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Our Work

Vibe Kayaks 

"The brand is built on a passion for the water, fishing, and outdoor living and our products are the perfect combination of good looks, great features, and affordability. At the end of the day, we strive to be more than just an outdoor company—we are committed to coming alongside and serving those who just can’t get enough of “out there.” What's a hobby? This is life." - Inc 5000

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Jaguar Transportation Inc.

Location: Laredo, NL, Monterrey

  • Only American-owned shipping lines south of the United States

  • Acquired 5 MEX companies to take full advantage of tax benefits and lead import/export for major businesses including GM, GE, Amazon, Colgate, and more

Dreamtrips, Rovia, World Ventures - Verona Internationals Holdings

  • World's largest (2019) and best travel club with custom curated travel platform

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Beal Manufacturing

Location: Gastonia, North Carolina

  • Specialty yarn manufacturer specializing in American-made yarns used in consumer, protective, and military clothing and commercial applications. 350,000 sqft of industrial real estate in Charlotte, NC.

Houston Steel Products, Evron Industries, Circleville Metal Work, Bethlehem Supply Company, and Superior Welding Corporation

  • Acquired several small companies that were merged with larger companies to strengthen product lines, including Business Systems Inc., Philadelphia Wire, Davidson Uphoff, and Gem Manufacturing

  • Became one of the largest shareholders in Trancisco, a struggling railcar repair company

  • Assisted management at Trancisco to trim expenses, discount debt and achieve enhanced profitability to allow a buyout within 3 years

  • Negotiated sale of Trancisco to Trinity Industries at a substantially higher value

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Sarah Michaels, Inc. / Freeman


Location: Oak Brook, Illinois

  • Purchased Sarah Michaels from Dial Corporation as a branded bath and cosmetic products

  • Acquired Freeman as branded skincare and hair care products marketed through mass drug chain and grocery chains

  • Operated both companies under one umbrella with an annual revenue in excess of $100M per year

  • Negotiated initial financing through finance company, with later financing by LaSalle Bank

  • Procured San Francisco Soap from JB Williams in 2002 for expansion of Sarah Michaels products

Kirk's Castile Soap

Location: Forest Park, Illinois

  • Purchased from Proctor & Gamble to avoid planned shutdown of the brand established in 1839

  • Altered the all-natural formula to ensure profitability

  • Rejuvenated and strengthened the brand by reestablishing the customer base

  • Negotiated sale of the brand to another company, continuing the legacy of the American product

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Fitzgerald Railcar Services


Location: Fitzgerald, Georgia

  • Purchased from IMC Global with financing by Wells Fargo

  • Initially oversaw the leadership of 200,00 sq. ft. plant that refurbished freight and tanker cars

  • Subsequently acquired two additional plants in Omaha, Nebraska and Angleton, Texas

Evron Industries, Ltd.

Location: Chicago, Illinois

  • Purchased through Cevin Industries, bought the established 40-year-old private label personal care products that sold to Walgreens, Kmart, Target and other merchandise giants

  • Took over management of the company's 180,000 sq. ft. plant

  • Negotiated buyout plan while company was in Chapter 11 with financing by Cole Taylor Bank

  • Turned a profit and expanded the company within 5 years

  • Managed inventory gross margin and automated high-speed production

  • Sold as profitable business to a private company

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Buffalo Tank Corporation

Metal Surface

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

  • Purchased through Cevin Industries from Bethlehem Steel Corporation

  • Directed the management of seven large fabrication plants through the U.S.

  • Managed the company to an annual revenue of $30M

  • Negotiation buyout through Maryland national Bank as the senior leader

Bethlehem Supply Corporation

Location: Oak Brook, Illinois

  • Purchased from Bethlehem Steel Corporation with annual revenues of more than $200M

  • Managed six pipe yards in the southern United States with main sales office in Houston, Texas and 21 retail oilfield supply stores in North Dakota, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Kansas

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Superior Welding Corporation

Location: Decatur, Illinois

  • Purchased from Varlen Corporation with an annual revenue of $8M

  • Made profitable within a few years

  • Negotiated sale to its largest customer

Vulcan Rivets & Bolt Corporation

Location: Birmingham, Alabama

  • Purchased from Bethlehem Steel Corporation as the troubled company grappled with massive losses and plans for shut down, with an initial revenue of $10M per year

  • Converted large antiquated manufacturing plant to a more modern production of industrial fasteners and railroad products

  • Made profitable and sold in 1996

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Atena Pipe Products Company of Illinois

Location: Chicago, Illinois

  • Purchased two plants

  • Operated profitably for several years

  • Established excellent reputation with top banks and lenders

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