The Dos Rios Difference
Our Core Values, Our Capital and Our Team have enabled us to produce Win/Win Results for companies, managers, value-added deal sources, investors and ourselves.
Our Core Values
IntegrityTo do the right thing.
StewardshipTo serve our stakeholders, including our capital providers, our portfolio companies, business owners, our co-investors, our advisors and our value-added intermediaries.
ExcellenceTo be the best in our category and to learn continuously.
TeamworkTo have a culture of ownership, shared vision, mutual sacrifice and accountability.
Dos Rios has two unusual types of fund-level capital:
Private InvestorsPrivate Investors have entrusted us with patient, long-term capital. Also, as fund managers, we personally have committed a material portion of this capital.
SBIC CapitalThe Small Business Administration (SBA) has selected Dos Rios to be one of the few Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs) in our region. As an SBIC, we are entitled to access unusually flexible, long-term, low-cost capital, subject to investing in qualified small businesses.
1. Deep Experience-+
Our team has:
- 117 years of relevant experience
- World-class big-company experience
- Experience as C-level executives
- Private equity experience
- Diverse and complementary:
- Transaction experience
- Industrial experience and skills
2. Senior Attention-+
Four Partners is an unusually large number of partners for a fund of our size. Our high Partner/Capital ratio enables our senior Partners to focus on an unusually small number of small-business investments and to give those small businesses the senior attention that they deserve.
3. Strategic Focus-+
We focus intensely on a particular niche of the small business market. We describe this niche in detail in Our Investment Criteria. However, we want to emphasize one particular criterion here: We focus on companies that are proven and established but that also have the opportunity to move to a higher level of profitability and growth. We regard ourselves as experts in helping these companies move to that higher level.
4. Financial Flexibility-+
Our investment approach is NOT "one-size-fits-all". As a result, we are not, per se, a "mezzanine" fund or a "buyout" fund or a "growth capital" fund. Rather, we try to understand a small business' needs and then customize a solution that will meet those needs. Thus, our investments may be:
- Equity, debt, or some combination
- Control or non-control
5. Operational Value-Added-+
We are not primarily "financiers", nor are we "ivory-tower" consultants. Rather, we are primarily engaged, collaborative, hard-working, value-adding business partners.
We strive to be collegial, down-to-earth partners and teammates. We try to be good listeners and good problem solvers, sensitive to small business’ needs and who work diligently, creatively and resourcefully to find win/win solutions that will meet those needs.
7. Geographic Presence-+
We’ve been here for years. Each of us has been involved with businesses that have operations located all over the world. However, each of us also has lived most of our respective lives in the Six-State Region. We also have worked and/or invested in various local sub-regions. As a result, we understand the Six-State region, its culture and its various sub-cultures. We’re here now, and we’re not far from you. Also, “we’re here”, in the Six-State region. More specifically, we are uniquely located in three major metropolitan areas within the region, including (effectively) five of the sixteen largest cities in the United States and the five largest cities in the Six-State Region. These base locations place us within easy striking distance of every major city and town in the Six-State Region. This gives us an unusual degree of proximity for those who value having a partner nearby.