Trivest Promotes Wilson

Trivest Partners has promoted Russ Wilson to principal. He joined the firm last year as an associate, after having spent time at both PNC Equity Management and Raymond James Investment Banking.

The Partners of Trivest Partners, L.P. (“Trivest”), Troy Templeton, Jamie Elias, Chip Vandenberg and Earl Powell, are pleased to announce that Russ Wilson has been promoted to Principal effective January 1, 2008.

Prior to joining Trivest as an associate in 2006, Russ worked with PNC Equity Management and Raymond James Investment Banking. In aggregate,

Russ has eight years of private equity and investment banking experience and has worked on numerous transactions in a variety of industries. He obtained his undergraduate degree, with honors, from Eckerd College.

Since joining Trivest, Russ has been actively involved in the acquisition, monitoring and sale of the firm's portfolio of investments, including Twin-Star International, CMX Engineering, Avborne and DirectBuy. In addition, he was instrumental in creating a flexible database to monitor, track and analyze Trivest's various deal sourcing techniques.

Troy D. Templeton, Trivest's Managing Partner, said, “Russ has made a very meaningful contribution to our firm in terms of executing platform and add-on investments. We've been quite active at Trivest since Russ joined the firm and his work ethic and drive has been an important part of our success. We are pleased that he has achieved this recognition and look forward to his continuing success with the Firm.”

Trivest Partners is a Miami, Florida based private investment firm that makes control equity investments in lower middle-market companies with a focus on founder owned businesses. Since its founding in 1981, Trivest has sponsored more than 140 acquisitions and recapitalizations, totaling in excess of $3.5 billion in value. For additional information, please visit