Watermill http://www.watermill.com A Strategy Driven Private Equity Partnership Fri, 15 Mar 2019 23:21:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Partner Profile: Meet Watermill Group’s Tracy Streckenbach http://www.watermill.com/partner-profile-meet-watermill-groups-tracy-streckenbach/ Wed, 30 Jan 2019 21:11:03 +0000 http://www.watermill.com/?p=2412 It’s hard to believe Tracy Streckenbach has already been a part of the Watermill team for a year. In honor of her first anniversary at Watermill, we roped her into a little Q&A. We hope you enjoy her reflections on the past year! What is the quirkiest deal you have worked on? Wigs! Need I...

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It’s hard to believe Tracy Streckenbach has already been a part of the Watermill team for a year. In honor of her first anniversary at Watermill, we roped her into a little Q&A. We hope you enjoy her reflections on the past year!

What is the quirkiest deal you have worked on?

Wigs! Need I say more?

How would you describe your first year at Watermill?

My first year at Watermill helped me build my investor toolkit. My experience in running companies makes me a confident CEO, but my first year at Watermill has rounded out my understanding of what it means to build an investment someone else wants to buy.

What did you like most about your first year?

The team – they’re creative, fun, eclectic, diverse, motivated and kind.

What surprised you?

For most of my career, I have made it a habit of skipping lunch and working straight through. The Watermill team eats lunch together every day. There is no work discussion at all. We discuss world issues, interesting travel stories, and we laugh together. I’ve been surprised at how much this can bind a team.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I truly enjoy traveling and love that it helps me see my life from a new perspective. I love exploring the world with my husband and three boys. We aren’t really relaxing travelers and tend to cram in a lot of miles in a short time. Predictably, none of our friends want to travel with us!

What professional achievement are you most proud of?

I find running companies as a CEO to be a very challenging and rewarding role. In turnaround situations, this role is especially nuanced and complex. I’m most proud of a really tricky CEO turnaround experience which reinforced some of my foundational beliefs about the power of a great team and always doing the right thing, even when it’s difficult to do so.

Tracy Streckenbach holding a coffee on a diligence trip

Diligence on the Danube

Give us a fun fact about yourself?

In one summer, I was both chased up a tree by a bear and accidentally went over a dam in a homemade raft.

What made Watermill appealing to you?

Watermill is a family business and has all the BEST attributes of one. The team enjoys spending time together socially and often includes spouses and family members in outside activities. I could always tell, even from the outside, that Watermill was culturally special. From the inside, I feel a responsibility to nurture that really unique culture that thrives on excellence and, at the same time, supports experimentation and learning.

What do you most enjoy about your job?

I enjoy working with companies, setting clear and measurable objectives and helping to guide the path forward. I greatly value the relationships that I get the opportunity to develop with our senior leadership teams and advisory boards.

 

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Happy Holidays! http://www.watermill.com/happy-holidays/ Wed, 02 Jan 2019 20:23:26 +0000 http://www.watermill.com/?p=2402 Wishing you all a happy holiday season and a great start to the New Year. Every year our team puts together a family style holiday card and we hope you enjoy the latest addition. While the party venue wouldn’t allow Dash & Beckett to attend our 40th anniversary celebration, it was still an epic evening. Cheers to...

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Wishing you all a happy holiday season and a great start to the New Year. Every year our team puts together a family style holiday card and we hope you enjoy the latest addition. While the party venue wouldn’t allow Dash & Beckett to attend our 40th anniversary celebration, it was still an epic evening. Cheers to new adventures in 2019!

 

 

 

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Watermill Group Wins Cross-Border Deal of the Year http://www.watermill.com/watermill-group-wins-cross-border-deal-of-the-year/ Mon, 19 Nov 2018 15:09:06 +0000 http://www.watermill.com/?p=2379 Lexington, MA – November 19, 2018 – The Watermill Group’s acquisition of Cooper & Turner has been named a Cross Border Deal of the Year by The M&A Advisor, a premier network of M&A, turnaround and finance professionals. Watermill, a strategy-driven private investment firm, won in the $10MM-$50MM category. The firm was recently presented the...

