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. 





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.  

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


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 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.



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. 


Majority investments in existing entrepreneurial companies

Growth Capital Opportunities

Special Situations / Distressed

Seed or Found New Ventures


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:



  • Business Services

  • Healthcare / Wellness Products & Services

  • Consumer Products

  • E-Commerce

  • Technology-enabled Services

  • SAAS
  • Niche Manufacturing

  • Energy Services




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