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Private Equity Services

Partnerships with Private Equity

Our exclusive approach to PE partnerships can provide a pipeline of deals, transaction ready candidates, and financial leadership for PortCos to preferred partners.

Deal Flow

Identifying and nurturing relationships with potential acquisition targets is time consuming.  Working to understand the financial position and intent of the ownership takes months, and in some cases, years. We work with companies throughout the country and in diverse industries, leading the finance, accounting, and FP&A functions. Our CFOs understand the owner’s needs and wants.


We connect business owners with private equity firms that can help them achieve their goals. This requires us understanding the specific acquisition criteria of your PE firm, so we can be on the lookout for a match.

Deal Ready

Our CFO talent is retained to create value, mitigate risks, and provide strategy and operational guidance to achieve our client’s growth aspirations. We get them ready for what’s next, and ready for a smooth due diligence process.
 

We prepare business owners for the scrutiny of their finances and operations with transparency and communication. We lessen an already stressful time with preparation and at-the-ready PE relationships as their trusted advisor.

Deal Results

We provide our PE partners with a team of elite, nationwide, available, and on-demand CFO talent to provide strategic and operational support to its PortCos. We work to understand the investment thesis and bridge the gap between the CEO and Board to align priorities and achieve financial targets.

PE Partner Program Services

  • Refer Deal-Ready Clients

  • Semi-Finalist Readiness

  • KPI Executive Orientation

  • Transaction Readiness

  • IPO Readiness

  • Interim CFO Services

  • Fractional CFO Services

  • Turnaround & Restructuring

  • Due Diligence

  • ESG Assessment

  • FP&A Function Standup

  • Continuous Value Addition

  • Post-Transaction Integration

  • Finance Team Assessment/Advising

  • Staff Augmentation for CFO Support

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Dallas Office – Home Services Industry, HVAC Company

Transitioned a PE-backed technology business in China from low margin commodity displays to high margin, multi-touch display panels serving the industrial, automotive, and medical markets. Led 20% reduction in manufacturing costs, EBITDA of 20%, and revenue doubling to $60 million. Implemented GAAP accounting procedures with two PE-owned companies, mentored controller, developed 5-year financial model, 13-week cash-flow forecast, and shortened close cycle.

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Shyamal Parikh
Partner

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Houston Office
– Healthcare Compan
y

Successfully led financial operations through the turnaround & restructuring of a PE-backed healthcare company.  Also provided interim financial guidance and litigation support associated with the restructurings of multiple distressed oilfield services companies and he performed a solvency analysis in preparation for fraudulent conveyance litigation.

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Andrew Pendleton
Partner

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Detroit Office – Automotive Aftermarket Manufacturer

Strategically resolved numerous liquidity, financial process, and planning issues to enable a $200M PE backed manufacturer to renegotiate debt levels in a process that was prepared for, but avoided, Bankruptcy.  Operational actions included resolving cost structure issues that improved EBITDA from negative to 18% in one year.  Also realigned/hired finance staff to be focused on the business for improved transparency and better controlled, more efficient processes.

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Kevin Grady
Partner

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Washington, DC Office – Financial Services Industry, Commercial Finance Company

Led PE owned specialty finance company as CFO, evolving accounting to true finance function, led company through a successful IPO, secondary offering, and multiple capital market and bank financings; financing strategy fueled 10x balance sheet growth in 5 years.  Instrumental to REIT conversion, buy-side M&A, international expansion, spin-off, transition to regulated bank holding company, and successful acquisition.

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Thomas A. Fink
Partner

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Houston Office – Automotive, Food Manufacturer

Successfully turned around a $175 million PE-backed automotive remanufacturer of transmissions and engines with negative EBITDA and minimal business value.  Achieved $37 million in EBITDA and sold the company for $191 million.  Also successfully turned around a publicly-held food manufacturer and strategically negotiated the sale for 4x market value.

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Gene Jones
Partner

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New York Office – PE-owned Nurse Staffing Business

As CRO, directed the restructuring and sale of a PE-owned nurse staffing business.  As CEO, successfully increased the EBITDA of a PE-owned clinical research organization in one year from negative $4.4 million to positive $4 million pro forma.  Additionally, served as CEO and restructured a PE-owned producer and marketer of nature-themed media.

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Jack McGovern
Partner

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Dallas/Fort Worth Office – PE Portfolio and Public Companies

As CFO, was instrumental in turning around and restructuring a $100 million PE-owned commercial printing company, a $40 million public medical device company, a $20 million PE-owned geospatial and aerial mapping services firm, and a $42 million public fabless semiconductor company.

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Brian Alleman
Partner

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New York Office
– PE-owned Company

As interim CFO of a PE-owned portfolio company, successfully led a team that restated 3 years of prior financial statements for a favorable audit opinion, authored MD&As, and developed new financial reporting and control processes.

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Charles Hubbard
Partner

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Dallas/Fort Worth Office
– Dealerships – R
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Performed post-acquisition integration activities for PE owned RV Dealership relating to financial reporting, system integration, and process and procedure improvements.  Implemented and managed all aspects of $100 million floor plan account.  Led the dealer acquisition team’s transition from the incumbent floor plan provider to new provider at 10 sister dealership group locations.

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Dan Chase
Partner

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Dallas/Fort Worth Office – SaaS Company

Led as the founder and CEO of a technology company specializing in data backup, disaster recovery and business continuity solutions, producing significant growth in revenue, profitability, and customer service. Expanded operations across the United States and Canada and led its subsequent sale to a private equity buyer at 11x EBITDA.

