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Private Equity Firms (Middle Market focus) and Their Portfolio Companies

Optimizing your opportunities. Leadership is key.
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Private Equity Firms (Middle Market focus) and Their Portfolio Companies

Optimizing your opportunities. Leadership is key.

Contact for Free Consultation


On one hand, companies that partner with a private equity firm face similar challenges as most other companies of their size and stage. On the other hand, these companies often deal with opportunities for growth and improvement that can result in an accelerated pace of organizational change. This organizational change can take many forms, for example:

    • A need to add to or otherwise bolster the leadership team
    • A heightened focus on growing the top-line
    • Special attention to increasing profitability
    • A desire to expand product/service offerings
    • Geographic, even international, expansion
    • A need to increase technology expertise and capabilities

We work with private equity firms by:

    • Evaluating the leadership teams of target companies, during the transaction’s due-diligence phase, to understand how team members function, both individually and collectively
    • Coaching their portfolio companies’ business leaders to help them perform at a higher level
    • Assessing candidates for C-level roles or other key leadership positions to help ensure that the right people are chosen for these critical jobs
    • Helping the members of their portfolio companies’ leadership teams work together more cohesively
    • Focusing on other areas to improve the organizational effectiveness of their portfolio companies

We specialize in working with:

Teams/Groups, such as:

    • Board of Directors
    • Area/Regional/District Leadership Teams
    • Executive Leadership Teams
    • Leadership Teams
    • Management Teams
    • Managing Partners

"As a business coach, I consider Kevin to be resourceful, relevant, and realistic. Our sessions were very coordinated and synchronized which made me look forward to the calls. I liked that Kevin guided me to arrive at the solutions that were specific to my challenges. And, for me, it is very reinforcing to be given examples of situations (things or people I would recognize) to reinforce my commitment and memory of it. Overall, I have succeeded in solving or at least improving on my goals that we set."

Marty Baltzegar, Vice President, Business Development and Marketing, S&ME, Inc.

"Coaching is a benefit that I consider pure gold. The most impactful take-away from coaching with Kevin was the practice of goal-setting. My transformation was from slightly being anti-goal to using new tools to accomplish what I set out to do, at work and outside of work as well. Some more wisdom I gained from coaching was a greater awareness of how my actions and words impact others, my “emotional wake.” I enjoyed learning through books, articles, and assignments, and I appreciated the preparation each week so that Kevin and I could make good use of our time together."

Rebecca Baier, Distributed Intelligence Product Manager, Itron, Inc.

"Kevin, thank you! What was said and done in our sessions as well as the individual talks and weekly meetings has had a very positive impact on the team. It has helped drastically. I no longer feel as tormented whenever an issue needs to be addressed. It seems everyone now has a much more open mind and we respect each other's thoughts and perspective which was something I strongly feel we lacked in the past. Thank you very much for all of your help."

Operations Leader, leading manufacturing and distribution company

"Kevin is a strong relationship builder and is never short of new ideas to move the business forward. He is an excellent leader of teams and people and he possesses the ability to simplify complex objectives into actionable tasks. He is very good at keeping teams engaged and stretched in their assignments. Kevin is a calm leader that deals with issues and significant challenges with a sense of clarity, integrity and an attitude that gets to solution. He knows how to bring the best out of people and organizations."

Director, Global Service Quality, healthcare company

"There are so many distractions out there from day to day in business. It is evident we all need professionals to keep us on track, on course with our own business. Kevin Brimhall will do exactly that. He will get to know you by asking the appropriate questions to determine needs analysis and then provide you with the solutions to keep you ahead of the competition. Kevin will create a powerful strategy for your business to develop profitability, creativity and help achieve success."

Owner, communications and technology consulting company

"Ever since I met Kevin, I've been nothing but impressed with his insight, objectivism, and willingness to help out in any given situation. He definitely can see the forest AND the trees, and is able to look at small and medium businesses from the big picture, to help get them to the next level! Kevin is a consummate professional, and it's clear that he knows his field -- if you need to build your organization and/or need someone to provide counsel from an objective and skilled point of view, he's the one to call."

President, marketing and PR business

"I had no expectations going into this [engagement] other than that coaching would be helpful in my new position. It is helpful discussing issues with someone outside of my organization and developing the tools to approach and solve difficult problems. Also, I believe that the next phase of the coaching with Kevin can be very valuable in helping me to achieve some of the things on my dream inventory. I strongly recommend coaching with Kevin."

Vice President, Engineering, specialty products manufacturer

"I am pleased to recommend Kevin Brimhall as an executive coach and business consultant. Kevin has coached a number of senior leaders at our portfolio companies, all with tremendous results. He has worked with these executives in areas such as leadership development, strategic planning, attitude and motivation, communication, time management, business development, and optimizing team performance. Kevin blends his strong business acumen with an empathetic manner to which people favorably respond, producing desired outcomes across a wide range of opportunities and challenges. Kevin's experience as a GE leader, plus years of working closely with business owners, leaders, and teams, make him well-suited to get the most out of people and organizations. I highly endorse Kevin and recommend him to anyone who is not completely satisfied with their current personal or professional results."

Operating Partner, private equity firm

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