Gridiron Capital

Gridiron Capital is a private equity investment firm managed by partners who grew up working in and leading family-owned businesses and can offer valuable operating support and experience to middle market companies. They understand that a company’s people and culture are critical to success, and they seek to work with owners and management teams who are motivated to build and grow their companies by executing on a shared strategic vision. They partner with manufacturing, service, and specialty consumer companies, providing operating expertise and financial resources to develop and execute business plans and build market-leading companies.
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Hank Barrett

Associate

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Rohit Basu

Associate

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Ty Black

Associate

Thomas A. Burger

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

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Eugene Conese Jr.

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

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Rachel Eichelberger

Associate

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Edward Francis

Operating Partner

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Ryan Gardner

Associate

Kallie Hapgood

MD, Investor Relations

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Patrick M. Harlow

Operating Partner

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Scott Harrison

MD, COO

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Will Hausberg

MD

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William Hausberg

MD

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Brynn Jackel

Associate

Kevin Jackson

Managing Partner

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Andrew Kahn

VP

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Sean Kelley

MD, Business Development

Christopher King

Principal

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Jessica Kurys

CFO and Chief Compliance Officer

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Jeffrey W. Peterson

Operating Partner

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Douglas Rosenstein

Principal

Doug Rosenstein

Principal

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Joe Saldutti

MD

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Joseph Saldutti Jr.

MD

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Ryan Shearmire

Associate

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Bradley Skaf

Senior Associate

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Brad Skaf

Principal

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Owen Tharrington

MD

John Warner

MD

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Kirk Wawrzyniak

Associate

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Nick Weido

VP

15 past transactions

The Service Companies, Inc.

Acquisition in 2018
In the hospitality industry, The Service Companies is the unrivaled provider of cleaning, staffing and managed services, because only The Service Companies approaches their work with dedication, professionalism and a keen attention to detail that leads to best-in-class results. Because our offering and expertise is both broad and deep, we are able to flexibly tailor their services to the diverse needs of our customers in an economical way. Their quality standard is part of our culture, and driven by our ‘Service Code’, which guides our approach, performance and all our interactions with our customers, and their guests. Service is not just what we do – it is who we are.

GSM Outdoors

Acquisition in 2020
GSM Outdoors specializes in developing and marketing innovative products for the hunting, sport shooting, and outdoor enthusiast market. GSM owns several industry-leading brands including Stealth Cam, Walker’s, Cyclops, Western Rivers, American Hunter, HME, and SME. GSM’s strong focus on innovation, product development, rigorous quality control, and customer support has earned it a reputation for delivering top quality outdoor gear backed by industry leading customer service.

Erie Construction

Private Equity Round in 2021
Erie Construction is a construction company that offers home remodeling services.

LeafFilter North, Inc.

Private Equity Round in 2017
LeafFilter North is a major gutter protection company in North America. The Company is the sole manufacturer, seller, and installer of LeafFilter’s patented and branded gutter guards, providing customer support throughout the entire sales and installation process. LeafFilter currently serves regions in 34 states through 36 office locations across the United States and Canada and has installed over 27 million feet of gutter protection product to date. The company was established in 2005 and is headquartered in Hudson, Ohio.

Vertical Supply Group

Private Equity Round in 2022
Vertical Supply Group supplies arborist equipment and supplies, tree service supplies, and tree surgeon equipment. It offers tree climbing gear and kits, such as tree climbing ropes; throw line and big shot products; rope and gear storage products; tree harnesses/saddles; carabiners, snaps, and connectors; pulleys and blocks; split tails; ascenders/descenders; tree climbing spikes, spurs, and pads; safety lanyards; friction management devices; personal protective equipment; aerial lift products; tree books and DVD videos; tree climbing kits; and miscellaneous tree climbing gear. The company also provides arborist rope bags and tree rigging equipment, including rigging ropes, tree lowering devices, rigging connectors, rigging pulleys and blocks, tree rigging slings, rigging kits, aerial lift accessories, rigging books and DVD videos, and miscellaneous rigging accessories; and tree rigging and climbing ropes, which include tree climbing ropes, tree rigging lines, accessory cordages, splicing tools, and rope tools and accessories. In addition, it offers tree tools/saws, such as wood cutting and tree trimming equipment, log and leaf moving tools, tree and pruning ladders, tree measuring tools, chipper and stumper parts, wood cutting books and videos, and miscellaneous wood cutting gear; and various safety/clothing products. Further, the company provides plant health and tree health products, other tree gear products, and gift certificates. It serves tree care professionals, tree enthusiasts, and tree care workers; and tree climbing advocates, such as botanists, educators, scientists, and recreational climbers. Vertical Supply Group was formerly known as Sherrill, Inc. and changed its name in 2019. Vertical Supply Group was founded in 1960 and is based in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Dent Wizard is the undisputed leader in the automotive reconditioning services market in North America - Nation's largest provider of automotive reconditioning services - Over 1,600 technicians servicing over 4,000 customers - Diverse customer channels, including Auction, Dealer, Rental, Finance & Insurance (F&I), Body Shops, Hail, and Retail - Services Include: Paintless Dent Repair, Bumper Repair, Wheel Repair, Windshield Chip Repair, Chip and Scratch Repair, Headlight Brightening, and key programming and replacement services

