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Catalyst Holdings is an investment group whose principals have a long history of accelerating the growth of companies. Our strategy is to have significant ownership in only a few investments, providing deep alignment with our investors and partners, while ensuring each company is provided the focus and dedicated resources needed to fully unleash its potential. 

WHY US?
 

WHY CATALYST? 

CREATIVE SOLUTIONS

It doesn't matter what it is. Every problem is waiting for a solution. The Catalyst team combines analytics and creativity to overcome the unique challenges facing each company.

PATIENT
GROWTH

While we believe rapid growth is obtainable in virtually every environment, we are patient investors focused on a long-term investment horizon.

DEEP EXPERIENCE

We work alongside each company on a daily basis, providing knowledge, insight and resources to assist our management teams in fully realizing each company's potential.

INTEGRITY

Integrity is at the core of our culture.  We regard honesty, commitment, and follow-through as keys to maintaining long term relationships and creating successful outcomes.

PROVEN
SUCCESS

We encourage you to speak with our past and current founder partners, management team members, and financing partners about how Catalyst was integral to building their companies.

ALIGNMENT

The Catalyst team always invests in every transaction, creating deep alignment with our investors.  We are not just financial engineers managing institutional capital.

 

OUR TEAM

Our principals have founded, led and managed dozens of entrepreneurial companies, so we can relate to the decisions business owners face in operating their companies on a day-to-day basis. Since our team has worked together for many years, we understand the sensitivities around preserving company culture, while adding new energy, ideas and talent to your organization.  

 
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Kevyn DeMartino
Managing Partner

Kevyn has acquired and managed companies throughout his career, with specific focus on entities experiencing both rapid growth and troubled operations. Prior to founding Catalyst Holdings, he spent 8 years as the Managing Partner of Transition Capital Partners (TCP), a Dallas based private equity firm focused on investments in the lower middle market. Prior to joining TCP, Kevyn was a principal at Triumph Holdings, LLC, a New York based, CIBC-funded private equity firm specializing in media and consumer services. This creative interest was gestated in business school from 1993 to 1995, where he served as a consultant and executive program producer for QVC, ESPN, and NBC. He is also the author of the business management book "BulletPoints – Using Military Tactics and Strategies to Drive your Business to Victory." Kevyn holds a B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas and a MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Forrest "Jake" Williams
Managing Partner

Jake has spent his career in private equity, investment banking and as an entrepreneur, successfully creating value in dozens of companies, across a diverse group of industries. Prior to co-founding Catalyst, Jake was a Principal with Transition Capital Partners (TCP), a Dallas based private equity firm, where he was instrumental in acquiring and creating value in 10 different investments.  Prior to TCP, Jake served as the Chief Financial Officer of Eagle Healthcare LLC and also co-founded Mobilocity, LLC, a wireless supply chain solutions provider in the telecommunications sector. Jake began his career at the investment banking division of Dillon, Read & Co., focused on mergers & acquisitions, and private placements of debt and equity. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia, attending the school on a track & field scholarship

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Justin Mowrey
Principal

Justin has spent his career in private equity and transaction advisory, with experience in several different industries. Prior to joining Catalyst, Justin was an Associate with Transition Capital Partners (TCP), a Dallas based private equity firm, where his responsibilities included transaction due diligence and portfolio company support. Prior to TCP, Justin served as a Senior Analyst at VMG Health, a healthcare valuation and transaction advisory firm. He holds a BBA in Finance, cum laude, from Southern Methodist University.

Kevyn DeMartino

Managing Partner

Kevyn has acquired and managed companies throughout his career, with specific focus on entities experiencing both rapid growth and troubled operations. Prior to founding Catalyst Holdings, he spent 8 years as the Managing Partner of Transition Capital Partners (TCP), a Dallas based private equity firm focused on investments in the lower middle market. Prior to joining TCP, Kevyn was a principal at Triumph Holdings, LLC, a New York based, CIBC-funded private equity firm specializing in media and consumer services. This creative interest was gestated in business school from 1993 to 1995, where he served as a consultant and executive program producer for QVC, ESPN, and NBC. He is also the author of the business management book "BulletPoints – Using Military Tactics and Strategies to Drive your Business to Victory." Kevyn holds a B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas and a MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Forrest "Jake" Williams

Managing Partner

Jake has spent his career in private equity, investment banking and as an entrepreneur, successfully creating value in dozens of companies, across a diverse group of industries. Prior to co-founding Catalyst, Jake was a Principal with Transition Capital Partners (TCP), a Dallas based private equity firm, where he was instrumental in acquiring and creating value in 10 different investments.  Prior to TCP, Jake served as the Chief Financial Officer of Eagle Healthcare LLC and also co-founded Mobilocity, LLC, a wireless supply chain solutions provider in the telecommunications sector. Jake began his career at the investment banking division of Dillon, Read & Co., focused on mergers & acquisitions, and private placements of debt and equity. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia, attending the school on a track & field scholarship. 

