Chicago-based Granite Creek Capital Partners, L.L.C. is an active manager of lower middle market debt and equity investments in Business Services, Niche Manufacturing, Food & Agribusiness, Healthcare and value-added Distribution. Granite Creek invests in high-performing businesses to support rock star entrepreneurs, the next phase of growth or a transitional event that is driving the need for additional liquidity. Granite Creek brings decades of experience in private equity, lending, strategy and operations across 80+ deals over the course of 30+ years. The Granite Creek investment team, led by Mark Radzik, Brian Boorstein, Peter Lehman and Jim Clark, brings operational and business development resources to its portfolio companies that are often inaccessible to the typical smaller business. We are more than just money; we are partners to businesses.

Be Entrepreneurial

Think differently, be realistic, be creative, dream, focus, accomplish, don’t give up.

Be Passionate

Be excited about the work, so that it doesn’t feel like work. Have convictions and stick to them.

Be a Leader

Take charge.

Be Prudent

Underwrite the downside, but prepare and work hard for the upside.

Have Character

Be honest, transparent and do the right thing.


Our Business

Investment Size:

$7-$20 million

Target Company Profile
  • EBITDA $3 to $15 million
  • Gross Profit margins greater than 30%
  • EBITDA margin greater than 10%
  • Manufacturing
  • Distribution
  • Business Services
  • Healthcare
  • Food & Agribusiness
Company Attributes
  • Defensible market positions and cost structures
  • Entrepreneurial leadership (existing or new)
  • Reputation for quality products or services
  • Culture of accountability
  • Sales growth-focused orientation
Transaction Types

Senior Debt, Mezzanine Debt with Equity, and Control or Minority Equity investments in growing and attractively-priced lower middle market businesses.

Granite Creek pursues control and minority interests in smaller enterprises in the United States and works as a partner to expand a portfolio company’s base business, optimize operations and leverage its network to fill leadership roles and tap strategic advisors. Granite Creek searches for businesses with defensible market niches, recognized brands, strong intellectual property and/or manufacturing process assets led by entrepreneurial management teams. Often Granite Creek’s equity investments are made in concert with a debt investment, but Granite Creek will consider equity-only investments in certain scenarios, particularly in industries where the firm has had prior experience and success.

Granite Creek makes structured investments in the subordinated debt of US-based small and mid-sized enterprises. Granite Creek invests in high-performing businesses to support rock star entrepreneurs, the next phase of growth or a transitional event that is driving the need for additional liquidity. Rather than taking the full dilution of an equity issuance, a Mezzanine capital investment from GC can provide the needed funding to effect the next phase of a company’s growth while preserving economic upside for entrepreneurs and business owners. Whether a Mezzanine investor, a majority equity owner or any structure in between, Granite Creek is a partner to businesses while bringing its support infrastructure to build businesses and optimize operations. Frequently, Granite Creek is the first institutional investor in a company and helps position the company to further access capital markets when needed.

Granite Creek is licensed by the Small Business Administration of the United States of America (“SBA”) as a Small Business Investment Company (“SBIC”).

As an SBIC, GC must adhere to certain investment restrictions:

  • Companies must be based within the United States
  • GC can only acquire original issue debt and equity
  • Small Businesses: Net worth less than $18 million or average after-tax income less than $6 million over the last two years or NAICS industry code test
  • Investments in project financing, real estate, gaming and businesses that re-lend money are prohibited

In 2011, Granite Creek co-founded Renovo Financial, Chicago's leading specialty real estate rehab and construction lender. For more information, please visit www.renovofinancial.com


Filter Categories
  • Renovo Financial
  • SMS Assist
  • American Diabetes
  • Arnold Defense
  • Aspen Earthmoving
  • Big Joe
  • BSN
  • The Iron Horse
  • Cyalume Technologies
  • Globale
  • Hughes Telematics
  • Mincron
  • MobileLife
  • National Direct Packaging
  • Red Envelope
  • Spiegel
  • Symphonix
  • Weld

The Team

Meet the Executive Council

What Our Partners Say

On Partnership

I needed a trusted private equity partner with experience investing in high growth companies with large capital market financing needs, and acting as a counter-party to a multi-billion dollar company. My longstanding association with GC’s Partners made me confident that they were the perfect fit.

