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Keith S. Freeman

Managing Director at AGR Partners LLC
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Keith S. Freeman

Managing Director at AGR Partners LLC

Overview

Notable Companies
Torch Lake Capital Management LLC
Board Seats
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Co-Founder, President & Managing Director at Hilco Equity Management LLC

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at School Specialty, Inc.

Managing Director at Wind Point Partners LP

Advisor at Mindfull Investors LLC

Founder at YardConnect.com, Inc.

Former Business Manager & Partner at Oliveira Dairy

Founder at Sunrise Growers, Inc.

Managing Director at Dauk/Wagner Investments, LLC

Professional at Milton G. Waldbaum Co.

Former General Manager at Eutectic & Castolin Group
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Educational Background

MBA 
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is a graduate business school located in Chicago, Illinois, at the University of Chicago. Formerly known as the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, Chicago Booth is the second-oldest business school in the U.S., the first such school to offer an Executive MBA program, and the first to initiate a Ph.D. program in business. The school was renamed in 2008 following a $300 million endowment gift to the school by alumnus David G. Booth. The school has the third-largest endowment of any business school. The school's flagship campus is located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago on the main campus of the university. The school also maintains additional campuses in London and Asia (originally Singapore, but in July 2013 a move to Hong Kong was announced), as well as in downtown Chicago on the Magnificent Mile. In addition to conducting graduate business programs, the school conducts research in the fields of finance, economics, quantitative marketing research, and accounting. Chicago Booth is currently ranked first in the United States by Bloomberg Businessweek and first globally by the Economist.
BS in Finance with Honors 
Miami University is one of the oldest public universities in the country, made possible by an ordinance signed by President George Washington in 1795. Chartered in 1809, Miami welcomed its first students in 1824. Miami's reputation grew as quickly as its enrollment, and it became known as the "Yale of the West" for its ambitious liberal arts curriculum. Today, Miami consistently ranks among the nation's top public universities for the quality of teaching and overall student experience. One of Miami University's most famous graduates was Benjamin Harrison, who later became a President of the United States. Professor William Holmes McGuffey revolutionized the education of generations of Americans when he conducted research for his Eclectic Readers series while teaching at Miami from 1826 to 1836. The "mother of fraternities," Miami was the founding site of four national fraternities: Beta Theta Pi, Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Chi, and Phi Kappa Tau; as well as Delta Zeta sorority.