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Will Baccich
Partner

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Chicago Office - Technology Products and Services including SaaS

Consulted  turnaround of distressed PE-backed technology company (electronic products, SaaS offerings).  Responsible for finance and accounting functions. Developed short-term and long-term integrated three-statement financial projections and was involved with weekly cash flow management and disbursement decisions.  Reduced past-due A/R by 52% and improved the accuracy of financial records.  Worked with investment banking firm preparing for and managing a successful sale.

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Frank S. Wojtowicz
Partner

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Atlanta Office
– Healthcare SaaS Company

As Interim CFO for growing PE backed SaaS business, initiated FP&A function and coordinated rolling forecast process. Assisted completion of audit and communicated complex issues with executive team and Board. Assisted recruitment of and transitioned permanent CFO into role. Provided insight and context of industry-wide SaaS metrics in relation to client’s business and as guidance for investment decisions.

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Lyle Newkirk
Partner

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Dallas/Fort Worth Office – Global Consumer Products Manufacturer

Prepared family-owned consumer products manufacturer or sale to PE firm, the family sold a 70% interest for 9X EBITDA. Remained or two years working with PE team to increase company’s value.  Implemented new sale and operations process, changed management, upgraded ERP and inventory control system, improving inventory turns.

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James Emmons
Partner

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Chicago Office – Financial Services Industry

Implemented accounting and financial reporting operations and infrastructure as CFO and CRO for this PE backed startup insurance company, including a new general ledger system, statutory reporting software, and expense management system. Was part of the startup executive team responsible for establishing a relationship with a third-party insurance administration partner and launching the company’s first product.

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Jody Puffett
Partner

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Dallas/Fort Worth Office – Healthcare Industry

As CFO for health data provider, worked with lender and PE firm to provide appropriate liquidity.  Collaborated with CEO and COO for cost reduction and drove revenue growth priorities. As CFO/CEO for provider of home medical equipment therapies, restructured operations, closed unprofitable locations and product lines, and sold the home infusion business. One year later, remainder of business was sold, completing the PE exit.

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Bill Keys
Partner

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New York Metro Office
– Insurance Industry, Global (Re)Insurance Company

Led financial accounting and control aspects of a PE backed IPO as Group CFO for global insurance and reinsurance company. Built and maintained governance and reporting.  Established internal audit and Sarbanes Oxley functions and readiness project.  Accounted for complex capital and financing instruments issued during IPO.  Established and managed investor relations and quarterly earnings calls.

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Ralph Salamone
Partner

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Houston Office – Financial Services Industry

As Director of Finance for a PE owned title company, produced $2 million in cost savings with no change in service levels, refinanced $8 million in loans and reduced interest rates by 2%, saving $160K in annual interest expense. Also documented and cleaned up accounting processes, hired and trained quality staff, and reduced the time to close from three weeks to four days.

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Perry Trevithick
Partner

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Dallas/Fort Worth Office – Food Industry

Oversaw finance, customer service, IT and human resources as VP Finance and Administration for PE owned manufacturer of custom food products.  Consolidated departmental supervision into finance group and redistributed tasks, resulting in elimination of three full-time equivalent positions.  Transitioned accounting functions into existing system of the purchasing company and worked with operations management to identify improvement opportunities in procedures and cost structures.

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Cindy McSpadden
Partner

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Dallas/Fort Worth Office
– Software, Telecommunications, Healthcare, Logistics

Led PE backed software firm through transition, retained key customers, and achieved 10x EBITDA multiple (70% IRR) within 90 days of the transition. As CFO of  PE backed wireless telecommunications provider, led consolidation and sale generating $70 million in value (50% IRR).  Also performed 28 PE Firm road show, leading to business sale at 13x EBITDA and $80 million value.  CFO of Logistics Company, doubled working capital and increased operating income from breakeven to $10 million, receiving multiple PE firm offers exceeding 14X EBITDA.

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Lance Shipp
Partner

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Atlanta Office
– Transportation Investment Banking PE Advisor

Mitch served as Senior Managing Director for EVE Partners, a transportation-specific investment banking and  M&A firm.  He was involved in numerous sale transactions of privately owned trucking companies. 

Mitch was an Equity investor and business development adviser in a company that delivers innovative healthcare technology and care management solutions, focused on preventing chronic diseases and reducing costs directly linked to sleep disorders.  The company also has a significant focus in the transportation segment for improved safety and medical cost control. 

Mitch served as Co-Founding Partner and Managing Director of Epione Partners.  He also served as an advisor with the following PE firms:

Palmares Capital; Trivest Partners; Loki Group and Loki Equity; Red Dog Equity; Blue Jay Advisors; Focus Bankers; Lenox Group

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Mitch Poole
Partner

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Dallas/Fort Worth Office – SaaS Company

Responsible for strategic planning, financial forecasting and controls, tax, accounting, human resources, and business intelligence for a PE-backed SaaS company that provides digital and software solutions to consumers and government entities. As interim CEO, led the company through a major shift in strategic direction, an internal reorganization, and the sale of a business unit, all while maintaining most of the CFO duties. Hired strong business leaders to create the company’s first-ever FP&A and Business Intelligence teams. Within months, implemented a formal forecasting process, regular KPI reporting, and strong controls over the RFP process that led to improved visibility and accountability throughout the organization. Created the first-ever formal companywide incentive plan, presented it to the Board, received approval, and rolled it out to the company, increasing employee engagement, morale, and accountability. She implemented the NetSuite ERP system, consolidating 4 separate QuickBooks general ledgers and one instance of Sage into a unified Chart of Accounts in a single system, reducing the monthly accounting close time by half, and providing more timely and comprehensive financial insights to lenders and PE partners.

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Gayle Anderson
Partner

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SeatonHill works with PE Firms where there is alignment in values, industries served and a willingness to partner with open communication. We want the best for our clients, and investing our time in creating exclusive PE relationships to provide deal flow, deal ready and PortCo support post transaction is important to our firm.

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