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Lexington, MA – November 19, 2018 – The Watermill Group’s acquisition of Cooper & Turner has been named a Cross Border Deal of the Year by The M&A Advisor, a premier network of M&A, turnaround and finance professionals. Watermill, a strategy-driven private investment firm, won in the $10MM-$50MM category. The firm was recently presented the award alongside other honorees at the 2018 M&A Awards Gala at the New York Athletic Club in New York City.

“Since 2002, we have been honoring the leading M&A transactions, companies and dealmakers. The Watermill Group was chosen from over 600 participating companies to receive the award. It gives us great pleasure to recognize Watermill and bestow upon them our highest honor for M&A firms and professionals,” said Roger Aguinaldo, Founder, The M&A Advisor. “Watermill represents the best of the M&A industry in 2018 and earned these honors by standing out in a group of very impressive candidates.”

Sarah Bowen accepting the Cross-Border Deal of the Year Award on behalf of Watermill Group from Roger Aguinaldo, Founder, The M&A Advisor.

“We are very proud to receive this recognition. Our strategy-driven approach has proven a strong fit for Cooper & Turner, helping the company accelerate its growth in the international wind sector and beyond,” stated Julia Karol, President and COO, Watermill. “As we plan Watermill’s next phase of growth, we continue to take a close look at international opportunities that can benefit from our strategic guidance.”

The acquisition of Cooper & Turner marked Watermill’s second cross-border deal, deepening the firm’s presence in the UK and adding to a portfolio of other holdings across North America. For more on Watermill’s investment criteria, click here.

About the M&A Advisor
The M&A Advisor was founded in 1998 to offer insights and intelligence on M&A activities. Over the past twenty years we have established the premier global network of M&A, Turnaround and Finance professionals. Today, we have the privilege of presenting, recognizing the achievements of, and facilitating connections between the industry’s top performers throughout the world with a comprehensive range of services. To learn more visit www.maadvisor.com/.

About the Watermill Group
The Watermill Group is a strategy-driven private investment firm that helps companies achieve their full potential through strategic transformation. For four decades, Watermill has been acquiring, operating and improving companies. Watermill looks for businesses in which it can apply a unique combination of strategic insight and management expertise to re-imagine their future and drive growth.

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Mens et Manus. My Experience Interning at Watermill as an MBA Student http://www.watermill.com/mens-et-manus-my-experience-interning-at-watermill-as-an-mba-student/ Mon, 05 Nov 2018 19:17:57 +0000 http://www.watermill.com/?p=2376 As any MBA student will attest, the Case Method is a fantastic way to learn as it contextualizes important principles with real-world anecdotes. However, in a 90-minute class one can only digest so much information, and, if you’re like me, no matter how important the content, an hour in you might accidentally find yourself thinking...

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As any MBA student will attest, the Case Method is a fantastic way to learn as it contextualizes important principles with real-world anecdotes. However, in a 90-minute class one can only digest so much information, and, if you’re like me, no matter how important the content, an hour in you might accidentally find yourself thinking about what to digest for lunch instead of key points from that morning’s discussion.

MIT’s official seal bears the Latin motto Mens et Manus – or “Mind and Hand” – with an illustration of a laborer holding an anvil next to a scholar reading a book. Among other interpretations, the seal stands as a reminder to students of the importance of both theory and practice.

Here’s what I’ve found interesting while at Watermill: We talk more about Porter’s Five Forces here than in class!

What makes Watermill unique, and why I am so grateful to have the opportunity to spend my free time here outside of class, is that everyone on the Watermill team comes from a different career background and most folks here have operating experience…a lot of it: our Senior Partners have run Industrial businesses together for over 40 years!

