Rotunda Capital Partners Named in Inc.’s List of Founder-Friendly Investors for Second Consecutive Year
Rotunda Capital Partners (“Rotunda”), an operationally-focused private equity firm, was named in Inc. magazine’s third annual Founder-Friendly Investors list. Rotunda concentrates on working with distribution, industrial services and logistics companies.
The 2021 list honors the private equity and venture capital firms with the best track record of success backing entrepreneurs. These firms are recognized as partners that entrepreneurs can trust and collaborate with while receiving the financial support they need to help accelerate growth. All have a successful track record of remaining actively involved in the businesses after their investment.
To compile the list, Inc. went straight to the source: entrepreneurs who have sold to private equity. Founders filled out a questionnaire about their experiences partnering with private equity firms and shared data on how their portfolio companies have grown during these partnerships.
“Supporting an entrepreneur’s vision and driving growth is more than just a financial investment. It’s about building a relationship and supporting the founders beyond that initial year. These private equity firms treat the founders like partners,” said Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. media.
Rotunda works closely with management teams and families to help grow and expand their businesses organically and through acquisitions, while preserving the company’s culture established by its founder.
“We are proud to have been named to Inc.’s Founder-Friendly Investors list for a second consecutive year," said John Fruehwirth, managing partner of Rotunda. “We have always prioritized working with great people and are fortunate to have partnered with terrific founders, families, and management teams within our industries of focus.”
Rotunda has made three platform investments and completed seven add-on acquisitions across its portfolio so far in 2021. Each business was founder or family-owned at the time of Rotunda’s investment. One notable partnership was formed in June, with American Equipment Holdings. At the time, Adam Zimmerman, CEO, commented:
“This is an incredible opportunity for American Equipment. From our first meeting, it was clear that Rotunda shared similar views as to the foundation we have created and what our company could achieve. Through this partnership, our culture and high-touch customer experience that we are known for won’t change, but we gain the expertise and capital to grow in a market with significant opportunity.”
About Rotunda Capital Partners
Rotunda Capital Partners is a private equity firm that invests equity capital in established, lower middle market companies. Rotunda partners with management to build data-driven growth platforms within its targeted sectors, including value-added distribution, asset light logistics and industrial/business services. Founded in 2009, the firm has a long history of helping management teams achieve their goals for growth. The Rotunda team actively provides guidance and draws on deep industry and financial relationships to contribute to the successful execution of Rotunda’s companies’ strategic plans. The firm has offices in Bethesda, MD and Evanston, IL. For more information, visit www.rotundacapital.com.
The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community they need to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit www.inc.com.
About Inc.'s List of Founder-Friendly Investors
Inc. Magazine's Founder-Friendly Investors is a published list of U.S. founder-friendly private equity firms. Rotunda has paid a fee to be considered for this recognition. Private equity firms that have exited U.S.-based, founder-led, public or private, portfolio companies within the past five years were eligible to apply. This recognition is based on the analysis of and information gathered by Inc. Magazine using its own criteria and methodologies. As part of the vetting process, Inc. Magazine interviewed one or more portfolio company representatives about their experience partnering with Rotunda. For investments to qualify, portfolio company founders must have remained actively involved in their business for at least one year post-investment. The complete list of private equity firms considered for this award is not known to Rotunda. The award reflects information about a sample of portfolio companies and may not be representative of every portfolio company's experience with Rotunda. There is no guarantee that similar awards will be obtained by Rotunda in the future. Portfolio companies should make their own determinations about the prospects of partnering with Rotunda.
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