Blackford Capital named Private Equity Firm of the Year by The M&A Advisor for the second consecutive year

Unprecedented Consecutive Business of the Year Recognition demonstrates Blackford Capital’s continued growth momentum

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., November 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Blackford Capitalone of the leading private equity firms in the lower middle market, was named Private Equity Firm of the Year at the 21st Annual M&A Advisor Awards on tuesday november 15. This is the third time that Blackford has received this distinguished honour; the first in consecutive years.

“We are extremely honored to be named The M&A Advisor Private Equity Firm of the Year once again. This repeated recognition is wonderful validation of our focus on growth and value creation with our portfolio companies and for our investors,” said Martin SteinFounder and Managing Director of Blackford Capital.

“Our team of Blackford professionals live our values ​​every day; and our values ​​tell a story of long-term relationships, trust, transparency, reliability and determination. This third M&A Advisor PE Firm of the Year award affirms that this “secret sauce” is working. We are on an incredibly rewarding path and we are confident that this momentum will continue to drive success.”

Along with its nomination for Private Equity Firm of the Year, the Blackford add-on acquisition of INYO Pool Supply at Boston, MAAqua Leisure-based Aqua Leisure was named a finalist in three separate Deal of the Year categories including Merger & Acquisition Deal of the Year, Private Equity Deal of the Year the $10-25 million category and Consumer Discretionary Deal of the Year in the $10-100 million category. .

“Our team has completed 34 transactions across the manufacturing, industrial and retail sectors and, under our investment and management oversight, Blackford’s portfolio companies are growing to become industry leaders. industry, successful in each of their industries in 10 US states, Germany and China“, Stein said. “I want to thank everyone on the Blacford team for their hard work in making this achievement happen.”

This year’s award marks the third time Blackford has been recognized as Private Equity Firm of the Year by The M&A Advisor, having won in 2018 and 2021. Additionally, Blackford has received deal honors from the year on five other occasions, including in 2021, 2017 and 2015 and Martin Stein was named Private Equity Professional of the Year in 2016. Additionally, Blackford was recognized as Small Business of the Year and Michigan Economic Bright Spot by Corp! Magazine in 2018 and was named to the Inc. 5000 in 2016 and 2017.

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About Blackford Capital
Founded in 2010, Blackford Capital is a private equity investment company headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Blackford acquires, manages and builds lower-midsize founding and family businesses, with a focus on the manufacturing, industrial and distribution sectors. With a track record of exceptional returns, a disciplined and relentless approach to value creation, and a focus on operational excellence and a compelling culture, Blackford was named Private Equity Firm of the Year by M&A Advisor in 2022, 2021 and 2018. Several of its portfolio companies have been included in the Inc. 5000. For more information visit

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