Each day everyone on our team rolls their sleeves up, gets their manus dirty, and applies a lifetime of experience in Strategy, Operations, Marketing, Management, Engineering Accounting, or Finance to current and prospective investments. In today’s crowded Private Equity landscape, this diversity of experience stands out to me as Watermill’s competitive advantage. Lucky for me, I’m relied on to apply lessons I’ve learned at school in each of these disciplines alongside everyone else.

Just this week my Operations Strategy class examined Flextronics’ evolution from a Contract Manufacturer to an Original Design Manufacturer and the associated changes to the company’s supply chain, customer relationships, and margin structure. Immediately, I thought of analogous work that Watermill Partner Bob Ackerman is leading with the executive team at Watermill portfolio Company Tenere and revisited the factors that have driven Tenere’s growth during Watermill’s ownership.

Indeed, working at Watermill has provided a great introduction to the Private Equity industry (I’m hooked – I’ve caught the ‘deal bug’), but what has made my experience here special is the hands-on approach the Watermill team takes to solving problems.  As a result, being at Watermill has made attending school all the more meaningful, and vice versa. Mens et Manus.

Matt Caple, Watermill 2018 Summer and Schoolyear Intern

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Watermill Group Announced as a Finalist for the 17th Annual M&A Advisor Awards http://www.watermill.com/watermill-group-announced-as-a-finalist-for-the-17th-annual-ma-advisor-awards/ Wed, 12 Sep 2018 21:40:13 +0000 http://www.watermill.com/?p=2368 Lexington, MA – September 12, 2018 – The Watermill Group’s acquisition of Cooper & Turner has been named a finalist in three categories for the 17th Annual M&A Advisor Awards. The private investment firm’s cross-border transaction will advance to the final round of judging for Industrials Deal of the Year ($10mm-$50mm), Cross Border Deal of...

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Lexington, MA – September 12, 2018 – The Watermill Group’s acquisition of Cooper & Turner has been named a finalist in three categories for the 17th Annual M&A Advisor Awards. The private investment firm’s cross-border transaction will advance to the final round of judging for Industrials Deal of the Year ($10mm-$50mm), Cross Border Deal of the Year ($10mm-$50mm) and Private Equity Deal of the Year ($10mm-$50mm).

The award winners will be announced at the 17th Annual M&A Advisor Awards Gala on Tuesday, November 6th at the New York Athletic Club.

“Since the inception of the M&A Advisor Awards in 2002, we have been recognizing the leading dealmakers, firms and transactions. And each year we celebrate the creativity, perseverance and ingenuity of our industry’s professionals”, says David Fergusson, President and Co-Chief Executive Officer of The M&A Advisor. “While our industry has undergone significant transformation since our first awards were presented 16 years ago, we are convinced, more than ever before, that M&A is a driving force of the economy. It is truly an honor for our firm to be able to recognize the contribution that the 2018 award finalists have made.”

“We are honored to be named a finalist for our acquisition of Cooper & Turner. The company is an exciting multinational business that is primed for growth, particularly in the global wind energy market” stated Julia Karol, President and CEO, Watermill Group. “The Cooper & Turner acquisition is Watermill’s second cross-border deal and we continue to find international opportunities to be a compelling fit for our strategy-driven approach.”

For a detailed list of all of finalists, CLICK HERE.

About the M&A Advisor
The M&A Advisor was founded in 1998 to offer insights and intelligence on M&A activities. Over the past nineteen years we have established the premier global network of M&A, Turnaround and Finance professionals. Today, we have the privilege of presenting, recognizing the achievements of, and facilitating connections between the industry’s top performers throughout the world with a comprehensive range of services. To learn more visit www.maadvisor.com/.

About the Watermill Group
The Watermill Group is a strategy-driven private investment firm that helps companies achieve their full potential through strategic transformation. For four decades, Watermill has been acquiring, operating and improving companies. Watermill looks for businesses in which it can apply a unique combination of strategic insight and management expertise to re-imagine their future and drive growth.

