Keith S. Freeman

Managing Director at AGR Partners LLC

Keith S. Freeman

Keith S. Freeman

Managing Director at AGR Partners LLC

Overview
Career Highlights

Torch Lake Capital Management LLC

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1021

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9

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Co-Founder, President & Managing Director at Hilco Equity Management LLC

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

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Managing Director at Wind Point Partners LP

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Advisor at Mindfull Investors LLC

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Founder at YardConnect.com, Inc.

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Former Business Manager & Partner at Oliveira Dairy

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Professional at Milton G. Waldbaum Co.

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Managing Director at Dauk/Wagner Investments, LLC

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Founder at Sunrise Growers, Inc.

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Former General Manager at Eutectic & Castolin Group

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Keith S. Freeman
Managing Director at AGR Partners LLC
Education
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.

Boards & Committees
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.