Class Appraisal, Inc.

Acquisition in 2021
Class Valuation is an Appraisal Management Company (AMC), delivering outstanding quality and service to each and every client. Class Appraisal has partnered with over 400 mortgage lenders and over 6,000 of the highest performing residential appraisers in the country. Class has consistently been ranked #1 in client service by several of the nation's Top 10 mortgage lenders, and has been recognized as a top place to work, along with receiving many industry awards from NAMB, HousingWire, and MPA.
Dent Wizard is the undisputed leader in the automotive reconditioning services market in North America - Nation's largest provider of automotive reconditioning services - Over 1,600 technicians servicing over 4,000 customers - Diverse customer channels, including Auction, Dealer, Rental, Finance & Insurance (F&I), Body Shops, Hail, and Retail - Services Include: Paintless Dent Repair, Bumper Repair, Wheel Repair, Windshield Chip Repair, Chip and Scratch Repair, Headlight Brightening, and key programming and replacement services

Jacent

Acquisition in 2019
Jacent was formed in 2016 by the merger of LaMi Products and ATA Retail Services, two pioneers in impulse merchandising with a combined 60 years of experience. With the industry’s largest database of retail intelligence, the deepest inventory of impulse products, and the most experienced team, They’re the premier strategic merchandising partner to North America’s retailers.

AML RightSource LLC

Acquisition in 2020
AML RightSource LLC provides managed services for anti-money laundering (AML) transaction. The company offers financial crimes advisory services, such as retainer services, financial crimes strategy consulting services, AML consulting services, and investigative services. It serves financial services, retail banking, and insurance industries. The company was incorporated in 2004 and is based in Cleveland, Ohio with additional offices in Highland Hills, Ohio; Phoenix, Arizona; Buffalo, New York; and Ontario, Canada.

FitnessCubed

Venture Round in 2020
Fitness Cubed is a health and fitness company that offers Cubii, an under-desk elliptical trainer, which integrates wirelessly with mobile devices and fitness trackers. Cubii facilitates unconscious leg movements, which provide its users with a basic exercise to keep blood flowing through their regular workdays, without causing any distractions. Cubii enables its users to choose the intensity level of their exercise. It comes with a mobile application that tracks their exercise through revolutions, distance, calories, and more. The application connects wirelessly with Cubii and existing fitness tracks. Its users are able to share their progress with their families, friends, and co-workers through social networks.

The Colibri Group

Acquisition in 2019
The Colibri Group provides learning solutions to licensed professionals who strive to be among the best in their fields. Through five leading brands – McKissock Education, Real Estate Express, The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, Superior School of Real Estate, and Elite Professional Education, the company serves over 500,000 professionals annually within the real estate, healthcare and personal care markets, among others. Its learning products give working professionals a competitive edge by combining up-to-date information, practical on-the-job application, and online accessibility.

Rough Country

Acquisition in 2017
Headquartered in Dyersburg, TN, Rough Country was one of the founders of the off-road industry and remains one of the fastest growing manufacturers and marketers of aftermarket suspension products and off-road accessories with a product portfolio covering ~90% of truck and Jeep models on the road. Rough Country offers best-in-class service and value to its enthusiast customer base, with same-day shipping, a 90-day satisfaction guarantee, and a lifetime replacement warranty.

Remington Products

Private Equity Round in 2019
Remington Products Company designs and manufactures custom engineered cushioning products. The company offers products made from various open and closed cell polyurethane foams, elastomeric gels, fabric and leather top coverings, and pressure sensitive adhesives. It offers durable and disposable products primarily for OEM footwear and foot care industries, as well as for various industries, including medical, sporting goods, military, industrial, apparel, packaging, automotive, electronic, and consumer products. The company was founded in 1934 and is based in Wadsworth, Ohio.