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Looking Back – 40 Years of Private Equity http://www.watermill.com/looking-back-40-years-of-private-equity/ Fri, 24 Aug 2018 21:11:16 +0000 http://www.watermill.com/?p=2351 How do you properly celebrate 40 years? When you’re a family firm that likes laugh, you dig into the photo archives! The whole team helped drag boxes out of storage, watch the footage on unlabeled VHS tapes, and scan their phones and homes to come up with these priceless gems. It’s been a labor of...

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Steve, Tom and Bill KarolHow do you properly celebrate 40 years? When you’re a family firm that likes laugh, you dig into the photo archives! The whole team helped drag boxes out of storage, watch the footage on unlabeled VHS tapes, and scan their phones and homes to come up with these priceless gems. It’s been a labor of love and we’re so excited to share our favorites with you in this interactive timeline.

A special thanks to Julia Karol for being a good sport and providing the voiceover for the accompanying video. We’ll have to watch out or she may start moonlighting as a voiceover artist!

40 years is just the beginning. And our whole team remains on board to continue our track record for decades to come…which means more pictures for the archives.

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Continuing its growth trajectory, Watermill expands team and recognizes achievements http://www.watermill.com/continuing-its-growth-trajectory-watermill-expands-team-and-recognizes-achievements/ Wed, 25 Jul 2018 12:08:24 +0000 http://www.watermill.com/?p=2337 Lexington, MA – July 25, 2018 – As Watermill Group celebrates 40 years of private investment leadership and sets the stage for continued growth, the firm today announced the appointments of Cristina Rubbo and Scott Oudheusden. Ms. Rubbo joins Watermill as Director of Finance and will be responsible for managing the corporate accounting and finance...

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Lexington, MA – July 25, 2018 – As Watermill Group celebrates 40 years of private investment leadership and sets the stage for continued growth, the firm today announced the appointments of Cristina Rubbo and Scott Oudheusden. Ms. Rubbo joins Watermill as Director of Finance and will be responsible for managing the corporate accounting and finance function at Watermill, as well as supporting Watermill’s investors. Mr. Oudheusden has been appointed Senior Associate, responsible for the evaluation, due diligence and execution of potential transactions, as well as providing project-specific assistance for Watermill portfolio companies.

“We are delighted to welcome Cristina and Scott to the Watermill family,” said Julia Karol, President and COO, Watermill. “2018 marks our 40th year in private investment and as we reflect on four decades spent acquiring, operating and improving businesses, we are also looking to the future. Continuously enriching our team with top performers like Cristina and Scott is the key to making a lasting and positive impact on our portfolio companies, investors and communities for many years to come.”

Prior to joining Watermill, Ms. Rubbo served as a Manager in the Corporate Finance division at Bain Capital, LP. While at Bain, she managed the firm’s corporate accounting and finance function and was responsible for various financial and operational accounting processes for the management company. Prior to Bain, Ms. Rubbo held positions at both PricewaterhouseCoopers and Tonneson + Co in the audit practices where she developed audit plans, evaluated internal controls and performed audit procedures for a wide spectrum of clients spanning manufacturers, distributors and non-profit foundations. She holds a B.S. in Corporate Finance & Accounting and an M.S. in Accounting from Bentley University and is also a CPA.

Mr. Oudheusden joins Watermill from Stadium Capital Management, a Connecticut-based investment firm, where he served as an analyst evaluating public market investment opportunities. Prior to his time at Stadium, Mr. Oudheusden was an attorney at Crayath, Swaine & Moore LLP where he advised corporate clients on a variety of transactional matters totaling several billion dollars in value ranging from initial public offerings to high-yield bond offerings and syndicated lending transactions. Mr. Oudheusden is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he received a B.A. with departmental honors in Economics. He also holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia.

