Bridge Investments is a Chicago-based private equity firm focused on the lower middle market. At Bridge, we love what we do and enjoy working with management teams that feel the same way. The professionals at Bridge Investments have a diverse and unique blend of backgrounds consisting of private equity, real estate, law, investment banking and consulting. We have a 15-year track record of success in a wide array of businesses, including digital marketing, logistics, security services, data center services and real estate, among others. We contribute our own capital to each investment, directly aligning our interests with those of the company and differentiating ourselves from other private equity firms.
We seek out established companies with clear potential; apply a disciplined approach to the transaction process and to our portfolio management; and help those companies grow and evolve into mature, larger and more profitable businesses. We understand and have experienced the unique challenges that businesses face during this important stage, and we collaborate with management teams to form and implement flexible, comprehensive strategies. We support and add value to our portfolio companies through our knowledge and experience, capital resources and business relationships forged over many years. We diligence, as appropriate, prior to a Letter of Intent and thus have a strong history of closing deals after reaching the LOI phase. Our flexibility allows us to exit at the ideal time, maximizing value for all involved.
Bridge Investments is willing to partner with other like-minded investors. This allows us to participate in larger deals and helps us to diversify our capital base. We have a successful history of co-investing and believe that partnering can often provide an even wider range of perspective, expertise and resources.
Daniel focuses on acquisitions, portfolio management, investor relations, and realization strategy. He has served as a board director to Prime Visibility Media Group and FreightWatch International, and as a managing member to other Bridge portfolio companies. Daniel’s experience includes leveraged buyouts, growth equity, capitalizations, debt recapitalizations, asset consolidations, and real estate, hotel and corporate acquisitions and financings. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan. Although he dabbles in the paleo diet, he makes an exception on weekends, holidays, and always for hot wasabi firstname.lastname@example.org | 847-681-8886 | |
Since starting Bridge with Daniel fifteen years ago, Bob has been active in investor relations as well as portfolio management and the sourcing and structuring of investments. He has served as a board director and ex officio advisor to various Bridge portfolio companies. Prior to Bridge, Bob was a founding partner of Goldberg Kohn, one of Chicago’s premier law firms. He received a B.A. cum laude from Cornell University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.email@example.com | 847-926-0818 | |
Jason’s primary role includes the origination and analysis of investment prospects, deal negotiation and execution, operational and strategic support for portfolio companies, and value realization. Prior to joining Bridge, he was a Vice President at Red Barn Investments, a Chicago-based private equity/venture capital firm that was an active co-investor alongside Bridge in PV Media Group. While at Red Barn, Jason served as a Board member for two of its portfolio companies – SCO Logistics, Inc. and CoreXchange, Inc. Jason began his career as an analyst in Citigroup’s investment banking division focusing primarily on M&A advisory. He holds a BA in Economics and Management from Albion College.firstname.lastname@example.org | 847-681-8884 | |
After graduating from Indiana University summa cum laude with a B.S. in Accounting, Roger earned his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and then practiced law at the Goldberg Kohn firm. He has been an investment banker specializing in mergers and acquisitions and the chief operating officer of multiple manufacturing email@example.com | 847-681-8881 x105
Jim brings considerable experience to Bridge's business planning and equity placement efforts. He formerly served as Senior Vice-President and Director of Chicago Corporation and as a Senior Vice-President of ABN AMRO. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.firstname.lastname@example.org | 847-602-8648
In 2010, Bridge Investments led a growth equity investment in FreightWatch International (www.freightwatchintl.com), a global leader in logistics security services. FreightWatch provides companies with complete cargo security and supply chain integrity from origin to destination. The growth capital provided by Bridge Investments enabled FreightWatch to grow its business both in the US and abroad as well as to develop new technologies, such as real-time temperature monitoring, which was a key addition for FreightWatch’s pharmaceutical customers. In mid-2012, after nearly doubling EBITDA, Bridge led the sale of FreightWatch to United Technologies (NYSE: UTX).
In December of 2007, Bridge acquired AdOn Network (www.adonnetwork.com), a leading provider of innovative contextual and behavioral advertising solutions for advertisers and publishers on the Internet. Concurrent with the acquisition of AdOn Network, Bridge also acquired Prime Visibility and merged the two companies into a single entity called "PV Media Group". Bridge worked collaboratively with management to return the company to its strong growth trajectory following the recession and to maximize the synergies between the two merged companies. After doubling EBITDA from the time of its acquisition, Bridge sold PV Media Group in November of 2011 to a publicly traded UK-based strategic acquirer, Blinkx plc (LSE: BLNX).
