Ridgeview

Taking the Long View To Build Enduring Companies

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OUR APPROACH

For 15 years, Ridgeview has helped companies realize their potential. We understand that great companies and value are created over time. Transaction driven investments and short-term strategies do little to serve the long-term strength of a company. We recognize the connection between patient investing, collaboration, stewardship, and growth.

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We Partner With Local Business

Ridgeview seeks to work with companies in the western United States, where we live and do business. This allows us to be accessible in our partnerships, and to become colleagues with management. We believe doing business face-to-face is the basis for successful collaborations.

London, England
New Dehli, India
Bejing, China
Shanghai, China
 

Investment Criteria

 

EBITDA Size

Typically, $2 MM – $8 MM

Flexible Ownership Positions

Majority preferred, but minority positions considered

Investment Timeframe

Flexible, typically 5-10 yrs

Target Industries

Business Services


Niche Manufacturing


Consumer Products & Services


Niche Financial Services


Building Products and Services


Why Partner With Ridgeview

Experience
Stewardship
Value Creation
Long-Term Perspective
  • 15 years in business with a dedicated, consistent strategy
  • 70+ years of combined investment experience on our managment team
  • Knowledge of lower, middle-market companies and the challenges of growth
  • Experience with difficult economic cycles
  • Commitment to growing companies through collaboration
  • Creation of sustainable earnings growth, versus financial engineering
  • Focus on local partnerships, the same places we live and work
  • Longstanding history of working with companies to develop and implement organic and add-on growth strategies
  • Growth of partner companies exceeds 100%
    • Reinvests in talent, infrastructure, and innovation for the future
    • Maintains longer-than-average investment periods

Partner Companies

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A full-service countertop manufacturer and installer based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and serving the Intermountain area. Ridgeview has added Aspen Countertops to the portfolio of home finishing solutions companies that now comprise InteriorWorx.

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A Salt Lake City-based company specializing in interior design, Aspire Design has been merged into Builder Design Center and is now part of InteriorWorx.

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From a 40,000 square foot factory in Tucson, Arizona, Architectural Elements provides door solutions for everything from standard commercial specifications to custom built residential properties. In 2015, Ridgeview merged the company with Krosswood Doors, part of the InteriorWorx family of specialty providers.

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Benchmark provided land and engineering survey services to energy companies located in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. It was purchased by UELS as part of a package sold to Moelis Capital Partners.

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This Utah-based business was launched in 1972, and under Ridgeview grew to become the largest concrete pumping company in the Intermountain region. It has been sold to a strategic investor and company managers.

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Builder Design Center (BDC) by InteriorWorx partners with homebuilders in Utah and Idaho to help customers through the design process of building a new home, and picking the right interior finish packages.

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RV-Pizza

Through this venture with Domino’s pizza, Ridgeview developed more than 20 franchise locations throughout Northern California, which were later sold to another franchisee.

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Ridgeview has evolved Essentia into a design partner that offers complete interior finish solutions for commercial builders. It now operates as an InteriorWorx company.

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Since 1994, Intermountain Plantings has built and maintained some of the largest and most complex landscape projects in the Intermountain region. They are now an InteriorWorx company, focused on providing custom, sustainable landscape solutions for commercial properties.

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Koster’s Cash Loans is one of the largest short-term lending institutions in Nevada, and serves customers from 13 locations in Las Vegas and Henderson.

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Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Krosswood Doors is a leading manufacturer of high quality, beautiful wood doors that are available across the United States. Ridgeview has added Krosswood to the InteriorWorx family of specialty companies providing interior finish solutions.

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Mason’s Interiors, a Salt Lake City-based company offering complete flooring and interior design solutions, was merged into the Builder Design Center and is now part of InteriorWorx.

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Medallion Mortgage Company was founded in 1958 with a commitment to helping clients achieve their financial home ownership goals. Today this award-winning company offers mortgage services in California and Utah and was purchased from Ridgeview by Stonegate Mortgage, Inc (NYSE – SGM).

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Founded in 1999, Metro Waste quickly grew to become the largest independent waste management company in Utah and was eventually sold to a strategic buyer, Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE – WM).

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This Utah-based company designs, builds, and installs innovative cabinet, shelving, and storage solutions. With more than 40 years of experience, they specialize in handcrafted cabinets customized for any space or need.

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For more than 150 years, this English company has been known for producing high quality, hand-crafted, luxury linens for the home. They were purchased by Ridgeview portfolio company Standard Fiber.

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Ridgeview has transitioned Repair, Restore & Remodel into an InteriorWorx company, with a focus on repair services and home improvements that are designed to improve a property’s marketability.

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With more than 25 years of experience, ReSource has long been a leading provider of commercial flooring in Arizona. Ridgeview has expanded it’s footprint by adding it to the InteriorWorx family of specialty interior solution providers.

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R&G produces more than 500 standard and custom moulding products quickly and efficiently with it’s state-of-the-art mill machinery. Ridgeview has added R&G Moulding to the portfolio of home finishing solutions companies that now comprise InteriorWorx.

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Founded as a division of DuPont in 1993, Somerelle is a leading bedding brand company headquartered in Shanghai, China. After a strategic deal completed by Ridgeview, they are now part of Standard Fiber. They were purchased by Ridgeview portfolio company Standard Fiber from Invista, a division of Koch Industries, and later sold to a Chinese, publicly traded, strategic buyer.

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Standard Fiber is one of the largest producers of bedding products for North American and international mass-merchant markets.

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“Our partnership with Ridgeview gave us the opportunity to transform a successful, Phoenix business into a specialty product and service supplier for mid-size homebuilders and major commercial contractors in Utah, Idaho, and Arizona. Ridgeview's investment was essential to our growth, but what sets them apart is breadth of experience, fairness, and spirit of collaboration.”

