SOLIS I INVESTMENTS
CERTI-FRESH FOODS, INC.
Certi-Fresh Foods, Inc. is a Southern California-based value-added processor of shrimp and other seafood for the food service industry. Its Customers include PF Chang’s (NASDAQ: PFCB), Buca di Beppo (NASDAQ: BUCA), Morton’s of Chicago, La Salsa, and Gelson’s Supermarkets, among others.
FROM THE CEO – NINO PALMA
From the beginning, we were impressed with the personal approach of Solis. The principals were very involved in due diligence, asking us questions directly rather than through associates or intermediaries.
The Solis principals keep their word. They do what they say. If we made mistakes, they helped us make things right. We knew that they were there for us and they never let us down.
Solis supported us through good and challenging times. In addition to supporting internal growth, Solis was instrumental in helping us complete a joint venture with another company that further expanded our product line.
Given the success we have shared, I would partner with Solis again if given the opportunity. I believe in this firm and would recommend them to other CEOs looking for a value-added private equity partner.
MIRO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
Miro Technologies, Inc. (formerly known as Spirent Systems – San Diego and WPDS, Ltd.) provides software and related services for ground-based logistics and asset maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) for the aerospace, defense and commercial aviation markets. Headquartered in La Jolla, CA, Miro also has offices in Yoevil, Somerset, U.K.
FROM THE CEO – VINCE MONTEPARTE
We partnered with Solis to buy out a division that we were running, of a large European company. Solis took the time to understand our business and vision for growth, establishing a strong foundation for our partnership.
Solis looked for value inside the company and “between the numbers.” Whereas many private equity firms only look at the numbers and blame management when something goes wrong, Solis worked with management to understand our strategy and work through issues as they occurred. Often they would come in with ideas, and we would think, “Why didn’t we come up with this?”
Earlier in my career, I had the opportunity to work with many financial firms. In my experience, most said one thing and did another. Solis is different. The principals have a true passion for business, and Solis does what they promise — they help to develop business leaders and sincerely support the growth of the company.
We could not have had better investors and partners than Solis. We know firsthand of a lot of companies involved with investors where the relationships go sour. When I tell my peers of our partnership with Solis they are incredulous. This is a business relationship that I intend to keep throughout my lifetime.
Founded in 1964, Temcor, Inc. (now CST Industries, Inc. ) is the world leader in the design, manufacture and erection of clear-span domes and space frames. These products are used primarily for water and wastewater, bulk storage, petrochemical and architectural applications. Temcor is headquartered in Gardena, CA, and has manufacturing facilities in Rincon, GA. In 2007, Temcor won the State of Georgia’s Manufacturer of the Year award and the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Exporter of the Year awaRD.
FROM THE CEO – JOE SCHMIDT
After building several companies during my career, I had the opportunity to acquire Temcor, a business I had been running as its president. Solis’ sponsorship enabled me to execute the buyout quickly.
The Solis principals are smart and strategic, bringing a wealth of experience that can add value to any business. The team is insightful and provides a remarkable network of resources while not over-managing. This is key for accomplished operating executives looking for support, but freedom to execute.
Nothing is more frustrating to me than a private equity partner that doesn’t add value and takes up management’s time. Solis is a firm that adds value. When you work with Solis, you get more than you expect.
Kamino Logistics, Ltd. (now Tigers Limited) is an award-winning global logistics provider and freight forwarder founded in 1969. Headquartered in New York and London, Kamino offers a unique blend of services for effective supply chain management including: value-added warehousing and distribution, full out-sourced logistics, freight forwarding, customs brokerage, and domestic freight management.
FROM THE CEO – STEVE HOLBERT
Solis stays the course and maintains an even keel. It is never up one day and down the next. When necessary, Solis acts quickly, decisively and with fairness. Its people are strategic thinkers that do their homework and are smart. They understand what we need to do to accomplish growth, and support us wholeheartedly in achieving it.
Kamino’s partnership with Solis is all about building true value and wealth: wealth for investors, wealth for us, and wealth for our employee-owners.
Solis holds us accountable to the strategic and functional goals we establish, and ensures that we have the resources to achieve them. At the same time, Solis is comfortable relying on us as leaders. The firm is available for us anytime, but it doesn’t meddle with us on a day-to-day basis. It is a great pleasure to work with Solis.
SOLIS II INVESTMENTS
Resolve Systems (formerly gen-E) is an IT process automation software company that places human ingenuity at the forefront of workplace advancement. The company’s award-winning Resolve™ software breaks down traditional organizational and process constraints through a collaboration-driven approach to automation. Powered by actionable and dynamic knowledge management capabilities, Resolve™ allows organizations to realize cost savings of up to 200 percent within months of deployment, with or without process initiatives in place.
Horizon Communications (Horizon) is a leading provider of telecommunications infrastructure and contractor services at the forefront of meeting the world’s growing demand for connectivity and mobility. Horizon’s specialized services include Wi-Fi and DAS installation and management, riser management and structured cabling. Horizon has installed wireless infrastructure at some of the most recognizable sporting venues in the Western United States, including AT&T Park, HP Pavilion, Dodgers Stadium and the Honda Center.
LEHR is a leading provider of award winning, environmentally friendly, propane-powered products and tools. Dedicated to a cleaner planet through environmentally friendly technology, the LEHR family of products utilizes a patented technology, which ensures that they are the cleanest, greenest and most reliable tools on the market today.
With over 40 years on the job, we’ve made it our mission to design and manufacture high quality clothing that you can depend on to keep you safe and comfortable on the job site. We pride ourselves on our high standards and focus on the details and safety compliance standards so you don’t have to. When you buy ML Kishigo work wear, you’ll gain a new tool that makes your job easier.
Lindora is a leading provider of personalized, medically supervised weight loss and weight management programs in North America. Lindora has more than 40 years success in providing a comprehensive weight management program that combines diet, moderate exercise and coaching delivered online and in clinic locations throughout California.
ICOM is a world-class leader in propane autogas innovation. Utilizing the highest quality American-made products available, ICOM develops, assembles and integrates the patented JTG, JTG II, Direct Injection JTGhp, and JTG-Dynamic propane liquid injection fuel systems, as well as toroidal and cylindrical fuel tanks. ICOM’s propane liquid injection technology has obtained an industry-leading number of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifications to power a full lineup of Chevrolet, Ford®, GM, GMC and Lincoln® vehicles. These Mono-fuel and Bi-fuel applications have achieved superior emissions, torque, power and drivability.
Eminess is an industry leader in precision, surface finishing solutions for the global marketplace – providing a one stop resource for materials and markets that need the best surface finish and flatness possible. Eminess aims to be a long term partner for their customers’ needs through continuous improvement of products, processes and innovative technology solutions.Eminess is headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ and maintains manufacturing operations in Monroe, NC; sales and distribution in Frauenfeld, Switzerland; and strategic representation in all key markets in Asia.
HEAR FROM THE CEO – DAN KOHARKO
Our partnership with Solis comes down to one word – character. We engaged with Solis knowing their reputation for being a firm with a true desire to help grow businesses. Throughout the process, we felt very confident the character of Solis, and its leadership team, aligned with the values we are built on. From start to finish, even in the smallest of details, we were reminded of the shared beliefs between our organizations.