Dry Creek Partners' mission is to build (on) a championship caliber organization. Founding Partner Tom Santi has a dedication to team building and competitive success that stems from his service as University of Virginia football team captain and later as a tight end for the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL. He believes the qualities that define great teams on the field - leadership, commitment, relentless effort - also characterize great businesses.
Tom is backed by a diverse group including seasoned institutional investors, successful entrepreneurs and a two-time Super Bowl Champion. We aim to leverage that combined experience to create value for all stakeholders while steering the company into its next phase.
We bring a liquidity option for owners looking to step back from the company’s day-to-day operations while maintaining their legacy and the continuity of the business following their departure. Our commitment to creating long-term value ensures the company’s mission stays true over time.
Tom will execute a single acquisition and focus exclusively on managing and growing the acquired company, leveraging all partners' experience as a steward of the founder's legacy.
Our decades-long time horizon differentiates us from other buyers and provides flexibility in the transaction structure, enabling us to focus on growing the business the right way.
We believe people matter. Our aim is to create long term, sustainable value for all stakeholders through thoughtful revenue growth and operational efficiencies.
+ Owners motivated to exit the business
+ Desire to see the company succeed through its next phase
+ Willingness to maintain engagement with the company, particularly through the transition phase
+ $2mm+ in owner earnings (defined as earnings left over after all expenses and necessary investments)
+ Value-added service and / or product
+ Recurring nature of revenues
+ Fragmented market with organic growth opportunity
+ Industry growth greater than GDP
+ Strong barriers to entry
+ Sustainable profit margins (15%+)
+ We understand that individual companies are unique
+ We evaluate opportunities on their specific, relevant merits
+ We know that selling a business is a major event; the criteria on this page provide a snapshot of what we view as attractive
Tom is the Founder and Managing Partner of Dry Creek Partners. He began his professional career as a tight end for the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL. After earning an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, Tom held a number of roles in Alternative Asset Management and Investment Banking. He enjoys staying involved in the football community, most recently serving as a coach at Howard University. He currently resides in Washington D.C.
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