- Steve Shuler

InteriorWorx THE EARLY YEARS

Founded in 1987, Phoenix-based Aspire Design marketed and installed flooring, countertops, cabinets, lighting, and other interior finishes for homeowners, general contractors, and specialty builders.

OUR PARTNERSHIP

In 2015, Ridgeview acquired Aspire Design and with its management created the brand InteriorWorx. From 2015 through 2017, InteriorWorx acquired or created eight synergistic partner companies to provide products and services related to interior finishes and landscaping for residential and commercial builders in the Intermountain West.

TODAY

InteriorWorx has improved builder productivity and buyer/tenant satisfaction through its offerings to commercial and residential builders, architects, and designers. Earnings for the business have increased five-fold, creating significant value for Ridgeview and the original owners, who still hold significant roles within InteriorWorx. Members of the management team who worked for predecessor companies also received incentive ownership in InteriorWorx—a benefit they did not have previously—and their personal net worth has also grown.

Uinta THE EARLY YEARS

Founded in Vernal, Utah in 1964, Uintah Engineering & Land Surveying (UELS) originally provided land survey and engineering services to energy companies in the Intermountain West.

OUR PARTNERSHIP

In 2007, Ridgeview, in partnership with another firm and key members of UELS management, acquired the company. One year later, UELS acquired a land survey company in the energy industry with a presence in the Dakotas. From 2008 through 2011, UELS expanded to additional energy-rich regions throughout the western and mid-western United States, opening six new offices and recruiting senior management to manage the company’s rapid expansion and resulting revenue growth.

UELS managed through the “Great Recession,” and the significant challenges that all energy services companies faced at the time. By 2011, UELS had grown into one of the country’s largest providers of land surveying, civil engineering, civil drafting, and GIS services for the oil, gas, energy, and pipeline markets.

TODAY

Ridgeview and its investment partners sold UELS to Moelis Capital Partners, realizing an equity return in 2014 of more than four times the initial equity capital investment. Today, UELS is owned by Norwest Equity Partners, a firm that continues to execute the growth strategy that Ridgeview put into place in 2007.

“Every investor is a good partner when things are going well. Ridgeview and I went through the Great Recession together. It was a very challenging time for our company. However, no matter what challenges or opportunities we faced, they were always a supportive and additive partner that honorably worked for the interest of the shareholders, employees and management.”

- Robert Kay

Our Greatest Strength Is Our Integrity

At Ridgeview, we pride ourselves in creating partnerships defined by mutual trust, a shared commitment, and open communication. We believe that the best business strategies arise through collaboration.

Burton Stohl


Managing Director

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Greg Larson


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Brad Larson


Managing Director
Portfolio Operations
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Cheryl Merz


Office Manager

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Burton Stohl

Managing Director



Ridgeview’s co-founder and managing director, Burton Stohl brings more than 30 years of investment banking and advisory experience to our clients. He maintains an extensive network and key relationships that contribute to our client success.

Burton started his career in 1967, when he joined the Corporate Finance office of Dean Witter in Los Angeles. Later, he directed Dean Witter’s Los Angeles Corporate Finance Department, West Coast Corporate Finance department, and was a member of the firm’s Corporate Finance Management Committee. In 1997, Burton left Dean Witter to form C. Burton Stohl & Co., a private advisory firm serving middle-market companies in the Mountain West and Southern California.

Throughout his career, he has advised boards of directors and owners of both publicly and privately held corporations. Burton has assisted companies in numerous industries. He has also been a contributor to the launch of several private-equity and venture-capital firms.

Burton is a graduate of Harvard Business School (MBA) and the University of Utah (BS). He is married with three children.

Greg Larson

Managing Director



Greg co-founded Ridgeview in 2003. He has worked with companies in the business services, niche financial, niche manufacturing, specialty retail, food, building products and services, real estate operations, and consumer products and services industries. Greg sits on all the boards of Ridgeview investments.

Before co-founding Ridgeview, Greg worked for two large private equity firms, managed investment activities of a mid-sized family office, was the CEO of a technology services company backed by two well respected venture capital firms, and started his career at the Ford Motor Company.

Greg is a graduate of Harvard Business School (MBA, Ford Fellow) and Utah State University (BS). In addition to his roles with Ridgeview and it’s portfolio companies, Greg serves on several non-profit board and civic boards. He and his wife Julie have four children.

Brad Larson

Managing Director
Portfolio Operations


As Managing Director – Portfolio Operations at Ridgeview, Brad leverages his experience in financial, analytical, marketing, and management strategies to help ensure success for every client. His previous experience includes MarketStar (an Omnicom company) and American Express, where he developed a solid reputation for executional excellence. Brad has also worked as a strategy consultant, focusing on competitive market research and return on marketing investment. His consulting engagements have included work with industry leaders such as Motorola, Whirlpool, HP, and Intel.

Brad has an MBA from Brigham Young University, and a BA from Weber State University. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing and playing soccer with his three children.

Cheryl Merz

Office Manager



Cheryl brings experience in organizational management, accounting, and marketing to support each unique transaction, as well as to coordinate the daily functions of Ridgeview Capital Management. Managing the corporate office, she handles daily operations, investor relations, regulatory compliance, and the integration of new acquisitions into the business portfolio.

Her previous experience includes operations management and software training and development with FedEx where she cultivated the skill of adapting and performing in a fast-paced, results-based environment. This versatility lends itself to her diverse and varying roles and makes her an accessible component of the Ridgeview team.

Cheryl has a BS from Virginia Commonwealth University. In her spare time, she enjoys creating glass art, visiting her grown son in Southern California, and traveling the world.

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