Published in the November 30, 2012 edition of the Orange County Business Journal.
Newport Beach, CA June 25, 2012 – Private equity firm ClearLight Partners announced today that it has acquired a significant ownership interest in Consumer Safety Technology, LLC, manufacturer of the state-of-the-art Intoxalock® breath alcohol monitoring devices. Commonly used by DUI offenders in order to retain driving privileges, Consumer Safety Technology’s core ignition interlock products prevent an engine from starting when alcohol is present on the driver’s breath. CST will use the investment from ClearLight to fund a range of attractive growth initiatives. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
David Arringdale, CEO of Consumer Safety Technology, commented “We are excited to be partnering with ClearLight Partners as we enter the next phase of our company’s growth and development. ClearLight shares our vision of reducing drunk driving and other alcohol-related crimes, while providing excellent and compassionate service to our customers.”
Josh Mack, a Principal at ClearLight, stated “Consumer Safety Technology has developed industry-leading technology and has displayed a strong and consistent track record of impressive growth. We look forward to providing the capital to support the company’s continued expansion, enabling Consumer Safety Technology to capitalize on the increased use of interlock devices to combat drunk driving.”
Michael S. Kaye, Managing Partner at ClearLight, added “We are impressed with the great job that CST’s co-founders, Kevin Doyle and Scot Lewton, have done and with David Arringdale’s leadership in building on the platform they established. We are excited to partner with David and his management team to continue to build on the company’s legacy of innovation and growth.”
About ClearLight Partners
ClearLight Partners is a private equity firm located in Newport Beach, CA with $600 million of assets under management. The team at ClearLight has extensive operating and financial experience, and invests in and contributes to the expansion of established and profitable businesses. ClearLight focuses on leveraged buyout investments in middle-market companies with strong management teams and significant growth potential.
For more information, visit www.clearlightpartners.com
About Consumer Safety Technology
Founded in 1992, Consumer Safety Technology designs and develops breath alcohol monitoring devices under the Intoxalock® brand. Its technology is used in breath alcohol ignition interlock devices (BAIID or IID) and home alcohol monitoring devices. The company’s core interlock products are installed into customer vehicles via a network of more than 1,000 conveniently-located installation centers throughout the U.S. Consumer Safety Technology is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa.
For more information, visit www.intoxalock.com.
Newport Beach, CA December, 2011 – ClearLight Partners, LLC recently completed the sale of Switchcraft, a designer and manufacturer of high-performance electronic connectors, to HEICO Corporation, a public-traded company with headquarters in Florida that is focused on the aviation, defense, space, medical, telecommunication and electronic industries. ClearLight originally invested in Switchcraft in March 2005, and enjoyed a successful partnership growing the business with senior management.
ClearLight continues to actively seek companies in the following industry sectors:
- High value-added manufacturing businesses like Switchcraft that have significant engineering content and strong competitive positions
- Consumer products / food
- Business services
- Education & training
Founded in 1946, Switchcraft is a premier designer and manufacturer of high-performance electronic connectors, cable assemblies, and other value-added products and systems used in diverse applications in the global electronics industry. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the Company operates state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Chicago, Illinois, Villa Park, Illinois, and Inchon, Republic of South Korea. For more information, visit www.switchcraft.com.
Newport Beach, CA September 12, 2011 – Private equity firm ClearLight Partners announced today that it has acquired an ownership interest in Evriholder Products, LLC, the leading provider of “impulse” purchase housewares. Evriholder’s extensive product portfolio spans the Storage & Organization, Cleaning, Bath & Personal Care, Barware, and Kitchen categories. Evriholder will use the investment from ClearLight to fund a range of growth initiatives, including new product and program development and acquisitions.
Gary Seehoff, CEO of Evriholder, commented “Working with Michael Kaye and Jay Shepherd of ClearLight Partners over the last few months has been wonderful. We are extremely impressed and grateful for the support and confidence they are showing in us; their resources are tremendous and we look forward to growing the Company strategically with their guidance.”
Ivan Stein, President of Evriholder, added “We could not be happier to partner with ClearLight. I believe they will add a new level of sophistication and professionalism to our company. We will also now have ample resources to continue developing a comprehensive range of market leading, proprietary ‘impulse’ products. This new investment by ClearLight should add a lot of fuel to our growth over the next few years.”
