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. He doesn’t believe in helicopter parenting but he makes an exception in being overly active in coaching his kids’ rock 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. When winter-hiking the bluffs above Lake Michigan, he is secure enough in his mastery of technology to wear the “lowest tech” old school wool clothing that any weekend warrior could possibly 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 successfully grow its Electronic Freight Security service in the international market as well as in the domestic market. The capital infusion also enabled the Company 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 since the time of its acquisition, FreightWatch was sold 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 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.
This fourteen-story tower, with an attached parking garage, is situated in the heart of the Des Moines central business district and is one of the city’s most successful office buildings. The current occupancy level is approximately 90% with tenants that include Bank of America, The University of Phoenix, and well known professional service firms. This asset is well-positioned in an area where competing office properties are being converted to meet a growing demand for residential.
Acquired in 2006, this 228-room full-service Holiday Inn in Appleton, Wisconsin has a history of outperforming its competition and producing impressive returns. 9% annual dividends along with an early partial realization have produced greater than average liquidity for this asset class. Since the acquisition, Bridge has completed over $2 million of renovations to solidify this Holiday Inn as one of the area's leading business traveler hotels. It is situated strategically on Highway 41 near downtown Appleton, one mile from the county airport, and across the street from Wisconsin's second largest shopping center.
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 and generated a 12% annualized return (IRR) for investors with a strong dividend component. In 2006, Bridge recapitalized the property and distributed to investors the entire amount of their original investment, positioning them to have an ongoing interest without any capital at risk.
Bridge invested in this multi-family residential apartment complex located in the Washington DC metro area, one of the most consistently solid apartment markets in the country. Partnered with a firm that manages thousands of residential units around the Beltway, this apartment complex distributed a 12% annual dividend for investors and, with rental rates as well as occupancy increasing, was sold under ideal market conditions producing overall annualized investor returns (IRR) in excess of 23%.
This new group of restaurants, developed and managed by DMK Management (David Morton and Michael Kornick), include Ada Street and other upcoming projects in the DMK Ventures Series fund.
Bridge partnered with Baum Brothers Development to purchase and lease back to US Bank properties in Boise, Idaho. Adjacent vacant land also included in the transaction was ultimately developed into a retail shopping center and then fully leased and sold. The re-positioning and ultimate disposition of the Boise assets resulted in 20%+ annualized returns for investors.
Pebblewood Plaza, a retail shopping center in Naperville, Illinois, generated strong returns for investors throughout the entire duration of the investment, and was sold for a profit in 2006. Solid management, a diverse tenant base, a strong location, and a well timed exit all contributed to the success of this investment.
These three investments made with the same operating partner, Focus Hospitality, included a 151 room Holiday Inn in Fort Wayne, Indiana next to the Allen County Memorial Coliseum and the Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne University campus, a 153 room Holiday Inn and Splash Universe water park in Dundee, Michigan and an 83 unit Candlewood Suites extended stay hotel in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the latter having been sold. The Fort Wayne Holiday Inn and Dundee assets remain in the portfolio as active investments under restructured financing arrangements.