Flexible Capital Solutions for the Lower Middle Market

Tamarix Capital Partners (“TCP”) provides debt and minority equity to support growing U.S. lower middle market companies with profitable and sustainable business models characterized by responsible ESG and employee practices. We partner with owners, operators, management teams, independent sponsors, and private equity sponsors to assist with a variety of financing needs including recapitalizations, leverage buyouts, growth capital, and corporate restructurings. TCP seeks to provide capital to companies that generate between $3 million and $15 million of EBITDA and $10 million and $100 million of revenue. TCP targets investment sizes of $5 million to $20 million, with the ability to fund larger transactions in conjunction with our limited partners.

Differentiation

Flexible investment mandate with the ability to invest across the entire capital structure

Creative approach to solving capital needs

Value added partnership with management and ownership

Long-term and patient capital

The Principals at TCP have invested over $3.5 billion in more than 225 companies since 1993.

Investment Criteria

Target Market

  • $10 – $100 million of Revenue
  • $3 – $15 million of EBITDA
  • U.S.based businesses

Lending Capabilities

  • $5 – $20 million investment size (larger investments possible in conjunction with our limited partners)
  • Cash flow-based loans with flexible structures
  • Sole capital provider or participation in syndicated or club transactions

Deal Partners

  • Business owners
  • Family offices
  • Independent sponsors
  • Management teams
  • Private equity funds

Securities

  • First lien loans
  • Unitranche loans
  • Second lien loans
  • Subordinated debt
  • Minority equity co-investments

Industry Focus

  • Business Services
  • Consumer Products & Services
  • Food & Beverage
  • Industrial & Niche Manufacturing
  • Technology/Software & Software-as-a-Service
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Value-Added Distribution
  • No retail or real estate, O&G, commodities, start-ups, or turnarounds

Transaction Types

  • Add-on acquisitions
  • Change of control transactions
  • Debt refinancings
  • Equity recapitalizations
  • Growth capital financings
  • Management buyouts

Team

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Mark Hauser

Managing Partner

Jeff Dombcik

Managing Partner

Holbrook Forusz

Managing Director

Doug Lancey, CFA

Director

Fangxia (Jessie) Peng, CPA

Senior Associate

John Capozzola

Associate

Mark Hauser

Managing Partner

Mark Hauser is the Founder and a Managing Partner of Tamarix Capital Partners. Mark has over 30 years of experience in private equity, private credit, asset management, and investment banking. He founded the Tamarix Group in 1993 as an investment firm dedicated to providing flexible financing solutions to lower-middle-market companies led by U.S. and non-U.S. family offices. 

Mark was the founding partner of Tamarix Equity Partners, L.P., the group’s most recent private equity fund. He also co-founded Swat Equity Partners, L.P., a consumer-focused venture fund. Previously, Mark was a Senior managing director at OFS Capital Management and a member of its investment and executive committees. He was responsible for middle-market lending, having founded the firm’s SBIC Fund through OFS Capital Corporation. 

Prior to joining OFS Capital Management in 2010, Mark worked at companies such as Sandell Asset Management—an international multi-strategy alternative asset manager, where he founded and was global head of the firm’s private equity practice, FdG Associates, a New York-based middle-market private equity fund focused on investing in family-owned businesses—and Ocean Capital Corporation, a private international investment banking firm.

Mark has participated on numerous private and public Boards of Directors and philanthropic organizations. He is a member of the Economic Club of NY and YPO/WPO. Mr. Hauser holds a Master of Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Law from Sydney University.

Jeff Dombcik

Managing Partner

Jeff Dombcik is a Managing Partner of Tamarix Capital Partners. Jeff has over 30 years of experience in commercial and investment banking, private equity, and private credit. During his career he has participated in over $3.0 billion of investments in over 200 privately held companies in a variety of industries.

Jeff was previously a Managing Director at Benefit Street Partners, a $27 billion credit platform, and a Senior Managing Director and member of the investment committee and management committee of Triangle Capital Corporation, a $1.2 billion credit and equity platform.

Prior to joining Triangle Capital, Jeff worked at South Franklin Street Partners, an SBIC focused on ESOP transactions. He was also an Executive VP & Partner of Edgewater Capital Partners, a private equity fund focused on lower middle market companies. Prior to Edgewater, Jeff worked at McDonald & Co., Brown, Gibbons, Lang and Banc One in various capacities. Jeff has served on numerous private company boards of directors and philanthropic organizations.