Jay F. Shepherd, the lead partner on the transaction, stated “Evriholder’s strong track record of developing unique, innovative products is very impressive. The Company has truly established itself as the premier provider of ‘impulse’ purchase housewares”.
Michael S. Kaye, Managing Partner at ClearLight, stated “We’ve been very impressed with Gary Seehoff, Ivan Stein, and the rest of Evriholder’s management team. We’re excited about working with them to continue their record of innovation, growth, and happy customers.”
Houlihan Lokey acted as financial advisor to Evriholder in the transaction.
Founded in 1995, Evriholder Products designs, develops and manufactures products for the Storage & Organization, Cleaning, Bath & Personal Care, Barware, and Kitchen categories. Headquartered in Anaheim, CA, Evriholder continues to introduce truly innovative, useful products – the kind consumers see and say “Why didn’t I think of that?” For more information, visitwww.evriholder.com.
ST. LOUIS – The Outsource Group, a leading health care revenue cycle management firm, today announced that Michael A. DiMarco, CEO, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 Central Midwest Award in the Health Care Services category. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. DiMarco was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a gala event at the Sheraton in Overland Park, Kansas June 7.
“Our cause is to assist hospitals recapture revenue for services they’ve provided, so they can continue with their core mission, which is to provide healthcare to the communities they serve,” said DiMarco. “The Outsource Group streamlines the process for them and offers an integrated, end-to-end solution.”
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards Program celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Past award winners have included Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Arthur M. Blank of AMB Group, LLC (Home Depot, Atlanta Falcons), Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., Ruth Fertel of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Inc., Maxine Clark of Build-a-Bear Workshop, Tom Adams of Rosetta Stone Inc., Matt Szulik of Red Hat, Inc., and last year’s national winner, Howard Lutnick, Chairman and CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Capital Partners, Inc.
As a Central Midwest award winner, DiMarco is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 National Award. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year National Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 12, 2011. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies, which will be held November 9–13, 2011.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are pleased to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as a national sponsor.
In the Central Midwest, sponsors include Smart Business magazine and Enterprise Bank & Trust. Locally, the program is sponsored by Lockton Companies, Inc., Faegre & Benson LLP, Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP, Armstrong Teasdale LLP and Common Ground Public Relations.
About The Outsource Group
The Outsource Group is a healthcare revenue cycle management company headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. The company specializes in hospital business office outsourcing, insurance resolution, third-party liability, early out self pay and bad debt collections, Medicaid eligibility and physician billing and collections. With more than 30 years’ experience in the healthcare industry, The Outsource Group works with clients ranging from large health systems, stand alone hospitals, private physician practices, and hospital-based physician practices across the country. The Outsource Group’s operations centers offer clients state-of-the-art technology and analytic processes to ensure the highest rate of account resolution and rapid revenue recapture. The Outsource Group provides cost-effective, value-added revenue cycle solutions from a single source.
About Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries.
About Ernst & Young
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St. Louis, MO (September 9, 2009) — The Outsource Group, the nation’s leading healthcare receivables management firm, announced today the expansion of its Medicaid eligibility and patient financial counseling services through the acquisition of Medstandard, Inc.
Medstandard is a prominent provider of patient screening and Medicaid eligibility services based in Houston, Texas. Medstandard’s on-site screening services at hospital emergency departments and their case management protocol result in exceptional revenue recovery for hospital clients.
“As the number of uninsured and underinsured patients continues to grow to an estimated 56 million by 2013, hospitals are increasingly challenged to find ways to generate revenue to cover services provided. By combining Medstandard’s skills and services with our own, we can play a vital role for hospitals,” says Michael A. DiMarco, The Outsource Group CEO.
The Outsource Group has experienced staggering growth in the past five years through the acquisition of best-in-class companies and through strong organic growth. Nationally headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, The Outsource Group has offices and operations centers from coast to coast, providing clients with the resources of a large company plus the individualized services and flexibility of a smaller firm.
“A key differentiator for us is that when we acquire a company, the owners of that company join The Outsource Group’s leadership team as shareholders and operators, bringing expertise and years of experience to the company and clients alike,” says DiMarco.
