Tidewater Equity
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Welcome

Tidewater Equity Partners is a relationship-based, people-focused investor in small, family-owned and closely-held businesses. Established in 2016, Tidewater strives to be an integral part of the Cape Fear community. We are approachable. We are collaborative. We are partners who seek to achieve growth through continual operational improvement and long-term value creation, not short-term financial engineering.

For business owners, Tidewater serves as a resource to offer liquidity, facilitate generational transition, strengthen a company's financial position, accelerate growth and enter new markets. Accordingly, we seek opportunities in business niches to find companies that have distinguished themselves through execution and innovation. We then work closely with management teams, leveraging our operational expertise and our network to take these businesses to the next level.

For investors, Tidewater provides unique access to private company investments for high net worth individuals, family offices and small institutional investors. Tidewater is not a typical fund. We prospect and select participants to invest on a deal-by-deal basis, without any commitment to membership or ongoing obligation. Our team is committed to this investor-friendly, non-fund model that offers the utmost in flexibility for our participants.

Tidewater is headquartered in Wilmington, NC. Our firm features a team of experienced private company investors and operators with track records of success. Tidewater is a community-minded organization that takes pride in the network we continue to build. We leverage our network to provide compelling returns and value creation for our participants.

We invite you to learn more about our people and our firm.

Tidewater Equity Partners is a relationship-based, people-focused investor in small, family-owned and closely-held businesses. We are approachable. We are collaborative. We are partners who seek to achieve growth through continual operational improvement and long-term value creation.

Our People

We know success in our world primarily lies in having the right people around the table. The Tidewater team has extensive experience with small company investment and management. Our experiences have fostered a first-hand appreciation for the unique opportunities and challenges that exist, along with cultivating the expertise to assist our partners in achieving value-creating goals.

Merrette Moore
Merrette Moore
Managing Partner
Chris Jones
Chris Jones
Operating Partner
Julian Bossong
Julian Bossong
Operating Partner
Seth Bostock
Seth Bostock
Advisor
Phoenix Stein
Phoenix Stein
Associate
Connor Bolen
Connor Bolen
Investment Analyst
Nick Crabtree
Nick Crabtree
Deal Partner

Advisors

Rich Lee

Former Founder and CEO
Hosted Solutions

Todd Turner

Founder and Manager
Turner Family Office

David Woodworth

CFO
Trilliant, Inc

Jimmy Yates

Managing Partner
Wyrick Robbins Yates and Ponton, LLP

Tom Darden

Founder and CEO
Cherokee Fund

Robert Keith

Founder and Managing Partner
RA Holdings LLC

Bill Hawkins

Former Chairman and CEO
Medtronic

Ravish Sachar

Founder and CEO
Contego Medical

Investment Focus

Tidewater primarily makes control investments, however, our transaction structures are flexible and are customized for each investment opportunity. Above all else, we assess every opportunity to determine growth potential of the business and fit with the ongoing management team.

Our investment focus includes:

TRANSACTION TYPES

  • Full Buyout
  • Controlling Interest
  • Majority Recapitalization
  • Growth Equity

COMPANY CRITERIA

  • $10-30 million in revenue
  • $2-5 million in EBITDA
  • Based in North Carolina and the Southeast
  • Operating in large, fractured markets ripe for consolidation
  • Recurring revenue or repeat customer business model

PREFERED INDUSTRIES

  • Light Manufacturing
  • Distribution and Logistics
  • Healthcare
  • Tech-Enabled Services
  • Food & Beverage Production
  • Financial Services
Tidewater is headquartered in Wilmington, NC. Our firm features a team of experienced private company investors and operators with track records of success. We are a community-minded organization that takes pride in the network we continue to build.

The Tidewater Difference

Tidewater is a different type of private equity firm. We distinguish ourselves by being:

Investor Friendly

Our investment model affords investors many advantages over funds, angel groups and other investment vehicles. Since we raise money on a deal-by-deal basis, our investors have no upfront or ongoing requirements unless and until they participate in our deals. The Tidewater team packages and presents investment opportunities letting the investors make the final call on participation.

Niche Experts

We stick to investing in niche opportunities with which we are uniquely positioned to capitalize. We focus on small companies in industries we understand and within a geography that we know well. The Tidewater team has a proven track record in this regard and we continue to use our playbook.

Relationship Focused

We focus on relationships over transactions, because good deals are about dealing with good people. We are firm believers in the two-way street business philosophy. We take the long view in all of our dealings, realizing that the benefits may not be immediately tangible, but will always ultimately manifest.

Growth Centric

We do not rely on short-term financial engineering or manipulation in seeking value creation. Rather, we strive to achieve our objectives by growing companies and improving total financial performance to enhance overall value. We are committed to building bigger, better companies while involved.

High Value Add

We bring more than money to the table by adding people, resources and connections that provide considerable value to our portfolio companies. We are collaborators who strive to give or find the tools our companies need to succeed.

Community Minded

We strive to be good citizens of the Cape Fear region and Eastern North Carolina communities. It is an important part of our mission to benefit the people and institutions in our backyard. We love where we are from and endeavor to give back at least as much as we receive.

Contact

1985 Eastwood Road
Suite 201
Wilmington, NC 28403

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910-210-6156