|Born||Rodger Russell Krouse
|Alma mater||B.S. University of Pennsylvania|
|Known for||co-founder of private equity firm Sun Capital Partners, Inc.|
|Spouse(s)||Hillary Kim Miller|
Early life and education
Krouse was born in 1961 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics with a concentration in the Chinese language from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. At Wharton, he was a close friend of his future business partner Marc Leder.
After he finished school, he worked at Lehman Brothers in their corporate investment banking unit in New York City eventually rising to the position of Senior Vice President. In 1995, Krouse left the firm and co-founded the private equity firm, Sun Capital Partners with fellow University of Pennsylvania alumni and friend Marc J. Leder. With the goal of becoming a regional private equity firm, they located their company in Boca Raton, Florida thinking that they would get advance notice of potential acquisitions in the Southeast before their competitors in New York. The location in Florida did not afford the advantage they expected an for the first two years were repeatedly outbid by large New York firms. Although they did not complete any deals for the first two years, they were able to keep afloat thanks to established contacts at several large private equity groups from their time at Lehman Brothers, especially Bain Capital (which was then run by Mitt Romney). Their first acquisition was a distressed company called Atlas Papers and thereafter, the company focused on underperforming and distressed companies exclusively. Sun Capital differentiated itself from other turnaround companies due to its resource intensive platform utilizing a comparatively larger pool of employed professionals to supervise and manage its acquisitions (although also charging a higher fee). Following this strategy, the business reached $10 billion in assets and 165,000 employees in 2008 just before the market crash. After seeing at least ten of their portfolio companies enter bankruptcy in 2009, they retrenched and as of July 2013, Sun Capital had $8 billion in invested assets.
Krouse served as co-CEO of Sun Mackie, LLC; vice president and director of Catalina Lighting since July 2001; vice president and director of One Price Clothing Stores since 2003; vice president and vice chairman of Northland Cranberries since 2001; vice president and director of Loud Technologies, Inc. since 2003; and director of SAN Holdings of Japan since 2003. In the past he served as co-chairman and director of Labtec, Inc; as director of World Air Holdings; as director of Nailite International; as director of Miles Kimball Company; and as director of Celebrity, Inc.
Krouse believes that what differentiates Sun from other private equity firms is its focus on fixing a failed company's culture: "Our revelation came in 2008, when all our companies were hit hard and we saw (that those) with strong cultures had the best financial results." "Businesses are a collection of assets...and people. Unify them with a common purpose and you get success." In 2013, he was one of the recipients of the 2013 Leadership Award for Outstanding Achievements in M&A by The M&A Advisor.
In 2012, Krouse personally donated $250,000 to Restore Our Future and $60,800 to Romney Victory, Inc, both PACs supporting Mitt Romney's run for president. He served as a co-chair on Romney's Florida finance team. Krouse donated to many prominent Republicans running for office in 2012 including: Connie Mack IV, Adam Hasner, Scott Brown, Randy Altschuler, Bob Corker, Linda Lingle, Jeff Flake, Josh Mandel, and Ted Deutch.
In 1991, he married Hillary Kim Miller and has three sons. Krouse is Jewish and lost an undisclosed sum of his own money that he had invested with Bernard L. Madoff. He speaks Chinese. The business partners are said to complement each other with Leder the outspoken optimist and Krouse the measured realist.
- Bloomberg: "Blackstone, Apollo Outshone as Sun Capital Buys Boston Market" By Kambiz Foroohar October 2, 2008
- BusinessWeek: "Executive Profile - Rodger R. Krouse" retrieved July 7, 2013
- Private Equity International: "Rising Sun" by David Snow October 2006
- Sun Capital Partners: Rodger Krouse retrieved July 7, 2013
- New York Times: "In a Romney Believer, Private Equity’s Risks and Rewards" by JULIE CRESWELL January 21, 2012
- Wall Street Journal: "Buyout All-Stars Stumble" By PETER LATTMAN March 10, 2008
- Private Equity Online: "Sun Capital NY dealmaker departs" by Christopher Witkowsky August 3, 2009 | "The firm...has had at least 10 portfolio companies go bankrupt and has let go of more than 30 employees from its 200-person workforce since the beginning of the year (2009)."
- Hoovers: Sun Capital Partners retrieved July 2013
- Reiman, Joey The Story of Purpose: The Path to Creating a Brighter Brand, a Greater Company, and a Lasting Legacy retrieved July 13, 2013
- 5th Annual International M&A Award Winners Announcement April 15, 2013
- Campaign Money.com: "Rodger Krouse Political Campaign Contributions" retrieved July 7, 2013
- Jewish Daily Forward: "Romney PAC Attracts New Jewish Donors - Hedge Fund Managers and Developers Top List of Supporters" By Josh Nathan-Kazis March 12, 2012
- ABC News: "Paul Ryan Fundraises with ’47 Percent’ Host" by Shushannah Walshe October 19, 2012
- The American Presidency Project: "Press Release - Mitt Romney Announces Florida Finance Team" October 6, 2011
- New York Times: "Hillary Miller Wed" September 29, 1991
- The Deal Magazine: "Reading the face of failure" by Vyvyan Tenorio October 24, 2008
- CNBC interview with Rodger Krouse July 2, 2012
- MandA.TV Interviews: Rodger Krouse - Sun Capital Partners May 28, 2013
- ReutersVideo: Food services, construction to jumpstart US jobs - Interview with Rodger Krouse - Sun Capital Partners July 11, 2011
- Reuters Business News: Interview with Rodger Krouse: "Is America ready for a 'private-equity president'?" July 8, 2011