• Mike Cordoba

  • Bill Haun

  • Martin Bates

  • John Schram

  • John McLaughlin
  • Mike Cordoba
  • Bill Haun
  • Martin Bates
  • John Schram
  • John McLaughlin
  • Background
    Mike Cordoba is considered to be one of the most successful franchise restaurateurs in Canada. Mike was previously CEO of Boston Pizza, and is currently CEO of RAMMP Hospitality Brands Inc. (a Yellow Point Fund II company).

    On Growing Together
    “It’s easy to get along with your partners when everything is going perfectly. Invariably though, there will be problems and hurdles with any deal or business, and the true test of a partnership is what happens through those challenges. The approach Yellow Point uses to solve these problems alongside us is what separates them from the rest and continually exceeds our expectations.”

    Advice to Vendors and CEOs
    “Relationship and fit are of the utmost importance. When you’re looking for an equity partner, make sure you both understand exactly with whom you’re partnering. We found Yellow Point really understood the investment they were making in us and vice versa, and that was the basis for what has become a very successful partnership.”

  • Background
    Crossroads C&I is western Canada’s largest distributor of mechanical insulation and related fabricated products (and a Yellow Point Fund II company). Yellow Point partnered with the company’s management team, including President Bill Haun, in a management buyout of the business.

    On Growing Together
    “We found our partnership with Yellow Point brought significant value to the table beyond just cash. Our culture was highly compatible with theirs, and there was a chemistry there that served us well in our growth. The decisions that we made with Yellow Point’s input were extremely favourable to the company.”

    Advice to Vendors and CEOs
    “I was concerned the transition would be disruptive to our business, but this wasn’t the case. They were never too involved with day-to-day activities, and practices like electronic due diligence avoided having scores of people poring through the books. I spoke with a number of prospective private equity suitors, and settled on Yellow Point because of their broad experience and supportive approach.”

  • Background
    Martin was attracted and hired by Yellow Point as the CEO of CCI Industries, the world’s largest producer of Allan Block garden systems and western Canada’s largest manufacturer of concrete masonry products (and a Yellow Point Fund I company). Given the strong relationship that was developed at CCI, Yellow Point hired Martin as CEO of Crossroads C&I (a Yellow Point Fund II company) to facilitate Bill Haun’s succession plan. Martin is currently CEO of CSP (a Yellow Point Fund III company).

    On Growing Together
    “Throughout the partnership, Yellow Point pushed us to think about our business in different ways. They asked tough questions, and at times challenged us and the status quo as we moved forward. The results now speak for themselves.”

    Advice to Vendors and CEOs
    “It’s difficult to find private equity firms with relevant sector expertise as well as sufficient generalist knowledge to add value throughout the business. Yellow Point is set up to do just that. Their CEO advisory network gives them access to sector expertise and this has contributed to their track record of success. It was definitely a tipping point in our decision to work with them.”

  • Background
    John Schram was President and CEO of We Care Health Services, a leading national provider of in-home care and support for seniors (and a Yellow Point Fund II company). Yellow Point partnered with the company’s management, including John Schram, in the management buyout of We Care.  The partnership with Yellow Point and ultimate sale of We Care allowed John Schram to realize his succession plans.

    On Growing Together
    “Our first meeting with Yellow Point was like a blind date, and we came to respect their intelligence, focus and attention to detail. This was evident in the investment strategy they implemented, and their skill in helping us complete add-on acquisitions.”

    Advice to Vendors and CEOs
    “Trust is a big part of the equation for us. When you work with someone you can’t uncover everything. At some point, you either trust each other, or you don’t. Yellow Point was always transparent in their dealings, and we came to respect and trust each other quite quickly. It has been a great partnership for We Care.”

  • John McLaughlinBackground
    John McLaughlin is CEO of CIMS LP, a full-service industrial construction and maintenance company. Since partnering with Yellow Point in 2011, CIMS has grown exponentially and now operates from five offices across western Canada.

    On Growing Together
    “Yellow Point injected the capital that I needed at the time, which took risk off the table. We immediately gained the respect of the banking community. At the same time, we formed a board – and that board has helped us grow, taking us from a medium sized company to a major company, so it’s been a great marriage. No regrets.”

    Advice to Vendors and CEOs
    “To all those true entrepreneurs out there: you hit a ceiling and that’s it. That’s where equity partners come in. They are hands off and let you run your business. They add value through guidance and advice, which takes the pressure off you – you sleep better at night and enjoy life.”