Rob Webb President, UnitedHealth Group Ventures
On Operational Support

I have held leadership positions with world class companies, and would rank my experience with GC as one of the best. They have offered unconditional support of my leadership with regards to direction, decision making, and enterprise wide investments.

Norman Young CEO, Weld Racing
On Business Development

GC was the first institutional investor to believe in the opportunity SMS had to revolutionize the facilities maintenance industry through our disruptive technology. The Granite Creek team has supported our growth objectives through trusted counsel as well as introductions to customers, strategic partners, and additional investors. It’s been a great partnership.

Mike Rothman CEO, SMS Assist
On Leadership

Granite Creek was a leader in every sense. They were accessible, open-minded, and supportive of me as the CEO; they gained the respect of the entire Board through their depth of business experience and sound advice; and the quality, quantity, and timeliness of their contributions were extremely valuable.

Jim Iversen Chairman of the Board, Mincron
On Strategy Acumen

Granite Creek was a true partner in giving us the resources and insights we needed. We have more than tripled revenues over the past six years and we certainly could not have done it without their partnership, financial acumen and overall support.

Dan Rosskamm President, Big Lift
On Governance

Granite Creek was a great thought partner that created long term value for all stakeholders. Their contributions at the board level were numerous, and on multiple occasions they went out of their way to be a sounding board and resource for management.

Jamie Schleck Director, Cyalume


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    Granite Creek Capital Partners Announces Investment in Odyssey Aviation U.S.
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  • July 31, 2022
    Granite Creek portfolio company, Knox-Precision Holdings, Acquires Lenders Title Group
    Granite Creek announced the acquisition of Lenders Title Group (“LTG”), a subsidiary of First Horizon Corporation (NYSE: FHN), by its existing portfolio company Knox-Precision Holdings, LLC (“KPH”).
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  • July 13, 2022
    Granite Creek Capital Partners Announces Sale of Its Stake in Sunset Pacific Transportation
    Granite Creek announced today that it has exited its equity and subordinated debt positions in Sunset Pacific Transportation (“Sunset Pacific), a leading logistics provider based in Chino, California. Red Arts Capital Partners (“Red Arts”) and Prudential Private Capital acquired Granite Creek’s significant minority stake in Sunset Pacific, and repaid its subordinated debt holdings as part of a recapitalization of the business.
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  • May 10, 2022
    Granite Creek Capital Partners Announces Investment in Bundle
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  • May 3, 2022
    Granite Creek Capital Partners Announces Investment from TPG Growth in Morrow Sodali
    TPG Growth has acquired a majority stake in its portfolio company, Morrow Sodali, the leading global shareholder engagement and governance advisory firm. TPG Growth is the middle market and growth equity platform of global asset management firm TPG.
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  • January 13, 2022
    Granite Creek announces the promotion of Andrew Kearney to Senior Associate. Andrew joined Granite Creek in early 2021 and quickly established himself as an astute and influential deal team member. In his first year with the firm, Andrew was instrumental in closing two new platform investments and seamlessly took on portfolio monitoring responsibilities for the firm’s two medical device investments.
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  • January 12, 2022
    Warras named CEO of Veterinary Pharmaceutical Solutions
    Veterinary Pharmaceutical Solutions (VPS), St. Peter, MN has announced the hiring of Dean Warras as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Warras is an accomplished international and domestic leader in the animal health and nutrition industry. He has managed several businesses and high-level B2B partnerships across a variety of products, segments and markets.
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  • January 5, 2022
    Granite Creek announces the promotion of Jordan Liss to Director. Jordan joined Granite Creek in 2018 and has continued to make his mark on the firm through his efforts in deal sourcing, due diligence, and portfolio management as well as with his overall positive demeanor, which cultivates teamwork among his colleagues at Granite Creek and its portfolio companies.
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