Jeff holds a Master’s in Business Administration from John Carroll University and a Bachelor of Science from Miami University.

Holbrook Forusz

Managing Director

Holbrook Forusz is a Managing Director of Tamarix Capital Partners. Holbrook has over 23 years of direct principal investing in both private credit and private equity. 

Holbrook most recently served as a Managing Director with OFS Capital Management (BDC and SBIC), focused on deal origination, execution, and portfolio management for middle market transactions. Prior to joining OFS, Holbrook was a Senior Principal of Enhanced Capital (SBIC) where he helped form, raise, and deploy a $225 million SBIC fund focused on investing debt in lower middle market companies. Prior to joining Enhanced Capital, Holbrook was a Director of M&A for New York Life Investments where he focused on financial service transactions—including acquisitions, minority positions, and mergers. Previously, Holbrook was a Principal at Circle Peak Capital, a lower middle market LBO firm in NYC and was directly involved in the due diligence and structuring of six stand-alone leveraged buyouts, two minority investments, and nine add-on acquisitions.

Before receiving his MBA, Holbrook was an Associate VP at Provident Bank where he worked in structured finance and portfolio management, and was a Senior Associate at the Walnut Group, a lower-middle market private equity firm (SBIC).

Holbrook graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Cincinnati with a BBA and attended the University of Nagoya in Japan. Holbrook also graduated with an MBA in 2005 from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Doug Lancey, CFA

Director

Doug Lancey is a Director at Tamarix Capital Partners. Doug has over 15 years of experience in commercial and investment banking, and private credit.

Doug most recently served as a Vice President in TD Bank’s middle market group focused on sponsor and direct lending. Prior to that he worked at Harvest Capital Credit, a lower middle market-focused Business Development Company (BDC) providing cash flow loans and minority equity investments to companies nationwide. Doug previously spent time working at Evolution Media Capital, an investment banking firm providing M&A advisory services to the professional sports, media, and entertainment industries. Earlier in his career he worked at lower middle market-focused credit funds HighPoint Capital (d/b/a Crescent Direct Lending) and NewStar Financial.

Doug is a CFA Charterholder. In addition, he holds an MBA from the Fordham University Graduate School of Business. During his tenure at Fordham, he studied at China’s Peking University as part of the Beijing International MBA program. He holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts.

Fangxia (Jessie) Peng, CPA

Senior Associate

Fangxia (Jessie) Peng is a Senior Associate at Tamarix Capital Partners. Jessie has over 10 years of experience in investment management, due diligence, portfolio management, and financial planning and analysis (FP&A) for various global corporations across multiple industries.

Jessie most recently served as a senior accountant with EagleTree Capital Management, a private equity firm with over $4.8 billion of assets under management (AUM). While there she focused on formulating presentations and reports for partners and outside investors. Prior to joining EagleTree, Jessie worked at Fountainhead Asset Management as a senior financial analyst, leading financial functions for an Outsourced Chief Investment Officer platform with $250 million of AUM. Before Fountainhead, Jessie was a finance manager at LIFARS, a prominent cyber security company, to support the CEO with financial strategical planning and execution. Earlier in her career, she worked as a financial professional at Bank of China,  Everbright Securities, Homaer Financial and Haitou Global.

Jessie is a Certified Public Accountant. She received her MBA in Finance from St. John’s University and her B.S. in Accounting from Guangxi University.

John Capozzola

Associate

John Capozzola is an Associate of Tamarix Capital Partners. John has over three years of experience in public credit.

John most recently served as a Credit Analyst within Credit Suisse’s Portfolio Management Group where he covered corporate borrowers in various industries. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, John worked at Assurant, where he underwrote senior secured term loans for inclusion within Assurant’s $1.8bn CLO platform. Prior to Assurant, John was a summer intern within Citigroup’s Global Industries & Regional Credit Group.

John graduated Cum Laude from St. John Fisher College with Bachelor of Science degrees in Corporate Finance and Economics. 

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For more information about Tamarix Capital Partners, please contact:

Mark S. Hauser

Jeffrey A. Dombcik

Holbrook M. Forusz

Managing Director
Direct: (646) 306-1061
hforusz@tamarixcapital.com

Douglas B. Lancey, CFA

John G. Capozzola

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