Career History

Co-Founder
2009 - Current
Torch Lake Capital Management (TLCM) focuses on private equity investments primarily in companies in the business services, manufacturing, consumer products and retail sectors.Within the business services sector, the firm targets companies in the following areas: (1) credit card processing (2) dental practice management (3) expedited trucking services (4) energy and power-related services (5) human resources and professional services (6) industrial services (7) life insurance brokerage services (8) promotional marketing (9) security guard services (10) telecommunications services and (11) transaction processing.TLCM's interests in the manufacturing sector include: (1) aerospace and defense products (2) aluminum foundry products (3) athletic apparel (4) building products (5) buses and coach vehicles (6) contract manufacturing (7) electrical wiring (8) electronics manufacturing services (9) heavy equipment (10) licensed sleepwear (11) lighting products (12) men's tailored apparel (13) packaging and printing (14) paper products (15) personal care products (16) power transmission and energy-related products (17) residential housing (18) silicon chip production (19) specialty chemicals and (20) telecommunications wiring and connectivity.Within the consumer products sectors, they target companies in the following areas: (1) agricultural and farming products (2) beverages and bottling (3) apparel (4) baked goods (5) branded food products (6) canned vegetables (7) home products (8) leisure products (9) mattress and bedding products (10) meat processing (11) natural food products and (12) personal care products. TLCM's interests in the retail sector include: (1) apparel retail and catalogue (2) children's products retail chains (3) deep discount retail chains (4) jewelry retail chains.TLCM seeks to invest in companies with revenues of $40 million to $200 million and a demonstrated ability to generate consistent operating profits. Current profitability is not required. The firm looks for companies with sustainable competitive advantages in stable or growing niche markets. They prefer to invest in platform companies that are headquartered in the US or Canada.Investments typically range from $5 million to $20 million. The firm may arrange larger equity commitments through direct investments by their fund's limited partners or other co-investment partners. TLCP may also make smaller investments to support add-on acquisitions for their existing portfolio companies. The firm prefers to make control investments but they may consider non-control positions an appropriate level of board influence can be obtained and liquidity options protected. TLCM takes a long-term investment approach, with holding periods typically ranging from 3 to 6 years.
Principal
2002 - Current
Hilco Equity Management sponsors leveraged acquisitions and growth equity investments in middle-market companies. Although they will consider most industries where their investment criteria can be met, they tend to focus on the manufacturing, consumer products, business services and retail sectors. The firm focuses on the following transitional situations: under-performing companies, companies pursuing strategic initiatives, entrepreneur transitions, financial restructurings, corporate divestitures and MBOs.Hilco looks for companies with strong positions in attractive niche markets, but whose current financial performance or growth potential is being impacted by the need to implement operational improvements, restructure the capital base or enhance their management team. They invest in companies with revenues of $20 million to $150 million that have demonstrated the ability to generate consistent operating profits. Current profitability is not a requirement. Companies must have a sustainable competitive advantage in a stable or growing market niche.Investments range from $5 million to $20 million. Hilco may invest larger amounts through direct investments by their limited partners or other co-investors. Investments may be structured as equity or quasi-equity. The firm prefers to take control positions although non-control positions will be considered when an appropriate level of board influence can be obtained and liquidity options protected. Their investment horizon is 2 to 7 years.
Managing Director
Current
AGR Partners takes a local approach to its global pursuit of prosperous opportunities in the food and agriculture sector. It was founded in 2012.
Vice President, Merchant Banking Group
Prior
General Electric Capital Corp. provides financial products and services. Its services include commercial loans and leases, fleet management, financial programs, credit cards, personal loans and other financial services. The firm operates business through segments which include commercial lending and leasing, consumer, real estate, energy financial services and GE capital aviation services. The commercial loans and leases segment offers secured commercial loans, equipment financing and other financial services to companies across a wide range of industries including construction, retail, manufacturing, transportation, media, communications, technology and healthcare; the consumer segment offers financial products including private-label credit cards, personal loans, bank cards, auto loans and leases, mortgages, debt consolidation, home equity loans, deposit and other savings products, and small and medium enterprise lending on a global basis; the real estate segment offers capital and investment solutions, including fixed and floating rate mortgages for new acquisitions or re-capitalizations of commercial real estate worldwide; the energy financial services segment invests in long-lived, capital-intensive energy projects and companies by providing structured equity, debt, leasing, partnership financing, project finance and broad-based commercial finance; and the GE capital aviation services segment offers aircraft types and financing options, including operating leases and secured debt financing, and also provides productivity solutions including spare engine leasing, airport and airline consulting services, and spare parts financing and management. The company was founded in 1932 and is headquartered in Norwalk, CT.
Vice President
Prior
Gryphon Investors invests in middle-market companies in the business services, consumer/retail and general industry sectors. They seek to invest in industries with high fragmentation, scale advantages and strong underlying demographics and demand drivers. Gryphon also looks for contrarian plays within cyclical businesses. The firm provides capital for traditional buyouts, leveraged build-ups and growth equity. Investments in equity or equity-linked securities range from $25 million to $75 million.
Employee
Prior
Bank of America Corp. is a bank and financial holding company, which engages in the provision of banking and nonbank financial services. It operates through the following segments: Consumer Banking, Global Wealth & Investment Management, Global Banking, Global Markets, and All Other. The Consumer Banking segment offers credit, banking, and investment products and services to consumers and small businesses. The Global Wealth and Investment Management provides client experience through a network of financial advisors focused on to meet their needs through a full set of investment management, brokerage, banking, and retirement products. The Global Banking segment deals with lending-related products and services, integrated working capital management and treasury solutions to clients, and underwriting and advisory services. The Global Markets segment includes sales and trading services, as well as research, to institutional clients across fixed-income, credit, currency, commodity, and equity businesses. The All Other segment consists of asset and liability management activities, equity investments, the non-U.S. consumer credit card business, non-core mortgage loans and servicing activities, the net impact of periodic revisions to the mortgage servicing rights (MSR) valuation model for both core and non-core MSRs, other liquidating businesses, residual expense allocations and other. The company was founded by Amadeo Peter Giannini in 1904 is headquartered in Charlotte, NC.
Professional
Prior
Banc of America Capital Investors (BACI) invests in growth financings, MBOs, LBOs, recapitalizations and other situations requiring private equity or mezzanine capital. The firm targets companies that demonstrate leadership by an experienced management team, promise within rapidly growing or consolidating markets (or a strong position in more mature markets), sustainable competitive advantages that will allow for profitable growth, common financial goals among current investors, new investors, management, and shareholders and realistic exit opportunities within a three to seven year period.BACI invests in media/entertainment, communication services, healthcare, information technology, consumer products, industrial, business services, financial services and energy/power companies. They avoid investments in real estate, project finance, early-stage companies, turnaround situations or fad and fashion related businesses.

