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Acquiring and Growing Exceptional Businesses 

LEGACY GROWTH

You've built a great business - now it's time to think about transition. Choose a partner committed to the long term growth of your company. At The Tusker Fund, we are dedicated to building an exceptional business for your employees, customers, and ultimately, your legacy.  

OUR PROMISE TO SELLERS

 
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Unlike conventional buyers, we will re-locate to run daily operations, ensuring a seamless transition

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We are dedicated to protecting and growing the hard earned legacy of small business owners

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Feel confident in closing. Our best-in-class investor group offers quick, reliable transactions with flexible terms 

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We pledge to build an enduring, outstanding company for your employees and customers

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We understand the importance of confidentiality. All conversations with sellers remain strictly confidential

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We earn trust by holding ourselves to the highest ethical standards

 

ACQUISITION CRITERIA

  • Stable, growing business with powerful value proposition

  • High degree of recurring revenue

  • >$1mm EBITDA with strong margins

  • Revenues of $4-100mm

 

TEAM

Who you select to partner with in transition matters. At The Tusker Fund, we've gathered a world-class team of exceptional entrepreneurs, executives, and investors to ensure your business flourishes in transition and beyond. Meet just some of our team below:

CO-FOUNDERS

 
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Rohit has helped organizations of all sizes on setting strategy, scaling operations, and building culture. Prior to co-founding The Tusker Fund, Rohit worked at McKinsey & Co. focused primarily on the public, education and private equity sectors. Additionally, Rohit led McKinsey & Co.’s non-profit, Generation, across 10+ cities in the USA. Rohit has a B.A. from Emory University where he played varsity soccer and tennis and a JD-MBA from Northwestern University School of Law and the Kellogg School of Management. He also previously taught high school in NYC through the Teach For America program.
Pacific Lake Partners is a $200m firm dedicated exclusively to investing in private companies through the search fund model. Co-founded by Jim Southern and Coley Andrews, Pacific Lake's experience spans from the first search fund acquisition in 1984 by Jim Southern to today. The firm has invested in over 100 search funds in the last five years across the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, and Africa. Pacific Lake's team of full-time professionals and Special Limited Partners bring a mix of deep search fund investing and growth-company operating experience to support entrepreneurs.
Trilogy Search Partners invests in acquisitions of small, profitable companies, sourced and managed by search fund entrepreneurs. Trilogy's partners leverage a shared, multi-decade operating history, broad management expertise and their own capital to actively support the search fund process. Trilogy partners with high-potential entrepreneurs, experienced co-investors and existing business owners to maximize our mutual outcomes.
Jeff has spent his career scaling sales teams and advising large financial institutions on their investment portfolios. Most recently, Jeff was a Director at the Royal Bank of Scotland where he led the firm's interest rate sales in the Midwest. In that role, he grew the region’s sales from $12mm to $36mm in just three years. Over his 12 year career, Jeff has demonstrated leadership in sales and has an exhaustive knowledge of financial products and markets. Jeff received a BA in Economics and Geography from Middlebury College and an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.

INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERS

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SELECTED INDIVIDUAL PARTNERS

