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New Direction Partners Co-Founder Paul Reilly Easing into Retirement

Please join the New Direction Partners team in wishing Paul Reilly success in his next adventure. Reilly has announced that he is in the process of retiring after a long tenure in the industry, beginning when he joined Polychrome in 1978. “I still have some engagements ongoing,” he said, “and I will continue to work with my clients until their needs are satisfied. Support, honesty and hard work on behalf of clients has always been a hallmark of my career, and that is not changing.” Reilly remained at Polychrome until 1993, at which time he was President and responsible for the Americas and Australasia.

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Taylor Blackwell, founder and CEO of Walker 360, has known the folks at New Direction Partners for many years. Blackwell has acquired a half dozen companies over the years, including one eight years ago where he worked with New Direction Partners as the buyer. Learn how working with New Direction Partners helped Taylor in his most recent acquisition of Starkey Printing.

As President, Jonathan Shapiro was charged with selling the company by its elderly family owners. He started the process in 2015 but ran into barriers including the requirement that employees and the building be protected, as well as its union status. In the end, patience won out, and New Direction Partners Peter Schaefer found the perfect buyer. It’s a great story. Enjoy!

Gerald Printing was recently acquired by the Purpose Group. They both share a common set of values, and this was a key enabler to closing the deal. Watch this video interview with key principals to get the whole story. It contains great insight and advice for both buyers and sellers!

Eukalin Corporation Turns to New Direction Partners to Facilitate North American Growth

SEG Systems worked with Peter Schaefer of New Direction Partners to find a buyer that fit culturally with their business and could help spur further growth for the company. SEG Systems President Reid Johnson explains his experience in working with New Direction Partners and how they helped him find the perfect partner in TENEX Capital/Orbus.

Leading printing company Sandy Alexander recently announced that Snow Peak Capital has made a majority investment in the company. In this video discussion, CEO Mike Graff explains the value working with New Direction Partners delivered to both buyer and seller in bringing this transaction to completion, including the importance of their industry knowledge and M&A expertise.

John Edwards speaks about how working with New Direction Partners helped him re-enter the book printing business.

Mittera has been on a roll with acquisitions, including the acquisition of Trend Offset. In this video, Mittera President Todd Nelson talks about working with New Direction Partners to get this significant acquisition done.

We are proud to once again be recognized by @Axial as a top 100 Lower Middle Market M&A advisor. Thanks to the clients who recommended us for this prestigious recognition.


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Recent News

Gerald Printing and the Purpose Group Join Forces

Gerald Printing was founded in 1971 by Larry Gerald, and Joe Davis purchased the company in 1996. Davis says, “At the time, the company was located in Scottsville, Kentucky, and we had about 27 employees and a great reputation for four-color process printing. 100% of production was print on paper.” Read the full story.

Sandy Alexander Turns to New Direction Partners for Acquisition Advice

Printing firm Sandy Alexander has been an industry leader for 60 years supporting high end clients with high-end marketing needs, and its current CEO, Mike Graff, has been part of the company’s success for a little over half that time. Read the full story.

Industry Knowledge Critical in Selecting M&A Advisors

Tim Scheffler and the team at Las Vegas Color Graphics chose to work with New Direction Partners when they decided to sell the business. Tim said, “The industry today is a different place, and you can’t just go to a typical investment banker when you want to sell your business. We knew we needed someone focused on the printing and direct mail industry as a whole, who knew the buyers and could talk to people, not just throw a proposal out to 100 people and see what sticks. Peter was the ideal person who had all of those qualifications.” Read the full story.

Achieving Goals and Setting New Ones

When Dave and Elaine Hayes decided to sell Apogee Industries, they had a number of requirements for a potential buyer, not the least of which was a commitment to continuing the company’s successful business strategies and taking good care of Apogee’s 20+ employees and loyal customers. They met Jim Russell at the Flexo Label Advantage Group (FLAG) conference in 2017 and found his guidance indispensable. Read the full story.

Strategic and Financial Buyers: Do You Know the Difference?

Selling a printing or a packaging business is about more than just pocketing the proceeds — it’s also about finding the right steward for your business going forward as you turn the page to the next chapter of your life. That’s why it’s important to be certain the business objectives of the buyer are going to align with the seller’s personal plans. What those objectives will look like depends strongly upon the type of buyer the seller is dealing with. Read the full story.

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