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A long-term approach to private equity investing


"SealedBid has had the good fortune of completing two quality transactions with the Principals of Bel Air. The private equity world is filled with a lot of different personalities, and I have found Steve Peterson to be a fair-minded individual who I can always count on to give it to me straight. He rolls up his sleeves, is pragmatic, and ultimately, knows how to get a deal done!"


Jerry Clark, Managing Officer

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Bel Air Growth Partners sponsors private equity transactions for well-positioned lower middle market companies. The principals of Bel Air stand on over three decades of experience and capital stewardship partnering with owners, management teams and advisors to move companies forward. Our expertise and resources help individuals achieve liquidity objectives, and position companies for long-term success.

At Bel Air, we know that running a company can be challenging. Selling one you own can be equally difficult. That's why it's important to partner with professionals you not only trust but also like. We've earned our reputation in this market over many years because we're passionate about what we do and have fun doing it... just ask the numerous owners and managers we've worked with!


Selling your business can be a stressful, emotional process. We've been business sellers ourselves and understand the great number of considerations that need to be weighed. Bel Air will provide:

  • Good value for your company

  • Equity opportunities and operating control for management

  • Assistance finding a successor

  • Preserve your company’s culture and heritage

  • Honest, timely feedback of what we think of your business and opportunity

  • A confidential process



The opportunity to acquire, invest in or significantly expand the company you manage is a rare event. We know the importance of partnering with experienced, professional investors you can count on... especially since you'll spend the next several years of your career with whomever you select as your partner. Bel Air offers:

  • A hands off, you run the company philosophy

  • Meaningful equity opportunities alongside our investment

  • A robust professional network on which to draw for resources

  • A promise that we'll be there when the going gets tough



Advisors are the cornerstone of ownership transitions. Deal referrals are the lifeblood of our business, and we believe your role is critical to a transaction occurring. That's why we always counsel business owners to hire quality advisors if they are exploring a sale. With Bel Air, you can expect:

  • Timely turnaround on opportunities you present to us. For situations that are not a fit, we are happy to discuss ideas on other potential buyers

  • Professional interaction with you and your client

  • Commitment to strive for maintaining existing advisory relationships, where feasible

  • For transactions completed with Bel Air where the seller has not otherwise engaged and compensated an advisor:-

    • Lehman Formula buy side fee where you act as an intermediary, shepherding the process; or

    • Finder’s fee of up to $150,000 where you provide a strong introduction





Our highly targeted approach includes:

  • We are dedicated exclusively to companies generating $500,000 to $5 million in EBITDA. Our resources, growth orientation, and extensive experience through various economic periods set us apart.

  • We are long-term investors operating without the constraints and short term mentality that drive decision making at so many private equity funds.

  • We uphold Midwestern values. We are responsive, accessible, know your market and speak your language.

  • Bel Air’s principals have a material investment in every transaction to ensure alignment of economic interests. We believe in this market, and put our money where our mouth is.

We are intellectually curious people by nature, and driven to succeed. Our passion is learning what makes a business tick - not just analyzing numbers – and helping to make companies better. We are students of business and organizational behavior that recognize the importance of culture and the people that run companies.


Bel Air principals with Franklin Energy founder Paul Schueller

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