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Limited Partnership
Industry Private Equity
Founded 1981; 36 years ago (1981)
Headquarters Miami, Florida, United States
Products Private equity funds, Leveraged buyout
Total assets $1 billion
Number of employees

Trivest Partners, L.P. is the oldest private equity firm in the Southeast U.S., founded in 1981, and headquartered in Miami, Florida. Trivest has provided "Private Equity for Founders" in the lower middle market through its flexibility in transaction structuring and related Just Say No program. The firm focuses specifically on investments in the consumer, business services, distribution and niche manufacturing industries.


The Trivest team is led by Managing Partner Troy D. Templeton. Troy joined the firm in 1989 and plays a key leadership role in Trivest's buyout activities, investment sourcing, resource allocation, portfolio oversight and firm administration. Jamie Elias, Jorge Gross, Chip Vandenberg, Forest Wester, Russ Wilson and David Gershman are also Partners of Trivest.

Trivest was an early entrant to the leveraged buyout space in the early 1980s and has completed investments in over 225 companies representing over $5.5 billion in value since its founding. Since its inception in 1981, Trivest has raised six institutional private equity funds, with total investor commitments of nearly $2.0 billion, dedicated to leveraged buyout investments in founder- and family-owned middle market companies. Trivest is currently actively investing from Trivest Fund V, raised in April 2013 with commitments of $415 million. In addition, in 2017 Trivest launched the Trivest Growth Investment Fund (TGIF), a $225 million fund committed to making non-control and growth investments in founder and family-owned businesses.

Among the firm’s most notable current and prior investments are IDMWORKS, AM Conservation, Ellery Homestyles, Endeavor Telecom, Group III International, Hazmasters, National Auto Care, Onepath Systems, Pelican Water Systems, National Carwash Solutions, SR Sales, Take 5 Oil Change, Wise Company, HandStands, North Star Seafood, ATX Networks, Directed Electronics, Twinstar International, Herbal Magic, Aero Products International (makers of the Aero Bed) and Sun Pharmaceuticals (Banana Boat brand).

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