Justin Mowrey

Director

Justin has spent his career in private equity and transaction advisory, with experience in several different industries. Prior to joining Catalyst, Justin was an Associate with Transition Capital Partners (TCP), a Dallas based private equity firm, where his responsibilities included transaction due diligence and portfolio company support. Prior to TCP, Justin served as a Senior Analyst at VMG Health, a healthcare valuation and transaction advisory firm. He holds a BBA in Finance, cum laude, from Southern Methodist University.

Paul Kapsner

Senior Associate

Paul has spent his career in private equity and transaction advisory, with experience in several different industries. Prior to joining Catalyst, Paul was an Associate in the Deal Advisory practice at KPMG, providing buy-side and sell-side financial due diligence.  He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BBA and MPA in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.

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OUR PORTFOLIO

 

Our team has invested in or led dozens of companies that span a diverse array of industries. In partnership with our operators, management teams and investors, we focus on building sustainable value in entrepreneurial oriented businesses.  We take the time to understand the challenges and opportunities facing each business and work together to transform the company into a larger, well-managed, and more diversified enterprise.

Realized & Current Investments

JLab Audio is an award-winning designer of personal audio including Bluetooth earbuds, headphones and speakers. Founded in 2005, its mission is to enhance how you GO through life with incredible sound, inspired design, and innovative technology without the rockstar price.

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GBS Enterprises is the leading provider of furniture and mattress extended warranty protection plans and products. GBS also designs, manufacturers, and distributes technology-enabled healthy sleep products.

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Based in Frisco, TX, SuccessEd is an innovative educational software provider that is built by educators for educators. SuccessEd puts time-saving data management tools in the hands of educators which track compliance and services provided to students in special education, Section 504, Dyslexia, RtI, Medicaid, ELL, and behavior programs.

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LT Energy Services was a provider of mobile housing accommodations and environmental services to the oil & gas industry. LT Energy Services was sold to BE Aerospace in January 2014.

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Shadow Systems designs and manufactures premium firearms as well as custom firearm upgrades. Based in Plano, Texas, the company is committed to offering the most competitively priced, highest-value custom pistols and parts on the market. Shadow's team is made up of combat veterans and former law enforcement officers. While others may focus on looks alone, Shadow Systems creates hard-use tools that are properly engineered and perfectly executed. And they look damn sexy, too.

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Memorial MRI & Diagnostic has led the way in providing comprehensive diagnostic imaging and treatment services using advanced technology and state-of-the-art equipment. The physicians, management, technologists, and support staff who make up this premier practice are here to facilitate the imaging needs of physicians and healthcare providers in every way we can, and to ensure that every patient receives the highest degree of care and compassion.

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PostUp is a leading provider of email and audience development solutions for media and publishing brands. PostUp’s sophisticated email and audience development solutions help companies in the fast-growing media and publishing sector develop and grow their audiences, drive deeper audience engagement, and monetize their communications channels by generating new advertising and subscription revenue streams. Post Up was sold to Upland Software in 2019.

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Roamm is a distributor of outdoor gear and apparel. The Roamm team is made up of climbers, backpackers, and explorers with decades of experience and a shared determination to build the best gear for hiking and camping.

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Sante Pediatrics was the largest provider of pediatric speech and occupational therapy in the State of Texas. Sante was sold to Epic Health Services in 2013.

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Catalyst invests in existing entrepreneurial companies, new ventures, growth capital, and special situations/distressed opportunities.  Every investment represents a unique story and set of circumstances and we keep an open mind when evaluating any idea or approaching any new partnership.  We understand that companies are fundamentally about people, not just financial engineering, and provide custom approaches and solutions with every investment. 

INVESTMENT CRITERIA

type

Majority investments in existing entrepreneurial companies

Growth Capital Opportunities

Special Situations / Distressed

Seed or Found New Ventures

SIZE

Majority & Growth Capital Investments:

History of Growth and Profits with Revenue under $100M and EBITDA between $0-8M

Special Situations / Distressed:

Flexible but generally Revenue less than $100M

Seed and Found New Ventures:

Flexible

sectors

  • Business Services

  • Healthcare / Wellness Products & Services

  • Consumer Products

  • E-Commerce

  • Technology-enabled Services

  • SAAS
  • Niche Manufacturing

  • Energy Services

 

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4447 North Central Expressway

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Dallas, TX 75205

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