Also today, Watermill announced that Principal Matt Bergin has been named an Emerging Leader in the field by M&A Advisor, a premier global network of M&A, turnaround and finance professionals.

An independent judging panel of distinguished business leaders selected Mr. Bergin as an M&A Advisor Emerging Leader based on his expertise and accomplishments. He and his cohorts will be celebrated at an upcoming black-tie Awards Gala on September 14 at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan. This marks the third time in two years that a Watermill executive has been named an Emerging Leader. In 2017, Director of Marketing Sarah Bowen and Ms. Karol received the same honor.

“We are proud to recognize Matt for the accomplishments that led to this important industry honor,” commented Benjamin Procter, Senior Partner, Watermill. “It’s an exciting time to be at Watermill as we continue to strengthen our capabilities and lay the groundwork for our next phase of business.”

About the Watermill Group
The Watermill Group is a strategy-driven private investment firm that helps companies achieve their full potential through strategic transformation. For four decades, Watermill has been acquiring, operating and improving companies. Watermill looks for businesses in which it can apply a unique combination of strategic insight and management expertise to re-imagine their future and drive growth.

Press Contact:
Joanna Clark

CXO Communication for Watermill

207-712-1404

joanna@cxocommunication.com

 

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Watermill Acquisition of Cooper & Turner featured in Middle Market Growth http://www.watermill.com/watermill-acquisition-of-cooper-turner-featured-in-middle-market-growth/ Sun, 15 Jul 2018 17:17:05 +0000 http://www.watermill.com/?p=2343 Watermill Group’s acquisition of Cooper & Turner was featured in the May/June 2018 issue of Middle Market Growth. Julia Karol, President and COO of Watermill Group, is quoted in the piece.  “Watermill really looks for industries that are going through transformation,” Ms. Karol says, adding that “The renewables sector is growing particularly fast.” Read the full...

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Watermill Group’s acquisition of Cooper & Turner was featured in the May/June 2018 issue of Middle Market GrowthJulia Karol, President and COO of Watermill Group, is quoted in the piece.  “Watermill really looks for industries that are going through transformation,” Ms. Karol says, adding that “The renewables sector is growing particularly fast.”

Read the full article here: Watermill Deal Has the Wind at Its Back

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40 Years Strong: Watermill Celebrates a Major Milestone http://www.watermill.com/40-years-strong-watermill-celebrates-major-milestone/ Thu, 21 Jun 2018 22:51:53 +0000 http://www.watermill.com/?p=2276 This month marks our 40th year in private investment. Founded as HMK Enterprises, over the past four decades Watermill has grown into a leading and enduring presence in the middle market and beyond, acquiring, operating and improving dozens of businesses in the US and around the world. We recently commemorated our anniversary at a private...

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This month marks our 40th year in private investment.

Founded as HMK Enterprises, over the past four decades Watermill has grown into a leading and enduring presence in the middle market and beyond, acquiring, operating and improving dozens of businesses in the US and around the world. We recently commemorated our anniversary at a private celebration in downtown Boston.

Infused with a retro theme that reflected the firm’s founding in 1978, the night brought together Watermill employees, partners, investors and portfolio companies from present and past to celebrate our history of shared successes and the even brighter future ahead.

 

As a live band played 70s favorites and guests decked out in far-out fashions rediscovered forgotten snacks from the past, Watermill team members including Managing Partner and Founder Steven E. Karol, President and COO Julia Karol and Senior Partner Benjamin P. Procter entertained and thanked the guests assembled through heartfelt words, a video retrospective and a poem for the ages.

 

 

 

 

 

At the celebration, Mr. Karol reflected on the milestone, stating: “As a third-generation family firm, we are humbled to celebrate 40 years. Watermill’s endurance is a testament to the vision and values we established as a company years ago and continue to lead with today.”