Bridge acquired Prime Visibility (www.primevisibility.com) in 2007 with the goal of complementing AdOn Network with a SEO/SEM platform. By working collaboratively with management over the duration of its investment, Bridge transformed Prime Visibility into a full-service digital marketing agency with a comprehensive suite of services. Prime Visibility’s strong revenue and EBITDA growth, together with its seasoned management team, helped to further diversify PV Media Group's range of services and make it a more attractive acquisition target. Bridge sold Prime Visibility, along with AdOn Network to Blinkx plc (LSE: BLNX) in November 2011.
Bucketfeet (www.bucketfeet.com) is an emerging consumer brand specializing in artist-designed footwear. The company collaborates with a variety of artists from around the world to design each shoe distinctly, and each artist receives a portion of the profits generated from the products he or she has designed. Bucketfeet has shown consistent growth since it was founded in 2011 and sells products through its own website, national retailers like Nordstrom and C. Wonder, Bucketfeet pop-up shops, and boutiques in over 20 countries.
Mack Weldon (www.mackweldon.com) fuses old-school quality and modern-day technology to bring consumers a premium product with online convenience. Founded in 2012 by WebMD and Comcast veteran Brian Berger and apparel and fashion merchandising expert Michael Isaacman, Mack Weldon offers a superior shopping solution for “men’s basics” -underwear, socks, and t-shirts. Leveraging off its experience in product design, the Mack Weldon team creates exceptional products that blend design and performance.
EVENTup (www.eventup.com) is a marketplace that connects people that are looking to find and book the perfect venue with venue owners seeking to rent out their space. EVENTup gives event planners, consumers and businesses access to diverse types of event space ranging from unique locales like beach houses, mansions, and lofts, to typical commercial event space locations like banquet halls, restaurants and hotels. EVENTup provides consumers access to uniquely suitable spaces that previously would have taken considerable time or would have been difficult to find. EVENTup takes the “hassle” out of the venue search by allowing event planners and consumers to browse online, by city, and filter by availability, pricing, event type, etc., and then book the venue or schedule a walk-through visit.
NowThis (www.nowthisnews.com) is a New York-based emerging media-tech company that creates real-time, short-form digital news videos and distributes these videos across social and mobile platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and SnapChat, among others. NowThis uses its proprietary technology platform (“Switchboard”) to distribute content across a range of social media channels using a sophisticated optimization strategy. The Company also produces and distributes real-time branded content for large consumer brands.
Bridge Investment’s fourteen-story office building, one of the city’s most prominent, is situated in the heart of the Des Moines central business district. With consistently strong occupancy levels, tenants include Bank of America, The University of Phoenix, and well known professional service firms.
At Bridge’s 228 room full-service Holiday Inn, in Appleton, Wisconsin - on Highway 41 a mile from the county airport - we recently completed over $2 million of renovations to solidify its position as one of the area's leading business traveler hotels. Bridge’s other two Holiday Inn hotels, developed and operated by Focus Hospitality, are the 151 room Holiday Inn in Fort Wayne, Indiana (next to the Allen County Memorial Coliseum) and the Splash Universe Waterpark and Holiday Inn Hotel in Dundee, Michigan.
This 400,000 square foot warehouse and distribution center is located 5 minutes from the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) and 15 minutes from downtown Chicago. Bridge maintained the property at 100% occupancy for almost its entire eleven years of ownership, achieving projected investor returns before exiting this investment in 2013.
Bridge was the lead investor in this multi-family apartment complex located in the Washington DC metro area, one of the strongest multi-unit residential markets in the country. Bridge partnered with a local top-tier multi unit management firm and this investment provided overall annualized returns significantly above 20%. Bridge exited the investment with a sale to a strategic acquirer.
This new group of restaurants, developed and managed by DMK Management (David Morton and Michael Kornick), include Ada Street, County BBQ and other upcoming projects in the DMK Ventures Series fund.
Bridge was the lead investor in the sale-and-lease-back of multiple locations in Boise, Idaho to US Bank, the 5th largest bank in the United States. In addition to these Boise bank locations, adjacent vacant land was developed into a retail shopping center; and then fully leased and sold. Overall annualized investor returns of 20%+ were achieved.