Testimonials

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"If I had to do the whole experience over again, I would do just what I did; I would choose Cortec."


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Todd Brown

Founder & Former CEO, 180 Medical Healthcare Products

Roy Seiders

Co-Founder & Former CEO, YETI B2C Products

Dan Nettesheim

CEO, Barcodes Inc. Value-Added Distribution

Dan Eisenstadt

Founder & Chairman, Community Veterinary Partners Healthcare Services

Carl DeMasi

Chairman & Former CEO, Weiman Products B2C Products

Josh Dick

Former CEO, Urnex B2B Products

Paul Schueller

CEO, Franklin Energy Specialty Services

Ryan Heckman

CEO, EVP EyeCare Healthcare Services

Despite higher offers from some other private equity firms, we chose Cortec because of their prior successful medical products investments and experience growing entrepreneur-led businesses through sales team development. Cortec was absolutely the right partner for us, as they helped us thoughtfully, quickly, and significantly scale the business. As a result, I made more money in my “second bite of the apple” than I did through my sale to Cortec (and had a lot of fun along the way)!

― Todd Brown, Founder & Former CEO, 180 Medical

My brother and I chose Cortec because of their experience investing in entrepreneur-led, high-growth businesses. They've helped us focus on the right priorities for the business, and they've been instrumental in helping us think through key strategic decisions at various points in our growth. We’ve worked hand-in-hand to build new leadership teams across all functional areas, grow our brand through new product introductions and extensive marketing initiatives, implement new IT systems, and evolve our business processes. They’ve helped us scale the business to effectively manage very rapid growth - without them I know we wouldn’t be where we are today!

― Roy Seiders, Co-Founder & Former CEO, YETI

From the first time we met, Cortec stood out in their understanding of our business, energy level, and commitment to investing in our growth and future success. They have truly been my partner every step of the way, as we’ve grown organically and through a number of acquisitions, which has been extremely valuable to me as both a CEO and also a continuing owner of the business.

― Dan Nettesheim, CEO, Barcodes Inc.

Our team was seeking a teammate to help us rapidly expand our veterinary practice management business through a buy and build strategy, while maintaining our culture and dedication to patient care. I had known the Cortec team for many years as an investor in several of their funds and believed in their business model, so when they agreed to meet my valuation expectations, choosing to work with them exclusively was easy. Since closing, Cortec has been an ideal partner, providing us with strategic guidance, helping us build the leadership team, and making the requisite investments in processes and infrastructure.

― Dan Eisenstadt, Founder & Chairman, Community Veterinary Partners

After leading Weiman for over 30 years, I wanted a private equity firm that could help me promptly transition to a board role post-closing and grow the company after my departure. Cortec successfully recruited a new CEO, facilitated my transition, and helped shape a promising direction for the future, all while respecting Weiman’s heritage and culture.

― Carl DeMasi, Chairman & Former CEO, Weiman Products

Making the decision to sell the business that my great-grandfather started more than 75 years earlier was extremely personal. When I eventually decided to transition out of the day-to-day CEO role to Chairman, my confidence that I had selected a trusted and hands-on private equity partner was fully confirmed. I chose Cortec due to their experience and numerous successes transitioning businesses from entrepreneurial to institutional ownership, willingness to be intimately involved in the business during and following a leadership transition period, stellar reputation, and my trust and confidence in the sincerity and focus of their team of professionals.

― Josh Dick, Former CEO, Urnex

The Cortec team worked throughout the investment period to support management's initiatives to diversify and grow the business, refine systems and controls, attract additional talent, and retain the key team members who founded the business. They honored their commitments and, together, we generated a terrific outcome.

― Paul Schueller, CEO, Franklin Energy

As a former private equity investor with significant healthcare experience, I knew exactly what I wanted in a partner to help build my multi-site surgical eyecare business. Cortec brought it all to the table: i) significant multi-site healthcare experience; ii) a long track record of success investing in the healthcare industry, both in products and services; and iii) a “hands-with” approach to help me and my team wherever and whenever we needed them. While I hired an investment banker, I very quickly elected to work exclusively with Cortec as a majority owner/partner. This was a good decision, as Cortec delivered on everything they told me going into the process, and closed on time and at the promised valuation.

― Ryan Heckman, CEO, EVP EyeCare

For Owners & Management


We respect the company that has been built; management retains leadership and we offer advice, encouragement, and assistance, as needed. If senior leadership wishes to transition out, we will facilitate this process; we are experienced and comfortable managing change.

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