The anniversary comes on the heels of several achievements for Watermill. Last month, our cross-border acquisition of Cooper & Turner was named a 2018 International Industrials Deal of the Year by M&A Advisor, the premier global network of M&A, turnaround and finance professionals. In addition, M&A Advisor named Watermill’s acquisition of Experi-Metal, Inc. a 2017 Industrials Deal of the Year and that same year recognized Ms. Karol, as well as Sarah Bowen, Director of Marketing, as Emerging Leaders in the field. Ms. Karol was also named one of 2017’s Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A by Mergers & Acquisitions Magazine.

“For the past four decades, Watermill has thrived on the foundation that my father, grandfather, and every member of the Watermill team has built based on creativity, integrity and professional entrepreneurship,” stated Ms. Karol. “This foundation has shaped an exceptional enterprise that’s improving companies and impacting communities. We are honored to be building on that foundation and creating Watermill’s next phase of growth and evolution.”

For a deeper dive into our history, check out our interactive timeline.

 

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Watermill Group’s Acquisition of Cooper & Turner Announced as Winner of the 10th Annual International M&A Awards http://www.watermill.com/watermill-groups-acquisition-cooper-turner-announced-winner-10th-annual-international-ma-awards/ Wed, 16 May 2018 13:26:45 +0000 http://www.watermill.com/?p=2269 Lexington, MA, May 15, 2018 – The M&A Advisor announced the winners of the 10th Annual International M&A Awards on Friday, May 4th. The cross-border acquisition of Cooper & Turner by the Watermill Group was named a winner for Industrials Deal of the Year. Watermill will be presented the award alongside other honorees at a...

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Lexington, MA, May 15, 2018The M&A Advisor announced the winners of the 10th Annual International M&A Awards on Friday, May 4th. The cross-border acquisition of Cooper & Turner by the Watermill Group was named a winner for Industrials Deal of the Year. Watermill will be presented the award alongside other honorees at a Black Tie Gala on Monday, June 18 at the Princeton Club of New York.

“Since 2009, we have been honoring the leading international M&A transactions, companies and dealmakers. The Watermill Group was chosen from over 250 participating companies to receive the award. It gives us great pleasure to recognize Watermill and bestow upon them our highest honor for international M&A firms and professionals,” said David Fergusson, Co-CEO and President, The M&A Advisor. “The Watermill Group represents the best of the international M&A industry in 2017 and earned these honors by standing out in a group of very impressive candidates.”

“We are honored to receive international recognition for our acquisition of Cooper & Turner. Led by an entrepreneurial management team, the company is an exciting multinational business that is developing a strong presence in all its global markets, particularly wind energy which is primed for growth and opportunity,” stated Julia Karol, President and CEO, Watermill Group. “The Cooper & Turner acquisition is Watermill’s second cross-border deal and we continue to find international opportunities to be a compelling fit for our strategy-driven approach.”

To learn more about Watermill’s acquisition of Cooper & Turner, please CLICK HERE.

For a complete list of the International M&A Award Winners, please CLICK HERE.

About the Watermill Group
The Watermill Group is a strategy-driven private investment firm that helps companies achieve their full potential through strategic transformation. For more than three decades, Watermill has been acquiring, operating and improving companies. Watermill looks for businesses in which it can apply a unique combination of strategic insight and management expertise to re-imagine their future and drive growth.

THE M&A ADVISOR

The M&A Advisor was founded in 1998 to offer insights and intelligence on M&A activities. Over the past nineteen years we have established the premier global network of M&A, Turnaround and Finance professionals. Today, we have the privilege of presenting, recognizing the achievements of, and facilitating connections between the industry’s top performers throughout the world with a comprehensive range of services. To learn more visit www.maadvisor.com

Media Contacts:

Joanna Clark

CXO Communication for the Watermill Group

joanna@cxocommunication.com

207-712-1404

 

Liudmila Pisareva

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The M&A Advisor

lpisareva@maadvisor.com

212-951-1550

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