Potomac Equity Partners

What We Do

Potomac Equity Partners is a Washington D.C.-based private equity investment firm focused on providing superior equity returns
through the close partnership and collaboration with our portfolio company management team members.

Investment Capital

We focus on small to mid-market investment opportunities, defined as transactions with enterprise values from $10 million to $100 million.

While open to investment opportunities in a variety of industries, we specifically target opportunities in the following sectors: Business, Education and Training, Healthcare, Information and Software Technology.

Executive Sourcing

We are actively seeking potential investment opportunities, as well as senior operating executives and management teams with whom to partner.

We will pay a success-based fee for all investments completed with the assistance of buy-side transaction intermediaries.

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About Us

We focus on small to mid-market investment opportunities,
defined as transactions with enterprise values from $10 million to $100 million.
Business Services
Education & Training
Healthcare Services
Information & Software Technology

Potomac Equity Partners is a Washington D.C.-based private equity investment firm focused on providing superior equity returns through the close partnership and collaboration with our portfolio company management team members. We strive to invest in companies with leading products and services, superior management teams, and in which our invested capital and collaborative efforts can enable companies to exponentially ramp their long-term growth prospects and overall performance.

Many of our target investment sectors are heavily regulated by the government. In these sectors, we use our Washington D.C. location and network to better evaluate investment opportunities, as well as to enhance our portfolio company’s ability to respond to any evolving industry or regulatory dynamics.

We are also interested in partnering with experienced management executives to pursue investment opportunities in specific industry verticals.

We have assembled an esteemed group of Advisory Partners to work with our Firm and our portfolio companies, whose operating expertise, board acumen, and financial support will assist our portfolio companies to achieve their long-term potential for the benefit of all shareholders.

Who We Are

John Bates

Founder/Partner of the Firm
John has over 25 years of investment transaction experience, and has completed in excess of $100 billion of transactions in a wide range of industries.
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Chris Blythe

Principal of the Firm
Chris has over 10 years of middle-market private equity experience, and holds an M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.
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Robert Christie

CEO and President of 3E Company
Bob is the CEO and President of 3E Company, the global leader in regulatory and compliance information within the Environmental, Health and Safety markets.
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Tony Coelho

Politician, Mentor and Advocate
Tony is a leader in both the business and political sectors, and is a former chairman and current member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of People With Disabilities.
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Pascal Denis

Principal of the Firm
Pascal is a Principal of the Firm with almost 10 years of investment transaction experience, and is currently a Director of the Brown University Hockey Association.
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Peter Masanotti

Peter is the former CEO and President of U.S. Investigations Services, the largest commercial provider of background investigations to the federal government.
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Michael Platt

Founder and Executive Chairman of Ad Venture Interactive
Michael is the Founder, Executive Chairman, and former CEO of Ad Venture Interactive, a leading provider of interactive and other marketing services to numerous industry sectors.
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Ray Smith

Chairman of Rothschild Continuation Investments
Ray was a Founding Partner and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Arlington Capital Partners, the middle market private equity firm with $1.5 billion under management.
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