Medstandard’s founders, Howard Zorn and Donny Zamora, along with several other co-owners, will remain actively involved with The Outsource Group, providing ongoing support and leadership for the Medicaid eligibility service line.
“This is a great opportunity for us, but also for our clients,” says Zorn, “because we can now provide a broader range of revenue cycle management services to our current client base through the various Centers of Excellence of The Outsource Group.”
“Our employees will benefit as well,” adds Zamora, “because The Outsource Group has operations centers in Alabama, California, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, North Carolina and Texas, giving them vast career opportunities — not only geographically, but also within different aspects of the industry.”
The Outsource Group continues to seek strategically aligned, best-in-class companies to further expand its services and local presence in markets across the country. Fueling this expansion, The Outsource Group recently completed a round of bank financing, while continuing a strong relationship with its capital partner, ClearLight Partners, LLC, a Newport, California-based private equity firm with $600 million under management.
Providing advisory and professional services for the Medstandard deal were Marion Financial, a leading M&A firm serving the financial services industry, for merger and acquisition advice and representation; Armstrong Teasdale for legal counsel; A. J. Gallagher for benefits; and BKD for accounting.
“This acquisition in a difficult economic environment was made possible through the assistance of our professional advisors and financial partners,” says DiMarco. “We are excited to move forward with an expanded Medicaid eligibility service offering, especially at a time when hospitals need it most.”
Newport Beach, CA – ClearLight Partners is proud to announce that the Orange County chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) presented its annual Spotlight Award to U. S. Education, a former ClearLight portfolio company. The award was given in recognition of ClearLight’s successful sale of U. S. Education to DeVry in a $290 million transaction that closed in September 2008.
About U.S. Education
U.S. Education is an operator of for-profit, post-secondary schools. Through a combination of acquisitions and organic growth, U.S. Education grew from a four-campus school in Northern California to a leading career education company with seventeen campuses across the Western U.S. and a dominant position in allied healthcare training.
Newport Beach, CA September 18, 2008 – Private equity firm ClearLight Partners announced today that it has completed the sale of its portfolio company U.S. Education to DeVry Inc. in a transaction valued at $290 million.
U.S. Education was formed to acquire, develop, and grow private career colleges throughout the Western United States. ClearLight Partners provided funding for U.S. Education in June 2002 to fund the initial acquisition of Silicon Valley College, an allied healthcare and information technology school in the San Francisco Bay area. In 2003, ClearLight Partners provided U.S. Education additional capital for, and assistance with, three acquisitions including Western Career College (February 2003), American Institute of Healthcare Technology (October 2003), and Apollo College (December 2003). As a result, U.S. Education grew from a four-campus school in Northern California to a leading career education company with seventeen campuses across the Western U.S. and a dominant position in allied healthcare training.
ClearLight Partners provided active assistance to U.S. Education in evaluating and executing acquisitions, arranging debt financing, assisting with strategic planning, and filling key management positions. The ClearLight Partners team forged a strong relationship with management to help U.S. Education to become one of the leading providers of healthcare education in the Western United States. With 17 campuses, U.S. Education serves 8,700 students through certificate and degree programs in the rapidly growing fields of nursing, ultrasound and radiography technology, surgical technology, veterinary technology, pharmacy technology, dental hygiene, and medical and dental assisting.
George Montgomery, President and CEO of U.S. Education, said, “We have enjoyed a close, supportive working relationship with the ClearLight team that is characterized by open communication and teamwork. Their involvement has been instrumental in analyzing opportunities, fine-tuning our business strategy and achieving success.”
Jay Shepherd, Partner at ClearLight, stated “We are pleased that our strong partnership with management has resulted in this very successful outcome. They did an outstanding job and we at ClearLight are delighted to have had the opportunity to help them build such a strong company over our six years together.”
Michael S. Kaye, Managing Partner at ClearLight, stated “George Montgomery and his team did an excellent job of leading the company through several key acquisitions and driving strong internal growth to build it into the excellent education franchise that it is today. We at ClearLight are particularly gratified as we initiated and led the recruitment of George to U.S. Education as CEO as well as several other key managers.”
