When Brian A. Demkowicz and his partners founded Huron Capital Partners LLC in 1999, they had two employees and an angel investor. Nine years later, Huron has acquired about 80 companies that employ about 3,500 people.
To maintain a competitive advantage and maximize returns for investors, Demkowicz and his team use a differentiated investment approach coupled with rigorous and disciplined decision-making. They seek to create equity value in three ways: by acquiring platform companies at attractive prices through strict discipline in the sourcing, screening, structuring and due diligence processes; by building and managing each portfolio company with a hands-on operational approach in partnership with portfolio company management teams; and by successfully realizing investments by making them more attractive to a broader base of buyers and using a competitive sales process upon exit.
To achieve these goals, Demkowicz places a strong emphasis on culture. To create a culture in which employees and the company can succeed and thrive, he has developed five fundamental core values: foster an atmosphere of trust through honesty and integrity; advance team goals ahead of individual goals; have a relentless and conscientious effort to achieve success; act with respect, humility and gratitude; and lead a balanced life and have fun. Living these values ensures that everyone is moving in the same direction and is focused on common goals.
As a result, no senior investment professionals have left Huron since its inception, and Huron is now ranked in the top 10 percent of all private equity firms in the U.S.
HOW TO REACH: Huron Capital Partners LLC, (313) 962-5800 or www.huroncapital.com