About Us

We are a private equity firm that has been successfully investing in and building businesses with our management team partners. Since inception in 1991, we have completed over 140 transactions representing $13.6 billion in gross transaction value.

Our Core Values

Our mission is to create significant value for all of our stakeholders by investing in and building strong, dynamic businesses. We seek to work with our management team partners using a collaborative approach, providing consistent support through our ownership period.

Our vision is to create a positive impact on the businesses we invest in by proactively supporting growth and strategic initiatives, working in partnership with management. We strive to make our businesses fundamentally better through our involvement.

  • Integrity We hold ourselves to high standards of ethical conduct. We build trust-based relationships by being professional, respectful and honest in all of our interactions.
  • Certainty We pride ourselves on saying what we mean and doing what we say.
  • Partnership We view management teams as our true partners and accordingly strive to work with them in a highly collaborative manner in all of our interactions. We strive to actively support the long-term interests of our management team and employee partners, who are critical in creating value.
  • Entrepreneurship We are entrepreneurial investors ourselves with a long track record of partnering with founders and entrepreneurs in building their businesses. We take a customized approach to each investment and are committed to maintaining and supporting an entrepreneurial spirit embedded in each of our management teams.
  • Perseverance Difficult situations invariably arise in business and in life.  A defining aspect of character is how organizations and individuals meet these challenges.  We help prepare companies for the unexpected, both opportunities and risks, and take a patient, long term approach to address challenges and build businesses.

Our History

We have been working with and investing alongside exceptional management teams to build strong companies for more than 25 years. The firm is led by its three Managing Partners and co-founders, William Macey, Douglas Newhouse and Charles Santoro, who have directed the investment program since its inception.  The senior management team has grown over time to include Partners Michael Barr and William Russell.  

Our investment professionals collectively have over 125 years of private equity investment experience and are significant investors in all of our funds.  Today, the firm has 16 employees located in Westport, Connecticut who partner closely with our management teams and approximately 10,000 portfolio company employees throughout the United States who are all an important part of our value creation process.  We are actively seeking investment opportunities for Fund III which was raised in 2014.