Through its institutions, DeVry is a leading provider of secondary and post secondary degree programs in business, healthcare, and technology. The acquisition of U.S. Education is consistent with DeVry’s strategy of increased diversification in the healthcare field and expanded offerings at the pre-baccalaureate level.
The ClearLight team included Jay F. Shepherd, David W. Reed and Michael S. Kaye.
St. Louis, MO (January 31, 2008) – The Outsource Group (TOG), a leader in healthcare receivables management, announced today that it has acquired J.J. Mac Intyre Co., Inc., a leading provider of healthcare collections and receivables management. J.J. Mac Intyre, headquartered in Corona, CA with additional offices in Tracy, CA, serves hospitals and healthcare providers throughout the western United States. The transaction will significantly deepen TOG’s geographic reach into the important California marketplace and make available to existing J.J. Mac Intyre clients TOG’s comprehensive suite of healthcare receivables management services. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
“J.J. Mac Intyre is a successful provider of bad debt collection services in California and has been in business for over 50 years with more than 1,500 clients. Our combination with TOG will enable us to expand the types of services we offer to our current clients, adding new service lines such as self-pay early out, insurance follow-up and Third Party Liability collections”, said Scott Hall, J.J. Mac Intyre’s CEO.
Michael DiMarco, CEO of The Outsource Group said; “This acquisition is a continuation of our expansion strategy where we merge with great companies and partner with the owners to build a larger company with a more complete service line in geographically desirable markets. It will enable TOG to have call center facilities based in California as well as provide new services to existing J.J. Mac Intyre clients. We look forward to working closely with the entire J.J. Mac Intyre team and expanding our business in the California market.”
DiMarco indicated that TOG will continue to pursue synergistic acquisitions, as part of its plan for building the nation’s premier healthcare receivables management company.
“Our strategy is clearly working”, DiMarco said. “We finished 2007 with record revenues, achieved organic growth of 18%, and now rank among the top 3 healthcare-only collections companies in the U.S. Even more important, our clients are very pleased with our performance and are increasingly asking us to provide them with additional receivables management services.”
The Outsource Group is a privately held company, backed by ClearLight Partners, LLC, a $600 million private equity fund based in Newport Beach, California.
St. Louis, MO (December 4, 2007) – Productivity Network Innovations Healthcare (PNIH) in Houma, Louisiana, has been acquired by The Outsource Group, Michael DiMarco, CEO of The Outsource Group announced today. The acquisition of PNIH is part of The Outsource Group’s strategic plan to grow through acquiring “best-in-class” service providers to augment their service offerings and geographic coverage in the healthcare receivables industry. Specifically, PNIH, provides insurance follow up and business office outsourcing to leading healthcare providers across the country.
“The acquisition of PNIH adds to our competency in insurance follow up; extends our service lines to the PNIH client base; and expands our overall capacity by adding the Houma call center,” says DiMarco.
The Outsource Group has experienced rapid growth, with seven acquisitions in the past three years and a growing network of offices and call centers located in New York, Massachusetts, Texas, Missouri, and now, Louisiana. More importantly, the owners of the acquired companies join The Outsource Group’s leadership team as shareholders and operators bringing expertise and years of experience to the Company and clients alike.
“The management team from PNIH brings a very specific expertise in dealing with payers,” adds DiMarco. “Tom Westerkamp, PNIH’s founder, along with the other principal’s Pete Middleton and Hardy Blick, will round out our competence in insurance follow up and will add business office outsourcing to our existing suite of services.”
The new addition of PNIH comes on the heels of The Outsource Group’s acquisition in October of Genesis Consultants of New York, another leading provider of insurance collections and Medicaid eligibility services. “Unlike some companies who are interested primarily in client access through acquisition, we look for experienced management partners who can help us grow organically as well,” says DiMarco. “In addition, this type of growth enables us to offer “best-in-class” subspecialties as well as local access across the U.S.”
In order to fuel their continued expansion, The Outsource Group maintains a strong relationship with its capital partner, ClearLight Partners, LLC, a Newport, California based private equity firm with $600 million under management. ClearLight looks for long-term relationships, investing in mid-cap companies with proven management success and growth potential.