The Randolph Group, Inc. is a Chicago-based private holding company focused on U.S. headquartered companies with enduring intellectual property, tangible products, and growth.


We have a Buy, Build, and Hold business philosophy built on integrity.

We are actively looking for add-on acquisitions for our holdings.

Established in 1988, we are a private holding company investing our own capital in U.S. headquartered companies. We build companies with enduring intellectual property, tangible products, and growth.

We build and hold businesses for the long-term. The Randolph Group creates a partnership with management using a long-term approach to growth - we call it Buy, Build, and Hold. We provide significant capital for prudent growth and we augment and assist management as needed.

The Randolph Group team has worked together for many years and brings extensive expertise to building strong businesses with enduring values. Our team is focused on delivering more than just equity capital to each portfolio company – we bring together a highly skilled and experienced investment team to collaborate with management on compelling value creation opportunities while maintaining the highest integrity and values.

Who We Are Not

  • We are not a private equity firm or fund.
  • We are not "flippers" - we are long-term business owners and operators with no exit timeframe.
  • We are not financial engineers - we have a history of helping develop significant growth in revenue and profitability post-acquisition.

Does Your Business Fit Our Business?

Profile

  • The Randolph Group purchases companies with enduring intellectual property (i.e., brand, engineering, proprietary distribution), tangible products and growth.
  • We are looking for companies and management teams that will benefit from our Buy, Build and Hold long-term business-building philosophy. We provide equity opportunities for management, capital for growth and financial and management expertise.

Management

  • Management owns equity in all our companies.

Revenues

  • Companies we acquire have revenues up to $50 million.

Profits

  • We purchase established profitable companies with a history of revenue and profit growth.
  • We purchase add-ons of any size even those with operational and/or financial challenges

Investments Size

  • Total investments size for new standalone investments ranges up to $20 million. Any size strategic add-on will be considered.

Control

  • The Randolph Group will have a majority interest in acquired companies.

Location

  • Companies headquartered in the United States.

Our Commitment to You for Acquisitions

  1. As business owners, we understand the importance of confidentiality — we will always keep all conversations and information provided to us with strict confidentiality.
  2. We will provide quick feedback and not waste your time if we don’t have a strong attraction to the opportunity.
  3. Where the fit is good, we will move quickly to close and minimize disruption to your business – we can close within 45 days with no financing contingency required.
  4. Our reputation has been built on honesty, integrity, flexibility and strong partnerships – we are happy to provide a reference at each company.

Community

From volunteering at local food banks and homeless shelters to helping out youth organizations, The Randolph Group businesses make it their mission help their local communities.

The Randolph Group Team

Frederick Eck
Frederick A. Eck
President
312-263-4900 ext 1

The co-founder and a principal of The Randolph Group, Mr. Eck formed the company in 1988. Prior to the company's founding, Mr. Eck served as a Management Consultant for David Abrams & Associates, Inc. In addition, Mr. Eck spent five years with American National Bank, now the Midwest middle market banking group of J.P. Morgan Chase, where he originated, completed and managed numerous middle market commercial banking transactions. Mr. Eck holds a BA in Economics with honors from the University of Notre Dame and MBAs from UCLA and National University of Singapore.

Mr. Eck is Chairman or Director of each portfolio company and works extensively on strategy and growth initiatives.

Jens A. Milling
Principal
312-263-4900 ext 4

Upon joining The Randolph Group in 1990 as a Managing Director, Mr. Milling's key responsibilities included managing merger and acquisition transactions. Mr. Milling's previous experience includes a post as the Director of Corporate Development for Bell & Howell Company. Over the course of six years with Bell & Howell, Mr. Milling managed merger and acquisition transactions ranging in size from $1 million to $260 million, and totaling more than $450 million. Prior to that, Mr. Milling served with American National Bank in commercial lending, and financial & strategic planning for over six years. American National Bank is now the Midwest middle market banking group of J.P. Morgan Chase. Mr. Milling received BS and MS degrees from the Copenhagen School of Economics and Business Administration. He earned an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.

Mr. Milling is a Director or serves as the Manager of Cotta Transmission Company, LLC; and Vandor Products, LLC.

Ken Kunin
Ken Kunin
Principal
312-263-4900 ext 5

Ken is a Principal at The Randolph Group. In addition to evaluating, executing and monitoring investments, Ken works with our portfolio companies in the areas of strategy and operational excellence. Previously, Ken was the Managing Director Industrial Products Sector at Akoya Capital Partners, LLC. Ken’s operating experience includes President and CEO of Arens Controls Company LLC. and Executive Vice President for Cherry Corporation, a NASDAQ listed company and President Cherry Automotive. Mr. Kunin holds a BSME from Bradley University and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management.

Rocky Lopez
Rocky Lopez
Principal
312-263-4900 ext 2

Rocky is a Principal at The Randolph Group and is responsible for growing and improving our businesses. Rocky also focuses on sourcing, evaluating, and executing investments. Prior to joining The Randolph Group, he was a Vice President at Prism Capital, a Chicago-based mezzanine debt and private equity firm. While at Prism Capital, Rocky reviewed and analyzed investment opportunities, conducted investment due diligence, actively managed investments and worked closely with portfolio company management teams. Before joining Prism Capital, he was in the Syndicated & Leveraged Finance group at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. Mr. Lopez holds a BBA in Finance and Accounting from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

Starla Adams
Starla Adams
Office Manager
312-263-4900 ext 3

Starla Adams joined The Randolph Group in 2005 as the Office Manager. Prior to joining The Randolph Group, Starla worked in the fields of education for Chicago Public Schools and American Quality Schools. Starla was formerly a Client Services Associate at UBS Securities. She holds a BBA in Finance from Jackson State University and an MA from National Louis University.

Contact

One North Franklin Street, Suite 310
Chicago IL 60606

Phone: 312-263-4900

Frederick A. Eck
312-263-4900 x1
Jens A. Milling
312-263-4900 x4
Ken Kunin
312-263-4900 x5
Rocky Lopez
312-263-4900 x2
Starla Adams
312-263-4900 x3