Cresset Partners Private Capital investing team makes direct investments in operating companies where we have experience. We focus on long term partnerships with like-minded entrepreneurs, founders, and management teams. We believe in long-term, flexible, and patient capital avoiding misalignment, friction and unfavorable fee structures which can produce inefficient results for business owners and investors. 

Investment Criteria


We typically invest $10 - $100 million in unique U.S.-based businesses with more than $5 million of EBITDA.


We do our best when we invest in transactions where we partner with owners and management to jointly drive strategy and execution to create long-term value. Given our long-term orientation, we are flexible regarding control and transaction structure and focus on creating strong equity alignment among our team and our investment partners and management.


We have experience investing in financial services, healthcare, technology, education, and a range of business and consumer services. We love opportunities where we can make a difference in strategic direction to drive growth and industry consolidation. 


Select Prior Investments


HiTech Assets +

HiTech Assets is a leading IT asset recovery company headquartered in Oklahoma City and employing approximately 100 people. Lane Epperson, CEO, led the company to be one of the first RIOS/R2 certified recyclers with an ANAB witness audit in 2010. We have partnered with George Slessman of GBT Capital to grow this platform.



VennPoint Real Estate +

While many think of real estate as bricks and mortar, we believe the people who work and live in our buildings and surrounding communities are the driving force behind our projects. Engaging and supporting a healthy community starts a virtuous cycle of value creation.



Kuvare +

Kuvare is a financial services business in insurance and annuities, addressing the growing need for retirement planning for the middle-income Americans.



Roti +

Roti is an innovative fast–casual restaurant concept serving healthy-but-delicious Mediterranean food. The first Roti opened in Chicago in 2007, and has since grown to 22 units around Chicago Washington, D.C., and New York. Locations are centered around a build-your-own-meal method of ordering and is committed to using high quality, natural ingredients—like organic chickpeas, extra virgin olive oil, salt mined from Utah's ancient seabeds—and sustainable meats, like “Free Bird Chicken” and “True North Salmon”. The Roti team is driven by a passion to create honestly good food and showing the the world that healthful food can be delicious and affordable.



Laureate +

Laureate's mission is to make quality higher education accessible and affordable so more students can pursue their dreams. A professionally oriented education with an international perspective helps prepare Laureate students to succeed in the global marketplace.



Shorelight +

Shorelight Education funds and manages the global aspirations of leading universities to drive institutional growth, create new revenue streams, and expand options for students.



Nourish Technology +

Nourish Technology Inc. is revolutionizing the way food is ordered, cooked, and consumed. Their vision is to make healthy and delicious food affordable and accessible. Their first concept, BBox, is fueling better mornings with the most convenient, consistent, and delicious breakfast sandwich and coffee experience.



Viewpost +

Viewpost removes the inefficiencies that businesses face during the exchange of invoices and payments by connecting people to invoice and payment information through a network of possibilities. With a single, free connection to the secure Viewpost® network, businesses of all sizes can seamlessly exchange invoices and share the status of those invoices with their trading partners, at no cost to anyone. Viewpost also makes it possible for members to exchange payments electronically, sending funds directly between their bank accounts—from any bank—for a fee that's a fraction of the cost of buying and mailing paper checks. And because all invoice and payment information on Viewpost is electronic, their members can seamlessly integrate the data into their accounting software without changing their current workflows.



Roundy's Parent Company, Inc. +

A leading food retailer in the upper Midwest.



Strategic Materials, Inc. +

Processor of recycled glass and plastic for use in a wide array of products, creating efficiencies for our customers while conserving earth's natural resources.



FDH Velocitel +

A leading provider of professional services to the broadcast, wireless infrastructure and heavy civil sectors.



Lincoln Clean Energy +

Lincoln Clean Energy is a developer, owner and operator of utility scale clean energy projects, with a particular focus on wind and solar power in the United States. LCE has successfully developed projects involving over $1.5 billion in capital investment in some of the largest electricity markets in the US, including Texas, California and New Jersey.



Merit Health Systems Corporation +

Owner and operator of acute care hospitals in large and secondary urban and suburban markets across the US.



Roll Coater, Inc. +

Provider of premanufacturing painting and treatment of steel coil for OEMs in the appliance, garage door, heating, ventiliation and air conditioning, transportation, lighting, and construction sectors, as well as for steel producers and metal service centers.



Racing Champions Corporation +

Manufacturer of collectible die-cast metal and pewter replicas and figures.



InterLink Communications Parners, LLP +