Rock Gate Partners is a Chicago-based private investment firm focused on growing, lower middle market companies exhibiting customer mind share leadership in niche markets.
We are not under pressure to ‘put money to work’ or generate short-term gains. We don’t manage investment horizons based on fund cycles. We invest the capital of our principals, advisors and high net worth partners, with the objective of building market leaders with sustainable, long-term competitive advantages.
We are a good fit for owners and management teams concerned about the management practices of traditional private equity firms. We offer long-term stability, while affording liquidity options to executives and shareholders that desire to monetize their investment on a horizon that is different from ours.
Adam J. Carrick
Vice President Marketing, Whitewater Brands and former Shareholder of Sid Savage, Inc. (acquired by Whitewater Brands in May 2015)
Current Whitewater Brands equity partner with Rock Gate
We own companies and seek to find others in a range of industries, with the common element being 'mind share' leadership. We define mind share leadership as high brand awareness in a target market based on reputation, quality and the respect of peers, customers and suppliers. These are often companies that are ‘punching above their weight,’ relative to their revenue base.
We also pursue opportunities where we can develop a specific thesis for adding value beyond capital investment. Rock Gate's principals have the necessary skills and experience to get in the trenches with management to drive growth, penetrate new markets, achieve operational excellence and pursue other strategic objectives.
Douglas P. Boersma
Chief Executive Officer
Northbrook Bank & Trust Company l Wintrust Commercial Banking
It’s simple: we seek to partner with talented, driven managers and owners who exhibit a high degree of intellect, ethics and integrity.
Great companies are built by passionate individuals who love what they do, and understand that an energized culture is critical to success.
VP Sales & Marketing
Russell L. Irby
Butler Snow LLP
Seller Legal Counsel