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Lee Equity hires James Rothstein as an operating partner to focus on security and fire services investments

Rothstein most recently led Wesco/Anixter's $2 billion-plus global security and fire business as senior vice president in global security solutions. 

Lee Equity Partners hired James Rothstein as an operating partner. Rothstein will work to source and evaluate investments in security and fire services. Rothstein most recently led Wesco/Anixter’s $2 billion-plus global security and fire business as senior vice president in global security solutions.

Press Release

Lee Equity Partners, a New York-based middle-market private equity firm, is pleased to announce that James Rothstein has joined the firm as an Operating Partner. He will work with the firm to source and evaluate investments in the security and fire services segment.

Mr. Rothstein is a 30-year executive in the security industry, and most recently led Wesco/Anixter’s $2B+ Global Security and Fire Business as Senior Vice President, Global Security Solutions. Prior to Anixter, Mr. Rothstein was Executive Vice President and Principal at Tri-Ed Distribution, which he acquired from TYCO in 2004 with former Honeywell colleagues. During a ten-year period, Tri-Ed grew six-fold, becoming the largest independent security products distributor in North America through a combination of acquisitions and strong organic growth. Tri-Ed was acquired by Anixter in 2006. Mr. Rothstein began his career with the Pittway Corporation and Honeywell in Sales and Marketing roles, including VP of Marketing for ADI.

“We are extremely pleased to be partnering with James Rothstein to pursue growth investment opportunities in the commercial security and fire services sector,” said Yoo Jin Kim, a Partner at Lee Equity. “He has demonstrated a strong historical track record of growing companies both organically and via acquisition at several platform companies and with several owners. As Chairman-Elect of the Security Industry AssociationSIA, James is well respected and has a broad set of relationships in the security industry.”

Mr. Rothstein holds a BS in Economics from Colgate University. He is a Chairman-Elect of the Security Industry Association and a member of the Board of Directors since 2019.

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About Lee Equity Partners, LLC
Lee Equity Partners is a New York-based private equity firm that partners with successful management teams to build companies with strong growth potential. Lee Equity targets equity investments of $50 million to $100 million in middle-market control buyouts in companies with enterprise values of $100 million to $500 million that are located primarily in the United States. The firm invests in a range of industries where the team has deep relationships developed over decades, including business services, financial services, and healthcare services. Visit www.LeeEquity.com.