Kent Weaver is currently Executive Chairman and former CEO of Progressive Home Care, a Northern California-based health care company acquired using a self-funded search fund model. Previously, Mr. Weaver held executive positions in marketing and product management for a VC-backed marketing automation startup, as a regional CFO and business analyst in Pepsico’s Pizza Hut Division, and as a management consultant at Ernst & Young.   He received his MBA from the Fully Employed Program at the University of California, Los Angeles and BS in finance from the University of Southern California.   Mr. Weaver has personally invested in over 60 lower middle market acquisitions sourced and managed by search fund entrepreneurs.  He is currently a board member at Field Edge (field technician software), mTab (database tool), Neuro International (healthcare), Integra (healthcare), CALO (behavioral health), and Eclipse (ATM services).  
Mahesh Rajasekharan is President and Chief Executive Officer of Cleo, a global software company that delivers B2B-led cloud integration solutions to help companies discover and create value across their multi-enterprise ecosystems. An experienced business leader, Rajasekharan has expertise in business strategy, operations, sales and marketing, supply chain management, SaaS technologies, enterprise software, consulting services, private equity, acquisition integration and P&L management. Since joining Cleo in 2012, he has built the company into a global integration software leader, overseen tremendous revenue and geographic expansion, and shaped the company’s reputation through thought leadership, product innovation and customer-service excellence. Prior to leading Cleo, he served as Chief Operating Officer at SumTotal Systems, where he led the dramatic turnaround of this $100 million multinational software company. Previously, Rajasekharan led the High Tech Industry Sector at i2 Technologies, where he managed global sales and a $60 million P&L. Rajasekharan serves on the Board of Directors for Cleo, Omatic Software and Banyan Software, and is on the Advisory Board for StartupWind, a social ideation network. He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University, an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University, and a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University, India. He also earned an MBA in Finance, Strategy, and Marketing from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, where he graduated No. 1 in his class.
Mark Anderegg is currently CEO of Little Sprouts, a Boston-based provider of early education centers, which he led the acquisition of in October 2012. Little Sprouts owns and operates 30 preschools throughout New England. The company employs approximately 800 educators and serves 3,000 families. Earlier in his career, Mark was an investment banker with Goldman Sachs, first in New York and later in Chicago. He subsequently worked as a private equity investor with Chicago Growth Partners, a middle-market buyout fund, where he focused on investments in the education industry. Mark received his B.A. in Economics, magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. 
Jason Pananos is a co-founder of The Nashton Company.  The Nashton Company is a holding company investing in recurring revenue services businesses.  Nashton builds leading companies in niche markets over a very long period of time. Prior to cofounding the firm, Jason served as the President of Vector Disease Acquisition, a holding company that provides vector-borne disease prevention programs and lake management services. Under Jason's leadership, the company made 14 acquisitions and grew at a CAGR of 43%.  Vector Disease Acquisition was acquired by Rentokil Initial (FTSE: RTO) in November of 2017. Jason obtained a Master in Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School and a BBA in finance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Jason and his wife Danielle have four children and live in Longmeadow, MA.    
Jay Davis is a co-founder of The Nashton Company.  The Nashton Company is a holding company investing in recurring revenue services businesses.  Nashton builds leading companies in niche markets over a very long period of time. Prior to cofounding the firm, Jay served as the CEO of Vector Disease Acquisition, a holding company that provides vector-borne disease prevention programs and lake management services.  Under Jay’s leadership, the company made 14 acquisitions and grew at a CAGR of 43%.  Vector Disease Acquisition was acquired by Rentokil Initial (FTSE: RTO) in November of 2017. Jay obtained a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Economics.  Jay and his wife Susan have three boys and live in Nashville, TN.   
TTCER is an investment partnership established by key founding team members and investors in Asurion, the world’s leading provider of technology protection and support services for mobile devices. TTCER draws on a long history of operating and investing together to advise and collaborate with entrepreneurs with whom they have developed strong relationships. They invest only their own personal capital with a goal to drive superior long-term returns and help the leaders they work with build and grow enduring companies.
Andrew is the CEO of Integra Partners, a healthcare services company acquired in 2011 by Andrew and a group of private investors. Prior to acquiring Integra, Andrew held roles at Goldman Sachs as an investment banker and Vestar Capital Partners as an investor for the multi-billion-dollar private equity fund. Andrew has been/is an active investor in entrepreneurial, growth companies including Bonobos, New Media Learning, Axial Markets, and numerous search funds and their acquired businesses. He is a board member of Integra Partners, Light Wave Dental, Datacor, Circle Surrogacy, and the Brooklyn Museum Advisory Board. Andrew received a bachelor degree in business administration from Emory University and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. 
 

CONTACT

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