. Read More

Inline Services


Backed by private equity firm The Catalyst Group, Inline Services is an acquisitive pipeline cleaning and maintenance products company. Founded by industry expert Gary Smith in 1991, Inline designs and manufactures custom pipeline cleaning equipment, writes maintenance programs and manages onsite operations for pipeline contractors and operators during construction, commissioning, and maintenance. Read More

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This week from middle market review

                    + Middle Market Business Growth Projections on the Decline
                    + Axial’s LMM Digest: October Edition
                    + A Drop in First Time Funds Among Robust Private Equity Fundraising
                    + 4 Business Development Best Practices for Private Equity Firms 

Industry Trends

+ Private equity now manages $3.4 trillion of investor commitments globally, up from less than $500 billion in 2000.
+ At the same time, the pool of publicly traded companies in the US has shrunk by almost half in the past 20 years.
+ Companies backed by private equity firms employ almost 9 million people in the US alone.

Source: Institutional Investor

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