Boards & Committees

Corporate Boards ▾
Member, Advisory Board
Prior - 2016
AGR Partners takes a local approach to its global pursuit of prosperous opportunities in the food and agriculture sector. It was founded in 2012.
Board Member
Prior
Niman Ranch, Inc. produces beef, pork, and lamb food products. It offers beef, pork, lamb, poulty, cage-free eggs and a variety of smoked and cured meats. The company was founded by William Niman in 1972 and is headquartered in Alameda, CA.
Board Member
Prior
Minnie Marie Bakers, Inc. produces and distributes bakery products. The firm provides production and marketing of premium fully-baked frozen cheesecakes and decorated layer cakes for the foodservice and retail bakery industries. It offers biscuits, cakes, brownies, specialty items, coffee cakes, Danish pastries, and muffins to the commercial and non-commercial markets. The company was founded by Fletcher Awrey, Elizabeth Awrey, and James McColgan III in 1910 and is headquartered in Livonia, MI.
Board Member
Prior
Natural Food Holdings LLC manufactures and markets natural fresh and prepared meat products. The company operates its business under the brand names which includes Niman Ranch, Prairie Grove Farms and Sioux-Preme. Natural Food Holdings was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Northbrook, IL.
Board Member
Prior
Sioux-Preme Packing Co. processes and distributes meat products. The company's customers include grocery chains, food manufacturers, and pharmaceutical companies. Its products include loins, hams, bellies, butts, picnics, and spareribs. The company was founded in 1969 and is located in Sioux Center, IA.
Board Member
Prior
J.W. Fergusson & Sons LLC provides printing and labeling services. The company services include printing services such as embossing, hotstamping, in line adhesives, security printing, letterpress overprinting, heat activated coatings and lithographic printing services. The company was founded in 1845 by John Wesley Fergusson and is headquartered in Richmond, VA.
Board Member
Prior
Midwest Products Finishing, Inc. provides electro deposition coating services. The company offers electro coat immersion coatings and secondary operations such as assembly, labeling and part-marking. It is headquartered in Ottawa Lake, MI.
Board Member
Prior
Rx Technology Corp. provides labeling services for the pharmacy, retail and distribution industries. The company's products include laser imaged, thermal imaged and continuous form labels. It is headquartered in Joplin, MO.
Director
Tenure Unconfirmed
Torch Lake RCL Co-Investor LLC, a special purpose vehicle, formed to make investments in RCL Services Group LLC.

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